My fridge is bare and I have zero inspiration for dinner tonight? Does that sound familiar? Today was one of those days where every minute was scheduled and the last thing on my mind was what to cook for dinner. I always keep a few ingredients on hand so I can make dinner in a flash: pasta in the pantry, frozen peas and carrots, heavy cream. It’s all you need […] Read Full Post
If you’re cooking shrimp for dinner tonight you might be wondering what’s the quickest and easiest way to peel and devein shrimp. Follow these simple steps and you can get fresh shrimp cooking in no time. If you have some frozen shrimp (which I always keep in the freezer for last minute meals) Place them in a bowl and pour over luke warm water. After about 15 minutes, pour out […] Read Full Post
I’ve always wanted to try to Sous Vide, but it seemed complicated, fussy, not to mention expensive. So when I had the opportunity to try the Kitchen Gizmo Sous Vide Machine I knew it would be a fun experiment. Whenever I hear ‘cook for 72 hours’ in a recipe, I usually turn the page and look for another, quicker route. But this brisket came out so delicious, tender and flavorful, […] Read Full Post
Few things are as tasty and simple as street tacos. You don’t have to spend a ton of time marinating and slow cooking meat to get a flavorful taco with a delicious sauce. Here’s my simple flank steak taco recipe, I hope you’ll try it and give me your comments!
Corn tortillas, fresh cilantro, sour cream, diced tomatoes for serving
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The next time you want a time saving beef entree, don’t overlook flank steak. It’s so simple to prepare and it’s versatile enough to use in place of ground beef for your tacos, a simple protein bowl with brown rice and avocado, or just simply on its own with steamed vegetables. My garlicky, juicy, grilled flank steak recipe will be a hit, guaranteed (especially if you serve it with a […] Read Full Post
The only thing that could possibly make mac n cheese better, is if I could sneak in some extra veggies without compromising the taste. I feel like I finally got it down, thanks to riced cauliflower that tastes mild enough to pass to my kids. I’m not a big fan of hiding veggies from my kids, so while they devoured this dish I told them it had healthy cauliflower in it! I swear, give his recipe a try and you may never go back to your original version again.
Cauliflower Mac n Cheese
1 lb gluten free elbow macaroni pasta, cooked al dente
2 cups 2% milk, microwaved until hot but not boiling
1 bay leaf
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cups grated Parmesan
Pinch of nutmeg
pinch of cayenne (optional)
1 head cauliflower, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
In a large sauce pan, add the cauliflower and butter and sauce until tender. Sprinkle the flour on top and stir until combined. Meanwhile, heat the milk and the bayleaf in the microwave for 1 minute. Slowly add the hot milk, whisking vigorously until well combined. Add salt, cheddar, nutmeg and cayenne. Stir until combined, then taste and add salt to your liking. Toss the sauce with the pasta and parmesan and serve.
The only thing that could make mac n cheese better would be to sneak in some added nutrition. I’m not a fan of hiding vegetables in classic dishes, but this cauliflower mac n cheese is so creamy, cheesy and delicious that my kids actually ask for it over the traditional recipe. Give it a try and I promise you’ll only make this recipe when you’re craving weeknight comfort food.
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Purple Cauliflower Steaks – photo courtesy and recipe adapted from Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
I went to the regular grocery store, not even a specialty store like Whole Foods, but H-E-B and Tom Thumb (called Safeway in other cities) and I saw such a variety of new foods on grocery shelves, including purple vegetables. Purple cauliflower, purple asparagus, purple carrots, they’re beautiful and delicious! Other foods that are becoming […] Read Full Post
My boys adore what I call ‘yellow food’ – cheese pizza, mac n cheese, chicken nuggets, did I mention cheese? And I’m okay with indulging in those yummy foods, who doesn’t love comfort foods? But I want my kids to eat all fruits and vegetables and get a variety of nutrients and flavors into their diets. So here are my tips for getting kids to try new vegetables:
I absolutely love lasagna, and eating one serving is just impossible for me. The cheesy, gooey mozzarella, tangy tomato sauce and creamy ricotta filling is irresistible! But my waistline doesn’t love it as much as my tastebuds! So I tested out a low carb version using ground turkey and zucchini in place of the lasagna noodles. The result was guiltless perfection!
Low Carb Turkey and Zucchini Lasagna
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Ground Beef vs Ground Turkey, which one is better for you?
Turkey has the reputation for being healthier than beef, but here are some stats that may surprise you. Per ounce, ground dark turkey meat and ground beef have pretty much the same calories, fat, including saturated, and protein. Plus, grass fed and free range beef is readily available at most grocery stores, while humane turkey is almost impossible to […] Read Full Post