When my mom and I hand made quinoa ravioli a few weeks ago, I wanted to top it with something light to let the homemade flavors and textures shine. So, we decided to make a little sage, shallot and butter sauce. Unfortunately, not used to the electric stove that my mom has at home, I wound up burning the shallots a bit, but I still enjoyed the slightly crisp, delicious taste. The flavors screamed winter and I wanted to try making this sauce again when I returned home to 32 degree Brooklyn. Read more:
Recently, Bobbye, a Sprout & Pea reader asked me if I made my own quinoa pasta. Well, Bobbye, I never had but you inspired me to give it a go! I brought up the idea while I was home over Thanksgiving and my mom was equally excited about it so together we attempted to make some quinoa ravioli. It turns out all you need to make this protein packed pasta is some quinoa flour, arrowroot powder and eggs. We were skeptical about how easy the recipe sounded but if it turned out well, it would be an exciting solution to not being able to purchase quinoa ravioli or tortellini at the store. Read more:
This dish is inspired by both my mom’s delicious spaghetti squash and a dish i had at a local restaurant a few years ago. Growing up, one of my favorite side dishes with dinner was my mom’s simple spaghetti squash with honey and butter. It was like candy with my dinner, only it wasn’t overly sweet and I was getting my daily veggies in. It wasn’t until I saw a special for spaghetti squash on the menu at Lodge one night that I thought of the delicious stringy vegetable as a main course. With double inspiration in hand, I decided to make my own twist on this, combining my mom’s recipe for spaghetti squash with a few of the toppings from my dinner at Lodge– with a few tweaks. Read more:
Hands down, my absolute favorite side dish is my mom’s mashed potatoes. She makes them with sour cream which gives them a nice creamy tang and when it comes to food, I tend to devour anything with a little tang. Over the years, I’ve adapted this recipe into a slightly healthier version by substituting Greek yogurt and it tastes just as decadent. Continuing on the healthy route, tonight I decided to make my adapted recipe with cauliflower instead of potatoes.