Eggplant Parm Bites [the baked vs. fried challenge]

Last week, I found a super cute little farm/farmer’s market practically in my backyard. How I had lived in my house for a year and hadn’t found it sooner, is a mystery to me. In a fit of excitement, I started filling bags left and right with any fruits and veggies that looked delicious (and they all looked more delicious than my food store’s produce isle).  Two little baby eggplants ended up in one of those bags, and ended up sitting on my counter until one of them went bad.  Without enough to make a full eggplant parm dish, this simple little side dish of eggplant parm bites came to life!  Typically I try to make things as healthy as I can without completely ruining the taste, so I decided to do a little test with this recipe.  I baked half of the bites, and fried the other half.  Which turned out better? Keep reading…

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Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper & Provolone Stuffed Balsamic Chicken

Balsamic Chicken Stuffed with Provolone, Spinach & Roasted Red Peppers | Something to be SavoredYou know those nights that you’ll settle for eating whatever’s in the fridge? Well earlier this week I had one of those nights, and there are a few things that are always in my fridge: peppers, onions, cheese. Always in my freezer? Chicken and spinach. Always in my cabinet? Balsamic vinegar, olive oil and garlic. What a coincidence that those items combined make what I now consider one pretty damn good dinner. Want your family/friends/roomies/strangers to think you’re a fancy-shmancy-really-good-at-feeding-them-chef? This should do the trick (it worked for me!) Continue reading

Broccoli Slaw Ramen Noodle Salad

Broccoli Slaw Ramen Noodle Salad | Something to be SavoredAs if I needed to give you another example of how I really truly am milking the crap out of summer, I just made another “summertime classic.”  This salad is perfect for barbecues, sandwiches, parties, etc. It is not pumpkin-based, warm, or anything fall-related.  But, it’s a favorite, and I eat it year-round.  I’m constantly asked for this recipe, so I figured I might as well post it here for an easier way to pass it along.  This recipe was passed down to me from someone, and I haven’t changed a thing about it! Now I know, I know, ramen noodles? Am I a freshman in college? A culinary embarrassment? Is there really anything worthwhile to do with those 60¢ sodium-packed packages? Answers: no, maybe, yes. Continue reading

Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritters | Something to be SavoredI’m still milking summer, and therefore, I’m still wearing dresses to work and buying zucchini and squash in the masses. I was hesitant to try these zucchini cakes, because I had made the cauliflower fritters in the past (a similar recipe) and wasn’t really crazy about them. But don’t be fooled, the zucchini version is good! And, they took like 10 minutes to make. Totally worth it. Continue reading

Chipotle Chicken Crunch Wraps

Chipotle Chicken Crunch Wraps | Something to be SavoredI love things that are chipotle flavored. Like, really REALLY love. I also thought that a guilty pleasure of mine was Taco Bell (although I haven’t had it since college — apparently there’s a reason), but was kind of disgusted by the thought of the goopy-jarred-nacho-cheese-and-ground-beef-combo called for in this Taco Bell Crunch Wrap Supreme recipe. But the idea of the DIY crunch wrap was too cool to pass up, and hence, the Chipotle Chicken Crunch Wrap was born! And it was amazing. Awesome. Loved by all. I need more crunch wraps in my life. Continue reading

Restaurant Replica: Chicken Limoncello

Chicken Limoncello | Something to be SavoredA friend recently sent me her favorite coconut shrimp from a restaurant, suggesting I try to make it myself.  While the recipe is on the back burner (only until I go out and buy some shrimp!), the idea is on the front burner. So today, I give you the very first Restaurant Replica, a post in which I replicate some of my favorite dishes from local restaurants.  There is a great Italian place in West Chester, PA called Limoncello. If you go, you should get their signature dish. I was not going, but I decided I wanted that damn signature dish anyway. So on a random Tuesday night, with six of my besties gathered around my dinner table (picture below!), I attempted to recreate that delicious Chicken Limoncello. Continue reading

Nutella Cheesecake in an Oreo Crust

Nutella Cheesecake | Something to be SavoredIt may be un-American of me, but I’m actually not crazy about  cheesecake. If someone gave me a fork and a free cheesecake, I probably wouldn’t finish a whole piece. I hate when it tastes even the slightest bit “cheesy.” I’d rather not know there’s any cream cheese in my dessert. But last night, I wanted to bathe myself in this damn cheesecake. How did I forget just how amazing Nutella is?! And why has no one ever served it to me as a cheesecake before?! This recipe will be made again in my house. Now, read this post, put down the laptop, and go to the store to purchase yourself some Nutella. Pronto. Continue reading