5 Fan Favorite Football Recipes & Some Extra Game Day Snacks

Black Bean Nachos

Black Bean Nachos

Football season is upon us! College Saturdays & NFL Sundays are sacred for many, especially here in New England. Have your Pats jersey washed (or not)? Nail down that lucky spot on the couch? Prepare the same first & second half apps, entrees & ‘sserts as you did for every win last year? Once you can check all of your ritualistic items off the list, you can rest comfortably. Or at least on a full stomach.

Pre-Game in the Snack Zone

If you’re looking to incorporate simple game day snacks that feature a healthy twist, we’ve got coverage. Our Marketplace is chock full of tasty grab & go items that can easily enhance your spread:

We’d like to add more to your plate, in a good way… here are 5 fan favorite recipes that can make game day even more delicious than in years past.

Regulation Time Recipes:

Black Bean Nachos 

 Where else would we kick off? Yes…we know you’re excited for nachos and we are, too! There’s no denying our love of oozy cheese melted over a heap of deliciousness. This vegetarian version of one of America’s favorite football foods turns to black beans for protein and includes pickled jalapenos to add a bit of a kick…pun(t) intended!

Andouille Gumbo

You can count on us to put a regional spin on a recipe straight out of NoLa. And you can thank Bianco & Sons for the sausage in this hearty stew that is brimming with juicy vegetables, aromatic spices, and a thick, flavorful stock.

Jambalaya

In keeping with the theme of southern comfort food, we bring to you a mouthwatering Creole tradition: bell pepper, onion, and celery mixed with chicken thighs & spicy Italian sausage. This dish is a literal melting pot of the French and Spanish cultures that form the culinary makeup of Louisiana. So be prepared to take a trip to the Deep South with your taste buds in this filling recipe!

Sloppy Joes  

These may take you back to childhood, but there’s nothing childish about them. So be prepared to roll up your sleeves and amp up your Sloppy Joes with a variety of toppings, sauces and condiments for the ultimate sandwich. Our version doesn’t come on a plastic tray served by a surly lunch lady in a hair net, but it’s quick, easy, and perfectly complemented by a crisp, refreshing beer.

Tex-Mex Mac & Cheese

This comforting dish has it all: the flavors and textures of chili, plus the warm gooeyness of mac & cheese. Ground beef and kidney beans provide the protein for this dish, and the Monterey Jack cheese adds a creamy richness. Add some chili powder for a burst of heat!

What are your favorite game day recipes?

 

Our Favorite Burgers for #NationalBurgerMonth!

May is #NationalBurgerMonth, and the timing couldn’t be better as we New Englanders bust out the grills and start dining al fresco – the perfect situation for burgers! We’re rounding up some of our top burger recipes today, as well as a few expert tips for the best tasting burgers. Enjoy!

Burger Tips

  • Ensure consistent size and shape. Burgers are better with friends, so you’re most likely grilling up a bunch at the same time. If you’re creating your own patties, use a food scale or a cut-out or lid to ensure that all the burgers are the same shape and size – consistent done-ness is key!
  • Use cold to your advantage. Shape patties when the meat is cold to ensure the juiciest burgers (otherwise you run the risk of the fat and meat separating), and dip your hands in cold water before handling the patties to ensure the meat doesn’t stick.
  • Don’t squish your burger while grilling. Fight the instinct to press down on your burger. See those flames leaping up every time you do it? Those are all the fat – and flavor – leaking right out of your burger!
  • Don’t cut into that burger! It’s tempting to check the center of a burger visually to see if it’s to your liking, but the safest way to check for doneness (and to ensure that you don’t sacrifice a burger in the process) is by using a meat thermometer. Guidelines for cooking temps are as follows, though it’s important to note that the USDA temperatures under 160 degrees are not considered safe for ground beef consumption:
    • Rare: 120 to 125
    • Medium Rare: 130 to 135
    • Medium Well: 150 to 155
    • Well Done: 160 to 165
  • Pick the right bun. When testing burgers in our JAC kitchen, we always use the best, most hearty local buns. Nothing dampens the mood more than a soggy, falling apart vessel for your burger. Be sure to choose a sturdy bun to stand up to your burger and toppings.

Just Add Cooking Beef Burgers

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Classic Burgers with Oven Fries

Start dreaming of July with this American classic. These burgers come loaded with all the goodies for you and your family: lettuce, tomato, onions, and avocado. Paired with oven fries this dish screams shorts and flip-flops, even if it’s not quite summer yet.

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Black ‘n Bleu Burger

Salty blue cheese plus a perfectly spiced beef burger make this dish a fantastic treat. Cajun spices are mixed into the all beef patties and then topped with fresh tomatoes, red onions, and blue cheese. Served on the side is a batch of crispy sweet potato hash.

Vegetarian Burgers

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Eggplant Burgers with Roasted Parsnip Fries

Parsnips look like big, white carrots but they have a spicier, nuttier flavor. Once roasted they take on a sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with the chili powder. Our spiced eggplant burgers are coated in panko bread crumbs and seared on the stove top to give them a crisp crunch. Smoky, spicy, sweet, and savory, this dish has it all!

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Stuffed Portobello Burgers with Herbed Potatoes

In this vegetarian take on a stuffed hamburger, we cook hearty and earthy portobello mushroom caps filled with a tangy goat cheese stuffing. Topped with spicy arugula and juicy tomato slices, this meal is sure to please both the carnivores and vegetarians in your family.

Twists on the Classic

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Chorizo Burger with Massaged Kale Salad

Our Chorizo Burger is a Spanish twist on the American Classic. We’ve replaced the beef patty with chorizo from local meat vendor Bianco and Sons. Topping the burger are slices of fresh tomato and a quick aioli. A side salad of garlicky massaged kale rounds out the dish.

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Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries

We decided to put a fun twist on a classic cheeseburger by turning it inside out! Creamy, delicately flavored Monterey Jack cheese is stuffed inside savory turkey patties, giving them mouthwatering, gooey centers. Sweet potato fries and a sweet, tangy sauce heighten this dish further.

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Wicked Good Pastrami Burger

Wicked Good Burgers ain’t your daddy’s patty on a bun. We love Andy Husbands’ recipe for a super tasty burger and bet you do too.

Spring Grilling Recipe Roundup

Grilling season is here! It’s been a long wait for Boston with a winter that stretched into spring, but we’re finally emerging from the snow banks. There’s no better way to celebrate spring than grilling outdoors, which is why many of our spring recipes can be made on the stove or on the outdoor grill. We’ve put together a roundup of our favorite grilling recipes and sides so you can get an early jump start on the season!

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Gourmet Hot Dogs

We’ve taken a classic hot dog and kicked it up to a new level. Top your hot dog with crunchy fried onion flakes and tangy zucchini relish, and pair it with a side of creamy horseradish slaw.

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Grilled Portobello and Cabbage

Satisfy your grill cravings in a healthy way with this flavorful portobello burger that even meat lovers will want to sink their teeth into. Topped with sharp blue cheese and crunchy red onion this burger is satisfying in texture and flavor. Grilling the cabbage gives it deep, caramelized notes.

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Grilled Salmon & Summer Salad

This salad is a perfect summer meal. Grilling the vegetables outside lets you enjoy the summer and keep the heat out of your kitchen. The addition of lime to a simple vinaigrette takes this dish to another level. The charred taste of roasted corn, peppers, and squash work perfectly with the fresh lime juice.

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Grilled Veggie Pita Pockets

Our Grilled Vegetable Pita Pockets are a great summer grilling recipe that’s super portable too! Whether you’re playing an intense game of badminton, or relaxing by the pool you can take these pita pockets with you anywhere. The grilled veggies and marinated chickpeas are topped with briny feta cheese and cool tzatziki yogurt sauce.

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Spiced Latin Sliders & Bean Salad

These spiced sliders are a great summer treat that can be prepared easily on the grill or in a skillet. Fresh fresno chili is complemented with cumin and queso fresco in these beef sliders. A marinated black bean salad adds a cool creaminess to this spicy dish.

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Pork Chops & Potato Salad

This home-style meal is a great dish for any time of year. Juicy pork chops are topped with a delicious tart jam featuring the bounty of Massachusetts fruits made by Deborah’s Kitchen. Served with the pork chops is a warm potato salad with spicy arugula and subtle sherry vinegar.

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Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries

We decided to put a fun twist on a classic cheeseburger by turning it inside out! Creamy, delicately flavored Monterey Jack cheese is stuffed inside savory turkey patties, giving them mouthwatering, gooey centers. Sweet potato fries and a sweet, tangy sauce heighten this dish further. Cook on a skillet or outside on the grill, your choice!

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Succotash with Lamb Kabobs

Our take on succotash combines sweet corn, silky avocado, crisp cucumber and aromatic basil. Lamb kebabs are the perfect foil for the fresh flavors.

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Eggplant Burger with Roasted Parsnips

Parsnips look like big, white carrots but they have a spicier, nuttier flavor. Once roasted they take on a sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with the chili powder. Our spiced eggplant burgers are coated in panko bread crumbs and seared on the stove top to give them a crisp crunch, or try them on the grill for a smoky flavor! Spicy, sweet, and savory, this dish has it all!

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Halloumi Skewers & Couscous 

Halloumi is a style of cheese from Cyprus that has a very high melting point, which makes it the perfect cheese for grilling. Our recipe pairs it up with a Greek-style couscous salad that features kalamata olives, cucumbers, and tomatoes.

#TacoTuesday Recipe Roundup

Ready to celebrate #TacoTuesday? It’s our favorite day of the week! Taco recipes are simple, convenient and a huge hit with every age. Plus, they’re full customizable for even the pickiest eaters. Today, we’re rounding up our top Just Add Cooking taco recipes that think a bit outside the box to give you some #TacoTuesday inspiration!

Vegetarian Tacos

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BBQ Cauliflower Chickpea Tacos

Hearty chickpeas and creamy cauliflower are an excellent blank canvas for Boston’s own Bondat’s custom spice blend. Taste tested from years of grilling and smoking meats, this taco seasoning includes cumin, salt, chili, coriander, garlic, and Mexican oregano. You can count on us to bring local inspiration even to taco night!

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Mixed Mushroom Tacos

Just Add Cooking is bringing all the fun of taco night to your dinner table with our fantastic Mixed Mushroom Tacos! Meaty crimini and oyster mushrooms make the base of our taco fillings and are rounded out with some creamy pinto beans. You can pick your own toppings with a fresh slaw, avocado, and tomatoes.

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Tofu Crumble Tacos

We’ve reimagined the classic taco with tofu! Tofu is the perfect vehicle for showcasing the warmth and flavor of taco seasoning, and this recipe brings together all your favorite toppings: crunchy iceberg lettuce, tangy monterey jack cheese, spicy pickled jalapenos, and crisp onion.

Fish Tacos

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Blackened Monkfish Tacos

In this delicious recipe blackened does not mean burnt! Instead, blackened refers to the flavorful crust that the fish develops when coated in creole seasoning and is then seared. A fresh salsa of jalapeno, pineapple, and lime brightens up the dish and adds a punchy contrast to the spiced fish.

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Fish Tacos with Avocado Creme

Taco night comes together in a very tasty way with our distinctive recipe. The lightness of pollack, bright lime, and fresh cilantro, paired with the richness of a homemade avocado creme make for an easy, mouth watering dinner that will satisfy everyone around the table.

Fusion Tacos

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Five Spice Pork Tacos

We’re throwing out the rulebook with this recipe for Chinese-inspired tacos. Pork shoulder gets tossed in fragrant five spice seasoning and is then seared until juicy and crisp. Topped with a bright vegetable slaw, sweet chili sauce, and toasted sesame seeds, these tacos bring together the best of two delicious cuisines.

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Moo Shu Pork Tacos

Moo shu pork is a dish of northern Chinese origin that is a hot seller in Chinese-American cuisine. This is not your typical takeout moo shu pork, however. For starters you get to make it yourself! Second, we’re crossing borders and using flour tortillas as the vehicle to hold the tasty filling and topping it all with a spicy sriracha mayo.

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Spicy Korean Tacos

This Korean-Mexican fusion style meal is inspired from the food trucks of Los Angeles. Our pork gets its spicy kick from gochujang, a Korean red chili paste, and the napa cabbage slaw cools down every bite while adding a bit of crunch.

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Thai Beef Tacos

The “holy trinity” of French and Italian cuisine is a trio of vegetables: onions, carrots, and celery. In Thai cuisine the trio is a little different: lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar. These ingredients form the backbone of much of Thai cooking. The funkiness of the fish sauce is balanced perfectly by the sugar and lime juice.

Classic Tacos

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Chicken Tinga Tacos

Chicken tinga is a Mexican dish of shredded chicken in a rich tomato sauce brimming with smoky chipotle chilis, aromatic onions, and fresh tomatillos. In our recipe we’re filling warm corn tortillas with the chicken tinga and topping it off with creamy, tangy feta, and crunchy onion.

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Classic Beef Tacos

Celebrate this taco Tuesday with our Classic Beef Tacos! This recipe is a comforting family meal that brings together all your favorite taco toppings: crunchy iceberg lettuce, tangy monterey jack cheese, spicy pickled jalapenos, and crisp onion.

Family-Friendly Recipes for the Weeknight Crunch

If you’re a parent, you know how crazy the weeknight crunch can be. No matter how much pre-planning or prep you do, there’s always that rush to get dinner on the table, all the while a distant voice in your mind reminding you that you’re supposed to be developing your kids’ palates, feeding them new foods, making their meals well-rounded. Ack!

But there are solutions beyond just scouting what’s organic in the freezer. (No judgement there, we all do it!). We’re rounding up some of our top family friendly recipes today to help get you through the weeknight crunch. These recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less and feature kid-friendly ingredients but also help you to stretch their palates and combat weeknight boredom.

(Of course, if having ingredients on hand is an issue too, we’re always happy to help. Our weekly meal kits provide a variety of family-friendly meals and we deliver all the local ingredients to you. Check out this week’s menu here.)

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Black Bean Nachos

Your kids will freak when you tell them you’re serving them crunchy nachos for dinner! This is delicious and vegetarian, sneaking in protein with black beans and some veggies. Leave off the pickled jalapenos if your kids aren’t into spicy (or serve them on the side).

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Cauliflower Flatbread

Can’t go wrong with pizza night! Up the healthy factor with a cauliflower crust – it’s surprisingly easy to make with our instructions. We top with a traditional fresh mozzarella, tomato and pesto combo but you can add anything your kids like.

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Flank Steak & Cheddar Grits

Yummy steak and creamy, cheesy grits on the side? It might be a little off the beaten path of a traditional weeknight meal but with plenty of familiar flavors this one will please everyone. There’s a reason why it’s one of our top-rated recipes!

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Lemon Chicken Naanwich

Lemon and garlic chicken is always a winner for everyone in the family. Make it extra-fun by using naan, a traditional Indian bread, instead of a wrap or pita. Delicious, well-rounded and can be eaten with minimum utensils–can’t go wrong with that!

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Meatballs with Thai Dipping Sauce

If there’s one thing we know about kids it’s that they love to dip. Plus dipping sauces give picky eaters the chance to branch out to new flavors without fully committing. The beef meatballs are familiar and the Thai dipping sauce spices things up for the more adventurous.

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Quinoa Mac ‘n Cheese

This healthy and gluten-free take on an American classic is an instant crowd-pleaser. Cheesy sauce joins some veggies and protein-packed quinoa to fill up without weighing down.

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Moo-Shu Pork Tacos

Many kids will eat anything wrapped in a tortilla, especially when they can top it themselves, so our Moo-Shu Pork Tacos are a perfect opportunity to introduce a new dish in a way that’s ultimately familiar. Plus, it is de-lic-ious!

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Roast Pork & Apples with Curry Polenta

Familiar pork paired with sweet apples ensures everyone at the table gets a bite they like, and for those who want to get a little crazy with their sides, a curry polenta provides an other-wordly adventure!

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Shrimp & Creamy Orzo

With creamy orzo spiked with parmesan, this dish is a great way to draw everyone in with comfort food punctuated with healthy shrimp and peas.

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Spinach Fettucine Alfredo

If you wince giving the kiddos creamy, cheesy pasta, this is a great balance of nutrient-packed spinach and the familiar alfredo dish they love.

 

Recipes to Get Kids Cooking (Part 2 of 2)

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At Just Add Cooking, bringing families together to cook is a major part of our mission. By increasing the number of meals families make at home, and making it easy and fun for them to cook from scratch by providing ingredients and recipes, we endeavor to get kids cooking, learning where their food comes from and developing healthier habit

Welcome back to our family-friendly recipe series with our friend Holly Pierce of The Soul Chef. If you missed Part 1, check it out here [ADD LINK WHEN LIVE]. Today, we’ve got some savory recipes that are perfect for little fingers to make.

Calzones w/Cheese, Pepperoni & Roasted Red Peppers

1 (16oz) pkg prepared pizza dough
1 cup sliced roasted red peppers
1 cup sliced or diced pepperoni
1 cup baby spinach leaves
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1 ½ cups ricotta cheese
4 tsp dried oregano

Prepared marinara sauce for dipping

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Divide dough into 4 pieces and roll each piece in flour. Shape into balls and roll out into 6” rounds.

Mix together mozzarella and ricotta cheese and add oregano. Season with salt & pepper.

Spread ¼ cup of cheese mixture onto one half of prepared dough round. Top with roasted peppers, spinach and pepperoni slices. Fold remaining dough half over the topping and crimp edges to seal. Place on baking sheet and pierce tops in several places.

Bake 20-30 minutes until golden brown.

Farmer’s Market Roasted Vegetables in Avocado Cups

2 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch rounds and rounds cut in 1/2
1 medium zucchini cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 ripe avocados
1 lemon, zested and juiced (2 to 3 tablespoons juice and 1 tablespoon zest)
1 ear fresh corn, husk and silk removed
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped chives
1 tablespoon chopped dill

Fresh arugula

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the carrots, zucchini, squash, and red pepper. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well. Spread in 1 layer on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. When done, set aside to cool.

Remove the corn kernels by standing the cob on a plate or in a wide shallow bowl. Set the blade of a small, sharp knife at the juncture of the kernels and cob. Slice downward to remove the kernels. Repeat this procedure, working your way around the cob, until all the kernels are removed. Set aside.

Cut the avocado in half lengthwise and remove pit, leaving the skin on. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to prevent avocados from discoloring.

In a large bowl, mix roasted vegetables, corn, remaining lemon juice, the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, and fresh herbs. Taste and re-season with salt and pepper, if needed.

Place each avocado half on a small bed of mixed greens or arugula, if using. Top each avocado half with a generous serving of the roasted vegetable salad. Sprinkle lemon zest on top and serve.

Looking for some extra fun and family-friendly meals in your Just Add Cooking box? Some of the kids’ favorites include Tomato Mac & Cheese, Chicken Pecan Pesto Spaghetti, Swedish Meatballs and the ever-popular Steak Fajitas! Keep an eye on upcoming menus for these kid-friendly favorites and get into the kitchen with your kids tonight!

Recipes to Get Kids Cooking (Part 1 of 2)

Kids cooking

At Just Add Cooking, bringing families together to cook is a major part of our mission. By increasing the number of meals families make at home, and making it easy and fun for them to cook from scratch by providing ingredients and recipes, we endeavor to get kids cooking, learning where their food comes from and developing healthier habits. Our friend Holly Pierce of The Soul Chef is back with a kid-friendly recipe round-up! Today is Part 1 of 2 and features some sweet treats–check back next week for some savory recipes!

Knowing how to cook is one of the most basic and important skills a child can learn. In addition to building their creative, problem-solving, organizational and attention skills, being in the kitchen teaches them how to approach a new situation, how to access and apply their creative resources, what steps to take if they make a mistake and how to work together with a group or another individual. It can help build confidence, instill a sense of joy and pride and at the very least, get them to eat their vegetables!

Being in the kitchen with kids is a terrific experience; one I highly recommend to anyone. Kids of all ages can find something to do in the kitchen from the very basics of helping mom stir a batter to making a grilled cheese sandwich to cooking a whole meal for the family. Start by giving them some basic and fundamental guidelines, setting ground rules and outlining safety procedures then work with them to create dishes and meals that cultivate and challenge their skills. Provide lots of encouragement and constructive direction along the way. And don’t forget to have a laugh or two while you’re at it.

This summer, spend some time in the kitchen with your favorite kid and create wonderful memories while you’re cooking up some delicious fun! These recipes are a great start.

Yogurt and Fresh Berry Parfaits

1 pint fresh berries, rinsed and patted dry
2 cups plain yogurt
1 ½ cups granola
2-3 Tbsp maple syrup

In a small bowl, combine yogurt with maple syrup.

Using 4 dessert cups, parfait glasses or ramekins, layer berries, yogurt and granola into each.

German Apple Pancakes

4 eggs
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 pinch salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup white sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 large tart apple – peeled, cored and sliced

In a large bowl, blend eggs, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Gradually mix in milk, stirring constantly. Add vanilla, melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Let batter stand for 30 minutes or overnight.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Melt butter in a 10 inch oven proof skillet, brushing butter up on the sides of the pan. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Sprinkle mixture over the butter. Line the pan with apple slices. Sprinkle remaining sugar over apples. Place pan over medium-high heat until the mixture bubbles, then gently pour the batter mixture over the apples.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F and bake for 10 minutes. Slide pancake onto serving platter and cut into wedges.

Check back next week for more kid-friendly recipes from Chef Holly! 

Looking for some extra fun and family-friendly meals in your Just Add Cooking box? Just Add Cooking meals are totally customizable – you can always leave out any ingredients or choose from seven recipes to find the ones that your kids will like. Plus, look for the spicy pepper next to recipes that indicates they might be a bit too hot for little palates.

Think Differently About Veggies in December

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Chances are, when you think of December you don’t think of fresh vegetables. However, we’re here to tell you that you should! There is a variety of delicious veggies that are at their freshest in December that you can weave into your healthy cooking.

Next week, we are including a few in our Just Add Cooking box—cranberries in our Paneer, Bulgur & Cranberries dish as well as leeks in our Beef, White Bean and Leeks dish. A few other veggies that are fresh in December and that you can easily include in your dinner routine are: sweet potatoes, radishes, parsnips, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, and beets. A few of our favorite recipes using these ingredients are below. Enjoy!

Curried Carrot, Sweet Potato, and Ginger Soup – via health.com

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This dish is a great way to get more vitamin A and beta carotene. Both the carrots and the sweet potatoes deliver oodles of both, making this recipe particularly good for both your skin and vision. Pair it with a whole grain baguette for a hearty and satisfying meal.

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • 3 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled sweet potato
  • 1 1/2 cups (1/4-inch) sliced peeled carrots
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

 Preparation

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots; saute 3 minutes or until tender. Add potato, carrots, ginger, and curry; cook 2 minutes. Add broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender; stir in salt. Pour half of soup in a food processor; pulse until smooth. Repeat procedure with remaining soup.

Yield: serves 5 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Rouasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs & Parmesan – via cookinglight.com

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Use parmesan and any fresh herbs you have on hand for this roasted cauliflower dish. While parsley, tarragon, and thyme make a nice combination, you can also try sage, chives, and rosemary for this holiday recipe.

  •  12 cups cauliflower florets (about 2 heads)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450°. Place cauliflower in a large roasting pan or jelly-roll pan. Drizzle with oil; toss well to coat. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until tender and browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, thyme, tarragon, and garlic. Bake 5 minutes. Combine cauliflower mixture, cheese, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss well to combine.

Beet Salad with Miso and Black Sesame– via bonappetit.com

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This salad’s secret? Combining raw and roasted beets delivers two textures from one ingredient.

  • 6 small beets (about 1 lb.), preferably golden, scrubbed, divided
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup white miso
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 bunch watercress, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds or toasted white sesame seeds

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°. Place 4 beets on a large piece of foil and rub with 1 Tbsp. oil; season with salt and pepper and close up foil around beets. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until tender, 30–40 minutes. Unwrap beets and let cool slightly. Peel and cut into ½” wedges. Meanwhile, whisk miso, vinegar, remaining 2 Tbsp. oil, and 3 Tbsp. water in a small bowl. Set dressing aside. Thinly slice remaining 2 raw beets on a mandoline. Arrange watercress and roasted and raw beets on a platter and drizzle with reserved dressing; top with sesame seeds.

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes – Beyond the Turkey Sandwich

In just two short days, most households in this nation will be eating a coordinated meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and other traditional sides. And in just three short days, most of us will be eating turkey sandwiches. And turkey soup. And more turkey sandwiches, until we can’t stand the turkey anymore.

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Lucky for you, we’ve got a great roundup that solves your problem of what exactly to do with those Thanksgiving leftovers. So put down the carving knife and come join us for some Thanksgiving leftover ideas that go beyond the turkey sandwich.

  • Turkey Cobb Salad: After a day of indulgence, it can be nice to get some greens in. There are a variety of ways to make a cobb salad, but the main ingredients include crisp lettuce, crispy bacon bits, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, tomatoes, avocado and of course, lots of that leftover turkey. (This is also a great choice for those who have slaved away in the kitchen on Thanksgiving: it’s quick and requires no cooking!)
  • Cranberry Pancakes: Repurpose the always-plentiful leftover cranberry sauce into your post-Turkey Day breakfast!
  • Turkey & Sweet Potato Hash: This one is a two-fer. Get rid of two big leftover staples (and a third, if you have leftover rolls or bread!) and make a savory hash that’s a perfect fast dinner.
  • Leftover Mashed Potato Samosas: If the traditional food of Thanksgiving leaves you wanting something a little spicy, go Indian with this recipe for Samosas that utilizes your leftover mashed potatoes.
  • Cran-Bourbon Cocktail: Family. You love ‘em, but sometimes you just need a drink once they’re all gone. This one incorporates your leftover cranberry sauce for a seasonal sipper.
  • Leftover Thanksgiving Pie Milkshake: This is for those readers who consider Thanksgiving the gateway to indulgent holiday eating. It’s a bit over the top, but if you can’t blend a piece of pie into your milkshake on the holidays, when can you?
  • Stuffing Breakfast Eggs: A cute, individually-portioned way to make a quick but fun breakfast after Thanksgiving.
  • Turkey, Dill & Orzo Soup: This is a fresh take on the traditional turkey soup that’s ubiquitous after the holiday, made delicious by the dill–a flavor that removes the turkey from Thanksgiving.
  • Mashed Potato Spring Rolls: Turn mashed potatoes and green beans into a crispy canape!
  • Thanksgiving Leftover Wontons with Cranberry Salsa: This spicy appetizer uses both your cranberries and your leftover gravy.

Comfort Food Recipe Collection

Welcome to November! As the temperatures drop, we’re all craving something warm and hearty at our table each night. At Just Add Cooking, we cultivate our recipes seasonally, so you’ll be seeing lots of comfort food options arriving in your box each week. We are big believers that if you’re cooking from scratch and using whole foods, it’s OK to use a little cream or butter, which is a great philosophy for delicious, but still wholesome and healthy, comfort food.

So in celebration of those falling temperatures and leaves, we’ve cultivated our Just Add Cooking comfort food recipes into one collection. Check it out here, and look for these options to select for your boxes all winter long!

Chicken Collage

Chicken Comfort Food Recipes

Fish Collage

Fish Comfort Food Recipes

Beef Collage

Beef & Pork Comfort Food Recipes

Vegetarian Collage

Vegetarian Comfort Food Recipes