Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Remember when this used to be a food blog and not just a chronicling of our city life? My apologies for the lack of posts (specifically food related musings) we have had a busy, full summer filled with weekends away, road trips and a new, amazing career for me. It has been such a blast. Jameson and I are both feel so recharged and refreshed after our first summer in NYC. I will get to documenting all of that soon, but for now here is some proof that I have in fact been whimsically whipping up new creations in my kitchen. Since Jameson is in Vegas at the moment celebrating the pending marriage of two very dear friends, these muffins come with the  sign of approval from three very trustworthy young men. Not only that but they are super quick to make, and only requires dirtying a single bowl (so it’s perfect for you urban readers whose kitchen real estate is less than robust). Enjoy. Continue reading “Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffins”

Reader Creations: Happy Saturday Everyone

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As you know, I LOVE seeing pictures of readers trying out our recipes (so please if you try something out instagram it, tweet it or send it in directly. I love the feedback).  Today’s pint sized chef is cuter than buttons.  This little sweetheart mixing up a batch of our Chocolate Drop Cookies left me with a perma-grin and amplified my baby fever to a new pinnacle.  I hope her sweetness brightens your day as much as it did mine 🙂 Happy weekend one and all!

Love,
Renée

Roast Chickpea and Cauliflower Salad with a Dijon Lime Vinaigrette

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I love the suburbs (not that this is news to any of you).  To take our uncool points to the next level, not only do I love suburbs but I adore small, university towns because I really, really, really like school.  We Jordan’s make a point to stop at iconic college campuses wherever we go (even if it requires three extra tolls and an hour and a half detour on our Trans American road trip).  So on Tuesday when Jay had a site visit to Connecticut I couldn’t stop myself from tagging along for the night to explore the picturesque Yale campus.  With it’s cherry blossoms, crooked streets and ancient architecture it was nothing short of adorable.  Add to our adventure that we stopped in Darien, CT, which easily could be described as the loveliest small town in America, and I would say it was a trip worth making.

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Before we set out I had two meetings and a class to attend, which left little time to cook dinner.  So in light of our pending getaway I kept dinner simple with this delicious, warm salad. Besides a little chopping of the cauliflower,  radishes and avocado, the hands on time is minimal.  So enjoy this fast, light spring dinner because this gem is not your traditional, mild mannered spinach salad.

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Skillet Shrimp and Chicken Paella

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My mom makes excellent paella. It is bar none one of her unsung talents.  So last weekend when I was meal planning and missing her a little extra I decided to try my hand at it.  Now she is the master, and I the student so I do not in any capacity feign superiority in my dish.  I have watched her whip it up on several occasions, but what is tricky is that my mom happens to be a wiz in the kitchen so she never follows a recipe directly.  Thus no paella is ever rendered the same again.  It is a dish only to be enjoyed in that moment, because next time it will be equally as wonderful but slightly refined.  So as I crafted my version I tried to think back on what I seen her incorporate, and then substituted in and out a few items to suit our palates (like quinoa instead of rice, extra veggies instead of meat and turkey sausage instead of chorizo).  I am sure I missed plenty of ingredients but the result was nonetheless stellar.  Furthermore, pausing to enjoy my take on paella on this sunny New York Spring evening, whirled up all sorts of nostalgia as it left my feeling as if I was sitting on my mom’s back porch catching up over our days.  I love you mom 🙂 Continue reading “Skillet Shrimp and Chicken Paella”

Spicy Fajita Soup

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Clearly I am on a culinary roll this week.  It is shocking what can be accomplished when I am facing of a daunting level of work, and thus in desperate need of a creative outlet. Today’s soup comes to you as an extra show of love for Jameson who has been so supportive and patient in the midst of all the crazy.  Even taking the time to walk me around the Upper West side until 10:30pm last night as I breathed in the fresh air, cleared my head and tried to let go of the day.  In the meal planning process I often tend to favor my dietary preferences, and rarely cook him anything with animal protein.  So on days when I am feeling extra thankful for the emotional, physical and mental resource he is for me day in and day out, I tend to plan meals that have him in mind.  What makes this soup extra special is that the chef can opt the meat in or out (or add it just to the carnivorous bowls at the end like we do), thus making it the perfect flex meal for differing palates and culinary restrictions.  Meat or meatless you will still get ample protein from the black beans and the flavor isn’t hindered in either version.  This is a substantial, hearty meal, so enjoy.  Continue reading “Spicy Fajita Soup”

Chewy, Gooey, Ginger Molasses Cookies

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I have officially worked my brain to capacity.  30+ peer reviewed articles and legal statutes later and I think I have enough knowledge to craft an adequate position paper on the martial rights of persons with disabilities (fingers crossed).  I have left a permanent impression of myself on my couch the past few afternoons as I have chipped away at my scholastic to-do list.  So what I need now is refueling, both mentally, creatively and physically.  Which is where these cookies come in. I have a basic cookie dough recipe I tend to use for the base of all my cookies and lately I have been craving ginger snap, so I decided to play around.  The result was fantastic on the first attempt.

Oh, and they’re vegan.

 

And another thing, the only real molasses in them is in the brown sugar. So they’re healthier than the traditional variation of this cookie.

Alas, in my books today was a successful day -cookies and academics included.  Continue reading “Chewy, Gooey, Ginger Molasses Cookies”

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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Boiled and Baked Plantain Chips

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This recipe comes to you by way of a happy accident.  As previously mentioned Jay and I were beyond fortunate enough to have my mom and aunt come stay with us all last week.  While in the city they spoiled us rotten with baked goods, dinners, fresh fruit and… plantains.  The plantains were picked up in thought that they were very large, funny looking bananas.  Turns out plantains are nothing like bananas. So since it would break my heart to waste a bundle of really excellent produce I decided to find something to turn them into.  What resulted was homemade, boiled (not fried) plantain chips, and they are seriously delicious. Having never previously eaten a plantain I chalk this discovery up to one awesome mistake that will definitely happen again in the Jordan household.  So enjoy this vegan, paleo and whole 30 accepted snack. Then thank my mom and my aunt for their oversight. It was a good one.

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Reader Creations: Joanna Eats

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The past few weeks I have begun a new segment where I post reader renditions of my recipes.

Today’s reader is extra special because not only is she great encouragement for what what we do here at The Jordan Project, but she herself is also undertaking a nutrition program, making her an exceptional resource for promoting a healthy lifestyle. So check her out, follow her Instagram and in the process glean great meal ideas, educated information on healthy eating. This woman will leave you inspired. Not only is she one hot mama of two little ones and a dedicated wife but she still manages to find time to cook healthy meals for her family and maintain an active lifestyle. Like really?

Recipes highlighted by Joanna:

Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Energizing Green Soup

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.

So however you elect to eat-enjoy. Continue reading “Cobb Salad with a Tangy Oil Free Garlic-Mustard Vinaigrette”