Blackened Salmon with Avocado Salsa

This is another quick but deliciously gourmet dinner. It’s a fresh and healthy dish as well. The largest chunk of time is chopping all the vegetables and fruits for the mango avocado salsa. It’s a very summery dish, but it’s great to eat mid-winter when you’re missing the sun. Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time:…

Shrimp & Broccoli Stir Fry

I found this receipe from Damn Delicious. It was quick and simple to make. A great dish for a busy night. Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 15 Minutes Servings: 4 people Ingredients: 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 1/2 lbs. shrimp, peeled and deveined 24 ounces broccoli florets 1 tsp. sesame seeds For the Sauce…

Red & Green Mole Chicken Enchiladas with Spanish Yellow Rice

I found this recipe from Chef Tyler Florence at The Food Network. The recipe calls for a Mexican Spice Blend, so I used the one from Genuis Kitchen. I love eating my enchiladas with yellow Spanish rice, which I found the recipe also from Genuis Kitchen. However, Chef Tyler’s recipe called for corn, green chiles, and chipotle…

Creamed Spinach

I love creamed spinach, especially with a piece of steak. I always thought it took so much to make creamed spinach and I was a bit weary making this for the first time, but it’s a lot easier than I thought it would be. It also came out delicious. I couldn’t stop eating it! Traditional…

Egg Fried Rice

This is my own recipe I’ve made up over the years. You can add any vegetables you want; I just used what was in my apartment. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Serves: 2 people Ingredients: White or Jasmine rice Bell pepper, minced Onion, min ed 1 egg 1/2 tsp. Sesame oil 1/4…

NY Strip with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pan Sauce

This recipe is an adaption of my mother’s recipe: Filet Mignon with Goat Cheese and Pancetta Pan Sauce and Creamed Spinach. Being a somewhat broke 20-something-year-old, buying a NY strip is a splurge in itself, so filet was out of the question. I didn’t have any goat cheese or pancetta in my apartment, so I made…

Korean Sizzling Beef Tacos

This recipe I found on Pinterest, and even though I’m post-college, I’m still broke, so instead of a flank steak, I used ground beef. The marinade in this still gives it tons of flavor and isn’t any less gourmet in my book. However, since I only used about 1/4 lb. of ground beef, I changed…

Mexican Black Beans

I came up with this recipe based on what ingredients I know are in Mexican dishes as well as based on what I just had in my apartment. It was quick and easy to make, and came out delicious. It was a great side dish to make with my tacos for dinner on a busy…

Nutella Pecan Brownies

This recipe takes a bit longer to bake than regular brownies because the Nutella makes it so gooey. Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 40-50 Minutes Cook To: 350° F Servings: 8-12 people Ingredients: 2/3 c. Nutella 3/4 c. melted butter 1 1/4 c. sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla extract 3/4 c. all-purpose flour…

Banana Walnut Bites

I love this recipe because it gives purpose to long-forgotten bananas and you don’t have to throw food away. This recipe is light and fluffy and a great snack for any time of day. Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 30 Minutes Cook To: 350° F Servings: 8-12 people Ingredients: 4 bananas (as ripe as…

Thai Lettuce Wraps

My mom couldn’t stop raving over this recipe. She loves The Cheesecake Factory’s Thai lettuce wraps and said this recipe tasted just like them. I like to add both sauces in my lettuce wrap at a time, but you’re open to assemble your wrap any way you’d like. This recipe is great because it’s pretty…

Stuffed Bell Peppers

This recipe was taught to me by my mother, who was taught by her Sephardic Jewish grandmother. My great-grandma Bella was originally from what is now Turkey, but immigrated to the U.S. during WWII. I’ve only had this meal a few times, but it’s delicious to make when you’re in the mood and you have…