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Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken

Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in One Dish Two Ways

Ever since I made a huge batch of these refried bean and cheese burritos, wrapped them in foil, and threw them in the freezer, coming up with lunches has been a breeze.

I can only spare five minutes to wolf something down? Go to the freezer. Grab a burrito. No leftovers for my guy to take to work the next day? Grab a burrito. Simply craving a ridiculously delicious lunch? Grab a burrito.

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Roasted Winter Vegetables in Thai Red Curry with Optional Chicken

Roasted Winter Vegetables in Thai Red Curry with Optional Chicken

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 in One Dish Two Ways

Did you know that folks in Thailand generally don’t use chopsticks? Yeah, I didn’t either – not until after I took these photos. D’oh.

But you know what? I think that’s okay. This recipe for Roasted Winter Vegetables in Thai Red Curry (with optional chicken for the meat-eaters!) isn’t super-duper authentic Thai, either, and I like both the photos and the recipe just fine. Okay, truthfully, I was pretty happy with the photos … and I love the recipe. So hopefully nobody else takes offense.

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Radish & Goat Cheese Pizza with Spicy Mixed Greens & Optional Chicken

Radish & Goat Cheese Pizza with Spicy Mixed Greens & Optional Chicken

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

Last Friday marked the first CSA pick-up of the season – and, well actually, our first CSA pick-up ever. We’ve had boxes of produce delivered to our door in the past, but this is the first true CSA (community-supported agriculture) share we’ve purchased.

A few months back, I was waiting for a coffee at Starbucks and found myself toying with the idea of finding a CSA to take part in. I turned around, and there was a Lucky Dove Farm flyer tacked to the wall.

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Creamy Greek Salad Sandwich Wraps with Optional Chicken (+ a Food Writing Workshop!)

Creamy Greek Salad Sandwich Wraps with Optional Chicken (+ a Food Writing Workshop!)

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

There are some definite cliches when it comes to writing for food blogs, and after attending a food writing workshop with the inspiring Kathleen Flinn earlier this month, I’m more aware of them – and the fact that I have used every one ad nauseam – than ever before.

I mean, I really, really want to talk about the weather right now. (The calendar says summer’s all but here, but it’s freezing out there and now I’ve got a miserable cold – what?!) And I’m pretty much obsessed with farmer’s markets, but if I ever find myself writing that I picked up some delicious-looking peaches at one and then decided to make a tart with them, I’ll now know I’ve officially jumped the blog shark (um, again).

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Southwest Mac & Cheese with Optional Chicken

Southwest Mac & Cheese with Optional Chicken

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I really wasn’t sure if I should call this “Tex-Mex” or “southwestern” or just “mac and cheese with black beans, corn, chilies, and a bit of a spicy twist with optional chicken if you want.”  The first felt too generic, the last clearly too long and too, well, dumb … and so the middle-of-the-road it was: southwest mac and cheese.

Which is not to say this recipe is middle of the road. I think it’s … well, there’s really no place in the road to describe something as being better than middle of the road, is there? It’s better than middle of the road.

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Veggie Pot Pie Pasta with Optional Chicken Add-In

Veggie Pot Pie Pasta with Optional Chicken Add-In

Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I’m a freak for vegetarian comfort food. Unfortunately, vegetarian comfort food generally isn’t much less fattening than its meat-laden brethren. Bummer!

This pot pie pasta, though, is much healthier than anything labeled “pot pie” would seem. It isn’t packed with loads of butter and gobs of cheese. It’s inspired by one of the most classic comfort food recipes of all time – chicken pot pie – minus a huge quantity of heavy gravy, and no pastry in sight.

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Rosemary White Bean Soup with Optional Chicken

Rosemary White Bean Soup with Optional Chicken

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

I sort of thought I’d avoid all the family ailments that come along with having a toddler, because our little one isn’t in daycare at the moment. Ha! I was so naive, in so many ways. So many many ways. Turns out thatstory times and music classes and Target all have lots of those lovely little germs and our little girl is picking them up right and left. Therefore my guy and I are subsequently picking them up right and left.

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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken or Tofu with Fresh Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken or Tofu with Fresh Grilled Pineapple

Posted on Friday, September 7, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

This one-dish-two-ways meal has been a favorite of ours for awhile now. The delicious teriyaki marinade – made with soy sauce, brown sugar, fresh ginger, and garlic – imparts its sweet, briny flavor whether you marinate chicken or tofu in it.

I make up a batch and pour half of it over chicken and half over tofu. After a good soak in the marinade, my guy plops them on the barbecue (well-segregated, of course) along with fresh pineapple slices. And then we both enjoy an amazing dinner.

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Quick & Easy Dinner: Quesadillas

Quick & Easy Dinner: Quesadillas

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

My carnivore guy and my vegetarian self are trying hard to get used to this raising-a-baby business. And with our sweet but busy babe keeping us on our toes (and running us a little ragged in the process), we need lots and lots of fast, easy, and flexible dinner ideas in our repertoire.

And so I thought I’d share one of them with you. Quesadillas, baby! They’re like a Mexican grilled cheese, but more versatile and, I think, probably healthier overall – more veggies, for one, and a tortilla in place of buttered bread. They’re about as straightforward as you can get – a tortilla filled with veggies and/or meat and topped with cheese, then folded over and cooked until the cheese is gooey and the tortilla’s nice and golden-crisp.

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Vegetarian White Chili with Optional Chicken

Vegetarian White Chili with Optional Chicken

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

It didn’t really occur to me how much we like chili in this house – and how much I must make it – until I realized that this is the third chili recipe I’ve posted here in as many months.

I guess there are worse things to be a little obsessed with.

This healthy vegetarian white chili is among my favorites. White kidney beans and hearty pinto beans simmer together with a rich vegetable broth, green chiles, diced fresh jalapeno pepper, and warming, comforting spices like cumin, oregano, and – believe it or not – a little touch of ground cloves. Add in some chopped cooked chicken at the end of the process, and – look! – vegetarians and carnivores can live together.

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Strawberry Feta Salad with Balsamic-Basil Grilled Chicken (or Not)

Strawberry Feta Salad with Balsamic-Basil Grilled Chicken (or Not)

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

Say hello to my new favorite salad – and my guy’s new favorite chicken recipe.

This amazing salad combines sweet strawberries with salty feta along with the zip of red onions and the nice crunch of toasted almonds. The vinaigrette makes it, though. The honey and balsamic vinegar set off the flavors of the salad just so. The optional balsamic-and-fresh-basil marinated and grilled chicken is tender, moist, and full of flavors that complement the dish perfectly – and it’ll make the carnivores in your life happy.

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Grilled Black Bean Burritos with Chicken (or Not) and Creamy Cilantro-Jalapeno Sauce

Grilled Black Bean Burritos with Chicken (or Not) and Creamy Cilantro-Jalapeno Sauce

Posted on Saturday, May 5, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

Still looking for the perfect Cinco de Mayo dinner? Look no further. These grilled burritos make an easy, delicious, and festive meal – especially when served alongside some icy fresh lime margaritas.

These burritos as much about a new-to-me method than an exact recipe. Prep a hearty filling, roll it inside a tortilla, and grill the burrito for a few minutes in your panini press. Delicious. Though I’ve got to say I’m going to find it hard to vary from this combo of black beans, corn, rice, chicken (if you want), and scrumptious cilantro-jalapeno sauce.

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Black Bean Tostadas with Slow-Cooker Cheddar-Beer Chicken (or Not)

Black Bean Tostadas with Slow-Cooker Cheddar-Beer Chicken (or Not)

Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

Tostadas, a Mexican dish that consists of a crisp corn tortillas layered with refried beans and all kinds of other good things, lend themselves well to a variety of palates. Diners can assemble their own, adding what they want, leaving off what they don’t.

So, naturally, they’re perfect for the mixed veggie/carnie house. In this version, the meat-eater gets a healthy dose of spicy, tender shredded chicken slow-cooked in beer; the vegetarian still gets plenty to eat, including delicious, smoky homemade refried black beans. Win all around.

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