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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.
Makes 2 servings || Read more

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homemade dressing

Chicken thighs are my go-to lately when it’s time to try a crockpot chicken recipe and really only for the fact that they tend to be cheaper than chicken breasts. With only a few ingredients, 5-6 hours and your crock pot this dish is an awesome quick dinner you can put together. || Read more

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Goods from the Famers Market

Interesting read from Mother Jones about the Paleo diet. Michael Pollan hits some key points that run right along with my beliefs: Meat should be consumed in moderation (I promise, I’m forever Nebraskan) and that cooking for yourself is not only healthier for you but can really be a lot of fun.

Our hefty cousins, the apes, spend half their waking hours gnawing on raw sustenance, about six hours per day. In contrast, we spend only one hour. “So in a sense, cooking opens up this space for other activities,” says Pollan. “It’s very hard to have culture, it’s very hard to have science, it’s very hard to have all the things we count as important parts of civilization if you’re spending half of all your waking hours chewing.” Cooked food: It gave us civilization.

Pollan also points out that we should be eating more microbes. Microbes? Apparently my grandfather is smarter than I ever gave him credit for. His love for pickles makes so much sense now.

Check out the full article and take a listen to the Inquiring Minds podcast.

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Shredded Chicken Taco

Love this quick recipe I found on Pinterest. Make sure you have the homemade taco seasoning on hand for this one. Since I didn’t have onion powder to add to the seasoning recipe, I placed 3 thick slices of onion on the bottom of my crockpot so I wouldn’t miss out on that flavor.

Three ingredients. That’s it. Throw it all in the crock pot, set on low before you go to work and when you get home you’ll have chicken that falls apart with the touch of a fork. I’ll definitely be doing this one again but will probably add some jalapeños to the crock pot next time. || Read more

Shrimp + orzo

Jan
2014
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shrimp and orzo

Happy New Year!

Orzo has become a favorite pasta of mine lately. This recipe is quick to put together and is perfect for 2-3 people. I had plenty leftover for a couple of lunches.

If you’re using frozen shrimp like I do, make sure and thaw out ahead of time. Here’s what I do: Put the dozen frozen shrimps into a bowl with cold water, grab a beer out of the fridge and relax while those little guys thaw out.

Cooking the orzo in something other than water does amazing things to do this dish. I used vegetarian broth but you can use whatever you have on hand. || Read more

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quick stir fried rice and veggies

This quick dish is perfect when you have just enough time and energy to throw together something to eat. Literally a few ingredients, your microwave rice cooker and you’re set, usually with leftovers that work great in a burrito. (Serves 2 + leftovers) || 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

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