• 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:

  • Veggie Palak

    Ingredients:

    • Olive oil
    • 1 lb. fresh baby spinach
    • Salt, to taste
    • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
    • 1 TBSP minced garlic
    • 1 TBSP ginger paste
    • 1 tsp. garam masala
    • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
    • 1 14 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained
    • 1 14 oz. can kidney beans, drained
    • 1 lb. potatoes, cooked and roughly chopped
    • 1 14 oz. can light coconut milk
    • 1-2 tsp. sugar or honey
    • 1 tsp. lemon juice

    Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the spinach in batches and season with salt. Sauté until spinach is wilted.
    2. Once spinach is wilted transfer to food processor, and pulse until chopped and smooth.
    3. After all the spinach is sautéed, add the tomatoes through cumin to the hot skillet and sauté for 1-2 minutes; then add the spinach, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, and potatoes; then add the coconut milk and toss to combine.
    4. Once the coconut milk comes to a boil add the sugar or honey and lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning.

    Veggie Palak:

  • Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

    Ingredients:

    • 3/4 c. mayonnaise
    • 1 1/4 c. buttermilk
    • 3 tsp. garlic powder
    • 3 tsp. minced onion
    • 2 tsp. fresh parsley
    • 3 tsp. fresh chives
    • 3 tsp. fresh dill
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
    • 2 tsp. sugar

    Directions:

    1. In a mixing bowl add mayonnaise and buttermilk and whisk until smooth.
    2. Add all other ingredients and whisk until well combined.
    3. Transfer to a mason jar for storage.

    Buttermilk Ranch Dressing:

  • Sheet Pan Mac and Cheese

    The creaminess of the mac and cheese coupled with the crispy breadcrumb topping is so delicious!

    Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious

    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb. large elbow macaroni
    • 4 TBSP unsalted butter
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 medium shallot, minced
    • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 2 c. whole milk
    • 1 c. heavy cream
    • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 16 oz. extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
    • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
    • 1 c. Italian Panko breadcrumbs

    Directions:

    1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
    2. Preheat oven to broil on high. Arrange an oven rack 6-inches from the broiler. Lightly oil an 18 x 13-inch sheet pan or coat with nonstick spray.
    3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and shallot, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
    4. Whisk in flour and smoked paprika until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, heavy cream and Dijon until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk as needed; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
    5. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, Parmesan and pasta until well combined; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
    6. In a small bowl, combine Panko and remaining cheddar cheese.
    7. Spread pasta mixture into the prepared sheet pan; sprinkle with Panko mixture.
    8. Place into oven and broil, rotating the sheet pan a few times, until golden brown and crispy, about 5-6 minutes.
    9. Serve immediately.

    Sheet Pan Mac and Cheese: