Archive for August, 2015

Roasted Brussel Sprout & Balsamic-Glazed Onion Pizza

Roasted Brussel Sprout & Balsamic-Glazed Onion Pizza

Posted by Anthony on August 18, 2015 in Entree


Difficulty: Medium

I love making homemade pizza. It is infinitely better than “fast food” pizza from one of the big chains. And it affords me the chance to not only spend some quality time in the kitchen (or outside with the grill) and even experiment with different topping combinations. Well this past Sunday night — quasi-officially known as “Pizza Night” at our house — I was inspired to attempt a new kind of pizza. I had a few brussel sprouts on hand from earlier in the week, and decided to try a bold and flavorful combination of roasted brussel sprouts and onions in a balsamic vinegar reduction. I had no idea how it would turn out, but in the end, I was pleasantly surprised with the result. It was a bold pizza to be sure, but was also delightfully flavorful. And even though I’m no newbie to pizza, I decided that this exploration of a new combo of toppings warranted an entry into my 50 in 15 Challenge.

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Breakfast Bread Bowls

Breakfast Bread Bowls

Posted by Anthony on August 15, 2015 in Breakfast


Serves: 2

Time: 15 min (active), 25 min (inactive)

Difficulty: Easy

My wife shared a video for breakfast bread bowls with me the other day, and I knew I had to try them immediately. I’m not entirely sure of the source of the video, as it was posted and re-posted on Facebook by many people. Be that as it may, these savory bowls are pretty easy to make, and are very flexible when it comes to fillings. Be forewarned: These bowls are dangerously delicious. You will want to make them again and again!

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Vegetarian Jambalaya

Vegetarian Jambalaya

Posted by Anthony on August 15, 2015 in Entree


Serves: 6-8

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

The other day, I had a strong desire to make something with a little kick. I realized that I haven’t had jambalaya in a while, and wanting to try a homemade version of the popular Louisiana Creole dish that I could count toward my 50 in 15 Challenge, I found a couple of recipes that I fused together to suit my liking. One caveat was that since I’m now vegetarian, I had to substitute out the traditional meat (chicken or sausage) for some vegetarian sausage, which I didn’t mind at all. The end result was a delightful dish that had the perfect amount of spiciness . So if you’re in the mood for something with a bit of kick, give this recipe a shot.

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Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Puffs)

Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Puffs)

Posted by Anthony on August 8, 2015 in Side


Serves: 12

Time: 10 min (active), 20 min (inactive)

Difficulty: Easy

The other night, I was in the mood for some culinary exploration, and decided to do a “small plates” meal for my wife and I. While searching for ideas and inspiration, I stumbled upon a recipe for Pao de Queijo on the Spice or Die website. Admittedly, I had never even heard of Pao de Queijo. But after reading the post and recipe on Spice or Die, I knew I had to give the recipe a whirl. The end result was nothing short of phenomenal. Each puff was light, airy, and deliciously cheesy. If you’re looking for a nice light and cheesy side dish and/or appetizer for your next meal, look no further. This one is a definite winner!

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Peach, Cucumber, and Barley Salad

Peach, Cucumber, and Barley Salad

Posted by Anthony on August 7, 2015 in Entree


Serves: 10-12

Time: 20 min (active), 35 min (inactive)

Difficulty: Easy

A few days ago, I was in the mood for a good, light, summery recipe, and a new one that I could add to my 50 in 15 Challenge. I turned to one of my favorite go-to recipe books, Good Housekeeping 400 Calorie Meals, and found this recipe for Peach, Cucumber, and Barley Salad. I served it over shredded lettuce, which proved to be a nice touch. So if you’re in the mood for a great little summery salad with flavors of fresh produce, give this a whirl. You’ll be glad you did!

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