Nov 27, 2014

Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata


Frittatas are a great way to use up leftovers!

Leftover turkey, sweet potatoes, spinach and Gruyere cheese – trust me, you'll want to save some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving because this breakfast frittata is SOO good!

When I had the idea of using leftover turkey and sweet potato in a fritatta, I had no idea just how good this would turn out! In fact, I would make turkey again, just to make this frittata. Frittatas are so versatile, you could of course use leftover chicken breast instead, or swap the Gruyere for another cheese, the spinach for kale, etc. This is naturally gluten-free, and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner with a salad on the side. Hope you enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2014

Brussels Sprouts Gratin


Delicious roasted brussels sprouts with a light cheese sauce.

These brussels sprouts are roasted until crisp, then topped with a light cheese sauce made with Gruyere and parmesan, then baked until brown and bubbling. If you are as obsessed with brussels sprouts as I am, you'll love these. Perfect to add to your holiday table!

Nov 20, 2014

Oven "Fried" Breaded Pork Chops


Juicy, delicious, boneless pork chops coated with a seasoned crisp crust. Ready in under 30 minutes, easy and kid-friendly!

When I was a kid, my Mom's friend Debbie often had my brother and I over for dinner because, well she lived right upstairs from us. We loved this, and she was so good to us. She would make broccoli,  Rice-a-Roni and Shake-n-Bake pork chops. Growing up in a home where my mom made everything from scratch, this was totally new to us and we loved it.

As an adult, I know how processed (yes still yummy) those things are so I make them myself. One day I'll share my healthier Rice-A-Roni recipe, it's easy! These pork chops – they are amazing and better than Shake-n-Bake. Even my husband (who's not a big pork chop fan) LOVES them. I served them with yesterday's raw shredded brussels sprout salad – enjoy!

Nov 19, 2014

Raw Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Oil


This raw shredded brussels sprouts salad is so simple to make, even a 4 year old can do it (with Mommy's help). Tossed with a little olive oil, lemon juice salt and pepper, it makes a wonderful side dish to any meal, and my family loves it!

Pictured above with crispy oven fried pork chops that I am sharing tomorrow, look out for them, they are so good!

I'm just going to put it out there and say this recipe was developed by my youngest daughter Madison. She loves her veggies raw and loves a raw cabbage salad so one day while I was cutting my brussels sprouts preparing to saute them, she started picking at it. Then she asked me to give her oil and vinegar (she likes making her own salads) and I realized she was onto something. I really love to let her invent and do her own thing in the kitchen, even if sometimes her ideas are a bit... lets say overly creative.

I never knew how good Madison was in front of the camera until yesterday when I thought it would be cute to film her making this after school – she's a natural and may be taking over Skinnytaste someday, who knows! Sometimes she does this with lime, and apple cider vinegar, and sometimes all of the above. Here she wanted to use all three.

This salad is vegan, paleo, dairy-free and gluten-free.

Nov 18, 2014

Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Tacos


Not your ordinary tacos – these chicken tacos are spicy and exotic, made with my light peanut sauce which I make with PB2 (powdered peanut butter) sriracha, ginger and spices. To balance out the spice, I chose to serve these in crisp cool lettuce wraps but tortillas would work great too!

A few months ago while visiting Asheville, NC with my friend Sandy (such a great food scene there!) we stopped for lunch at the White Duck Taco Shop, a creative taco joint where we had Bulgogi Tacos, Bangkok Shrimp Tacos and Duck with Mole Tacos.

What do food bloggers talk about while eating lunch together? Well we talked about food, recipes ideas, and decided we were going to come up with our own creative taco recipes and share them together. Well it took longer than we hoped, but finally today we are both sharing our fun unique spin tacos. Check out Sandy from The Reluctant Entertainer's Black Bean Tacos with Roasted Salsa recipe here.

And if you're in the mood for Thai without the guilt, you'll love these spicy peanut chicken lettuce tacos! Enjoy and happy Taco Tuesday!

Nov 17, 2014

Cauliflower Leek Soup


This creamy cauliflower soup is so quick and easy to make, you can whip up any night of the week! It's the perfect light soup if you want to have this as a first course, and leftovers are perfect for lunch.

I love cooking with leeks, they have a sweet, delicate flavor which is perfect for this soup. Before using leeks, it is essential to wash them well, as dirt usually collects between the layers. When using leeks, you'll want to use the white and light green parts, I cut them right where the color changes to darker green.