Just For Fun
Spicy Vodka Pasta
Pastel de Papa (Potato and Ground Beef Pie)
Mendo’s Signature Curried Couscous Recipe
The Best Burrata
Pappardelle A La Fiesolana
Animal Style Double Double
Tasty Asian-Style Noodles
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Carne Asada Nachos
Spicy Miso Carbonara
Miso Glazed Cod
Spicy Miso Shrimp
Mustard Baked Chicken
Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Asian Marinated Chicken
Black Bean Burgers
3 Ingredient Healthy Cookies
Wasabi Tahini Chicken Salad
Coconut-Miso Salmon Curry
Spicy Tomato Sauce
Meatballs & Polenta
La Scala's Italian Chopped Salad
Jalapeño Turkey Burgers
Sweet Potato Wedges
Cacio e Pepe
Banana Nutella Cake
Veggie Chorizo Taco Salad
Thai Basil Stir Fry w/ Fried Rice and Chicken
Sesame & Herb Salad
Garlic Rosemary Naan
Guacamole with Toasted Cumin Seeds
Chicken Breast Tenders with Turmeric and Lime
Chicken Miso Meatballs
The Best Breakfast Sandwich Sauce
Chicken Panang Curry
Sheet-Pan Baked Feta
Seared Scallops With Jammy Cherry Tomatoes
Baked Crab Dip
Pasta with Chicken, Sun-dried Tomatoes, and Mushrooms
Avocado Cream Sauce/Pesto Hybrid
Spicy Peanut and Pumpkin Soup
Red Lentil Soup With Lemon
Miracle Noodles Pad Thai
Spaghetti Squash Vegan "Bolognese"
Crockpot Chipotle Chicken
Chocolate Lava Cake
Vodka Sauce Pizza
Homemade Romesco Sauce
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms
Black Bean Soup
Rigatoni With White Bolognese
Homemade Empanada Dough
Spicy Thai Chicken Pizza
Slow Cooker Chicken with 20 Cloves of Garlic
Elote-Jalapeño Cornbread Pancakes
Slow Cooker Turmeric Lentil Stew
Slow Cooker Salmon Potato Soup
Caramelized Shallot Pasta
Strawberry Loaf Cake
Pot o Gold Cupcakes
Slow Cooker Chickpea, Red Pepper and Tomato Stew
Beef EmpanadasAn Argentinian staple that I find is better home made over store bought, every single time. The perfect crowd pleaser for every potluck or just to enjoy at home! You can always swap the beef for ground turkey as a healthier option. Filling can be repurposed to make delicious sloppy joes as well!
Spicy Vodka PastaPasta with a ton of heavy cream, what's not to love? Ironically this recipe does not include vodka.
Mendo’s Signature Curried Couscous RecipeIf you've ever been to Mendocino Farms, you likely are familiar with their iconic curry couscous. I was missing this dish a lot during quarantine, but I found a way to make it at home :)
The Best BurrataSo easy and delicious and I never feel like I get this generous a portion of cheese when I get this dish at a restaurant
Pappardelle A La FiesolanaOne of my favorite dishes and a must-have whenever I visit NYC. This isn't quiiite as good as Bar Pitti, but it's definitely a fun crowd pleaser that doesn't dissapoint
Chocolate Chip CookiesOriginal recipe from Tasty. Making slight changes every time to make my own :)
Carne Asada NachosOriginal recipe taken and adapted from my college campus' Mexican place, Sunset Cantina in Boston
Banana BreadOriginal recipe courtesy of Chrissy Teigen. Making slight changes every time to make my own :)
Spicy Miso CarbonaraMy only change to Chrissy's original is more bacon. We made it her way the first time and thought it could have used more
FalafelSuuuuuch good falafel. Better than anything store bought. Recipe makes a LOT of falafel, so I would recommend frying as many falafel patties as you want for one meal, and then refrigerate or freeze the rest of mixture. Fry them fresh when you want them next :)
Miso Glazed CodA delicious (semi) healthy dinner. Personally I don't choose fish as my protein unless it's sushi, but I can get behind this dish! Calorie Estimate: 268 (including well seasoned broccolini and zucchini)
HummusSuper simple and much more fresh than anything from a store in my opinion. This one, too, is a work in progress. Playing around with proportions and adding new ingredients each time.
Butter ChickenOriginal recipe from Chrissy Teigen with a slight twist! First time I made this it was delicious. Second time not as amazing (but still good). It wasn't as thick and I think there was too much cream so I change the recipe from 1.5 cups to 1 cup of cream to try next time and see.
Spicy Miso Shrimpa super simple way to add a ton of low-calorie flavor to your shrimp or any protein
Turkey Lettuce WrapsAsian-inspired healthy dinner option that can be thrown into the weekly rotation, yet still be a crowd pleaser at a dinner party!
Black Bean BurgersSuch an easy and flavorful recipe! I plan to make this as a healthy weekday lunch or dinner option once a week from now on Calorie Estimate: 369 (lettuce wrapped, with sweet potato wedges and aioli)
Wasabi Tahini Chicken Saladan interesting asian-style twist on a traditional Waldorf chicken salad!
Coconut-Miso Salmon CurryA light and easy dinner to spice up a weeknight or to make if you're entertaining!
Spicy Tomato SauceA healthier alternative to store-bought tomato sauce that's so, so simple to make and delish!
Meatballs & PolentaI was craving meatballs and didn't want to have pasta in the middle of the week, so I decided to pair with polenta and its creaminess worked perfectly!
RisottoAn Italian classic that I tackled at home for they very first time. Excited to perfect it change up the toppings
Jalapeño Turkey BurgersSo flavorful and healthy. The perfect way to spice up a weeknight dinner and save leftover for lunch the next day! Calorie Estimate (including buffalo cauliflower as a side and aioli on the lettuce "bun"): 306
Poke BowlsMaking a poke bowl yourself is honestly so much more satisfying than getting one at a restaurant. You also pretty much get twice as much food for the price this way. This is a fun weeknight dinner that leaves us with leftovers for lunch the next day
Cacio e PepeOne of the most basic Italian dishes that I never order at a restaurant because I feel like it's not "complex" enough. But TRUST that it's so, so good and will please any dinner guest
Banana Nutella CakeNot my favorite. I think the recipe has a lot going on that doesn't necessarily mesh. I want to finesse this next time i make it. UPDATE - I mashed up what was left of the cake and poured in a little bit of almond milk to make it moist, and turned them into cake pops and they are pretty tasty....Form the mashed up former cake into little balls, and freeze for an hour. Take out and let soften, then heat Nutella in microwave for about 30 seconds. Dip popsicle sticks into Nutella then poke into your ball and then coat the entire ball in the Nutella. Let set for a few mins and enjoy. Can keep in the fridge for several days. Much better than its original cake form.
Veggie Chorizo Taco SaladHonestly tastes almost exactly like Mendo's salad, despite that I use Morningstar rather than Impossible Chorizo, and that I winged the dressing recipe since they don't share it. A hearty salad to spice up any weeknight or a great appetizer/side salad if you're having company. Calorie Estimate: 497
Chana MasalaI'm usually very skeptical to a vegetarian or vegan meal, because I'm so used to eating meat. But this was delicious and I didn't feel like there was something missing. It was also so simple to make and packed a ton of flavor. Calorie Estimate: 449
Thai Basil Stir Fry w/ Fried Rice and ChickenOk fair warning that this recipe is SPICY. I learned it in a cooking class with the head chef of my favorite Thai place in LA (Jitlada). But the beauty that I learned in that class, is that stir fry isn't a science....and it's pretty damn easy. So take this recipe as a starting point and mold it to your palette. Scale back on the thai chili, add/subtract bell peppers and onions, swap serrano pepper for a jalapeño. Or make it veggie by using tofu instead of chicken. The world is your stir fry oyster. Calorie Estimate: 397
Sesame & Herb SaladI was a bit skeptical when I saw a salad with a base of entirely cilantro. But it is sooo fresh and goes really well with a fatty fish. So fresh! If you don't want only cilantro you can do half and half with parsley or throw some dill or mint in the mix, but the key is to use 3 cups of herbs.
Garlic Rosemary NaanTruly never need to buy frozen naan again. This is so easy and there are so many ways to change up the flavors. Infuse the oil with herbs of your choice and switch up the garlic with minced jalapeño or meat. Can't wait to make this again!
Guacamole with Toasted Cumin SeedsSo I was cooking for company one day and for the main course I was making a curry. I wanted to make an appetizer that followed the Indian theme and I didn't feel like making samosas. I came across this recipe on NYT Cooking and it sounded perfect. While it's still pretty similar to tradition guac, and I wouldn't quite call this an Indian dish, adding the toasted cumin and subbing the tortilla chips for pita chips/naan made it make sense for our meal. Highly recommend it if you are bored of your usual guac!
Chicken Breast Tenders with Turmeric and LimeThe marinade is good as an option for a weeknight chicken and veggies. The yogurt sauce puts it over the edge! So good, and pretty healthy. Calorie Estimate (with veggies): 354
The Best Breakfast Sandwich SauceI whipped up this aioli by grabbing everything that was in our fridge at an Airbnb to make a sauce to go with eggs that Jackson made. I totally winged it but we were both shocked at how good it is and I wrote down everything I used. I need to figure out the right proportions and I'll update this once I do, but part of the fun is playing with it so it's slightly different every time. We used this sauce in place of hollandaise on Eggs Benedict and low key never need hollandaise again...
Chicken Panang CurryOne of my favorite curries to order at Thai restaurants, but I find that it's very inconsistent from place to place, so I took it into my own hands. In researching recipes, I found out why it's so inconsistent from restaurant to restaurant...there doesn't seem to be one right way to make this. People vary the amount of coconut milk and curry paste by A LOT, and there's ingredients like peanut butter, ginger, and corn starch that some people use and some people don't. So this is definitely a WIP recipe, but we were pretty happy with it. The one thing you need in order to make a Panang truly taste like a Panang, is the Kaffir Lime Leaves. You'll probably need to go to an Asian market to find it, but it's definitely worth it. Might want to try this with chicken thigh instead of breast next time.
Sheet-Pan Baked FetaA recipe I was dying to make for months from NYT Cooking, but couldn't because Jackson isn't the biggest fan of cheese, and obviously feta is the star here. Then it dawned on me that tofu could be a good replacement for the feta so I basically split the sheet pan into his and hers and nestled the tofu and feta on our respective sides. If you don't need the tofu, just double the amount of feta :) Calorie estimate (with couscous): 468. Without the grains, this is under 300 cals per serving!
Seared Scallops With Jammy Cherry TomatoesCan't emphasize how good this dish is. Pretty simple and so fresh and yummy. Original recipe calls for basil and mint garnish at the end, but I thought the mint didn't go well, so I omitted it from my recipe.
Pasta with Chicken, Sun-dried Tomatoes, and MushroomsGrowing up, this was one of my favorite dishes from Grand Lux Cafe. For some reason, I totally forgot about it for about a decade, and randomly one day was craving it. Couldn't find a recipe online so I analyzed a picture of the dish to try and figure out what was in it. The dish can definitely be improved upon, but it was a pretty good start.
Avocado Cream Sauce/Pesto HybridTruly an experiment! My plan was to make an avocado cream sauce, but I had a bunch of basil so I fused the recipe I had in mind with a pesto.
Miracle Noodles Pad ThaiI recently discovered Shirataki noodles and I still think they are too good to be true. They are like 10 calories and actually taste like noodles, unlike spaghetti squash or zoodles. This tasted indulgent but was overall a pretty damn healthy meal. Definitely one that I want to riff on and incorporate into the weeknight dinner rotation.
Spaghetti Squash Vegan "Bolognese"Another easy weeknight meal that is healthy yet exciting. Despite the extensive time the squash takes to cook and how tedious it is to de-seed it, it's a fairly simple recipe.
Crockpot Chipotle ChickenI just got a Crockpot and I'm thrilled with how east it's made my cooking so far. Will definitely play with various chicken recipes and add more on here soon Can also be done with shrimp
Homemade Romesco SauceTrader Joe's makes a great Romesco Dip, but there's a special freshness to it when you make it yourself
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip CookiesThe pumpkin makes these super cakey. I like my plain chocolate chip cookies better but this is a really nice treat that I look forward to every fall
AligotCheesy mashed potatoes. What's not to love? You can simplify this recipe a lot by using store bought mashed potatoes instead of fresh ones. If you do that, just put a bit of butter to taste instead of all the butter the recipe calls for
Black Bean SoupLots of cook time but this is absolutely delicious. Going to try and adapt this recipe to a slow cooker and see how it goes
Spicy Thai Chicken PizzaThe origin of this pizza was Jackson's birthday when I offered him a three course meal of his choice. He really wanted my coconut miso salmon curry as the entree, but he also really wanted my vodka sauce pizza as the appetizer. Those don't really pair well, so I was tasked with coming up with a pizza that would go well with the curry. So I did some digging online, and found an article on SpicySouthernKitchen.com for a Thai Chicken Pizza (a dupe on the CPK version). I used that as my base, cross referenced a handful of other links, and of course put my own touch on it
Slow Cooker Chicken with 20 Cloves of GarlicThis tastes like a fancy dish you would get at a French bistro, but is incredibly simple to make with a crock pot. I am not a huge fan of chicken thigh, and definitely prefer boneless and skinless, but this dish really works the way it was written. Original recipe from NYT cooking
Elote-Jalapeño Cornbread PancakesThis is as good as it sounds! An exciting but simple breakfast option to spice up any weekend
Slow Cooker Salmon Potato SoupThis is melt in your mouth good. I don't think the slow cooker is really meant to cook seafood, but this one is an exception!
Caramelized Shallot PastaThis was incredible! Highly recommend using the leftover sauce (more of a paste) with eggs for breakfast the next day. Unreal. When you add pasta water and the sauce turns more liquidy, its very similar to Puttanesca, but the shallots make it different and more special
Lobster PizzaThis is just so good. I had a vision when I saw the lobster and I just went with it and it came out perfect! Would make the saucer a little less cheesy next time, but otherwise, it was perfect
Strawberry Loaf CakeThis randomly came to me when I had a whole carton of strawberries that looked like they were on their last leg, and a ton of leftover frosting from when I made cupcakes the week before. I basically referenced my banana bread and zucchini bread recipes and created a hybrid and added strawberries to it. Then I melted some of the leftover frosting I had and drizzled it on the top to be a sort of glaze. Had no idea how it was going to turn out but I absolutely loved it! Instead of the glaze next time, I may just incorporate white chocolate chips
Pot o Gold CupcakesA yummy St Patrick's Day treat We didnt love the "pot o gold" in the center but it may have been because of the sprinkles we ordered online. They were way too hard and crunchy. Next time may try stuffing them with lucky charms But honestly, the cupcake itself had really good flavor which I feel like is tough to achieve for a cupcake, and the frosting was unreal. Will probably try these again next year!
Slow Cooker Chickpea, Red Pepper and Tomato StewA great healthy weeknight option that is super easy to make, and Vegan! My only caveat is that the recipe makes soooo much food and I got a bit sick of this after my third day of eating it. Next time I may scale back on proportions.
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