Brisket Sweet Potato Chili

Brisket Sweet Potato Chili

The other day I was surprised when one of my friends said she had recently been anxious.

It’s not that I have the exclusive rights to anxiety.  Trust me, I don’t want them.  It’s that she always seemed rather unflappable.

It made me realize that we all have anxiety about some things.  They might all be different but one of the universal truths of human existence is that we are all scared of something.  It might make our hearts race or keep us up at night or ruin our appetites.  Like the things that cause our anxiety our reaction to it is equally as unique to us.

Brisket Sweet Potato Chili

It provided me comfort, not because I want everyone to be anxious, even if misery does love company sometimes, but because it was reassuring that I am not alone.  In this way I am not special.  She could understand part, even a small part, of how I feel a lot of the time.

While it may seem like we are all so different, there are a few things here and there that connect us.  Fear.  Joy.  Laughter.  We all have our ups and downs, even if some of us hide the downs better than others.  No one is immune.

Brisket Sweet Potato Chili

Brisket Sweet Potato Chili

When I need comfort, I turn to this Brisket Sweet Potato Chili.  It is healthy, gluten free, and Whole30 approved, and supremely comforting with a warm spice that hits you just enough in the back of the throat.

The Whole30 made me fall madly in love with sweet potatoes and they add a creamy richness here with some vegetable help from kale, fennel, onion, peppers, and carrots.

Take comfort in the fact that we are not alone and this chili is here to save the day.

Brisket Sweet Potato Chili

Brisket Sweet Potato Chili

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

¼ cup olive oil
3 pounds brisket, trimmed of fat and cut into 1 to 2 inch cubes
2 2 inch pieces brisket fat
2 large onions, diced, divided
2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
2 small or 1 large poblano pepper, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
32 ounces Whole30 approved stock (I used Imagine Organic low sodium)
16 ounces water
1 bulb fennel, sliced
2 large sweet potatoes, diced
1 bunch carrots, peeled and sliced
1 bunch kale, stems removed

Instructions

  1. Preheat a large stock pot over medium high heat. Once hot, add the oil. Add the brisket, fat, jalapeno and poblano peppers, and 1 onion. Cook for 3 minutes. Add the cumin, coriander, turmeric, pepper, and pepper flakes. Flip meat and cook for about 3 minutes more until browned.
  2. Add stock and water, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Place a lid on the pot and cook for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally, adding more water if needed.
  3. Add the remaining onion, fennel, potatoes, and carrots and cook for an additional hour with the lid on, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the lid and taste for seasoning. Add more spice, pepper, or some salt as suits your taste. Add the kale. Cook for an additional 20 minutes with the lid off to allow the liquid to reduce. Serve immediately. Chili may also be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3 days or frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until piping hot.

Notes

Cooking time is not all active - just occasional stirring.

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Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad #SundaySupper

Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad

There would be hurricane force winds, they said.

And sporadic power outages, they said.

Despite one local station’s promo that declares how accurate their meteorologist was, no one saw this coming.

The high wind warning began at 10 am Wednesday and our power couldn’t even hold out until then.  At about 9:40, the lights fought and flickered and then turned off.

Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad

I finished breakfast, trying to play it cool with restoration estimates at noon, but as time wore on and the estimates switched to 4 pm, I began to panic.  I kind of became unhinged.

Losing power is a big deal for me.  There’s tons of food in my refrigerator and freezer that I don’t want to have to throw away.  It was getting cold in the house despite the fact that it was 55 and sunny.  Prospects for warmth didn’t look good either with terribly cold temperatures the rest of the week.  And let’s face it, I am a TV addict.

Mom and I turned on our trusty battery powered radio to learn that a record breaking wind gust of 68 miles per hour was recorded at our local airport and by the end of the day this had become the largest power outage the area has ever seen with just about one million people out.

Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad

In the middle of the day we did get a call from an automated energy company lady reassuring us there was “good news.”  A crew had been dispatched to our outage and it would be restored by 11:30 pm THE NEXT DAY.

Apparently I sounded like a dying animal, worried I’d have to go to a hotel, which is about the last thing I wanted to do, but it did come right before freezing to death.  We would have to act fast, by nightfall, there were no hotel rooms in the area.  None.

Four pm came and went as we headed for round three of Monopoly Empire, a surprisingly fast and relatively boring version of the classic.  I picked up a coloring book I’ve been meaning to use for a year and Mom called Dad, in the light and heat of work.

Then it happened.  I saw the light.  Well, the lights.  They came on.  And I cried happy tears for the second time in my life.

Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad

Being one of the first outages benefitted us greatly with the energy company reporting thousands of downed wires, we would have otherwise been out for a long time.  They hope to have 90% of customers restored by Sunday night.  At least I found the silver lining in this wild week.

Comcast was out for an additional 18 or so hours, and that didn’t make me too happy.  But we are all back up and running and I hope everyone else in the area is soon as well xoxo

After the drama, I needed a quick and easy, healthy, restoring, satisfying meal.  So I made Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad.  Kale is my comfort food – it always makes me feel good!

This salad is full of nutritious green ingredients for a heathy St. Patrick’s Day.  The kale drinks up the light vinaigrette, the onion provides crunch, the pear adds sweetness and a burst of juice, and the cucumber is supremely refreshing.  The Brussels sprouts are added to the salad while warm so they soak up some of the dressing and wilt the kale ever so slightly.

Gluten free, healthy, vegan, and Whole30 approved, I could happily eat this by itself, but I paired it with some Tonnino Tuna which I am currently obsessed with.  Here’s to salads, St. Patrick’s Day, and having the lights on.

Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad

Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 19 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

1 pound Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed
2 cups kale leaves, roughly torn
½ large white onion, thinly sliced
1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
1 large Bartlett pear, thinly sliced
Juice of one lemon
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together lemon juice, oil, pepper, and salt. Add kale, onion, cucumber, and pear. Stir until well coated.
  2. In a medium microwave safe bowl, place the Brussels sprouts. Add about ¼ cup water to the bowl and microwave on high about 3 ½ minutes, until tender.
  3. Half the large Brussels sprouts, leave the small ones whole and add to the salad. Toss to combine and serve immediately.
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Best Breakfasts

Must Make Main Dishes

Scrumptious Salads

Stunning Sides

Dreamy Desserts

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Wild Rice Soup

Wild Rice Soup

I have these distinct memories that come to me now and then.  They are nothing remarkable, not life changing events, but there they are like they happened yesterday, my very own movie playing on the screen in my brain.

One of these memories that has been on my mind recently is of Christmas break my freshman or sophomore year of high school, I can’t be sure which.  My dad was working the afternoon shift, so it was just Mom and me at home each evening.

Wild Rice Soup

This particular week, relieved to not have to go to school (I hated school if you don’t know that about me), I remember being happy.  And even happier to be watching the premiere of a new show NBC had probably been promoting forever: Deal or No Deal.

That’s right, the memory that has been on my mind and bringing me an unreasonable amount of joy is primarily about a TV show.

If you’ve never seen Deal or No Deal you are probably even more confused.  Yes, it was a game show, but like most game shows it wasn’t just about the game.  Though it really was fun to play along, choosing one of the briefcases that could contain a million dollars.

Wild Rice Soup

It was about the people playing.  Their stories.  Their friends and families.  Cheering them on.  Wishing the best for them even though we didn’t know them and likely would never hear about them again.

And the memory is about more than wasting my break watching TV and being crazy excited about it.  It’s about spending that time with Mom, relaxing, having fun during a time in which that was incredibly difficult for me.  It was one of those moments it felt like the whole world stopped and we were all watching this new game show.

Sometimes I miss days like that.

Wild Rice Soup

And that’s when I make soup.  I love homemade soup so much, and it’s really not that difficult to make.  I had a bag of wild rice in my pantry just begging to be used and so I turned it into a healthy, gluten free, vegan if you use vegetable stock, vegetable filled soup because that’s what we do with things that need to be used up.

While the vegetables are interchangeable, mushrooms add a great meatiness, carrots a slight sweetness, and fennel and onions provide that flavor base.  Kale is always my go to green for soups since it holds up to cooking, and even freezing and reheating.  Oh, and the addition of fresh dill is such a pop of flavor and a sign that spring is on its way.

Wild Rice Soup

Wild Rice Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 large carrots, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch thick rounds
1 large onion, diced
1 bulb fennel, diced
12 ounces baby Portobello mushrooms, broken into bite sized pieces
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¾ cup wild rice
32 ounces low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
16 ounces water
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups kale leaves, torn into bite sized pieces
½ bunch fresh dill, stems removed

Instructions

  1. Heat a large stockpot over medium high heat. Once hot, add the oil followed by the carrots, onion, fennel, and mushrooms. Add the coriander and pepper. Sauté for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until starting to brown.
  2. Add the wild rice and sauté for an additional 2 minutes. Add the chicken or vegetable stock and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce it to a simmer and cover. Cook according to package instructions on the rice. Mine took about 40 minutes to become tender and plump.
  3. Once the rice is cooked, add salt and kale. Cook uncovered for about 5 minutes until the kale is wilted. Serve immediately with dill. Soup may also be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave in 1 minute increments, stirring in between, until warmed through.
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Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

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Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Since I was a little kid eating scrambled eggs with cheese for dinner, I have loved traditional breakfast foods at not so traditional times.

Really, is there anything better than taking say Eggo Homestyle Waffles and Buttermilk Pancakes and making avocado toast?  I didn’t think so.

Getting ready to make avocado toast

Eggo Pancakes and Waffles now have a new formulation that is free from artificials with colors and flavors coming from natural sources, which I love because real food is awesome.  And the last week of February check out the Target Circular when Eggo products will be $1.99!  As if we needed another reason to shop at Target 🙂

Avocado Toast Toppings

Avocado Pancake

Adding the toppings

Once you stock up on Eggo products, feel free to let your creativity shine through, making different, fun things for breakfast, lunch, snack time, and even dinner.

You’ll definitely want to start with my Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast.  As if avocado toast couldn’t get any better, I went and put it on Eggo Waffles and Pancakes.  While this is an awesome snack, it can also make a fun dinner that is ready in a flash.

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

I topped my Waffles and Pancakes with avocado (of course), radish, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, dried cherries, and pecans.  I loved this combination because it’s sweet and savory with lots of texture.  But the point of this dish is to use up all those leftover fruits and vegetables hanging out in the refrigerator and some of the nuts and dried fruit lingering in the pantry.

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Play around with flavor and texture pairings until you find the perfect Eggo avocado toast for you.  The best thing about this dish is that it can totally suit your tastes.  Oh, and that it takes practically no time to prepare and takes Eggo Waffles and Pancakes to the next level.  Plus, this is fancy enough to serve for a party.  Talk about a conversation starter!

Be sure to pick up some Eggo products and have some fun in the kitchen!

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

2 Eggo Homestyle Waffles
2 Eggo Buttermilk Pancakes
2 large Haas avocadoes, sliced
2 radishes, sliced
4 strawberries, sliced
4 Brussels sprouts, very thinly sliced
¼ cup dried tart cherries
¼ cup pecans, chopped
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the waffles and pancakes according to package instructions. Once hot, top with avocado slices, covering almost the entire pancake or waffle. Arrange radish, strawberry, and Brussels sprout slices on top.
  2. Sprinkle with cherries and pecans, and season with black pepper. Serve immediately.
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Easy One Pan Oven Roasted Pork Chops #SundaySupper

 

Easy One Pan Oven Roasted Pork Chops

I mentioned briefly the other day that I am doing a Whole30.  I am a little more than a week in now and loving it.  You are probably wondering why I chose to embark on this adventure.  It is really to reset my mind, body, and spirit.  You can probably tell by some of my posts that I am a bit down, and while what I eat doesn’t seem to have a correlation to getting an agent, you never know.

I hadn’t been feeling my best physically or mentally, and while I do not expect this to cure me, a pledge to only eat real food for a month can’t be a bad thing.

I eat this way a lot of the time.  I’ve had to adjust breakfast since oatmeal, muffins, and such are out of the question.  Lunch and dinner haven’t changed much and dessert is gone except for a few raisins, which are surprisingly tasty when you want something sweet.

Easy One Pan Oven Roasted Pork Chops

I’ll admit to a couple cheats.  I am a big believer in supplements, including Airborne.  I know, it’s probably junk that doesn’t work, but it makes me feel better just knowing I am taking it.  I’m not giving it up or my Omega-3 or biotin, which contain sugar and soy respectively.  I didn’t want to skip the Whole30 just because I wouldn’t give these things up, and I didn’t want to give them up to abide strictly and then worry.  Life is about compromise, people.

Also the program restricts certain foods even if they fit into the edible categories.  For example, potatoes are allowed, but potato chips are not.  Look, a potato is a potato, and I can eat just one.  Also, since I don’t eat chicken, eventually I just need a source of food.  I’m following the ingredient restrictions carefully, but an approved food is an approved food.  Period.

Easy One Pan Oven Roasted Pork Chops

While I do think I have a little more energy than normal and have been feeling pretty good, I really love the ways the Whole30 has pushed me culinarily.  I am eating more of the foods I crave but typically shy away from for fear they are unhealthy or will weigh me down, when it reality it is other foods that are doing this.

Beef, pork, sweet potatoes, potatoes are filling my diet in satisfying ways that really keep cravings at bay, though I would happily take a scoop of ice cream or a slice of pie right now.  Protein, fruits, and vegetables are really rather delightful and I appreciate that now more than ever.

These Easy One Pan Oven Roasted Pork Chops are one of my favorite dinners I’ve made.  One, yes, they are easy.  Everything goes on a giant sheet pan and into the oven.  Those are the dinners of my dreams.  Two, this is healthy, gluten free, and crazy flavorful.  Three, the pork is tender and succulent, even if you overcook it a little.

Easy One Pan Oven Roasted Pork Chops

Feel free two swap out the vegetables for ones you love and have on hand, but the mushrooms really are a star here.  They create a savory umami bomb of a broth that keeps the pork moist and is great drizzled over the finished dish.

The Whole30 is one challenge I know I can conquer!

Easy One Pan Oven Roasted Pork Chops #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 3 servings

Ingredients

3 1 inch thick bone in pork chops
1 large red onion, cut into wedges
18 ounces baby Portobello mushrooms, stems removed
½ pound Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange the pork chops, onion, mushrooms, and Brussels sprouts on a large rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil and use your hands to ensure everything is coated.
  2. Bake for about 30 minutes, until pork chops are cooked through and vegetables are tender. Serve immediately.
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Pork Chops

Pork Chops

And More Pork Chops

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Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie + Blogiversary

Can you believe I started this blog five years ago?  I know I can’t.

It’s easy to look at all the things that haven’t changed in those five years.  Hi gross Michigan winters.  I feel like I’ve have 2,000 likes on Facebook for most of those years.  I get job intermittently and my traffic is steady.  I’m still the frustrated writer spending all my time with Mom and Dad.

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie + Blogiversary

But when I really look beyond, I see the changes.  The progress.  I create more of my own recipes and like to think my photographs are better even if they aren’t going to make the cover of Bon Appetit anytime soon.

I have become more adventurous and flexible, trying new restaurants, going to concerts, sporting events, and more.  I drop everything on particularly nice days and go out because it’s not like things are getting better chaining myself to the computer when the sun is shining and it’s a perfect 75 out.

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

I have accepted myself more and become comfortable in my own skin.  No one is going to stand up for me, to fight for me, except me, so I had to take a crash course in Laura and I like to think I at least got a B+.

Because I never know when I will get that one yes (that’s all it takes), or what will cause it, and I’m more than ready for it, I wanted and needed a reset for myself.  So I am doing a Whole30.  I’m not quite a week in and it has been great, even fun and exciting.

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

The thing that I have loved most about the Whole30 is that while it took away a lot of foods, it gave me freedom to eat others.  I typically shy away from potatoes and sweet potatoes thinking they are heavy, but when I take out all the junk, I have found them to be a tasty, satisfying food that feels a little decadent.

I really can’t begin to tell you how good this Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie is.  It’s one of my favorite meals I have made in a long time, was a hit with everyone, and reheated amazingly well.  The base is ground beef and vegetables.  I used carrots, onion, and fennel, but feel free to swap them out for vegetables you love and have on hand.  Don’t buy beef that is too lean – the fat is where all the flavor and unctuousness comes from.

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

The top is sweet potatoes – pure and simple.  They don’t need much except a little salt and pepper.  When roasted for a long time they become soft and a little syrupy.  Major yum!

Here’s to the next five years and beyond!

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie + Blogiversary

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

3 medium sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds ground beef, aim for an 80/20 blend
1 large onion, diced
1 bulb of fennel, diced
6 medium carrots, sliced into ¼ inch rounds
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Poke sweet potatoes with a fork or knife several times and place on aluminum foil. Bake for about 1 ½ hours.
  2. When the potatoes have about half an hour left, preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and ground beef. Sauté the beef until it is fully cooked. Transfer the beef to a bowl, leaving the fat in the skillet and add the onion, fennel, and carrots. Sauté until tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the beef back to the vegetables. Season with 1 teaspoon black pepper and ½ teaspoon salt. Stir to combine and sauté an additional 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  4. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven. Scoop the flesh out of the potatoes and into a bowl. Season with the remaining salt and pepper and mash with a fork or potato masher until mostly smooth. A few lumps are fine – this is a rustic dish.
  5. Spread the potatoes over the beef and vegetable mixture. Bake for about 15 minutes until very hot. Serve immediately. Leftovers may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat covered in the oven for about 20 minutes or in the microwave for about 1 ½ minutes.
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Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas #SundaySupper

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

Should have said yes.  No.  maybe.  Should have stood up for myself.  Defended myself.  Said all things I would only think of later that would have been so incredibly clever in the moment.  Said something.  Anything.  Opened my mouth to speak.

Should have said hello.  Good bye.  Should have been there.  Sometimes being there is enough.  Should have been selfless.  Put others first.  Given the hug.  Shaken the hand.  Said sorry.  Not said sorry.  I didn’t mean it, and we apologize way too much.

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

Should have been brave.  Braver.  Shouldn’t have feared, worried.  Should have gone to the concert.  The restaurant.  The mall.  The event.  Should have stayed home and watched a movie.  Should have watched the weather report.  Left earlier.  Later.  Just a moment may have been the difference.

Should have danced.  Sang.  Sang louder.  Quieter.  Been a wallflower.  Not looked like such a loser.  Not been so excited.  But who doesn’t want to be excited???  Worn the dress because who cares if I was way overdressed?  Not worn the dress because people are mean.

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

Should have bought the dress.  The skirt.  Because dad liked it and dad never picks out my clothes.  Kept the skirt I never wore.  Not kept the top, but I couldn’t get rid of it because my grandpa picked it out, and he never picked anything out.  Bought the necklace.  I mean it had fish in it.

Should have eaten the cake.  The steak.  The fries.  Not eaten the cake.  The steak.  The fries.  Been adventurous.  It’s just food.  You might like it.  You might not, though.  It’s raw.  It might make you sick.  It’s cooked.  It might make you sick.  But then again, it might not.

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

Should have gone to college.  Been normal.  What’s that?  Made friends.  Gone to parties.  Gotten drunk.  Tried pot???  Gotten a normal job.  Been … unhappy.  It seems that’s what’s normal sometimes.  Followed the path society wanted for me, but why?  To make everyone else happy.  Then again, this isn’t what happy looks like.  Is it?

Though this may be what my brain goes through on a virtual daily basis, especially when it’s winter (thanks mother nature!), at the end of the day, and sometimes even during it, I know I have made mistakes, but I am me, and that’s okay.  Tell me I am not alone!

These Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas are way better than okay.  While they may not be super glam, they are a filling, super easy to prepare weeknight dinner that is gooey, cheesy perfection.

Rotisserie chicken saves the day and cuts down on prep and cooking time.  Some high-quality store bought tortillas, preshredded cheese, and leftover roasted vegetables round out this meal that we could all make with our eyes closed, and some nights that is just the thing we need.

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings, depending on how hungry you are

Ingredients

4 8 inch tortillas
½ rotisserie chicken, shredded
8 ounces shredded cheese (I used a Mexican blend)
Roasted or sautéed vegetables (I used onions and cauliflower, but anything, even a handful of fresh spinach would work)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place two tortillas on aluminum foil or a baking sheet. Foil means easy clean up! Top tortillas with a handful of cheese, evenly distributed. Add chicken and vegetables and top with additional cheese. Place a tortilla on top of each quesadilla.
  2. Bake for about 10 minutes until top tortilla is slightly crispy and cheese is gooey and melty. It should be very hot.
  3. Serve immediately. Quesadillas may also be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Warm in the microwave about 1 ½ minutes until very hot.
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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!  Thanks to Candace from Authentically Candace for hosting!

Chicken Recipes

Pasta Recipes

Pork Recipes

Red Meat Recipes

Seafood Recipes

Veggie Recipes

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One Pan Shrimp Scampi

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One Pan Shrimp Scampi

The holidays passed in a flash, so now it’s time to look ahead to the next big holiday: Valentine’s Day.  I might be single, but I still love a single girl Valentine’s Day complete with flowers and candy and of course a great dinner.

Now I can make a super easy dinner that tastes and looks like it came from a restaurant thanks to Barilla® Pronto® Penne perfect for Valentine’s Day or any single girl date night.  Of course it’s also perfect for real date nights.  You know I did have a dream that I was dating Ryan Seacrest the other night … so you never know 😉

One Pan Shrimp Scampi

Back to the pasta.  Barilla Pronto is a total dinner time hero since you add cold water and pasta to a skillet, turn on the heat, cook it for 10 minutes, and add any finishing touches, like sauce.  Exact directions are on the box, but rest assured, it is super simple to make.  It is an innovation that allows for one pan meals with no boiling water or draining the pasta, which is a really good thing considering I don’t have a strainer!  I love even more that it is non-GMO and comes in a variety of shapes.

 

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The penne was the perfect addition to this One Pan Shrimp Scampi.  I added a little flare by cooking the pasta with thinly sliced garlic and a little cauliflower because I am always looking to add vegetables to my dinner.

One Pan Shrimp Scampi

One Pan Shrimp Scampi

Once the pasta was cooked, I added fresh lemon zest and juice, lots of parsley, and both black pepper and red pepper flakes.  You could also add salt, but you know that’s not my favorite thing, so I left it out.  I also threw in some precooked shrimp just to warm them through.  So much easier than peeling, deveining and cooking my own shrimp!

I know you are wondering how the pasta turned out; I was curious too.  Rest assured it maintains its shape and texture and comes out perfectly al dente.  I really expected nothing less considering Barilla is known for great tasting, high quality pasta.

One Pan Shrimp Scampi

The flavors are bright with the lemon and garlic and just a hint of spice.  While this dish is super comforting, it is also wholesome and well balanced, perfect for beating winter and keeping those New Year’s resolutions.

Joint the one pan revolution and pick up Barilla Pronto at Kroger.  Also, be sure to check out more Barilla “Wonderful Your Way” recipe inspiration.

One Pan Shrimp Scampi

One Pan Shrimp Scampi

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

10 ounces Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 cup cauliflower, broken into small florets
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
½ bunch of parsley, leaves only
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon salt, optional
1 pound cooked and peeled shrimp, wild if possible

Instructions

  1. Add cold water and pasta, along with garlic and cauliflower, to a large skillet according to box instructions. Turn on heat and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. After 10 minutes, most of the water should be absorbed. Add the lemon juice and zest, parsley, peppers, salt if using, and shrimp. Cook for another minute or 2 until everything is warmed through and well combined.
  3. Serve immediately.
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Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps #SundaySupper

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps - healthy and gluten free

I have devoured movies over the holidays.  With all the TV shows on hiatus after their fall or winter finales (what is that about by the way???), there was nothing on TV.

While maybe I should have filled that time doing more productive things, I watched movies.  Lots of them.  Sure I read more than normal, played some games on my phone to keep the brain in tip top shape, and wrote.  Lots and lots of writing.  But I’m finding myself more movie obsessed than ever.

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

I have always loved movies from the VHS tapes I reportedly watched over and over again as a kid to the movies that now seemingly appear magically on the TV after pressing a few buttons.

We have all the movie channels, use OnDemand so frequently it’s scary, and have Netflix and Amazon Video ready and waiting at all times.  With Oscar season ramping up, I’m waiting for the movies to slowly pop up, begging me to watch them.

The problem is we watch a lot of bad movies.  More than we should.  More than should be made.  When I’m struggling to get anyone to give a damn about my scripts, it’s frustrating to find tons of crappy movies.  We try to watch clips, which sometimes are so laughably bad we stop, promising to never watch that movie.  Others lure us in just enough and then demonstrate that the best scenes were in said clip.

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

During this TV show hiatus, I was on the hunt for great or at least good movies to watch.  Oscar winners and nominees.  Blockbusters that topped the box office.  Little indies that might have not hit my radar.

And we watched pretty many good movies.  There were some odd ones (I’m looking at you Mulholland Drive) and some that could have been better (hi Sully) but some were downright good movies that I would watch again (hey Pete’s Dragon and Southpaw).

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

I’m about out of ideas now.  So before we get to the recipe, I want to know: what are your favorite movies?  My remote is ready and waiting!

Now, onto these Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps.  This is how I eat most nights.  Lots of vegetables and lean protein, maybe some fruit thrown in for balance and a bit of oil and vinegar.  It’s healthy and gluten free and flavorful and satisfying.

Lettuce wraps have become one of my go to meals because they are so versatile.  The lettuce is a must, but from there I add whatever fruits and vegetables sound good and I have on hand.  The protein is also super flexible; I’ve used everything from ground beef to salmon to steak to eggs.

Life is better with great movies and lettuce wraps!

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

2 pounds ground beef
1/3 cup olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 head Bibb lettuce
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
4 stalks celery, sliced
3 clementines, segmented
¼ cup apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. When hot add about 1 tablespoon of the olive oil followed by the meat. Cook, stirring frequently, until fully cooked and browned.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the cumin, chili powder, coriander, turmeric, red pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon of the black pepper. Add to the meat and stir to combine. Cook about 2 more minutes until incorporated.
  3. Combine the remaining oil and pepper with the vinegar in a small bowl for a dipping sauce.
  4. Serve immediately with lettuce, onion, fennel, celery, and clementines.
  5. Leftover beef may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave for about 1 minute until hot.
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Thanks to Sarah from Chef Next Door for hosting this week’s event!  Don’t forget to check out all the other Sunday Supper dishes!

APPETIZERS, SOUPS, AND SALADS

LEAN GROUND BEEF RECIPES

MAINS

SANDWICHES AND WRAPS

STEAKS

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches #SundaySupper

Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches

The song “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” makes me cry.  It’s a good song, maybe even a great one.  It is a bit sad, and I relate to the sadness in different ways than Mike Posner intended, but the beautiful thing about music is that we can all find meaning in it.

More than the sadness of the song, is the memory behind it.  When Mom and I went to see Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas this summer, Mike Posner opened for them.  We missed most of his set, but arrived just in time to see his two biggest songs: “Cooler than Me” and “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.”  Since it was a hometown crowd for him, it was really something to see.

Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches

“I Took a Pill in Ibiza” is such a great song live, with the band and their tremendous talent shining.  It filled me with emotion and passion, the crowd waving their hands and singing along, the music booming through my body.  I wish I had seen the rest of his set, but those songs were the kickoff to a fabulous night.

Was it the best concert I’ve ever seen?  No, but it was a stellar night.  One I spent with my favorite person on earth, doing one of my favorite things, listening to music live.

Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches

While 2016 was not my favorite year, not even close, since it was filled with so much professional disappointment, in so many ways it was a wonderful year.  One in which I had so much fun and pushed myself to be a better person.  I have grown and changed and I can see that in myself.

That song will probably always make me cry, but I welcome those tears.  They will remind me of everything 2016 was and wasn’t and make me keep fighting for the future and more great memories.

When trying to make things happen and have fun and do all the things I want to do with life, it is sometimes a struggle to make dinner, but I still do it nearly every single night.  Easy recipes like these Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches are the perfect way to do so.

Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches

These start with pita pockets.  I used some leftovers from a dinner out, but your favorite from a restaurant will be perfect.  Then there is some rotisserie chicken, cheese, lettuce, and cranberry jam for something different, and dinner is served.  It doesn’t get easier than that!

May 2017 be full of great memories, dreams come true, and lots of homemade meals shared with the ones we love.

Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches

Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

4 pita pockets
1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
4 slices cheese – cheddar or Colby Jack work great
2 cups spring mix lettuce
¼ cup cranberry jam

Instructions

  1. Carefully open the pita pockets, trying not to tear them. Spread a thin layer of jam on the top side of the pita. Place a slice of cheese on the bottom, top with a handful of lettuce, and a bunch of shredded chicken. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  2. Sandwich may also be warmed briefly in the microwave before adding the lettuce for a melty sandwich.
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Don’t forget to check out all the other Sunday Supper dishes!

CHICKEN SUPPERS

PASTA SUPPERS

PORK SUPPERS

SHEET PAN SUPPERS

SOUP AND SANDWICH SUPPERS

STOVE TOP SUPPERS

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

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