Friends, as you know, I’m a fan of experimenting with vegetarian and vegan food. (Baking, more baking, pasta dishes, etc. )While I can’t say I’d go vegan for life (being engaged to a semi-carnivore makes that a bit complicated — love you, THT!), I’ve been working on incorporating a vegetarian diet more regularly into my life for the last 6 months or so. (See, this is what happens when you take a “blogging hiatus,” GKG. No one knows about these adventures! she said to herself…)
Pesto is much-loved around here — I’ve cooked with it in pasta dishes, as a pizza sauce, and even as an addition to hummus or other dips. And while I’ve enjoyed playing with the basil – Parmesan – pine nut formula by swapping in spinach, kale, cashews, almonds and more, until recently, I had never ventured too far outside of that routine. That is, until I tried Rachael Ray’s Roasted Red Pepper Pesto.
That is, until my DC girlfriends and I created a Cookbook Club.
Friends, you know how much GKG loves eggs as the basis of any meal. Protein + healthy fat + all in a neat little package? What’s not to love? I’ve made these hard-boiled egg snacks, these Italian-style baked eggs for supper, and even these other variations on egg-based meals.
But here’s an unexpected cookery equation for you: One Budding Chef+ One Standard Microwave + one serving of eggs = an unexpected match made in culinary heaven.
Sometimes, I kill even myself with these puns.
Hello, lovely GKG readers! After letting my 1st Blogiversary fly by a few weeks ago (eeeeeeeoooops … that’s me, your neighborhood friendly GKG, riding the strugglebus), I’m formally recommitting myself to the blogging world. Readers, I love you all terribly, and I’m now back with a vengeance.
Now, onto the cookery!
How adorable is that mug? The wonderful Laura — my friend who visited DC a few weeks ago and ate / drank her way through the Drink the District Festival with THT and me — sent this combination from Tea Forte for my birthday, and I couldn’t be happier. That beautiful, cherry blossom-esque mug-and-metal-steeper set (it’s ceramic!) and fragrant English Breakfast tea blend now have a permanent place in my kitchen. Hurrah!
This lovely surprise — unsurprisingly — got me thinking about tea.
Weeknight suppers got you down? Sick of PB&J? (Hard to imagine, but it does happen.) Looking for something lean, vegetarian-friendly and easy to prep? GKG’s got your back — try these Italian-Style Baked Eggs for a simple, subtly flavored dinner that’ll leave you satisfied without dirtying too many pots or resorting to that jar of Jiff.
The method? Bake the eggs in the oven!
Surprise: Baking the eggs in the oven is an almost foolproof method for whipping up something delicious. I first picked up on this idea from Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Father’s Daughter, and this tip also appears all over Pinterest when you search for brunch recipes and easy egg dishes. On Pinterest, there are all kinds of baked egg dishes like these:
Yup, drooling on the keyboard.
For my budding chef-friendly recipe, the directions couldn’t be simpler. And, frankly, the result couldn’t be more satisfying. The best part, though, is that once you’re comfortable with the method — which shouldn’t take more than your first try — you can mix, match and adapt ingredients and recipes to fit your tastes. Here’s to many an egg-friendly meal.
Fun fact: Pasta + veggies = a vegetarian and vegan-friendly feast.
No, but seriously! Any combination of sauce, veggies, pasta and protein / fat can be a fabulous meal, particularly for a Lenten Friday when you’re scrounging around the pantry. The above recipe for Sesame Chick Pea Pasta is only one example. In this post, I’ll share an easy template for vegetarian pasta dishes that work for Lenten Fridays or any old weeknight. Mangia!