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Chicken and Sriracha packet with rice and vegetables

Cooking for one or two is something I talk about a lot but this recipe adapted from livebetteramerica.com is something I refer to a lot when I’m looking for something easy and to switch up the weekly norm.

Not a fan of Sriracha or spicy? Don’t worry… this recipe is easily adaptable. You can use rice that’s not instant but you should precook it to make sure it gets fully cooked when the chicken + veggies are done. You can also use the microwaveable packets of rice you can find in the stores. Just dump the rice in a bowl with the water and let it sit for 5 minutes before draining and mixing with your vegetables. || Read more

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kale, pesto, mushrooms, black olives + pasta

A few days ago I made some kale + basil pesto and decided I’d use it again in a quick dish for dinner. I’m a huge fan of seeing what form of pasta is in my pantry and what leftover veggies I have in my fridge and making a meal out of them, especially when I’ve just come home from work and I’m starving!

This combo is a good one, so if you’re feeling like a trip to the store is needed, stick to the recipe. The 1 full cup of kale may seem like a lot but the nutritional benefits would tell you the more the merrier. Kale Nutrition Facts Otherwise, send me your versions! I’d love to share them on my blog.

This makes about 2 servings, perfect leftovers for lunch at work the next day! || Read more

kale + basil pesto

Jul
2014
29

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kale + basil pesto

I shared a fried green tomato recipe a while back… this is the perfect addition to that dish. Honestly, as much as I love pesto, making this with half kale + half basil was a good combo. You’ll need a good food processor to make this really work. I’m still in love with my Ninja.

I should also note that basil, unless you grow your own, is stupid expensive especially when you need a lot of it to make the full packed cup. Instead I used the Gourmet Garden Basil you can find in the produce aisle. I used two of the bigger tubes of the basil for this recipe.ingredients in the food processor

What you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup sunflower nuts (roasted, unsalted is good)
  • 1 cup basil – chopped + packed tight into 1 cup measuring cup
  • 1 cup kale – chopped + packed tight into 1 cup measuring cup
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon (about 1)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Mix all of the above ingredients in your food processor until smooth in consistency.

beer bread

Jul
2014
09

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HefeWeizen + beer bread

This beer bread recipe can handle just about any 12 oz. of beer you throw into it, but I challenge you to try something other than PBR (my usual favorite for this recipe).

I decided to take my dad’s original recipe and use SanTan Brewing Company’s HefeWeizen in hopes that the banana and clove flavors would come through. I’ll definitely be using this beer again, call me biased if you must.   || Read more

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orzo + veggies

I’m allowing myself one hour to make myself dinner, eat it and I guess write this post before I go back to work. I’ve written about orzo a few times now and it remains a staple in my kitchen.

It cooks up quick, and when you boil it in your favorite broth it cuts time on having to season things, especially when you’re using fresh vegetables. I used what I had in my fridge for this one pot dish. || Read more

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fried green tomato + bacon sandwiches

UPDATE! Since my original post in 2014, I’ve retested this recipe + have made a few edits to make it even better than before and perfectly fit for 2017! For example…

  1. Green tomatoes are pretty easy to find here in Arizona at such places like Superstition Ranch Market in Mesa, AZ: A stop Grandma + I often make.
  2. I’m a big fan of mayo with this. And more cayenne… 
  3. Eating over my kitchen sink is now something I find myself doing more than I ever thought. 
  4. I find I like the bacon to be cooked well but left more chewy. In the oven, 350 degrees and just until golden brown and on the precipice of turning crisp. 
  5. I still love Alavavdo’s flax seed bread, but use what you’ve got, just make sure to toast it!

It’ll all starts with the Welcome Diner in Phoenix and the night I had their fried green tomato sandwich. Heaven on a plate. I knew I had to recreate it. || Read more

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There are a few things that go through my head when I smell egg noodles boiling in a pot. Winter in Nebraska. My mother making her beef and noodles and more importantly, her tuna casserole.

We all make different life connections with food + recipes, but for me, my mother’s tuna casserole 1) can never be beat 2) is the only way, even to this day I’ll eat tuna 3) makes me miss home. || Read more

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