New England Clam Chowder- Dairy Free!

One of the perks of living in New Jersey is that my parents live about 10 minutes away. Why is this a perk? Well without getting too personal, they can do things like drop off extra food for us to cook! This weeks delivery was clams. I was super excited about this because I have yet to make clams in my kitchen tenure. I felt like it was a real right of passage for me. It was a cold dreary day (this spring has been more of a winter for us in NJ) so I thought soup would be a great option to have to warm us, well really me, Mike is always hot, up. This was my thought process: Clams...soup...Clam chowder! As I started exploring recipes I quickly came to find out that cream, butter, and white wine were staple ingredients. Now there is nothing WRONG with those foods, however I really try to keep my cooking as anti-inflammatory as possible. Plus, dairy doesn't do too well in our house hold...insert emoji with mask here....

Vegan Bolognese

Remember when the cow escaped from the Brooklyn slaughter house in April 2016? Well, that's all it took for Mike (and I) to stop eating red meat. the cow was doing everything it could to not get caught and go back to the slaughter house, and our dog Sherman kinda looks like a cow/pig, so no more red meat or pork in the Occhipinti house. Up until that moment our week night go-to was skirt steak on the George Foreman. Over the past two years we have made our new staple fish, particularly salmon, but even with Pintrest there are only so many ways to cook creatures of the sea.

The Tale of Two Apples

True story.

I purchased two locally grown Gala apples last week. We’re not huge fruit eaters in this house but I figured they would get been eaten at some point during the week. Since they were still sitting on our counter this morning, I asked Mike if he just didn’t like apples.

“I like them, I just prefer them cut up,” he said.

Stuffed Peppers That Fit Your Macros

One of the biggest complaints we hear about meal prep is that the meals can get boring. This recipe is an example of a great way to take a more generic ground turkey and rice meal and make it feel a lot more satisfying.

***For this recipe, we chose to add the rice and the turkey separately, so that we can portion out each one individually and get a better idea of the grams from carbs and protein. If you are not to concerned about knowing your exact portions you can mix the rice and turkey and add them to the pepper together.

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Just as a preface to any baking recipes that I post, I am the kind of baker who mixes up teaspoons and tablespoons and occasionally uses baking soda, instead of baking powder. If you ask my mom, she will tell you I have been ruining Christmas cookie recipes for 20 years.

Why is this relevant? It means that any recipe I do is SUPER simple and if I can do it, I’m pretty sure anyone can do it!

Breakfast, Meals

Breakfast Cookies

Oatmeal is a breakfast staple in our house. However, plain rolled oats can get a little boring at times. Here's a way to eat your oatmeal that's different and delicious! You can make a batch of these and eat them on the go in the morning, as a snack later in the day, or even for dessert. The recipe is also flexible to add your own favorite ingredients like walnuts, raisins or dark chocolate!

Tri-Color Bean Salad

In an effort to switch up the usual rice and potatoes side dishes, here's a healthy and simply prepared bean salad packed with all of your macronutrients, even fiber! Adding fiber to your diet is great to help keep you regular. Enjoy!  

Turmeric Salmon with Mushroom Kale

Since Mike and I don't eat red meat, unless it's a special occasion, Salmon and Chicken become our nightly dinner staple protein sources. Salmon is great because it's loaded with Omega-3's, which are essential fatty acids. They are essential because our body can't make them on it's own, therefore require us to get them from the outside, like eating wild caught salmon!

Dinner, Meals, Quick, Healthy, Paleo

Curry Shrimp-Fry

Real story: In Kindergarten, we all had a week during the school year where we get to feature ourselves on the "About Me" board. We would bring in various show-and-tell pieces, have extra play time, and would display all of our favorite things on the bulletin board. The "About Me" board would include things like our favorite color, movie, TV show, subject, and of course food. So along comes my week and on the board were things about me:

Salmon Bruschetta

I am always looking for different ways to prepare healthy dinners. The trouble I find with a lot of "healthy" recipes is sometimes they call for strange ingredients not readily accessible ingredients. It's just Mike and I (don't tell the dogs I wrote that, lol) and we keep it pretty simple. So then I would finding myself spending money on ingredients that I would use ONCE and then have to throw the rest away.