Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Vegetarian

Very Decadent, Yet Very Easy Vegetable Risotto

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I love risotto. I think it’s really fun to make and almost a cathartic process with all the adding, mixing and stirring. It’s been a bit chilly in Boston (or at least I think so after coming from beautifully sunny weather on Sanibel Island), so this seemed like the perfect time to post Vegetable Risotto using zucchini, butternut squash and spinach. To stay in a true vegetarian nature, I used homemade vegetable stock, but have also used homemade chicken stock, which adds just as much flavor (see notes for how to). You’d never know cream or milk haven’t been added in. Mixing in freshly grated parmesan cheese still gives the risotto a decadent taste without being over-the-top and the butternut squash almost melts down to add a creamy texture to the risotto. Can I have seconds yet?

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Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Soup

Buff Chick Chili FTW #TB12

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I was debating licking my bowl since this Buffalo Chicken White Bean Chili is THAT GOOD. I love checking recipes on Skinny Taste, and this chili seemed like a good one to try during and maybe make again for Super Bowl Sunday, since everyone in New England will be anxiously watching this weekend. This chili version is packed with veggies (obviously carrots and celery and I snuck in some puréed pumpkin as well) and with all of the taste of buffalo chicken, but in a more “guilt-free” packaging. I used  a plain, organic rotisserie chicken so then I could use the remaining meat for salads, sandwiches and bowls. (I also saved the carcass to try my hand at making homemade stock! Stay tuned…)  The only downside of this recipe is that it’s on the higher end for sodium, which is why I don’t add any extra salt and chose toppings like plain, non-fat Greek yogurt and chopped celery versus cheese, but do whatever floats your boat — just indulge in moderation!

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Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Soup

The Best Chicken “Noodle” Soup You Haven’t Had (Yet)

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Guuuuuys, this soup is sooooo goooood. And it’s Dee approved (aka my roommate had a bowl with me for dinner tonight). It’s a one pot recipe so quite easy to make and easy clean up. It’s been rainy, chilly and windy in Boston this week (happy first week of May?) so a warm soup was in the cards, but one that was still light and fresh and indicative of the warmer weather that should be here. I’ve never bought bok choy before, but it was addition and a welcomed break from kale or spinach. I’ve also been slightly obsessed with sweet potato noodles lately, so I swapped rice noodles for some more hearty veggies. Dee and I may or may not have had seconds of this Sesame Chicken Soup with Sweet Potato Noodles. And by “may,” we definitely did!

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Italian, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian

Blissfully Stuffed After Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

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These Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers are when you want something satisfying without the sensation that you just swallowed a brick; they’re like a hearty salad that is way more fun.  I’ve seen these gracing the pages of Instagram and Pinterest, and turned to the Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, NY for inspiration. (They’re dedicated to the vegetarian movement.) The resulting roasted bell peppers were quite tender and juicy. I topped with tomato sauce for some added flavor. I also made wayyyyy too much quinoa veggie filling and “recycled” it with chicken sausage and over sautéed baby spinach. I definitely want to try a carnivore version — ground turkey? BBQ chicken for the summer? Southwestern beef? I see a Thai version and a Mexican version being taste-tested in the near future.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée

Mmmmm, I Love Fall Dinners

Kale Apple Sausage Fall "Pasta"

I’m not sure what I just created for dinner tonight, but it was delicious. I’m not even sure how to aptly describe all of the flavors involved in this masterpiece; I already know I will not come close to doing this justice. I’m leaving for a gerontological conference tomorrow. Needless to say, my fridge required a creative way to utilize all the produce I still had and not let it go to waste. My aunt and uncle grew the gorgeous kale I used to make the Spicy “Green” Miso Soup. The kale was extremely tender and sautéed so well.  The pumpkin ravioli and apple chicken sausage are findings from Whole Foods. Summon some chopped pecans, spinach and spaghetti squash to have the ultimate fall dish: Kale Apple Sausage Fall “Pasta.” Plus, this is a one pot kind of dish so you’re welcome in advanced for easy clean up. More time to savor the meal!
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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Seafood, Vegan, Vegetarian

Clinging to Summer with Summer Stir Fry

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This dish was bright. I’m not sure how else to describe accurately describe it, but I think bright has just the right connotation: vibrant, citrusy and light. With summer (quickly) coming to an end and late summer vegetables in abundance, I give you Summer Stir Fry. I was inspired to slice the ears of corn into medallions after seeing Martha do it. (Ms. Stewart and I are obviously on a first name basis.) Shrimp always seems to be a lighter option than chicken or steak and it’s a fun way to incorporate seafood. The summer veggies and shrimp were tossed with a lovely Garlic Scape Pesto in Curry from the Ithaca Farmer’s Market. Plate with baby spinach (and maybe some crusty bread and white wine) and bon appétit!

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Meal Prep, Salad, Side

Sweet & Tangy BBQ Dinner

Open Faced BBQ Chicken Sandwich with an Apple Slaw (& Sweet Potato Fries)

Open Faced BBQ Chicken Sandwich with an Apple Slaw (& Spicy Garlic Sweet Potato Fries). Try saying that title five times fast. I lightened up your traditional sandwich by making it oped faced and adding multigrain bread. Who has BBQ without fries or chips? Not me. I added some baked sweet potato fries tossed with garlic and spicy red pepper flakes. The apple slaw is worth trying alone. If you’re feeling particularly creative, I’d add some lemon zest to the slaw for that extra pop of flavor, which I did not do. but that’s why there’s next time . . . The slaw is light and fresh with a bit of crunch to balance the acidity and tanginess from the BBQ sauce. With sweet apples and fresh lemon juice, you won’t be able to take just one bite!

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Mexican

Not Your Typical Beans & (Cauliflower) “Rice”

Steak, Beans & "Rice" with a Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

Real Simple hit the nail on the head. I saw this recipe and brilliant idea for an updated beans and rice and really wanted to try their take. Plus, I never had reasons to like steak and this seemed like it could be one. Steak, Beans & “Rice” with a Fresh Tomatillo Salsa. I swapped rice for cauliflower rice for a lighter take — super easy! Grab a mini food processor and you easy have salsa and cauliflower rice; two for one. (Quinoa would be a great substitute for rice as well.) I’ve never worked with tomatillos before let alone had one and now I can’t to have them again. The salsa is tart, light, but not too sour all in one. I added some cherry tomatoes to lighten the flavor and add some vibrancy. Grill the steak instead for a colorfully light summer dish. Pair with a Four Ingredient Margarita and you have a dinner sure to impress.

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