Squash and Sage Risotto with Braised Flank Steak

Squash and Sage Risotto with Braised Flank Steak

Ingredients1 Onion3 Carrots3 Ribs Celery1.5 Cups Arborio Rice1/2 Large Kabocha Squash1 Cup White Wine7 Cups Beef Stock1/2 Cup Grated Parm7 Sage Leaves4 Cloves Garlic1/2 Cup Red Vinegar2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce1.5 Pounds Flank Steak (Cut against the grain in 1.5 Inch slices) For: 5 ServingsPreparation: 20 minCooking: 40 minReady in: 3 h InstructionsPut the onion, carrot,…

Carrot Lentils over Quinoa

Carrot Lentils over Quinoa

After a long weekend full of beer and bbq’s, I had to pull it together on monday night with a healthy meal that would help me get my act together for the rest of the week. I pretty much grabbed whatever vegetables were in the fridge and mixed them in with some lentils to serve over quinoa. It came out really great and I have been eating healthy ever since! We’ll see how this weekend goes though…

Chicken Hummus “Satay” Skewers

Chicken Hummus “Satay” Skewers

These chicken skewers are far from authentic but they are delicious and unbelievably easy to make. I like to think of it as a satay “hack” honestly. Toss a handful of ingredients together that you probably already have laying around, and you get an app that most party guests would be beyond impressed by!  The key to the recipe is the tasty Sabra hummus that is nice and nutty, salty and garlicky and adds so much dimension to the satay dip.

Plantain and Black Bean Tacos

Plantain and Black Bean Tacos

Because I work at a burrito shop that has great tacos, I don’t usually make them at home. The craving came up the other day though for plantain tacos so I whipped some up! They were much different than what we have at work so I was happy that I had made them. I highly recommend these as a filling vegetarian dinner and something new to eat next week!

Chorizo

Chorizo

Mexican chorizo is not really that common in New England, in fact, most people around here think you are talking about the much more common portuguese variety when you say the name. At my burrito shop, we used to get fresh Mexican chorizo that was delicious, but then the supplier kept sending the portuguese stuff by mistake and it was starting to annoy me. We are a burrito shop man! One day we ran out of the mexican kind so I whipped up a quick homemade version after skimming a few recipes. It came out ok, but everyone REALLY liked the stuff we were bringing in much better. This reaction made me really want to make chorizo better than the store bought one, so I tested recipe after recipe for several months until I got it right! Now we not only save money on it, but everyone loves the stuff! If you happen to live close enough to Cafe Burrito, come in and try some on a burrito or taco (it’s especially good on our breakfast burritos), But if not, here is the super easy recipe to make some on your own!

Plantain Casserole

Plantain Casserole

Roger Mooking has a commercial on Cooking Channel where he whips together a tasty looking simple plantain gratin and it inspired me to make a more intricate deeper version of a plantain casserole. I wanted lots of layers of tasty things that I think go with plantains, like black beans, cojita cheese, onions, tomato, and habanero. I also mixed in a little quinoa just to add a little more substance and protein to the veggie dish. The whole thing turned out great, but make sure you use really ripe plantains. Most of mine were nice and yellow, but a few still had a little green to them and they were very noticeable and we mostly ate around them.