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. Today I’m featuring spiralized butternut squash in a breakfast bake.
If you’re looking for an easy Sunday Funday recipe to feed the football crowd huddled around your TV, today’s recipe is the answer! I’m always offering for friends and family to come to our house to watch the football games. I’ll let you in on a secret; it’s my escape technique from watching the games (I know… blasphemy! I don’t enjoy watching football…) But, if I host the gathering, it gives the appearance that I enjoy it and I can hide away in the kitchen cooking up food for everyone. It’s also a good opportunity to try out recipes on people 😉
Cauliflower has become one of my new favorite ingredients. It’s so versatile and healthy. It has such a mild flavor that works perfectly as a canvas to add spices and mold into your own masterpiece meal. On one of the first cold nights of this season I whipped up this soup to bring up my temperature a bit! I also had received an immersion blender for my birthday and was dying to use it! (It’s a miracle worker by the way!).The bisque was deceivingly healthy because it tastes so creamy and comforting. But with little more than vegetables and spices composing the dish, this recipe is definitely a clean eating meal (It also happens to be gluten free, dairy free, and paleo for all you special dieters out there!).
A few months ago I attempted a Paleo challenge with my crossfit gym. While I successfully finished 30 days completely Paleo, I’ll admit that I didn’t continue the diet once our challenge ended. However; I do still try to eat a healthier lifestyle with fewer grains and dairy when I can. Recently I did some simple online searching for healthier dessert options and I started to see a trend of using bananas and nut butters to bake with. I tried several iterations of these mini muffins and even tried them out on my coworkers. I brought the muffins in and told a few of the unsuspecting recipients that they were double chocolate chip muffins, I left out that they were also flour and dairy free. Even the pickiest of eaters from our department admitted that they enjoyed these treats. A few people could hardly believe it when I told them both how healthy and easy they were.
Helllllo My Lovely readers!
I’ve officially returned from my month long hiatus! It was a very busy month full of travel, weddings, and work. It was great to get some time away and come back with a fresh start! I’ll be bringing you quite a few California related posts that I’m excited about in the upcoming weeks. But first, a fun festive Fall salad to kick off the season. It even provides all you pumpkin lovers a little dose of your favorite autumn flavor.
Visiting my parents’ house whenever there is a meal involved always gets me excited. My parents’ share an almost equal level of excitement around their passion for food and cooking as I do. So it goes without saying that there is rarely a bad or boring meal that it is put on the table. Not only do I get to take advantage of a tasty dish but I also get to just sit back, relax and enjoy the meal. It’s definitely a win-win for me! During one of my most recent visits my parents had come up with a recipe to use up the overflowing garden vegetables from the backyard. It was one of the best homemade meals I had in a while. I have had a lack of recipe inspiration the past few weeks. So when I couldn’t stop craving this dish for a whole week after devouring it, I decided to replicate and post about it in my parent’s honor.
I love a challenge. Really, anything competitive such as a casual bet, a workout challenge, or trying to replicate a dish (hint hint), really gets my gears going. A few months back I had a work dinner at a local Italian restaurant, Il Cappriccio in Whippany, NJ. While the dinner was great, what really stood out was the simple bowl of pickled vegetables that they put out as a little amuse bouche with their bread baskets. It was tangy, crispy, sweet and sour. Our table polished off the bowl in about 2 minutes flat. When we politely asked for seconds, I squeaked out a question to the waiter. “What’s the recipe?” While he wouldn’t give me a steadfast reply; he did tell me the secret was balsamic and lemon juice. Ok, so they wouldn’t tell me how to make it…challenge accepted!
Every week the brightly colored bags of baby bell peppers call my name while at the grocery store but, I so rarely would actually purchase for fear of waste. My assumption was that a 2 lb bag would be too much for my party of 2 household. Of course after thinking about it more I realized that I could probably incorporate them into so many different recipes that it would be a money saving purchase that could be spread across meals. I personally accepted my own challenge to make a large batch and use throughout a week of meals.
A little over a year ago a co-worker of mine introduced me to i heart keenwah. They were a snack company on the rise with the launch of their quinoa clusters. These sweet and crunchy little snacks were so addicting that I personally reached out to the company to share my love for the brand. They reached out to do a partnership and giveway post with Behind the Plates which I happily took them up on. When I recently received an e-mail from them notifying me that their newest snack product had hit the market; I jumped on the opportunity to give them a taste.
If you’ve been reading the blog for a few months now you’ll notice that there have been a good handful of Asian inspired recipes. I’ve really enjoyed fooling around with these flavor profiles in the kitchen. Once I “discovered” Thai curries and coconut milk my mind has run wild with delicious stir fry ideas, casseroles, and in today’s case noodle dishes.