Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish

A Risotto Recipe to Warm You Up

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I can’t believe I haven’t posted this yet! This risotto is so yummy and comforting now that it’s getting cold. I made this right after the NCLEX — the boards to become a registered nurse — and it was a welcome distraction. There’s something so therapeutic about making risotto with all the stirring and mixing. I had this idea for a pumpkin leek combination and something about it seemed like it needed some bacon. For a curve ball, I used a dry red wine (since that’s what I had), but I think it adds some depth of color to this fall dish. I should also admit I’m not sure if it made a true 7 or 8 cup batch between all my “tastings” oops. . . Here’s a recipe for Pumpkin Leek Risotto with Turkey Bacon to soothe your soul and warm you to your toes.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up

Getting Gritty for Grits

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I used to be an unusual breakfast eater when I was little. Like mashed potatoes for breakfast odd. My parents used to live in Savannah, Georgia and as a stint to please my savory breakfast preferences, my mom introduced cheesy grits in elementary school. As a New Englander, they’re deliciously different. Grits are finely ground corn kernels and have a “grittier” texture than oatmeal or cream of wheat. We just rediscovered them for a dinner comprising of pot roast and grits, which graced the cover of Southern Living. I took my old cheesy grits and added bacon for flavor and spinach for color — you’d never know there’s spinach in there. Although they’re mostly used in Southern cuisine and with savory dishes, you might see a sweeter take in posts to come. Enjoy your Cheddar Grits with Bacon & Spinach, y’all!

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