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When most people think of cauliflower, they probably don’t get excited.  It’s just another vegetable with a bland flavor…blah blah blah…but it’s so much more!  It’s packed with fiber and B-vitamins, is incredibly versatile, and is one of my favorite vegetables to create meals with. You can create a full meal with one head of cauliflower.  Roast it, put it in soup, make pizza crust or rice, etc.  I however, like to make Chinese inspired dishes with cauliflower.  We did “Chinese Food Week” at our house and created some amazing meals!  You can’t tell the difference in the substitution of vegetable for meat, and the flavors were out of this world. These make great Meatless Monday meals, are all vegetarian, and are also vegan. We made the following dishes.  Recipes and instructions for each are below. Cashew Cauliflower Kung Pao Cauliflower Orange Glazed Cauliflower Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Sweet & Sour … Continue reading

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Greek Lemon Rice with Chickpeas is an amazing one-pot dish!  It is full of great Mediterranean flavors and is packed with so many herbs and veggies.  You’ll think you’re somewhere warm and sunny when eating this dish 🙂 The recipe can be found here. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Make sure you have a large ovenproof skillet to use.  You will start by heating ingredients on the stove and will eventually move the skillet into the oven, so you want to make sure you are using something rated for oven use.  I used a large cast iron skillet, but a Dutch Oven would also work well. Prep all of your ingredients.  Chop the onion, mince the garlic, drain and rinse the chickpeas, chop the sun-dried tomatoes, chop the dill, slice the lemon, slice the olives, and slice the tomatoes.  Whew!  I think that covers it all!  Set all the … Continue reading

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We’ve been eating a lot of meatballs at our house lately!  Our idea was to take traditional dishes and turn them into meatballs.  The idea is you get the same great taste but in bite-sized morsels.  The recipes I’m going to share with you today are easy to assemble, wonderful weeknight dinner options, crowd pleasers, and make great leftovers!  The fight at our house is no longer “what’s for dinner” but “which are we going to make first” 🙂 Orange Chicken Meatballs are everything you love about a classic takeout meal!  The flavor is incredible – you will think you are eating orange chicken from your favorite Chinese restaurant but with fewer calories and fat.  I like to serve the Orange Chicken Meatballs on top of Cilantro Lime Rice.  You could serve these with rice, noodles, or as is. The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven … Continue reading

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Chicken Egg Roll in a Bowl combines the delicious flavors of your favorite Chinese restaurant appetizer in a one pan!  It’s a delicious spin on a classic egg roll.  This dish is quick to make, healthy to eat, and will change the way you eat egg rolls 🙂 The recipe can be found here. Start by heating a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the ground chicken and heat until completely cooked.  You can also substitute ground turkey or ground pork, if preferred. Next, add the garlic powder, fresh ginger, green onion, and soy sauce to the skillet.  Stir to combine and heat slightly. Next, add the coleslaw to the pan and stir to combine.  Make sure to heat the coleslaw through. That’s it!  Serve warm with additional soy sauce to taste. The recipe can be found here. It’s completely optional, but I like to cut wonton wrappers into thin … Continue reading

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Instant Pot Cajun Chicken with Rice has become a family dinner favorite at my house.  It’s easy to make, delicious, and something simple you can make in one pot.  It’s the perfect comfort food on a cold night…or any busy night when you don’t have a lot of time to cook!  Even better, it saves on dishes, so you don’t have to spend too much time on cleanup duty 🙂 The recipe can be found here. Start by chopping the veggies. Then slice the chicken breasts into strips.  You can keep the chicken breasts whole if you want but the chicken strips cook faster and more evenly.  Place the chicken in a bowl with 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning and toss to coat. Place the rice in a strainer and rinse thoroughly.  You want to remove the outside starch and prevent the rice from clumping together while cooking. Turn the Instant … Continue reading

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With a little over a week to go, Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.  Are you ready?  I’m in full planning mode.  Making my guest list, creating a menu, finding the perfect table linens, etc.  The most important part of planning in my opinion is the food.  If you plan a menu full of delicious food, yet items that won’t require you to spend the entire day in the kitchen, you can spend that time with family instead.  And what is better than your friends and family gathered at your house, a table full of food, with lots of laughs? The menu I created for this year’s feast includes a few items you can make ahead of time and a few items to make the day of.  I love tradition and serving the same type of food each year because it’s what my company likes and expects, but … Continue reading

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I’ve been craving Lemon Chicken for quite some time and finally found the perfect day to make it!  This recipe is a homemade version of the take-out classic that tastes just as good, if not better, then what you would get in a restaurant.  It’s fairly simple to make and delivers a delicious balance between tangy and savory flavors, with crispy chicken and a citrus sauce. The recipe can be found here. Don’t let the number of ingredients or steps scare you away!  A lot of the ingredients are repeated throughout the marinade, batter, and sauce recipes, and the steps don’t take that long.  Plus, this is a recipe you can work on ahead of time and come back to when ready to cook. The first step is to marinate the chicken.  Slice each chicken breast into thin strips (or buy boneless skinless chicken tenders if you want to skip … Continue reading

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Fall will be here before you know it.  The leaves are already starting to change colors, the weather is cooling down, and our appetites are changing from light and refreshing foods to warm and comforting foods.  One of my favorite recipes for fall (or winter, but I’m not ready for those cold temps yet) is Chicken Wild Rice Soup.  The recipe can be found here. This flavorful soup is hearty and delicious, and loaded with fresh vegetables, chicken, and wild rice.  It’s an incredibly satisfying meal on a cool fall day.  Here’s how you make it: Start by making the wild rice according to package instructions.  The rice can then be set aside until you are ready to use. Next, chop your veggies – onions, celery, leeks, mushrooms, carrots, parsley, and thyme.  This will help speed up the cooking process if all ingredients are ready to go.  I like to put each veggie in a bowl, so I … Continue reading

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Orange Chicken is sure to be a hit at your dinner table.  The tender chicken is fried crisp and coated in a thick orange sauce.  There is no lack of flavor in this sweet and tangy dish.  It’s one of my favorite Asian dishes and will make you forget about takeout. The recipe can be found here. Start by cubing the chicken into small pieces.  Then add the chicken to the batter and toss to coat.  Let the chicken sit in the batter for about 10 minutes, then toss again. Heat about 2 cups of peanut oil in a wok or skillet.  I prefer to use a wok because it’s easier to stir and contains a lot of oil splatter, but you will get very similar results with a skillet.  Add the chicken and fry until crispy, making sure the chicken is also cooked through.  Remove the chicken to drain while you make the sauce, keeping the chicken … Continue reading

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Our glorious spring weather disappeared quickly with a dusting of snow so we turned to some heartier dishes for this week’s menu. One of the dishes this week is Speedy Baked Ziti. I was a fan of the Sopranos on HBO and all of the characters loved Carmella’s Ziti and a dish that brought the family together for Sunday dinner so when I ran across this recipe in Food and Wine, I had to give it a try! Another recipe this week is our Southwestern Pot Roast, a very simple recipe for the slow cooker that we serve with  provides another great meal with leftover pot roast used for Shredded Beef Quesadillas, here is our video for the quesadillas. The perfect accompaniment to either of these meal is our recipe for Cilantro Lime Rice: Cilantro Lime Rice Ingredients: 1 Cup Basmati Rice – Rinse lightly in cold water, then cook … Continue reading

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