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I’m often inspired by recipes that lend themselves to improvisation if you don’t have exactly everything on the ingredients list. For me, Vegetarian Times is one of those publications. It gives me inspiration or an idea to work from. Such was the case a couple of nights ago. || Read more

Belgian waffles

Aug
2014
10

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belgian waffle

Waffles. From a young age I’ve learned as a Herbert two things are true: We love our waffles and we will demand peanut butter for said waffles.

Over the years I’ve tried at least a dozen different waffle recipes, with only slight differences in ingredients and measurements. From those I’ve narrowed down my top 5 and now present you with what I believe to be the crème de la crème. || Read more

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Chicken and Sriracha packet with rice and vegetables

Cooking for one or two is something I talk about a lot but this recipe adapted from livebetteramerica.com is something I refer to a lot when I’m looking for something easy and to switch up the weekly norm.

Not a fan of Sriracha or spicy? Don’t worry… this recipe is easily adaptable. You can use rice that’s not instant but you should precook it to make sure it gets fully cooked when the chicken + veggies are done. You can also use the microwaveable packets of rice you can find in the stores. Just dump the rice in a bowl with the water and let it sit for 5 minutes before draining and mixing with your vegetables. || Read more

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kale, pesto, mushrooms, black olives + pasta

A few days ago I made some kale + basil pesto and decided I’d use it again in a quick dish for dinner. I’m a huge fan of seeing what form of pasta is in my pantry and what leftover veggies I have in my fridge and making a meal out of them, especially when I’ve just come home from work and I’m starving!

This combo is a good one, so if you’re feeling like a trip to the store is needed, stick to the recipe. The 1 full cup of kale may seem like a lot but the nutritional benefits would tell you the more the merrier. Kale Nutrition Facts Otherwise, send me your versions! I’d love to share them on my blog.

This makes about 2 servings, perfect leftovers for lunch at work the next day! || Read more

kale + basil pesto

Jul
2014
29

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kale + basil pesto

I shared a fried green tomato recipe a while back… this is the perfect addition to that dish. Honestly, as much as I love pesto, making this with half kale + half basil was a good combo. You’ll need a good food processor to make this really work. I’m still in love with my Ninja.

I should also note that basil, unless you grow your own, is stupid expensive especially when you need a lot of it to make the full packed cup. Instead I used the Gourmet Garden Basil you can find in the produce aisle. I used two of the bigger tubes of the basil for this recipe.ingredients in the food processor

What you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup sunflower nuts (roasted, unsalted is good)
  • 1 cup basil - chopped + packed tight into 1 cup measuring cup
  • 1 cup kale – chopped + packed tight into 1 cup measuring cup
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon (about 1)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Mix all of the above ingredients in your food processor until smooth in consistency.

beer bread

Jul
2014
09

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HefeWeizen + beer bread

This beer bread recipe can handle just about any 12 oz. of beer you throw into it, but I challenge you to try something other than PBR (my usual favorite for this recipe).

I decided to take my dad’s original recipe and use SanTan Brewing Company’s HefeWeizen in hopes that the banana and clove flavors would come through. I’ll definitely be using this beer again, call me biased if you must.   || Read more

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orzo + veggies

I’m allowing myself one hour to make myself dinner, eat it and I guess write this post before I go back to work. I’ve written about orzo a few times now and it remains a staple in my kitchen.

It cooks up quick, and when you boil it in your favorite broth it cuts time on having to season things, especially when you’re using fresh vegetables. I used what I had in my fridge for this one pot dish. || Read more

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