Greens Bowl (in honor of St. Patricks Day)

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When midterms are in full swing, so is my culinary prowess.  It is my best procrastinator and my biggest relaxation strategy.  During the chaos of graduate school it seems that I can barely find the time to check my e-mails, but I always have time to bake cookies in mid afternoon.  Add to that that proper nutrition fuels the brain and energizes the body and you will understand why there have been a plethora of new recipes on the blog these past weeks (with more to come).

Today’s recipes arrives in Celebration of St. Patricks Day.  To be honest I have never even put much thought into this holiday before, let alone celebrated.  In St. Patricks Day’s prior you would find me doing little more than  donning a green cardigan while teaching an Irish themed art project.  However, New York takes it’s St. Patty’s day very, very seriously.  As such I made time to get together with friends and enjoy the festivities. We ventured down into the madness that is Times Square, tucked ourselves into a warm, cozy booth in an Irish Pub and spent our time watching the parade, eating potato leek soup and sampling a variety of beers.  Good times were definitely had, but its is hard not two when the afternoon is spent with two of my absolute favorite New Yorkers.

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Afterward I polished off the evening with this homemade, hearty bowl of greens.  So whether you are feeling thematic or in need something scrumptious to recover from your weekend of Irish induced debauchery -Enjoy.

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Bean Bowls

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So I am all about the bowls lately.  We alas moved to a country that has Chipotle, and could not be happier with that life choice.  Yes, I know Vancouver you got one just after we left but that still would have left it’s exceptional goodness a two hour boat ride with an additional hour drive  away from our hearts and stomachs.  So lately I have been recreating my own bowls in my kitchen, and here is another such bowl masterpiece.  This one has both vegan and almost paleo versions for your culinary enjoyment.  With the added bonus they are quick, and makes minimal mess during the prep process.  So for us, who has seen Jay bounce around between different times zones 5 times in the last 10 days, while I have midterms looming in the way too near future, we welcomed a recipe that requires little hands on time and even litter clean up.  Continue reading “Bean Bowls”

Roasted Fall Veggie Quesadillas

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I am on a winning streak this week with new recipes.  This creation came after going for all you can eat quesadillas and margaritas at Amigos in Morningside heights last week with three dear friends.  Thank you Elliot for being in town and being our excuse to stuff ourselves to breaking point on Mexican food.  Come back soon.

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I for one had never had a margarita, but after last tuesday I can call myself a fan of this grown up version of a slurpee.  However, better than those frozen margaritas were the quesadillas served alongside them.  So after eating my fill (and I mean my actual fill) and still craving more I decided to try my hand at a healthy recreation and lucked out with exceptional success.  So enjoy these quick, simple and hearty variation of veggie quesadillas.  Continue reading “Roasted Fall Veggie Quesadillas”

Salmon Tacos with Sautéed Kale and Cilantro Lime Yoghurt

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The thing I miss most about the west coast is the seafood.  Atlantic Salmon just doesn’t cut it.  Shellfish is hard to score. Cheap sushi is non existent here, and even the pricier fare isn’t as tasty as back home.  So last week I saw a photo on Pinterest of Salmon Tacos, and my taste buds started to tingle (actually).  When I clicked through there was no recipe so I resolved myself to craft something that tastes as good as the Pinterest perfect photo looked.  Then Pacific Salmon was in stock at Trader Joe’s and the rest is history. These, amazing, tasty, filling, simple, awesome, nutrient rich tacos were born.  Enjoy first, and you can thank me later. Continue reading “Salmon Tacos with Sautéed Kale and Cilantro Lime Yoghurt”

Cobb Salad with a Tangy Oil Free Garlic-Mustard Vinaigrette

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You may have noticed the onslaught of new delectable recipes up over the past month.  Classes didn’t start again until last week so I have had a little more time to putter around in the kitchen.  It has been fun, but now I am back in full swing of grad school madness so the numbers may dwindle in the coming weeks.

On Thursday nights my classes don’t start until late, so my truly wonderful friend Vanessa came over for dinner to help me kill some time.  I kept it simple with this filling, substantial salad that is packed with just the right proteins and nutrition that your brain needs to sit through two hour evening courses. The best part is that it is simple to accommodate all dietary restraints and still leave your diners happy.  Vegan? Skip the meat, egg and cheese and the yams and avocado still taste divine.  Vegetarian? forgo the meat and the resulting salad will leave you just as satisfied.   Strict Paleo? set aside the cheese and yams and what you have left is more or less pure protein for your carnivorous needs.

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Homemade Chipotle Bowl

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One of our favorite things about America is Chipotle (yes fellow Canadians I know Vancouver got one right after we left).  When we were in Texas for one of Jay’s closest friend’s weddings he introduced us to it’s sheer awesomeness.  We experienced our first encounter with another dear friend, Tang,  who is nothing short of a force to be reckoned with in terms of lifting heavy weight and eating.  As such, Tang polished off two entire Chipotle bowls in that one first sitting.  If that isn’t something short of amazing and a testament to the greatness that is Chipotle than I don’t know what is.

My inspiration stemmed after I had stumbled across a few recipes for a DIY bowl on Pinterest but none of them seemed to stack up (one was a cold version which just didn’t cut it for me).  So I decided to try my hand at a recreation myself, and the results were spectacular.  The thing about Chipotle is everyone’s bowl will taste different depending on what they choose, so I based my creation on a combination of my normal order and Jay’s.  So here is our take on a healthier, cheaper and you can get it in your pajamas version of the coveted Chipotle bowl.   Continue reading “Homemade Chipotle Bowl”

Christmas Past: Hosting in an intimate setting

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A little throwback to a Christmas past.  Last season, an old friend of Jay’s was in town with a beautiful new girlfriend at his side so we hosted a little get together so we could meet her and eat our fill of scrumptious holiday foods.  At the time we were waiting to move into our new house and were renting a great, little basement suite but that left space was at a premium.  However, our lack of large dinner tables nor our quaint dwellings didn’t daunt of festive decor or vast spread of eats.  Below I have detailed our menu for the event, as well as my meal prep tips for small space hosting.  So here is a little inspiration for hosting the masses no matter how grand a place you call home.

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Sweet Butternut Squash Soup

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It’s fall in the city, and it is chilly outside. So inside we Jordan’s are keeping it warm and cozy.  Butternut Squash soup my favorite soup, and one of the best ways to stay toasty.  For the longest time I never attempted it on my own because I had written it off as too complex and time consumptive.  My mom also makes a killer butternut soup, that even still mine can’t hold a candle to.  Although maybe that is just the sentimentality inside me speaking since I tend to whip up this soup on the days I miss her a little more than usual.  Nonetheless, this soup isn’t complicated and is actually pretty efficient to make.  A quick chop, boil and purée and you are set to serve.   Enjoy. Continue reading “Sweet Butternut Squash Soup”

Roasted Eggplant and Goat Cheese Pizza

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Well midterms have started, and as such my diet has succumb to diners of ease and a few too many carbs.  Tonight I decided my body needed some real fuel to tackle the coming week, and my mind was in desperate need of a distraction from the books.  So I decided to try my hand at a little culinary creativity and to devise our own, nutrient rich version of pizza.  We loved it, although sadly it was sufficiently efficient to concoct so it wasn’t the time killer, procrastinating activity I was craving. So as such I am back at it, so wish me luck this week. I think I will need it. Continue reading “Roasted Eggplant and Goat Cheese Pizza”

Personal Pita Pizzas

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Well I had been told that graduate school would be busy, but a my friend, Pat, reminded me I have always been a little on the over programed side so shouldn’t fret and that I would be up for the challenge.  And I am, but that still does not change the daunting fact that I have a to do list the size of the Empire state building, a job to find and new content to absorb, digest and synthesize at an alarming rate which leaves very little time for daily life activities -like sleeping  cooking.  On Wednesdays I have a fascinating course in Educational Assessment that is proceeded by a lab in the Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services which takes me from 5 until 9.  Anyone who knows me intimately is aware that I could be the reigning Queen of any establishment offering the early bird special.  So this lands my course right in the middle of my allocated prime dinner time slot.  So I have had to be creative and eat prior to class and ensure I opt for something substantial because I can’t be snacking away as I administer tests.  So tonight I went for one of our tried and true quick meals that I had published in Canadian Living and can still be found online here -Personal Pita Pizzas.  I say personal because if your household looks anything like ours no one likes or will eat the same things.  This recipe allows everyone in your home to swap out or in ingredients to suit their palates and dietary preferences. Tonight I did them a little differently than the recipe you will find in Canadian Living  and the result was just a marvelous (better actually in my humble opinion) and had the added bonus of allowing me time to finish my last chapter of reading while they baked. That is a true culinary and academic success colliding in my books.

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