Saturday, February 27, 2010


If you are like me, you LOOOOOOVE Chipotle but there is not one restaurant anywhere near you. Last week Ethan and I were in Orlando and we were able to enjoy Chipotle's yumminess for the first time since last August. Then I thought, I HAVE to figure out how to do this at home. We came home and had our normal black bean burritos (a pregnancy staple for me over the last few weeks) and they just tasted so bland and boring. Oh Chipotle, my tastebuds crave you. So, I found this website: I have been collecting recipes for our burrito combos and we are going to try it out next week when my folks are here (all Chipotle fans). I'll let you know how it goes!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Key: No sugar, No corn syrup. I used Hunts Tomato Paste because it doesn't contain corn syrup.

I got this recipe from


    12 oz can tomato paste
    12 oz water
    1 small onion, chopped
    1 tbls garlic, minced
    4 tbls dry chopped basil
    1 tbls dry oregano
    1 beef bouillon cube, crumbled
    1/2 tsp black pepper, fresh ground
    2 tbsp olive oil


Heat olive oil over medium high heat in large, heavy frying pan. Saute onion until soft and cooked through. Add garlic and cook until soft. Add herbs, pepper and beef bouillon, and saute until the scent releases. Add tomato paste and water, stir to combine. Heat through. Adjust herbs and spice to taste.

Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user BASICMOUTH.

Number of Servings: 6

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Orange Beef (modified)

This is a recipe I have modified from other recipes and it is now one of Ethan's and my fav dishes.

1.5 lbs beef top sirloin, thinly sliced
1/3 C rice wine vinegar
2 Tbl OJ
1 t of sea salt
1-2 Tbl of soy sauce
2 t (or more) of orange zest
3 Tbl grated fresh ginger
1.5 Tbl minced garlic

Mix ingredients and marinate beef for as long as desired. (I have marinated 30 min or overnight.) Brown in a skillet and serve with rice. We eat it with green beans, but I'm sure tastes great with steamed broccoli.

Strawberry Crush

2 C strawberries
1/2 crushed pineapple (I used 1 C of chunks)
1/2 banana
1/2 water (I used OJ)
1/4 C lemon juice (I just used a squirt)
Squirt of honey (I will omit this next time)
Squirt of flaxeed oil (Opt)

Combine and blend. Sooooo good.

Skillet Bow Tie Lasagna

1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic close, minced
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1.5 cups water
1 can (6 oz) tom paste
1 Tbl dried parsley flakes
2 t dried oregano
1 t salt
2.5 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
3/4 cup small-curd cottage cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, cook beef, onion, and garlic over med heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
Add the tomatoes, water, tom paste, parsley, oregano, and salt; mix well.

Stir in pasta; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring once. Combine cheeses, drop by rounded tbl onto pasta mixture. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings