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Pistachio Pesto + Caprese Salad

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but we’ve had a pretty strong pasta theme going since we came back from the honeymoon. It’s become a Friday night tradition. And, I’ve had some requests for easier recipes…so allow me to introduce a delicious, easy to execute pesto pasta dish that you can throw together in less than 30 minutes. It also requires VERY little grocery shopping. You’re welcome!

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Hello, lover!

Bonus: I’m throwing in a caprese salad as an appetizer. This blog post is all about major flavor and minimal effort. Ask and you shall receive!

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Spicy Sweet Potato and Green Rice Bowls

Bowls, so hot right now. This recipe is a healthier take on one of my favorite bowls: the burrito bowl (the poké bowl is not far behind). The green rice recipe alone is a keeper, but add in perfectly seasoned black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, and pepitas, and you’ve got one seriously delicious bowl on your hands.

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Green rice will be your new favorite rice!

 

This recipe was adapted from Cookie and Kate’s Sweet potato green rice burrito bowls. You can find the full, original recipe here! Yes, the ingredient list is long, but the recipe is not difficult…I promise. I also love this bowl because it incorporates one of my all-time favorite fall veggies – sweet potatoes! You could also add bell peppers and onions to this, or sub the rice for farro.

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Cacio e Pepe

In my Rome recap post, I shared that I completely fell in love with Cacio e Pepe on our honeymoon – I mean, what’s not to love about a pasta dish centered around cheese (and pepper)? Luckily for me, my Cravings cookbook has a pretty good recipe (no I don’t get paid to promote this cookbook I’m just THAT obsessed with it). So what better way to spend a Friday night than recreating one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever had?

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Extra pepe, please.

Really went hard with the cheese the first time around. Not mad about it. Feel free to switch it up by mixing different cheeses, or adding pancetta. Also, to truly recreate the pasta we had in Italy I had to attempt homemade spaghetti. I discovered that it’s actually pretty simple to make and roll out pasta dough, however operating the pasta maker is definitely a two person job. See: Hunter. I use the Atlas 150 pasta maker from Crate & Barrel (thanks LL!).

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Fall brings many of my favorite things with its arrival…cooler weather, a holiday that makes it acceptable to wear cat ears to the office, celebrations with friends and family, and most importantly, all of the pumpkin things. 

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Chocolate chips make pumpkin bread that much better.

I’ve seen all kinds of amazing new pumpkin recipes this year, from mac and cheese baked IN a pumpkin to a pumpkin that dispenses wine. Love that the pumpkins themselves are getting more involved…revolutionary things are happening here, people. But, I’m a fan of the classics, which is why every fall I make several batches of the same pumpkin treat: chocolate chip pumpkin bread.

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Turmeric Detox Soup

Wondering why this is not a pasta post? Don’t worry. That’s coming. But first, let’s talk detox. Because after all of the delicious pasta, wine, gelato, panini, and more…I was CRAVING this soup when we got home. Turmeric is one of my favorite antioxidant ingredients.  And, it’s October, so from here on out I’m all about cooking things in pots.

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Let the detoxing begin!

This soup is pretty hearty with farro and red lentils. It’s completely vegetarian, and is topped with toasted breadcrumbs, because carbs. Bonus: the leftovers make perfect weekday lunches!

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Tuna Poké

Today we’re talking poké, people. Not only is it fun to say (FYI – it’s pronounced POH-keh), it’s delicious, healthy, and ridiculously easy to put together.

I know this is the second post I’ve put up in the past couple of weeks involving chopsticks (see sesame shrimp soba noodles) but as previously discussed, I am now completely obsessed with toasted sesame oil, and just happened to come into possession of a few sashimi grade tuna steaks last week. Also, soba noodles are Japanese in origin whereas poké is totally Hawaiian. So, variety.

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Thank you, takeout, for my extensive chopstick collection!

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Sweet Potato Nachos

It rained a few times, the temperature dropped for a while, and it’s September 1st, so it’s basically fall. And with fall comes football season and all of the snacks that come along with it…like nachos.

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Crispy goodness!

So, in honor of fall and the new snacks it brings (not posting a pumpkin spice recipe yet, but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about it), I’m sharing a healthier version of nachos today inspired by a recipe in the Love & Lemons cookbook – sweet potato nachos!

I love all things sweet potato (including sweet potato noodle bowls and sweet potato and black bean enchiladas), so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that after making this recipe I now prefer sweet potato nachos over regular nachos. Plus, they’re healthy and fun to make! The BYON (build your own nachos) bar may be making frequent appearances this football season. Just saying.

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Sesame Shrimp Soba Noodles

I’ve discovered toasted sesame oil and it’s my new obsession. I honestly think I could eat these soba noodles with just sesame oil. But they’re way better with a little garlic, ginger, and lime. And shrimp, because protein.

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Topped with avocado, naturally.

I adapted this recipe from Baker By Nature’s super simple garlic ginger shrimp soba noodles. And they are just that – super simple! Nothing beats an easy weeknight meal, and lately I’m really into simple noodle dishes with garlic and herbs. I think this is stemming from the Pepper’s spicy clams with pasta I made a few weekends ago. Sometimes all you need is some carbs and a stick of butter…or if you’re getting married in a month, some complex carbs and some sesame oil. Either or.

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Triple Dip Party

In order for you to truly understand how excited I am about this post, you must realize how much I LOVE dips. And chips. It’s the one snack I can’t, and won’t, say no to. Ever.

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Chipotle Salsa

So today I present to you…not one, not two, but THREE of my favorite dip recipes. I whipped a few of these up for my bachelorette party last weekend and we went to town on them. (Another great thing about dips = they are super easy to put together)! The tomatillo avocado salsa is an old favorite, but the chipotle salsa is a new obsession. And to cool things down, I’m throwing in a Tzatziki dip. Because why not? All of this deliciousness is coming to you straight from What’s Gaby Cooking!

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