If you love Thai food, then this take-out style peanut sesame noodles is something you need to try. It’s one of our favorites – something we enjoy often. Not only does it deliver on deliciousness, it’s a necessary convenience when there’s only, say, 24 minutes on the clock. It makes a great make-ahead meal when re-living biology and algebra 1 (for the third time, with child number two, to be exact) and tied up until well after five. Kids or not, this will certainly satisfy your carb craving – something salty, sweet, vinegary, and a whole lot of creamy …
Light and Easy Spaghetti with Lemon, Fennel, Basil, and Langoustine
When I think of pasta I think big bowls smothered in sauce. And although most pasta dishes kind of make you wish you had those big, stretchy sweatpants on … not today. Light and easy is on my mind.
Can you believe this is Los Angeles? Need a pick-me-up.
In need of some of mother nature’s sunshine: lemons. Pasta, sans sauce, full of lemon and fennel with langoustine is dinner tonight. A light pasta perfectly suited for my slow and aging metabolism.
Butternut Squash and Zucchini Lasagna, hold the marinara
Pumpkin Dumplings w Sage Butter
It’s not often that I make dumplings. I usually like to make things quick on the spot or multiple step recipes ahead of time that just look like I spent the day in the kitchen. All homemade, of course, but without all those hours by the stove. Dumplings are a bit time consuming I will admit, you can’t start it on the stove and go do something else while it’s doing it’s thing. But I will tell you for the few times I do, I wish I did more often. The dumplings take comfort food to a whole new level. Beyond spaghetti and meatballs, beyond meatloaf and mashed potatoes. These little dumplings are pillowy, creamy, earthy, nutty, fragrant, and rich all in one bite with the sage bringing it all together. And it’s PUMPKIN! Who doesn’t love pumpkin?
Mac and Cheese (gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan optional)
Ah, Mac n Cheese – who doesn’t love mac and cheese? There’s something about the combination of crunchy, and creamy with some pasta joining the party that brings back childhood memories. Albeit, it was the gluten and dairy kind from the Boston Market where I grew up, or the boxed version. It’s the ultimate comfort food, don’t you think? Of course you do. Silly question.
Pineapple Noodle Kugel
Rosh Hashanah is right around the corner, beginning tomorrow night. It is one of the High Holy days, and is the Jewish New Year on the Hebrew calendar. Traditionally, growing up Jewish meant there were certain foods on the table like kugel, brisket, chopped liver, round challah, and honey. Lots of honey!
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Everybody loves Spaghetti and Meatballs. Unfortunately us gluten/dairy/soy free folks can’t simply order it at the local pizzeria, or get some from the supermarket freezer. I totally feel for you, and have been there, before this recipe. I’m a bit fussy when it comes to good food and these, I must say, are pretty awesome. I just posted the marinara sauce recipe, which I have written below.
Here is my dairy free marinara sauce recipe. You will not miss the dairy once you try my recipe! Watch out for my spaghetti and meatballs post, which I’ll be doing in a second. But the sauce alone is vegan.
Makes 3 quarts of Marinara Sauce
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Active Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Cook Time: 80 minutes
Penne Pasta with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce
Pumpkins are back in season, they were so beautiful at the farmer’s market on Friday that I just had to buy a few. I just can’t get enough of pumpkin when it comes into season. It just works in so many recipes and it’s so darn healthy for you, so I just had to make this Penne Pasta with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce for dinner Sunday night. Who knew how super rich it is in calcium, potassium, magnesium, and fiber this gorgeous gourd has. Being dairy free, calcium fortification is so important, which is why I try to incorporate pumpkin into our diet as much as the fall season allows. I thought why not throw some pumpkin into a “cheesy” alfredo sauce, I imagined this pretty pale orange color canvassing our plates. Well I am glad I did, this turned out so good! I added the maple syrup because I found it really brought out the pumpkin, highlighting it’s sweetness. Done in less than 20 minutes! Such an easy delicious dinner to make and full of good-for-you nutrients. Sure to bring smiles to everyone’s faces. Oh, and by the way…