Cauli-Brussel Sandwich with Vindaloo Mayo

Cauli-Brussel Sandwich with Vindaloo Mayo

In the summer, it’s so easy to slap a veggie sandwich together that is nice and healthy but still delicious and satisfying. In the winter, you could make the same sandwich if you wanted, but not only will it not taste as good because of out of season veggies, but it isn’t as satisfying because your body isn’t craving that type of thing right now. I made this nice hearty winter veggie sandwich last week that totally hit on everything you crave this time of year and was the best sandwich I have had in a really long time.

Italian Chili

Italian Chili

I’ve made lots of ethnic chili variations over the years, and every fall I like to do at least one cause I loooove chili. I decided to try an Italian version, and much to my surprise, there were already lots of Italian chili versions out there. I guess I should have known cause it’s sort of an obvious combo. As always in this sort of situation, I took some of the ideas out there and combined them with my own additions. My additions this time were using both dried chiles and dried mushrooms as the base flavors in the chili, and loading the soup with salami to add an amazing richness to the whole pot.

A quick note about sponsored posts. I posted a big one yesterday, and there will be more coming in the next few months as food companies try and get their product out for the holidays. I like sponsored posts because they help me find new inspiration and come up with creative recipes. But let’s be honest, I also like sponsored posts cause I get paid. I promise you guys two things. First, I will always stay true to my blogging style and create unique fun recipes for you. Second, I will always post a sponsored post IN ADDITION to my regular schedule. Monday and Friday will always be original unsponsored content. Wednesdays will always be a Tablespoon post. On Tuesdays and Thursdays there will usually be nothing, but sometimes there will be a sponsored post, or with the cookbook coming out soon, there might be updates about the book or links to public appearances or other fun stuff. Anyways, enough housekeeping. Back to the deliciousness!

Beans and Greens Stuffed Mushrooms

Beans and Greens Stuffed Mushrooms

These mushrooms were a healthy and easy weeknight dinner and came out wayyy better than I even imagined. In fact, I was having a beer with some friends at a burger place near my apartment and I had to leave to make these just as their burgers were arriving to the table. I was really questioning my sanity, but after one bite of the mushroom I totally forgot about the burgers!

Parmesan Baked Beans

Parmesan Baked Beans

As with most families these days, I have some vegetarians in mine. Being the conscious cook, I decided to try and make a vegetarian version of baked beans that would be so delicious that no one would miss the pork or even realize something was different. I based the beans off a hearty Italian tomato sauce, and added every non-meat based version of umami I could think of. Within 5 minutes of getting to the annual 4th of July party, my vegetarian aunt reminded me that she hates beans. Oh well! These beans were worth it anyways.

Porky Bean and Olive Salad

Porky Bean and Olive Salad

While I was traveling I caught up on some food magazines that I had been neglecting when I was so busy. I really enjoyed busting through some Lucky Peach, Food and Wine, and Bon Appetite, and this dish is sort of a mashup of dishes I saw in all of the publications. As you can imagine, they were all summer themed issues, and this bean salad would go perfectly as a side on any BBQ spread.

Roasted Veggies in a Creamy Tomato-Bean Sauce

Roasted Veggies in a Creamy Tomato-Bean Sauce

When I am eating less meat, I make sure to get a good amount of protein in my diet via nuts, beans, and quinoa. Since I work in a burrito shop, you could imagine that I get kinda bored with eating beans. The idea for this casserole was that I had a bunch of veggies in my fridge, and I wanted to douse them with tomato and bake them, so I decided to puree beans in with the tomato to get the protein in there without really noticing the beans. I also was pretty curious about how the texture and flavor would be. In the end, I absolutely loved everything about this dish and will make it again for sure.

Beet, Bean, and Broccoli Rabe Soup

Beet, Bean, and Broccoli Rabe Soup

Also known as Triple B soup! Doing soup Mondays this winter has been great. I really enjoyed coming up with new soup ideas week after week. Since the beginning of 2013, I have been eating pretty healthy, and the weekly soups have been a fun chance to try mixing new veggies in different ways. This is going to be the last soup Monday of the season, but you can be sure it will be back when the weather turns chilly come November.

The Thanksgiving Burrito

The Thanksgiving Burrito

This month at Cafe Burrito, we are offering the Thanksgiving Burrito. Basically like something you might make at home the day after thanksgiving, this thing has everything you know and love about the flavors of the holiday. But instead of just tossing corn and cranberry sauce in there, we use our own fresh homemade corn and cranberry salsas to really make it unique. Today I’m gonna show you guys how to make the cranberry salsa, but why go through all this work when you can just come down to Belmont and try one?