Monthly Archives: May 2011

Cinnamon-Cayenne Baby Back Ribs with Agave Glaze

I have a big problem. Every time I learn just how bad a particular food is for you, I can’t get it out of my head. You see, as my interest in nutrition/health continues to grow over the past couple of years, I read more and more about the health benefits (and defecits) of many food stuffs. Recently, while Brian and I were weekending in Portland, we hit up a Chili’s chain restaurant in search of some margaritas. (BTW, problem #2, for later discourse, is my inexplicable longing for chain restaurants when I am out in the middle of nowhere – restaurants that I am not particularly amenable to frequenting in “real life”). Regardless, as we perused the menu at Chili’s, we were fascinated that all of the menu descriptions were adorned with calorie counts. Let me just say: OHMYGOD. I was most taken aback by some of the “healthier” stuff’s deadly characteristics (um, 1400 calories for a salad?? almost 1300 for a grilled chicken sandwich??), and yet still bummed by some of the more notorious items (ribs and burgers clocking in over 2,000 calories, etc.).

Moral(s) of the story:

1) i took immense pleasure in the country fried steak (1270 cals) I ordered, of which I ate half and was glad with every bite that it was not a salad.

2) though it is probably not great for business, I appreciate having the information.  maybe this kind of exposure will inspire restaurants to offer healthier food.

3) I haven’t been able to get ribs out of my mind since — and here is a killer recipe! These ribs are quick cooking, relative to most rib cookery which typically takes 4+ hours (this recipe only takes 1 hour), and have a great sweet/spicy flavor combination. Yum!

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Best Ever Huevos Rancheros

Another fabulous recipe from Plum Pie. This is seriously the best huevos rancheros ever. Ever. Next time you have a little time on your hands to laze around in kitchen, I HIGHLY recommend this recipe. BTW, fried blue corn tortillas are amazing.

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Mexican Tortilla Pizza

A success for the “kid friendly” file!  Whenever I cook for just the two of us, I ask Brian afterward if he thinks the kids would like it. I typically get a gentle “Oh, I don’t know…” or “notsomuch with x ingredient”, etc.  This recipe is a bonus because it’s mostly assembly, which is perfect for kids (or boyfriends) to help out with. So, tonight, the official Kid Friendly category on this blog is born, which hopefully will contain more than this recipe!

Oh, and I should mention how YUMMY this is. SO good. And SUPER easy. Easily made vegetarian by subtracting the beef and using with more refried beans, too, which is a double bonus.

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Baked Stuffed Greek Chicken

I love a good stuffed chicken breast, but I love even more when I have all the ingredients I need on hand when a particular craving strikes. Since my list of recipes-to-try grows more ad more each week, I also love knocking one off the list from time to time. I ripped this out of RR’s Everyday Magazine because it looked like an easy, healthy weeknight recipe.  I served it with English Peas (recipe soon!) and my standby cous cous.

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Pappardelle with Prosciutto and Orange

I don’t like to pick favorites with my pasta, but this one is pretty special. I love egg noodles, and while this recipe calls for — nearly demands — fresh pasta, this egg pappardelle found at TJ’s is super close to fresh pasta. The combination of the salty prosciutto and sweet/tangy orange is amazing.

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Blue Breakfast Tacos

My love for blue corn products began years ago with Trader Joe’s Blue Jalapeno Cornbread Mix (now discontinued, sigh). So, when I saw these blue beauties in the store yesterday, I couldn’t wait to use them. This recipe would of course work with regular corn tortillas, but would not be nearly as pretty. 🙂

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Southwest Turkey Burgers

Since I had some extra ground turkey leftover from my indian pizza, I decided I would make some turkey burgers. I wanted to try something new other than my go to turkey burger recipe, and I had all of these ingredients in the house — big score after a long week.  These burgers were easy, super flavorful, and packed a nice bite.

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Indian Pizza with Cilantro Pesto and Zucchini

The first couple of times that I made this pizza, I burned the crap out if it, yet, mind you, still ate it and loved the flavors. I figured that I’d wait to share the recipe for a time that I didn’t burn the crap out of it, since I knew I’d be making this over and over again. Well, friend, behold this awesome indian pizza. It is such a great combination of flavors, and super easy to throw together (especially if using store-bought dough).  Since I am always trying to use up my spices so I can keep a fresh stash, I made a homemade curry powder blend, but feel free to use your favorite store blend.

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Roasted Zucchini with Fresh Ricotta and Mint

If you have not ever had fresh ricotta cheese, you have not lived.  Seriously, hike down to your local Trader Joe’s and pick up a tub, or hell, make your own. Whatever you do, do it tonight! The stuff is amazing.

We served this dish as a little appetizer and was yum. This would also be really good with sliced eggplant, which I think I will try with the rest of that ricotta!

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Herb and Mustard Crusted Pork Tenderloin

“The best pork I’ve ever eaten”.  Brian’s sentiment, and I agree with him! The fennel and mustard combo, in my opinion, is what makes this pork so good. Try it immediately!

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Steak Sandwiches

“Steak Sandwiches” is probably a bit of an understatement. This is a steak sandwich. The steak sandwich, even. Seared flank steak surrounded by a spicy and sweet mixture of onions, cubanelles, roasted reds, and jalapeno, covered in a blanket of provolone cheese.

Yes, please.

Oh, and then, top it with some chopped bacon, for good measure. 🙂

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