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squash mac & cheese

In culinary experiments, easy weeknight meals, leftovers, lunch, side dishes on 01.29.12 at 3:32 pm

it’s mac & cheese sans mac. that’s right, folks. no-pasta mac & cheese. true story.

ever have one of those days when you’re really craving comfort food like mac & cheese, but that little voice in your head tells you that you should know better? well, you should know better… there are healthy options for mac & cheese. this is what i fondly refer to as ‘faux pasta’ — spaghetti squash! and it works great as a pasta substitute in this squash-infused ‘mac & cheese’…

the spaghetti squash:
– gently wash spaghetti squash since you’ll be cooking it with the rind
– cut spaghetti squash in half, along the vertical. gently scrape pulp and seeds using a fork.
– gently brush the squash w/ extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle w/ ground black peppercorns
– place squash halves in a microwave-safe dish (squash side down) with 1/2 cup of water and microwave squash for approx 12-15min
– allow to cool before handling. using a fork, the squash should ‘string’ out nicely just like spaghetti noodles. true story. :)

(tip: cooking time varies depending on your microwave. if the spaghetti squash is still firm to the rind and doesn’t easily ‘string’ out like spaghetti noodles, you’ll need to adjust the cooking time accordingly. if you’d rather roast your spaghetti squash in the oven instead, check out this recipe modification for roasted squash.)

prep ingredients:
– 1 link of landjäger smoked sausage (diced. this sausage was already cooked.)
– 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
– 1/4 cup queso fresco (grated, or use another variety of cheese that melts well, such as gouda, cheddar or gruyere)

make the mac:
combine the following ingredients in a microwave-safe dish:
– 1 cup leftover cooked spaghetti squash (divided)
– sprinkle panko breadcrumbs, landjäger smoked sausage and grated cheese (between layers of cooked spaghetti squash)
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– sprinkle remaining grated cheese for a melted topping
– warm up the squash mac & cheese for approx 2min in a microwave-safe dish, until cheese is melted.

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spicy chorizo & mushroom pizza

In appetizers, baking, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, leftovers, lunch, snacks, tapas on 11.17.11 at 10:19 pm

it doesn’t take much to convince me to add a little spicy chorizo to a dish. chorizo is one of those fool-proof ingredients that will perk up most any meal… breakfast, lunch or dinner. (believe me, i’ve tried!) though i have yet to see chorizo make an appearance in a dessert!

the spicy chorizo made this pizza really sing. easypeasy dinner and the leftover cold pizza was perfect for lunch the next day. no complaints here. :)

– preheat oven to 400F

prep the dough:
– sprinkle some whole-wheat flour on a clean surface before rolling out the fresh pizza dough (i bought some fresh from the bakery.)
– using a rolling pin, flatten out the dough into a thin, round pie
– sprinkle some more flour on the dough pie, flip over before applying the rolling pin again
– place the prepped dough pie on a pizza stone (at room temperature) or a lightly-greased, round baking pan

prep the toppings:
– 5-6 slices of spicy chorizo (thinly sliced rounds)
– 3-4 crimini mushrooms (sliced)
– 1 sprig of green onions (rooted stems removed, rough chop into sliced rounds)
– fresh mozzarella (grated)

prep the pie:
– spread 2 tbsp plain, low-fat greek yogurt evenly on pizza dough
– lightly drizzle hot sauce
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– add spicy chorizo, then green onions & mushrooms
– sprinkle mozzarella (grated) evenly over toppings
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eyeball & spider pizza

In appetizers, baking, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, lunch, snacks, tapas on 10.30.11 at 10:08 pm

i spy… creepy crawlies on my pizza! this ghoulish dish will have your little goblins coming back for more. happy halloween!

with a little creativity — and some salami, olives, fennel and a dash of hot sauce — you too can dish up some creepy eyeballs & crawly spiders on your pizza! this spookacular snack was adapted from a recipe for eyeball pizza in eat in magazine. i added in the ‘crawly spiders’ for good measure… bwahaha!

thanks to fellow foodie blogger, sumptuous spoonfuls, for sharing the halloween fun!

– preheat oven to 400F

prep the dough:
– sprinkle some whole-wheat flour on a clean surface before rolling out the fresh pizza dough (i bought some fresh from the bakery.)
– using a rolling pin, flatten out the dough into a thin, round pie
– sprinkle some more flour on the dough pie, flip over before applying the rolling pin again
– place the prepped dough pie on a pizza stone (at room temperature) or a lightly-greased, round baking pan

prep the toppings:
– 1 cup salami (sliced rounds, casing removed)
– 3/4 cup sicilian olives (pitted, halved along the bottom)
– 1/4 cup raw fennel (thinly sliced)
– 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (grated)
– 1/4 cup fresh italian parsley (stems removed)

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