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Fresh Homemade Marinara Sauce

Fresh Homemade Marinara Sauce

Posted by Anthony on September 19, 2015 in Sauces


Serves: 6-8

Time: 2-3 hours

Difficulty: Medium

For quite some time, one of my culinary goals has been to make my own homemade pasta and fresh homemade marinara sauce. The trouble is that most of the “homemade” recipes for marinara sauce call for canned tomatoes, which in my mind isn’t truly and authentically homemade. Luckily, I came across a great recipe for Homemade Tomato Sauce that I ended up using. It took time and patience to prep and make, most notably when peeling and seeding the tomatoes. But I think that the end result was worth it. It’s 100% homemade (no canned tomatoes), healthy, and delicious. And it’s not only another check off of my list of culinary goals, but is also another addition to my 50 in 15 Challenge.

One thing that I must admit is that my first go-round making this sauce ended up being a bit bland, most likely because I used the smaller amounts of onion, garlic, and herbs, as listed in the ingredients list. It wasn’t by any means bad, but did result in me needing to add in some flavor after-the-fact with additional dried herbs and garlic powder.

If you’re in the mood for some amazing marinara sauce and want to spend some quality time in the kitchen with a bunch of fresh tomatoes and herbs, you’ll definitely want to try this recipe.

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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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Angel Hair Pasta Nests

Angel Hair Pasta Nests

Posted by Anthony on July 27, 2015 in Entree


Serves: 6 (two nests per serving)

Time: 45 mins

Difficulty: Easy

The other day, I was in the mood for pasta, but wanted to prepare and present it in a different way than normal. So I improvised upon a recipe I found for Angel Hair Pasta Nests to create this tasty and unique recipe. It offers a great alternative to regular angel hair pasta, and presents very well on the plate. (Oh, and it goes very well with a side of asparagus.) So if you’re looking for a delightful alternative for your next pasta dish, give this one a shot. You’ll be glad you did.

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Enchilada Casserole

Enchilada Casserole

Posted by Anthony on June 4, 2015 in Entree


Serves: 6-8

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

I was in the mood for some Mexican food the other day, and found a great, healthy, vegetarian- and vegan-friendly recipe for Enchilada Casserole from Forks Over Knives. It’s a new recipe, so I also used it as a chance to add to my 50 in 15 Challenge. Since it’s a casserole, it’s easier to make than needing to roll individual tortillas or make a separate sauce. The end result was pretty decent, though I realized that when I make it in the future, I need to add some more spices and/or ingredients (such as diced chiles, etc) to help boost the flavor a bit more. I’ve adjusted the recipe here to increase the amount of spices used, as the amount of spices used in the original recipe resulted in a middle-of-the-road flavor. No matter what amount of spice you like though, this recipe is definitely healthy, filling, and worth making.

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