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).
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.
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 recently got a really big craving for oatmeal. These hankerings aren’t a frequent occurrence for me. I am more of an egg person in the morning. But, sometimes the only way to relieve a craving is to give into it. With about a dozen overnight oats pictures on my Instagram feed every morning, I’m shocked I’m not indulging every day.
There’s something about cold Asian noodle salads that scream comfort for me! I mean it could be the carbs, because who doesn’t eat them and want to take a nap after? But, I also think the use of creamy peanut butter gives this dish an extra luscious element. Or maybe it’s the fact that I ate this salad curled up on my couch, under cozy blankets, watching mindless TV? Whatever the reason, it was a filling, delicious and share worthy.
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.
Sometimes you need something vibrant, fresh and fruity to jumpstart your day! I tend to lean towards more savory breakfast options like eggs and chicken sausage. But, there is something to be said about waking up to a burst of bright foods that are cool and refreshing. Today I’m exploring a food trend with all of you in my recipe. Açai bowls are not entirely new but they have received a lot of attention over the past year. They are even getting fully dedicated shops that serve up just variations of this frozen fruit dish. This past summer after months of wondering what all the fuss was about I stopped in a store in NYC to get my fix.
I have been into the partial posts lately! If you are following along with my Honeymoon diaries you know already that the five part travel series is in progress. Well, I am going to do the same in this next set of recipes. Today is the first part of three for a scrumptious summertime meal.