It was a chilly day here in So Cal (nothing compared to my East Coaster’s fight with Nemo), and I was in the mood to make a hearty soup. I’ve made curry before from various recipes, so I used what I had stored in my brain’s recipe book to come up with this soup. I think you’ll find it both spicy and sweet, plus it is chocked full of delicious cauliflower (healthy veggie) and chickpeas (filling protein). This is a great soup to make after a day of shoveling!
My husband said not to do another post on spaghetti squash (“it’s too soon!”), so I am posting out of rebellion (“I’m an independent woman!”) and because I have leftover spaghetti squash from my recipe for Roasted Veggies and Chicken Sausage Over Spaghetti Squash. I don’t always love squash. Oftentimes it can taste like a basement (or to Californians, a garage? We don’t have basements), and have little texture. I think you will find this take on spaghetti squash very flavorful and fresh, and a “go-to” recipe for a healthy side.
I could really care less about the Superbowl (baseball isn’t really my thing), but I do love the food that accompanies it! And no Superbowl party is complete without buffalo chicken! Making wings can be a pain, and I think that we can all agree that the best part is the flavor on the outside (not the fatty skin and the minimal amount of meat… GROSS). These flavorful little bites of buffalo heaven will satisfy your need for the Red Hot flavor, and are super easy to make!
Our neighborhood taco night was at our place this week and I made Carnitas with a Crunchy Cabbage Slaw. I inherited my Crock Pot skills from my mother, who uses it for everything (even warming up cans of soup… seriously). You can just throw the whole piece of meat in with some spices and let it do its thing all day while you’re at work! It is the easiest way to cook meat, and it always comes out well as long as you leave it in there long enough.
I’m channeling my New England roots on this one! There’s just something about roasting veggies that really enhance their veggie-ness, and can even give them a meaty quality in my opinion. Roasted sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, mushrooms and garlic combine in this dish for visually pleasing and belly-pleasing meal. Miles was really skeptical when he was watching me cook this, but actually really liked it! It is perfect for when you get out of the chilly surf (57 degree water temps what!?)
Pizza on Friday nights became a tradition when we got married and were living in “The Commune.” (Which is a story for another time. Imagine 6 kids right out of college, with no life-plans, living together in an old farm house, chickens, rabbits and a rogue skunk included). When we moved to California the tradition followed us, and we usually have anywhere from 1 to 20 friends in our kitchen for a slice of the best homemade pizza in San Clemente.
I always have cucumbers in my fridge. They are very low cal, and add such a delightful crunch to sandwiches. In this recipe I decided to go a different route with the cukes, and make them the star of their own side dish. When lightly pickled, the cucumbers and red onion meld nicely and the red onion is not as harsh.