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spicy noodles, garlic shrimp + broccoli

I’m certain that I am on some sort of mission to prove to myself that I can truly make dinner night by night using what I’ve got in my fridge, freezer, pantry and without going to the store or market. Seriously. It’s been days, weeks even, since I’ve gone to grab groceries. Blame it on the heat starting to turn up here in the desert or my lack of time to get creative in the kitchen. Tonight, I’m all of a sudden not feeling well and I need a quick fix before bed. || Read more

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vegetarian lo mein

I am going to be very honest right now. I’ve had zero interest in grocery shopping lately and if you know me, I love shopping for veggies and other groceries. There’s just no time or energy.

In cases such as these, I rely on recipes exactly like this one. What’s already in my pantry? What veggies do I need to use up before they go bad? You get the drift.

With just a few simple staples you should already have in your pantry, this recipe is a quick and delicious dinner for 1 and takes very little effort. I’m all about cooking vegetarian when I’m in a bind or nothing sounds good to eat. Meat is expensive and takes time to cook, but feel free to add grilled chicken, shrimp, steak… Really, whatever you crave, into this dish to add some protein.

Same goes for the veggies. Don’t skip cooking the noodles in broth. Whatever you throw into your skillet to sauté? That’s up to you!

I literally had half of a zucchini and 3 mushrooms in my vegetable drawer that needed to be used up. I could have easily added some more veggies from my freezer but opted to keep it simple.

It’s all about using what you’ve got (and using that $$ you spent on said food).

Use what you’ve got and eat happy!

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chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

These delicious, easy to make cookies went over so well with friends + family that there was zero time to grab a just-out-of-the-oven shot! This makes about 3 dozen cookies but if you’re a huge fan of fresh baked goodness, make up the cookie balls ahead of time and freeze. When you’re craving a cookie, set out a few cookie balls on a baking sheet to thaw, preheat your oven + bake!

Another reason I love this recipe? It’s all about the ½ (for the most part) + it uses only one bowl! || Read more

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Finished squash soup + Italian bread

This recipe is not for the faint of heart. This is not my usual “let’s see what’s in the cupboards and get dinner on the table quick” recipe. This will be a well worth the effort dish that will make a major impression so take a free Saturday afternoon and knock this delicious soup out. || Read more

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chicken veggie rice bowl

Leftover chicken thighs in the fridge led me to cook up a quick rice bowl. This is pretty versatile and you can also decide if you want to use, or have, fresh veggies instead of frozen. I also want you to trust your own senses. Don’t worry about getting the measuring spoons out and add what you like. Once the chicken is cooked, taste it and see if you need to add more seasoning.

Also, I only had some quick cook jasmine rice in my pantry so no judgement here. This is all about getting a meal put together quickly. This makes 2 servings, but next day leftovers are the best!

Serves 2

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mac + cheese

Sep
2015
07

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macaroni and cheese

Mac + cheese. I remember it as one of the only things I would eat as a picky kid. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you just need a box of the blue for nostalgia’s sake. That being said, I’ve been testing any and every recipe that I could, searching for the one to call the créme de la créme of homemade mac but they only led to a lot of ‘meh’. This recipe is a gem.

You grater and your favorite hot sauce will be key for this dish. If you’re not a fan of heat or spice, trust me and invest in some Cholula Hot Sauce. It doesn’t necessarily add heat, but lends some amazing flavor that takes this mac to another level.

I also had a zucchini in my fridge that needed to be used up so I grated it and squeezed most of the liquid out of the zuc to add later to the mac. You can feel free to omit it or add whatever you like in the final steps of this dish but I prefer a green veggie with my mac. I also recommend that one of the two cheeses you use be an extra sharp cheddar and that you grate all the cheese on the smaller set of grates for easier melting.

I used my beloved cast iron skillet that’s mostly used for cooking up bacon but it also transitions easily from stove top to the oven (there may have had some bacon fat left over from my last cooking session…even better!). Feel free to use whatever you have for your stove top and transition the mac to a baking dish for the last step.

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Lasagna

Aug
2015
18

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Lasagna

I have a confession. Fans + lovers of ricotta cheese look away because you will not find any in this lasagna recipe (sorry not sorry).

When I think of lasagna, a huge pan full of pasta, marinara and lots and lots of cheese come to mind. But honestly it’s just as easy to make for one or two people. Your best friend in this one will be a bread loaf pan.

For whatever reason when I was grabbing ingredients I needed for this recipe, I could only find no-cook lasagna noodles that were gluten free and made from rice. I decided to go for it.

I promise you won’t know the difference in texture or even taste so give it a try if you can find them! The noodles didn’t cook in certain areas around the edges but I’m certain that’s a quick fix with a hot water bath for 15 minutes before I assemble (the instructions on the rice noodles said not to soak in a bath before…perhaps another lesson in listening to my gut!).

As with most of my recipes, I’ll note a few spots where your differences in taste could replace what I’ve used. This is not baking folks! If you must have ricotta, use it! Vegetarian? No problem! Skip the ground turkey + use sliced mushrooms + ground carrots instead! Just don’t skimp on the cheese + do not use the fake stuff. Please!

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