January 18, 2017

Barefoot Contessa's Grilled Herb Shrimp

I fell in love with Barefoot Contessa's Grilled Herb Shrimp recipe last March when we went to visit Morgan's Grandpa, Nana, and Aunt Rachel in San Diego, CA. Nana suggested that we make this quick and easy recipe after spending the day at Moonlight Beach. The marinade was so fricken flavorful, I couldn't wait to fly home and make it again. I use this recipe for make-ahead meals because there are so many ways you can serve the shrimp throughout the week.

December 28, 2016

Four Layer Beef and Bacon Casserole (Paleo)

I started my CrossfFit journey last spring when I joined an all-women's "New You Challenge" with CrossFit Hard in North Bethesda, MD. During these 6 weeks, I participated in the grueling Memorial Day Murph Challenge (totally modified for me and my fellow newbies) that ended with a Paleo-Friendly pot-luck bbq. Honestly, the only thing more important to me than my physical performance at the Murph was my culinary performance. After an extensive Google search, the title "39 Healthy Paleo Casseroles That Would Make Nana Proud" from Paleo Grubs caught my eye. There were several tempting recipes but I chose the Four Layer Beef and Bacon Casserole recipe as my prized dish.

After the CrossFit Murph I was completely wiped out... 

With Mel, a fellow New You Challenger, and our coach, David.

And so was my Paleo casserole! I was able to grab a quick pic before it was completely gone.

GNG Tip: I was sweating how I was going to keep my casserole hot throughout the lengthy transport and the duration of the entire CrossFit Murph Challenge (we're talking two hours before meal time). This Pyrex Casserole Carrier that I purchased from Target solved my pot-luck problem. 

December 26, 2016

The Silver Palate's Chicken Marbella

I love the Chicken Marbella recipe from the famous Silver Palate gourmet shop in New York City for its versatility. You can dress it up for a formal party, you can dress it down for an informal potluck, serve it hot, serve it cold, but no matter how you serve it, it will always be a crowd pleaser.

December 24, 2016

Sleepin' in Omellette

This overnight Sleepin' in Omelette recipe via the Pioneer Woman is one of my favorite go-to recipes for breakfast gatherings. It takes 10 minutes to throw all of the ingredients together, then you stick it in the fridge overnight, and simply bake it in the morning. This is a great recipe to rely on when you have a lot of other cooking to do. I promise, make it and you will have everyone begging you for the recipe!

December 22, 2016

Roasted Butternut with Herb Oil and Goat Cheese

Last weekend we went to Abuela and Abuelo's house out on the Eastern Shore. Dinner at their house is always a culinary adventure. My MIL couldn't wait for me to try this Roasted Butternut with Herb Oil and Goat Cheese recipe from her Bon Appetit magazine. I was hooked after the first bite and now this must-have dish has become my new side dish obsession! It's wicked easy to make, bold in flavor, and looks gorgeous. 

The squash took about an hour to roast and then she halved it, scraped out the seeds, scooped the 
squash into a serving dish, tossed with remaining ingredients, and BOOM it was done! 

Of course, she roasted an extra squash that she wrapped in tinfoil so I could take it back home and make again.

GNG Tip: You can roast the squash and make the herb oil a day in advance. Store the whole roasted squash in the fridge until you're ready to throw it all together, scoop it into a serving dish, reheat in the oven, and then prepare. I just did this for my brother-in-law Andrew's graduation dinner, and it immensely cut down on production time in the kitchen so I was able to enjoy all the day's festivities.

October 10, 2015

Cauliflower Hash Browns

Wow! I made my first batch of cauliflower hash browns yesterday morning and instantly fell in love with this low-carb recipe. When it comes to food I'm a mixer (my husband Scott is a separatist) so I absolute heaven when I paired my sunny side up egg with these smokey morsels. It was like eating at a diner minus the guilt! My cauliflower hash browns were inspired by blogposts from NannyKim's Recipes and An Edible Mosaic.