I had a really great food experience last Sunday. I woke up at 7:30, attended church at 9, and entertained friends for brunch at 10:45. Brunch included warm, quiche-like breakfast casserole, lemony-dressed mixed greens, and warm-from-the-oven scones. It probably seemed like I’d been slaving all morning, but I was cool as a cucumber as I sat down with my friends to eat.
I love 30 minute “all in one bowl” dinners for weeknights, especially ones that lack arbitrary ingredients. Sesame seeds are the most random here and they’re easy to throw on the grocery list. This one is light and healthy PLUS my 2 year old daughter devoured it. Even when noodles taste Asian she gobbles them down. Kid’s aren’t dummies, noodles are the best.
Truly, I blame some of my cooking/baking addiction with two things. 1, my kitchen TV. Sometimes a girl has got to mentally switch off, and nothing does it for me like a little tube. I could sit in the living room and watch OR I could watch in the kitchen, and end the sesh with a baked good. The other thing is terrible.
I wrote a post, I think still on this site, for banana cream pudding using packaged jello pudding mix and Nilla wafers. It was one we used in the school kitchens. So good. So full of preservatives and other unreadable ingredients. Here’s a more fresh, natural and low-cal take on the old favorite.
When you read the title on this post, I hope you didn’t imagine the typical mayo-drenched tuna salad you begged your mom not to pack for your school lunch. This is really more of a bean salad that contains tuna and fresh veggies—one loaded with protein, vitamin C and iron, at that.
Do you ever feel like you’re just sick of spending money? Not on fun things, like clothes at Target, but rather annoyingly expensive things like gas, food, and heat? This annoyance sparked the notion of a pantry cleanse, which let to these bagel chips (in case you find it difficult to follow my train of thought, let me explain).
1 c. of heavy cream in my last post, so this 200 calorie dinner-sized salad will hopefully strike a balance. “Big Salad” is a Seinfeld reference but it’s also the best way to describe this recipe. Since making dinner for many nights in a row gets monotonous for me, I like to categorize meals. You know how I love breakfast for dinner, but we also do “big salad” about once week.
Before I laud the absolute deliciousness of this naughty scone, I need to talk about it’s appropriateness. In my life of trying to make the right choice 80% of the time and splurging 20%, this scone falls into the 3%. I haven’t made a scone in months – but when occasion called, I refused to use whole wheat flour or applesauce for butter. No, I wanted the real thing.
Remember how I mentioned this week about our Seven Fish dinner? You’d think the star of the show would be the sauce full of seafood that simmers for hours: well not in my book. My cousins and I used to steal these from my Mom-mom, fresh from the oil, and tear into them with guilty grins. A few years ago my amazing Mom-mom passed away and when it came time to make the fried dough, I asked my mom if she had the recipe. Turns out my ever-practical grandmother used store-bought frozen bread dough! That would be the easier route, but what’s a holiday without undue work and stress? I set out to find a recipe.
My Grower’s market lately is as depressing as this weather. Too many cauliflower and not enough fruit. Granted my state of pregnancy has changed my tastes in that quesadillas with American cheese is all I want to eat for every meal, but still. One fruit that’s hanging around and often overlooked? Pears! Sure, they’re easy to store and transport, making pears a good snack, but they’re so much more than that: pears pair well with chocolate and work fantastically in baked goods.
Like many Italian-American families, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is a big part of my holiday every year. As the little cousins have married and made babies (like, 12), the original dinner has become a pig roast and we all do smaller, more traditional dinners with our perspective families. This year I was in charge of apps (as was my mom, sister and sister in law) at the big party and oddly it was my “I’ll eat anything as long as it makes me feel full” husband who came up with my addition.
Can’t go wrong when the title has the word butter printed twice, am I right? Because of the peanut butter chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches I’d made only days before, I found myself with a plethora of leftover honey roasted peanuts and mini chips – a fantastic snacking combo and one that my holiday-puffed self could do without. The charge of bringing a snacky-type dessert to Christmas day led to the creation of these browned butter biscotti and it was one of the BEST discoveries of the holiday!
Happy New Year! It’d make more sense for me to be posting light and healthy weight-loss recipes, but I have too many goodies to share from the holidays! Sorry – bear with me and I’ll get to the healthy stuff once I’m through. I hosted a small event a week or two before Christmas – heavy apps and desserts. It was a potluck sort of thing so I only had to make one app and one dessert. I thought to myself, what are the culinary advantages to hosting? You get to make food that needs to be served hot, or needs to be served frozen. Usually I avoid these recipes because I don’t want to deal with travel hassle. Hmm… what’s a crowd pleasing frozen dessert that won’t create more dishes for me?