• Jennifer Aniston’s Salad aka The Rachel Salad

    Israeli couscous has become a family favorite, so I subbed the quinoa for the Israeli couscous. You could also use bulgar, farro, couscous, etc.

    Recipe adapted from Iowa Girl Eats.

    http://m-sar.uk/donations-sponsors/ Ingredients:

    Couscous Salad

    • 1 1/2 c. water
    • 1 c. Israeli couscous
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. olive oil
    • 15oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 1 English cucumber, diced
    • 1/2 small red onion, minced
    • 1/2 c. packed fresh parsley, finely chopped
    • 1/2 c. loosely-packed fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
    • 1/2 c. roasted salted pistachios, chopped
    • 1/2 c. (2oz) crumbled feta cheese
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • Mixed lettuce

    Lemon Dressing

    • 1/2 c. lemon juice (about 2-4 lemons)
    • 1/2 c. olive oil
    • 1 TBSP honey
    • Salt and pepper, to taste

    magically Directions:

    1. Lemon Dressing: Add ingredients to a jar with a tight fitting lid, or small bowl, then shake or whisk to combine.
    2. Couscous: Add water, salt, and olive oil to sauce pan and over medium high heat bring to a boil; once boiling, add the couscous and stir; then cover the sauce pan and lower the heat to simmer; simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer cooked couscous to a bowl.
    3. Add dressing: Add about 1/8 c. of dressing to the slightly warm couscous and toss well to combine. Set aside (or refrigerate) to cool completely.
    4. Salad: Add couscous to a large mixing bowl then add chickpeas through mint, and toss to combine. Add about 1/3 of the dressing and toss to coat. Taste and adjust seasoning.
    5. Serve: Add mixed lettuce greens to a plate, top with a generous scoop of the couscous salad; sprinkle the pistachios and feta on top and drizzle with dressing.

    Jennifer Aniston’s Salad:

  • Vietnamese Spring Roll Bowls

    Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum.

    Dressing/Sauce Ingredients:

    3 garlic cloves
    2 TBSP rice wine vinegar
    1/4 c. brown sugar
    1/4 c. fish sauce
    1/3 c. lime juice
    1/3 c. vegetable oil

    Bowls:

    Rice noodles or egg noodles
    Basil, chopped
    Cilantro, chopped
    Mint, chopped
    Jalapenos, chopped
    Cucumbers, julienned
    Carrots, julienned
    Red bell peppers, julienned
    Tofu, crispy baked
    Mixed greens

    Directions:

    1. SAUCE PREP: Pulse the sauce ingredients together in a blender or food processor.
    2. VEG PREP: Chop the herbs and jalapenos, julienne cut the vegetables, prepare crispy baked tofu.
    3. NOODLE PREP: Cook your noodles according to package. Run under cold water to stop the cooking. Transfer to large serving bowl.
    4. BOWL PREP: Toss the noodles with the dressing and all the herbs and veggies; then add mixed greens to your bowl and top with the noodle mixture and tofu.

    Vietnamese Spring Roll Bowl:

  • Crunchy Tofu Roll Bowls

    These bowl is absolutely delicious and perfect for summer dinners. It’s also comes together very quickly.

    Adapted from Pinch of Yum

    Ingredients:

    • 1 block of extra firm tofu, for Crispy Baked Tofu
    • 1/2 c. teriyaki sauce, such as Soy Vay
    • 1 c. uncooked rice
    • 2 c. frozen shelled edamame
    • 1 cucumber, chopped
    • 1 avocado, chopped
    • 1 jalapeno, chopped or sliced
    • 1/2 c. crunchy fried onions
    • Mixed lettuce
    • Spicy mayo (see below) or Yum Yum Sauce (see below)
    • Sriracha

    Spicy Mayo: 1/4 – 1/2 c. mayo plus 2-3 TBSP of sriracha, mix and adjust to your taste.

    Yum Yum Sauce: 1 c. mayo, 1-3 TBSP sugar, 3 TBSP rice wine vinegar, 3/4 tsp. smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, and sriracha, if desired; mix and adjust to your taste.

    Directions:

    1. Tofu: prepare Crispy Baked Tofu and then toss with teriyaki sauce (if you want a thicker sauce, simmer the sauce for a few minutes before tossing with the tofu).
    2. Rice: prepare rice according to package.
    3. Edamame: prepare edamame according to package.
    4. Assemble: in a bowl/plate, add mixed lettuce and rice; top with tofu, edamame, cucumber, jalapeno, avocado, crunchy onions, and add spicy mayo or yum yum sauce and top with additional sriracha, if desired.

    Crunchy Tofu Roll Bowls:


  • Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

    This recipe is so good! Filling and flavorful.

    Recipe adapted from Creme De La Crumb.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 15 oz. can corn, drained and rinsed
    • 2 15 oz. cans of enchilada sauce
    • 1 15 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes and green chiles
    • 1 c. uncooked quinoa
    • 1/2 c. water
    • 4 oz. cream cheese
    • 1 tsp. cumin
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. pepper
    • 1 c. shredded cheese
    • Toppings: cilantro, diced tomatoes, avocado, sour cream, lime juice, tortilla chips

    Directions:

    1. Add the beans, corn, enchilada sauce, tomatoes with chiles, quinoa, water, cream cheese, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
    2. Cover and cook 4-5 hours on HIGH or 5-7 hours on LOW.
    3. In the last 30 minutes, take the lid off and stir; then add the cheese and replace lid and let cheese melt.
    4. Serve with desired toppings.

    Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole:

  • Hibachi Fried Rice

    Ingredients:

    • 2 c. jasmine rice, rinsed well and drained
    • 2 c. water
    • 2 TBSP sesame oil, divided, plus additional as necessary
    • 1 lb. chicken, diced (optional)
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 6 eggs, whisked
    • 1 TBSP butter
    • 4 TBSP soy sauce
    • 10 oz. bag frozen peas and carrots
    • 10 oz. bag frozen corn
    • 10 oz. bag broccoli
    • Salt and pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    1. Using a strainer, rinse the rice thoroughly for 90 seconds; then add the rinsed and drained rice to the Instant Pot and add 2 c. of water and give it a stir. Secure the lid, and cook on manual for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, allow natural release for 10 minutes, followed by quick release and fluffing the rice with fork (or leave lid on until ready to assemble fried rice).
    2. Cook the frozen vegetables in the microwave, but undercook them by about 1 minute as they will continue to cook in the fried rice.
    3. If adding chicken: In a large skillet heat sesame oil, and saute chicken until done and put cooked chicken in a bowl.
    4. In a large skillet, heat 1 TBSP sesame oil and then add the onion and saute for a couple of minutes. Remove onions from skillet and put in a bowl.
    5. In the skillet, heat remaining 1 TBSP sesame oil and scramble the eggs and season with salt and pepper.
    6. Fluff the rice in the instant pot and add the butter and stir until butter is melted; then add the soy sauce and stir to combine; then add the chicken, if using, and stir to combine; then add the cooked vegetables and stir to combine, and then add the eggs and stir to combine.
    7. Taste and adjust seasoning: add sesame oil, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and/or butter.

    Hibachi Fried Rice:

  • Penne Pomodoro

    Adapted from Midwest Foodie.

    Ingredients:

    • 16 oz. penne pasta, cooked al dente
    • 2 TBSP olive oil
    • 8-10 cloves garlic, minced
    • 4 tsp. dried oregano
    • 4 tsp. dried thyme
    • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. fresh cracked pepper
    • 1 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper, optional
    • 2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes 
    • 2 TBSP fresh parsley, chopped
    • 4 TBSP fresh basil, chopped
    • 2 TBSP granulated sugar, optional
    • Toppings: Burrata cheese, capers, basil, and/or parmesan cheese

    Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
    2. Add garlic, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
    3. Add crushed tomatoes, parsley, basil, and add sugar if desired.
    4. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat.
    5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    6. Add cooked pasta to the pan.
    7. Toss to coat evenly.
    8. Garnish with fresh grated Parmesan, parsley, basil, capers, and burrata.

    Penne Pomodoro:

  • Ranchero Sauce

    Perfect for Huevos Rancheros. Add 1 c. of Ranchero sauce to 2 cans of black beans that are drained and rinsed and serve with fried eggs.

    Ingredients:

    • Olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1 TBSP chili powder
    • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1/2 tsp. chipotle powder
    • 2 tsp. cumin
    • 1/2 TBSP sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
    • 1 c. water

    Directions:

    1. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat then add the onions and garlic and cook until fragrant.
    2. Then add the chili powder through salt. Stir and allow spices to toast, about 2 minutes.
    3. Add the tomato sauce and water and simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until desired thickness.

    Ranchero Sauce:

  • Lemon Orzo Salad with Chicken or Chickpeas

    You can make this salad with chicken or keep it vegetarian by adding chickpeas.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb. orzo
    • Salt
    • 4 mini cucumbers, chopped
    • 2 c. grape tomatoes, sliced
    • 6 oz. feta
    • 1 bunch of parsley, chopped
    • 1/2 c. mint, chopped
    • Chopped cooked chicken or 1 can of chickpeas, drained
    • Mixed lettuce greens

    Dressing:

    • 2 lemons, zest and juice (about 1/3 c.)
    • 2/3 c. olive oil
    • 2 TBSP honey
    • 6 garlic cloves, minced
    • Salt and Pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    1. Bring a pot of water to boil, add salt and orzo and cook until al dente. Once it’s done, rinse it with cool water and let it drain thoroughly. Transfer to a large bowl.
    2. Meanwhile, prep all the salad ingredients.
    3. Add the dressing ingredients to a jar or small bowl, and whisk/shake until well combined.
    4. To the bowl with the orzo, add cucumbers through chicken/chickpeas.
    5. Toss the salad with the dressing. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
    6. Serve salad over mixed lettuce greens.

    Lemon Orzo Salad with Chicken or Chickpeas:

  • Greek Orzo Salad

    This orzo salad is so flavorful and perfect for potlucks, picnics, etc. since there is no mayonnaise, and I actually prefer the salad at room temperature.

    Recipe from Midwest Foodie.

    Ingredients:

    Salad:

    • 16 oz. orzo pasta
    • 1 c. cucumbers, sliced
    • 1 c. sundried tomatoes, julienned
    • 1 c. Kalamata olives, halved
    • 1 14 oz. can of artichoke hearts
    • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained
    • 1/4 c. finely diced red onion
    • 1/4 c. parsley, chopped
    • 4-6 oz. feta, crumbled

    Dressing:

    • 2/3 c. olive oil
    • 1/3 c. balsamic vinegar
    • 1 lemon, zest and juice
    • 1 tsp. dried oregano
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
    • 1 TBSP Dijon mustard
    • Kosher salt
    • Pepper

    Directions:

    1. Cook pasta al dente according to package. Drain and then place in a large bowl and toss with some olive oil and salt and pepper. Place in fridge to cool.
    2. Meanwhile in a bowl, add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon zest and juice, oregano, garlic, mustard, and salt and pepper, and whisk until well combined.
    3. Remove pasta bowl from fridge, and add cucumber, sundried tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, chickpeas, red onion, parley, and feta. Add dressing, and toss to coat.

    Greek Orzo Salad:

  • General Tso’s Tofu

    Recipe from Domestic Superhero.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 blocks of tofu to make Crispy Baked Tofu
    • 1 c. brown sugar
    • 6 TBSP Hoisin sauce
    • 6 TBSP rice vinegar
    • 6 TBSP ketchup
    • 4 TBSP soy sauce
    • 1 c. water
    • Crushed red pepper to taste
    • 2 TBSP sesame oil
    • 6 TBSP fresh ginger, chopped
    • 8 green onions, chopped

    Directions:

    1. Prepare Crispy Baked Tofu.
    2. In a bowl mix brown sugar through crushed red pepper.
    3. Heat sesame oil in a skillet, then add ginger and cook about 1 minute. Add the sauce to the skillet and simmer for 10 minutes, until thickened.
    4. Add tofu to the pan and toss to coat and top with green onions.

    General Tso’s Tofu: