I haven’t had many strange cravings during this pregnancy so far (except for maybe chocolate milk… but let’s be real, who doesn’t crave that normally?), but one thing I can say is that now that the weather is getting a tiny bit cooler, I want stew every night! Last week I made a crock pot minestrone stew that somehow didn’t make it onto the blog, and this week I wanted something spicy! Chana masala sounded really good.
Category: Main Dishes
Happy July! The summer is rolling in FAST and that means HOT. After spending our afternoon at an outdoors event last night, I was craving something cool and light. I had a few extra tomatoes on hand and some balsamic glaze that I had picked up at TJ’s (sample stand impulse buy, anyone?) so this salad basically made itself. I threw in some leftover corn from the other night and also some brown rice to bulk it up a bit.
On the fourth we will be driving up to Michigan where hopefully we’ll get a reprieve from the heat (or at least the humidity!) This summer has been especially bad so far- not sure if that’s pregnancy-related or if I’m just becoming a normal human being?
P.S. I started using my pregnancy pillow and at first I was like, “this thing is a monster, how do I even use it?” but once I got the hang of it, life = changed. Not sure Ben likes having something the size of another human being in our bed with us!
Ok, on to the recipe!
- 5 large tomatoes, chopped coarsely
- ¼ cup chopped basil (about 8 leaves)
- 8 oz mozzarella pearls
- 1 ear corn, cooked (or ½ cup corn kernels)
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
- 2-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp maple syrup or honey
- sea salt flakes
- black pepper
- optional: 1/3 cup cooked rice or other grain (I had leftover rice so just threw it in to sop up some of the dressing)
- optional: balsamic glaze
- In a large bowl, add tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, corn, and garlic.
- In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients (through pepper). Drizzle on salad and toss gently.
- Top with additional sea salt, pepper, and balsamic glaze!
Hope you enjoy!
Marrakesh Carrots with Cumin-Spiked Yogurt Sauce
Wow, it’s been a while! Just popping in for my (embarrassed to admit) FIRST post of 2018!
How is your year shaping up?
Now that it’s almost spring, I wanted to kick off the season with one of my newest favorites: Marrakesh carrots. I got the idea for this from a cookbook I got for my birthday last year called Bowl and Spoon, written by Sara Forte, the author of The Sprouted Kitchen blog. I guess I’ve had a thing for turmeric lately, because last week I made a version of my sister’s Moroccan Red Lentil Soup which has a ton of it. I swear every mixing spoon in my kitchen is now orange.
I mixed things up a little with this recipe, especially in the dressing, where I added in some tahini and red wine vinegar. Plus more spices because I can’t help it. Finished with a cumin-spiked yogurt sauce and feta.
You could serve this for lunch or as a side for dinner. The chickpeas and tahini dressing, plus the protein in the yogurt sauce, give it enough staying power for a meal. I also served ours with warm pita!
Hope you enjoy!
- 2 lbs whole carrots, rinsed thoroughly
- 1/2 red onion, chopped roughly
- 5-6 green onions
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup raisins
- For yogurt sauce (optional): Plain yogurt, lemon juice, cumin
- Chopped pistachios
- Crumbled feta
- Use food processor (shredding disc) to shred carrots. Set aside in a big bowl.
- In same food processor (S blade), pulse red onion, green onion, cilantro, and a drizzle of olive oil. Add chickpeas and pulse 2-3 times until roughly chopped. Add mixture to carrots.
- To make dressing, pulse together remaining ingredients and pour over salad.
- Stir in raisins and toss well.
- For yogurt sauce, whisk together 1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt, 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, and a pinch of cumin. Add water as needed to thin. Set aside.
- Chill salad until ready to serve, then top with yogurt sauce, chopped pistachios, feta, and more cilantro.
Have a great week!
Sweet Potato Crust Pizza
Recipe for crust adapted from pinch of yum’s 3 ingredient sweet potato crust pizza
Happy Halloween! This post has been a long time coming, but since I had an unexpected day at home today (read: possible fracture after dropping a cookie sheet on my toe yesterday morning), I thought it was time to finally get it up.
This sweet potato crust pizza is super easy and adaptable to whatever odds and ends you have on hand! I imagine it would be really tasty with pinch of yum’s BBQ toppings, or traditional marinara. I didn’t have either one available, so I chose a tahini dressing to drizzle over the top! I also topped it with some pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds I picked up at Trader Joe’s (don’t judge me- I didn’t realize they were PS until after I got home and PS is still NOT ok).
I like to serve a lil slice of this with some wilted spinach on the side. I imagine this would be perfect to serve before the kiddos leave for trick-or-treating tonight! Recipe below.
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 2/3 cup rolled oats
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- dash of paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- Toppings for pizza: e.g. mushrooms, spinach, beans, broccoli, mozzarella
- Tahini Dressing:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- squirt of red wine vinegar
- hot water to thin out
- Prepare crust:
- Place crust ingredients (diced sweet potatoes, through salt) in food processor and pulse until resembling a loose dough.
- Mix in 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.
- Press firmly and evenly in bottom of a lightly sprayed casserole dish (you could also use a pizza pan lined with parchment paper)
- Bake at 400 deg for 25-30 minutes until dry.
- Top with your favorite toppings and return to oven until tender.
- Cool and cut into squares. Serve with wilted spinach or a side salad w/ tahini dressing (whisk all dressing ingredients listed above)
(Note: Pinch of yum suggests inverting the crust after the first bake and baking it again, but that felt way too high maintenance to me so I decided to just bake it one-sided. The result was a little on the soft side, and would probably fall apart if you tried to pick it up like a piece of pizza. If that is really important to you, I’d suggest trying her method!)
Walnut Pesto Pasta Salad
Happy Labor Day! Will you be relaxing at home, or potluck-hopping your way through the day? We have a few get-togethers planned, one of which is a potluck, so I thought I’d give summer one last hurrah and whip up this pasta salad to bring.
I’m always looking for recipes that make perfect leftovers to last us throughout the week. Salads seem to do the trick because they are so versatile and last a long time! Ben has also been asking for more pasta recently, since he has started eating pescatarian with me.
I was so pleased with the way this salad came out. Homemade walnut pesto is the perfect dressing! Just don’t make the mistake I did of adding the pasta when it’s still too hot, otherwise it will just absorb all the pesto! Allow your pasta to cool to room temp first so you don’t have to make more pesto later.
You could also add black olives, salami or pepperoni to this salad and it would be even better!
- 3 cups fresh basil leaves
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 lemon
- 1 cup walnuts
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 box whole wheat rotini
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 red onion, minced
- 8 oz mini mozzarella balls (“perlines”)
- 1 bag chopped kale
- 1 cup frozen peas
- In a food processor, combine all ingredients for pesto except for the olive oil and vinegar. Pulse on high until roughly chopped, then drizzle in oil and vinegar until smooth. Add more water or oil if you like!
- Prepare pasta to al dente and drain, reserving 1 cup of the liquid.
- Return 1 cup pasta water to the pot and add kale. Bring to a boil then cover and reduce to low until kale is steamed. Remove from heat.
- Return pasta to pot and add tomatoes, red onion, mozzarella balls, and peas.
- When pasta has cooled, toss with pesto and serve!
Mediterranean Grain Bowl
- 1 cup quinoa or blend
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 2 green or red peppers, sliced
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 4 tbsp schawarma spice (2 tbsp ground coriander + 1 tsp each of cinnamon, cumin + 1/2 tsp each turmeric, ginger, black pepper)
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup kalamata olives, drained
- 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add 1 cup quinoa blend to 2 cups boiling water. Lower to simmer for 15 minutes and remove from heat.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high and add garlic, peppers, tomato, onion, and 2 tbsp schawarma spice. Cook until tender.
- Add juice of lemon, parsley, vinegar, olives, and 1 tbsp olive oil to bowl of a food processor. Pulse on high until roughly chopped.
- Add white beans and remaining schawarma spice, and pulse a few more times until chopped (you don’t want a paste!)
- In a large bowl, toss together warm quinoa, white bean mixture, and pepper and onion mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with roasted cauliflower, feta, and sliced avocado.