Sunday, January 19, 2014

Indian Spiced Brussels Sprouts (or Cute Curried Cabbages)

I was trying out a tandoori chicken recipe and wanted to make a vegetable to go with it. I decided to mix some of the spices used in the chcken together with some Brussels was a hit!


 1 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
1 Tbsp. honey
1 lb. Brussels sprouts, halved, with outer leaves removed


  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Mix together the coriander, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, salt and pepper. 
  3. Drizzle 2 tsp. vegetable oil and the spices from the previous step over the Brussels sprouts.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. 
  5. Mix the remaining teaspoon of vegetable oil with the honey. Drizzle over the Brussels sprouts and roast for another 4 minutes.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Zucchini and Tomato Tortellini with Cheesy Bread Crumb Topping

I planned on making a lazy dinner tonight - just some pasta and sauce. As I was putting the groceries away, I realized I had a good combination of ingredients that I could use to crate a meal with several fresh vegetables that would take only a little bit longer than my original idea. Enjoy! If you make it, leave a comment letting me know what you thought of it.


2 slices pancetta, diced
4 tsp. olive oil, divided
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
1 medium zucchini, cubed
20 grape tomatoes, halved
1 package dried tortellini
1/3 c. shredded Italian blend cheese
1/4 c. panko bread crumbs
1/4 c. fresh basil


  1. Cook the tortellini according to package directions. Reserve 1/3 of the cooking water before draining. 
  2. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a broiler safe skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta and sauté for 5 minutes, until crisp. Remove pancetta from pan and let drain on paper towels. 
  3. Add the onion and garlic to the pan. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  4. Add the zucchini and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Preheat broiler.
  6. Deglaze the pan with the reserved cooking water, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. 
  7. Add the cooked tortellini to the pan. Mix well to combine.
  8. In a small bowl, mix the cheese, bread crumbs, and remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil sprinkle over the tortellini mixture. 
  9. Place pan under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes, until topping is golden brown. 
  10. Remove from oven and top with pancetta and torn basil. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Ridiculously Easy Blended Coffee Drink

I hate to even call this a recipe...I just threw some ingredients in a blender and whirred it up, but it came out really tasty and frothy.


1 c. cold brewed coffee
3/4 c. milk
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. ice


1. Blend the first four ingredients in a blender on high for two minutes.
2. Pour into a glass. Sprinkle with nutmeg.