Well Dined

16Nov/150

Corn Pudding

Well Dined | Corn Pudding

Corn pudding (or spoonbread) is one of my favorite Thanksgiving sides, and I love this recipe in particular because of how easy it is.  There is a little bit of sauteing involved, but then everything goes into a blender, and then directly into the baking dish - easy.

Well Dined | Corn Pudding

Cream, butter, eggs, corn, sauteed onions, and a bit of flour and sugar - what's not to love?

Well Dined | Corn Pudding

It is kind of like a corn souffle that's a little bit sweet, and really buttery.  It's hot and soft and creamy and kind of melt in your mouth.  I made it for a friend that had never had it before and totally made a believer out of her.  So let's make this beauty!

9Jul/141

Tomato, Corn, and Cheddar Quiche

Well Dined | Tomato, Corn, and Cheddar Quiche

Ah, summer - a time for all the fresh produce you can get your hands on.  I particularly like the combination of tomatoes and corn, which you can see here, here, and here.  Add in some herbs from the garden, eggs from the farmer's market, and a flaky pie crust for an awesome summer quiche.

Well Dined | Tomato, Corn, and Cheddar Quiche

Quiche is best served right around room temperature, so it would be pretty easy to bring this to a potluck or dinner party, as long as it doesn't sit out for too long (2 hours max) and isn't out in the heat.

30May/140

Week of Meals

A friend of mine asked if I could put together a week of meals that are healthy, easy, and cost effective for a single working mother.  I thought that sounded like a great idea!  But I definitely underestimated how much work it would be.  It's hard to make food for just two people without having a ton of leftovers - so to get a different meal in each night, I had to figure out how to use ingredients in multiple dishes.  And I wanted to make sure that they were healthy, had a bit of variety, and took 30 minutes or less to put together.  It's a tall order, but I think I managed.  Each recipe is sized for two adults, and there is a shopping list included at the bottom of the post.

Well Dined | Broiled Salmon with Mustard Butter and Boiled Potatoes and Green Beans

First up - Broiled Salmon with Mustard Butter and Boiled Potatoes and Green Beans.  This meal is healthy, easy, and comes together in under 30 minutes.  I am so in love with this mustard butter (that I discovered making this recipe), I make it all the time now.  There are no grains in this dinner, and as far as starchy potatoes go, baby red-skinned are relatively low on the glycemic index.  Plus - by cooking more salmon and vegetables than you need, you will already have the ingredients you need for dinner the next night.  This meal comes first because fish needs to be cooked the same night that it is purchased for best quality.

The salmon is going to be one of the more expensive proteins for the week, but it is worth it because it is so good for you (not to mention delicious).  Gotta get those Omega-3's!  However, I do not recommend buying farm-raised Atlantic salmon as it is full of chemicals and pollutants.  Instead, I recommend buying wild Alaskan or farmed Norwegian.  The Norwegian salmon is pretty great and I can get it here in NoVA for around $15/lb, and coho goes for $13/lb (versus $29/lb for king salmon, yikes!).  If you absolutely cannot swing Alaskan or Norwegian salmon, buy another type of fish instead (cod, halibut, or tilapia would be good).

Well Dined | Salmon Nicoise Salad

For our second dinner, we use the extra ingredients from the previous night, plus a few more, to make Salmon Nicoise Salad.  The only thing you have to cook for this dinner is hard boiled eggs, and you can do those in advance if you like.  Boil more than you need, because we will use some in another dish.  Like the previous night, this meal is grain-free and loaded with healthy fats.  You can see how big one serving is in this photo - I ate the whole thing, Jasper only ate half of his.  So if this is too much food for you, plan to set aside half of it for lunch the next day.  It should travel well, just keep the dressing separate.

This is actually the most expensive meal of the week (if it is making 2 servings, and not 4), so the kind of greens you use will matter.  I used mache or lamb's lettuce, which I think is really delicious.  But there are definitely cheaper lettuces/greens out there.  A note on olives - nicoise olives are traditional, but expensive, so feel free to sub kalamatas, which taste very similar.  You could even buy jarred kalamatas to save even more.

30Dec/130

2013 Wrap Up

Well Dined | 2013 Wrap-Up

Well, Folks - it's been a great year!  I look forward to keep sharing delicious and (sometimes) healthy recipes with you in the years to come.  Until then - here are my most pinned recipes of 2013!

Well Dined | Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepard's Pie

#1 - This healthy version of Shepard's Pie with Sweet Potato and Turkey.  I find this funny because the photos from this post are so bad!

Well Dined | Homemade Meat Ravioli

#2 - Homemade Meat Ravioli - yum!

Well Dined | Homemade Spinach Ravioli

#3 - Homemade Spinach Ravioli.  The raviolis are popular!

30Sep/130

Kale and Corn Galette with Shrimp and Feta

Well Dined | Kale and Corn Galette with Feta and Shrimp

This is one of those transitional dishes that takes you from one season into another - the last of the summer corn, combined with dark leafy greens in a warm tart.  The original recipe didn't have any protein, but it did use feta and dill, so I thought shrimp would be perfect.

Well Dined | Kale and Corn Galette with Feta and Shrimp

If you don't eat shrimp, then no problem - leave them off.  The veggies and cheese are hearty enough on their own.

19Aug/130

Summer Succotash

Well Dined | Summer Succotash

This stunning dish comes to you from my weekly vegetarian lunches with Melissa from Smells Like Brownies.  Consisting of just vegetables with a little feta, this is about as healthy as you can get!  It's also super filling and surprisingly delicious.  I say surprisingly because let's be honest, most people don't go around graving a pile of veggies.  But this is so good that even my veggie hating husband liked it!  Served warm with a variety of textures and flavors, vibrant basil, and salty cheese - it really leaves you feeling satisfied.

Well Dined | Summer Succotash

Great on it's own as a lunch, served as a side to chicken or steak (which is what I did with leftovers), or even stuffed into a pita pocket - this is a super healthy AND yummy Summer dish.  It can also become vegan quite easily.  So how about it?  Let's get some veggies into our lives!

14Aug/130

Gnocchi with Summer Squash, Corn, and Goat Cheese

Well Dined | Gnocchi with Summer Squash, Corn, and Goat Cheese

I find it hard to come up with dinner ideas in the summer, I don't know if anyone else has this problem.  All I want to do is snack on fruit, salads, or fresh tomatoes with cheese.  And I definitely don't want to hang out in the kitchen for too long.  But this?  I would seriously make this every week if my husband would let me.  This is the BEST summer dish ever.  Gnocchi, summer squash, and fresh sweet corn sauteed in butter and topped with goat cheese, basil, chives, and a splash of lemon juice - perfection.  Plus (other than boiling the water), it takes less than 10 minutes to put together!

Well Dined | Gnocchi with Summer Squash, Corn, and Goat Cheese

Just look at it, you know you want it.  Warm and filling, but not heavy, with bright pops of veg and fresh herbs, it's the goat cheese that sends it over the edge into awesome territory.  If you crumble the cheese on top and don't stir it in, then you get a little bit of melted creaminess but also bits of cold that really compliment the gnocchi.  Also, I used goat butter - cuz I'm FANCY... and it's delicious.

Well Dined | Gnocchi with Summer Squash, Corn, and Goat Cheese

I served it as a side dish with salmon, but it would go well with chicken and it's perfect on it's own, as well.  Swing by your local farmer's market, snag some fresh produce, and let's get cooking!

17Jul/130

Mexican Style Quinoa Salad

Well Dined | Mexican Style Quinoa Salad

This vegetarian/vegan meal that I made with Melissa of Smells Like Brownies is perfect for summer.  It is light and fresh (but still filling), takes advantage of summer produce, and is packed with protein.

Well Dined | Mexican Style Quinoa Salad

All you have to do is combine the ingredients - corn, tomato, avocado, bell pepper, scallions, jalapeno, black beans, cooked quinoa.

Well Dined | Mexican Style Quinoa Salad

Then toss with a dressing of lime, olive oil, honey, and cumin.

Well Dined | Mexican Style Quinoa Salad

Top with some fresh cilantro (or parsley if you, like me, are not a fan) and your perfect summer lunch awaits!  You can serve it warm, cold, or room temp - doesn't matter.  The ingredient list is also totally flexible, go with whatever ratio of quinoa to veg you like, take out the stuff you don't like, add in something you do, make it yours.

29Mar/131

Vegetarian Enchiladas

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Back again with another vegetarian lunch team-up with Smells Like Brownies.  This healthy enchiladas are made with whole wheat tortillas and packed with tons of veggies.  There is plenty of protein from black beans, but you could always add some shredded chicken if you want.  The sauce couldn't be easier - it's just a jar of salsa!  Fresh, bright, and super filling - these are awesome and sure to please the whole family.

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Step 1 - place a mixture of black beans, spinach, corn, and cheese onto a tortilla.  We added in some diced zucchini, too!

8Mar/130

Turkey and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

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Okay - it is really hard to get an attractive picture of a shepherd's pie.  The blogger I got this recipe from did cute little individual dishes and I thought "Ain't nobody got time for that!" and just did one big casserole.  But after posting a very unattractive photo on facebook (that sparked a crazy battle between two friends, no joke) I know why she did it that way!

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Photography aside, this dish is great.  Lean but satisfying ground turkey mixed with a ton of veggies make a hearty filling.

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Topped with delicious super-food sweet potatoes, this version of shepherd's pie is super healthy and super delicious.

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Baking it in individual dishes is definitely cuter and neater, but if you don't care whether the topping gets mixed into the filling on the plate - you can totally do one big dish.