What I Ate This Week

What I Ate This Week | Breaking Out the Cookbooks

Pappardelle with Artichokes & Arugula

Obviously, I am a big fan of food blogs (duh, I am a food blogger), but the one downside to all my food blog reading is that I forget about all my old cookbooks. My poor, neglected cookbooks! After doing my review of Martha Stewart’s Meatless last week, I decided dust off some of those neglected cookbooks and give them a go again.

Here’s what I ate this week:

Miso Mashed PotatoesMiso Mashed Potatoes from 12 Best Foods Cookbook by Dana Jacobi // Remember in the mid-aughts, when Super Foods were the big thing? Yeah, I was totally into that. I had the book, I had the companion book, and I had a list on my fridge of all the Super Foods I was supposed to be eating everyday. I even convinced myself that frozen blueberries were my most favorite snack ever. Anyway! This cookbook is all about using those Super Food ingredients–things like spinach, sweet potatoes, walnuts, etc. I still really like this cookbook though, and this Miso Mashed Potatoes recipe is a perfect example of why–it’s an easy recipe made with healthy ingredients.

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake CupcakeChocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcake from Gigi’s // And then there’s this cupcake, which is most definitely not made with healthy ingredients. This was my splurge for the week.

Barbecue Chili with TempehBarbecue Chili with Tempeh from Vegetarian Times // I wish I could link to this one because it’s so good, but it’s not up on the Vegetarian Times website yet. Curses! But it’s in the January/February issue, so if you really want the recipe, you could go out and buy it. This was really easy and a bit of a revelation–why haven’t I ever thought to use barbecue sauce in chili before?!

Chai LatteChai Latte // Is this too mundane? You guys said you want to see more of what I eat (and drink) each week! I have a fixation with the chai lattes from Starbucks and this is how I make them at home–a super tall mug, two tea bags of chai (you need two!), and about 1/3 almond milk to 2/3 water. Oh, and honey too. I won’t lie, it’s not as good as the kind from Starbucks, but it’s cheaper and much fewer calories too.

Brussels Sprout-Potato HashBrussels Sprout-Potato Hash from Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz // I love this book and whenever I see it, I am immediately reminded that I need to make the apple miso tofu recipe again. Chris made this for breakfast this week and it was really tasty with a little bit of sriracha. (Sriracha is my new favorite condiment for hash browns, by the way. Sorry ketchup!)

Evol Truffle Parmesan Mac & CheeseEvol Truffle Parmesan Mac & Cheese // I have my own truffle mac recipe that I’ll share someday (exciting!), but unfortunately I cannot whip up a batch of truffle mac for lunch everyday, so I thought I’d try this new frozen entree from Evol. It’s 480 calories which is a little more than I like to spend on a lunch, but it’s pretty good. Not as good as my homemade version, but it will do in a pinch.

Pappardelle with Artichokes & ArugulaPappardelle with Artichokes & Arugula from Vegetarian Times // The last time we went to Trader Joe’s, I grabbed a bag of lemon pepper pappardelle on a whim and it’s been sitting and sitting and sitting in the pantry ever since. And now we finally used it! I had leftover sun-dried tomatoes from my Rotini with Broccolini & Sun-Dried Tomatoes recipe, so this worked out perfectly.

Cauliflower CurryCauliflower & Potato Curry with Garlic Naan // If you’re wondering about all the potatoes this week, the big bags of Yukon Golds were Buy 1, Get 1 Free at the grocery store this week. Potatoes for everyone! This meal gets heavy rotation in our household–I roast some veggies, combine them with a jarred curry sauce (this week was Seeds of Change’s Jalfrezi) and serve it over rice or with naan. Easy!

Roasted Mushrooms & Potatoes with Melted FontinaRoasted Mushrooms & Potatoes with Melted Taleggio from Meatless by Martha Stewart Living // I used fontina instead of taleggio, but other than that, I followed this recipe exactly. So simple, so delicious. Have I mentioned how much I love this cookbook?

Bangkok CurryNoodles & Company Bangkok Curry // Yes, if you’re keeping score, that’s 2 outings to Noodles in the past 2 or 3 weeks. But we got another coupon! It had to be used! Even if driving the 40 minutes (both ways!) to use it probably meant we spent more on gas than we saved on the meal…

Oh, and yes, this post contains affiliate links. That means if you were to buy one of the cookbooks I mentioned, I would get a few cents from your purchase. Which will then be used for me to buy more cookbooks. Which I would then write about here. And you might purchase those too. And then the cycle begins again.

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    debra pearlstein
    February 10, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I love chai and papperdelle . So many good things here.

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    February 10, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    That cupcake looks amazing!

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    Shell Fruscione
    February 11, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Those all look so good! I obviously love food blogs too, but I definitely appreciate my cookbooks & give them plenty of use!

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    Lisa @ Greek Vegetarian
    February 11, 2013 at 4:17 am

    I love your What I Ate This Week posts. They make me feel so normal! Tonight I just had spaghetti with tomato and cheese. Simple and normal. (I don’t always eat Greek food!)

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      February 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

      We have pasta with marinara sauce and veggies a few times a month–I love simple and normal! And we also have a lot of leftovers for dinner since it’s just the two of us, so I’m not making big grand meals every night. 🙂

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    February 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I LOVE the lemon pepper pasta. I make your roasted broccoli and toast it with the pasta, some olive oil, lemon zest, and parmesan. So yum!

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      February 12, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Alright, next time I buy that pasta and don’t know what to do with it, that’s what I’m going to do! 😀

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    February 12, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I know what you mean about cooking out of your cookbooks. I need to do that to… Love the pasta!!! Can’t resist that beautiful pappardelle.

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    February 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Miso mashed potatoes are great! I really like Bittman’s recipe with edamame from How to Cook Everything Vegetable. (And I miss Noodles!)

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      February 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Adding edamame is such a good idea! I used to make a twice-baked potato recipe that had edamame added to the filling and they were awesome. I need to dig out that recipe. 🙂

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        February 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm

        *How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, even. Oh, typos…

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          February 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

          I knew what you meant. 😉 I am the queen of typos.

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    Brenda Williams
    March 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Brussels Sprout-Potato Hash – OMG! That would be a dream recipe. All of these are mouth watering creations. Thanks for sharing.

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