Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Soft Wrap Bread Perfection

Tonight we were planning on homemade hummus and falafel for dinner, and I had intended on making the usual naan, but for some reason at the last minute I decided to switch things up and make this soft wrap bread instead. I am SO glad that I made that switch!

This bread is perfect. Soft, foldable, a tiny bit chewy, and fantastic. It was really easy to make, and everyone couldn't get enough! Topped with hummus, and folded around some falafel this bread was heaven.

Everyone is taking the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Total win.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Whole Wheat Pasta e Fagioli with Butternut Squash and Pesto

I had been looking through a Fine Cooking Magazine with L the other day, and she saw a picture of this whole wheat pasta e fagioli recipe and asked when I could make it! Since she and I are fighting little colds, today seemed like a perfect day to make soup. I am SO glad that little lady asked for this soup. It is amazing! Full of heartiness, and full of flavors. The pesto really adds another dimension to what is usually a fairly bland soup, and the squash is a great fall touch. Very happy bellies here:)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Oatmeal Latte

Sometimes it's rough and you just need a little more coffee with your coffee!

D is out of town, and L and I are fighting little colds. Needless to say there wasn't much sleep happening in our house last night, and this morning this poor mama was exhausted.

Fortuitously, yesterday I stumbled across a Bon Appetit article about oatmeal latte's, and I was totally loving the idea. Add the perfect storm over here, and generous parents who just gifted me some Cuban espresso...and voila! The oatmeal latte became a reality for me this morning, next to my huge mug of coffee, of course;)

This meal was fantastic. Nutty, filling and fueling, and totally perfect. Woohoo!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Carrot Ginger Dressing

1 c shredded carrots
1/4 c chopped onion
2 tbs minced fresh ginger
1/2 c vegetable oil
1.4 c rice vinegar
3 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs sugar (I used organic cane)
salt and pepper to taste (go heavy on the salt)

Place all ingredients in a blender, and blender until very finely pureed and emulsified.

This dressing is DEVINE! It tastes like a better version of the delicious dressings you get at a Japanese restaurant with the salads. It is LOVE over here. Even the kids agree...I have found the motherlode.

Cauliflower Fettuccine "Alfredo"

1 large head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
2 C vegetable or chicken broth
1 tbs butter
3 large garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper to taste
a pinch of nutmeg
1/4 c cream
12oz fettuccine (we like whole wheat)

Place the broth into a large saute pan and heat. Once hot, add the cauliflower and cook for about 15 minutes, or until very tender.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small skillet, and add the garlic. Saute until golden, and remove from the heat.
Transfer to a blender and puree until a very smooth sauce. Add the garlic, and spices, and blend a bit more. Return cauliflower sauce to the saute pan, and heat. Add the cream, and simmer for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, boil a large pot of water. Salt the water, and cook the fettuccine according to the directions on the package.
Once the pasta is al dente, mix it up with the sauce, and enjoy!

Tonight's dinner was a new take on fettuccine alfredo, using one of my favorites: cauliflower! This meal was a total success. EVERYONE loved it:) The sauce was creamy, flavorful, stuck well to the pasta, and totally tasty. I served the pasta with a side salad, dressing recipe to follow (it was amazing!).

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sheet Pan Chicken Tikka Masala

Tonight I made the sheet pan chicken tikka, but decided to deviate from the usual naan...and add some sauce! I used some farm share sweet potato, carrot, and potato and cauliflower for the vegetables, and made the quick-pickled red onion (in lemon juice). In addition, I made a simple sauce of whole canned tomatoes with juice simmered with a touch of salt and cilantro, pureed and then spiked with some cream. The kids LOVED the rice covered in the tomato sauce, and ate the veggies and chicken un-sauced. D and I enjoyed ours as pictured, all sauced together. A delicious, and easy meal!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Cookies

We all know that I love the Minimalist Baker, and these 5 ingredient gluten-free vegan cookies rocked my world. I feel like I can pass this off as "healthy", and the kids were elated to get a cookie for dessert. No complaints over in this house!

They are sweet, chewy, just barely chocolatey, and totally fantastic:)