15 Minute Vegetable-Loaded No Bake Frittata

I’m always trying to sneak vegetables into breakfast foods. I like starting my day off with eating something healthy. If the rest of the day doesn’t go according to plan and I don’t get to have a healthy meal later, at least I already had a serving of vegetables and I don’t have to worry about scurvy.

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I made this 15 Minute Vegetable Loaded No Bake Frittata on a whim. I wasn’t going to post about it – we just needed a quick healthy breakfast because we both had to go in to work on a Saturday (lame, I know). But it looked so nice when it was cooked that I couldn’t help but take pictures of it. And when we tasted it, I knew I would have to share the recipe.

It is such a quick, simple recipe that is perfect for two people. (more…)

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Avocado Chicken Burgers

We have a LOT of ground chicken in our freezer right now. It was on sale at Shoprite, and I got really excited and bought too many packages. I couldn’t help it – it was ground chicken breast (so it’s very lean), not just ground chicken which has chicken skin and other fatty parts combined with the lean meat. I have big plans for all this ground chicken – I’m going to make chicken kofta kebabs, ground chicken tacos, etc. We’re going to be eating chicken for a while.

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Last night I made avocado chicken burgers. They were super easy to put together, and very healthy. Lean chicken breast and avocado. Sure, we ate them on a bun, but it was a small English muffin, not a huge bun. These burgers were so flavorful (more…)

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Quick and Easy Corn Fritters

We’ve been getting so much corn from our CSA every week, and I am loving it! I don’t think I ever realized how much I like corn until this year. Then again, I don’t think I’ve ever had corn THIS FRESH until this year. The corn we get from Alstede Farms is so sweet and delicious, and so fresh that we don’t even need to cook it. We did a blind taste test, and the uncooked corn was the winner in taste, sweetness, and texture.

I’ve been making all kinds of salsas from fresh corn, and of course there are the arepas. I also made a savory corn bread, which a week later is still the cause of a debate about what the word savory actually means.

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This time I wanted something that is quicker and less work than arepas or corn bread, so I made these corn fritters. They are perfect for a light lunch or snack. (more…)

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Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Last week in our CSA box we got two adorable peppers. They were too cute to cut up into salads, so I held on to them for a whole week hoping to come up with something to do with them. Then this week we got two more of these adorable peppers! Now with four of them, it felt like it would be worth the work to make stuffed peppers.

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I normally make stuffed peppers with ground beef, rice, and tomato sauce using my grandma’s recipe, but I had none of that on hand. I poked around in the pantry (who am I kidding, our tiny kitchen doesn’t have a pantry) and found good old quinoa. We also had arugula, a ton of parsley, and tomatoes from the CSA share this week. That’ll work. 40 minutes later, I had delicious healthy vegetarian quinoa stuffed peppers. Yum!

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Tuna Pasta Salad

I was reading JulesTheNorweegie’s blog Wolfitdown and her Skinny Tuna Mayo Pasta recipe made me realize that I haven’t had good old tuna out of a can in forever!

So tonight for dinner I made a Tuna Pasta Salad with fresh corn and fresh bell peppers, inspired by the recipe above. This was the perfect thing to make because I was starving and I didn’t have it in me to cook more than 20 minutes. Luckily, this recipe is super fast.

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Savory Cornbread with Leeks and Cherry Peppers

Aldo is definitely a sweet kind of guy (in more ways than one :) ), and I prefer savory snacks… usually. I definitely love dessert, but it has to be a dessert worth my time – I cannot resist dark chocolate, cheesecake, tres leches cake, and anything with baked fruit, but I’ll skip regular cake or vanilla ice cream (I know, I know, I probably lost all of you right there).

I also have some strong opinions about some things that cannot be sweet. For example, bagels. Bagels cannot have strawberry or maple flavored cream cheese. No no no. Bagels are either for plain cream cheese or chive cream cheese.

Or sushi with kiwi. What?? I refuse to even try that.

savory corn bread

Corn bread on the other hand, I can eat sweet and enjoy it. But I wanted to try a savory recipe this time, so I made a savory cornbread with leeks and cherry peppers. (more…)

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Parmesan Truffle Potato Wedges

This weekend, Aldo, Keri and I went to Philly. Aldo has never been there and I only went twice – once as a kid, and once when there might have been lots of drinking involved so I don’t remember much from either trip. Because of this, we wanted to do all the touristy things – see the liberty bell, go to the Ben Franklin museum, visit the art museum, etc. Keri’s done most of those things before, but we promised it would be a fun weekend, so she came along :)

The weather was very beautiful this weekend – it was perfect for walking around and sightseeing, and we had such a great time. We had lots of good luck on this trip because the Ben Franklin museum happened to be free on Saturday, and there was a free outdoor screening of an opera – The Barber of Seville.

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I happen to like the opera, but this was Aldo and Keri’s first opera experience (other than hearing bits and pieces of really famous arias here and there). I’m not sure they loved it, but they still had a good time – it was a beautiful night to have a picnic dinner outdoors.

Right before the opera started, we grabbed food at food trucks right nearby. Keri had a burger, and Aldo and I shared a cheese-stuffed meatball sandwich, fried cheese curds (yum!), and Parmesan truffle fries. I am obsessed with truffle oil and truffle salt, so I couldn’t resist getting these fries.

Now, these fries were AWESOME. The combination of potatoes, truffle oil, and Parmesan is absolutely perfect. I knew I would have to make something like this at home. Perhaps without the deep frying.

parmesan truffle potato

I was excited to see that we got potatoes in our CSA share this week, it was like a sign that I had to make these Parmesan Truffle Potato Wedges. I think if I had to pick a food to eat every day for the rest of my life, this would be it. (more…)

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Sweet Peach Bread

YOU GUYS. I just came up with something brilliant. You know how you can substitute apple sauce for oil when baking to reduce the fat? The apple sauce keeps your baked goods moist, and can be used in cakes and breads, such as banana bread. Well, WHY NOT USE PUREED PEACHES instead of apple sauce?! And why not make PEACH BREAD instead of banana bread?

I made this awesome peach bread with both pureed peaches and chunks of fresh peaches. Bear with me while I learn to take pictures of peach bread, but don’t let the pictures stop you from making this bread. It was SO GOOD.

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Red Wheat Berry Salad

Aldo and I were in the bulk section of Whole Foods looking at the dozens of ingredients that we’ve never even heard of, and I realized I have never tried wheat berries. So we bought some red wheat berries (and a ton of other things we didn’t need, damn you Whole Foods). When I got home I started doing some reading about wheat berries to find out what we will be eating.

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After doing some reading, have to say that I think the red wheat berry is going to be my new favorite grain! Turns out whole wheat flour is just ground red wheat berries. I probably should have figured that out on my own. Anyway, a cooked 1/2 cup serving of wheat berries has 6 g of fiber, and 6.5 grams of protein. And the best part is, unlike quinoa, wheat berries are SO CHEAP. $1.49/pound.

I made a colorful flavorful red wheat berry salad, and we really enjoyed our dinner. The wheat berries are nice and crunchy even when they are cooked, and it was fun to eat. I loved the sweetness of the dried cranberries paired with the cubed cheese all throughout the salad.

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Sausage Stuffed Eggplant

We’ve been getting so much eggplant from the CSA, and frankly, I am surprised that I am able to keep coming up with different recipes each week. This time I made sausage stuffed eggplant, and unlike the Eggplant Margherita Puff Pastry Tarts (which was AMAZING) this recipe is much healthier, so I didn’t feel guilty stuffing my face with this eggplant dish.
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