Fancy Chicken Bow Tie Pasta

Happy Foodie Friday!!!! This dish is dressed up with somewhere to go….my stomach lol! Last week The Mister got back in the cooking game and made me one of his single man go to meals, Chicken Bow Tie Pasta (the fancy pinky version). I’m here to give all the details of what all went into this lovely creation. Continue reading “Fancy Chicken Bow Tie Pasta”

Chickpea and Chicken Soup


Happy Foodie Friday!!!! Let’s see, this week I tried my hand at a soup. I LOVE soup….or maybe it’s better to say I have a healthy obsession with soup. 

This recipe I found while scouring the web for quick delicious meals that don’t require a ton of free time besides throwing everything in a pot. The Chickpea and Chicken Soup solved that problem.

This dish has a good amount of developed slightly spicy flavor from the chunky whole tomatoes, cayenne, and paprika. Because the chicken legs are cooked in the broth prior to shredding the meat, you get another added layer of depth to help build on.

My favorite thing about this dish is the finishing touches of the earthy parsley and zing of lemon juice at the end. Hubby and I added more parsley than the recipe called for, but hey, to each their own. Our soup was light, yet curiously filling and a great end to a busy week.

Give it a whirl sometime, see what ya think! Til next time, happy eating!!!

Bobby Flay Inspired Steak Pizza

This is no ordinary pizza. This pizza has been the most requested pizza hands down by my husband since the first time I made it. At LEAST once a month I get the request for us to have this dish and with good reason….it’s the BEST pizza ever! Hands down! 

The recipe I used is a slight variation from the Bobby Flay original Pizza with NY Strip, Blue Cheese and Balsamic Glaze. For my dish I use the Garlic Naan in the bread section of most grocery stores. I do use the New York Strip as well. It has to be the NY Strip or one of those finer cuts because otherwise it just doesn’t do the pizza justice.

Chef Flays recipe calls for watercress, but I can never seem to find it so I sub in fresh arugula to give it a nice peppery cut. And then the cheese I never deviate: Monterey, Smoked Amish Blue Cheese, and shaved Parmasean. The blue cheese and parm really add a nice sharpness to the mild monterey cheese.  

The icing on the cake is a tangy sweet balsamic glaze that is striated over the top. Talk about absolutely delicious! I never have to ask hubby if he wants to eat this. He always wants to eat this lol!!!!

Til next time, happy eating ๐Ÿ˜‹

Roasted Portobello Mushroom and Asparagus Salad


Happy Foodie Friday!!! This week I’m featuring a copy cat rendition of a salad I had that was sooooo good I actually recreated it at home. Hubby doesn’t always get excited about salad, but this one, he has actually requested after trying it the first time.

This is a BJ’s Brewhouse recreation of their Roasted Portobello Mushroom and Asparagus Salad with Chicken (I added the chicken ๐Ÿ˜Š). It’s a very simple and yet filling dish. Take crisp spring mix greens and load in the roasted veggies. I love the earthiness of Portobellos, plus they are meaty so it helps the salad fill one up. 

It’s topped with goat cheese for a nice gamey tang and cranberries that give the slight tart contrast that marries well with this dish. I chose to grill up some balsamic glazed chicken thighs and doubled the balsamic as the dressing. The chicken is optional of course, but us carnivores love our meat every once in a while. And then the final touch is a sprinkle of roasted pumpkin seeds. Strangely enough, the seeds taste a lot like sunflower seeds so either do the job I’m sure.

Well there you have it! A copy cat version of a salad so great, I actually brought it into the house lol!!!

Til next time, merry eats!!

Pregnancy Approved Poke

Happiest Foodie Friday!!!! Today I restart my foodie posts with a Hawaiian inspired dish of Poke. Since raw fish is off the menu for the next 3 months for me, I decided to improvise with a little twist on this enjoyable classic.

I started with a healthy helping of brown jasmine rice, layered with seaweed paper, avocado, cucumber, red onions and green onion. Instead of using raw tuna, I added cooked shrimp to my bowl and topped with a sprinkle of sesame oil and soy sauce. 

The meatiness of the shrimp gave it a familiar “sushi-like” texture. We especially enjoyed the aroma of sesame oil that floats over the bowl helping bring the whole dish together. Even if you’re not pregnant, this dish is a dish!!!!! 

Til next week, happy eating ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Happiest Foodie Friday to you all! This week I am excited to share a lovely vegetarian dish that I found online. It’s called a Spicy Kale and Coconut Stir Fry compliments of Cookieandkate.com.

I LOVE spicy food! Not like, to tears spicy, but a nice roll of heat in the senses is always a nice addition to a dish. This one totally delivered. It’s a easy stir fry with egg, kale, brown rice (I used wild rice), coconut flakes, all topped with cilantro and a kick of lime.

The Kale is beautifully steamed and addsย some texture; very earthy in tone. The surprise in this dish is the coconut flakes. It brings in a crunch and the most subtle coconut flavor that is a perfect hint to say “I’m here” without taking over. It’s nice andย filling without overwhelming the tummy.

Hubby and I really enjoyed this dish. We ate it all lol! I think I will be making this a part of my monthly cooking regime. Until next time, happy eating ๐Ÿ˜€ !!!

Vegan Grill Cheese With Tomato Soup


Happy Foodie Friday!!!! The whole month of Sept we have been eating vegan. No dairy, no meat…NO MEAT (it’s soooooo hard lol).

So this time I decided to go simple and make us a vegan grill cheese. The bread is a delicious Duomo bread I got from Central Market. The cheese was a Follow Your Heart Brand cheddar and mozzarella style substitute.

I must say, it was challenging to get the cheese to melt. We still ate it, BUT we actually ended up really liking the bread and soup more than the vegan cheese. Of the cheeses, I preferred the mozzarella over the cheddar due to its more muted flavor. Not every Foodie Friday dish makes our top list and this one suffered on account of our lack of vegan refined pallets. But that still doesn’t stop us from having tons of fun.

Hope you enjoy your Friday and whatever meal you chose to eat ๐Ÿ˜‰. Til next time, happy eating!