Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Love and Turkey Mushroom Meatballs in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Love and Roasted Butternut Squash, Craisin and Almond Crostini

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Love and Chicken Vegetable Ramen Soup

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Love and Baked Salmon Burgers

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Love and Sandwich-Thin Mini Veggie Pesto Pizza

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Love and Funfetti Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bites

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Love and Layered Matzah Cake

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Love and Avocado Caesar Chicken Salad

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Love and Slow-Cooker Burrito Brown Rice

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Love and Creamed Spinach Chicken

Hello everyone!

This is (maybe) one of the favorite things to make.

I initially got a recipe very similar to this from a Trader Joe's frozen salmon package.

If you're an avid visitor of Love&Grub, you may have noticed I don't use a lot of seafood.

Although it is incredibly healthy and versatile, unless it's on a bagel with cream cheese, or in sushi, I typically don't eat/order/cook a lot of it.

I continue to try, which led me to this recipe. I made it with salmon and didn't care for it, but the creamy spinach sauce that came from it tasted amazing so I knew I had to try it with chicken.

Best. Decision. Ever.

Speaking of seafood, you may notice a new addition to my blog (if you are looking at it from a laptop/computer)...on the right hand side -->

There is now a breakdown of categories!

So if you are interested in finding out what few seafood recipes I have, (or poultry, or breakfast, or tacos, etc) you can simply click the category. 

Back to this amazing dish...

This is a very versatile. If you don't eat chicken, you can easily replace it with any protein or simply use the spinach recipe. 

We first ate this with spaghetti squash, but I've also made it with pasta and couscous.

It's delicious in every way and you won't be mad that you tried it.

It has some tanginess from the dijon, creaminess from the cream cheese with tons of savory notes from the Worcestershire, spinach and spices. The feta ties this beauty all together. 

If you don't have Worcestershire at home, you can easily replace it with soy sauce.

Plus, it still has that savory, creamy taste of your usual creamed spinach, without tons of added fat from the usual heavy cream that is added.

It's a lighter version that can be used in many other ways.  

Let's get cooking!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Love and Chilled 'Hot Cocoa' Smoothie

I'm not much of a smoothie person. I'd rather eat something than drink it, but during one of my early weeks at the internship, I was finding myself with little to no appetite at 5 AM. I was doing a rotation where I wasn't able to have breakfast once I arrived, so I decided to try making a smoothie to take with me for the drive.

I had some orange, banana and spinach on hand, so I decided to add these 3 with some soy milk, oatmeal and ice.

It was AMAZING. It turned a beautiful bright green color, it was sweet, tangy and reminded me a little of drinking Orange Julius back in the day. 

So when I found out this month's Recipe Redux theme involved healthy chocolate pairings, I instantly thought about adding chocolate to my delicious, fruity shake. 

Although the theme is aimed at using leftover chocolate from Valentine's Day, I immediately thought about hot cocoa powder, especially with all the snowy/freezing weather we have had lately. I'm sure most of have a box of it laying around. 

Smoothie's can be healthy and a great way to get some nutrients in. This drink provides about 1 serving of fruit, 1/2 a serving of veggies and some added protein, nutrients and a little fiber from the oatmeal.

 However, I do want to stress that eating fruits and veggies whole will maximize the amount of goodness you will get! Plus, eating whole fruits and veggies is a great habit to have and to teach kids especially, rather than having them blended into a drink. 

Nonetheless, this smoothie has some great nutrients and it tastes delicious.

 The main thing that is lost when making juices or smoothies is the fiber, which helps keep you fuller longer. There is protein though, which helps with that aspect too.

It's a great added energy source for breakfast, although I would absolutely encourage eating something else with it. It can also be served as a snack, if you're craving something sweet, or even after a good workout. 

Plus it's so easy, so that is what's really important.

Let's get to it!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Love and Smokey Cinnamon-Sugar Popcorn

Hello everyone! Hope everyone is having a great 2015 so far. 

I've been crazy busy lately, preparing for my dietetic internship which starts NEXT WEEK!

**insert freak out here**

That also means I haven't had a lot of time to try new recipes and test blog ideas, which is why I am so happy to be a part of the Recipe Redux. It helps me get my butt into gear and start experimenting!
This month's Recipe Redux theme is all about smokey flavors. My instant thought was using some kind of spice, so I finally got my hands on some smoked paprika.

It's pretty awesome. Paprika itself has a pretty mild taste. It's often used to add color, but getting the smoked paprika helps give recipes a serious smoked flavor!

I also recently tried popping my own popcorn (on a stove) and it was a GAME changer!

Microwave popcorn is tasty, don't get me wrong, but often, it is LOADED with salt, fat and who knows what else. 

Making it stovetop allows you to control all the not so great things while adding so much flavor. l'm not huge fan of adding a lot of fat and sugar, but sometimes you just gotta indulge. 

Popcorn is a great way to do that too. It's kind of a perfect snack because it has that salty, light flavor that we all like from chips and the like, but it also has fiber and is generally low in calories!

That means if you're hungry and craving a salty/sweet treat, this will satisfy your craving while also filling you up a little until your next meal.
Look out for more recipes with popcorn because this is such a cool way to experiment with different spices!

Enough talking, let's get cooking!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Love and Stir-Fry Veggie Brown Rice

Happy 2015 everyone!!
On top of the beginning of this year, it is also the ONE YEAR anniversary of
Love & Grub! 

It has been so much fun and such a joy to write in this little blog. I never knew how much it would change me. 

I am forever grateful for all the positive feedback and love that I've gotten from my family, friends and people who have tried my recipes! I can't even begin to explain how appreciative I am because this blog has given so much to me in the process.

1. It helped me step way out of my comfort zone. It is SCARY to post your thoughts to the public but the more I posted, the easier it got. In the process, I've gained confidence in myself and am less fearful of sharing my ideas with others.
2. I have become a way better cook. When I started blogging, and even before that, I would overcook stuff a lot, or over/under season. I've tried new ingredients, new techniques and new styles of cooking which has totally expanded my skills. 
3. I have the best relationship with food ever. I truly never thought I would be able to eat like I do. As I've mentioned before, it all about loving what you eat and balance.

So thank you all for your encouragement and for following me on this journey! 

Now, onto the cooking...

I had a request to add a fried rice recipe by one of my best friends, which also happens to be something I make ALL the time so I thought it was the perfect recipe to start the new year off with.

I love stir frying for many reasons and since we all love a good list, here is why it is a great way to eat healthy:

1. It is a great way to make veggies the main attraction.
2. It is a way to give veggies that savory and comforting flavor we all love. By adding the soy sauce and spices, it adds so much to the veggies that can often become bland or not exciting.

3. It is so versatile! You can literally add anything to these and it will (likely) still be good! It can be totally vegan, you can add tofu, or you can add some chicken, shrimp, steak. You can add only veggies you like, and try different ones out. It is a perfect "make it how you love it" recipe!

Let's get to it!

Stir-Fry Veggie Brown Rice
Servings: About 4 (for side dish) or 2 (if main meal)