This recipe is the product of another month participating in a recipe swap club, this month I recreated and adapted this recipe from Don't Give A Fork, a blog by Payal out of Mumbai, India. I truly adore working from her recipes as they are so packed with flavors and inspiration from different cultures, and this one was no different. Al dente noodles tossed with olive oil and spinach, topped with a pan roasted cauliflower and vegetable mix, topped with a a Parmesan onion cream sauce and chili flakes. While all the ingredients were so simple they weren't something I would have thought to combine in a pasta dish so thank you to Payal because this was freaking amazing!
I am so excited to share this recipe and post with y'all for so many reasons. The first being this is the first post I have done in over a month (yikes)! Over the last month I celebrated my birthday and moved into a new house with my boyfriend so pretty much every weekend has been non-stop packing, unpacking, decorating, and sneaking away from all that to explore our new neighborhood restaurants. I love to go out and try new spots as much as I love to cook and get creative at home! On top of checking out the new restaurants I've also been checking out all my new local spots to shop and feel like I found a total gem in Grocery Outlet. I had one of those I can't believe I've been missing out on this my whole life kind of moments so I'm excited to share that with you as well!
hi y'all! Some of my favorite recipes I make tend to be a mix of what I have in the kitchen that needs used up ... it's amazing the creativity that sparks when you're feeling lazy. I had some leftover mozzarella and pesto from the naan flatbread I made last week (so yummy) and had my eye on these totally delicious pretzel buns the bakery had made up so sliders it was. I know these aren't anything super complex but they were so darn good. I can't believe I hadn't tried this combo before. I got a "you will totally need to make these for us again" from my man which is always the tell tale sign that the recipe was a winner. We ate these up for dinner but they would be a great party appetizer, barbecue addition, or game day recipe to serve. Enjoy!
Making a naan bread pizza has been on my dinner to do list for ages now. I'm so glad I finally bit the bullet and made it because oh my god is it good. If you are unfamiliar with naan it is a fluffy (almost pita like) flat bread very popular in Indian, Persian, and some Asian cuisines. It's so good on it's own, but due to how nice and flat it is it really makes a great pizza crust as well! If you've followed along with any of my previous posts you may know that I totally have a thing for pesto, so a pesto flatbread it was. I added on some fresh spinach & mozzarella and a little Gorgonzola cheese and bacon bits to add in some bolder flavor which really complimented the pesto and mozzarella base. It turned out so yummy, I hope you enjoy!
If you love following all the latest healthy food trends there is two words you need to know. Buddha Bowl. They're really just a fancy protein bowl but it is so much for fun if it's trendy and called a Buddha bowl, right?! I decided to hop on the bandwagon and give one a try... so yummy and I felt so good about calling this my meal. This bowl is packed with protein, greens, and healthy grains and consists of seared ahi tuna (super easy to do, I promise), raw spinach, brown rice, quinoa, avocado, sesame seeds, and an easy to whip up soy ginger wasabi vinaigrette. While this Buddha bowl was super yummy there is endless options for putting one together. I personally can't wait to come up with some new ones! See below to find out your mix and match options!
hi y'all! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. I know I am- this is my favorite time of the year! The only downside is my schedule gets so crazy I don't have nearly as much time to cook and blog as I would like to so I'm so excited to finally be getting this recipe up for y'all. As you may have seen from previous posts I participate in a monthly recipe swap club where I select another blogger's recipe to try out and share with all of you. I'm having so much fun being a part of this club as I get to expand my network and share extra recipes with you that I may not have thought of myself! This month I worked from Mom Noms blog. I truly loved reading through mom noms because fun fact: she is also a bay area based foodie! Hey neighbor! I had a hard time selecting what I wanted to make but I eventually landed on her bacon mac & cheese recipe because let's get real, I could always use more bacon and cheese in my life.
Hi y'all! I am so excited to share this recipe with you. The last couple weeks have been busy to say the least. Working in retail merchandising the weeks leading up to black Friday & cyber Monday can get a little hectic, and on top of that I spent last weekend in Dallas visiting some friends and lots of quality time with family over Thanksgiving. Now that my schedule is dying down (for a few days) I have a few great recipes to share with y'all starting with this amazing spaghetti aglio e olio. As some of you may know I am part of a recipe swap club in a food blog community where each month I am tasked someone else's site and choose a recipe to recreate and share with all of you! I absolutely love this idea as it challenges me to make something different and share recipes with you I may not otherwise think of. This month I worked from the Don't Give A Fork blog and chose to make their Spaghetti Aglio E Olio and I am SO glad I did. The ingredients are so simple and light yet the end result is so full of flavor! This was my first time making, or even tasting, aglio e olio and I am instantly hooked! I made a few tweaks along the way to keep the recipe nice and simple, but if you want to see the full original recipe I encourage you to check it out!
Hi y'all! 'Tis the season for slow cooker meals, soups, and all that tastes good while cozied up indoors during the fall and winter days. I made up this slow cooker cauliflower soup this weekend as I was in the mood to get all the cozy fall feels without all the unwanted calories. I'm a big fan of using cauliflower for delicious meals in place of high carb starches. Cauliflower soup over potato soup, cauliflower alfredo, cauliflower tots, you name it, I'm on the bandwagon - I just love how basic the flavor is to begin with so you can use it as a thickening agent and get flavor from your additional ingredients. This soup turned out so yummy - I'll be happily eating leftovers all week long! I hope y'all enjoy as much as I did!
Bacon. Wrapped. Need I say more? Seriously though, bacon wrapped is a great way to cook pork tenderloin, not only because bacon is basically the best flavor addition ever, but the juices from the bacon help keep the pork tender while it cooks. And let me tell you, tender pork is no easy thing – it tends to get chewy real easily. While this would be a great meal year round, I especially love this recipe for this time of year (fall / winter). It’s a great easy but crowd pleasing dish to serve up during a family holiday get together. I have a side dish paring recommendation below if you're looking for a whole seasonal meal to put together that I think you will totally love! Enjoy!
I am so excited about this recipe for a couple reasons. I joined a food bloggers recipe swap club where every month I will be making a recipe of my choice from a fellow food bloggers page and sharing it with all of you. I love this idea and am already so excited about this club not only because I get to network with other foodies but it challenges me to make something I may not have thought of! This month I was assigned The Olive Blogger and because it's fall and I was feeling festive and cozy this weekend I chose to try their Butternut Squash Risotto recipe. I'm so glad this was my pick because it was seriously amazing - like I can't wait to make it for guests, new fall staple recipe amazing.