Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Beef Broccoli Stir Fry
I’ve been quite busy and it’s been a while since my last post! My husband and I recently moved into a bigger (for NYC standards) apartment. 🙂 The past few weeks have been hectic with packing, unpacking and trips to furniture stores…so I’ve been cooking quick and easy meals every night at our new place. Here’s one of my favorite Chinese take-out dishes that’s easily prepared in your own home!
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Chinese Scallion Pancakes with 100% Whole Wheat Flour

Scallion Pancakes
Scallion pancakes are one of my favorite Chinese take-out appetizers. Finely chopped scallions layered into dough that’s thinly rolled out then pan-fried into a crisp golden brown perfection…what’s not to like? Two years ago I made my own version but added seasonal ramps. This time I wanted to go the traditional route but with 100% whole wheat flour.
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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Who’s got a craving for something sweet?? This giant chocolate chip cookie is baked in one of my favorite kitchen tools, my cast iron skillet! It’s so versatile, you can cook pretty much anything in it, like German spaetzle or homemade pizza. I love this method because the cast iron helps create a nice outer crust and keeps the inside moist…so DELICIOUS. Dig in!
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Quick and Easy Vegetable Lo Mein

Veggie Lo Mein
Have you ever tried cooking with clam juice? If you’re not familiar, it’s the liquid strained from freshly shucked clams and has a briny, almost smoky flavor that complements many dishes. This recipe was my first experience and I absolutely loved it! But if you want an all vegetarian meal, leave the clam juice (and oyster sauce) out by substituting vegetable broth.
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Lentils with Pancetta and Rosemary

Lentils Pancetta Rosemary
Lentils are great for a quick and healthy weeknight meal. When I cook with lentils, I usually add them to soups or stews, but there are many other possibilities. This recipe was one of my favorite Wishful Chef recipes of 2013. It’s super easy, flavorful and incredibly delicious!

I think lentils are one of my most used ingredients for vegetarian cooking – please excuse the pancetta cubes I threw in :). Lentils are healthy, delicious and cook faster compared to other beans. I adapted this recipe from David Rocco’s show on the Cooking Channel. This incredibly easy dish is so delicious, I wanted to eat the whole thing by myself. It has bits of salty cubed pancetta with the aroma of fresh rosemary and is great with a side of salad and some crusty bread.
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Farro Soup with Mushrooms

Farro Mushroom Soup
This soup may not look or sound like anything special but WOW. It’s honestly one of my favorite soup recipes I’ve made by far! It’s packed with so much bold flavor you don’t even need to add any special garnishes. I mixed in some mushrooms, potatoes and farro, perfect for a hearty meal.
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Spinach and Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with Breadcrumbs

Spinach Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms
So I know some of you don’t like mushrooms a whole lot, and I hear you. I couldn’t stand them for the longest time. But this recipe, I guarantee you, will change your perception of mushrooms once and for all! And if you’re trying to cut down on meat the way I do and have more veggies in your diet, mushrooms are the way to go. They are the perfect meat replacement with their bold umami flavor. To me, stuffed mushrooms are the perfect appetizer!
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