Saucy

I’m so sick of the typical red sauce in pasta dishes. Legit I get acidity these days from eating too many tomato based sauces so I figured I would try and mix it up in case anyone else out there is just as over it as me. I wanted to do an alfredo like sauce but hopefully keep it figure friendly as well. Luckily there are so many skinny variations out there in the world wide web and I found this yummy cauliflower based one! I legit roast cauliflower on the reg and even make the Indian sabzi version of it all the time so now thatI can utilize it in one more way is #winning in itself. Anyway, next carb craving try this sauce over marinara and don’t tell me if your pasta doesn’t sing!

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower (approx. 450g)
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic (ok I did 3 obvi)
  • 1 tbsp. of butter
  • 5 cups or 1.2 L of broth (chicken is what I did but vegetable is fine)
  • 3/4 cup of milk (or almond milk)
  • 1/2 tsp of salt (I added a pinch of black pep too).

Cut the onion & garlic into thin slices and sauté in butter for about 20 minutes or until caramelized. Boil the cut up cauliflower florets until tender in the broth (Save a 1/2 to 3/4 cup for the sauce) . Combine milk, broth, cauliflower, and veggies and blend until smooth. I added a tbsp. of grated pecorino romano because sauce should have cheese IMO.

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FYI makes about 3 cups of sauce.

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Tip: If sauce is too thick, loosen with broth when reheating.

Happy Eating, XO

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Takeout Timeout

Guys, who doesn’t love some Sunday night lo mein or kung pao chicken. However, after eating like crap all weekend or spending too much money going out it may be best to just cook your Chinese take out staple at home. It is a lot healthier and tends to be more wallet friendly as well. I hooked up some stir fry and fried rice for the boyfriend and I last weekend, it was tre yum. Check out the fried rice recipe below and see if you enjoy it as much as we did.

  • 1/2 cup mirepoix mix (pre diced celery, onions, & carrots. You can obviously do this yourself but its just more time away from laying on the couch and watching football).
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper to taste (I would add at the end only because soy sauce, even the low sodium stuff is pretty salty tasting so you don’t want to over season).
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger paste (if you don’t have garlic or ginger paste, the powder would work too)
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sambal oelek (it’s an Asian chili oil but a few squirts of siriacha would do if you didn’t have any)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup boiled rice
  • 1 tbsp. butter (I add it just at the end, before serving. It melts into the rice and adds a nice soft texture to the dish, but feel free to leave out).

Heat the oil on high in pan or wok, while cooking the veggies, paste & spices. Don’t add the rice or soy sauce just yet. Cook till translucent/tender. Then crack the two eggs into the hot oil, veggie, spice mixture. Start scrambling, this is when you add the rice to incorporate everything together. Lower heat and stir in the chili oil & soy sauce.

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It came out so legit, I didn’t even miss having a post meal fortune cookie. I may permanently be on a time out from my take out spot.

Happy Eating, XO.

Sweatpants Casserole

Now that its legit creeping into Winter from Fall we need some oven friendly meals to not only warm up our kitchens, but also our bellies. This is the perfect Sunday night dinner because it makes a large quantity for whomever you have over for football or its great as leftovers for work the next day. Its cozy, creamy, cheesy and just so flavorful. Its perfect to eat with a warm pair of sweats. Let’s face it, sweat pants hide everything and after eating this decadent casserole, a forgiving pair of pants will be a need more than a want. Goes well with the food coma you will have after this heavy meal. I was gluttonous enough to pair it with meatloaf. Such a perfect dinner!

  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 28 oz. bag of shredded has browns, thawed
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 20 oz. can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 packet of dried ranch mix
  • 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • s&p to taste
*I did a few dashes of hot sauce as well
**Optional for topping the casserole is French’s fried onions, adds a nice crunch & flavor, but breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes would work fine
Sautee the onions, garlic, salt & pepper with a little bit of butter until translucent. Mix the sour cream, ranch mix, soup, cheddar, potatoes, and onion mixture. Smooth out an even layer in a nonstick pan and spread with hot sauce and fried onions to taste.
Bake at 350 degree’s for 50-60 minutes based on depth of your pan & layer of cheesy potatoes.
Happy Eating, XO.

Football Food

I am having everyone over next week for the kick off of Football Season! Also happens to be a Steeler game, how convenient! Anyway, I was making my list of usual suspects on what I wanted to serve during the game – I had my pumpkin muffins, pizza rolls, and a few others on the list of what to buy at the store when I realized I needed a few more hearty items to serve outside of the dips and snack foods I normally make. That’s when I got down to the buffalo chicken meatballs. Easy and filling. After all, this is hardly the time to eat the fruits and salads we have been noshing on all summer. You don’t feel guilty because its ground chicken, but you are also not starving by half time. GOOO PITTSBURGH!!

Meatballs:
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 cup of the mirepoix mix I use in the meatloaf recipe too. (just finely diced celery and onions is fine also, I’m just lazy)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder (Again adjust to your taste preference)
Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2-3/4 cup of hot sauce (Frank’s or Cholula work best)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. dry ranch seasoning

In a medium sauce pot, combine the chicken bone broth, hot sauce, and ranch seasoning (place on the stove for later use). Mix together the ground chicken, veggies, and spices until combined. Form into meatballs (approximately 20 small meatballs). Heat 1-2 tbsp. of oil in a large skillet, over medium-high heat. Sear the meatballs for 6-8 minutes, turning the meatballs for an even sear. While the meatballs are searing, bring the hot sauce mixture to a boil and allow to cook until it has reduced by half and thickened (about 6-8 minutes) Add the sauce to the meatballs after they have been seared and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.

I am making these next week for the party so keep an eye out on our Instagram page (@damndelish) to see how they turn out!

Happy Eating, XO.

Greek Bake

We’ve all been there – those nights where you just don’t know what to make but have a ton of seemingly random things in the pantry. Not to mention those fresh herbs in the fridge that are about to go bad. Well, you know us a little by now, and we almost (read: almost) like those kinds of nights because that’s when we have to get creative with our recipes. Just like this one. We love our “toss ’em together” recipes that leave just enough cooking time in the oven to go peel off the work clothes and settle in with a nice glass (read: bottle) of wine.
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey (or chicken or lamb, knock yourself out)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ tsp ground oregano
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cup cooked brown rice (I had some white leftover from a fish & rice I had made the night before, works just as well)
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese, divided (I did the feta with the Mediterranean herbs, but plain feta works as well)
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the onion and ground turkey. Cook, breaking up the turkey with a wooden spoon, until the turkey is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, and cook for 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes, bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the cooked rice, ¼ cup of the feta cheese and the parsley. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and top with the remaining feta cheese. Bake until bubbling, about 20 minutes.

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Happy Eating, XO.