Culinary Delights

Quinoa + Spinach = a Gastronomic Delight

I am always amazed by the beautiful food pictures on some sites.  The chef capturing each step in a wonderful picture.  They must be really great cooks, because that is not the case with my cooking.  Instead of having time to take photos of the process I am usually “oh, bleep…I need the onions….ahhh it’s burning.”  My kitchen usually looks like  ingredient bomb exploded, I am not the neatest when cooking.  However, it is the finished product that counts, right???

Well tonight we decided to try Quinoa Burgers with Tzatziki and Cheesy Spinach Bake, and it was yummy in this girls tummy!  The Spinach Bake was awesome!  I am planning on re-heating it for a little breakfast Quiche tomorrow morning.  The Quinoa Burgers were also pretty good, kind of reminded me of a latkes.  I may try them with a little unsweetened applesauce.

Happy Friday!

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Bang Bang

Tonight we tried making Bang Bang Cauliflower and roasted vegetables.  D was a little apprehensive about the cauliflower, but in the end he gave it a 7.5.  It was surprisingly good and very filling.  I would give this a try one more time, but this time I will make sure I use Mayo instead of Miracle Whip!

The taste was better than the way it looks in the picture!  🙂

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Day 6 – Meatless meatballs and pasta

It was Italian night in the “N” household tonight.  For dinner we has vegan meatballs and some whole wheat pasta.  Yummy!

I also made some No Bake Energy Balls.  They are very good, I would definitely make them again.  You can find the recipe here.  I used vegan chocolate chips and agave nectar instead of honey.  Tasty!!

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Feeling a little Veganish – Day 1

This past weekend I watched a couple documentaries that really made me think.  While I have been “veg” for a while I have never really tried to give up that all too flavorful and yummy dairy.  If I am honest I am a true lover of all cheeses, I have not yet met one that I do not like.  After watching the information about dairy, the health aspects, I have decided that I am going to try a week diary free.

I am not making a proclamation that I am a vegan, and I will probably never give up my love for beautiful leather handbags, but I am going to try being a little “veganish.”  Luckily I have a husband that goes along with pretty much anything.

So first up on the vegan dinner plan was black beans and rice with vegan sausage.  The sausage was more for D than me, but I enjoyed it too.  I LOVE black beans and rice, and I have mastered my secret recipe, which really only consists of one secret ingredient!  When I was in college in FL there was a little cuban restaurant called Espo’s that served the BEST black beans and rice, I still dream about that place.

For dessert, because I have the biggest sweet tooth known to man, I made a little non-diary wild berry smoothie.  Not exactly ice cream, but it was pretty good if I do say so.

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Pinterest Dinner #2

With 3 more recipes on my list I attempted 2 of them today.  First up was some Sweet and Salty Chickpeas.  These turned out pretty good and I would make them again.  I would definitely suggest cooking them a little longer to insure the center gets crispy and I would also suggest eating them fresh out of the oven.  They are not that great once they have cooled.

 

Next up was Cauliflower Crust Pizza.  It unfortunately did not turn out as planned.  My crust did not really firm up and stuck to the pan.  I think next time I will cook the crust on parchment paper to keep it from sticking.  Despite the crust not being very pizza-like, it tasted really good.  Mine sorta turned out more lasagna than pizza, but the flavor was amazing.  I would definitely try this one again and see if I can perfect it.

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A Pinterest Dinner

I am slightly addicted to Pinterest.  Since I have been pinning all these recipes I decided that I would try a few this weekend.  First up on the list was Gnocchi Mac and Cheese, which you can find the recipe here.  I have to say that it turned out fairly good.  I think next time I will add some spicier mustard to give it a little more kick.

 

I also decided to try Baked Parmesan Tomatoes, which was pretty tasty.  I would make these again.

 

The best part of the meal was The Best Broccoli of Your Life!  The title of this recipe is a bold statement, but I have to say that it is 100% true.  It was amazing!  The only thing that I would recommend is to cut the quantity of salt in half, it was a little salty for my taste.  It would probably be really good with some red pepper flakes.

Overall it was a pretty good meal that I enjoyed on this rainy Saturday night.

 

Bon Appetit!

 

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Heaven in a Cup

I was luckily enough to receive this from a friend this holiday season.

It is by far the best hot chocolate I have ever had.  The chocolate is not too sweet, and the vanilla marshmallows add the perfect amount of sweetness to cut the bitter from the chocolate.  The only downfall is that it is no longer available….I guess that is what makes it so special.

Heaven in a Cup!!!

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