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Adobe Beef Torta with Queso Sauce

Adobe Beef Torta with Queso Sauce

Torta’s are the Mexican food translation for sandwich. This recipe takes all the rich and complex flavors of Mexican cuisine and intermixes them with a more traditional flavor associated with beef ~ horseradish. This 30-minute recipe will be a hit for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

What’s a Tartine?

Tartine

Tartines by definition are fancy French open face sandwiches with at least one spreadable ingredient. They are a fun take on the basic sandwich and as with all sandwiches the possibilities are endless. For a quick and easy dinner this week, I planned a Tartine with roasted cherry tomatoes from my garden, goat cheese and Prosciutto di Parma. Prosciutto di Parma is right up there with bacon for us and can be eaten with just about anything since it is just that good. I recommend using the freshest loaf of bread you can find, and let the cheese and Prosciutto come to room temperature before serving. This is my take this French classic but it is easy to use just about any of your favorite ingredients to make them truly special. Serve with a side salad or soup.

Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Glaze

Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Glaze

We love meatballs. They not only are easy but also taste so good. They are perfect for lunch or dinner. This recipe is also great for a quick and easy appetizer for any party. The hoisin glaze is sweet and salty – a perfect accompaniment. Serve with brown rice and steamed edamame for a complete dinner.

On the Boarder Burrito’s

On the Boarder Burrito’s

One of our favorite skillet dishes is my Skillet Steak Peperonata, which has Italian influences. So, I have re-invented this dish with a Southwestern flair and turned it into Burritos. In this recipe, I use Skirt Steak but Chicken would work well too. If you prefer vegetarian burritos, leave out the meat and use the vegetables. The vegetables are what make this recipe so amazing and if you fear your kids won’t eat them leave them out of their burrito and serve them on the side so that they might taste them. This dish will win over your whole family.

Building a Fun Lunch Box – Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs Lunch Box

Kids, generally love meatballs. My son loves them in any form or flavor so, this week I wanted to do simple Italian Meatballs with Pita bread for dipping or to make sandwiches. Ideally, I would recommend making my Sunday Sauce with Meatballs recipe on a Sunday night for dinner and use the meatballs in lunch the next day for the kids. I bet the parents would even love them for lunch the next day. This is my families traditional sauce with a few touches of my own. The meatball recipe has been past down for many generations now and orginates with my Italian ancestors in Italy. We are from a small farming community outside Naples so since we are southern we love our sunday sauce and meatballs on the rich side but if you prefer them lighter try my Healthy Bolognese Meatballs or my gluten free Meatballs with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Ricotta Cheese.

Spaghetti al Vino Blanco, Kale and Pancetta

Spaghetti al Vino Blanco, Kale and Pancetta

This is a quick and easy recipe full of delicate flavors yet creamy and decadent. By adding in the kale, it is a great way to get your kids to eat greens.

Best Lunch Box Recipes – Mini build your own Tacos

Best Lunch Box Recipes - Build your own Tacos

It’s back to school time again. As buy and we go out all the prerequisite back to school supplies, lunch is always at the top of the list. We are all looking for easy and creative ways to fill our kid’s lunch boxes so that they will eat everything. This year, I wanted to create some fun lunch box ideas that are built on some kid favorite foods. So, this week’s feature is a simple build your own taco lunch. In this recipe, I use beef but these tacos can easily be made with chicken, turkey or tofu. To make it even easier on you, I recommend making the taco meat the night before for dinner and use it to feed your family tacos, burritos or taco salad and then use the leftovers for lunch the next day. I bet even the adults will want to take this to work!

Feta-Stuffed Burgers with Tahini-Yogurt Sauce

Feta stuffed burgers

Faced with having to make dinner for my brother, a natural-born foodie while also making my son content, I went in search of a recipe that was not only seasonal but also unique enough to excite everyone at the table. Enter one of my favorite books Pure Beef by Lynne Curry. Lynne was a vegetarian who grew to love grass-fed beef and has learned to cook every cut on a cow. Once of the most inexpensive ways to enjoy grass-fed organic beef is to buy freshly ground grass-fed meat from your local butcher so being cost continuous since I was feeding a crowd that night, I settled on her recipe for Feta Stuffed Burgers. With a few simple modifications to fit our family, dinner was served and loved by all.

Lamb Burgers with Greek Couscous

Lamb Burgers with Greek Couscous

It may come as no surprise to my readers out there that my family loves Lamb. We love the rich yet subtle game taste that lamb offers. Years ago, I added lamb to chuck as I was making burgers and we were won over with the amazing depth of flavor and juiciness that took over what once was average burgers. So, what better way to pay homage to lamb than to make a 100% lamb burger? This kid friendly recipe of our favorite Greek ingredients is my take on a quick and easy Greek style cook out.

Brown Rice with Spring Peas and Prosciutto

Brown Rice with Spring Peas and Prosciutto

Are you wondering what to do with all the spring peas at the markets and in the grocery stores? This is an Italian take on fried-rice but without all the fat. As with fried-rice it is best to use day old cooked rice but you can also make it with freshly cooked rice. You won’t really notice the difference. This is a great side dish with chicken or beef. It is also great on its own as a main dish.

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