Vegetable Soup to Accompany a Grown Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

It’s really rainy and cold today, but April showers do bring May flowers, so I don’t mind it too much. The weather is making me crave some good ole comfort food though, a la grilled cheese and tomato soup! But since I’m feeding my husband and toddler too, I wanted to step it up a notch. I found a picture on Pinterest for a grilled Swiss cheese and spinach sandwich. I loved it and thought that was the perfect sandwich. So I decided to make some vegetable soup to accompany…

Zucchini Lasagna, an Attempt at No Carbs for Dinner

I’m not sure what has possessed me to try this, but we haven’t eaten a strict Paleo meal in a few days and I wanted something in between. I wanted to do no carbs, but have something a little unhealthy. So I decided to try my hand at making zucchini lasagna, but throwing in some cheese as an indulgence. I’ve used zucchini in lieu of noodles before, and really quite like it, so figured, tonight’s dinner shouldn’t turn out that bad. It was actually really hard for me to find…

Orecchiette pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

I haven’t made pasta recently, with the exception of spaghetti and meatballs. And with the temperatures getting warmer, I wanted to find a dish that wasn’t too heavy, but filling at the same time. I remember my sister making an orecchiette pasta with sausage dish, so I decided to take that as an inspiration and use the chicken breast I already had on hand, instead of sausage. Serving Size: 4 Cook Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 2 broccoli crowns, cut into florets Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup…

Asian Inspired Salt and Pepper Shrimp

It’s Monday and after a long day, I wanted something quick and easy to make for dinner. I’ve also been craving an Asian dish as well. So what better to make than salt and pepper shrimp using easy peel shrimp! I’m trying to get my 17 month old son used to a variety of cuisine as well. Large shrimp would be great finger food for him, and I could even chop it up and toss with some rice if he wanted to use a spoon. I love using the easy…

Homemade Apple Cider

Over Columbus Day holiday, we took our son to Butler’s Orchard in MD and had his very first apple picking experience. It was a beautiful Fall day, and after being cooped up inside, due to 4 days of straight rain, it was nice to finally get out and about again. I think he had a pretty good time. The actual picking apple of the trees wasn’t the best experience for him; but he did enjoy putting apples in the bag. So we came home with about 8 pounds of apples.…

Enjoying the Fall Season with Bun Rieu, Crab Noodle Soup

After a strange few days of temps in the 90s, it’s starting to feel like Fall around here, my all-time favorite season. Nothing makes me happier than cool weather and comfort food! I want to try making more noodle dishes at home, especially the ones that look complicated. I always have random cravings, so I want to be able to indulge on days I’m working from home. A dish that has tantalized my taste buds for a while is bun rieu, Vietnamese crab noodle soup. The broth is a great…

Third Time is the Charm for Banh Beo (Vietnamese Steamed Rice Cakes)

I was introduced to this dish a few years ago by my husband and never even thought twice to make it. I always just assumed it was a very special dish his mother would make, and every time she did, I relished every delicious morsel! But lately, I’ve had a huge craving for it and I didn’t want to wait until the next family gathering to have some. And since I was having my Paleo cheat meal, I wanted to make it worthwhile by eating something I’ve been really craving.…

Chicken Lettuce Wraps for a Quick Dinner

I received a head of bib lettuce in my CSA box and I was at a lost for what to do with them. I normally use them as part of a salad or for tacos and wraps. But I needed a quick meal tonight. Work has been pretty hectic and I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. I was looking forward to some relaxation time on the couch with a nice glass of wine. So in my attempt to make something quick and easy, I’ve made…

Beef Short Ribs to Kick off Football Season

When my husband and I were at the Leesburg Farmer’s Market, we picked up some incredible looking beef short ribs. I’ve made short ribs before and I happen to like the deep beefy flavor of slowing cooking them or braising them. What impressed me about these beef ribs were that they were not cut into individual ribs, instead, they were kept together in 3 rib pieces. I liked that idea a lot, that way I can have just a huge chunk of beef sitting on my plate! A few months…

A Paleo Version of Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)

A friend of mine, who also happens to be eating Paleo, posted a delicious picture of Bo Kho on her Facebook page, and it made me drool! It’s not necessarily a dish I would have ever attempted at home, but I like the challenge. And since I’ve been craving Vietnamese food lately, I thought it would be perfect to make this stew and serve it with some kelp noodles. Some main points I learned while making this dish is getting a good cut of beef brisket and allowing the stew…