July 7, 2015

Spicy Sausage Pasta

Nick is Italian by blood and I'm Italian by marriage and it reflects in our eating habits. We love a rich pasta sauce poured over perfectly al dente pasta. I have been buying organic, Italy-imported pasta from Whole Foods in all sorts of fun shapes. Not only do I feel better eating carbs when they're organic and non-gmo, but Italian imported pasta also comes in more fun shapes.

This sauce has a lot of spice and flavor due to the wine and spicy sausage but it doesn't require a long cooking time to build richness. Nick said it was his favorite pasta I've made. I loved it a lot too (also because it has carrots, one of my favorite parts of a pasta sauce) but I think I prefer Ina Garten's weeknight bolognese sauce.

Weeknight Salmon Recipes: Salmon Teriyaki and Blackened Salmon Tacos

I generally don't like eating fish but feel like I've been eating way too much red meat lately (burgers, pasta sauce, and enchilada fillings all use my favorite meat type - ground beef - which is cheap yet flavorful) so I am trying to incorporate it more often into our weekly menu. One of my favorite simple dishes is salmon teriyaki (I often get it if I'm at a sushi place for lunch and its part of a special, which it often is) and making it at home is quite simple and delicious. With some rice and fresh cucumbers, it's a less than 20-minute meal that hits the spot!

The second dish is a simple taco recipe with homemade avocado salsa. I generally like mahi mahi for fish tacos but the salmon was a nice change! Salmon always taste a bit too salmon-y for me (I know, stating the obvious but white fish tends to be less fishy for some reason) but the salsa cut or complimented the flavor of the salmon nicely. 

I admit I've been in a recipe planning rut lately. I realized that even though I try a new recipe almost every night, my preferences are pretty narrow. I make pizza, pasta, burgers, enchiladas, tacos, burrito bowls, and Asian rice bowls and noodle dishes. But there's much more out there and I need to branch out! Help me!

July 3, 2015

Almond Cake with Roasted Strawberries

Happy 4th of July weekend!!  I'm so excited to spend the weekend road tripping to Arizona, hanging out and eating with family, and just resting. I don't feel particularly tired but the prospect of a slow weekend in the heat sounds oddly appealing right now.

I knew I had to leave you with a fun Fourth of July recipe and boy will you love this one! It's gluten free (almond flour only), uses olive oil (no butter) and honey (no sugar), and still tastes like a fluffy, lightweight gingerbread -Cookie-flavored, angel-food-cake-fluffy cake. Quite possibly the best gluten free cake I've made besides a flourless chocolate one. The roasted strawberries (and rhubarb, which I skipped because I'm not a big fan of) on top give it just the right amount of extra sweetness :)

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