We all know most food during the holidays isn’t necessarily figure friendly. Well let me introduce this perfect companion to your guilty indulgences. I served this for Thanksgiving and used it for my detox food for the 3 days that followed. So, so good.
Begin with a bag of cruciferous greens such as a kale and broccoli mix. You need sturdy greens that won’t get soggy in the dressing. Trader Joe’s is a good spot to grab a bag of this.
Combine 1/3C vegetable oil (I’m sure EVOO would also work), 1/4C apple cider vinegar, 2tbl honey, 1tbl whole grain Dijon, and 1/2tsp salt. Whisk to blend. Now add 3/4C sliced green onions. Set aside.
Using a large mixing bowl, combine about 10 packed cups of your greens, 1C dried blueberries, 1C dried cherries, 1/2C sunflower seeds, and 1C coarsely chopped smoked almonds.
Toss in your dressing and enjoy!!
Adapted From – The Kitchn
I’ll be honest, I didn’t grow up eating mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving. We were a sweet potato casserole group (and I’m still on that team). However, my husband of almost 10 years (13 years together), insists on mashed potatoes every year.
Previously I’ve made a loaded potato casserole with cheddar, bacon, green onions, etc., but this year I decided to make traditional mashed potatoes. I was skeptical as a non-fan, but these are pretty darn tasty.
Begin with 4lbs of russet potatoes.
Skin and rinse.
Cube into 1 inch pieces.
Transfer to a large pot and add 2tbl room temp 1/2 inch butter squares, 2 smashed garlic cloves, and 2tsp salt.
Cover with cold water and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once it bubbles, simmer over low for 15-20 minutes until potatoes are soft.
Drain, remove garlic cloves, return to pot, and mash.
Add in 3/4C grated Parmesan, 1/2C low sodium chicken bone broth, 8oz mascarpone cheese, 2tsp salt, 1tsp pepper, and 4tbl cubed butter. Cracked pepper to taste. Stir over low heat until creamy. Enjoy!😋
Adapted from: Giada De Laurentiis
Need another game day treat? These were so good! Begin with just a few simple ingredients: avocados, jalapeño peppers, shredded cheese, and wonton wrappers.
Lay down 2 wrappers (a square on top of a diamond).
Now place a slice of avocado, 2 thin strips of jalapeño (seeded if you’d like to remove the spice), and a pinch of your favorite melty cheese..
Fold your edges and roll as tightly as you can. Seal with a bit of water.
Now, we used a deep fryer but you could also heat oil in a saucepan. Fry until your eggrolls become a nice golden brown.
These are amazing dipped in anything. We loved ranch dressing and sriracha last night. So, so good.🥑💃🏻
Adapted From: One Green Planet
Basically everything about this appealed to me – spicy shrimp, poblano peppers, manchego and goat cheese…..talk about a combo made in heaven!
I used a little over a pound of peeled and deveined shrimp. Coat them with EVOO and a couple of tablespoons of Cajun seasoning. Lay them out on a lined cookie sheet and roast at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes depending on the size of your shrimp.
Once they’ve cooled, chop them up and toss them into a mixing bowl. Add 8oz goat cheese, 8oz shredded manchego, 18-20 chopped basil leaves, and 2+ tablespoons of your favorite hot sauce. Stir until thoroughly combined.
Clean the seeds ands ribs out of 3-4 poblanos and fill with the shrimp mixture. Roast in a 375 degree oven for 30-40 minutes. Top with chopped cilantro and more hot sauce. Enjoy!😋
Adapted From: Chili Pepper Madness
Here is yet another version of Lasagna that I love. This is perfect for a rainy, meatless Monday, or a cozy Sunday dinner (like we had last night). In fact, when I started dating my husband 12 years ago, this was one of the few things that I knew how to make; and it’s still a favorite.
Begin with your marinara sauce. Homemade is always better (my recipe is on this blog), but jar is fine if you are in a pinch.
Now you will need the following: 1 box frozen chopped spinach (thawed), 16oz of ricotta, 2 cups mozzarella, 1 cup grated parmesan, 1tbl minced garlic, and 1 egg (slightly beaten).
Ring out your spinach well in a kitchen towel before combining everything into a medium mixing bowl.
Cook your Lasagna noodles according to the package instructions (al dente). I like to use multi-grain but that’s totally up to you. Lay out your assembly.
Layer marinara, then noodles, then mixture. Repeat a second time, finishing with a layer of noodles, more marinara, and top with mozzarella and shredded parmesan.
Bake at 350 degrees covered with foil for 10 minutes and uncovered for another 15 or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with garlic or cheese bread and enjoy!
With the holidays upon us and Thanksgiving less than a week away, I’ve decided to share the sides that are a MUST in our house. Ryan is in charge of frying a turkey, smoking another, and the oysters, but I’m in charge of the sides that he feels are mandatory.
I think we can all agree that dressing is a must-have with the Thanksgiving spread. It happens to be one of my absolute favorite sides too, so several years ago I set out to make the most epic dressing possible. I think I’ve achieved it – try it and see for yourself.😋
Begin with a couple large loaves of good, soft, unsliced bread. I use a combo of white and wheat. You’ll need about 9 cups total of bread cubes. Lay them out on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Set aside.
Sauté over medium heat in 3/4 cup of butter the following: 1.5C diced celery, 3/4C diced onions, and 1C mushrooms (optional) until soft. Now stir in 1/2tsp salt, 1/2tsp sage, 1/2tsp thyme, 1tsp poultry seasoning, and 1/4tsp pepper.
Toss seasoned veggies with bread cubes in large mixing bowl. Add in 1C chicken broth to moisten.
Transfer into a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake at 350 (uncovered) for 35-40 minutes. You can thank me later – Enjoy!!
Inspired by – Chef In Training
We made this on a whim tonight and boy, it did not disappoint. I love a good veggie meal, and this will most certainly be added into my rotation.🙌🏼
Begin by dicing an onion and slicing 1/2lb of baby bella mushrooms. Measure out 3 cups of fresh spinach and set aside.
Warm 3tbl EVOO over medium heat and sauté a yellow onion plus a teaspoon of minced garlic together for about 3 minutes (until onions soften). Now toss in your sliced mushrooms and cook for 5-7 minutes. Salt and pepper to your flavor preference.
Add in 2tbl of flour and stir quickly for 1 minute. Now add 1/4C vegetable broth and stir to combine. Now add in another 2.5C vegetable broth slowly. Add 3/4C milk and bring your pot to a simmer. Simmer for 10-12 minutes.
Add in your spinach and continue cooking for 5 more minutes.
Add 1.5C good shredded Parmesan. Stir until the cheese melts.
Cook Lasagna noodles according to package minus 2 minutes. Spoon a thin amount of sauce into baking dish and layer 3 noodles. Top with mushroom mixture and top with more shredded Parmesan. Repeat twice, ending with a layer of mixture topped with cheese.
Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes until it’s hot and bubbly. Enjoy!!
Adapted From: Life As A Strawberry
There are only a few ways to respect a perfectly ripe, garden fresh tomato. A tomato sandwich with baked white or sourdough bread, Hellmann’s Real Mayo, and salt/pepper is a classic favorite. I would even put a toasted BLT in this catagory. However, if you want to take it up a notch, tomato pie is absolutely a little slice of heaven.
There are a million ways to make a tomato pie, but this is one of my favorites. For those who don’t know my cousin (remember, the one with the unbelievable shrimp and grits recipe?!), she’s quite the cook also. This is her recipe that has come down from her mom’s side of the family. Her mom (my aunt) is one of the best cooks and bakers I know. Period.
You obviously want to begin with the most perfectly ripe tomato slices you can find. These came from our garden.
Slice a large vidalia onion and sauté it with a tablespoon of EVOO over medium heat. I like to let the onions cook way down until they begin to caramelize.
Rinse and pat dry about 15 basil leaves.
Now here is where this recipe stands out from the rest. Instead of using cheddar cheese, combine 1 cup of shredded Parmesan and 1 cup of mayonnaise. Set aside.
Cook your pie crust according to the package instructions and let cool completely. Layer your tomatoes and generously salt and pepper them.
Now layer in your onions and basil leaves. Repeat 2 more layers of each, ensuring you salt and pepper each tomato layer.
Top with your cheese and mayo mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Pairs well with fresh corn and a mixed green salad. Enjoy!
Adapted From: Catherine Ballard Logan
We just returned from a week at the beach. The beauty of living here is that we didn’t feel the need to eat out whatsoever. We simply picked veggies from our garden, brought fresh local shrimp from The Shrimp Lady, and bought some good bread, meats, and fruit. I mean, no place in town could beat the view from the porch anyways….
Every dinner felt like a date night…..
One of my favorite meals that we cooked were these Sliders. Now, these could easily be served as full size sandwiches or even bite size mini biscuits for the perfect brunch treat. Any size, they are absolutely delicious.
Begin by whisking together 1/3C mayonnaise, 1tbl chopped basil, 1.5tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1.5tsp freshly squeezed orange juice + 1tsp orange zest, and 3/4tsp Old Bay seasoning.
Fold in a pound of cooked & chilled fresh shrimp, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (or smaller for smaller servings), 6 crispy crumbled slices of bacon, and 1/4tsp each of salt and pepper.
Prepare your buns by buttering each side and sliding them under the broiler or onto the grill until the edges begin to brown.
Spoon some of your shrimp mixture onto one half and top with fresh basil leaves and garden fresh tomatoes before capping with your top piece of warm buttered bread. OMG.😃
Adapted From: Southern Living
These tacos can be made with a variety of fish and with a variety of different seasonings. This is how I make our white fish tacos (and will share my red snapper seasoning in another post).
These are made with tilapia. I season the loins with garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and dried parsley. Warm a couple tablespoons of EVOO over medium heat until the oil begins to ripple. Cook the fish for 4 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and place on a paper towel lined plate.
I serve these with my 234 sauce (2tbl mayo, 3tbl Greek yogurt, & 4tbl Franks hot sauce) and pico (recipe on blog). As a side I like either my Best Black Beans, Mexican Corn Salad, or Mexican Street Corn (all on blog).
Warm raw corn tortillas (Tortilla Land are awesome) and serve immediately. So, so good.