Feb 26, 2015

Spiralized Shanghai Beef and Broccoli


Spiralized Shanghai Beef and Broccoli

Marinated sirloin steak with broccoli and spiralized broccoli noodles in a delicious hoisin sauce. This dish is out-of-this-world good, and so filling I couldn't even finish it! You NEED this in your life!

Spiralized Shanghai Beef and Broccoli

Here's the deal, you know those broccoli stems you usually throw out? Well you can spiralize them and use them in place of noodles in dishes like this easy Asian stir fry for a low-carb alternative to noodles. There's lots of spiralizers out there and I'm often asked which I use, I love my Paderno Spiralizer, it's the easiest way to make zucchini noodles, sweet potato spirals, carrot ribbons and more! If you don't have one you can also use a mandolin with a julienne blade, or buy a bag of broccoli slaw.

Spiralized Broccoli

The trick to spiralizing broccoli stems is to find the thickest ones. At least 2-inches in diameter, and cut off any pieces sticking out. Then I used my potato peeler to smooth it out. I placed the thicker end of the stem into the spikes which I found was the key to success.

This recipe was inspired by a meal I had with Phillip Chiang, the man who started the wildly popular Chinese restaurant chain PF Chang's. I got to sample their Chinese New Year menu which they are serving right now and even got to go behind the scenes and watch them cook up some dishes. Hope you enjoy, happy spiralizing!

Feb 25, 2015

Baked Chicken with Dijon and Lime


Easy weeknight dinner solution – grab some chicken, remove the skin, brush it with this Dijon-lime sauce and put it in the oven. I've been making this recipe for years using thighs until the USDA changed the calories and fat contact for thighs. Now I do this with drumsticks, you can use any parts you like.

While the chicken's cooking, grab a bag of lettuce, and top it with one of these delicious DeLallo SaladSavors® that make life so easy. These are the BEST, and come in 6 varieties with top quality ingredients. All you have to do is add some oil and vinegar, and you have an amazing salad in 5 minutes.  My favorite is the Zesty which has marinated artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and Asiago cheese pictured below.

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Feb 24, 2015

Petite Crust-less Quiche


Loaded with turkey kielbasa, veggies and cheese, this slimmed down quiche will not dissapoint.

I like to make these on weekends, and reheat leftovers for the week. I usually refrigerate them for up to 3 days or freeze them to reheat at a later time.

You can swap the veggies for anything you like, and the kielbasa can be swapped with ham or sausage. Two muffin sized quiches are perfectly satisfying, and to be honest, who needs the crust? If you try, let me know what you think!

Feb 23, 2015

Oven Roasted Cauliflower


Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Roasting cauliflower brings out its nuttiness flavor and caramelizes the edges. This is such an easy way to prepare it, I toss it with garlic, lemon juice and olive oil and top it with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and some lemon zest when it comes out of the oven.

I can eat a whole bowl of this for lunch, but I usually make this as a side for steaks, pork chops or chicken. An irresistible side dish, even to people who don't like cauliflower.

Feb 18, 2015

Spiralized Mediterranean Beet and Feta Skillet Bake


Spiralized Mediterranean Beet and Feta Skillet Bake

Beet noodles baked with tomatoes, red onion, olives and Feta. Serve this as an appetizer with some baked pita chips, as a side dish or even as a main dish, topped with grilled shrimp or chicken – this dish is a keeper!

I think most of you know I'm pretty obsessed with my spiralizer, (I LOVE my Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer) but my friend Ali is even more obsessed than me, if that's even possible. So obsessed, she devoted her entire blog to this gadget and just came out with a cookbook that you will need to get your hands on! The book is called Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals, and it's only 15.47 on Amazon! Tons of great spiralized ideas, everything from breakfast to dessert – the girl is a spiralizing genius!

I had a hard time deciding what to make first, but since I typically make spiralized zucchini and cucumber dishes with my spiralizer, so I chose a dish using beets instead. As a kid, I hated beets because I only tasted the pickled kind, that came in a jar. As an adult, I started enjoying them roasted in salads, and even discovered how delicious they are raw. Here, the beets are spiralized, tossed with vinegar, oil and herbs and roasted for 20 minutes. Once roasted, the beets are tender yet firm, exactly how I like my vegetables. If you're unsure about beets, I know this dish will convert you!

The only changes I made to her recipe was using less cheese, I cut the block in half horizontally and it was still more than plenty.

Oh and one more thing, I am giving 1 cookbook away this week! For a chance to win, leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite spiralized vegetable recipe is! Good luck! Ends February 24, 2015 US and CA.

Feb 17, 2015

Sticky Baked Chicken with Apricot, Sage and Lemon Zest


Sweet, succulent roasted chicken. Get a napkin and be prepared to get your fingers dirty!

Seems like everyone I know has read or watched the movie, Fifty Shades. I on the other hand have not read the book, but I do plan on seeing the movie just so I can see what the hype's all about.

But I did get my hands on the Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook. This cookbook is hilarious, with beautiful and somewhat risky nude photos of chicken... I couldn't stop laughing. And the recipes are actually really good – talk about the perfect gift for a foodie/Christian Grey fan! Recipes like Steamy White Meat, Dripping Thighs, Bacon Bound Wings, Chicken Strip Tease, just to name a few. I couldn't put it down or decide which to make, so I went with "Please Don't Stop Chicken".

I did have to modify the recipe to make it light. Originally it called for a whole chicken cut up, you can use any chicken parts you like but I went for drumsticks since I love them and they are leaner than thighs. I also removed the skin to reduce the fat, you really don't mind because they are coated with a delicious glaze.

And this week only, I'm giving 10 copies of the Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook away! To enter fill out the form below, ends Sunday!