Tagged with Whole Life Challenge

Breakfast “Pizza”

Breakfast “Pizza”

One thing we’ve discovered recently is that baking all of your bacon in a giant batch, and then reheating it in the microwave throughout the week yields results virtually identical to baking it every morning. Same tasty bacon with way less time, dishes, and bacon smell. That’s a major win. In a similar vein, we … Continue reading

Berbere Braise

Berbere Braise

Berbere is a key ingredient in many Ethiopian dishes. It’s a flavorful, aromatic blend of spices that is both spicy-hot and spicy-spicy (aka filled with lots of spice flavors!). It’s hard to describe, but typically the flavor is deep and savory with hints of floral sweetness, without veering too far into the dreaded potpourri territory. … Continue reading

Ribs.

Ribs.

This is my favorite type of recipe: simple, delicious, and utterly flexible. I like to use boneless beef short ribs or country-style pork ribs, as they both have a higher meat:bone ratio than spare ribs. Once you have your meat, all you have to do is season it, slice some onion (optional, but I like … Continue reading

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Another big hit at the recent pot luck were AK’s chicken lettuce wraps. When she sent me the recipe she noted, “A wok and a food processor make this recipe quick and easy, but you can also use a regular saute pan and chop all your veggies by hand.” (I don’t have a wok…but I … Continue reading

My Kitchen Helper

Oh hey there, who’s this? This little fur-face is an ever-present kitchen “helper,” always willing to find scraps, help clean out bowls…i.e., constantly underfoot, but super cute. Today, however, Maggie’s looking particularly pitiful, her gaze intently fixed on the stove. “What’s that aroma?” you say? Well, your canine sense are working well, because I’m making … Continue reading

Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes

Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes

Another tasty cupcake treat from Becky B. She notes, “The secret is the cherry extract…it’s what gives it the punch!” These were Michael’s favorite at the potluck, and were a big hit with everyone except our resident chocolate hater (yeah, I don’t understand, either). See how you like them! Cherry Bomb Cupcakes Adapted fromĀ Raw & … Continue reading

German Chocolate Cupcakes

German Chocolate Cupcakes

Remember the impressive cinnamon apple pear pecan tartletsĀ and carrot apple cupcakes? Well, our resident nurse-Air Force officer by day, caterer by…weekend? (I don’t know how she finds time for this!) is back! We had another potluck, and Becky B. brought out all the stops: 3 new desserts PLUS some make-ahead pork and mango lettuce wraps. … Continue reading

A Whole Life Challenge Super Bowl

A Whole Life Challenge Super Bowl

By some miracle, I know what day the Super Bowl is this year. Which means, I have enough advance notice to give you some WLC-approved Super Bowl snack ideas. Because, let’s be honest, whether you’re a football fanatic, are just in it for the commercials, or are only there to hang out with friends, food … Continue reading

Freezer Fudge

During last year’s Whole Life Challenge, one of our athletes brought this fudge to our midpoint potluck. There is nothing like the promise of dessert to make people mid-challenge go CRAZY. No one wanted pork chops, pineapple chorizo meatballs, or butternut squash soup when something as seemingly forbidden as fudge was on the table. Most … Continue reading

Escarole with White Beans & Sausage

For a few weeks, I was grilling every head of bitter green that came my way. But, I needed some novelty. And, the weather was turning from hot to cold, making me crave something a little heartier at night. Thus, a soup(ish) kind of dish, filled with hearty greens, beans, and delicious chunks of porky … Continue reading