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Spinach Artichoke Dip

This is one of my favorite recipes to throw together as an appetizer and travels nicely in my two-person crock pot. I serve sliced carrots and celery and tortilla chips with the dip. || Read more

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Peanut Butter Balls via Flickr

…unless you have no oven. This year, I thought I would share a friend’s recipe for no bake peanut butter balls that she made for a Christmas dinner she hosted over the weekend.

Me and my college friend Abby at Ohana Christmas Dinner

Me and my college friend Abby at Ohana Christmas Dinner

Definitely looking forward to making these just as soon as I get a real kitchen back in my life.  **I do not have the fridge/freezer/counter space to make these but I wanted to share anyway!** || Read more

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final orzo dish

I was born and raised as a meat eater. It’s hard to avoid that in Nebraska and I wouldn’t change it for a thing. Even so, it’s better for me if I use red meat as a treat rather than a necessity at every meal. This is a perfect introduction to a vegetarian friendly meal and while it’s mostly vegetables, you won’t be left unsatisfied with the orzo pasta that fills in this dish.

I’ll be honest and tell you I’ve never used saffron before. Seriously. What’s saffron anyway? Wikipedia tells me that it’s a spice that comes from the crocus flower, but all I know is that it makes this dish amazing! Do yourself a favor and spend the extra money on a good Spanish saffron.

Second day? This dish is at its best. || Read more

posted by on cooking for 2, healthy, portions, quick, Vegetarian

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adding the pasta to the dish

Another winner from Vegetarian Times magazine (November 2013). I’ve put together dishes similar to this one on a whim, but the roasted red peppers really make the difference. Also, shoot for fresh spinach, not frozen in this dish. || Read more

posted by on cooking, Oakland, quick, vegetable

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Pork chops and Brussels sprouts

Adapted from my pork chops + cabbage recipe, this is still a favorite combo of mine. Simple enough to do with a single pan and lid, a hot plate, your favorite seasonings and less than 30 minutes you’ll have dinner worthy of an actual kitchen. || Read more

posted by on family, guilty pleasure, Nebraska, side dish, vegetable

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Bacon Braised Green Beans

On my most recent trip back home to Nebraska, Dad pulled out all the stops (as usual) making beer chicken and these amazing bacon braised green beans. I dare any of you who don’t care for green beans to try these out. After all, bacon makes everything better, right? || Read more

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shrimp and broccoli

If you tell me you have nothing to cook for dinner, I won’t believe you. A few basic staples in your kitchen and some seasonings will take you far, I promise.

Here’s a quick fix that easily serves two people and uses very few ingredients. This recipe is definitely one to experiment with depending on what vegetables you have in your freezer and can easily be turned vegetarian (think garbanzo beans for protein, for example). || Read more

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