Monthly Archives: July 2015

Caprese Chicken with Salad

This is really easy – just what I came up with for a healthy dinner after we got home from a heavy-eating weekend in Pittsburgh.


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Cajun Chicken Pasta

This Pioneer Woman recipe was a huge hit (though it made a TON). My main changes (I’m including the original recipe) was that I used leftover Peruvian chicken for the meat, and subbed some zoodles for a portion of the pasta. The Peruvian chicken (plus using stock made from it and some smoked wing carcasses) added a little extra smokiness.


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Chicken Picatta Meatballs

These were ok. I wouldn’t pick them over traditional chicken piccata. But I had to use up some ground chicken so figured I’d experiment. I think they would have been better if I didn’t get home late – they were starting to break up when we ate.

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Shark Bites/Red Velvet Brownies

We’re watching Sharknado 3 tonight (possibly along with John’s shed-building buddies). Desserts need to be made.

These are just the red velvet brownies outlined below + a dab of cream cheese frosting + a shark gummy.


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Zucchini, Carrots and Mushrooms with Chinese “Brown Sauce”

I’ve had this Chinese stir-fry sauce bookmarked for like a year. I finally decided to put it to use on some vegetables I needed to use up. And it turned out so well! It particularly enhanced the zucchini, which I’m always a little picky about.


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Pasta with Sungold Tomatoes

My friend loves this recipe and I made it and really liked it, too! I doubled the recipe and swapped in some zucchini noodles, but otherwise just used this Mario Batali recipe. Just linking since I didn’t make changes (or take a photo).

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Recipe Variations for Potatoes, Zoodles and Burgers

This was how I used up a bunch of different leftovers and CSA ingredients:


Potato and Broccoli Mash with Caramelized Onions and Basil: 

The recipe: Becky’s Mashed Potatoes

The variation: Used fingerling potatoes and half a head of broccoli for the potatoes

Ingredients used: Leftover caramelized onions, CSA potatoes, broccoli and basil

Low Carb Pimento Cheese Burgers

The recipe: Bison Burgers and Pimento Cheese

The variation: Top bison burgers with pimento cheese while they’re cooking on the grill

Ingredients used: Leftover pimento cheese

Zoodles with Pesto

The recipe: Just the zoodle technique, tossed with pesto

Ingredients used: CSA zucchini tossed with a CSA ingredient pesto

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Taylor Ham Sliders

So easy! One of John’s favorite childhood foods (pork roll). This was our “red white and blue” breakfast on July 4.


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Sunday Gravy

SO GOOD. Just a great way to cook a bunch of meats all day and have it come together into a fabulous sauce. Serve over pasta.


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Asian Surf and Turf

This was kind of a random dinner combining steak with leftover shrimp in the freezer. Served with a riff on Ben’s cole slaw, which used kohlrabi, zoodles, carrots and snow peas instead of cole slaw mix.


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