Have I said I’m obsessed with “Bowls”!?!?! Well I am…for the last year or so. My newest creation wasn’t ramen…or soup…or with rice. This had a creamy peanut sauce covering the noodles, topped with pan fried crispy tofu, roasted baby bok choy, fresh carrot sticks, chopped cilantro, green onions and pickled ginger. Oooohhhhhh the pickled ginger I absolutely love! It’s a must have on any Asian inspired bowl I make.
Some details in case you would like to make your own:
I cheated and bought the peanut sauce. It was a quality one but there are tons of recipes on Pinterest if you’d like to make your own. Use it to coat the noodles and marinate the tofu before pan frying.
Roast the baby bok choy with olive oil and salt and pepper until they’re soft. That’s all you need here!
Cut all you fresh veggies while you fry the tofu and cook the noodles.
Put all your toppings on the noodles and enjoy – and I added a little sesame seeds at the last minute ☺️
So I woke up in the morning, starving, and hadn’t gone to the grocery store in almost a week. There wasn’t much to put together in the fridge but I pulled it off! I’m definitely going to make this quiche again but I would add a bit more parmesan cheese (because I ran out) and add some mozzarella (which of course I didn’t have at all). All in all, this is a keeper!
Full disclosure: I did not make the crust, it was store bought and left over from something else I made earlier in the week. There are some good quality pre-made crusts out there so if you don’t have the time, like a lot of people I know, save yourself some hassle and just buy one.
What you’ll need:
1 pie crust
14 eggs, divided
1 red pepper, chopped
2 cups baby kale
Small handful parsley, chopped
Small handful basil, sliced thin
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tsp garlic powder
Spray olive oil
S & P
What to do:
Preheat the oven to 375, prep you vegetables and spray your pie dish on he bottom and sides.In a sauté pan on medium heat, spray the pan and add the red pepper and cook for 2 minutes.Next add the parsley and basil, then the kale and S & P. Cook another 2 minutes or until the kale is wilted. Set aside.Put the pie crust in your baking pan and layer the bottom with cheese.Whisk 8 eggs with S & P and garlic powder. Fold in the sautéed veggie mixture.Add the eggs to the dish.Gently crack the remaining eggs into the dish scattered throughout it.Add a little more salt to the top and place it in the oven to bake.I didn’t pay attention to how log this baked but it was at least 20 minutes. Make sure the middle of the dish is cooked and not loose. Also, the tips of the crust will be golden brown. Enjoy!
I made this for all my vegan and vegetarian friends and family. Not all meals have to have meat and some taste even better without it. If you are a carnivore, just give this a try and you’ll realize what I mean. Look at the vibrant colors! You see onions and red, yellow and purple bell peppers.
Add the carrots for some orange…
Put everything together…
I’m really enjoying a local farm stand this summer that’s right down the road from me. All ingredients came from there and I believe one of the reasons this dish tasted so delicious. The fresher the better!
What you’ll need:
1 cup each dry black and pinto beans, rehydrated according to the instructions (or use canned beans and will equal about 3 cups total after draining)
2 ears corn (or 1 can of corn)
2 carrots, diced
1 onion, diced
3 large garlic cloves, chopped small
3 bell peppers, largely diced
3 fresh tomatoes, diced
13 oz can of diced tomatoes
3 oz Tom paste
28oz can tomato sauce
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cinnamon
1 bay leaf
1 tsp ground mustard
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
2 Tbls olive oil
Pink Himalayan Salt
Fresh ground black pepper
2 jalapeños, roasted and diced small for garnish
red onion, diced small for garnish
cilantro or parsley, for garnish
What to do:
If you’re using the dried beans like I did, you’ll need to start this the night before or follow the instructions for the quick cook.
In a large cast iron Dutch oven, heat the olive oil on medium.
Sautée the onions and bell peppers with some salt and pepper about 5 minutes until slightly soft.
Reduce the heat to medium low and add the the carrots and garlic. Sautée another 5 minutes stirring frequently.
Add the fresh tomatoes, a little more salt and pepper, stir and simmer until you see the liquid expel from the tomatoes.
Boil the corn, let cool, slice off with a knife and add to the pot.
Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and paste, stir until combined and add all the spices and nutritional yeast. Reduce the heat to low and stir again.
Simmer on the lowest heat for an hour to hour and a half stirring occasionally.
Serve in a bowl with the garnishes listed or whatever you choose. Feel free to add some hot sauce for some heat if you don’t do the jalapeños 😉
Side note: You can roast your own jalapeños directly on your stove top. Be sure to char all sides, let cool, peel the char and diced away. Very simple and can be done with any kind of peppers.
I’ve been feeling a bit creative in recent days but I’m not an artist by any means, except when it comes to food. I decided it was time to come up with a new original recipe and so here is where I landed.
I’ve learned that fabulous tasting food takes time…sometimes. This is sometime. There are several steps and it takes a good amount of time and patience to make this dish but I promise it will be worth it. I wouldn’t be able to make this on a work day simply because it would mean we would eat dinner about 8pm and my toddler wouldn’t be to happy with that. This is on top of the prep the day before.
2 small chilies, your choice of how spicy, diced very small
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbls ginger, minced
1 tsp olive oil
1 Tbls butter
6 rice paper wraps or spring roll skins
2 eggs, beaten
panko bread crumbs, white or wheat
fresh ground pepper
Roasted red peppers, diced
green onions, diced
What to do:
Prep the marinade by whisking all ingredients in a bowl. Place in a freezer bag to which you will add the chicken.
Butterfly and/or pound the chicken and add to marinade. Put in fridge for at least 6 hours and up to 24 hours.
Later on or next day, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Sautée all the ingredients in the “stuffing” by first heating the olive oil, then onions, mushrooms and eggplant for 5 minutes. Next add the chiles, garlic and ginger for 2-3 min ties stirring constantly. Next add the Napa cabbage (you may need to add a little water to stem for a bit) and cover for 2-3 minutes. Set aside for next step.
Prep to stuff and wrap the chicken. Take out the chicken marinade, put some water in a shallow plate to rehydrate the rice paper, layer a sheet tray with foil and spray with oil.
Lay out each chicken breast and layer 1/2 with the stuffing. Hydrate one wrap in water. Fold over the chicken and, once limber but not mushy, wrap with the rice paper. THIS IS DELICATE! Take your time and don’t rip the wrap. Place on the sheet tray. Repeat for each breast.
Prep the rest of the coating and lay it out. Starting with the breast you wrapped first, dip each breast in egg and then in panko. (The wrap needs time to set and stick to itself. If you do this step too soon the rice paper will come off.)
Bake for 30-40 minutes depending on the size of the breast. The liquid should be clear when done.
Sure; why not? Now, I must say there is a turkey going along with this in my house. I have a great way to prepare a bone in leg of lamb that would be a great addition to your thanksgiving feast! You can roast it or smoke, you choose.
Smother it in harissa! Make your own right at home. It’s spicy, but delicious at that.
Start with the main ingredient, dried chilies. Use any kind you like. I got these ones from the owner of an authentic Mexican restaurant so they can really be any type.
What you’ll need:
4 oz dried chilies
4 cloves of garlic
tomato paste or sauce
2 Tbls olive oil
These amounts are for about a 5 lb leg of lamb.
What to do:
Soak the chilies in boiling water for 1/2 hour. Reserve the water for the sauce. Remove any stems and seeds.
Toast the herbs in a small pan over the stove
Grind all the spices in a coffee or herb grinder.
In a food processor, combine all the ingredients and process until smooth.
Add reserved water if necessary. It depends on the consistentcy you need.
What a tasty dish for Summer! It’s light, nutritious, and filling at the same time. I decided to make this after reading about switching out one or two meals a week to vegetarian. You will save a few dollars on your grocery bill and you still can get all the vitamins and nutrients if you choose the right products for the meal. I, of course, want to be sure my family and I are getting enough protein if we were leaving out the meat. So, I loaded it with beans, quinoa and kale. Believe it or not, raw kale has 3g of protein in one cup.*
Here is an article about all the great benefits of quinoa:
This recipe makes A LOT! That’s usually how I roll lol. What’s good about making A LOT is that it saves time for me during the week. I can bring some to work for lunch, have it as a quick dinner at night, and it’s an easy meal for me to send to daycare for my toddler! He loves it by the way 🙂
3 stalks of kale, chopped
Cilantro, chopped fine (about 1/4 cup)
2 Corn on the Cob
1 Red Pepper, chopped
Juice of 1 Lime
1 cup Grape Tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
1 cup Uncooked White Quinoa
2 cans Black Beans
1 can Cannellini Beans
1 can Pinto Beans
Prepare the corn. Clean off the husks and boil in a large pot until corn is soft. Remember to salt the water.
While the corn is cooking, chop the pepper, tomatoes, kale, juice the lime, and rinse the beans in a strainer with cold water. Place all ingredients in a large bowl.
Remove the corn, set aside, and let cool. Using 2 cups of the same water, cook the quinoa until all the liquid is absorbed. Put a little more salt in the water. (Tip – Don’t boil the quinoa. Let it simmer on low for 10 minutes while covered. Remove from the heat and let stand another 5-10 minutes until you start to see the rings). Once done, add to the other ingredients.
Cut the corn off the cob and add it to the other ingredients.
Once it’s all mixed, I stored portion sizes in snack and sandwich size ziplock bags and then put them all into a freezer bag. Organization is key for me! I also save some for the next day or two. If you do the same, I suggest adding a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil. It will be a little dry if you don’t.