I grew up eating stuffed peppers for dinner on a regular basis. It was a favorite. They were filled with ground beef and orzo with diced tomatoes and cheese. Sometimes other add-ins made their way into the mix like corn or beans. I actually made it to adulthood thinking this is how all stuffed peppers were and it was a true recipe my parents went by. It wasn’t until my early 20’s that I realized my parents were simply pulling together an easy meal with what they had at home, what was on sale, or what they thought might taste good. Most people consider a “traditional” stuffed pepper to be with ground beef, rice, and some type of tomato sauce (I also didn’t learn this one until recent years either).
You guys! I’ve done it, I finally mastered risotto. In the past few years I have had some flops and mild successes with cooking risotto but, I could never get the texture exactly how I wanted it. I gave up on believing the cook time on the back of the box (20 minutes until al dente….LIES!). Risotto is typically a labor of love and patience. It requires constant attention, stirring and hope that in less than 2 hours you’ll have dinner on the table. But, no more!!! I can get you that risotto on the table in just over a half hour and it will be perfectly rich, creamy, and cooked through!
It’s one of my favorite times of the year. The birds are chirping, the flowers are in full bloom, and we are starting to head outdoors as much as possible. However; while Spring is certainly a joyful time for the weather; it does happen to lead into the dreadful bikini season. This means that I need to start cleaning up my eating act. Let’s face it; a winter full of travels, holidays, and warm comfort foods leads has led to some soft spots in my routine (and body….eeeek). With all of this said, I am going to try (emphasis on try) to eat better whenever possible. But, It’s all about balance.
I saved my favorite recipe, from this spiralized series for last(supported by a huge Kings 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.
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.
Let grilling season begin!!! It’s that special time of year where you can smell smoky food sizzling up in people’s backyards, drink clinking on decks, and usually laughter and conversation. I must say that I have a huge case of food envy every time the scents of grilled food waft into the streets. I personally am not permitted to own a grill in my house complex (HUGE bummer). But, it gives me a great excuse to go visit friends and family. This week I did a little guest cooking experience at my parent’s house to try out their grill and bring you this recipe in partnership with PC Richard and Son.
Last month’s big snow day gave me the opportunity to break out that cast iron skillet and make an egg skillet that warmed me up on a cold winter’s day. As soon as I heard that this snow day was a possibility, I hit the grocery store to stock up on some comfort food and some breakfast fixings. I said this in my last skillet recipe post but I’ll say it again, I rarely get to eat a home cooked breakfast. So if there is an opportunity, I am going to seize it. And seize it I did!! My office announced it was closing the night before, so after sleeping in a bit, I drowsily got to the kitchen to kick off my easy skillet meal.