Gloria Nilson Real Estate just shared out a great article about the best restaurants in New Jersey as told by local food loving bloggers. Behind the Plates happens to be a contributor to this piece and I wanted to pass it along to all of you! Whether you’re looking to move here, visit, or a local looking to hit some of the best food hotspots, this list is a great place to start! I’ll include the preface that Blue Collar Foodie put together for the write-up to kick it off.
It’s very rare for me not to enjoy an Italian meal. With New Jersey and New York hosting more Italian restaurants than most places across the country, it’s easy to come across a decent dish. While I love to eat Italian food whenever I can, the restaurants I visit also tend to be a dime a dozen. My general feeling is that once you try one, you’ve tried them all. I shouldn’t paint such a broad brush but, as a large majority, most Italian eateries serve the same overplayed Americanized meals that we have come to accept as “true” Italian food. I don’t downplay that I enjoy these dishes, I even cook them myself. But, let’s face it; some of the dishes we chow down on aren’t even popular across the pond. Our ancestors who came over often mixed together American and Italian ingredients to produce these popularized dishes. Or, as time wore on, only the Italian dishes brought over that pleased other Americans’ palates were what stayed in favor.
I saved my favorite recipe, from this spiralized series for last(supported by a huge Kinds Food Market haul). I think I love it so much because it’s the most practical of the bunch. It involves everyday ingredients and it’s a 30 minute weeknight meal. The stir fry is also incredibly healthy because it’s overloaded with veggies. There are no carbs in this dish but they are not missed. The carrot noodles do the trick to curb your starch cravings. The sauce the dish is tossed in is smoky and sweet. Ok, now I’m salivating just writing about it.
Third time is a charmer and by charmer I talking about this recipe of course! It’s BTP’s third recipe in the past two weeks (take a look here and here for the other two) that is featuring curly cut vegetables. The zucchini noodle, also nicknamed “the zoodle” is my most frequently used spiral veggie. When you have an obsession with Italian food, specifically pasta, like I do; you need a healthy alternative once in a while. Zoodles got me through my wedding diet routine and were a regular weeknight meal. It’s too easy and while nothing can quite replace real pasta, it still gives you those familiar flavors.
In my last recipe post (Butternut Squash, Spinach and Gruyere Breakfast Bake) I admitted to going a little overboard on the spiralized vegetables at King’s Food Market. I suppose if you are going to over-do it, vegetables isn’t the worst thing in the world! I just love how versatile the vegetable becomes once it is in that spiral form. You can use it as a noodle, French fry or in today’s case, use it in a salad.
I went on a complete bender a few weeks ago. It was a craving that I just had to give in to daily. Thank goodness what I was in need of were easy to find. I’m talking about spiralized vegetables guys!! I totally went ham on the pre-made aisle in my King’s Food Market and brought home every spiralized vegetable they carried. I tasted, tested, and perfected four recipes that week! Over the course of the next two weeks I intend to share all of them with you from today’s breakfast bake, to an Italian feast, to a sizzling stirfry.
Locals alert!!! Limited Whole Foods Markets rolled out their new Square Style square pizza at the stores’ ready-made food counters. The Morristown location happens to be a part of this exciting food introduction. I was privileged enough to visit the store on launch day to speak with Rico, the pizza chef, who is helping to lead the inaugurations across the New York and New Jersey stores.
We’ve come to the end of my month of giveaways! I will have a few more pop up throughout the spring and summer but this month I had 6 going on simultaneously!
How do you do Taco Tuesdays when you are doing a gluten and dairy free challenge for the month??? Well, today I am going to show you! Just because you are on a diet doesn’t mean you need to give up flavorful foods or your beloved festive meals. American style tacos (you know… the kind made right from the Ortega box recipe) happen to be a favorite of mine. And yes, the cheese and those flour tortillas are definitely part of that winning combination. However; you can still make a mean salad that gives you the satisfaction of tacos.