Appetizer, Better Than Takeout, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Italian, Lightened Up, Vegetarian

Cauliflower Pizza Crust for the Win

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I love Cauliflower Pizza Crust. This was another great Pinterest find. This recipe has been in my kitchen circulation for about 3 years now. Carbs have gotten such a bad rep, but I still like to dabble with different options like gluten-free. The only downside to this gluten-free curst is that it can be paaaaacked with cheese. Don’t get me wrong — I love cheese. It’s absolutely delicious, but I’m a firm believer in moderation. I cut back on the cheese and the crust was still a “crust.” I’ve cooked this crust many ways — on foil, on a pizza stone, directly on a baking sheet — and using the Silpat allowed for a crispy crust that perfectly browned on the bottom and was much more like a “true curst.” Who wants another slice?

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Appetizer, Entrée, Lightened Up, Mexican, Snack, Vegetarian

Craving Some Cheesy Quesadillas

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I’ve been craving quesadillas lately. I’m not entirely sure what spawned this craving, but I’m going to blame the nachos I had last week. (I personally blame Nacho Mama for posting all of her mouthwatering nacho finds around the Boston area.) This craving could also be contributed to the fact that I made an impromptu quesadilla while in St. Thomas, complete with pinto beans in the cheesy inside and topped with freshly chopped lettuce and salsa. Man, did that hit the spot. Instead, I give you Black Bean Spinach Quesadilla with a crunchy outsides (thanks, skillet) and a gooey inside full of refried black beans, spinach and cheese. They’re lightened up with plain Greek yogurt for sour cream and corn tortillas for flour. Happy Meatless Monday!

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Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Sizzling (Meatless) Summer Stir Fry

Summer Vegetable Stir Fry with Crispy Tofu

Again, I’m experimenting with tofu. I’ve become a somewhat regular at a local Thai restaurant around the corner from me in Beacon Hill.  Their tofu is perfectly crispy and golden. Granted, they’re probably deep-frying it to perfection, but that’s another story. However much I simply love this indulgence, I wanted to “clean up” their Pad See You.* Think wide rice noodles, golden tofu, bean sprouts and broccoli in a sweet but spicy Thai basil sauce. Using zucchini noodles or zoodles are the main staple, I added more vegetables and a lighter sauce — the Summer Vegetable Stir Fry with Crispy Tofu was born and it’s a summer keeper.

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

Scrumptious Sesame Salmon Bowls

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I think I’ve had an Asian cuisine-inspired kick lately. First, the Daikon & Carrot Salad. Then, the Pho Soup. Now, these Sesame Salmon Brown Rice Bowls. This Sesame Curry Marinade for salmon is my go-to all by itself. It’s absolutely delicious, especially on grilled salmon in the summer, accompanying grilled vegetables. It’s my mom’s recipe, and you almost never need to find another marinade because it’s that good. It originally calls for toasted sesame seeds, but she found the seeds mostly burn while cooking so she substituted sesame oil. It may even be good as a salad dressing — who knows! As one of my last meals at home before moving to Boston, my mom combined this Sesame Curry Marinade with salmon, brown rice and fresh veggies. What a keeper. It was somehow light and heartier, flavorful and packed with veggies. I’m sure this will crop up in the future with new vegetable combinations.

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Entrée, Gluten-Free, Italian, One Pot Dish, Vegetarian

The Best Meatless Bolognese

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You have to trust me. This is delicious. Like I-need-seconds-right-now delicious. Like better than any dish served at Matzaluna (Allie knows what I mean). The ingredient list may look a wee bit long and/or intimidating, but this Creamy Vegetable Bolognese is really quite simple. I must admit, I don’t care for mushrooms. It has nothing to do with flavor and everything to do with texture. I just can’t get over that chewiness. By tossing the mushrooms into a food processor with all the other vegetables, you take care of that texture issue. This sauce would be perfect over your favorite pasta (spaghetti squash or zoodles), meat, white fish or even on a crusty piece of bread as an app. I loved it. Another winner from Giada’s Feel Good Food. I can’t wait to make it again, but I think I’ll need a double batch next time . . .

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