Monday, March 31, 2014

Cajun Skillet Vegetables

This is a pretty hearty dish so it can be eaten as a main course. It is healthy and is nice and flavorful with just the right amount of spiciness. I have never actually tried this, but for the meat lovers I'm sure it would be great with some andouille sausage or kielbasa cut up into it or served along side it.


  • 1 yellow onion, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 green pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 red potatoes, (skin on)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Creole seasoning


  1. Boil potatoes until soft.
  2. Sautee the onions in 1 tbsp butter until they're translucent and starting to brown.
  3. Cut potatoes into bite sized pieces and add to skillet with onions along with other tbsp of butter.
  4. Add green peppers to skillet and cook everything about 5 more minutes until green peppers are soft.
  5. Add a generous amount of cajun seasoning to taste.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Veggie Lo Mein

This is a healthy/tweaked version of a recipe I saw over at Since I couldn't find a few of the ingredients I just made up my own. It turned out so well I have made this twice now. And I must say, it makes for delicious leftovers that are even tasty eaten cold! The small amount of Sriracha sauce will add some nice flavor, but it's such a small amount that even a kid should be able to handle it!


  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 box whole wheat spaghetti noodles (3 servings)
  • 1/4 green cabbage, thin sliced
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 3 green onions, chopped (I use the whole thing)
  • 2 Tbsp low sodium Terriyaki sauce
  • 2 Tbsp low sodium Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Sriracha sauce


  1. Cook the noodles until almost al-dente and drain.
  2. Heat the sesame oil over medium heat and then add in the veggies and noodles. Stir fry for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in the Terriyaki sauce, Soy Sauce, and sugar. Continue to cook a few more minutes until veggies are soft.
  4. Turn off heat and stir in Sriracha sauce.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Caprese Sandwich

With only 4 ingredients, this simple sandwich is incredibly delicious. A few months ago I bought one of these at Alon's Bakery in Atlanta and I'm hooked. But at $6.99 a piece, I decided to make this myself at a fraction of the cost.


  • Ciabatta bread
  • Tomato slices (about 1/4 inch thick)
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese (about 1/4 inch thick)
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Balsalmic vinegar (optional)


I'm sure you've made a sandwich before, so I won't go into too much detail... I cut the ciabatta bread in half and add one layer of each ingredient - no need to stack this stuff up as it is all very flavorful. Sometimes I'll add a spritz of balsalmic vinegar for a little extra kick, but Alon's doesn't do this and it tastes just as good without it.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Home Made Pizza (including dough!)

There are few foods that I could eat every day, but pizza is high on that list. And when you find a food you love, why not make it yourself? I went through a lot of recipes before finding one that I like, so I used to find myself buying it from Publix or Trader Joe's. Alas, after a lot of flops, I found a recipe that gives those store-bought crusts a run for their money.

This recipe from Bobby Flay is the perfect combination of chewy and crispy. I specifically used bread flour and pizza dough yeast. I'm not sure if the yeast makes any difference, but the bread flour seems to have an impact.

Some Tips:

  • Bake the crust for 5-10 minutes before adding toppings to prevent the center from getting soggy.
  • If you're using a pizza stone, sprinkle it generously with corn meal to prevent the pizza from sticking to it.
  • To make a deep dish pizza, coat a cast iron skillet with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and bake the dough in it for about 5 minutes over medium-low heat on the stovetop. Then add sauce and toppings as usual before baking in the oven (still in the skillet) for 20 more minutes.
  • For thin crust, cut the dough in half and use a roller to get it flat. You may need to let the dough rest for 10 minutes in between rollings to help it stretch out better.