Vegetable lasagna

Ina Garten’s Vegetable Lasagna

If it contains veggies, it is totally healthy and nutritious, even if “it” is a cheesy delicious lasagna…right? YOLO. I was in the mood for a project on Sunday night (a food related project, obvi) and coincidentally very in the mood for lasagna. So, I was thrilled to find Ina Garten’s recipe for roasted vegetable lasagna on Barefoot Contessa.

Vegetable lasagna

SO good.

It’s not NOT time consuming, but there are a few shortcuts I’ll include in the instructions. And the quality of ingredients makes a huge difference, so buy the good stuff. You’ll have leftovers for like a week, so it’s basically an investment. The veggies in this recipe are zucchini and eggplant, but you could easily add in mushrooms. Next time I make it, I’ll be adding some spinach!

I’m putting this recipe on my list of “things to feed a crowd with” because like the other recipes on that list (primarily enchiladas), you can assemble it ahead of time and just pop it in the oven whenever you’re ready! Great success.

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Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetable Orzo

Spring is here and I’m catching a major veggie vibe! We worked this roasted vegetable orzo recipe into last week’s dinner lineup and it was a hit. Lemon, garlic, fresh produce and Mediterranean flavors for the win.

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Toss with feta, fresh herbs and a lemon vinaigrette.

This dish could serve as a main or side, and you can always opt to add chicken or shrimp for protein! The original recipe can be found over on Vanilla and Bean.

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

This shredded Brussels sprout salad from What’s Gaby Cooking is giving me life this month! It’s the perfect green addition to the holiday cheese board and cookie mix. This salad has all of my favorites…pomegranate seeds, candied walnuts, parmesan, and plenty of crunchy shredded Brussels. Hunter actually said “this is the best salad I’ve ever had,” so it must be that good or I just need to make more weeknight salads.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

The perfect salad for all of your holiday festivities!

Also worth mentioning – I shredded these Brussels sprouts in this Cuisinart food processor, using the slicing/shredding attachment. I will never go back. Hand slicing these on a mandolin or with a knife sound so time-consuming now. Also it’s currently on sale, so go grab one for your foodie friend or yourself!

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Caprese

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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sweet potato green rice bowls

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.

Green rice bowls

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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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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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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Roasted Red Peppers with Pesto Zucchini Noodles and Goat Cheese

A healthy meal involving goat cheese and pesto? Yes please. Too good not to share!

To preface this recipe, I am obsessed with my spiralizer. I have the Paderno 3-blade, and use it to incorporate more veggies into our meals pretty much as often as Hunter will allow (there was a month last year that consisted of a TON of spiralized zucchini spaghetti and meatball dinners, so I don’t blame him for limiting my zoodle usage.) But hey, the spiralizer has many benefits. It’s simple to use, easy to clean and disguises veggies as carbs (for the most part.) This week has been cray at the office so I was looking for something easy, flavorful and healthy – after all it is still January, people. Let’s not throw our health and wellbeing out the window that quickly.

This recipe was created by Inspiralized – my go-to blog for all spiralizer recipes! Ali is so creative with vegetables it’s seriously inspiring (get it?) You can find the original recipe here! Also, I haven’t mentioned how gorgeous this dish is. Check it out:

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That is one good looking pepper!

These beauties make a great side for grilled fish or chicken if you’re adding protein, but are also substantial enough to serve as a meal! That said, let’s get down to business.

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