The holidays are just far enough gone that the ingredients in this week's meal are crave-able again. Redesigned in healthier little packages, they won't leave us feeling quite so guilty afterward. Just like holiday food, and all the "What's for Dinner?" meals I've shared so far, these recipes all taste great as leftovers, too. Enjoy!
This week's meal - Corn, Black Bean and Sausage Stuffed Bell Peppers with Chipotle Potato Salad - is jam-packed with some of my favorite flavors. While it may seem like a lot of ingredients, nothing requires a lot of fuss. Many of the components can be prepared ahead of time to help get dinner on the table even faster, and there's quite a bit of flexibility for those of you who are cooking for vegetarians, dairy-free or even paleo/whole30 diners. See the Prep Notes section for substitution suggestions, then get stuffin' and enjoy!
I love this meal! Technically, I can't claim it to be healthy, but the fact that you are cooking for yourself at home instead of picking up take out or pulling a processed box of food out of the freezer, well, that's a WIN for healthy living. Statistically speaking, most of us have already fallen away from our resolutions anyway, but hopefully cooking great tasting food from scratch is still a life priority. In that case, this meal wins again. Looking for a triple win? All this can be ready in less than 30 minutes! I hope you enjoy this plate of food as much as I do!
I'm a big fan of soup, especially when I'm being mindful about what I eat. For one, you can pack in so many fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables that it's easy to make a bowl of hearty and comforting soup that's also healthy and nutritious. It's also easy to make soup in a large batch which makes a great lunch later in the week, or for freezing to have a great dinner later in the month. Since I'm starting this new year off on a healthy foot, and I assume most of you all are trying to do the same, I created this recipe for Ginger Apple and Lentil soup. It highlights some of my favorite flavors in a warm nourishing bowl of goodness. It also happens to be gluten free, dairy free and meat free, but those are just happy bonuses.
Happy New Year! I'm excited for 2017 and I'm especially excited for my new weekly meal project - "What's For Dinner?" I want to help busy households answer that question every week. I realize that trying new recipes is often too daunting for busy people on a busy day. Far easier to fall back on a tried-and-true, memorized meal. But I want to help keep dinner interesting, which is why my meals will include step-by-step choreography. I'll sequence every step from start to finish so your efforts are streamlined and efficient, and your meal is reliably satisfying.
My goal is to to make your time in the kitchen more relaxed and enjoyable so cooking and eating better is more accessible. Every week, I'll provide you with a new, delicious, complete meal presented in a systematic, easy-to-follow format. My posts will be brief, so you only have to focus on the recipes, with a few pictures to help guide you. I'll also include "Prep Notes" here and there with time saving suggestions, ingredient swaps or kitchen tricks. Ultimately, I hope this series will give you a few more tried-and-true meals to memorize so your dinner repertoir becomes limitless. With that introduction, lets get started!
Hi! I'm Emily, and this is the official blog of Guest Chef, my personal chef and catering business serving Metro Detroit. As much as I love to cook for people, I also love inspiring others to cook great food for themselves and their friends and family. Which is why I share recipes, tips and inspiration here. Follow along and let's cook something great together!