Category Archives: Beef Option

Cabbage Coleslaw with Pineapple Salsa (and Shredded Beef)

At least 3 nights a week I am trying out a new dinner recipe.  Some are my own concoctions, but most are from other food blogs and websites.  Before each new cooking adventure, I imagine how perfect this new meal will be… delicious and filling and oh-so-good!  But in reality, many are not all that exciting.  About 2 weeks ago, I had some pretty bad luck with new recipes, not once, not twice, but three nights in a row! We were having a bowl of cereal instead of seconds and turning to a nice bowl of ice cream before we started to feel full.

Fresh off of that less than exciting week of food, I was skeptical about trying this recipe.  Mostly because I have not had great experiences with cabbage.  However, the lure of a quick and easy meal won me over and Kalyn’s Kitchen has so many delicious recipes!  So I gave it a try…

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How could this be bad when it looks this good???

I ended up changing quite a few things because I didn’t have all of her ingredients on hand, but the result was surprisingly good!  While I can’t promise that there won’t be duds on our dinner table from time to time, I can promise that I will be making this again, because it was unique, delicious, and soo simple!! Continue reading

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Mexican Quinoa Salad (with Beef)

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I love quinoa!  It’s so filling and there are so many things you can do with it.  As a vegetarian, you eat a lot of grains, and it is very easy to get sick of pasta and rice all the time.  Quinoa is a great way to mix things up!  Plus quinoa is a superfood – it is very high in protein, it is actually a complete protein and is high in fiber, iron, and magnesium. Continue reading

2-in-1 Vegetable Baked Ziti

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Back in my college days, I lived entirely off of pasta and cheese (well almost entirely), but of course I wouldn’t have the same thing all the time… one week it’d be manicotti, and then stuffed shells, a nice lasagna thrown in here and there, and when I needed a quick dinner, spaghetti with parmesan cheese.  I know, I know… you’re thinking about how creative and delicious that sounds.

 Well, Adam doesn’t like cheese – crazy I know! – so I was forced to use a lot less cheese in my cooking whenever we would eat together.  Since we’ve been married, I’ve used cheese quite sparingly.

My body is very grateful that cheese no longer consumes 50% of my diet, but I still crave a good cheesy pasta every now and then.  I desperately wanted to find a way that both Adam and I could enjoy some cheesy pasta dish.  After a little creative thinking I came up with this solution, which is a lot healthier than most zitis, and, more importantly, satisfies my desire for cheese and Adam’s disgust of it! Continue reading

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