Sweet potato & bacon turkey meatloaf with mustard glaze

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Stuff I Cook for my Husband – I love the flavor of sweet potato, but when it comes to veggie sides I tend to choose ones which are less starchy. So, I like the idea of a meat loaf which incorporates a small amount of sweet potato. I adapted this recipe from PaleOMG, but made a few changes; some for flavor, some to make it a bit less indulgent for a weeknight supper. I nixed the almond flour and scaled back on the quantity of sweet potato, raisins, and bacon. I’ve found that meat loaf holds together just fine without any binder, s… Read more

Savory carrot halwa

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Stuff I Cook for my Husband – At an Indian restaurant, I noticed something on the dessert menu called “carrot halwa”. Intrigued by the idea of a carrot-based dessert, I looked it up as soon as I got home. As per the Wikipedia page:Gajar Ka Halwa (Hindi  : गाजर का हलवा ) (sometimes known as Gajrela, Carrot Halwa or gajar ka gajerela) is a sweet dessert pudding associated mainly with the state of Punjab in India & Pakistan. It is made by placing grated carrot in a pot containing a specific amount of water, mil… Read more

Quick Ethiopian curry bowls

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Stuff I Cook for my Husband – Typical serving of Ethiopian food; photo courtesy of Wikipedia.I love the flavors of Ethiopian food, but because of their meal structure, I basically had to give up Ethiopian restaurants except as an occasional treat. For the uninitiated, Ethiopian food is generally small piles of sautes (called tibs) and stews (known as wat) served with tons of thick injera pancakes. Instead of silverware, you use the pancakes to scoop up bits of cooked food. So it’s very much a grain flour based meal, with tiny tidb… Read more

Eggplant, red pepper, & roasted garlic dip

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Stuff I Cook for my Husband – I’m a huge fan of veggie-based dips and sauces. Since I love eggplant, baba ghanoush is one of my favorites to serve cold. However, I think it tastes kind of funky if it gets warm or hot. This presents a problem for me at lunch time. See, my staple packed lunch is to stick a couple different veggies (often pre-frozen) plus some cooked protein in a microwave-safe container, then cover it with some kind of sauce and nuke the whole thing when I’m ready to eat. So I’m always looking for interesting sauce option… Read more

Slow cooker pot roast with chunky vegetable braise

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Stuff I Cook for my Husband – Taking a camping trip the first week of September was a strange thing. When I left it was summer, but I emerged from the woods to find that the world is now in full-blown fall mode. I’m actually pretty excited to switch gears for fall foods. Today, Fox News Magazine did a story which included my recipe for avocado ice cream, and you can’t get more summery than avocado + ice cream. With that as my last vestige of summer foods, I’m ready for hearty greens, squashes, chili, stews, soups, warm spices, and of co… Read more

Buffalo chicken shepherd’s pie

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Stuff I Cook for my Husband – This recipe sprang from a chain of inspirations. I found the idea on Once a Month Mom, who was inspired by My Kitchen Addiction, who started with Rachel Ray’s buffalo chicken chili recipe. I made my own tweaks: most notably, I removed the dairy and subbed ranch-seasoned mashed cauliflower for mashed potatoes. I also got a trick from The Clothes Make The Girl and used egg whites to keep the meat mixture cohesive. This way I was able to cut it into neat little slices instead of having ground chicken spill out… Read more

Slow cooker pollo sin arroz

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Stuff I Cook for my Husband – Here’s a spin on arroz con pollo. It has the feel and the flavor of the traditional dish, but with cauliflower “rice” substituted for the usual grains. So I’m calling it “pollo sin arroz”. It lends itself readily to the crock pot, which I pretty much always choose over the stove or oven if I can get the convenience without sacrificing flavor and texture. Bonus: it’s a one-pot meal with meat and veggies.I used my normal trick of microwaving the aromatics with a bit of fat to deepen the flavor before slow coo… Read more

Low-carb Southern cornbread

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Stuff I Cook for my Husband – Note that I didn’t call this “‘corn’ bread” or “mock corn bread”. There IS corn in here, but it’s not the form in which you’d expect. Not cornmeal or corn kernels. The trick to adding corn flavor while keeping it low-carb? Baby corn.Of course baby corn is still a grain, but it’s more cob than corn, and most of its carbohydrates come in the form of fiber. I eat it by the same logic that folks who avoid legumes will still eat green beans because it’s more pod than bean. While there are generally better vegeta… Read more

Buffalo chicken salad stuffed tomatoes

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Stuff I Cook for my Husband – People sometimes ask what a typical day of eating is like for me. I can never answer that because I don’t have a typical day. Instead, my life is riddled with a steady stream of intense, acute food obsessions. Frequently I have two or three ingredients upon which I’m completely fixated and want to just consume on repeat. Right now one of those ingredients is tomatoes. I’m completely apesh*t over them. A pint of heirloom cherry tomatoes is like a box of Oreos for me, I can barely control myself from polishin… Read more

Thick & chewy Nutella protein cookies

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Stuff I Cook for my Husband – I made a guest post over at Protein Pow with a recipe for thick & chewy Nutella protein cookies. Click here to get the recipe, along with some weird food science and a surprise ingredient (hint: it’s not vegetarian)…. Read more