Sweet Potato Crust Quiche #SundaySupper

Sweet Potato Crust Quiche

Eating vegetables has never been a problem for me.  Since I was a kid fruit and vegetables have been my jam.

I have eaten fruit at every meal since forever.  It’s just what I did.  Even when I was in my fast food phase.

Sweet Potato Crust Quiche

I loved vegetables too.  I was probably the only kid who often chose broccoli soup and tossed salads (drenched in ranch dressing, but still) over dessert.

It’s funny that as a kid broccoli everything was my jam and I can barely look at it now, but I make up for it with all the vegetables I maybe didn’t love then and love now.

Sweet Potato Crust Quiche

I never understand the my kids won’t eat fruit and vegetables thing because for me it was second nature.  Maybe it was because I went to the produce store and helped choose the items that would make up our meals.  Or because I helped make dinner.  Or because I was never, ever forced to eat anything.

I can’t say for sure, but I can say that I believe everyone, young or old, can love vegetables.

And this Sweet Potato Crust Quiche is one of the easiest ways to do that.  I wish I would have eaten more sweet potatoes as a kid – they are so inviting with that sweet, creamy goodness.  But I make up for it now.

Sweet Potato Crust Quiche

You can put whatever vegetables you love in the quiche.  I put onion in EVERYTHING, another food I have loved forever, and mushrooms always make a good addition.  But peas, kale, spinach, fennel, cauliflower, broccoli, corn, and more would work.  Use what you love and have on hand.

The real star here is the super creamy egg custard.  A really good whisking and just a touch of almond coconut blend milk make a silky smooth filling that is to die for.

With this meal, the whole family will fall in love with vegetables.

Sweet Potato Crust Quiche

Sweet Potato Crust Quiche #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 large sweet potato, sliced into ¼ inch thick rounds
1 large onion, sliced into half moons
10 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
7 large eggs
1/3 cup almond-coconut blend milk
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a deep dish pie pan.
  2. Arrange the potato slices in the pie pan, overlapping to cover everything in at least a single layer and a double layer if possible. Drizzle with more oil and bake for about 15 minutes, until just tender. The potatoes will probably shrink, just rearrange them to cover as much of the surface of the pan as possible.
  3. While the crust bakes, place the onion and mushrooms on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Roast in the oven right along with the crust.
  4. When the crust and vegetables are both just tender, whisk together the eggs and milk until fully combined.
  5. Place the vegetables in the crust and pour the egg mixture over.
  6. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F and return the pan to the oven. Bake about 30 minutes until the center of the custard is just set. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Serve cold or reheat in the microwave about 1 minute.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Olives n Wine

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One Pan Mustard Crusted Halibut and Vegetables #SundaySupper

One Pan Mustard Crusted Halibut and Vegetables

I’ve changed a lot over the past few years.  One of those changes has to do with my insatiable desire to do things, particularly in nice weather.  Until, I move to California (dear universe, can we make that happen soon???), I hibernate in winter.

But give me a nice day, even a reasonably nice day, and I want to be out and about, doing things, experiencing things.

My favorite thing may be concerts.

One Pan Mustard Crusted Halibut and Vegetables

I’d enjoyed concerts as a kid.  I remember standing in line at Hudson’s (yep, I’m throwing it back with that one!) or sending Dad to stand in line when the tickets went on sale.  The lady in the Ticketmaster booth would pull out her big book of seating charts and point to the usually terrible place where our seats would be located.

But then I got scared.  I’m still scared of a lot of things.  I didn’t want to go to concerts.  Crowds!  Germs!  Late nights!

After skipping lots of shows I wanted to see, when Justin Timberlake and Jay Z announced they were coming to town, I knew I needed to be brave and go.

One Pan Mustard Crusted Halibut and Vegetables

I’m not going to tell you I didn’t have a meltdown the day before and day of, because I don’t like lying.  But I did have a great time and began, slowly, to go to more shows.

Flashforward to now, and I saw one show already (Bon Jovi – I’m posting about it later this week) and have tickets for four more with hopes to add OneRepublic and an open mind to any new tours that might be announced.

I realized something the other day.  Concerts are my Prozac.  Music is a powerful thing in and of itself.  But there’s something about being there in person, an anonymous face in a crowd of twenty thousand or more people.  The music so loud your body vibrates.

One Pan Oven Roasted Halibut and Vegetables

No one looks at you funny for dancing and jumping up and down and singing louder than you thought was possible.  In fact, sometimes they look at you funny if you don’t do those things.

It’s cathartic, a healing experience that makes my problems fall away.  You can’t worry when you’re screaming and taking pictures and waving your hands in the air.  You can’t.  you just can’t.

There’s no experience like it.  Not watching a movie or seeing a play or shopping.  All those things have fissures, quiet moments when bad, negative thoughts creep in and bring you down and out of the moment.

If you don’t believe me or say concerts aren’t your jam, that’s cool.  You’re not alone, I asked twelve, yes twelve people to see Bon Jovi and ended up going with Mom.  Which really, was a blessing in disguise, because she’s my person.  And we should experience transcendental experiences with our person.  But I’ll be over here working out my demons and searching for more concerts to attend.

One Pan Oven Roasted Halibut and Vegetables

Also making One Pan Mustard Crusted Halibut and Vegetables because concerts require serious sustenance.  This meal is healthy, gluten free, and Whole30.  It celebrates spring with some of the first of the season Alaskan halibut and ramps.  Once it’s in the oven, you are free to catch up on chores or Netflix and then dinner is served.

One Pan Mustard Crusted Halibut and Vegetables #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 3 servings

Ingredients

1 ½ pounds wild Alaskan halibut
¼ cup yellow mustard (I love Raye’s)
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon kosher salt, optional
1 large red onion, cut into wedges
1 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
1 pound ramps, cleaned
Lemon, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Arrange onion and mushrooms around the edges of a large, rimmed, nonstick baking tray. Season with pepper, red pepper flakes, and salt. Drizzle oil over the vegetables and the center of the tray. Make sure the entire tray is coated in oil.
  3. Place the halibut in the center of the tray and spread evenly with mustard. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the ramps to the tray and bake an additional approximately 15 minutes until halibut is cooked through and flaky. Cooking time will depend on how thick your fish is.
  5. Serve immediately. Leftovers may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
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Tropical Fruit Salsa #SundaySupper

Tropical Fruit Salsa

Mom always says everything looks worse when you’re tired.  While I have learned that Mom is pretty much always right, I had an epiphany about this the other night, when I was very, very tired.  By the way, I don’t mean that in a snarky way … Mom really is almost always right.  Seriously, it’s kind of freaky.

Back to the epiphany.  I began thinking about her statement and I have my own spin on it.  Maybe we just see the truth, a harsh reality when we’re tired.  We see things with eyes that don’t have the energy to rose color our surroundings.

Tropical Fruit Salsa

There’s nothing wrong with trying to put a positive spin on things, see the good in the bad, find the hope in the dark, but maybe sometimes we need a wakeup call, and that is what being tired, really, really tired brings.

It shows us our faults and those of our surroundings.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  We can all use to take a harsh look in the mirror sometimes.  That glimpse of reality, even if it is short lived, can stick with us, and teach us how to make things better.

Tropical Fruit Salsa

We can’t change what is wrong if we never see it in the first place.  Or worse, if we don’t see it until it is too late.

So the other day and night I was wiped out after the Bon Jovi concert (more on that next week – it was worth every lost moment of sleep), I learned a little more about me than I had known before and found some of the drive to fix things the next day.

And also to make this Tropical Fruit Salsa.  Full of fresh, vibrant colors and flavors, don’t you just want to dive right in to this healthy, vegan, gluten free, Whole30 dip, snack, salad, side?  I love mixing fruit and vegetables, sweet and spicy, and this salsa has some of my favorites.

Tropical Fruit Salsa

Tomatoes.  Pineapple.  Onion.  Cucumber.  Jalapeno.  Mango.  Serve this with fish, beef, pork, chips, or just a fork.  And then solve the problems of your world.

Tropical Fruit Salsa

Tropical Fruit Salsa #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Varies

Ingredients

2 1 inch thick slices of pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 mango, cut off the seed, peeled, and diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 jalapeno, seeded, minced
1 red onion, diced
1 English cucumber, peeled and diced
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Salt to taste, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together pineapple, mango, tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, and cucumber. Add the lemon juice, pepper, and salt, if using. Stir to combine. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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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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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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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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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.

Hearty Healthy Beef Stew + Giveaway!

Hearty Healthy Beef Stew

In the winter I kind of hibernate like the chipmunks who inhabit the yard in nicer weather.  If you read my blog regularly you know I hate winter and want to move to California, which is a symbol of so many things just out of reach in my life, but for now, it’s really all about the weather.

See all was fine and well when the last day in November was sixty and sunny, but now we’ve had our first snowfall/storm/blizzard/severe weather alert day/impending doom, and I can’t deal.  Wake me when it’s spring.

The problem with this used to be that leaving the house meant so shopping or new things or worst of all food.  However, this is no longer a problem.  Me indulging my lack of desire to leave the house when the snow won’t stop might be a problem, but ladies and gentlemen, food now arrives on the porch thanks to the nice delivery men and ButcherBox.

ButcherBox

I had heard about ButcherBox and when they offered me a sample box to check out, I jumped at the chance.  If you are unfamiliar with ButcherBox, it is a monthly subscription program that sends meat, beef, chicken, pork, or a combination, to your door.  It arrives frozen on dry ice in a super nice box and cooler.

The beef is grass fed and grass finished, the chicken is organic, and the pork is heritage breed.  The meat is antibiotic and hormone free and never taken from feedlots.  This is awesome because it is super important to eat high quality proteins and know where your food is coming from.

I was a bit nervous the meat would be thawed when it arrived, but my fears were assuaged instantly when I found all the pieces to be individually wrapped and literally hard as a rock.  I requested a beef and pork box because I do not eat chicken.  I found a pound of bacon, four gorgeous bone in pork chops, two pounds of ground beef, sirloin tips, sirloin steaks, and thinly sliced beef.

ButcherBox

I will be honest, I was a bit disappointed to not receive some strips or ribeyes instead of the sirloin, but I was excited to check out the box and push myself to try some new recipes.  I made taco lettuce wraps with some of the ground beef, seared and roasted two of the pork chops and made this crazy good Hearty Healthy Beef Stew.

While the box might be pricey to some at $129, there is a ton of meat there, 8-10 pounds, enough for 15-20 meals.  My freezer is still stocked.  Plus, I spend a lot of money on food typically and this actually is a pretty good deal for my tastes and spending habits.

Hearty Healthy Beef Stew

This may be controversial to some, but I don’t thaw my meat before cooking it.  This, to me, gives the final product a close to fresh flavor.  I do this with steaks, ground beef, fish – all proteins I stash in the freezer.  In fact, most of the time I can’t tell the difference between fresh and frozen because of the lack of thawing.  I recommend trying this method.  Cooking clearly takes a bit longer, but with planning, it is doable and worth it.

This stew is one of my new favorite dishes.  I haven’t had beef stew in probably a couple decades.  It was never my favorite, but using high quality ingredients and adding a bit of spice made this a comforting dish that we can all feel good about eating.

I used the sirloin tips and steaks and paired them with mild spices and hearty vegetables for a rich stew, thanks to proper browning, that is craveworthy.  Be sure to check out this stew and ButcherBox.  It is definitely something I will be ordering again in the future.

Hearty Healthy Beef Stew

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Hearty Healthy Beef Stew

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

2 ½ pounds beef (I used frozen sirloin tips and sirloin steaks)
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 bunches carrots, peeled and chopped into ¼ inch thick rounds
3 medium or 2 large onions, cut into large dice
1 large fennel bulb, sliced
2 cups kale leaves
Cloves from 1 head of garlic, peeled
4 cups low sodium organic beef stock
2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Heat a large stock pot over medium high heat. Once the pot is hot, add the oil. Add the beef to the pot. Allow to brown on one side, before flipping and allowing to brown on the other side. Add the red pepper, turmeric, coriander, chili powder, and black pepper.
  2. Once the meat is mostly brown, add 1 bunch of carrots and half of the onion. Sauté the vegetables for a few moments with the meat before adding enough stock to almost, but not quite, cover the meat. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and place a lid on the pot, leaving it cracked slightly.
  3. Cook for 1 hour, stirring periodically, and adding more liquid if necessary. After the hour, add the remaining carrots and onion, along with the fennel and garlic. Recover and cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Pull the large pieces of meat out of the pot and slice them in ¼ to ½ inch thick slices. Return to the pot, add the water and kale and cook until heated through, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately. Stew may be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen in airtight containers for up to three months. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove top until steaming hot.

Notes

I used frozen meat. If you use fresh, the cooking time will be significantly different.

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