Dinner

Arugula Goat Cheese Pasta with Fava Beans with Prosciutto // www.acozykitchen.com

I’m not sure if I’ve told you this but I’ve been on this six-week transformation thingy and it’s almost over. It has required that I workout nearly six days a week, which I actually enjoy, and eat a diet full of healthy, non-fun things, which I clearly do not enjoy.

Of course I’ve cheated here and there because food is what I do and it’s hard, man. I’ve learned on this six-week journey that food for me is so social and emotional and in a way, not to sound cheesy, so heavily tied into my everyday life. So, it’s been hard, but I feel healthy and strong, which was my goal from the very beginning.

Arugula Goat Cheese Pasta with Fava Beans with Prosciutto // www.acozykitchen.com

Last week I made this pasta and ate an entire bowl; as I sat there eating gluten, I thought about how happy pasta makes me. Ahh! I was cheating but I didn’t care. Arugula pesto with walnuts and goat cheese and Spring-y fava beans with salty prosciutto is seriously what makes me happy.

What’s good about this pasta is that it’s relatively light pasta. It’s Spring-y, snappy and doesn’t give you that heavy feeling that’s often associated with meat-based sauces.

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Ginger Fried Cauliflower Rice // www.acozykitchen.com

Ok, so here’s another dish (besides these Zucchini Noodles) that I’ve been eating every other night. At first I was super hesitant to share this recipe because renditions of this live on so many other Paleo blogs on the internets, but then I figured that since you visit this here site, with all its biscuits and butter and pancakes, that you probably don’t visit very many Paleo blogs, so there’s a good chance that this might be new-ish to you. And plus, this is my take on the very ubiquitous cauliflower rice thingy. Also, if someone was being super technical, this isn’t Paleo because there’s soy sauce and soy is a bean. Ugh. Too many rules, man. I’ve never been good at following rules to a T; I always just pick and choose which ones I think make sense to follow and just do-away with the rest. My dad taught me to question everything so I do, and in my brain I don’t think organic soy sauce is bad for me so there. Let me live!

I really really love this recipe. While zucchini will never taste like real flour noodles, this cauliflower kinda tastes like rice to me. It’s amazing and so healthy and light and filling. Healthy food has to be satisfying to me because then I won’t eat it and I’ll drink smoothies all day.

Ginger Fried Cauliflower Rice // www.acozykitchen.com

Let’s start with the cauliflower rice and its preparation. Most people make cauliflower rice a different way. They pulse the raw cauliflower florets in the blender and then cook it from there. I did this once, to make this dish, and I found the cauliflower way too crunchy for my taste. So, I prefer the blanching method. You just have to be careful when you pulse it in the food processor because it can go from “rice” texture to “mash” texture very quickly.

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Zucchini Noodles and Turkey Meatballs // www.acozykitchen.com

Welcome to the meal I’ve been eating almost every single day for the last few weeks. I’m obsessed with zucchini noodles. Mainly because there’s nothing I love more than normal Spagehtti and Meatballs, but since I’m trying to cut back on flour, this is sufficing…for now.

There are plenty of zucchini noodles around the web; this is my version, which I’m strangely excited to share.

Let’s start with how to make zucchini noodles. For this post, I used a Spiralizer. I borrowed it from a friend of mine because I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to a new kitchen gadget (between the waffle maker and ice cream maker and the damn pasta maker attachment, I feel like I have too many); I’m currently still gauging if I actually want to buy one myself. If you don’t want to buy one, you can use a mandolin, though be careful because they can be a bit dangerous, or you can use a julienne vegetable peeler. The Spiralizer is the only kitchen tool that will make noodles that are spirally and beautiful, like these:

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I mean, I can just stare at them all day long. Am I the only one obsessed with how pretty they are?!

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Carrot Coconut Curry Soup w/ Fried Rice Croutons // www.acozykitchen.com

Spring has turned me into a daydreamer.

The weather right now in Los Angeles is cool and drafty and every pink bush, tree and flower has decided it’s time for its debut (evidence here). I’m headed to New York at the end of this week and decided to take a gaze over at the ol’ weather channel, thinking, hoping, expecting for temperatures to be very Spring-like. You know, 50s and 60s. Umm…New York is gonna be crazy cold. (Not polar vortex cold but you know…) I’m staying with my friend Tre, and I have plans to make him a big pot of soup in his barely-stocked kitchen. This recipe doesn’t require much. Just a pot and a blender, warm socks and some hope that Spring is so very close.

This recipe is a part of McCormick’s Go4Gourmet challenge. It goes like this: McCormick sent me a box of three ingredients (in this case it was their California garlic powder, chicken stock, and basmati rice) and I used these ingredients, plus any root vegetable of my choosing to create a recipe. These are the results!

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Romanesco Cauliflower Mash // www.acozykitchen.com

This is the second installment of Adrianna-tries-to-be-healthy-by-eating-stuff-other-than-just-doughnuts. Friday I gave you fraud-fries (a new technical term that describes vegetable fries). And today, it’s all about fraud-mash.

I’m all about deception and lies and fooling oneself. Food-trickery, is what it is.

Let me tell you last week when I tried this for the first time I had a big attitude about it. I was bratty, skeptical, even trash-talked it on Twitter before trying it. And then, I put it on my plate, right next to a very lean steak and was like, whoa! this is actually delicious! I was going for steak and potatoes and this came pretty close!

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Colombian Empanadas // www.acozykitchen.com

This is a recipe redo.

A few years ago I posted this recipe. For some people, it worked great. They loved the filling, the dough was perfect. You know, general hand claps all around. But then, a few other readers stated they had issues with the dough. It left me scratching my head and giving me anxiety. What went wrong? Were some people using corn flour and others using cornmeal? Was that the issue? Was the recipe the problem? I couldn’t figure it out. I took the recipe down, vowing to retest it to figure out the problemo. It kept getting pushed onto the next day’s to-do list until admittedly I forgot about it. UNTIL!! someone emailed me a few weeks ago saying WHERE IS THE RECIPE I LOVED IT!

So, here they are. Recipe reworked!! This is a recipe redo.

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Cream Braised Chicken // www.acozykitchen.com

Sundays are somewhat of a double-edged sword. On one hand, they’re lazy, relaxing and involve Bloody Mary’s and long brunches. But then, as the night sets in, you feel the impending week full of to-do lists and getting up early just looming…

As a kid, Sundays were depressing. It was usually the day when I had to buckle down and do homework. You know, the homework that I had thrown to the side all weekend long because I was busy having fun. There was usually lots of whimpering and pouting and being a brat. There was usually a gigantic cloud over Sunday night. The only things that usually made it better was the tick, tick, tick sound from the opening credits of 60 Minutes and the smell of something mom was braising in the oven.

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Mushroom Bolognese // www.acozykitchen.com

Yesterday I asked the question: “What’s your favorite Winter meal?” The answers have been so fun to read through and I’ve gotten so many new ideas as to what to cook for the remainder of this season.

This plate of awesomeness you see pictured is my favorite Winter meal. It’s filling, rich and so so good. Bolognese will forever be my favorite thing to eat on a cold night. It never isn’t satisfying to me. This rendition highlights cremini mushrooms, which give it a nice earthiness and meatiness.

For the recipe and other stuff, head over to The Mushroom Channel’s blog. (Throughout the year I’ll be sharing some other recipes I created for them featuring our favorite ingredient…mushrooms!)

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Mushroom Stroganoff // www.acozykitchen.com

How 80s is the word “stroganoff”? True story: I was raised in a household where my mom didn’t really make many American-style dinners. There were maybe two on the roaster. One was broccoli cheese casserole, which my mom learned how to make from the side of a soup can, and still ’til this day holds a very tender spot in my heart. The second American-style dish was beef stroganoff. Oh man, we didn’t have it all the time but whenever we did I was soooo pumped that I barely wanted to eat lunch just to be sure I’d have enough room to eat a lot of it.

Beef stroganoff is not something I’d normally make at home, if I’m being honest. It’s a bit too heavy for me, but this mushroom iteration—with crème fraîche, a splash of balsamic vinegar served over egg noodles—is perfect for when you want a bowl of warm awesomeness to hug you, but you want to skimp on the beef. It’s also the ideal dinner you can make in 16 minutes or less.

For the full recipe and more pictures, jump over to PBS!

Next week is Valentine’s Day. Will I make more pink food? Will I make dinner for one?

Who knows! Check in next week to find out. I’m excited.

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Curried Lentil Soup with Golden Raisins  and Delicata Squash // www.acozykitchen.com

I need a reset button.

Yesterday I ate 1/2 of gigantic big bowl of guacamole, pet a bird, ate 1/4 of this spinach dip and then had a gigantic plate of Feijoada. (The Feijoada was beyond epic and it’s now my goal to make it for this here space.)

Basically what I’m saying is that I overate. Probably more than Thanksgiving. A dinner of just appetizers is like a dream for me. It reminds me of My-So-Called-Life when Rayenne complains about always having frozen appetizers for dinner and her mother has no idea what she’s talking about.

Eating just appetizers reminds me of afterschool snacks and tapas in Spain and my favorite television series of all time.

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