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My Favorite Recipes of 2010

As the year ended I realized just how many recipes I had gathered over the last few months. With my journey from being a carb loving lady to a gluten free girl, I had to refill my recipe box. Most of those pastas and breads have been taken over by rice, quinoa, and potatoes. All of those sweets have been taken over  by fruit and delicious teas. And here I am, gathering what I have thought to be my most loved recipes that I gathered from the internet. From sweet to savory. From meat to veggies. I love it all and will continue to use these recipes for years. It took me a few days to compile this list because there are so many recipes that I have enjoyed this year. But here they are:

1. The Best Broccoli of Your Life
This statement is no joke. I will never steam or boil broccoli again. Just picture this broccoli in a huge bowl. It has satisfied my hunger many countless times all on it’s own. This would be a great side dish as well.

2. New Mexican Stew
I love my crock pot a little bit too much. How could you not love throwing in random ingredients, turning on a switch, leaving for work, and coming home to the perfect fresh smelling house? You just can’t. This has the perfect amount of kick to it with the green chilies and the butternut squash just soaks up the cumin to an amazing taste.

3. Stuffed Turkey Burgers
Now I know these are quite simple, but there is nothing I enjoy more then a turkey burger. And stuffing a turkey burger, well that’s just genius. This recipe is quick, easy, and adaptable to your tastes. Change the cheese, change the peppers, add different spices, whatever your fancy is it will surely be delicious! ( I used a picture from my blog because the one on food network isn’t very appetizing)

4. Crash Hot Potatoes
I’d first like to say that I idolize Ree Drummond. Her website has so many amazing pieces to it, her cooking, her photography, and learning about her every day life in the country just makes me want to spend a day in her life. When I made these, Elliot probably ate 2/3 of these. They were so crispy and the spices on top were a great touch. Hands down the best way to cook a potato.

5. Smoky Tomato Soup
I’m posting this for a two reasons. One, because I love Nicole and her recipes are always so hearty that I only need to eat one serving. And two, I love tomatoes. A year ago, you wouldn’t even see me eating a tomato on a sandwich. Ketchup and tomato sauce were safe ground, but ripe tomatoes, no way no  how. Fast forward to today, I probably eat tomatoes every day. It’s weird, I know! But I can’t get enough, and this soup is so great and really catches that tomato flavor that I love.

6. Garlic Beef and Green Beans
It’s a rare occasion when I eat meat (No pun intended). When I do indulge, I usually like it cooked in little bites instead of a say, a T bone. The garlic in this dish is so tasty, and Sriracaha, don’t even get me started. This dish over a plate of rice is all too perfect to cure my need for red meat.

7. Cranberry Apple Stuffing
One of the first things I thought about when I found out that I had a wheat allergy was Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year because of my mothers stuffing. It’s made with 2 sticks of butter, turkey fat, sausage, and the perfect dry mix. I had to think of something that could be just as good as hers, but better (sorry Ma) so that I didn’t have to feel like I was missing out. The cranberries and the apple in this make it a savory stuffing that everyone can enjoy.

8. Brussels Sprouts Salad
My story with brussels sprouts is a repeat of my history with tomatoes. You could no get me near a single brussels sprout. I had this preconceived idea that they would be bitter and that they could never be appetizing. One night Elliot’s parents had me for dinner and his mother made roasted brussels sprouts. I had been on my kick of trying new things, popped one in my mouth, and have since been eating them almost every day. Why? Their simple, their full of iron, when I put garlic and oil on them and just saute them, they’re epic and effortless. This salad is a spin off of just pan frying them quickly and perfect for a picnic.

9. Sweet Potato Hash

Potatoes have been a great replacement for pasta for me. You can put anything on top of them and have it still be appetizing. Sweet potatoes surpass regular Yukon potatoes for me on my taste level and I have to buy a bag of them every time I got to the grocery store. This sweet potato hash is perfect for breakfast with your eggsor you can leave out the turkey for a side dish with your chicken, or even a mid day snack.

10. Red Bean Chili

Chili in the winter goes perfectly with a blanket and a cheesy movie. That is exactly what I made this for. The color of this chili was so gorgeous because of all the chili powder and the adding of the cocoa was perfect. It gave it a slight sweetness without being overwhelming. A good, hearty, vegetarian dish is always a favorite of mine. I could have eaten bowl full of this chili all winter.

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Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

 

After my first sitting of my root canal Tuesday morning, I didn’t want to have anything to do with hard crunchy food, or even the cooking of the food. My favorite investment has always been my crock pot. I throw so much in there that it is usually about to over flow. Really, just ask Elliot. I love the way my crock pot makes the house smell, and I really love how it cooks everything so perfectly. This recipe was very easy, and the only cooking that was necessary was the cooking of the ground turkey meat. It has a great kick and is perfect for those cold nights in.

Sweet Potato and Turkey Chili

1 pound of cooked ground turkey
2 small sweet potatoes
2 14.5 oz cans of kidney beans
2 14.5oz cans of diced tomatoes with green chilies (I get mine at Trader Joes. If you don’t have these buy a can of chopped green chilies separately)
1 bag of frozen corn
2 tbsp of chili powder (palm full)
2 tbsp of cumin
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp of cayenne pepper
2 cups of organic chicken stock

Cook your ground turkey in a skillet. Cook until browned, and drain the fat from the pan.

Put all of your ingredients in your crock pot. Add in the ground turkey meat. I cooked mine on a high heat for 4 hours.

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Red bean chili

The time between fall and winter this year in New England was short, and far too sweet. Fall is my favorite season for many reasons. The leaves changing colors, my birthday, Halloween, and of course fall flavors like pumpkin and caramel. I’m also a huge fan of warm, hearty comfort food. Which I tend to enjoy more then I’d like to admit when this time of year comes around. Hands down, my favorite comfort food is chili.

This recipe is so simple and only took me about 30 minutes to whip up. This was one of the huge meals that I make to last me a week. And this helping did! Of course, I am only one person, so double it if you need to! This is also gluten-free! (Like most of recipes will be)

Red Bean Chili
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

1 to 1.5 pounds of ground turkey or beef
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of organic chicken broth
1/4 cup of chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 14oz can of diced tomatoes (I use Muir Glen)
1 4oz can of green chilies
2 15oz cans of kidney beans
1 bag of frozen corn
Salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large dutch oven, or saucepan to medium heat. Add the beef or turkey and cook until browned. Add the garlic and stir. Slowly stir in the broth. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, tomatoes, and green chilies. Bring your heat down to a medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the beans, frozen corn, salt, and pepper, stir well, and simmer uncovered for 10 more minutes. Add your topping of choice: cheese, sour cream, guacamole, whatever fits your fancy! I topped mine with fontina cheese.

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