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Cornbread Quiche May 7, 2012

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Cornbread Quiche

I’ve been meaning to make this recipe  for so long.  I first saw it on the blog Healthy Tipping Point, and then my friend Kim made it and wrote about it on her blog, Girl Evolving.  I wish I wouldn’t have waited–this was amazing and a great way to use up odds and ends left in the fridge. The recipe makes a lot and it was maybe even better as leftovers the next day!

For our quiche, I used what we had on hand, which was a few portobello mushrooms, one bunch of green onions, a few handfuls of spinach, and about a cup of broccoli.  Really, you could use any combination of veggies and cheese here.  For the cheese, we used a new find that I picked up last week at 8 Degrees Plato in Ferndale.  It was a morel and leek jack cheese wheel and oh my god, was it good!! If you are in the area and are a cheese fiend, pick that up pronto!

Cornbread Quiche
(Adapted from here and here)

Ingredients:

3/4 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy, no difference)
1 tsp honey, agave, or sugar
1 tbsp oil
5 eggs
Salt, pepper, and other seasonings as desired
Veggies (you’ll need about 3-4 cups of veggies, in whatever combo you would like)
1 1/2 cups cheese

Method:

Start with the cornbread.  Mix the cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder together, and then whisk in the milk, oil, and honey. Pour into a greased casserole dish (2 qt size) and bake at 375 farenheit for 10 minutes.

While that is baking, saute your veggies until they are tender. In a separate bowl, whisk the 5 eggs with some salt and pepper (and other seasonings as desired!).  When the 10 minutes is up, spread the tender veggies on top of the cornbread, and top with the eggs.  Sprinkle cheese on top, and return to the oven for another 30 minutes or so. Let cool slightly before cutting into it!

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Easy (and Healthy??!) Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies April 23, 2012

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Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have a problem. My sweet tooth is out of control!  I’ve tried going cold-turkey with no sweets, which failed miserably. I’m doing better at cutting back, but I still eat way more than I used to before I had a baby.  I was talking with a friend about this Saturday morning and told her “I really need to get into baking healthy sweets”—if I’m going to continue to chomp on cookies as often as I do, at least I could TRY to make them a little healthier.

An hour after we had this conversation, I passed a roadside booth that said “FREE WINDSHIELD CHIP REPAIR”—but my sugar-crazed mind read it as “FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES”—seriously!! I did a double-take.

So, with the goal of creating a tasty but not AS bad for you cookie, I googled around, and found a post on Cookie and Kate for banana chocolate chip cookies. Two of my favorite tastes in one snack!  These came together really quickly and are delicious.  They make a really soft, chewy cookie with a strong banana taste.  With only 2 tablespoons of butter for an entire batch, they are definitely healthier than the cookies I’ve been making.  Try em, you’ll like them!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Slightly adapted from Cookie and Kate)

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 ripe banana
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour (can use whole wheat or all-purpose)
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Pre-heat the oven to 350 Farenheit.

Cream together the butter and sugars using a mixer.  Add the egg, and then the banana.  Add the vanilla.  If you are using a stand mixer, keep it running on low as you gently mix in the flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. If you are using a hand mixer, mix all of the dry ingredients together and then slowly add them to the wet ingredients, making sure they are thoroughly mixed before moving on to the last step, which is adding the chocolate chips.  Add those chips, and then spoon the dough out in rounded teaspoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment.  The dough will spread a little as they cook, so try not to put the balls too close together. Bake for 10-11 minutes.  Let them cool on the sheet for a few minutes, and then move them to a wire rack to continue cooling.  Try not to eat all of them immediately!

Kale, Carrot, and Tofu Curried Fried Rice February 7, 2012

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I love the Instagram app on my iPhone.  I check it all the time to see and share pictures with friends (my user name is apilchak).  9 times out of 10, the pictures I share are of Emitt, but sometimes I throw a food picture in there, too. This month, I’m doing a “photo a day” challenge where every day you have to post a picture of some pre-determined subject matter.  Last night’s subject was “dinner.”  Easy enough.  This is what I made, and posted, and a few people asked for the recipe, so I thought I’d put it up here!

This comes together really quickly if you have the rice pre-cooked.  I usually cook the rice in the morning while I’m getting ready for work. That way, it’s pre-cooked and cooled (which is what you want when making fried rice) when I get home from work.  Also, what makes this rice SUPER easy is using a bottled sauce, either curry or peanut.  If you have the time and inclination to make your own curry or peanut sauce, it’d probably be even better, but I’m lacking in the time department these days.  I usually use one of these:

curry and peanut sauces

The two curry sauces are from Trader Joe’s and the peanut sauce is my favorite bottled peanut sauce, the San-J brand.  So now that you know my dirty secret (bottled sauce instead of fresh!), here’s how I made the rice.

Kale, Carrot, and Tofu Curried Fried Rice
(Printable Recipe)

curried fried rice

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked and cooked brown rice
15 oz firm tofu
1 bunch kale, cleaned and chopped
3 medium carrots, shredded
A few shakes of soy sauce
2 t. golden mountain sauce (can use soy sauce if you don’t have golden mountain)
1/2 cup curry sauce (I’ve used the red and yellow curry sauces from TJs)
2 eggs
Sesame seeds, sriracha, etc to top

Method:

Dice the firm tofu into small cubes.  Saute the cubes in olive oil in a large pan (I use my largest skillet for this) until golden, about 10 minutes.  When the tofu is nice and crispy, add a few shakes of soy sauce to the pan to lightly coat the tofu.

Add the cleaned and chopped kale and shredded carrots (I grate mine with the box grater) to the pan with the tofu.  Saute them together for 2 minutes or so, then add the rice.  Stir fry everything together for 3-4 minutes, add the curry (or peanut) sauce and golden mountain (or soy) sauce.  Continue cooking until everything is heated through and some of the rice grains get a nice crisp to them.

In a separate, small pan, scramble two eggs and throw the eggs in with the cooked rice in the large pan. Top with sesame seeds (I use black and white) and sriracha before serving.

Don’t Call It a Comeback: Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili February 6, 2012

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Oh, hi.  Long time no recipe.  I almost don’t want to post this because it’s been SO long since I posted a recipe, and this is just a chili recipe.  With an iPhone photo, taken of chili leftovers in the kitchen at my work.  It’s not glamorous or exotic or even all that exciting, but it is good, and that’s what counts with food, isn’t it?  I use this blog a lot as my own personal recipe collection, and even if it’s not the most exciting recipe in the world, it’s one I will want to make again, so I’m putting it here for safekeeping, and for sharing.  Because you can never have enough chili recipes!  I made this last night for three non-vegetarians and everyone devoured it.  It’s a keeper for sure, and super easy, which is my main criteria for recipes these days.  I was able to get it in the slow cooker in about 5 minutes time, and let it simmer there for the better part of the afternoon until it was time for dinner.

Next time, I’ll try to come back with something a little more interesting—but no promises!

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

Ingredients:

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup frozen corn
½ small can tomato paste
1 small can diced green chiles
½ onion, chopped and sautéed
½ red pepper, chopped and sautéed
½ green pepper, chopped and sautéed
1 cup water
1.5 tablespoons chili powder
1.5 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon oregano
2 tsp smokey salt

Method:

Saute your onion, red pepper, and green pepper in a little olive oil until tender. Throw everything in a slow cooker and simmer on low for at least 3-4 hours.  Taste for spice level—as made, this is not a spicy chili but you could easily up the spice factor with some cayenne or hot sauce.

Topping suggestions: diced avocado, sour cream, tortilla strips, shredded cheese.  The more, the better!

Vegetarian Thai Peanut Enchiladas May 26, 2011

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I saw a recipe for chicken peanut enchiladas on one of my favorite food blogs, Closet Cooking, a while ago.  I bookmarked it and promptly forgot about it, until it resurfaced in a search this week.  It looked really interesting, and I thought a vegetarian version would be just as good.  Check out the original post if you are a meat-eater (and for a picture—-I made this dish when I had a friend over, and we got so wrapped up in our conversation I completely forgot to take a picture of it!)

I subbed crumbled tempeh for the chicken and modified the vegetables using what I had in the house.  It was really, really good—who would’ve thought peanut sauce and melted cheese would go so well together??!

As soon as I make this again, I will be sure to post a picture, but in the meantime, just trust me on this one.  🙂  As it is written, it makes enough for two servings.  Double the ingredients listed if you want leftovers!  I wish I would have.

Vegetarian Thai Peanut Enchiladas
(Adapted from Closet Cooking)
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
2 green onions (sliced)
1 large carrot (julienned)
4 oz tempeh, crumbled
1 handful spinach (chopped)
1 cup spicy Thai peanut sauce (either homemade or store-bought; if you are going store-bought, I like the San-J brand)
4 (8 inch) tortillas
1 cup jack and cheddar cheese (grated)
Chopped cilantro, for garnish

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.

Slice up your red pepper and carrot, and saute in a little olive oil until tender.  Add the crumbled tempeh and continue to saute until it is a little browned.  Add the chopped green onion and spinach, and saute until just wilted.  Remove from the heat, and stir in 1/2 cup peanut sauce.

In a small baking dish (I used an 8×8 brownie dish, and four enchiladas fit perfectly), lightly drizzle peanut sauce on the bottom of the dish. Fill each tortilla with a quarter of the tempeh-veggie mixture, roll it up, and place it seam-side down in the baking dish, on top of the peanut sauce.  Repeat with the remaining tortillas.  Drizzle some more peanut sauce on top of the rolled-up enchiladas, top with the shredded cheese and cilantro, and bake in the oven until the cheese on top is golden and melted.

Crab and Boursin Spring Lasagna May 16, 2011

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A week before Mother’s Day, I started thinking about what to make for our now-annual family get-together at our house.  For the past few years, both Ryan’s family and my family have come over for a Mother’s Day dinner, and I wanted to make something that we haven’t made before, something that would please everyone, and something that would make enough for ten people to eat.  I think the past few years we made salmon one year, spinach artichoke pies another, and enchiladas for some other family gathering, but no lasagna or pasta dishes.

I remembered seeing a segment on the news a while back where a chef from 24 Grille in Detroit made a seemingly easy-to-make crab lasagna roll-up.  I googled it, and came across this recipe and video.  If you read the recipe and watch the video, you’ll notice that the way the recipe is written up is not at all like it is done in the video.  I debated for a day or two whether I should scrimmage the recipe before making it on Mother’s Day but ultimately decided not to, because it makes a lot of food and Ryan would be the only one eating it.  How hard could it be, right?  I even had a video to follow!

Well…it didn’t turn out like the roll-ups in the video.   I went from Plan A to Plan oh-my-god-what-am-I-going-to-do and feared I might have to go to Plan order-a-pizza.  But in the end, it all turned out!!  And it turned out great!  I ended up making a big pan of lasagna, and used no-boil lasagna noodles instead of the pre-boiled ones.  It looked realllllly soupy before it went into the oven, and I was SURE we’d be eating Hot-and-Ready pizzas for dinner, but somehow, miraculously, it all turned out.  I think it was the use of the no-boil noodles.  They soaked up a lot of the excess moisture as the lasagna baked and it was set up perfectly when it was time for it to come out of the oven.

Oh, a note—I made a mini vegetarian version of this for myself at the same time.  I mixed a portion of the cooked vegetables described below with boursin cheese, and layered the veggies and boursin alternately with sauce and noodles, and topped it all with cheese before baking.

Crab and Boursin Spring Lasagna
(Printable Recipe)

crab lasagna

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds (or about 22-24 ounces) of crab meat
16 ounces Boursin cheese
Sprinkle of Old Bay seasoning
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1/2-inch segments
3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch segments
2 zucchini, diced
1 tsp basil
1 tsp thyme
Salt and pepper
24 ounces marinara sauce
1 1/2 cups Italian blend shredded cheese
1 package Barilla no-boil lasagna noodles

Method:

Chop the asparagus, carrots, and zucchini into 1/2-inch segments.  Heat a little olive oil in a saute pan, and cook the veggies, basil, thyme, and a little salt and peper over medium heat until tender-crisp.  Remove from the heat and set aside while you get the crab ready.

In a small sauce pan, melt the boursin over low heat, stirring frequently.  You don’t want it to be liquidy, but soft enough to make it easily spreadable.

Meanwhile, in yet another pan (or the veggie one cleaned out), heat a little olive oil.  Drain the crab (if necessary) and cook in the olive oil for about 5-7 minutes.  Sprinkle in some Old Bay seasoning.  When the boursin cheese is sufficiently melted, stir the crab into the cheese.

Prep a 9 x 13 lasagna pan by spraying it lightly with oil.  Spread 1/2 cup marinara on the bottom.  Layer your first layer of noodles on top of the marinara.  Spread a layer of crab/boursin on top of that.  Top with half of the veggies, some sauce, and then another layer of noodles.  Repeat by spreading the crab/boursin on top of the noodles, sprinkling the remaining veggies on top of that, layering another layer of noodles, topping THOSE noodles with sauce, and finally, sprinkling the shredded Italian blend cheese on top.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes.  Watch to see when the cheese is nicely browned, it should be done then.  Remove from the oven and let it rest at least 10 minutes to allow it to set.


Easy Vegetarian French Onion Soup May 10, 2011

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I’ve been a vegetarian for years and years, but have always had a love for French Onion soup.  Almost all French Onion soup is made with beef broth, and delicious as it may be, it’s sadly not vegetarian.   So as much as I love French Onion soup, I rarely eat it, but I saw a picture of it recently and couldn’t stop thinking about it.  It’s probably the pregnancy doing this but once I get fixated on wanting to eat a certain thing, I won’t be satisfied by anything else until I have it.

Making the soup takes a little while, but a lot of it is hands-off time while the onions cook down.

Easy Vegetarian French Onion Soup
(Makes four servings)

vegetarian french onion soup

Ingredients:
Two large Spanish onions, very thinly sliced
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
4 cups non-beef broth (if you can’t specifically find the “non-beef” bullion cubes, four cups of a nice vegetarian or mushroom broth would work)
Sprinkle of thyme and black pepper
1/3 cup miso
4 slices of bread (I used sourdough)
1 cup grated swiss cheese


Method:

First up, peel your onions and slice them realllllly thin.  The thinner the better.  If you have a mandolin, now is the time to use it!

cut up onions

Heat the butter and olive oil in a large pot (I used my dutch oven) over low heat.  Add the onions to the pot, stir, and continue to cook over low heat for at least 30-45 minutes.  Stir occasionally so the onions on the bottom don’t burn.  They should turn limp, and start to carmelize.  

While the onions are cooking, heat up your broth.  When it is hot but not boiling, stir in the miso, thyme, and black pepper.  Keep over low heat until the onions are done.

Now is also a good time to pre-heat your oven.  Set it to 375 degrees and get out four oven-safe bowls.

When your onions are done, add the broth to the onions and heat together over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes.  Ladle a quarter of the onion and broth into each of the four oven-safe bowls.  Top each bowl with a piece of sourdough bread, and top the bread with some grated swiss.  A little more pepper on top isn’t a bad touch.

Heat the four bowls in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and browned.  Make sure you let them cool a little before eating! 

Chopped Spinach Taco Salad April 5, 2011

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I mentioned this salad briefly a few posts back, but since it is my meal at least 3 times a week, I figured it deserved it’s own post!  I make this for lunch a lot, packing all of the ingredients except the salsa, hot sauce, and chips into one container, and then mixing it all together right before I’m ready to eat.  It’s quick, easy, and really, really good.  I usually get three lunches out of one can of black beans.

Chopped Spinach Taco Salad
(serves 2)

chopped spinach taco salad

Ingredients:
3 cups chopped baby spinach
1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed well
Handful of grape tomatoes or one bigger tomato, chopped
1/8 cup walnuts, chopped
1/8 cup feta cheese
1/8 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 salsa
Hot sauce, to taste
Handful of tortilla chips, crunched up

Method:
Chop all of the ingredients, mixing in the salsa, hot sauce, and chips right before serving.

Spinach and Green Onion Gouda Quiche April 4, 2011

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I made a quiche last night that was really, really good, but forgot to take a picture of it!  I usually make a variation of this quiche; this was my first time using gouda and it turned out so nice and creamy.  I had to bake it longer than I had thought I would, and you definitely need to let it set about 5 minutes after it comes out of the oven to contain the creaminess. It’s super delicious.  The recipe comes from Cooking Light, and has been blogged about on one of my go-to food blogs, Culinary in the Desert.  Head over there for a photo and write up!  I highly recommend this for a nice brunch meal or a breakfast-for-dinner night.  I made some oven-roasted potatoes to go alongside it.

Spinach and Green Onion Gouda Quiche

Ingredients:
1 pie crust (homemade or store-bought)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
1 cup milk
3 large eggs
4 ounces (about 1 cup) shredded smoked Gouda cheese (or a little more!)
3/4 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper
1 tbsp dried basil
Pinch fresh grated nutmeg
1/4 cup shredded parmesan for the top of the quiche

Method:
Prepare your filling by heating the olive oil in a large saute pan.  Cook the green onions for a few minutes over medium, until slightly wilted.  Add in the minced garlic and spinach, and continue to cook until the spinach is also slightly wilted.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs, then add the cheese, salt & pepper, basil, and nutmeg. Stir well, and then stir in the spinach mixture.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust. Top with some shredded parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for at least 35 minutes.  I had to bake mine longer than that—about 45-50 minutes.  Insert a clean knife into the middle to test to see if it’s done—if the filling looks too runny or milky, let it cook a little longer.

Remove from oven and let it set for about 5 minutes before cutting into it.

Crispy Potato Enchiladas April 1, 2011

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Confession: I have made enchiladas TWICE this week.  On Tuesday, I made a Thai/Mexican fusion version with peanut sauce, red pepper, spinach, and tempeh, and on Thursday, I made a version inspired by Taco Bell. (The peanut enchilada recipe will be up soon; I forgot to take a picture and want to re-make it before I post it here.)

My absolute favorite menu item at Taco Bell is the crispy potato soft taco.  I don’t eat them often, but when I do, I like to get two and slather them with the Taco Bell green sauce packets.

With the Taco Bell soft taco in mind, I created a homemade enchilada version for dinner and it was out of this world!  I made a filling of spiced pan-fried potatoes, chopped spinach, plenty of green onion, tangy green sauce, and shredded cheddar cheese, put it in soft tortillas, and baked it in the oven until the cheese on top was melted and starting to brown.  They were delicious!

Crispy Potato Enchiladas
(Printable Recipe)

potato enchiladas

Ingredients:
2 or 3 medium-to-large potatoes, diced
Olive oil
1.5 tbsp Mexican spices (I used a mixture of Penzey’s southwestern seasoning and some smokey seasoning salt; you could also use some pre-made taco seasoning, or any kind of cumin/chipotle/cayenne mix)
2 cups (or 3 large handfuls) spinach, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
6 8-inch tortillas
10 oz green enchilada sauce
1 cup shredded cheese (or more, if you like a lot of cheese!)

Method:
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.

Start by washing and dicing the potatoes.  I like to steam my potatoes before I put them in a saute pan to crisp them up, but if you have extra time, you could put them straight in a pan and cook them until soft but crispy.  If you want to go the steam-then-saute route, steam them either in one of those microwave steam bags, or in a steamer basket on the stove.  I usually steam them in the microwave for 5 minutes, then transfer to a pan with a little olive oil and saute them until they get browned and crispy on the outside.  Once you have the potatoes cooking in the pan and they are starting to brown, add the spices and continue to cook over low heat until they are crispy enough for your liking.

With the pan over low heat, add the chopped spinach and green onion to the potatoes.  Stir well, so the spinach and onions will begin to wilt.  Remove from heat.

Prepare your pan by pouring a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan and spreading it around so it just coats the whole pan.  Build your enchiladas one by one:   on each tortilla, spread a little green sauce, top with the potato mixture, sprinkle a little cheese, and roll it up!

potato enchilada filling

Place each rolled-up enchilada seam-side down in the prepared pan.  When all of your enchiladas are in the pan, drizzle the rest of the green sauce on top of them, top that with the rest of the shredded cheese, and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese on top is melted and starting to brown.

Remove from oven and let the pan sit a minute or two before attempting to remove the enchiladas.  We topped them with sour cream, hot sauce, and a little cilantro before eating.  Yum!

inside of potato enchilada