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).
The very same pita chips I served up to you all last week are yet again making a cameo on the blog today! I realized how easy it was to make my own healthier pita chips and dip and I’ve gone a little crazy with the idea. Last week you saw my recipe for the Greek creamy classic, Baba Ganoush. This week I’m getting a little more seasonal. It’s squash season people. Along with the pumpkin craze comes the runner up, butternut squash. Around this time of year we see tons of recipes featuring sweet squashes. I’m clearly all for it.
In the past few weeks I have been receiving an abundance of eggplant in my weekly farm share box. Normally, I would love to brainstorm dinner possibilities to incorporate this vegetable. But, for the past few weeks I have been doing various meal delivery services (more to come on these in a few weeks) to cut down on time on weeknights. I couldn’t let the eggplants go to waste but, I was in no need to extra produce. I decided to whip up a healthy snack with them instead.
This whole wedding budget thing is harder than I expected! While attempting to save for our dream day the fiancé and I are trying to learn to cut corners. In the past we thought nothing of going to grab a casual weekend lunch because we were simply too lazy to cook (and by we…I mean “I”). One of the easier ways to save a little extra is to cut out unnecessary expenditures like these lunch outings. I would much rather go to one or two awesome dinners out a month then use up our restaurant outing budget on small lunches here and there. Now that we would no longer be dining out every weekend for lunch I had to start coming up with ideas to whip up at home. The key word for these meals was that they needed to be simple. After long, busy work weeks, I want nothing more than to make my life easier on my two “rest” days.
I first want to make a Public Service announcement and then I’ll get on to the recipe. I have gone Gluten Free, or at least I am trying to for 30 days. I know that there are a handful of reasons that people go Gluten Free. It could be that they are hopping on the diet trend bandwagon or that they suffer from Celiac Disease or, like in my case, are trying it out for another health reason.
I’m always on the lookout for inventive things to make for dinner parties and gatherings. While I always have my signature dishes, I do like to change it up a bit. I have a boyfriend that is equally as enthusiastic as I am about Italian food. The difference is that he would be perfectly content eating a simple caprese salad and maybe a little prosciutto until the end of his days. Me…I like variety. So for his recent birthday celebration I decided I would give him some of his favorites but in a different format.