Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Zucchini Fries

As healthy as I try to be, fries have always been a weakness of mine. I even admit to having a bag of frozen crinkle cut fries in the freezer every now and then. The combo of crunchiness, saltiness and really the vehicle for ketchup is what I crave. To keep the frozen fries habit under control, sweet potato and zucchini fries have become a regular week night side. Crunchy, a reasonable amount of salty AND each have actual nutrition benefits. Here’s my simple zucchini fries recipe….

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Main Dishes

Salmon Burgers

I love to cook, but admit that my weeknight menus can become stale. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut, relying on your tried and true prep methods! Before you know it you’re unintentionally having turkey tip Mondays, grilled chicken salad Tuesdays and home-made pizza Wednesdays. Just this happened in our house a few weeks ago. When I told my husband salmon was the dinner plan (which means simple broiled salmon)  I came home to an enthusiastic suggestion of “let’s try making salmon burgers!” He’d even done some research and was ready to lead the charge. We’ve made them several times since, modifying the recipe until we got it just right. So, here’s my husband’s salmon burger recipe–super easy for weeknights and perfect for grilling…

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Main Dishes

Pulled Chicken Sliders

I’ve been known to skip out on super bowl parties to instead enjoy a quiet night by myself. I know, crazy sounding for a native New Englander where everyone lives and breaths all things Patriots and Red Sox! This year I got into the spirit, which for me means making a big batch of pulled chicken to share with everyone. I originally found this recipe years ago, and have perfected my own  crock pot version that anyone can conquer…

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Mashed Cauliflower and Sweet Potato

Whenever I encounter a vegetable that I don’t love, I become determined to find a way to love it! Cauliflower has been one of those for me. Whether steamed, roasted, mixed with other veggies, mashed on it’s own, as cauliflower rice….it’s just blaah to me. I came across a few recipes that involved mashing cauliflower and sweet potato together. My love of sweet potatoes (and any mashed potato) encouraged me to give it a try. Here’s what I came up with…Greek yogurt is my secret ingredient that pulls this together while keeping things healthy…

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Eggplant Pizza

Generally, I’m a pretty efficient grocery shopper, buying what we need and using perishable items before they go bad. But, sometimes I get a little over zealous in the produce section and come home with WAY too many fruits and veggies. During squash season, I pretty much need one of every squash variety (dumpling is a favorite). I usually have plans for all the items, but the work week can sabotage cooking time. So, I have a few  recipes that help to clean out the fridge and to rescue food from being wasted. Eggplant pizza is one that makes a pretty large batch, perfect for bringing to work for lunch!

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Appetizers, Uncategorized

Spinach Balls

Spinach balls are a Christmas tradition started by my mom. I remember her making these ahead of the holidays, freezing them and then serving as an appetizer on Christmas day. Of course as a kid, I wouldn’t touch them I was a typical anti-spinach kid. But, I bet if I had given them a go I would have been surprised. I’ve found that even spinach haters enjoy these! I’ve adopted the tradition too, making these once a year…

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Main Dishes, Vegetarian

Chickpea Cakes

A few months ago I decided to stop eating meat during lunch. I’m not sure what prompted this decision, but assumed it would be one of my many crazy experiments that I’d abandon after a few days as a result of feeling starved while dreaming of burritos with my head on my desk. Instead, I’ve actually had more energy and that 2pm coffee craving has subsided (sorry, coffee). These chickpea cakes have become one of my meatless lunch staples. I often make a big batch and freeze them…

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