Farro Stuffed Peppers

Farro Stuffed Peppers

This recipe for stuffed peppers without rice features farro, mushrooms and spinach. Farro is a beautiful grain and if you haven’t tried it yet, you should make it happen! Soon! Grab some next time you are at the store. There are three kinds of farro: whole, semi-pearled and pearled. In most grocery stores in the United States, you will find the pearled kind, which requires less cooking time and no need for soaking. If the brand you find doesn’t specify what kind of farro they are offering, it’s probably the pearled kind. Farro is very hearty, it hits nutty tones and has a chewy texture. It’s quite addictive. First time I cooked it was a recipe by Michele Scicolone, Farro with Brussel Sprouts, Sage, and Garlic. I was sold! After that, I’ve made dozens of other dishes with this grain. There are many ways you can cook farro. You will find dozens of farro recipes online, since it has becoming more popular between homecooks.You can eat it as risotto, in a salad (warm or cold), in soups, and even desserts. Laura B. Weiss from the Kitchen Window, recommends to layer cooked farro with roasted fruit and yogurt! Swoon! Such a classy dessert! No matter how you enjoy your farro, it will soon become a staple ingredient in your pantry, if it already isn’t! And if you want to know, Farro is a high-fiber grain, rich in iron, protein and B vitamins, among other nutrients. Here we provide just one of the ways you can cook farro, by making stuffed peppers! First, we toast the farro and then cook it...
Kale-ribbean Breeze Recipe

Kale-ribbean Breeze Recipe

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a fan of creating my own Jamba Juice recipes.  With a blend of mango, banana, and kale, this Jamba Juice Kale-ribbean breeze recipe will provide both your mouth and body with a creamy, citrusy nutritious boost. I recently moved to Austin, Texas and have loved spending my warm summer days by the pool with my family.  I wasn’t sure what to expect since friends and family warned me about the brutality of the Texas sun. However, it’s been quite enjoyable!  Maybe it’s been the pool OR maybe it’s been because we have daily smoothies to combat the heat. I have two small kiddos and any mom with young kids understands the constant worry over getting enough veggies and the proper nutrients into their cute little bellies. Finding, creating, and feeding our kids healthy options can feel like a full-time job! This is one of the many many reasons I’m in love with my Vitamix.  That powerful blender can blend anything into pure creaminess!  My kids get most of their vegetables in smoothies such as this Kale-ribbean Breeze copycat recipe. Want to find an affordable Vitamix?  Purchase a refurbished Vitamix on Amazon (affiliate link).    Since kale is a pretty tough little green vegetable, make sure to remove the stem and only use the leaves in the smoothie.  Also, I’m a BIG advocate for properly washing your fruits and vegetables.  I’ve tried numerous of vegetable washes, but I always keep coming back to my most favorite…. FIT vegetable wash.  You will tangibly feel the waxes and dirt wash off your produce.  It’s SO worth the...
Recipe For Mango Salsa

Recipe For Mango Salsa

This is a very easy mango salsa recipe! The easiest! But don’t be fooled by its simplicity, because this fresh mango salsa is absolutely delicious! I love me some salsa. Tomato, mango, peach, collard greens, pineapple, jalapeno, avocado, corn, you name it, I’ve turned it into salsa! I love eating salsa with my tacos, pita pocket sandwiches, enchiladas, or simply with tortilla chips. Anytime I have some leftover tortillas from a taco feast, I like to turn them into chips. I cut the tortillas into triangles, toss them with a bit of olive oil and whatever spices I’m in the mood for that day, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne, italian seasoning and then I bake them at 375ºF for 5-8 minutes until crispy. And to me, there’s no better way to eat delicious homemade tortilla chips than with salsa!   I really like to pair this mango salsa with pork tacos or fish tacos. They compliment each other so well. The mango makes the pork or fish shine and vice-versa. I like to use habanero for this salsa, but if you don’t like a lot of heat, sub in any other pepper, even sweet ones.   This recipe takes about 10 minutes to put together, so I recommend assembling it close to the time you are planning on eating it. Leftovers will be fine in the refrigerator for a day or two, but fresh is best. And that’s what this recipe for mango salsa is all about: freshness. You don’t even need the ripest of all mangoes to make this, slightly under ripe mangoes will do just fine.  ...
Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

 Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce, an easy and hearty roasted red pepper sauce! Some of my favorite meals end up being just simple, hearty, and well… comforting! Comfort food is where it’s at, my friends. Give me a bowl of noodles with this red pepper sauce and I’m in heaven! (And, a side of whole wheat bread doesn’t hurt either!) When you think of a classic marinara you probably wouldn’t think of a roasted red pepper sauce. But, you HAVE to try this version. Roasting the red bell peppers gives this sauce such a unique flavor. I love to use it as is over pasta, in a lasagna or even as a dipping sauce! Our family has a long history of good spaghetti sauce. Normally it takes hours to cook. But, this version of roasted red pepper sauce is just as flavorful from those amazing charred peppers! If you’re in a pinch and can’t wait long enough for the peppers to char in the oven you can use store bought roasted red peppers. Or, another alternative is to use the broiler. Prepare the peppers the exact same way as the recipe states but just place them under the broiler on high. Be sure to keep a close eye on them, they char pretty quickly! Then, just go about the recipe as is! I really hope you enjoyed this red pepper tomato sauce. What are your favorite roasted red pepper recipes? For even more yummies, please visit my blog This Silly Girl’s Kitchen! See you there! Print Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce Ingredients 2 red peppers halved length-wise, stemmed and...
Grilled Peaches Balsamic

Grilled Peaches Balsamic

This recipe for grilled peaches makes for a quick, yet rather impressive breakfast meal. And I say breakfast, but I could eat these all day.     The good thing about this is that you don’t always need the juiciest and sweetest peaches. I actually prefer the firmer ones because they soften up as you cook them. Start by grilling some yellow peaches. If you don’t have a grill, you can always use a skillet over medium-low heat and cook the peaches for 10 minutes or so.     While the peaches cook, make the sauce. This maple balsamic reduction may sound fancy-schmancy but it’s the easiest thing you’ll ever cook. And a great recipe to have under your sleeve.     Throw some balsamic and maple syrup in a small sauce pan, bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes until it’s thickened.     You can put this on everything, not just on  grilled balsamic peaches. For a savory dish option, reduce the amount of maple syrup and up the amount of balsamic and drizzle over crusty bread topped with roasted vegetables. Throw a dollop of ricotta on top of the grilled peaches and drizzle with a maple balsamic vinegar reduction and you will wow your guests and most likely yourself as well!       For an even bigger wow factor, make the ricotta from scratch. You can make it a couple days ahead. There’s nothing quite like homemade ricotta. The flavor is unlike anything you will find packaged at a store and the best part is, you can...
Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps, stuffed with wilted arugula, tomatoes, and lots of melty mozzarella cheese! Hi all! My hubby LOVES stuffed mushrooms. But, often times traditional recipes can be a bit on the heavy side. I wanted to come up with a yummy, satisfying recipe that was a little lighter but still full of flavor! I scoured the internet for baked stuffed portobello mushroom recipes and I ended up making this version myself. Loaded with fresh arugula, garlic, juicy tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. This recipe for stuffed portobello mushrooms is full of flavor, tender, and juicy. I love to serve them as appetizers, as a side dish, or even as a quick lunch idea with a side salad. Print Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps Ingredients 4 large Portobello mushroom caps stems and gills removed and cleaned 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 garlic clove minced 2 cups arugula packed 4 ounces mozzarella sliced thin or shredded 3/4 cup tomatoes diced ½ teaspoon oregano 1/4 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese grated salt and pepper to taste Instructions Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush mushroom caps lightly with olive oil. Place caps gill side up on parchment and sprinkle salt and freshly ground pepper over them to taste. Roast caps in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil to a medium skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook briefly. Add arugula and cook until wilted. Add salt to taste. Remove caps from the oven. Divide the cooked arugula and place an even amount in each mushroom cap. Top with 1 ounce of mozzarella and...

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