Monthly Archives: June 2013

Lighter Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp scampi is one of those dishes I haven’t made in years, but I feel like I used to make it a lot at some point (maybe when I was single?). This recipe isn’t all that different from one I posted in 2008, but it’s a bit more precise and a bit healthier.

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Garlic Scape Pesto Kabobs

We always get a ton of garlic scapes in our CSA each year. Pesto’s a good way to use them up, and I also saw a website that used the tougher, straight ends as kabob skewers. I employed both techniques in this basic recipe.

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White Beans with Roasted Fennel

This turned out to be a really good use of CSA ingredients. I used this recipe as inspiration but changed it quite a bit. Pictured with prosciutto wrapped cod belly, always a good standby.

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Perfect Combos: Quinoa + Chicken Sybil

I sometimes think quinoa clashes with certain recipes (stir fry isn’t my favorite match), but I love it, so I get excited when it works. John found a good pairing last night when he made Chicken Sybil, a variation on this recipe with a bit of white wine and capers added to the mix. We had that with red quinoa and the whole thing was just really satisfying. Maybe creamier sauces cling to quinoa better? Something to think about.

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Turkey Meatball Banh Mi

Totally made this recipe up and am pretty happy with it! Decided to whip these up for my husband and his two friends who were doing work fixing our roof on Saturday. I actually used two packages of meat (1 ground turkey, 1 turkey breast) and then divided the mixture in half. Some were doctored up for the banh mi; others became Aunt Barb meatballs. If you’re only interested in the banh mi, feel free to just use ground turkey – the turkey breast dries out pretty easily, so I wouldn’t recommend only using that.

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What Dishes Do You Make The Most?

I’m not sure if anyone even reads my recipe blog regularly enough to comment, but I’m genuinely curious about this. I have a bad habit of always making new recipes rather than remaking our old favorites. I actually did something to try and stop this from happening all the time – I put a bunch of old favorites in a box and any time I was stumped for dinner or wanting something familiar, I’d draw a recipe out of the box and make that. But I’m curious what my friends’ old reliables are, too.

These are probably our most frequently-repeated dinners around here, though I’m sure I’m forgetting some.

Honey Wine Chicken Thighs  (really only in the summer when I’m using up lots of greens)
Some variation on milanese
Mandy’s Picatta
Chow Mein
Stir Fry or Ginger Scallion Noodles
Jack Daniels Chicken
Pork Nachos (mostly for entertaining)
Panzanella (in summer, for entertaining or bringing over someone’s house)
Turkey Meatballs (either with pasta or Aunt Barb style)
Veggie Stacker Sandwiches
Salad (Caesar, Greek, Pizzeria, Steak and Nicoise are among the favorites)
Low Carb Greek Burgers
Awesome Eggplant (as a side)
Stro-Hos
Chickpea Masala
Make Your Own Broccoli Pasta
Cheesy Rice
Viet Chicken Thighs
Spicy Chicken Thighs
Lemon Chicken and Beans with Pesto

It’s funny – we have fish night about once a week, but there’s no one fish recipe I find myself going back to the most.

These are ones we used to make a lot but have seem to have gotten out of the habit, for some reason
Paprikash
Inside Out Stuffed Peppers
Chicken and Rice with Mushrooms
Goat Cheese Chicken
Goulash (weird; looks like I don’t have John’s recipe online)
Tacos/Fajitas (we honestly still make tacos a lot but I try to do it less because neither of us are good at stopping eating tacos)
Dragon Stew
Curry Turkey Burgers
Beer Can Chicken
Tuna and White Beans
Sausage Bean Soup
Mandy’s Chicken Sausage Pasta
Bolognese
Chicken or Mushrooms Marsala
Pink Eyed Peas

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Shrimp Burgers

These were great, easy and really low cal. Based off of an ATK recipe, though I only used the recipe for the patties. Served open-face to save some carbs, with avocado, red onion, basil mayo and lettuce.

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