Tag: healthy eating

Cabbage with cumin, turmeric, and red pepper flakes

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Back to veggies! I bought some savoy cabbage with the intention of making Alex Guarnaschelli’s braised cabbage. However I found another recipe for Ethiopian cabbage that sparked my interest so I decided to go that route instead. I wound up changing the recipe quite a bit but the outcome was delicious! This cabbage is spiced with garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric and lots of red pepper flakes. I’m always looking for unique ways to cook vegetables so I’m really glad this worked out. (more…)

Easy Meat & Mushroom sauce

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Spaghetti and meat sauce definitely fall under the comfort food category in my book. Especially when the meat sauce is a bolognese and is rich and creamy. Friday was one of those days that just called for comfort food and luckily, I had all the ingredients to make spaghetti and meat sauce.

A lot of meat sauce recipes, although delicious, can be really fattening. Bolognese often is laced with heavy cream. This meat sauce is actually quite healthy. It still had that creamy taste because I used a surprise ingredient, fat free sour cream (Greek yogurt would work equally well). I also “beefed” up the recipe with lots of vegetables, like onions, carrots, and mushrooms and I used a very lean ground beef. I have to say, I wasn’t so sure about adding the mushrooms in but I actually really like the flavor they give the sauce. (more…)

My version of Baingan Bharta (Indian eggplant curry)

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I love eggplant. It can be a tricky vegetable to cook, but when it’s cooked properly it is delicious. I went a bit eggplant crazy the other day at the grocery store because the eggplants looked so good. I still have some leftover that I need to figure out what to do with before they go bad! After searching the internet for eggplant recipes and not finding anything that really suited my mood, I decided to try my hand at making baingan bharta, an Indian eggplant dish I often order at Indian restaurants. I love eggplant parmesan just as much as anybody but I was in the mood for something more exotic. I’ve been experimenting a lot with cooking Indian food, and although not everything I make has turned out well (I had a bit of a disaster the other day with some spiced stuffed peppers I made), I am learning which spices go well together and so I figured I’d give this eggplant dish a whirl. I’m glad I did, because it came out quite well! (more…)

Smoky spiced potatoes and chickpeas

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Some of my favorite meals don’t include meat. I’m not a vegetarian but if I had to cut out one food group it would definitely be meat. I just don’t crave it the way I do other food groups, like carbs, unfortunately. Sunday night’s dinner was yet another meatless meal for me. I wanted something with a bit of an Indian flavor and this is what I came up. In this dish, potatoes and chickpeas are flavored with garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric and red chili flakes. One of the most important components of this dish is the carmelized onions. I let the onions cook probably for about 15 minutes until they turned a deep brown color and became really sweet. This really adds an amazing deep flavor to the dish so be patient as they carmelize. Greek yogurt, cilantro and lime are the perfect finish to the meal and add a nice freshness to the potatoes and chickpeas.

Side note, I also made beef enchiladas, courtesy of The Pioneer Woman, because unlike me, my husband eats a lot of meat. (more…)

My quick and easy Thursday night dinner

This dinner is one of the fastest ones I’ve ever whipped up. The two dishes I created don’t necessarily go together but I happened to be trying to use up left overs so I made them in the same night. One dish, I can’t take credit for. It’s from Trader Joe’s frozen department. The other dish, I can take credit for and it consists of only 5 ingredients.

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It started because I wanted to cook up Trader Joe’s frozen Thai lime shrimp skewers to try. However, I had just made couscous the other night and I didn’t feel like making rice. Plus I already had some leftover whole grain pasta from the night before when I made my favorite zucchini and mushroom pasta. So even though pasta and Thai flavored shrimp on skewers don’t go toghether, I decided to use up the leftovers in my fridge. The pasta may sound like a pretty weird concoction but it actually works and it’s so easy to throw together. (more…)

Spring time couscous

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It’s officially spring time here in New Jersey! Although the weather is not reflecting the season currently, I still felt inspired to create a spring time dish. I also desperately need to make a trip to the grocery store, and so last night was basically a night to use up some of the remaining ingredients in my fridge. The reason I call it a spring time dish is because it has so many bright flavors that people normally associate with the weather warming up. Scallions, corn, and lemon are the main components of this dish aside from the couscous, obviously. (more…)

Vegetarian pasta with grated zucchini and mushrooms

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This may be the best pasta dish I’ve ever made. You won’t miss the meat at all, I promise. The pasta is full of flavor with beefy baby portabello mushrooms, grated zucchini, and freshly grated pecorino romano or parmesan cheese. Seriously, I could have eaten the whole thing in one sitting. I ate about half…Self control.

Anyway, make this pasta. It’s delicious. (more…)

Healthy toaster oven burrito

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There are so many good things I can say about this burrito. First and foremost, it’s super healthy and packed full of foods that we should all be eating. Side note, I’ve been watching “The Food Hospital” on Cooking Channel, and it’s really making me think more about the things I am eating. I think that might have been what inspired this recipe. Second, this recipe literally takes 5 minutes to throw together (maybe less) and then another 5 minutes to bake. Third, it’s a toaster oven recipe, and therefore, requires very little cleanup. It also happens to be delicious. (more…)

Eggplant parm shortcut

Andouille sausage in the crock pot

This recipe is so so easy AND it involves the slow cooker/crock pot. Win, win. It all started with Andouille sausage. This was my first time cooking with Andouille sausage so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I usually cook with hot or sweet Italian sausage. I decided instead of just making my usual go to recipe of sausage and peppers, I’d give it more of a Creole style flair (I think of Creole flavored food when I think of Andouille) with some beans, corn, cilantro and hot sauce. This dish can be eaten plain as sort of a sausage gumbo, or served with rice, pasta or crusty bread. (more…)

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