Provencal Soup

3 Apr

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With Michael away for the next week, I finally get to eat all of my favorite meals that he hates! Our biggest dispute is over soup. I love soup but Michael doesn’t feel that soup is a real meal. But he’s away so I get to eat all the soup I want!

Ina Garten’s Provencal Vegetable Soup is one of my absolute favorites. I could eat it everyday and never get sick of it. I don’t make any major modifications to the recipe, except that I make extra Pistou and use whole wheat noodles instead of semolina. I find the potato/noodle combination particularly filling so I reduce the amount of noodles.

You can find the recipe on Food Network

Apple-Maple-Salad

This delicious salad accompanied my yummy soup. I was at my sister’s house and she had this amazing salad dressing by Salad Girl in Crisp Apple Maple. You can find it at Whole Foods in the refrigerated area of the produce section. I highly recommend trying it!

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As always, enjoy!

Tagliarelle with Pesto Sauce and Roasted Green Vegetables

2 Apr

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This was my first attempt at making pesto and I totally lucked out that it worked! I haven’t had pesto in years and I had forgotten how much I like it. I made this dish two ways but forgot to take pictures of the first version which had cauliflower instead of pasta. The cauliflower version would also work well as a side dish.

Pesto

Ingredients:
2 cups basil leaves
2-3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup parmesan
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup olive oil
1 package pasta or 1 head cauliflower
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine the first five ingredients, salt and pepper in a blender.
  2. Blend until well combined.

For the Pasta Version:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package.
  2. Drain the cooked pasta and transfer the pasta to a bowl. Add the pesto and toss well.
  3. Sprinkle with parmesan and pine nuts and serve.

For the Cauliflower Version:

  1. Cut the cauliflower in florets.
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil and add the florets and cook until tender.
  3. Drain the cauliflower and toss with the pesto.
  4. Sprinkle with parmesan and pine nuts.

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As always, enjoy!

Tagliarelle with Truffle Butter Sauce

29 Mar

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Trust me, you want to eat this. This is the easiest dish that I have ever made and it will blow your mind. We had this for our Valentine’s Day dinner and we both inhaled it. I found the truffle butter at Whole Foods but only in a 4 oz. container. Since I had no other use for the extra ounce, I decided to use the whole container. Other than that, I didn’t change a thing about this recipe. It’s absolutely perfect!

You can find the recipe here Tagliarelle with Truffle Butter

Poached Eggs with Roasted Asparagus and Thyme-Garlic Potatoes

28 Mar

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We had brinner again last night. Although, this seemed more like a schnazzy dinner to me. I had something else planned but had an epiphany while running, and rearranged my dinner plan to make this. Luckily, it did not disappoint! I could have eaten the entire pan of potatoes!

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Ingredients:
5 yukon gold potatoes, washed and cubed
1 tbsp fresh thyme
3 cloves garlic, mashed (I used a garlic press)
12 asparagus spears, bottoms trimmed
4 eggs
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350o. Place the asparagus in a baking dish, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and toss to coat. Roast in the oven until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Combine the cubed potatoes, 2 tbsp olive oil, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper in a large bowl and combine until the potatoes are coated with oil and spices.
  3. Heat the butter in a large pan over medium heat, add the potatoes and cook until golden brown on all sides.
  4. Add the eggs to an egg poacher and cook until the eggs are just tender.

As always, enjoy!

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Cheeseless Chocolate Cheesecake

27 Mar

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I actually made this cake as part of our Valentine’s Day dinner. When I saw the picture on Facebook, I knew that it would be the perfect way to end the evening. While I can only take credit for the homemade whipped cream, I highly recommend that you try the cake. It was amazing. Not super sweet and not overly chocolatey, just perfect.

You can find the recipe at Paleo Parents

Homemade Whip Cream
Ingredients:
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp confectioner’s sugar

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer, combine the cream, sugar and vanilla.
  2. Begin slowly mixing and gradually turn the mixer to medium and mix until the cream has thickened to form a peak on the end of the whisk. Be careful not to overmix or you will wind up with really sweet butter!

As always, enjoy!

Roasted Root Vegetables topped with Baked Portobello Mushroom and Frisee

26 Mar

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I saw a picture of a similar meal posted on Facebook and thought it looked delicious. I decided to try my hand at it and added more root vegetables, changed the salad to frisee and had to figure out what dressing would pair well with all the flavors. I almost used apple cider vinegar for the dressing, but made a game time decision and decided to go with champagne vinegar. Definitely the way to go. The champagne vinaigrette stood up really well to the bitterness of the frisee and the root vegetables really brought out the flavor of the vinegar. Michael’s only complaint was that there was only one of them!

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Ingredients:
Serves 2
2 carrots, peeled and cubed
1 large parsnip, peeled and cubed
1 large beet, peeled and cubed
2 portobello mushrooms, stemmed
Pizza Dough or puff pastry
2 cups frisee, washed and chopped
2 tbsp goat cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper

For the Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup olive oil
3-4 tbsp champagne vinegar
1/2 tsp german mustard
1/2 small shallot, minced
2 tbsp honey

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400o.
  2. Place the diced vegetables on a baking sheet and lightly toss with 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast the vegetables until soft, about 30 minutes turning them half way through.
  3. On a floured surface, roll out the pizza dough or puff pastry until 1/16 inch thick. Place the mushrooms on the dough and cut circles about an inch larger than the mushrooms. Wrap the edges around the mushrooms, place on a baking sheet and bake along with the vegetables.
  4. Wash the frisee, place in a large bowl and set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining olive oil, vinegar, mustard, shallot and honey. Pour the dressing over the frisee, add the goat cheese and toss well.
  6. Place the roasted vegetables on a plate, then the mushroom and top with the frisee salad.

As always, enjoy!

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Homemade Cheeze-its

25 Mar

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Cheesy snacks are a classic, a terribly addictive classic. This is precisely why I try to avoid them. Sometimes my craving gets the best of me and I can’t resist. Rather than buying store-bought junk food, I opted to make my own! I devoured them within 24 hours.

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Ingredients:
1 cup white whole wheat flour
11/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese (reduce to 1 cup if you use extra sharp cheddar)
2 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp ice-cold water

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, cheese and coconut oil.
  2. With the mixer on low, add the water one tablespoon at a time.
  3. Turn the speed up to medium and mix for 3-4 minutes. While the dough is still in the bowl, use your hands to form a ball.
  4. Transfer the dough to the countertop and shape it into a square. Roll the square out to about 1/8 inch thick.
  5. Cut the dough into squares and place the squares onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes until the edges are a light golden brown. Allow the squares to cool on a baking rack.

As always, enjoy!

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Tempeh Marsala

22 Mar

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Here is another household favorite, especially for Michael. He could eat this everyday of the week and be a very happy camper. Whenever I’m making the grocery list and ask him if he has any requests for the week, it’s always the same answer, Marsala.

This recipe was inspired by the recipe from 100 Days of Real Food. I altered the recipe long before we stopped eating meat because I didn’t feel like there was enough flavor. You can always substitute cubed chicken for the tempeh.

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Ingredients:
Inspired by Chicken Marsala Pasta
1 lb whole wheat pasta, cooked according to the package
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 block tempeh, cubed and seasoned according to package
1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
3 tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra
11/2 cup marsala wine
1 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
salt and pepper

For the Asparagus:
Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350o.
  2. Spread the asparagus out in baking dish and drizzle with olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Lightly toss the asparagus to coat well.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the asparagus is soft enough to pierce with a knife.

For the Marsala:
Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package
  2. Cut the tempeh into strips and lightly drizzle with olive oil. On a plate, combine the bread crumbs, garlic powder and italian seasoning.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Toss the oiled tempeh in the bread crumb mixture and add to the pan. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
  4. Remove the tempeh from the pan, reduce the heat to low and add the marsala. Bring the heat back up to medium and slowly add the cream.
  5. Add the tempeh back into the sauce, reduce to low to keep warm.
  6. Toss the pasta with the sauce, plate with the asparagus on top.

As always, enjoy!

Cookie Dough Cookies

21 Mar

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I found this recipe for Raw Cookie Dough Bites which is amazing, because I too was at a loss for what to do with all of the almond pulp left over from my almond milk. I hate wasting food and I felt bad throwing away all that perfectly good almond pulp. Needless to say, I was ecstatic when Megan posted her recipe.

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Just a note, I used peanut butter instead of almond butter. If you use peanut butter I would recommend reducing the coconut oil to about 2 tablespoons or omitting it all together. I haven’t tried it with almond butter only because we don’t eat almond butter. The peanut butter version is delicious. They are so good, it’s worth making almond milk just for these bites!

You can find the recipe here.

As always, enjoy!

Spanakopita

20 Mar

Spanakopita

While at the gym a while back the Barefoot Contessa was on one of the TVs and she was making individual spanakopitas. They looked delicious but I had completely forgotten about them by the time I got home. It dawned on me while planning my meals for the week, that I should make spanakopita. So, I powered up google, did a little research and came up with this amazing mess!

Ingredients:
11/2 lbs spinach
1 large onion, chopped
2 bunches green onions, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp nutmeg
8 oz crumbled feta cheese
24 sheets of phyllo dough (half for the top and half for the bottom)
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375o.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Saute the onion until clear, about 5 minutes. Add the green onions and spinach and saute until the spinach is wilted.
  3. In a bowl, beat the eggs and add the spinach mixture, feta cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Lay 1 of the phyllo sheets out on a flat surface and carefully brush olive oil across the top. Lay the sheet into the baking dish and repeat with the remaining 12 sheets.
  5. Pour the spinach mixture into the baking dish.
  6. Lay 1 sheet of the remaining phyllo dough on the flat surface and brush olive oil on the top of each sheet and layering them to form the top.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

As always, enjoy!