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Monday
Apr072014

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Last week, we needed a quick meal for dinner. I’m usually not good at thinking on my feet when it comes to recipes, but on the way home I stopped by the grocery store and picked up a few ingredients to pair with some produce in the fridge that needed to be used. Once home, one thing led to another and those ingredients ended up in a bowl with some quinoa and we hoped for the best. When the fork hit our mouths, we were impressed by how delicious our spur of the moment salad was. It was a salad that we didn’t mind eating for lunch all week too. In fact, I’ve already made it a second time! 

For the Salad
1 cup Quinoa, rinsed
1 1/2 cup Water
1 cup Spinach, chopped
1/2 an English Cucumber, diced
1/2 cup Kalamata Olives, pitted and diced
1/2 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1 can Artichoke Hearts, drained and chopped (or 1 cup Marinated Artichokes from the olive bar)
Dressing, recipe below

In a medium sauce pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the quinoa and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the water has been absorbed. Fluff with a fork and take off the heat. Add the spinach and stir around so that the heat helps it to wilt a bit. Add the cucumber, feta, tomatoes, and artichokes and stir to combine. Pour the dressing over the top and toss to evenly coat. Serve warm, room temperature, or chilled.

For the Dressing
1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar
2/3 cup Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano
Pinch Garlic Salt
Black Pepper, to taste

Put all ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake until combined. 

SOURCE: Fried Ice and Donut Holes Original

Saturday
Feb012014

Beet Caprese Salad

Beet caprese

A few days into the new year, Joel and I had a bit of a case of cabin fever, and to remedy that, we drove up to Toronto for the day. We almost didn’t make it because the roads were a mess, but for the sake of our sanity, we continued. Our only goal was to go to Toronto for lunch, then Ikea on the way home. When we finally made it to TO, we braved the frigid temperatures and walked a few blocks to one of Joel’s favorite places, Pizzeria Libretto. We’ve only been there twice, but they have amazing pizzas and the atmosphere is really cool. They were offering a pre-fixe lunch menu which included a salad, whole pizza, and dessert for a very reasonable price. Our salad options were arugula or beet caprese. Caprese salad is one of my favorite simple dishes in the summer. You can’t beat it when the tomatoes are ripe and fresh from the garden. In the winter, however, caprese salad never crosses my mind. Store bought tomatoes just don’t do much for me. However, a beet caprese sounded too good to be true. Joel opted for the arugula salad, and I went for the beet caprese salad. Best. Choice. Ever! While it has been a month since our little trip, I have not been able to get that salad out of my mind. It’s amazing that something so simple could be so absolutely delicious.

2 Beets
1 ball Fresh Mozzarella
Basil Leaves, chiffonade
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Clean the beets, drizzle them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then wrap them in tinfoil. Roast the beets at 400 degrees for 45 minutes-1 hour, or until the beets are tender. When they are cool enough to handle, peel the beets, then slice them into rounds. Slice the mozzarella into rounds. On a plate, arrange the salad alternating between beet and mozzarella slices. Sprinkle with the basil leaf chiffonade. Drizzle the top of the salad with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

SOURCE: Inspired by Pizzeria Libretto

Sunday
Nov172013

Vegetable Barley Soup

Vegetable barley soup

Even though this past weekend was abnormally warm (I’m talking 60 degrees in November…in Buffalo!), when the weather turns cold, nothing warms you up like a piping hot bowl of soup. Last week was frigid, and the wind made it feel even colder, so what better way to battle the temperatures than with a batch of vegetable barley soup! This soup is a perfect weeknight meal, since all you have to do is open up some cans and dice a few vegetables; add them both to a pot and let the heat do the rest! The next time the temperatures take a nose-dive, do yourself a favor and make a big pot of this soup. It easily serves 8, so if you are like us and only have 2 people in your household, this soup reheats perfectly for a week’s worth of lunch!

2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Onion, diced
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
8 cups Vegetable Stock
3/4 cup Barley, uncooked
2 Carrots, peeled and diced
1 1/2 cups Baby Spinach
1 Zucchini, cut into half moons
1 24-ounce can Diced Tomatoes
2 Bay Leaves
Salt and Pepper, to taste

In a large stock pot, sauté the garlic and onion in the oil for 4-5 minutes, or until soft. Add the vegetable broth and remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Cook until the barley is soft, about 30-40 minutes. 

SOURCE: Slightly adapted from About.com

Monday
Nov112013

Butternut Squash & Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Butternut squash lasagna roll

Now that the cold weather is here, it’s time to break out the comfort foods. Lasagna is most definitely a hearty comfort food, in my opinion. Since it’s fall and there is an abundance of squash in the grocery stores, why not try a seasonal spin on a classic? Pureed butternut squash makes a sweet yet savory, almost creamy sauce without any guilt! Poured over a traditional ricotta and spinach filled pasta roll-up and you’ve got a beautiful, seasonally appropriate, and delicious dish.  

For the Sauce:
1 pound Butternut Squash, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
1/4 cup Shallots, minced (I used 1/2 of a large shallot)
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese, grated
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the squash and cook until soft. Drain, reserving about 1 cup of the water. Return the squash, along with 1/4 cup of the reserved water, to the pan and blend until smooth with an immersion blender. Add the oil to a skillet over medium-low heat. Saute the shallots and garlic until soft and golden, about 4-5 minutes. Add the butternut squash puree and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the parmesan cheese, and thin the sauce out with additional reserved water, to your liking. Ladle about 1/2 cup of the sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish, then set aside.

For the Lasagna:
9 Lasagna Noodles, cooked
10 ounces Frozen Chopped Spinach, thawed and squeezed
15 ounces Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1 Egg
Salt and Pepper
3 ounces (about 9 tablespoons) Italian Blend Cheese, shredded

In a large bowl, combine the spinach, ricotta, parmesan, egg, salt, and pepper. Lay the lasagna noodles out on a flat surface, making sure that they are dry. Take about 1/3 cup of the ricotta mixture and spread it evenly over each lasagna noodle. Carefully roll the noodle up and lay seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining noodles and filling. Ladle the remaining sauce over the top of each of the lasagna rolls, then top each roll with 1 tablespoon of the cheese blend. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, or until the cheese melts and becomes bubbly and golden brown. 

SOURCE: Skinny Taste

Wednesday
Aug282013

Crispy Egg Noodles

Crispy Egg Noodles

Joel has a pretty sweet work schedule. During the summer, he is off on Fridays. Since I am home too, we try to take advantage of the time and go out for lunch together. We started our Friday lunch date series off at a new-ish noodle bar. While they are known for their pho, another dish on the menu caught my eye. Upon the waiter's recommendation, I ended up ordering crispy egg noodles and have not been able to stop thinking about them ever since. The texture of the fried noodles paired with stir fried vegetables and delicious sauce makes for one pretty amazing dish. After a few weeks had passed, I kept suggesting we go back to the noodle bar for lunch, but since summer is so short and there were so many other places we wanted to try, we weren't able to get back. Saddened by the thought that I couldn't order my crispy noodles, I searched for recipes to see if I'd be able to make it at home. Luckily, I found one that was quite simple and absolutely delicious! Now that I know I can make crispy noodles at home whenever I have a craving, maybe the next time we go to the noodle bar, I can try their famous pho!

For the Chicken
8 ounces Chicken Breasts, cut into thin strips
1 Egg White
2 teaspoons Cornstarch
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground White Pepper

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the egg white, cornstarch, salt, and white pepper. Add the chicken strips and toss to coat evenly. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

For the Noodles and Sauce
8 ounces Thin Egg Noodles
Peanut Oil
1 Zucchini, sliced into half-moons
1 Red Pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 Onion, thinly sliced
1 Jalapeño, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons Mirin
1 1/2 tablespoons Oyster Sauce
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 1/3 cups Chicken Stock
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
1 1/2 tablespoons Water
3 tablespoons Scallions, thinly sliced

Cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain well and set aside. Heat a frying pan over high heat and add 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil. Evenly spread out a handful of noodles in the pan, turn the heat to low, and allow the noodles to gently fry for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp on the bottom. Gently flip the noodles over, adding another 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil to the pan. Cook for another 4-5 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crisp on the bottom. Remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel. Repeat with remaining noodles (recipe makes 4 servings). Meanwhile, heat a wok over high heat and add 1 teaspoon of oil. Add the chicken strips to the wok and cook until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the wok, add the vegetables, and stir fry until crisp-tender; remove the vegetables from the wok. In a small bowl, make a slurry with the cornstarch and water. Add the mirin, oyster sauce, soy sauce, chicken stock, salt, and pepper to to wok and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat, whisk the slurry into the wok, and bring to a simmer. When the sauce has thickened slightly, return the chicken and vegetables to the wok and stir to coat in the sauce. To serve, place the crispy noodles on a plate and spoon the chicken, vegetables, and sauce over the top. Garnish with sliced scallions. 

SOURCE: BBC Food