Archive for January, 2012

Beet and Fennel Cakes

Beet and Fennel Cakes

Appetizers & Sides

This might look like a rare burger, but fret not.   It is an delicious vegetable "burger" with added nuts and seeds.  It is full of protein and healthy fats and is oh so flavorful.  You can make little patties and add them on top of a salad for a delicious lunch or dinner or you can make a bigger patty and serve it with a bun.       I saw this recipe and, since I love beets, it struck me right away.  The original recipe calls for about 2 cups of shredded carrots but  I only had one carrot in my fridge.   I had  just bought fennel the day before, however,  and it was staring me down in my vegetable drawer.  Why…

Green Lentil Soup with Curry and Cauliflower

Green Lentil Soup with Curry and Cauliflower

Salad & Soup

This week has been a little strange for me as I have recently given up Gluten. Six months after my first child was born I found out I was  hypothyroid.  It was such a relief  to have an answer to why I had been feeling so awful for the last half of a year. I thought I was going crazy, couldn't focus, was tired to my bones, not to mention I was a total B*#&@ from time to time, and I couldn't lose my pregnancy weight no matter how much I exercised while Max was napping.   That last one was very depressing for me.   And a clump of my hair was turning white. Yup, white. (I was 32). I chalked…

Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds

Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds

Appetizers & Sides

This is a recipe I have been making for years and is adapted from Ina Garten.   It is a great side dish and always gets lots of thumbs up when I make it.    I like that you don't have to cook the green beans for too long because it mean the beans are retaining a lot more nutrients.  Shallots are in the onion family and are a little sweet. I had more photos to share but they came out blurry.    Some little peanut must have been pulling at my arm while I was trying to take photographs:)   [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:43]    

Spaghetti Squash with Pistachio Pesto

Spaghetti Squash with Pistachio Pesto

Lunch & Dinner

I wish spaghetti squash had come into my life earlier!   This is a great dish to have for a vegetarian night or as a side dish.    It is lighter than eating  a big bowl of pasta and much better for you.  And hopefully your kids will like it.    I am trying.   I really am.  But my kids are not that adventuresome when it comes to food.   I always ask them to try what I make but with little success.   If I  buy a different type of chicken nugget than they are used to- oh boy.  It's as though I have committed a terrible crime and I have to spend then next five minutes convincing them that it will taste…

Rigatoni with Roasted Red Pepper and Toasted Almond Breadcrumbs

Rigatoni with Roasted Red Pepper and Toasted Almond Breadcrumbs

Lunch & Dinner

Happy New Year!   I hope 2012 brings good health, good food, good company and fun adventures to your life! After holiday parties, cooking nice meals for family and just being more social that I am normally,  I thought a nice, quick and simple dinner was in order.   This is a recipe from Giada DeLaurentiis and take about 15-20 minutes, which is mostly cooking the pasta!    Sometimes I change  recipes  to be gluten free, vegetarian or vegan but this time I actually added cheese. The parmesan adds a nice flavor and saltiness to the dish, especially since the breadcrumbs I used were plain.   If you have seasoned breadcrumbs, that would be a nice addition.   This dish also makes really good…