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Skillet Broccoli Shells and Cheese

Skillet Broccoli Shells and Cheese

Posted by Anthony on September 14, 2015 in Entree


Serves: 6

Time: 35-45 min

Difficulty: Easy

While at the grocery store a few weeks ago, I picked up the September issue of Cooking Light magazine, being intrigued by the cover photo of  “One-Pan Broccoli-Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese”. Knowing that my wife loves mac and cheese (and bacon), I knew I had to give the recipe a try. I modified the recipe a bit to suit my needs — most notably leaving the bacon off of my serving (since I’m vegetarian). Also, I used vegetable stock rather than chicken stock, and opted to use whole-grain shells rather than macaroni, because let’s be honest… macaroni is such a cliché pasta.

To say that I was pleased with the end result would be an understatement. Both my wife and I immediately fell in love with this dish, despite both of us being tentative about how the inclusion of butternut squash puree would play out. But in the end, I’d definitely make this recipe again. It was a fantastic, warm, and flavorful comfort food, perfect for a chilly September football Saturday dinner after watching our University of Michigan Wolverines win their home opener against Oregon State. And it was yet another great addition to my 50 in 15 Challenge.

If you’re looking for a slightly lighter and healthier homemade “mac” and cheese recipe, give this one a shot. You’ll be glad you did!

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Vegetable Sushi Rolls

Vegetable Sushi Rolls

Posted by Anthony on September 4, 2015 in Entree, Side


Serves: 5 Rolls

Time: 1–1.5 hrs

Difficulty: Medium

Today, I was really craving some vegetable sushi rolls. As it happened, I had some spare time in the evening, and being in an experimental mood (and wanting an additional recipe for my 50 in 15 Challenge), I decided to try my hand at making some myself. I had absolutely no idea where to start, so I did what 99% of people do — I turned to Google. Luckily, I found a lot of websites that had step-by-step instructions for how to make sushi rolls. The one I ended up using as my go-to guide was Vegetarian Sushi for Beginners: How to Create a Basic Sushi Roll. While I stuck to the instructions religiously, I did make one change as I swapped out the cream cheese for asparagus. But other than that, I did everything the same.

I must admit that I was hesitant to try my hand at sushi. For one, I didn’t have a bamboo rolling mat, and ended up using a piece of wax paper instead. Also, I’m notorious for over-filling dishes that get wrapped or rolled, like burritos, ravioli, calzones, etc. Despite any hesitation and fear that I had going in, I must say that after all was said and done, I was absolutely floored with the result. It took time and patience to make these rolls, but it was definitely worth it. They are flavorful and delicious, and are a great healthy meal (or side). If you’re a fan of sushi, give these a try. I think you’ll be pleased with the results!

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Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Posted by Anthony on September 4, 2015 in Snack


Time: 5 min (active), 30 min (inactive)

Difficulty: Easy

While perusing on Flipboard the other day, I came across an article for 5 Healthy Vegetarian Snacks to Serve on Labor Day. In the process of skimming over the article, I saw a recipe for these Spicy Roasted Chickpeas and knew I had to make them right away. Not only were they super-easy to make, but they indeed proved to be a delicious, crunchy, and healthy snack option. The next time you’re in the mood for a crunchy snack, whip up a batch (or three) of these. You’ll be glad you did!

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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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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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