Beef Stew Appetizers Recipe

Beef Stew Appetizers

02.06.14 by Jackie

Baby Aria is a toddler now and even though I tend to feed her soft food, I still want her to experience the different textures and flavors each meal can bring. I prepared a beef stew, which she adored, but I still had a little meat left. So I shredded it with a fork, formed little mounds and used them for appetizers.

I always have extra dough stored in my freezer (I used the same dough for my roasted butternut squash galette earlier this week). I formed little pockets by cutting rectangles of dough and pinching the edges with the back of fork. These little appetizers were so addictive that they were all gone in a jiffy.


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Eggplant Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce Recipe

Eggplant Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

02.05.14 by Jackie

This is my go-to winter dish. It's filling, creamy and incredibly delicious. I sautéed penne pasta with grilled eggplant and covered both in a sun-dried tomato sauce. 

Sun-dried tomatoes add wonderful color to the sauce. You don't need to add a lot because their flavor is pretty robust and concentrated with an exquisite hint of saltiness. I selected penne pasta because the shape enables the sauce to coat and penetrate the pasta so each bite is extra scrumptious.


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Paneer, Brussel Sprout and Butternut Squash Quinoa Recipe Recipe

Paneer, Brussel Sprout and Butternut Squash Quinoa Recipe

02.04.14 by Jackie

I purposely roasted a large quantity of butternut squash yesterday so I could use the leftovers for this quinoa dish. What I find very attractive about this gluten-free dish is the abundance of colors, thanks to the warm butternut squash and the bright Brussels sprouts. For a touch of richness in this otherwise healthy dish, I added fried cubes of paneer cheese. 

You could enjoy this quinoa dish on its own if you're a vegetarian, or you could serve it, like I did, as a side dish with a poulet rôti (my favorite roasted chicken). 


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Roasted Butternut Squash Galette Recipe Recipe

Roasted Butternut Squash Galette Recipe

02.03.14 by Jackie

When you feel like improvising, consider making a galette. It doesn't have to look perfect, and it's basically a combination of dough and filling. It's easy to modify, easy to adapt.

I prepared a flaky, buttery dough and roasted a butternut squash. Then I created a large disk, placed the flavorful butternut squash filling in the center and made the free-form tart. 

Cooking doesn't have to look perfect. The more rustic this savory tart appears, the better; starting everything from scratch only adds to the charm of the homemade meal. Plus, it's not very labor-intensive and I find rolling the dough very de-stressing. So if you want to free your mind in the evening, just do as I do and mix up some dough!


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