Culinary Ginger

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Chicken piccata and $25 Rachael Ray gift certificate giveaway

Chicken piccata and $25 Rachael Ray gift certificate giveaway

It's giveaway time! This week we are celebrating our 1 year anniversary. Up for grabs is a $25 gift certificate to the online Rachael Ray store

Rachael Ray is famous for her 30 minute meals, so as a bonus we are also bringing you a recipe for one of my favorite 30 minute meals, chicken piccata. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sautéed spinach with crispy shallots and pecans

Sautéed spinach with crispy shallots and pecans

A healthy and quick side dish. Sautéed in garlic with crispy shallots, toasted pecans and fresh lemon.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Drunken chicken

Pollo ubriaco (drunken chicken) is Northern Italian comfort food. Chicken breasts and vegetables all bathed in red wine.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Heirloom tomato burrata salad with basil dressing

Heirloom tomato burrata salad with basil dressing

As summer draws to a close, I'm still enjoying heirloom tomato season and this is my favorite way to enjoy them; with burrata and my homemade basil dressing.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

15 meatless recipes

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15 meatless recipes

Meatless doesn't have to mean mundane, look at how popular Meatless Monday has become.
I like to enjoy a meatless meal a few days a week because it is actually good for you. Now, if you know this blog, you know I don't care for processed food, but sometimes even I need what I call 'emergency' food in the house. So, I like to keep a selection of Morningstar Farms products in the freezer for those emergency times like when I'm sick and can't make to the to grocery store, or I get home from an international trip and just cannot bring myself to grocery shop and cook after an 11 hour flight.

Let's think out of the bun for a second. Picture the scene (we've all been there). You've just gotten home after a long day and the pantry is bare. There's only milk and lettuce in the fridge and pita pockets in the pantry and that's it. Well, there are those Morningstar Farms Mediterranean chickpea burgers in the freezer, we can make falafel! Add defrosted chickpea burgers to the food processor with an egg and and shape them into falafel, bake or shallow fry and you have a meal.

Lunch at home is sometimes a challenge for me if I don't have any leftovers. Usually because I'm in the middle of recipe testing, or a photo shoot or writing a blog post. I don't want an elaborate lunch but sometimes I just feel like having a burger so this is when I like to make spicy black bean burgers, they cook from frozen and ready in minutes.  Sometimes it's a nice crispy buffalo chik'n patty with melted cheese and lettuce just to shake things up. This sounds good right? With products like this, you wont miss the meat that gives you full, heavy I need a meat nap feeling.

Breakfast is another meal that you can also be meat free. Just the other day, I made a sweet potato frittata, it was meatless, but I could have added Morningstar Farms veggie sausage crumbled into it to add great flavor and texture. 

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Morningstar products are made with real honest ingredients, which works for me, (see that sub heading below my logo?). Their selection gives you lot's of recipe possibilities because of their wide range of products you can replace meat in just about any dish. Please visit my meatless recipes collection to see how versatile meat substitutes can be.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Roasted red pepper relish

Roasted red pepper relish

Fresh roasted red peppers, cornichons and mild pickled pepper rings make up this easy, yet versatile side dish.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mushroom pâté

Mushroom patê

An easy, yet very flavorful and light pâté. Sautéed mushrooms with garlic, rosemary and ricotta.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Snakebite - British cider and lager

Snakebite - British cider and lager

A drink with a bite, hence the name. Snakebite is a classic British pub drink. A 50/50 mix of hard cider and lager.