When your sides are in a slump…

20170326_122232Lately I feel like most our meals have been repeats, hence the lack of posts. We have been rotating a lot of our go to faves for the week nights, which have been great, but how many soup and roast chicken pics do ya’ll really want to see??? We have however tried to get a little more creative in the sides department, to add a nice twist to the meal. This asparagus side was super delicious and filling, and a great way to clear out the fridge with some items, which is always my main goal. Nick was trying to replicate a dish he remembered his grandma serving a long time ago, and although I never tried that one, his own version was perfect.  Continue reading “When your sides are in a slump…”

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Corn Cravings & Sick Babies…

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WOWSA, what a week. Since last Saturday we have been living quite the unpredictable life over here, dealing with a bad virus that took our poor little Char down. Needless to say, Nick and I are spent. Aren’t weekends supposed to relax you??? I’m hopeful that we all wake up tomorrow feeling 100% better. Due to our lack of energy, dinner tonight was a very basic soup, but one that turned out even better than we had hoped for. I’ve been craving corn for some time now, but it’s not super easy to find in the grocery stores given the season. Well, today we spotted fresh corn, and we decided to go with a corn and red pepper chowder. It that tasted so deliciously creamy, yet didn’t have one dash of cream in it; boy was it to die for! We kept it simple, pairing the soup with a nice baguette on the side, allowing for a super quick cleanup and early bedtime for all.  Continue reading “Corn Cravings & Sick Babies…”

Meatless Friday!

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As Lent season has officially kicked off, we try our best to avoid meat on Fridays. Honestly, there is a Friday or two (or three lol) where we forget, but happily this week we remembered before I hit the grocery store. We were still feeling really hungry though, so decided to make a cauliflower fried rice bowl, packed heavy with a variety of veggies and sauteed shrimp on top. Continue reading “Meatless Friday!”

A Healthier Take On Eggplant Parm…

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Usually I avoid more complex dishes during the week, and save them for the weekends, but man was I having an eggplant parm craving. And like most food cravings, once it’s in my mind, I just can’t let it go. So this was our first attempt of making a healthier/faster version of the dish, and I must say, it turned out amazing! I actually prefer this lighter style, vs the heavier baked dish you usually see smothered in cheese, leaving you super full at the end. The big secret here is lightly coating the eggplant with flour and breadcrumbs. We use panko to save on calories, and skip mozzarella all together. Instead we garnish at the end with grated parmesan and light red sauce.
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Holiday Detox….

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Nick has definitely earned the title for best soup chef in our household. I always think mine are good, but then I taste his, and they just put mine to shame. Recently he has perfected our go to cauliflower soup recipe, making it a tad chunkier in texture, by incorporating more whole pieces into the dish and adding a touch of flour, which I think fills you up more. Continue reading “Holiday Detox….”

Pre Thanksgiving Carbo Load…

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My apologies for the lack of posts this last month. Life kind of caught up to me, and I found myself not having a lot of computer time these last few weeks. I hope everyone is recovering from their Turkey Day food comas. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday and I enter serious sad mode once the day has past. Luckily, I have Black Friday sales to distract me 🙂

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Pumpkin Soup from Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard …

 

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From last weeks post, you can see we took Char to her first pumpkin patch. It was so fun to get out of the city and let her play outside at Harvest Moon Orchards. We brought back only one pumpkin, and used it for dinner that night. In hindsight, we should have brought more, for future dishes. I was a big fan of pumpkin soup, as it’s probably the most similar to my #1 love, butternut squash. Happy Saturday Everyone!!! Continue reading “Pumpkin Soup from Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard …”

Sweet Toppings & Salty Sides…

pork-w-datesI’m pretty much obsessed with Figs & Dates…if they weren’t so expensive, I would buy a pound a week, but between that and my weekly intake of almonds, cashews, and berries, I have to cut my losses somewhere. Last night however, I decided to make fresh dates the focus (they were cheaper than the figs), while bringing back the usual seared pork chops (boneless this time), with a new twist on our usual roasted cauliflower. I tossed the cauliflower in a easy mustard mix beforehand, and I have to say, I don’t think I will ever look back; it’s mustard from here on out! This dish was great, because the entree was very sweet, but it was paired with a tangy salty vegetable, adding a nice zing! Overall, a fast dish to make, as Char was down by 7pm, and dinner was served by 7:20pm (we put the veggies in to roast around 6:40- and started the pork at 7-to help you plan). Continue reading “Sweet Toppings & Salty Sides…”

B-Squash is Back on the Shelves…

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As if this cooler jacket weather isn’t already a reminder of the start of Fall, there are a few changes that take place in my super market that are a dead give away summer is over. One of the obvious, being the glorious over flow of beautiful butternut squashes taking over the produce department (insert lots of fist pumping here!!).  I had my first sighting yesterday, so OBVIOUSLY had to swoop one up immediately. Continue reading “B-Squash is Back on the Shelves…”

Spiralizing Through The Weekend…

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And another weekend comes to an end….sigh. We were ALL over the map this weekend. From downtown to Brooklyn to the Upper East Side, you name it! All the while, this official 10 month old was trying to sprint everywhere. She is walking, falling, and laughing non-stop and on repeat; it’s GLORIOUS. Which brings us to today’s recipe, which reflects our current mood: TIRED. That calls for some shortcuts in the kitchen, using our good old friend the spiralizer and ground meat. Continue reading “Spiralizing Through The Weekend…”