Best of February 2015

For my last post of the month I decided to do something different. At the end of every month I am going to post links to the most delicious, mouth watering, want-to-eat-this-now, can’t-stop-thinking-about-you recipes that I’ve come across in the past 3-4 weeks.

So in no particular order, here are the recipes that caught my eye in February:

best of february

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Varnishki Recipe (Bow Tie Pasta with Buckwheat Groats)

Ever since finding out that buckwheat is a super healthy seed and not just another version of wheat, we’ve been eating a lot more buckwheat – soba noodles with peanut sauce, simple buckwheat groats as a side, and this time I made Varnishki.

varnishki recipe

You made what, you ask?? Varnishki are a traditional Jewish (and maybe Russian?) dish of pasta (usually bow tie) and buckwheat. It is super simple to make, yet very filling and satisfying. And it tastes like home to me. (more…)

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20 Minute Crunchy Soba and Red Cabbage Stir Fry

We were in the grocery store the other day and I just couldn’t decide what vegetables to get. We’ve been rotating through broccoli, green beans, zucchini, and baby spinach salads over and over and it’s gotten a bit boring. Then I saw red cabbage. The wheels in my brain just started spinning and this Soba and Red Cabbage Stir Fry was born.

Soba and Red Cabbage Stir Fry

There’s not much to write about this recipe. It’s SUPER quick and easy to make and very delicious. The sauce is very simple to make, it has a great flavor because of the ginger, honey, and garlic, and it is especially awesome if you add some pepper to make it a bit spicy. The cabbage and carrots are stir fried for only a couple of minutes and they keep their crunchy texture and it’s a great contrast with the soba noodles. Everything about this stir fry is good. (more…)

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2 Ingredient Pizza Dough – Tomato Pesto Pizza

Yes, that’s right. 2 ingredients. Aldo actually found the recipe for this pizza dough for me. He loves my cooking but I think sometimes he wishes we would just order pizza more often.

2 ingredient pizza dough

This pizza dough recipe is awesome!! Obviously it doesn’t make pizzeria-style pizza, but it makes such a delicious crust! If you are a pizza purist then just think of this as a 2-ingredient flatbread. And pile on delicious toppings and cheese onto your flatbread. :) (more…)

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Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna. Or should I call it Mexican Lasaña? I didn’t know what to call this layered casserole of meat, cheese, tomato sauce, and corn tortillas. And then I realized it was kind of like a lasagna, but with delicious Mexican flavors.

mexican lasagna

This casserole is easier to put together than if you were going to roll the ground meat into enchiladas (I tried, believe me), so it is a much more do-able recipe for a weeknight. It actually came together very quickly, and left us with plenty of leftovers for lunches the next couple of days. (more…)

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Spiced Ethiopian Cottage Cheese with Collard Greens (Ayib Begomen Recipe)

A couple of weeks ago we visited our friends who live in the Boston area. For lunch, we went out to the Red Sea restaurant in Boston. Have you ever had Ethiopian food? No? Well it is SO GOOD. If you like curries, stews, spices, amazing flavors with lots of depth, you’ll like Ethiopian food.

Ethiopian food is usually served on/with injera bread, which is kind of like a giant spongy crepe. And you have to rip off pieces of injera and use it as a utensil, to pick up chunks of stewed meat, flavorful chickpeas and lentils, and to sop up the juices. Yummy. It’s a fun eating experience.

ethiopian cottage cheese

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Best Honey Garlic Wings Ever

We made two kinds of wings for the SuperBowl – traditional buffalo sauce wings, and these amazing honey garlic wings. I absolutely love traditional buffalo wings, but I am actually disappointed that we didn’t just make twice as many of these honey garlic wings instead. They were SO GOOD.

honey garlic wings

Sticky, garlicky, a bit spicy, a bit sweet. Just perfect. (more…)

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Pan Fried Cauliflower Florets

This cauliflower recipe is something my mom has made often when we were growing up. I remember waiting impatiently in the kitchen as she was finishing cooking the cauliflower, so that we can sit down with fresh, delicious, crispy pan fried cauliflower florets.

pan fried cauliflower

This recipe is super simple and delicious. If you like cauliflower, then this recipe is perfect because the flavor of the cauliflower really comes through, (more…)

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10 Minute Leftover Fried Rice

On Monday and Tuesday of this week we were supposed to get a Nor’easter, a blizzard, the SNOW STORM OF THE CENTURY. All the facebook statuses were about the impending doom of a storm, and I imagine all the weather channel statuses were also about the 2 feet of snow we were supposed to get. I wasn’t too concerned about the weather, and I mostly looked for gems like this on my facebook while ignoring all the weather updates. I’m not sure why, but Aldo and I both found this video so hilarious:

I wasn’t too worried about the weather because I love snow days, where you get to work from home in your pajamas with a cat in your lap, and you get to look out the window and watch the snow fall. I also didn’t have to run out to the store in a panic to get the bread and milk because my pantry and fridge are generally well stocked and I can usually create a good meal just from things I have in my kitchen.

Before the snow storm, I saw that we had leftover cooked rice, frozen peas, frozen corn, and frozen chopped leeks. This would be enough to make a quick stir fry, quick enough even to make even during my ”lunch break” during the work-from-home day.

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Soba Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables in a Spicy Peanut Sauce

Soba Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables

Guys, I just recently found out that buckwheat is a seed, not a grain. I always thought buckwheat was a type of wheat, and never bought it because I figured we eat enough grains (even if they are whole grains most of the time). But I recently learned that buckwheat is a seed, which means that it is higher in protein and fiber than wheat. But unlike quinoa and amaranth – the other two healthy seeds that we eat as a side – buckwheat is really cheap (though not as trendy, I admit).  (more…)

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