5 New Recipes to Try

You can tell I’m in a cooking rut if you visit my kitchen at 5pm on any given weekday and find us all dining on salami and apples, a handful of walnuts straight from the bag. It’s my unofficial back-up meal, swooping in to save the eve for my other unofficial back-up meal (breakfast for dinner, always), and well, when I’m tiring of my back-up’s back-up? It’s time to shake things up.

If you, too, are feeling bored in the kitchen and need a few healthy recipes to add to your arsenal, here are 5 new dishes I tried (and loved!) last week…

Quick Sicilian Chicken and Kale

Whenever I’m in the thick of a cooking rut, I’ll order a few meals from Sunbasket to teach me a new flavor or technique. This one was simple with a handful of ingredients I already keep on hand, so re-creating it will be a breeze. Plus, the whole recipe took just 20 minutes. Win/win.

Kids can help with: Stripping parsley leaves, juicing the lemon.
Full recipe here.

p.s. Sharing a $40 gift card here for those of you who’ve been meaning to try Sunbasket!

Best Brussels Sprouts

When I lived in L.A., Gjelina was my favorite restaurant, if only for the savory Brussels sprouts. Last week, I unearthed the official cookbook to recreate the Venice specialty, and while I’m certain the original is better, this one’s an irresistible replacement until our next west coast visit.

Kids can help with: Pitting the dates, seasoning the pan with salt & pepper.
Full recipe here.

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Creamy Prosciutto Gluten-Free Pasta

I served this dish for dinner guests last week and even their kids happily lapped it up. It’s both gluten-and dairy-free but tastes completely indulgent with the help of briny artichokes and bursting sundried tomatoes. A definite crowdpleaser.

Kids can help with: Tearing prosciutto, whisking sauce.
Full recipe here.

Mexican Street Corn Salad

I’ve been on the hunt for a simple street corn salad recipe since I first botched a fancier version on a Hatteras vacation over two years ago. For me, simple is best, and this one’s both delicious and easy (made even easier if you sub for frozen corn!).

Kids can help with: Stirring corn, measuring spices.
Full recipe here.

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Cauliflower is in regular rotation over here, so I’m always up for trying a new rendition on a forever favorite. This one was flavorful but light, with a winning tahini-based vinaigrette I’d absolutely drink for dessert. (Tip: I swapped the tahini for peanut butter because I was fresh out, and it was just as divine!) Enjoy!

Kids can help with: Tossing florets, whisking vinaigrette.
Full recipe here.


Tell me, what are you cooking up in your kitchen these days? I’d love to hear!

  • Some of my current faves:
    marsala meatballs from SkinnyTaste. It takes some prep work but if I chop over the weekend then I can throw together during the week.
    BBQ Chicken Quesadillas from 100 Days of Real Food. These are great to throw together with leftover cooked chicken.
    Summer Soup with southern jalapeno cornbread. All hail the summer soup from PinchofYum.

    my weekly need something in a rush + pinch-
    Basmati rice with veggies (literally whatever you have on hand) or go to broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
    and my other go to Skillet Potatoes (white or sweet) with peppers (red, green or yellow- literally whatever you have on hand), jalapeno,onion + throw a fried egg on top.

    All other things I am indulging in- cookie dough energy balls (PoY), black bean hummus and veggies, homemade peanut butter granola, easy peasy SkinnyTaste bagels

    When I am in a rut I always find my recipes from Pinch of Yum, SkinnyTaste or 100 Days of Real Food ( i own all the cookbooks and use them religiously.) I’ve never tried a bad recipe from them!

  • The day you posted this I happened to check your blog, happened to click through the cauliflower recipe, and happened to have dates and tahini in the fridge! A very happy coincidence that led to a delicious supper. Thanks!

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