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roasted butternut squash and sweet potato quesadillas.

Posted in cooking and recipes, Mexican, Our Favorites!, Tali, vegetarian on October 19th, 2009 by tali – 9 Comments
DSC01935Tudy and I are definitely on some sort of fall-cooking kick.  Each time we talk about what we're cooking, the conversation eventually comes back to pumpkin-this or butternut squash-that.  I've also been on a Mexican food kick for the past day, which is why I decided that these butternut squash and sweet potato quesadillas were very necessary. These are so good - there's no oil in the recipe, and I really don't think you'll miss it.  I roasted the squash and sweet potato to bring out the flavor (and fyi - you get so much healthy vitamin A in this dish), and seasoned everything with spicy cayenne, jalapeño peppers, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Yes, even though this is a savory dish, nutmeg and… continue reading roasted butternut squash and sweet potato quesadillas. | 9 Comments

bourguignon minus the boeuf.

Posted in cooking and recipes, French, Our Favorites!, Tali, vegetarian on October 16th, 2009 by tali – 3 Comments

DSC01910I've been a vegetarian for about 20 years now, and I never really feel like I'm missing out on amazing food.  Sometimes though, I get a little sad when I think that I'm missing out on certain types of classical cooking.  I feel like making certain foods is some sort of a rite of passage for people who cook, and there are certain foods that I just don't make.  Beef is one of them.  And after seeing the movie Julie and Julia, I decided that "boeuf bourguignon" is one of those "rite of passage" foods that I'll never make.  

I became curious though, and googled Julia Child's boeuf bourguignon recipe.  As I read through the ingredients and instructions, my… continue reading bourguignon minus the boeuf. | 3 Comments

gotta try this “fry!”

Posted in American, cooking and recipes, Our Favorites!, sides, snacks, Tali, vegetarian on September 23rd, 2009 by tali – 8 Comments
So, I've heard about people making "fried chicken" by baking chicken on a rack in the oven, but never really thought about it too much since I don't eat chicken.   Today, as I was thinking of how to make healthy french fries, a lightbulb went off and I thought I'd try baking the fries on a rack in the oven.  I was AMAZED!  You've gotta try this.   DSC01557 "Fries": potatoes (I used yukon gold and russet - I left the skin on the yukon gold) non-stick cooking spray salt, pepper, anything else you'd want to season your fries with! Preheat the oven to 400. Slice the potatoes into strips (you can keep them as thick as you like your fries; but the thinner the strips, the… continue reading gotta try this "fry!" | 8 Comments

yummy in my tummy chicken pot pie

Posted in American, chicken, cooking and recipes, Our Favorites!, Tudy on September 22nd, 2009 by tudy – 23 Comments
While the weather may still be a little warm in California, I decided to make one of my most comforting one pot meals, chicken pot pie! 076085 My recipe for chicken pot pie is truly good for you because it contains no oil or butter and is packed with vitamins and proteins. Best of all, each individual chicken pot pie has less than 6 grams of fat, compared to a normal pot pie that usually has over 30 grams of fat! Ingredients 3 6oz. skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into ½ inch chunks 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables composed of carrots, green beans, corn, and peas 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/3 cup all purpose flour 1 ½ cups chicken broth 1… continue reading yummy in my tummy chicken pot pie | 23 Comments

lentil soup for the soul.

Posted in cooking and recipes, Middle Eastern/Indian, Our Favorites!, soups, Tali, vegetarian on September 18th, 2009 by tali – 4 Comments
What's more comforting than a big bowl of soup?  DSC00737 I'm in New York visiting my family for the week, and today was one of those great days in New York when the weather is supposed to be terrible, but then ends up being kind of fantastic.  It was supposed to rain, but instead it was just chilly enough for a sweater and boots.  Perfect day for a big bowl of soup!  Which is all I craved all day.   This lentil soup is fantastic.  It doesn't require any oil/fat/added sugar, and it's incredibly easy to throw together.  AND it's so delicious that Jordan actually requested I make it for our last anniversary dinner -

stuff yourself!

Posted in cooking and recipes, Greek, Our Favorites!, sides, Tali, vegetarian on September 10th, 2009 by tali – 2 Comments
We stayed at the cutest little hotel in Santorini, called Anemomilos, and they had a restaurant where I ate the BEST stuffed tomatoes ever.  I've been thinking about them since getting back to the U.S., and I finally decided to take a stab at a healthy version since Tudy was coming over right around lunch time :)  This recipe uses brown rice, two tablespoons of olive oil and a few pinches of brown sugar - not bad!  It's also so incredibly versatile that I'm tempted to make it every night for the next week.  I added in some bell peppers (because I had some left over) and chopped walnuts for texture (and omega-3s), but I think this would be delicious with just about anything you can think of