Vietnamese Style Braised Pork Ribs

So imagine my delight when I find that baby back ribs are buy 1 get 1 free at the grocery store! And the weather is getting warmer. I honestly can’t think of a better way to welcome spring quite like ribs on the grill! I actually toyed with the idea of grilling my ribs, but the thought of fall of the bone, super tender braised ribs seemed so delicious with a bowl of hot rice. And why not make my ribs savory and sticky and delicious in the process! I…

Cioppino From My Very Own Kitchen!

A few years ago while I was in San Francisco, a friend of mine insisted I try this seafood dish in the Italian District. When he described the dish, it didn’t take long for me to say yes! After returning, I’ve thought about trying to make this dish again. It is very similar to Bouillabaisse to me, but it’s the Italian version. Cioppino starts off with a very rich and thick tomato base, while Bouillabaisse is a fish stock base. Well, I finally had some time of my hands to…

Ground Chicken Tacos

I’ve found lately that I rarely cook with ground meat. I’m not sure why to be honest. But while strolling through the grocery store with my 16 month old, I found tortillas were on sale and that made me crave tacos. I’m pretty bad at meal planning; but I do enjoy grocery shopping daily though. It’s not great on the budget, but at least I don’t buy a whole weeks worth of groceries and end up tossing out old produce or wasted ingredients, so in a sense, I’m saving myself…

Easy and healthy Paella

I just want to start off by saying that I may be taking some short cuts here. I don’t believe I’m making true paella, but sometimes when it’s late in the afternoon and trying to get dinner on the table for 2 hangry toddlers, short cuts come in handy! And in attempt to cut out some carbs, I’m forgoing the rice and using quinoa instead. I feel that the smoky sweet paprika and saffron will still give this dish a paella feel, but I won’t have to wait to get…

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…

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…