by Caitlyn Callegari in Recipes, November 10th, 2014
by Caitlyn Callegari in Recipes, November 3rd, 2014
If you’ve feel that you’ve exhausted your Monday meal repertoire, perhaps it’s time to branch out and try something new — maybe even by tapping into the cuisine of a different culture. So, for this week, serve up Ina Garten’s crispy and savory Dinner Spanakopitas. Don’t be intimidated by its name: It’s really just a center of spinach, scallions, onion and cheese, surrounded by flaky phyllo dough. And even if you’re not familiar with the word, you know that Ina’s cooking never fails to impress.
To get started, heat the olive oil in a pan, add the onion and cook over medium-low heat. Then, put in the scallions and cook them until they’re wilted but still green. Drain most of the water from the spinach and add the cooked onion and scallions to it. Mix in the eggs, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, nutmeg, salt and pepper, feta and pine nuts.
Lay out a sheet of phyllo dough, brush it lightly with butter and sprinkle it with breadcrumbs. Add another sheet of phyllo dough on top of the first, and repeat the same actions. Do this with 4 more layers. Then, cut the phyllo dough in half lengthwise. Put the spinach filling on and roll the phyllo up diagonally. After, fold the triangle of phyllo over straight and then diagonally again. Do this until you reach the end of the sheet, and make sure the filling is completely inside of the dough. Place on a cooking sheet, brush with melted butter, sprinkle with flaked salt and bake until the phyllo is browned and crisp. Serve hot.
by Caitlyn Callegari in Recipes, October 27th, 2014
Sometimes, you just want to keep it simple on Monday. With The Pioneer Woman’s Butternut Squash and Kale Stir-Fry, two popular ingredients of the moment — kale and butternut squash — are really all it takes to make your meal filling and flavorful. So for this Meatless Monday, you’ll get an easy dose of vitamins without feeling like you’re sacrificing taste or time. An added bonus to this dish? Its vibrant colors that make it just as good to look at as it is to eat.
First you’ll heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Then add the squash, seasoning it with salt, chili powder and pepper. Cook the squash, turning it with a spatula, until it’s deep golden brown and tender. Then take it out and set it aside on a plate.
Melt the remaining butter in the skillet over medium-high heat and add the kale. Toss the kale and let it cook for about 3 or 4 minutes. Then add in the squash and toss it together with the kale.
by Caitlyn Callegari in Recipes, October 20th, 2014
The best thing about Meatless Mondays is the versatility and inventiveness that each recipe brings. With the Vegetarian Tortilla Casserole (pictured above), your typical, run-of-the-mill casserole is turned on its head as this recipe features two unlikely ingredients: salsa verde and squash. This gives the meal some unexpected, spicy fall flair. Those two mainstays are accompanied by mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, corn tortillas, scallions and tomato to make for a perfectly tangy meal. And it’s gluten-free to boot.
This meal is relatively simple to make. First, you’ll season the cut-up squash with salt and bake till it’s soft. Then, you’ll combine the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and salt in a bowl.
Once that’s completed, place and overlap 4 tortillas in a baking dish and place the squash and scallions on top. Then, drizzle the salsa verde over the vegetables and top with the cheese mixture. Again, place and overlap 4 tortillas on top. Then, put the sliced tomatoes and spinach over it, and cover with the salsa verde and cheese mixture. Place 4 tortillas on top and pour the last of the salsa verde and cheese mixture over it. Bake until golden brown. Add the leftover scallions to garnish.
by Caitlyn Callegari in Recipes, October 13th, 2014
Who says you can’t have your very own fall fiesta on a Monday? If you’re in a jovial mood and want to spice up your meal for a flavorful start to your week, try Grilled Cheese-Stuffed Chile Tacos (pictured above). You will not be disappointed. You’ll also be surprised at how quickly you can make such a piquant meal, with the cook time being 15 minutes and the prep time just 10 minutes. Besides, you can’t really go wrong with zesty ingredients like Cubanelle peppers, plum tomatoes, Monterey Jack cheese and cilantro.
There are a few steps to cooking this meal. Once the peppers, onions and tomatoes are cut and cleaned, drizzle oil and some salt over them. Grill the vegetables for about 6 minutes. Then, put the grilled tomatoes and onions, garlic, chipotles, cilantro, lime juice and salt into a food processor and mix together. Once that’s completed, cut and scoop the avocados into a bowl and add lime juice and salt. Then, lightly mash the avocados.
Next, stuff the peppers with the Monterey Jack cheese. Place the peppers on an aluminum foil sheet in the grill and melt the cheese for about 4 minutes. Then, heat up the tortillas on the grill for about a minute. To complete the meal, spread the avocado on the tortillas, place the stuffed peppers on top and then add some salsa, sour cream and cilantro.
by Caitlyn Callegari in Recipes, October 6th, 2014
Now that it’s autumn, playful outdoor activities abound, such as apple picking. Though it’s fun, it can be difficult to figure out what to do with the surplus of apples you collect. But there’s a Meatless Monday solution to your predicament: put them to use in a fun, fresh dinner. After all, apples are for much more than just dessert! Bobby Flay’s Chopped Apple Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Pomegranate Vinaigrette from Food Network Magazine is a crisp and sweet treat for your Monday. In addition to the apples, ingredients like spinach, endive, walnuts and blue cheese give the salad a savory balance, so there’s a flavor for everyone.
This dish requires you to whip up the dressing as well as the salad. For the dressing, you’ll take the pomegranate molasses, vinegar, mustard, honey, and salt and pepper, and whisk them together. Then, slowly whisk in the olive oil until emulsified.
Then, for the salad, mix the apples, spinach, endive, walnuts and blue cheese together. Toss in the vinaigrette and add salt and pepper to season.
by Caitlyn Callegari in Recipes, September 29th, 2014
Monday tends to be the busiest day of the week, so if you’re aiming to make a satisfying dish in a short amount of time, Giada De Laurentiis’ Creamy Baked Fettuccine with Asiago and Thyme might be just what you’re looking for. It takes only 35 minutes to both prepare and cook, but the short time doesn’t detract from its heartiness or taste. The Asiago and thyme components give the dish a kick of unexpected and pungent flavor that’s accentuated by the crispy texture once baked.
To prepare your meal like Giada does, bring salted water to a boil over high heat. Put in the pasta and cook until it’s tender, stirring occasionally. When you drain the pasta, save a cup of the pasta cooking liquid. Next, put the Asiago, creme fraiche, Parmesan, thyme, salt, pepper, pasta and the pasta cooking liquid in a large bowl. Lightly mix until the pasta is coated and ingredients are combined. Put the pasta in a buttered baking dish and distribute the remaining Asiago over the top. Bake until golden.
by Caitlyn Callegari in Recipes, September 22nd, 2014
The benefit of Italian-inspired dishes is that oftentimes meat never even factors into them. Giada De Laurentiis’ Three-Cheese and Artichoke Calzones is one of those particular meals — satisfying and appetizing all on its own. Another draw to this cheesy dish? Food Network lists it as one of its Top Tailgating Recipes, a fancy and flavorful pick to accompany you in your Monday Night Football fun.
There’s a cheese for everyone’s varying palate in this recipe, and the artichoke hearts only enhance the pungent flavor. To make Giada’s dish, first, take the three cheeses (ricotta, Pecorino Romano and fontina), the artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon juice, salt, pepper and lemon zest and combine in a food processor. For the outer shell, cut up the dough and roll it out into separate circles, and brush the dough circles with egg white. Then, put the cheese-and-artichoke mixture on one side of each circle so you can fold the dough over. Pinch the dough closed with your fingers and put the calzones on a baking sheet. Drizzle them with extra virgin olive oil and add a bit of salt and pepper. Bake till the calzones are golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Once done, serve with warmed tomato-basil sauce.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, September 15th, 2014
What better way to celebrate Meatless Monday than with a classic, cozy favorite? This Rachael Ray dish is here just in time for autumn, a warm and creamy meal to soothe the outside chill. Despite its savory, mouthwatering nature, this Macaroni and Cheddar Cheese (pictured above) recipe is actually quite easy. It’s an ideal meal to prepare when you’re in a time crunch, taking only 30 minutes to both prepare and cook.
The draw of this meal, other than its rapidity, is that it uses few, readily available ingredients. One of them, of course, is cheese. Rachael’s cheese of choice is pungent white cheddar. Other ingredients include butter, flour, olive oil, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and elbow macaroni. In fact, this meal may not even require a trip to the store! For this dish, the sauce comes first as you let the butter and oil melt together, subsequently adding in flour and then whisking in milk. Once the mixture thickens, cheddar is added a handful at a time. To spice up the sauce, you can season it with the cayenne, nutmeg and a bit of salt. Once the sauce is complete, you can mix in the cooked pasta, coating it with the cheese sauce. From there it’s simple: Put it in a baking dish, add more cheese, and bake until the cheese topping has browned.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, September 8th, 2014
Although summer’s juicy tomatoes and sweet peaches are nearly a thing of a past, fall brings with it an abundance of produce too: Welcome to the season of crisp apples, golden sweet potatoes and a myriad of squash, like kohlrabi, acorn and butternut. A bell-shaped squash with a thick skin, butternut squash shines in dishes from creamy soups and simple salads to rich purees and hearty casseroles, like Food Network Magazine’s Gnocchi with Squash and Kale (pictured above).
The beauty of this one-pan supper is that it starts with store-bought potato gnocchi, which means that the dish can be on the table in as few as 35 minutes. After sauteing the squash in a buttery mixture with garlic and sage, add the kale and gnocchi, then top with a blanket of nutty Parmesan cheese and finish in the broiler for a cheesy, comforting family-friendly dinner ideal for busy weeknights. Since this pan moves from the stove to the broiler, be sure to start with an oven-safe pan.
While some meat-focused recipes may suffer if you remove their beefy components, paella — often made with chorizo, chicken and shellfish — isn’t one of them. This classically Spanish meal is rice based, and so long as you keep the bold flavors of spices like paprika and saffron, it will maintain its tried-and-true flavor when you swap out the meat for nearly any and all of the vegetables in your refrigerator.
Food Network Magazine’s Vegetable Paella (pictured above) is a big-batch dinner that’s surprisingly simple to prepare. This stir-fry-casserole hybrid starts with fresh veggies like fennel, baby artichokes and eggplant seared on the stove, then it’s moved to the oven for the final minutes of cooking. Because this hearty meal is made with short-grain paella rice, similar to risotto rice, it needs that time in the oven so the rice can absorb the rich taste of the tomatoes and white wine and become tender. A final addition of salty capers and sweet piquillo peppers promises next-level flavor and texture, while parsley will offer a welcome burst of freshness before serving.