Chicken and Broccoli Bowls with White Wine Pan Sauce

It’s me, back again with the broccoli! I can halfway promise you these broccoli recipes will taper off as we inch towards spring/summer. Maybe. For now, I can’t not share these chicken and broccoli bowls that are SO easy, completely delicious, good for your body, and yep – totally suitable for meal prep!

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Roasted Garlic Miso Butter Noodles

You guys: prepare yourselves to be seduced by this bowl of Roasted Garlic Miso Butter Noodles. This is a going-back-for-seconds-and-thirds situation here. Miso is synonymous with umami – it’s made from fermented soybeans, rice, or barley and has the world’s most perfect funky, savory flavor. It’s rich, salty, tangy, and amazing in soups, sauces, noodles, and eggs. So, no big deal, let’s just mix this flavor dynamo into some soft butter with my personal food superhero, roasted garlic, swirl in some pasta, and call it a day! Yes, please!

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Chicken Shawarma Nachos

Sunshine, lollipops, rainbows, and Chicken Shawarma Nachos! So excited to bring these to light today, guys. Along with this recipe, comes to light my love of couch-eating off a big platter or, in this case, sheet pan. There are other ways to eat nachos but they’re no good, I promise. The best way is seated on the couch, with the coffee table pulled up to your knees, hunched over a hot pan of colorful, crispy Chicken Shawarma Nachos, devouring them with your husband/partner/best friend/imaginary friend (the extra body there helps you feel like it’s a super fun thing you’re doing and not just a weird, messy, stuff-your-face session). So now you know what Joey and I did on Saturday night while we caught up on TV. This is pretty much an ideal night for me.

colorful chicken shawarma nachos on a sheet pan with a glass of wine and a hand grabbing a chip
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Goat Cheese Sweet Potato Empanadas

The universe has been speaking to me in empanadas lately. My mom and I discovered 2 amazing empanada places on our road trip to Greensboro the other week. I have zero problems with eating empanadas two lunches in a row, so, I definitely did that. Cut to this week, we’re organizing our plans for a Cinco de Mayo cooking class for the shop and we decided on an empanada class to fit the theme. Then yesterday, I see a picture of some empanadas from Topolobampo, the Rick Bayless restaurant, where the filling was this yummy-sounding white sweet potato with the flavors of chorizo. Ok, you don’t have to tell me 4 times, I’m making empanadas.

Didya see me make these on my instagram story this week? We have some stuff to break down here, empanadas from scratch are slightly involved… but guess what your reward is? Perfect little hand pies of spicy/sweet nutty goodness dipped in a chipotle crema. Mmmmkayyy? Worth it! You can do this! We can do this! Let’s do this!

baked empanadas on a baking sheet with parchment paper and a lttle owl of chipotle crema
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Spicy Cauliflower Sandwich

OK. I understand your hesitation. It’s a vegetable sandwich. There’s no crispy bacon or roasted turkey. No honey baked ham or grilled chicken. But, here’s what this sandwich does offer: Spicy sriracha mayo. Smoky , salty, roasted cauliflower. Melty provolone. Clover sprouts for veggie-crisp texture. And (store bought) crispy fried onions. All between two slices of toasted whole wheat bread. When I say this sandwich makes dreams come true, I mean it is so satisfying, it makes those way-back corners of your mouth water and you can’t stop, won’t stop with the combo of sriracha mayo and cumin/chili roasted cauliflower. And sorry, the texture of charred-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside cauliflower on top of whole wheat toast is, like, on another level. I had no idea. Until now. And now I’m here, to share it with you.

roasted cauliflower sandwich with melted provolone, sprouts, crispy onions and sriracha mayo on whole wheat toast
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Broccoli Beer Cheese Soup

Yeeeeesssss, creamy, dreamy, cheesy soup with green things for our health and beer for our wanna-have-a-good-time taste buds! I made this soup for dinner last week, right before my mom and I left for the Wine & Chocolate Festival in Greensboro, NC. More on that in a bit. First, let me tell you about this thing that had me holding the bowl up to my face, licking up all the last drops.

Broccoli Beer Cheese Soup in small white bowls on a board with spoons
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Easy Beef Enchiladas

Ease is the name of the enchilada game here. I need a lot of food with minimal effort, like now. To that end, I’ve shimmied this recipe down to the most basic steps: Brown some beef, combine canned enchilada sauce with salsa and sour cream, layer it all with corn tortillas and cheese and bake. 30 minutes later, locate a fork and a couch.

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Beef and Broccoli

This Beef and Broccoli recipe is sponsored by the wintertime garden gods of the OBX. We grew broccoli in our backyard garden! Like, good, sweet, tender, edible broccoli. Of course, by “we”, I mean Joey. He is careful and patient and attentive to everything in the garden. I am impatient and reckless about planting and tending to the things in our sweet little raised bed, which Joey carefully and patiently built by hand. So sweet.

broccoli growing in a raised garden bed
Broccoli about a month before it found it’s way into delicious Beef and Broccoli.

When our hearty green crop of broccoli was ready to be harvested, I felt obligated to cook it… thoughtfully? Yes, thoughtfully. Roasting or boiling seemed too harsh. Keeping it raw just didn’t have the feel-good, delicious vibes I was looking for. Enter, my frienemy, stir-fry. Historically, I can eat stir-fry by the pound, but I am not good at making it. Turns out, there’s nothing like the challenge of treating your homegrown produce right to whip your cooking skills into shape. A light steam and a quick toss in a perfectly saucy sauce was this broccoli’s destiny; here’s how I made it happen.

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

Sometimes, chili is just a vehicle for the toppings. The cheese, the avocado, the sour cream… all the things! Let’s get one thing straight: This chili is not that. It’s a flavor bomb of tender sweet potatoes, black beans, and (optional) beef suspended in a deep, tangy, chipotle, tomato, beer sauce-like-broth. Oh, and it’s yum x10 because of my current best friend: roasted garlic. We’ve been over the undeniable splendor of roasted garlic. If you’re not on the train yet, please hop on. It’s so good and there’s such satisfaction in just squeezing the rich, golden, caramelized paste into whatever you’re making.

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Sausage Cassoulet

We’re up to no good with some pork and beans today. This Sausage Cassoulet is a stew of all the meats, beans, a tomato-y broth, and… wait for it…. a whole head of roasted garlic. Can’t stop now – now you already know – this is going to be delicious. It’s ok – go ahead and picture yourself at the stove, standing over a simmering pot of rich tomato broth full of sliced smoked sausage, generous hunks of pork and chicken, creamy beans, just squeezing an entire head of buttery, sweet roasted garlic into the mix.

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