roasted sweet potato salad.

People feel really seriously about potato salad. Mayo, or no mayo? (<– NO. Never. Yuck.). Eggs? Chopped pickles? Celery? It can be made a plethora of ways, but for me, the idea of potato salad is almost always better than the reality. I too often find them bland and unappealingly gloppy. Aside from the warm, vinegary German potato salad I grew up on and LOVE, I always tend to be disappointed. HOWEVER. I stumbled upon the idea of a sweet potato salad and was immediately intrigued. You guys. I have your new summer staple picnic salad!

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Yes. This salad combines roasted sweet potatoes with crunch red bell peppers, scallions, roasted frozen(!) corn, dressed in a bright yet lightly sweet honey dijon lime dressing (<– use agave for a vegan dish)! The original recipe I used for inspiration included black beans and cilantro, but I decided to keep it simple and omitted the cilantro simply because it didn’t look good at my grocery store the day I was there. I would also probably skip the cilantro for parties, as many people have a vehement dislike for it. There is so much going on here, you won’t miss it. Promise. 🙂

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As a bonus, this is better the longer it sits as the flavors will be allowed to mingle and marry. Letting it rest for 30 minutes is necessary, but you could make this a day ahead – so convenient for busy schedules! I served this with chicken enchilada meatballs and tortillas, but this would be amazing inside the tortillas for vegan tacos or enchiladas! Enjoy this new warm weather favorite.

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roasted sweet potato salad.
adapted from Averie Cooks.

ingredients
2 large sweet potatoes (about 1.25 pounds), peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt and black pepper (1/2 teaspoon each)
1 cup frozen roasted corn (thawed)
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch strips
3-4 scallions (green parts), thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon raw honey (agave if vegan)
1/4 teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
pinch of cayenne (optional)

directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, toss the cubed sweet potatoes with the 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. On a baking sheet lined with foil and nonstick cooking spray, add the sweet potato. Roast in oven for 30-45 minutes, tossing about halfway through, to ensure even browning. Check potatoes for doneness around the 30 minute mark; they are done when they can be pierced easily with a fork but are not falling apart.

While the potatoes are cooking, slice the red peppers and scallions and add them to a large bowl along with the thawed corn. In a small bowl, whisk together the tablespoon of olive oil, dijon mustard, honey, lime, salt, pepper and cayenne until emulsified.

Once the potatoes are done cooking and at room temperature or slightly warm, add to the bowl with the vegetables, pour the dressing over top and toss gently to combine.

Let rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Keeps well for up to 5 days. Serves 4 as a side.

*Please use organic ingredients wherever possible* 

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turmeric spiced pork chops with scallion-lime couscous.

I have such an easy weeknight meal for you today! This takes less than 30 minutes and it’s on your table and it is so flavorful! Turmeric spiced pork cutlets with the most delicious scallion lime couscous. Yay!

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NOW. If you want the deepest, porkiest flavor, you can use bone-in pork chops (buy 4 for 4 servings), and they will need to cook longer; about 5 minutes per side for medium/medium-well. I wanted quick and easy, no muss, no fuss for this weeknight delight, so boneless cutlets it is! I actually purchased pork chops, split them, and lightly pounded to about 1/3 inch thickness. Stores typically sell cutlets though, so purchase whatever looks good to you and lines up with your effort level for that particular day. I know how it is: sometimes, even the thought of dicing an onion sends me running from the kitchen and out for takeout. Other times, I could spend 5 hours in the kitchen. It’s all about balance, people.

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Back to the pork chops. The glaze is the real star of the show here – thick, rich and full of umami, thanks to the fish, oyster sauces and the tomato paste. So many people shy away from fish sauce, but I find it essential! It gives dishes a depth of flavor that is not at all fishy; think of it like worcestershire  or even soy sauce – flavor boosters! And it goes perfectly with the scallion and lime couscous. For a low/no carb meal, switch out the whole wheat couscous for quinoa or even riced cauliflower – yum!

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turmeric spiced pork chops with scallion lime couscous.
adapted from Cooking Light. 

ingredients
1 pound boneless pork chop cutlets (about 8 cutlets)
1 large garlic clove, halved
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
3 tablespoons grapeseed oil, divided
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 teaspoons oyster sauce
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 bunch green onions
1 cup whole wheat couscous (dry)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon olive oil (optional)
zest of one lime
1 lime, cut into wedges
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided

directions
Heat a cast iron grill pan over medium high heat (or preheat grill). Pat pork cutlets dry and rub with the garlic clove half. Season evenly with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric.

In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil, oyster sauce, fish sauce, and tomato paste. Baste each pork cutlet on first side, basting the side facing up once you place it on the grill pan (brush an additional coat if you have marinade leftover).

Pour remaining tablespoon of oil onto grill pan, and cook (in batches if necessary), grilling for 2-3 minutes per side until desired doneness. Remove and keep warm.

In a saucier, heat cup of water until boiling, add the dry couscous, remaining 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and pepper, lime zest and sliced scallions (and teaspoon oil if desired). Stir quickly and cover, removing from heat. Let stand for 5-6 minutes, remove lid and fluff with a fork.

Serve the pork cutlets alongside the couscous with a lime wedge, squeezing the lime over the couscous. Serves 4.

*Please use organic ingredients wherever possible* 

 

 

green bean, red pepper + chicken stir fry.

This stir fry is colorful, packed full of veggies, and so, so good for you! We are essentially ‘garnishing’ the the stir fry with the chicken; spreading the eight ounce breast over 4 portions.

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You could absolutely serve this alongside rice noodles, rice, or quinoa, but I served it on its own – simple, fresh, and super low carb for all of you on keto diets. I recommend using sweet bell peppers here – any color but green will do! You can make this gluten free very easily – simply swap out of the soy sauce for tamari (I would recommend 3 tablespoons of tamari, as it can be stronger/more fermented than regular soy sauce).

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As with most stir fry recipes, this is very adaptable to boot! Swap in celery for the carrots, Chinese broccoli for the green beans… you get the idea! I garnished with sliced raw almonds instead of peanuts as that’s what I had on hand, but feel free to use peanuts, or even those delightful crunchy Asian noodles. This is great for workday lunches and keeps well for a few days in the refrigerator.

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green bean, bell pepper + chicken stir fry.
adapted from epicurious.

ingredients
8 ounce chicken breast, cut into 1/2–1 inch pieces
4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce, divided
1.5 tablespoons raw honey, divided
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, divided
12 ounces green beans or haricot vert, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup matchstick carrots (about 2 carrots)
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup sliced raw almonds

directions
Mix pork, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon honey, half of garlic, and crushed red pepper in medium bowl. Mix remaining 3 tablespoons soy sauce and remaining 1/2 tablespoon honey in small bowl; set aside.

Cook green beans in large saucepan of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain green beans and shock in ice water to stop the cooking process.

Heat 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil in wok or large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add marinated chicken; stir-fry 3-4 minutes and remove. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to wok; add red bell pepper and stir-fry 1 minute. Add green beans, carrots, ginger, and remaining garlic; stir-fry 1 minute. Return chicken to wok along with reserved soy sauce-honey mixture; stir well until heated through, about 1-2 minutes longer.

Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed (I did not use any additional salt). Transfer to bowl. Sprinkle with sliced green onions and chopped almonds and serve.

Serves 4. *Please use organic ingredients wherever possible* 

thai sweet chili chicken tenders.

Do you ever have recipes that you saw once upon a time ago, told yourself you’d make it in the near future, and then it sat bookmarked for eons? Just me? Well, today’s recipe takes inspiration from that very scenario! I had a recipe for sweet chili chicken bookmarked FOREVER and when I got an invite to a Spring dinner party, I knew it was time to make them. Never mind our Spring theme turned into an icy pajama party theme, as we were dealing with an ice storm warning. In mid April. I love you, upstate NY!

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You guys. I served these as an appetizer, but they would be perfect for a main dish alongside some asian slaw! These are SO yummy. The heat is super subtle and mild here, but you can up the crushed red pepper for more daring palates.

The secret to these is the refrigerator or ‘resting’ period after you bread them! Seriously. Just like in these fish cakes, resting them is essential and non-negotiable. That sounds harsh, but I want you to have successful tenders!

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Once the breaded chicken bakes, they get a quick dunk in the cooled and thickened sauce (basting them with any extra) and a quick final bake to help the sauce cling and get sticky sweet! Top with some sliced almonds and cilantro and serve! These are a great party appetizer, or serve with the aforementioned slaw or even just steamed jasmine rice.

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thai sweet chili chicken.
adapted from Iowa Girl Eats. (<– as a bonus, her recipe is GF!)

ingredients

1.5 chicken breasts, cut into 1/1.5×1.5/2 inch tenders
2 eggs
2 tablespoons unsweetened nondairy milk
1/2 cup rice flour or all purpose flour
sea salt and pepper
2 cups panko bread crumbs (or rice chex, matzo meal)
1/2 cup raw sliced almonds
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

sauce:
1/2 sweet chili sauce
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
1 garlic clove, minced

directions
Line a sheet pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray (or brush with oil) and set aside.

In a food processor, add the almonds and process until they are a small crumb and pour into a shallow dish. Add the panko and process until small crumb and add to the almonds, seasoning lightly with sea salt and pepper. In a separate shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Set aside. In a third shallow bowl, add the rice flour (or AP flour), smoked paprika, sea salt and pepper.

Using the wet hand/dry hand method (only one hand handles the chicken), dip each chicken piece into the flour, shake off excess, and then dunk into the egg mixture, and then into the panko/almond mixture, pressing to ensure the crumbs stick to the chicken. Place each piece onto the prepared sheet pan and once done breading all the chicken, refrigerate the pan for 30 minutes at minimum.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. While chicken is resting, combine all sauce ingredients in a small saucier and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to medium/medium-low and lightly simmer for 5-7 minutes  until sauce has thickened and reduced slightly.

While the sauce is simmering, spray the tops of the chicken with non-stick cooking spray and bake for 10 minutes. Flip the chicken over, spray again with cooking spray and bake for an additional 7 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and lightly golden brown.

Pour reduced sauce into a wide bowl and then dunk each piece of baked chicken into the sauce using tongs, ensuring to completely coat the chicken piece, and then place each piece back onto the sheet pan, topping with an extra sauce. Bake for 4-5 minutes longer, taking care to ensure the chicken does not burn.

Serve, topped with cilantro and almonds. Serves 8-10 as an appetizer, 4 as an entree.

*Please use organic ingredients wherever possible* 

roasted salmon salad with honey-dijon vinaigrette.

I just showed you how to meal prep salmon, so let’s turn those portions of delicious fish into a delicious workday meal!

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This salad is so simple – just toss some chopped romaine, baby kale, carrots, cucumbers and sliced almonds with an easy honey-dijon vinaigrette and top with the salmon (warmed or not!). As you can see, I used a whole filet to top my salad; that I had warmed slowly in a pan on the stovetop. For work lunches, I recommend flaking some cold salmon atop your salad (store separately from the greens until just ready to eat).

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Not only is this great for meal prepping, it’s also a great ‘clean out’ recipe! Toss whatever vegetables you have into the salad bowl, top with a sprinkling of almonds or walnuts, or even some leftover fresh herbs. Possibilities are endless.

roasted salmon salad with honey dijon vinaigrette.

ingredients
2 salmon filets, cooked
1 romaine heart, chopped
4 cups baby kale
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup mixed vegetables such as cucumber, bell pepper, celery, etc. (optional)
1/4 cup sliced almonds
sea salt and pepper
dressing:
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
dash of sea salt and pepper

directions
In a blender or small bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients and then whisk in the olive oil until well combined and smooth. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed.

If serving immediately, toss together all salad ingredients except for the salmon. Divide amongst two plates and toss with 2-3 tablespoons of the dressing (you will have dressing left over). Top with salmon filet each and serve.

To prep: toss together the salad ingredients except the salmon and dressing. In containers, add the salad greens/vegetables. Store salmon separately in an air tight container; same with dressing.

Makes 2 entree-sized salads. *Please use organic ingredients wherever possible* 

super simple roasted salmon with lemon.

Honestly, the title says it all. This is SO. EASY. and it’s my preferred way to meal prep salmon!

Yes, you read that right. Meal prep that includes fish. It can be done! To be fair, cooked fish is more delicate than other cooked proteins (chicken, etc.), so it’s best to consume the salmon in 2 days after cooking it, 3 at the most, IMHO.

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My salmon filet was 1 3/4 pounds, but I cut it in half and used one half for this recipe/prep, and the other I cut into 3 filets and slathered with a sweet chili glaze for that evening’s dinner. Fish markets and places like Costco are great to get affordable, fresh whole filets; my cost was under $15 for almost 2 pounds.

I like this simple cooking method because it lends itself to a myriad of meals/ways to consume. My favorite way is to top a salad with some flaked salmon (<– look for this next!), but you can: eat chilled with roasted asparagus, chopped hardboiled eggs and olives for a riff off of a nicoise salad, fold into a a fish cake (use this recipe and replace the tilapia with salmon!), or toss into cooked pasta with some lemon, cream and fresh herbs. Honestly, the possibilities are endless.

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To ensure proper storage, once cooked, divide into portions (I usually keep the portions in tact, but flake if you prefer), wrap in aluminum foil and store in air tight storage containers. You can absolutely heat up leftover fish, but be kind to your coworkers, and only do that at home. 🙂 Chilled leftover fish is delightful!

easy roasted salmon with lemon.

ingredients
1 pound salmon filet (one whole piece or individual filets; your choice)
nonstick olive oil cooking spray OR 1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 lemon, sliced

directions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, add the whole filet (or cut into two, as I did). Spray the salmon with olive oil spray or brush one teaspoon oil onto the filet. Season with salt and pepper and top with lemon slices.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, 15 for medium-rare, closer to 20 for well done. General rule of thumb is 4-6 minutes per half inch thickness. Salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork.

Salmon will keep well for 2-3 days wrapped tightly in foil and stored in an air-tight container.

*Please use organic ingredients wherever possible* 

 

spicy beef, kale + brown rice bowls.

Happy Passover and Easter weekend friends! For all who celebrate, of course. I am back after  a bit of a hiatus; I was traveling to Colorado (which is stunning!), and I was so busy and with internet service being a bit spotty, I wasn’t able to regularly check in and post!

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I’m back however, and with me I have an easy recipe I made several weeks ago. This is a super simple one bowl meal that hits all of your nutritional goals: protein, complex carbohydrates, and vegetables. This is simply spiced with sriracha, tamari and a little aromatics, courtesy of onion and garlic. It is so flavorful!

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This does take a bit longer to use since I used brown rice, but I try to always use whole grains when I can. The thing I love about rice versus pasta (beside it being GF!) is that much of the cooking time is inactive: boil the water, add the rice, stir, pop a lid on and cook. Most brown rice takes about 40-50 minutes to cook, but check your package directions. The kale cooks with the beef, but please add once the beef (or ground turkey!)  is cooked all the way through, add seasoning, and top the rice with the beef and vegetables.

This is a great meal for meal prepping for weekday lunches! Enjoy!

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spicy beef, kale + brown rice bowls.
inspired by a recipe from HEB. 

ingredients
1 teaspoon grapeseed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup brown rice, uncooked
1/2 pound ground sirloin
4 cups baby kale, unpacked and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon sriracha or chile garlic sauce
1 teaspoon tamari or GF soy sauce
1/2 sweet onion, thinly sliced
2-3 garlic cloves, minced

directions
Cook the rice according to package direction. When done, fluff with fork and keep warm.

Heat a skillet over medium high heat and the oil. Add the ground sirloin, and cook for 7-9 minutes or until no longer pink. Add the onion and garlic at about the 5 minute mark, and continue to cook for 5 additional minutes, or until the onion has softened and the garlic is fragrant; reduce heat if needed to prevent burning.

Add the sea salt, pepper, sriracha, and tamari and stir well to combine. Add chopped kale and stir frequently for 2-3 minutes and let the kale wilt slightly.

Divide the rice amongst four bowls or storage containers. Top with beef and vegetable mixture and serve.

Serves 4. *Please use organic ingredients wherever possible* 

 

 

 

red lentil + kale soup.

It’s lentil soup time! This time, with kale. Mmmm. Kale is my cheese. It makes everything better.

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Still with me? Hooray! Thanks for staying, even after that kale comment. It may seem so basic, but it’s true! I’ve loved kale (and all other leafy greens) long before kale had its trendy moment in the sun. It is *especially* wonderful in soup, as its hardy texture stands up to the cooking process without turning too soft and wilty. If lentils aren’t up your alley, try these soups with kale: this has been a long time favorite that I need to make soon, this is so comforting and this one is vegan and uber allergen friendly!

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This lentil soup is a little different for me, as I did not puree it at all; it is as brothy as a red lentil can be. 🙂 Chop the kale into bite size pieces before you add it at the end of the cooking process so that it’s nice and manageable, and is similar in size to the tomatoes, carrots and celery. If you want a spicier flavor, use hot paprika in place of the sweet or toss in a few crushed red pepper flakes. Enjoy this! It’s delightful, especially with some toasted naan.

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red lentil soup with kale.

ingredients
1 cup split red lentils
15 ounce can petite diced tomatoes with their juices
1 small carrot, peeled and diced
1 celery stalked, diced
1/2 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, smashed and minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups low sodium vegetable stock
2-3 cups (not packed) curly kale, thinly chopped

directions
Heat a heavy bottomed pot over medium high heat and add the tablespoon of oil. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook for 3-4 minutes until they begin to turn translucent and soften. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for and additional minute. Add the paprika, ground cumin, turmeric, coriander, salt and pepper and stir to combine and allow the spices to ‘bloom’.

Add the lentils, tomatoes and vegetable stock and stir to combine. Stir, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer, partially cover and let cook for 12-15 minutes, until the lentils have softened but still retain most of their shape (you do not want them to completely fall apart in this recipe).

Add the kale and let cook for 5-7 minutes longer, until kale has softened.

Serve immediately or let cool completely before storing and freezing. Serves 4 as a main, 6-8 as a starter (1 cup).

*Please use organic ingredients wherever possible* 

sausage + broccoli brown rice skillet.

After making last week’s sausage sauce, I had a few links of sausage leftover that I stashed in the freezer. I was craving simple and comforting food that didn’t need a ton of effort to put together. You know what I mean? As much as I love to cook, sometimes when I know I’m going to have a really busy week I try and make a dish like this: much of the cook time is low to no hands on effort, it makes enough for multiple leftovers (if you’re feeding one or two) AND it reheats well! Exactly what I was looking for.

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I used brown long grain rice for this, which will require a longer cooking time. If you prefer, you can use quick cooking brown rice or white rice, and adjust the cook times accordingly (you’ll want to toss the broccoli and peppers in earlier if you use either of those options so it cooks all the way through).

Feel free to use your favorite veggies in this… swap asparagus for broccoli, or toss a handful of kale in!

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sausage + broccoli brown rice skillet.

ingredients
8 ounces hot Italian poultry sausage, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
2 cups broccoli florets (about 2 broccoli crowns)
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
splash of dry white wine or rice vinegar
scant 1 cup brown rice
2 cups chicken stock (or water) plus additional 1/4 cup if needed
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
pinch of crushed red pepper if desired

directions
Heat a 3 quart skillet over medium high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Once oil is heated, add the sliced sausage and cook, 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until sausage is cooked through. Add splash of wine or vinegar and let bubble and reduce, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan.

Add the rice, chicken stock, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper if using. Stir together, allow to come to a boil and reduce heat low, and cover, allowing mixture to simmer for 30 minutes, checking and stirring once or twice while cooking to prevent rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan (add additional liquid if needed).

After cooking for 30-35 minutes, Add the broccoli and red pepper, lightly stir and recover, allowing the mixture to cook for an additional 10-15 minutes until the vegetables soften, the rice is tender, and the liquid is absorbed. Let rest for a few minutes and fluff with a fork.

Serves 4.

*Please use organic ingredients wherever possible* 

sausage red sauce.

This recipe has always been known to me as H’s sausage pasta sauce, or more affectionally, ‘sausage sauce’. It was a recipe from a previous boyfriend’s stepmother, and it. is. divine. And addictive. I cannot wait for it to finish cooking so might as well taste test a spoonful, or twelve addictive.

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The first several times I had it, the thick and flavorful sauce was spooned over penne pasta, with plenty of crusty bread to sop up every last bit of sauce. Utterly delicious and addictive, but decidedly not friendly to your waistline. For my interpretation, we are using poultry sausage and serving over spaghetti squash. For all you spaghetti squash novices, here is a great tutorial on how to cook one. These lightened up swaps work when I want comfort food but am trying to watch what I eat. For total comfort, serve with pasta and bread. Also feel free to use pork sausage! I flip flop, and it’s amazing either way.

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I usually use diced or petite diced canned tomatoes, but I accidentally grabbed a can of crushed and realized it once I started to cook. It won’t change the dish at all, the sauce will just be smoother with crushed, so use what you prefer. I recommend petite diced: it’s a nice way to meet in the middle. 🙂

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Don’t skip the pesto – the richness really rounds out the finished sauce. If you don’t cook with wine, use half the amount of red wine vinegar. This makes A TON (I usually halve the recipe) but freezes beautifully. Enjoy!

red sauce with sausage.
from H. 

ingredients
a few tablespoons of olive oil
1.5 pounds Italian poultry or pork sausage (about 4-6 links)
2 sweet onions, diced (about 2 cups)
1 medium carrot, peeled and grated or minced
3-5 garlic cloves, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 28 ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 jar marinara sauce, your favorite
1/2 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup jarred pesto

directions
Heat a large heavy pan with a few tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add sausage links and cook, turning halfway through for 8-10 minutes, partially covering the pan while cooking. Remove from pan and after letting rest for a few minutes, slice into 1 inch rounds.

Add additional tablespoon of oil if needed, and add onions, carrots, and bell pepper and saute for 3-4 minutes until vegetables begin to soften. Add garlic and saute for additional 1-2 minutes.

Return sausage rounds to pan and add diced tomatoes, marinara sauce and wine. Heat to a slow boil and then reduce to a simmer, and cook on low for an hour to an hour and half. Add pesto and simmer for additional half an hour. Taste and season with a touch of sea salt if desired. Remove bay leaves before serving.

Serves 8 (generously). Freezes well.

*Please use organic ingredients wherever possible*