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Cremini Mushrooms and Penne

This! Probably my quickest dish I’ve put together yet and oh so good. So good in fact, I’m eating it right now as I type this up for ya’ll. A vegetarian delight but meat lovers this would be amazing with just about anything from shrimp, chicken or sausage. I had some left over cremini mushrooms I needed to use up and decided I’d whip up some pasta to go with. || Read more

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Penne with sweet mini peppers

This dish was a good start and I thought I’d share the recipe along with some mix-in options (meat lovers rejoice!) because honestly, there’s always room for improvement especially with a quick-fix dish like this one.

The sweet mini peppers are usually found in a package or bag but you could substitute them for a favorite bell pepper if you wanted. Honestly these little guys pack a nice, sweet contrast in this dish. They’re worth a try! || Read more

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Pulled pork sandwich from Southpaw BBQ

In Denver my favorite BBQ joint was Sam Taylor’s in the Glendale neighborhood where I lived. A few years later, in 2012 when I was living in Phoenix, I read an announcement that after 15 years, Sam Taylor’s was closing. Devastation. Denial. Mourning.

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broth infused orzo and spinach with a fried egg

This is another one of those dishes where it came down to what ingredients I had around. I had just grabbed a huge thing of organic baby spinach at the grocery store and had a bag of orzo pasta and thought why not put a fried egg on top? Quick, easy and pretty damn tasty! For added protein, you could add a serving of sunflower nuts (¼ cup is 7g of protein). I buy the roasted, no salt package you can find in most grocery stores.

You’ll need your microwave rice/pasta cooker and something to fry up your eggs.
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Oatmeal Scotchies

So, this picture was originally posted back in April of 2013 when I was living in Phoenix with a promise of getting the recipe to you “soon”…sorry about that. Here’s the updated recipe to try (Above 5,000 in elevation? Check out the high altitude recipe).

Makes 2 dozen cookies

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 stick of margarine softened
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar **half of ¾ cup (12 tablespoons)**
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 orange peel grated
  • 1½ cups quick oats
  • a little more than half of a package of butterscotch chips
  1. Mix together the flour, soda, salt, cinnamon + nutmeg in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together the softened margarine, sugars, egg.
  3. Stir in the orange peel with a wooden spoon.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, pour in half of the flour mix into the wet ingredients and mix well.
  5. Add the rest of the flour mix, and stir until everything is combined.
  6. Stir in your butterscotch chips and oats with a wooden spoon.
  7. Using two spoons or a scoop, drop the dough onto a baking sheet that is covered with parchment paper.
  8. Bake about 7 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove from oven and let them cool on the pan for a couple of minutes.
  9. Remove the cookies from the pan and transfer them to wire racks to finish cooling.

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shredded pineapple chicken

This recipe was shared with me and originally called for drumettes. Chicken drummies are hard for me to find and usually gross me out when I do find them in the store so, I opted for organic chicken thighs.

Best served over a portion of brown rice (note: if you’re using the microwave rice cooker, the brown rice will take a while, 20-30 minutes, if you’re not using instant rice).

Serves 2-3 people

What you’ll need:

  • 5-6 chicken thighs
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup of crushed pineapple and the juice
  • salt
  • red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup of honey
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

In your 2.5 quart crock pot, place your chicken thighs at the bottom. In a small bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients, making sure to blend really well to incorporate the honey. Pour over the chicken thighs and cook on low for 6 hours. The chicken should easily fall apart to be shredded and served over brown rice.

**I used diced pineapple, but honestly it didn’t do anything for this recipe but make weird tasting pineapple. I think if you use crushed pineapple along with some extra pineapple juice, it’ll be much better!**

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Italian Turkey Meatballs + Pasta

I’m on a constant and what seems like a never-ending search to find the perfect meatball recipe. I don’t know what it is, but this challenge is one I don’t take lightly. Blame it on Oregano’s meatballs. I’ve come up with short-cut recipes, no-egg recipes, 100-ingredient recipes (almost an exaggeration) but, I’m still searching.

I had a ½ lb. of ground turkey left over from some turkey chili I made last week that needed to be used up. It was time to give the search another shot. I ran across Chef Huda’s Italian Turkey Meatball recipe. The ingredients were simple and so I gave it a swing using what I had available.

breadcrumbs

my makeshift breadcrumbs thanks to my Ninja food processor!

The recipe calls for breadcrumbs which isn’t something I always have on hand. I used my Ninja food processor (I link to a model similar to the one I own) and the ends of a loaf of wheat bread and pulsed them a few times until they looked like soft bread crumbs. Works for me!

The meatballs turned out tender, well seasoned and were perfect with marinara and pasta.

Next time I’ll make sure to dice my onion smaller and sauté with the garlic before adding to the rest of the mixture.
Makes about a dozen meatballs

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