How to make popcorn that’s easy, healthy and super yummy! It just takes three ingredients from Trader Joe’s and a microwave popcorn popper.
I love going off the beaten path. That’s definitely true when it comes to travel, but also when it comes to veering from any norm: Mix-and-match clothing; home design; cooking.
And when it comes to reconstructing what’s for dinner, my favorite tailor-made dish is soup.
Last night, tortilla soup became palatable to a paleo-dieting friend by leaving out the tortillas. Just as delicious as with.
I loaded it with chicken, but take away the chicken and it becomes a veggie delight. Leave out the tomatoes and add some white beans, and your acid-adverse friends will chow down.
Here’s what I put in the pot. Take note, but don’t be afraid to make it your own. You can’t go wrong.
Tortilla Soup Recipe – without tortillas
- 3lbs chicken breast (I used TJ’s frozen chicken to keep the cost down.)
- 3TBs olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 6 cloves of garlic
- 2 quarts of chicken stock – try veggie stock, plain water, or go a completely different direction with something like TJ’s Butternut Squash soup
- 1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- a whole lot of cumin and chile powder (unmeasured/to taste)
- A dash of salt
- Sides: chopped cilantro, chopped onion, sliced avocado, shredded Parmesan cheese, shredded Cheddar cheese, hot sauce
How to make a tuna salad sandwich without the bread
- One can of tuna
- 1/4 to 1/2 onion, chopped
- Several chopped dill-pickle sandwich slices
- A bowl of torn lettuce
- Chopped tomatoes to taste (not shown)
- Dressing: A smattering of olive oil, drizzled balsamic vinegar and the juice from half a lemon
Same sandwich, just served in a bowl instead of a plate. Oh, and without bread. Details.
This is the first in an occasional series. Creating pizza with unlikely ingredients. Unlikely ingredients, that is, if you’re not me.
For me, these are standard, go-to flavors: dill pickle slices and Vidalia onion on a thick flour tortilla painted with a dense film of tomato-basil sauce., topped with shredded Quattro Formaggio.
Some may say it’s weird. Some may run screaming to find comfort only in their sacred pepperoni and black olive. But folks, as the title alludes, this is only the first of many more creations ahead that I call, “Pizza.”
Wait with wonder and anticipation. Or fear. : )
“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” ~Federico Fellini
Some days I go to Trader Joe’s with a shaggy shopping list thinking that something delicious will be waiting for me, like Prince Charming in food form, sitting between the string cheese and shaved Parmesan.
This is one of those fairytale displays that takes your hand and suddenly you’re at home with an amazing meal. Magical scents waft through the house as gourmet goodness fills your stomach.
Olive oil drizzled over lemon pepper pappardelle ribbons is all you need for a fabulous dinner, of course. But, additional items can add a twist to the classic.
Some other favorite pasta-dish ingredients:
- steamed asparagus
- kalamata olives
- grilled chicken
- grated Parmesan
- artichoke hearts
What’s your favorite go-to pasta addition or recipe?
Fact #1 – I don’t eat a lot of carbs (aka starch), so otatoepays are generally ixnayed.
Fact #2 – These teeny tiny potatoes are some of the cutest root veggies I’ve ever seen, and I wanted to eat them.
Fact #3 – A friend was coming over. Timing is everything.
And so, a meal was born including tiny, thinly sliced potatoes and other small veggie items.
How to make tiny tater small scramble:
Spread oil olive in a skillet. Season with a clove of chopped garlic.
- Thinly sliced tiny potatoes
- Quartered cherry or grape tomatoes (keep it small)
- A block of cubed sprouted tofu
- A cup or two of chopped onions
- A quarter pint of baby bella sliced mushrooms
- Sprinkle a little salt
- Heat until potatoes are softened
- Enjoy with a friend!
On an uncanny note, this morning the following Harvest Public Radio story aired on my local NPR station: “Potato Industry Banks on Linda.” It’s about the decline in potato consumption and the efforts of the U.S. Potato Board to entice people to bring potatoes back to the table. Timely.
[This post is completely independent of any public radio programming and is not funded by the U.S. Potato Board or Trader Joe’s.]
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