All posts tagged: for the love of cooking

Food: Dinner Tonight- Spicy Eggplant Pasta

I love eggplant and have incorporated the veggie in many pasta dishes, similar to this recipe I found online. Just a hint for the meat-lovers – you can saute and add ground Italian sausage to the mix and serve it up with freshly crated Parmesan cheese Ingredients  2 medium eggplants 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, plus more as needed 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups chopped plum tomatoes or one 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, or 1 1/2 teaspoons dry oregano 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes, plus extra for finishing 1/4 cup fresh, chopped basil, plus extra for finishing 1 pound linguine pasta  {more}   Although I normally buy ready-made apple dumpling from Trader Joe with every visit, I have found a recipe here which I am going to try over the weekend.    {photo and recipe source}

Food: Dinner Tonight – Mexican Shredded Chicken

I have been on a Mexican food crave this week, which is about right – before the holidays I crave Mexican or Asian cuisine. So Mexican shredded chicken it is for that soft taco meal we’ll be having, except for my mum, who prefers a pita bread to any other variation. I can see her now, stuffing fork full of the chicken inside the pita bread, and spreading yogurt for flavor instead of the guacamole or sour cream the rest of the family insists upon: CHICKEN 1/2 tsp sea salt, divided 1 tsp ground cumin, divided 1 tsp smoked paprika, divided 1 tsp chili powder, divided (NOT cayenne or just ground chilies — see notes*) 1 Tbsp avocado oil (or other neutral oil, or sub water) 2 (~8 ounce) chicken breasts*, boneless skinless (and organic, pasture-raised when possible) 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (omit or reduce for less heat) 1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth 2 Tbsp lime juice {more} On another note – love this suggestion on how to stock your pantry for beginners to healthy cooking 

Holiday Series: Thanksgiving Preliminary Prep

I start out with one menu – and then shift it throughout the week leading to Thanksgiving, so with that mindset, here’s what I am considering for the holiday, perhaps even leading to smaller dinner parties up to New Year’s eve. {featured source and inspiration for this blog post}

Food: Dinner Tonight – Beef Stew Updated

My mother is so cute. She attempted a beef stew last night and when I walked into her kitchen to check in on her after the craziness called my life, she told me she had no idea why the meal tasted bland. I took a peek into the pot and noticed, a dozen pieces of cubed beef simply boiled with a few slices of onion and peppercorn – which makes the best of broth, but not really the ideal beef stew without the veggies and some sort of sauce. I reassured her that I could salvage the boiled beef cubes by turning it into a mouth-watering meal with a side of mashed potatoes (her eyes lit up). So guess what’s happening for dinner tonight? INGREDIENTS 3 pounds beef chuck, trimmed and cubed kosher salt and black pepper 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 shallots, thinly sliced 6 carrots, chopped 2 cups apple cider 1 cup dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon can also use beef broth 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons tomato …

While On Holiday I can’t Help It…

…but think about healthy eating. A group of us women decided to take a trip to this tropical destination for a week and at the time it sounded like a wonderful suggestion – until I remembered why it is I haven’t been here for the longest time. Too expensive, and a tad bit too touristy. Not the right island you might say, or recommend other more rural locations – which I get. But the over the top expensive, combined with an increase in crime, among other factors makes this destination less desirable for me at least. Nevertheless, I only have a few more days and then back to the normalcy. I realize while I walk the pavement back and forth on the main boulevard, in between the hours one is not really supposed to be at poolside or the ocean, panting and dragging along as a result of the muggy weather, I crave healthy eats. Or actually my own kitchen just so  I can whip up something healthy like this recipe. BEANS 1 15-ounce can black beans, …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Chicken In French Wine and Mustard

Told the hubs I wanted to go to dinner tonight. But what I was meaning to say is that I wanted to indulge in a meal that is different from the normal cooking I do in my household. So while he thinks we are going out, I am going to surprise with this wonderful variation to the otherwise mundane chicken. INGREDIENTS 1 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc 1/3 cup heavy cream or canned full fat coconut milk 2 tablespoons dijon mustard 2 tablespoons grainy dijon mustard 2 shallots chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated kosher salt and pepper 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, skin on or off 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves 1 tablespoon fresh chopped sage 2 tablespoons salted butter 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese 1/2 bunch kale, chopped mashed potatoes or steamed rice, for serving {more} Followed by this Avocado-Chocolate pudding dessert and if avocado isn’t your thing, here’s a list of other healthy dessert options.   

Food: Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup

First craving for soup means my body is acknowledging that Fall is around the corner and although we normally have our Indian Summer this time of year, too bad, soup is officially on the menu and this one is a great start – at least I think so: INGREDIENTS • Drizzle of coconut oil • 1 white onion, peeled and roughly chopped • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped roughly • 2.5cm/1in piece of root ginger, peeled and chopped roughly • Pinch of salt • 1 tsp ground turmeric • 1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and roughly chopped • 1 tbsp tamari • 1 x 400ml coconut milk, plus a little to serve • 1 ltr/1 3/4pt vegetable stock • 4 heaped tbsp nutritional yeast • Dried chilli flakes and sliced fresh chilli, to serve {more} {featured image source and recipe inspiration} On another note: Do you adore watching classic films during the Fall/Autumn months? I do – here’s a list in case you’ve forgotten which ones. 

Food: Dinner Tonight – Oh Grilled Cheese Sandwich

…you had me at first photo. I love the idea of grilled onions, cheese and this one is the winner of what dinner will be in my household tonight. INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons salted butter 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced kosher salt and black pepper 3/4 cup apple cider 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes 4 slices prosciutto (optional) 8 slices sourdough bread 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 1/2 cups shredded fontina cheese 1 1/2 cups shredded gouda or white cheddar cheese 1 honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced  {more} I am going to let the pictures do the rest – tantalizing much? {photo and recipe source and credit}

Food: Dinner Tonight – Lemon butter Chicken and Mashed Cauliflower

I realized last night, while up with eyes wide-open planning the week, that I wanted to make a chicken dish for dinner tonight. Something different and exciting and this recipe is just perfect, because everyone in my family loves cauliflower – let’s just hope they love mashed cauliflower – oh and the chicken too. INGREDIENTS 4 chicken cutlets, or 2 boneless chicken breasts, sliced in half horizontally kosher salt and black pepper 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (can use GF flour too) 1/4 cup grated parmesan 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 12 fresh sage leaves 4 tablespoons salted butter 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves 2 tablespoons capers MASHED CAULIFLOWER 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets 3 cloves garlic, smashed 2-3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 4 tablespoons salted butter {more} On another note – if you are wondering what to watch on television tonight since you are probably all caught up on the rest – here’s my suggestion – a start -studded 2002 film with Paul Newman, Tom Hanks, Jude Law, and Daniel Craig among so many others. I normally …

Food: Home-made Pizza Night

I love home-made pizza, even if making the crust is sometimes challenging – since I am not one who loves kneading dough to perfection. But…there is so much to be said about home-made and this recipe sound delicious…and naturally you are always welcome to bring your butter/oil of choice. INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil and Sea Salt 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped, plus more for serving 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 pinch black pepper 1/2 pound pizza dough, homemade or store-bought 1 cup baby spinach 3 ounces crumbled goat cheese 1 heirloom tomato, sliced ¼” thick 1 cup cubed provolone or mozzarella 2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved flaky sea salt   2 tablespoons balsamic or white balsamic vinegar  {more}