Roasted Monkfish with Olive Tapenade and Arugula-Garlic Mash

I am in the midst of cleaning out the fridge prior to vacation. Currently I am caramelizing onions since I accidentally bought a ton for an onion soup I changed my mind on making last Sunday, but these I can freeze. Since I had all the ends and I needed it, I am also making veg stock with all my veg remnants that I have been collecting in the freezer. I really should have roasted the veg for the stock, but got lazy, it will work anyway.

I am skipping the soup this week to minimize leftover food and found this recipe for monkfish on Jamie Oliver and decided to try, since monkfish was on sale at Fresh Direct this week. This was really nice, super fresh and Mediterranean tasting. Don`t omit the celery in the tapenade, it adds a really nice texture, but does not taste like celery. The tapenade is going to become a new staple, I can think of a bunch of things to do with it and it will keep in the fridge.

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(my plating was a bit of a fail)

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Wild Rice Fritatta

This is a fast post for a fast meal.  I made some things that had leftovers that were perfect for a fritatta, though really this is more of a Spanish tortilla, for sake of ease, I`m calling it a fritatta. You can really use anything in a Fritatta. It’s just eggs baked with stuff. Super simple and speedy other than the 45 min or so in the oven. But this took all of 5 min to get prepped.

Since I had leftover wild rice mix from the other day, and the remainder of the creamy mushrooms, it seemed a perfect match. Try it with the wild rice. It is a super health bomb.

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Healthy Tuna Casserole – No Cans

I happened upon this last winter. I’m not sure I was looking for it, but when I found it, it sounded pretty ace.  I had forgotten about tuna casserole! I made some changes, and this has no cans of cream of crap soup.

It’s not gonna change your life, unless you have never had a Hot Dish, but this is good, easy, and comfort food. Try it.

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Mushroom Eggs Florentine

ZOMG! Seriously. Make this. This has been on my deck for a while now. I had something similar in Buenos Aires in August that I wanted to recreate. I really really like trying to recreate food had while traveling. While I will never ever attempt or try or claim my Arzak items, I’ve been pretty ace with spanish tapas and Spanish Moroccan food, particularly stuff had in Madrid. I think that is why I like going there so much. It always leaves me with something or two to recreate at home.

Anyhoo, so I wanted to make this starter dish I had at Demuru. It really was all I could eat even though it was a starter and I left my main virtually untouched. It was all creamy mushroomy goodness with an egg baked and poached inside. I can make that!

But first I needed individual baking dishes. That was harder than it sounds. I just wanted nice ones that were not fugly. And then what size? 6 oz, 8 oz, gah. I no know! I settled on these from Crate and Barrel . They were well priced and at least white. Then I just put off making for fear I’d do wrong. Dumb.

So yeah, I finally made it and it was super. This would also be a great easy starter for a dinner party done in small ramekins with one egg. It looks fancy, but is way easy.

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Roasted Squash with Sorta Indian Sorta Mediterranean Basmati Rice

I’ve been eating a bit more cheese and wheat than I need to so I decided to revisit this Jamie Oliver stuffed squash. But made some changes. The last time I made it, last winter, I made it by recipe and the rice did not cook as stated, with no water. I was skeptical. But tried. It was good though. Once I got it to cook. It was also kinda futzy.

I wanted a stuffed squash and needed to go to the gym so this worked well by making it separate and roasting the squash while at the gym.

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Tomato-Spinach Pasta Bake

Another oven day and I am straying from my menu planning, but that`s ok, I do it all the time. I could not decide between stuffed roasted squash and a pasta bake. I decided on the pasta bake as it does double duty. I needed more sauce for Pizza Party! and this would make extra.

I started with a base of this Jamie Oliver recipe in mind, but tweeked it a bit. I had make that one before, but didn`t like the gooey quality, so I switched the cheese and added more veg to make it a bit more healthy, but still keep the flavor. The husband said it tasted like the best lasagne ever, I thought it was more like a pizza bake. You will think it tastes like whatever you think.

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Pizza Party Part 3: Heirloom Tomato Pizza

So I wanted to recreate last weeks heirloom tomato tart but as a pizza. I was going to add some goat cheese, but decided I had enough cheese on this. What? Enough Cheese? Yeah, I know, Crazy!!!!  Regular tomato sauce Pizza Party can be found here or here

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