Category: Food

Diet with Paleo or Veggie?

Paleo or vegetarian? It’s a hard choice when trying to lose some weight, and wanting to maintain a healthy diet (we’re not going to be making any value judgments on meat versus vegetables here). We tried a strict vegetarian diet – and lost hardly any weight. Too many legumes and grains drove our carb load up. It’s not impossible, just hard. But we’re not knocking the veggie/vegan trend at all, but we just need to lose a few pounds. And many of us do like our meat. Here’s our compromise: 3 days vegetarian, 3 days paleo. We leave one day for “cheating”, adding maybe a bit of carb. So far, so good. After a few weeks, we’re down a few pounds. When we do our vegetarian thing, we absolutely need and want flavor. But without adding much in the way of calories. So here’s a few tricks: • Use sauces. Lots of flavor packed into a small amount of calories. Our favorites are Serious Foodie Korean sauce and sriracha (the natural, organic stuff if you can find it). • Flavored oils and vinegars. If you like mushroom, then drizzle a bit of truffle oil over anything. Not cheap stuff, but […]

Homemade Pizza – Not Hard At All!

We love pizza, especially fresh out of the oven.  So, how better to impress your football-loving friends than with your own homemade pizza, fresh out of your oven? Making pizza at home is a lot easier than you might think.  The task requires only a few ingredients which can be prepared a day ahead.  And you can add whatever toppings you might want – and it will be a whole lot more fun than the local delivery joint. Our major revision to this post is the way we handle making pizza dough.  It’s super easy, and it is almost fool-proof.  We are using the method we saw on Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street show (click HERE to see the original post), which comes together in minutes. Our favorite party idea:  Have guests bring their favorite ingredients – then mix & match. Here’s a quick primer on what to do, with a few of our favorite recipes. What You’ll Need The tools you’ll need for homemade pizza can be found in some grocery stores, specialty kitchen ware stores (for example, Sur la Table), and Amazon.com. While you can use a sheet pan, a pizza stone is really the best for getting a […]

Mini-Eggplant Recipe

We found these little beauties at our local farmer's market this weekend, and we had to come up with a cool and easy recipe to share.  These baby eggplants like to be stuffed, and are in fact the perfect size for this technique. Being as small as they are, the outer shell of the eggplant cooks completely as the filling cooks so no prior prep or precooking is needed before they are stuffed. They're less than 4 inches in diameter (called "Nubia" eggplants), and probably the best tasting mini variety. Our recipe is a slight variation on classic Italian cooking, which includes the flesh removed from the eggplants, onions, garlic, tomatoes, eggs, cheese - and a bit of pancetta.  Since you can serve this at room temperature, this dish is an elegant touch to any party, even a tailgate event. 3.2.2925 Mini-Eggplant Recipe Author: Mr. Serious Foodie Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 50 mins Serves: 4 servings Use your imagination to create variations on this recipe, such as substituting in feta cheese for Pecarino and mint instead of the oregano Ingredients 4 to 6 baby eggplants 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 medium onion, Peeled & [...]

It’s Taco Tuesday!

Ever since we saw the Lego Movie, we’ve been celebrating Taco Tuesday.  First, because it’s fun.  Second, because it can be very creative & delicious (which also is fun). There was a wonderful article in the Wall Street Journal by Elizabeth G. Dunn (we love her writing) where she chronicles the comeback of the taco (click HERE to connect to her article).  As she states, “… gastronomy’s top echelon has plunged into a state of intense taco-consciousness.”  So in homage to this new taco-consciousness, we present one of the recipes from the WSJ article, as well as two of our own, including our favorite veggie taco recipe.  You can also find our delicious Mexican Mole Pulled Pork Tacos by clicking HERE. Tacos with Green Chile Sauce Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 45 mins Serves: Serves 4 Here we use the Hatch Chile Sauce from The Serious Foodie – but you can substitute any green chile sauce into this recipe. Ingredients 1 full boneless chicken breast, sliced into cutlets (to see a simple article from Serious Eats on how to prepare the cutlets, click HERE). 2 tablespoons or more of spice rub (we used the Serious […]

Serious Foodie Meat Chili

Chili is a favorite of pot-luck parties, and tailgate parties, or simmering dish that makes the house smell wonderful - and our Serious Foodie recipe, which we've perfected over the years, is no exception.  Using the Serious Foodie Hatch Chile Sauce (click HERE to order on-line), this recipe is a no-fuss chili that always has our friends coming back for seconds. It's a slightly spicy complex sauce that should please any chili perfectionist. If meat isn't your thing, then we have an equally great vegetarian version:  click HERE. Or, if you have some turkey or chicken hanging out in your frig, try our version of turkey chili - click HERE. Serious Foodie Meat Chili Author: Mr. Serious Foodie You can substitute ground turkey or chicken for a lighter version. Add some of your favorite hot sauce, or jalapenos, to pump up the heat. Ingredients 1 to 1.5 pounds ground beef 4 tablespoons safflower oil (or any other neutral tasting oil) 1½ cups diced sweet yellow onions 1 cup chopped red and/or yellow bell peppers (add some jalapenos for a bit more heat) 1 medium to large carrot, diced 2 medium zucchini, stem ends trimmed and cut into small dice 2 [...]

Slaw Is Not Just Cabbage

Coleslaw is found at almost every outdoor meal - but mostly it's the typical soggy mayonnaise-dressed, cabbage-centric boring stuff you can find in any grocery store by the pint or quart. For us, we needed to dig into the foundation of what salw means, and how we can make it fun, and a bit healthier. There is actually no real definition of the word "slaw" - but it seems to mean shredded raw vegetables, in general.  So that's where we'll start. Beet Slaw We have the Serious Foodie version of slaw that we've used at many events, using carrots, raw beets, and fresh yellow peppers - then dressed it with our amazing Serious Foodie Blood Orange/Aji Panca dressing made from one of our sauces (click HERE for the recipe).  Also check out the really great Quinoa and Roasted Corn salad, which is almost a slaw by our definition (click HERE for the recipe). In this article, we present a few of our favorite combinations.  Think about using any of these combinations at your next BBQ event, or take it along the your next tailgate party. The Slaw Primer It's actually quite simple.   Just pick one or more for each category: THE [...]

Our Popcorn Obsession

Obsessed. With. Popcorn. And it’s probably a good thing. Along with many others, the Serious Foodie has resolved to put more healthy eating and a bit of weight loss on the menu for 2018. We started our plan first off looking for a snacking routine that was low calorie, satisfying, and delicious.  This is a tall order, but popcorn is literally made to fit the bill. Problem is, healthy delicious popcorn seemed to be an oxymoron (no, we’re not talking about politicians). We tried so many pre-made brands claiming to be healthy, but there was a still a lot of crap stuck to the bottom of the bag with most of them. Nothing deadly, but still not what we wanted.  And never tasting really fresh. Then we tried various “just popcorn” brands with low or no salt, low fat.  No thank you, I’ll just eat the bag – much more flavor, just as much fiber. How about microwaved popcorn?  Been there, done that – smells bad, tastes, and it has nasty stuff in the bag/on the bag. Then we went back to the old-fashioned, make it on your stove top version.  Turns out, once you have a few tricks down, […]

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Mango Sauce

A Great Tailgate Recipe - We love the tasty flavor of crispy chicken wings, but we hate the thought of deep frying anything.  Here we show you how simple it is to make amazing wings using the sweet & spicy Serious Foodie Mango/Aji Amarillo sauce (click HERE to find the Serious Foodie sauces), or any sauce you like. The Serious Foodie Pomegranate sauce, Mexican Mole, Korean, or the Blood Orange/Aji Panca sauce also work well with this recipe. Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Mango Sauce Author: Mr. Serious Foodie Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 50 mins Total time: 1 hour Serves: 6-8 people Ingredients - 5 pounds chicken wings, tips removed, drumettes and flats separated - 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (preferably safflower oil) - 1 tablespoon salt - Freshly ground black pepper to taste - 1 jar Serious Foodie Mango/Aji Amarillo sauce Instructions Preheat oven to 400 F. Set a wire rack inside each of 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Place the wings in a large bowl; toss with the vegetable oil. Add the salt and pepper, then toss again. Divide wings between the prepared racks and spread out in a single layer. Bake wings until the skin is [...]

Easy Gourmet Salad Recipes

We’ve worked hard to put together a series of salad recipes that you can use any time: parties, holidays, tailgating, picnic, pot lucks.  So put down that store-bought bag of greens and store-bought dressing. Here is our collection of simple, healthy gourmet salad recipes that will put an elegant touch to any meal – whether it’s an casual weekday, or a special occasion.  Click HERE to see our feature recipe: Pear Cranberry Salad with Serious Foodie Fig/Orange dressing. Warm Spinach/Fennel/Apple Salad Crazy simple – and healthy & really delicious.  It’s a change up from the standard warm spinach salad, with a lot more interesting things happening.  Add some feta if you like.  Or some bacon.  What makes this recipe work is the dressing.  You just might want to pour this over everything.  Click HERE for the full recipe. Quinoa Salad with Beets and Oranges We are always for raising our game when it comes to healthy eating – and two of our favorite components are beets and quinoa.  There is a ton of nutrition and flavor in both of these, and this simple salad (which can also serve as a meatless main course) has it all. Click HERE for the full recipe. […]

Vegetarian Chile with Serious Food Hatch Chile Sauce

A Great Tailgate Recipe – We are always looking for simple & healthy dishes with an upscale taste – especially for tailgate parties.  Here we prepare a green vegetarian chili that is as tasty and satisfying as any meat-based chili we have cooked. The use of diced portabello mushrooms gives a meaty texture to the chili, and the corn gives natural sweetness and crunch.  The Serious Foodie Hatch Chile Cooking Sauce (click HERE to order on-line) makes this recipe a cinch to put together – with a spicy complex flavor that should please any chili perfectionist. Vegetarian Chile with Serious Food Hatch Chile Sauce Author: Mr. Serious Foodie Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 1 hour 15 mins Serves: Serves 4 to 6 Serve this hearty chili with brown rice or hearty bread. Ingredients 4 tablespoons safflower oil (or any other neutral tasting oil) 1 1/2 cups diced sweet yellow onions 1 cup chopped red and/or yellow bell peppers 1 medium to large carrot, diced 1 medium summer squash, stem ends trimmed and cut into small dice 2 medium zucchini, stem ends trimmed and cut into small dice 1 1/2 pounds portobello mushrooms (about 5 large), […]