After cutting out the bread, I don’t miss it. But, sometimes when we have spaghetti, I miss the garlic bread that we used to make with it. So, last week when we made some spaghetti, I decided to try and make a biscuit with it so that I could have my garlic bread. This biscuit can also be used as the “cake” in strawberry shortcake, or add in some orange zest, or some fine chocolate pieces for a small scone. Lots of options!
While the name of this one may sound a bit similar to the Turkey Noodle Stir Fry we did not that long ago, the recipe itself shares only the use of spaghetti squash for noodles, and a few common veggies. Otherwise, it is a whole new recipe that works great as a one-dish meal or cooked ahead and used for lunches during the week. So warm up the oven for that spaghetti squash and pull out a wok for the stir fry and let’s get started.
As the afternoons get longer (and, in spite of daylight savings, we also seem to be gaining daylight earlier in the morning as well), and the sun starts making appearances more than bi-weekly here in the PNW, our thoughts turn to spring and summer. About the same time, we start to see strawberries arriving in the local market. Now, I know they are not really local and nowhere near in season yet. But before someone chastises us over buying some organic strawberries that are from southern California (unless you live there), consider that after finally plucking the mushrooms off that have formed behind our ears from so many months of wet and dark…a little indulgence to make us feel the sunshine can really help brighten the week.
So, if you are like us and need a little brightness amidst the spring thaw or mixed rain showers, then go ahead and pick up a quart of as-local-as-possible strawberries and give this refreshing salad a shot. And if you’re really, really strict about waiting for them to be straight from your garden (when they really do taste the best), then bookmark this one for sometime in early June when most of us will actually see a fresh strawberry in its natural environment.
Posted in Lunch, Main Dish, Poultry, Recipes
Tagged Basil, chicken, Cilantro, easy, fish sauce, Mint, salad, strawberry
This dish takes inspiration from traditional Thai green papaya salads, only switching up the ingredients a bit and adding in some grilled and thin-sliced steak for protein. By combining the pungent saltiness of fish sauce with the sweetness of fresh melon, and the fragrance of fresh cilantro and mint, you end up with a delightfully unique meal that is great for dinner, or saved and divided for a couple of lunches throughout the week.
This recipe started out in our little black book several years ago from a potluck dish brought by a friend’s mom every year to his Christmas party. The original was always a hit, but the main ingredient was thin noodles – either angel hair pasta or rice noodles. So, when we changed our way of eating, this one got left behind…a page in the book to be turned past as we planned out the menu for the week and prepared our grocery list. Until yesterday, when Karen took a look and said, “Hey, we should try making this into a salad.” And so we did. And while it should have made enough to have leftovers for lunch, somehow there wasn’t a bite left when we got up from the table. I feel pretty safe stating that it was at least as good as the original…
Sitting on our counter is a manila folder that is filled over an inch thick with various recipes clipped from magazines, newspapers, or internet sites that we’ve been meaning to try. Some are “good to go” as they are, using all primal ingredients, while others are will require a little substitution (or a lot) to make them work. And even the ones that are primal-ready won’t make their way onto our site without some tweaking, because that’s just our nature. Plus, we’re going to make darn sure that we’ve cooked and approved them ourselves before we pass them on to anyone else.
This recipe is one from that folder, which only took a couple minor tweaks. It’s quick to prepare, and can be used as a main course, an “accompanying” dish (think surf and turf), or over a mix of greens for an excellent lunch. So let’s get started…
Posted in Fish & Seafood, Lunch, Main Dish, Recipes
Tagged easy, fennel, garlic, Lime, orange, Quick, salad, shrimp
My friend Maeghan was feeling under the weather and told me that Tomato Soup (without any dairy) sounded really good. I found this recipe in a slow-cooker recipe book that I have (and I modified it of course). I love cooking in the crockpot! Maeghan gave it two thumbs up! It is really quick to put together and you will have a great meal for lunch or dinner.