November 26, 2014

pecan pie

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I love pecan pie.  Here is a recipe that is even better than the original without the corn syrup, and most of the ingredients you already have on hand.  This recipe also has an added bonus... the top layer is thin and crunchy... think toasted marshmallow crunchy.  It's amazing, and yes I may have already had a piece... and the guest aren't even here yet! 

easy caramel sauce

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 Amazing.  I adore caramel sauce but refuse to eat store-bought since it is full of high fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring, etc.  This... this is a little taste of heaven and will be perfect drizzled on my apple-cranberry pie!

apple-raisin stuffing

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This is my favorite stuffing recipe!  I love the raisins and apples with the savory spices and variety of breads.  This has been a Thanksgiving staple for a couple of years and is always a hit!

cranberry sauce with orange and basil

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 This cranberry sauce is delicious with the added orange and basil.  The sweetness from the basil compliments the tartness of the cranberries and the orange...  it is just a bonus!


cranberry salsa

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 Perfect for an appetizer on Thanksgiving day!  It delicious and puts a nice spin on traditional salsa.


November 25, 2014

breakfast casserole bites

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These egg casserole bites are perfect for breakfast and can be made ahead of time and frozen.  Plus, they are easy to customize for your guest and their dietary preferences.  You can also add bacon or sausage, or make a combination.


November 24, 2014

Breakfast?

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What will you make for breakfast for your guest that are coming in town for Thanksgiving?  Tomorrow I will be making homemade granola and pumpkin and apple muffins.  It can be so easy to forget about breakfast when you are so busy planning the turkey dinner!  If you can make it ahead of time then they can grab it as they wake up and you won't have to prepare anything that morning.  You can just lay it out on pretty trays the night before and set the timer on the coffee maker... done!


chicken lettuce wraps

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Love the lettuce wraps at P.F. Chang's?  Then you will LOVE these!! Plus, they are fast and easy to make.

November 23, 2014

barley pilaf with white beans and broccoli

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 This recipe is easy and simple, making it perfect for a weeknight meal. If you are short on time go ahead and grab the quick-cooking pearl barley!

November 20, 2014

Grocery List- Week 20

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Meals for the week:


-barley pilaf with white beans and broccoli (can be eaten as a vegetarian main course or used as a side for your favorite meat)
-chicken lettuce wraps
-spinach, almond, and feta pasta

Produce
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 onions
  • 2 inches ginger root (1 tablespoon grated)
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 3 cups broccoli florets and diced stem (about 2 stalks)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dill or basil (if you use basil I would highly recommend using fresh)
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 6 ounces spinach, chopped (I used half spinach, half arugula... I love the bitterness in the arugula!)
  • 3 ounces onion, kale, or alfalfa sprouts
Baking/Spices/Nuts
    • 2-3 ounces toasted almond slices
    Dressings/Oils/Vinegars
    • 6 ounces tablespoons olive oil
    Ethnic
    • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 
    • 1 teaspoon sriracha, or more, to taste
    • 1, 8 ounce can whole or sliced water chestnuts (they will be diced)
    Pasta/Rice/Beans/Canned Goods
    • 3 3/4 cups vegetable broth
    • 1 1/2 cups barley (if you are short on time you can use quick-cooking pearl barley, you will just need to adjust your cooking time OR if you can't find barley you can substitute arborio rice)
    • 3 cups cooked great northern beans (1 cup uncooked/2 cans)
    • 1 pound small dried pasta (for gluten-free make sure to choose a gluten-free pasta)
    Freezer

    Dairy
    • 4 ounces feta cheese 
    Seafood/Meat
    • 1 pound ground chicken (I had the meat department grind up a package of organic thighs)
    Miscellaneous

    November 17, 2014

    homemade granola

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    I love granola and the best part about making your own is controlling the amount of sugar and what ingredients you add!  Ever heard that granola isn't much more than crumbled cookie?  Some of the store bought granola is nutritionally exactly that... but this recipe is delicious and you can customize your recipe depending on what you have on hand.

    Whole oats are full of good-for-you fiber, high in protein, and contain vitamins and minerals like folate, iron, and magnesium.  Be sure you are buying 100% pure whole rolled oats, nothing that says “instant” or “quick cooking”.

    I like to use coconut oil because it’s full of nutrients and adds a really nice light flavor to the granola, but you can use any healthy oil you like the taste of. Macadamia nut oil or grape seed oil would also be great, I would stay away from olive oil because it has a strong flavor.
     
    I always add nuts and seeds to my homemade granola for flavor, texture, extra nutrients and added healthy protein. A small amount of unsweetened dried fruit is ok too, just make sure it’s unsweetened to keep the sugar content down.  You may use less sweetener if you add dried fruit. 

    November 15, 2014

    ginger sesame noodles with broccoli and cabbage

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    I have this thing for Asian pasta recipes that have a tahini sauce, pretty sure this isn't the first one I have posted, and this one is just as delicious if not better!  Perfect for the sweet glazed salmon recipe, maple soy salmon.  You will LOVE it!

    maple soy salmon

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     My favorite favorite favorite way to make salmon.  If you haven't tried it yet... do.  This is a great recipe to prepare for people that "don't like salmon".  My personal opinion... this will make a salmon lover of anyone!  I grew up thinking that I loved every type of fish except salmon and boy was I wrong!!


    November 12, 2014

    pasta with walnut-beet pesto and ricotta

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    After making pasta with radicchio, raisins, and pine nuts I realized how much I enjoyed the creamy ricotta topping on pasta.  This dish is a great way to make a pretty pasta and get plenty servings of vegetables, plus it's perfect for a week night.  Once the beets are done (which can be done earlier in the day or days ahead of time) it only took 15 minutes to prepare.  

    This recipe will surprise you with the incredible flavor.  When it is all said and done there is a hint of beet, but the majority of the flavor is from the toasted walnuts, red pepper flakes, and creamy ricotta.  My girls especially loved eating their fuschia spaghetti noodles!

    November 10, 2014

    chicken jalfrezi

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    This dish is tasty and perfect for someone that is just getting their "feet wet" when it comes to curry.  It is pretty basic and will remind you of a stir-fry.  If you would prefer you can make it with potatoes instead of rice.  You would just chop 3 large potatoes, add them to the skillet with 2 tablespoons of oil before adding the chicken, and cook for 10-15 minutes until they begin soften, then add the chicken. 

    November 09, 2014

    southwestern hash

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     This is so good!!!  We had it for dinner but it would also be perfect for a breakfast or brunch.  Delicious with a side of buttered toast.

    November 08, 2014

    three-bean chili

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    This vegetarian chili is delicious and perfect for the weather as it cools down.  The toppings definitely make this dish and dress it up from being "just your mother's chili".  


    November 05, 2014

    warm edamame and mushroom salad

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      This salad is so good and easy to prepare!  I served it with sesame shrimp but you could also pair it with tofu, chicken, beef, or fish... pretty much anything!

    sesame shrimp

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     These are so good and ridiculously easy!!  I made them to go with the warm edamame and mushroom salad and they were perfect!!

    November 03, 2014

    squash and cabbage pizza drizzled with tahini dressing

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     Sunday night... what to make for dinner?  After having left over cabbage, squash, and tahini dressing from the broccoli and squash salad I decided to use them for this delicious pizza.  It was so good and perfect for a family movie night!   

    November 01, 2014

    pasta with radicchio, raisins, and pine nuts

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     This picture does not do this pasta justice... it was one of my favorite pasta recipes yet!  Which is saying a lot actually.  Every flavor is represented and comes together beautifully.  The sweet raisins, creamy ricotta, layered with the nutty parmesan and pine nuts, topped with the bitter radicchio... let's just say I'll be making this one again!!  Not to mention that when you can make a pasta this good in 15 minutes... you've got a winner!  Want to pair it with meat?  I would suggest halving this recipe and using it as a side for chicken or beef. 

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