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A collection of my quarantine recipes and beyond!
A collection of my quarantine recipes and beyond!
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Beef Empanadas
 
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Spicy Vodka Pasta
 
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Pastel de Papa (Potato and Ground Beef Pie)
 
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Shrimp Ceviche
 
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Mendo’s Signature Curried Couscous Recipe
 
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The Best Burrata
 
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Pappardelle A La Fiesolana
 
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Animal Style Double Double
 
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Tasty Asian-Style Noodles
 
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Rasberry Sorbet
 
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Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
 
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Buffalo Chicken Dip
 
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Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Carne Asada Nachos
 
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Banana Bread
 
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Tuna Avocado
 
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Spicy Miso Carbonara
 
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Falafel
 
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Miso Glazed Cod
 
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Hummus
 
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Butter Chicken
 
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Spicy Miso Shrimp
 
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Mustard Baked Chicken
 
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Turkey Lettuce Wraps
 
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Asian Marinated Chicken
 
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Black Bean Burgers
 
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3 Ingredient Healthy Cookies
 
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Wasabi Tahini Chicken Salad
 
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Coconut-Miso Salmon Curry
 
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Spicy Tomato Sauce
 
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Meatballs & Polenta
 
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Risotto
 
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La Scala's Italian Chopped Salad
 
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Jalapeño Turkey Burgers
 
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Sweet Potato Wedges
 
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Poke Bowls
 
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Cacio e Pepe
 
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Banana Nutella Cake
 
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Veggie Chorizo Taco Salad
 
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Chana Masala
 
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Thai Basil Stir Fry w/ Fried Rice and Chicken
 
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Sesame & Herb Salad
 
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Garlic Rosemary Naan
 
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Guacamole with Toasted Cumin Seeds
 
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Chicken Breast Tenders with Turmeric and Lime
 
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Chicken Miso Meatballs
 
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The Best Breakfast Sandwich Sauce
 
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Chicken Panang Curry
 
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Sheet-Pan Baked Feta
 
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Seared Scallops With Jammy Cherry Tomatoes
 
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Baked Crab Dip
 
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Pasta with Chicken, Sun-dried Tomatoes, and Mushrooms
 



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Beef Empanadas
An Argentinian staple that I find is better home made over store bought, every single time. The perfect crowd pleaser for every potluck or just to enjoy at home! You can always swap the beef for ground turkey as a healthier option. Filling can be repurposed to make delicious sloppy joes as well!

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Spicy Vodka Pasta
Pasta with a ton of heavy cream, what's not to love? Ironically this recipe does not include vodka.

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Pastel de Papa (Potato and Ground Beef Pie)
Beef, potato, and egg. Can't go wrong!

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Shrimp Ceviche
Because it's light, citrus-y deliciousness

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Mendo’s Signature Curried Couscous Recipe
If you've ever been to Mendocino Farms, you likely are familiar with their iconic curry couscous. I was missing this dish a lot during quarantine, but I found a way to make it at home :)

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The Best Burrata
So easy and delicious and I never feel like I get this generous a portion of cheese when I get this dish at a restaurant

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Pappardelle A La Fiesolana
One of my favorite dishes and a must-have whenever I visit NYC. This isn't quiiite as good as Bar Pitti, but it's definitely a fun crowd pleaser that doesn't dissapoint

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Animal Style Double Double
The most iconic west coast burger coming right to your kitchen

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Tasty Asian-Style Noodles
So simple. The perfect base for stir fry protein or veggies!

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Rasberry Sorbet
A simple and guilt-free treat!

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Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
Simple guilt-free treat!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip
A true Super Bowl Sunday staple!

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Chocolate Chip Cookies
Original recipe from Tasty. Making slight changes every time to make my own :)

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Carne Asada Nachos
Original recipe taken and adapted from my college campus' Mexican place, Sunset Cantina in Boston

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Banana Bread
Original recipe courtesy of Chrissy Teigen. Making slight changes every time to make my own :)

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Tuna Avocado
Healthy and simple

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Spicy Miso Carbonara
My only change to Chrissy's original is more bacon. We made it her way the first time and thought it could have used more

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Falafel
Suuuuuch good falafel. Better than anything store bought. Recipe makes a LOT of falafel, so I would recommend frying as many falafel patties as you want for one meal, and then refrigerate or freeze the rest of mixture. Fry them fresh when you want them next :)

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Miso Glazed Cod
A delicious (semi) healthy dinner. Personally I don't choose fish as my protein unless it's sushi, but I can get behind this dish! Calorie Estimate: 268 (including well seasoned broccolini and zucchini)

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Hummus
Super simple and much more fresh than anything from a store in my opinion. This one, too, is a work in progress. Playing around with proportions and adding new ingredients each time.

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Butter Chicken
Original recipe from Chrissy Teigen with a slight twist! First time I made this it was delicious. Second time not as amazing (but still good). It wasn't as thick and I think there was too much cream so I change the recipe from 1.5 cups to 1 cup of cream to try next time and see.

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Spicy Miso Shrimp
a super simple way to add a ton of low-calorie flavor to your shrimp or any protein

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Mustard Baked Chicken
healthy and flavorful

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Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Asian-inspired healthy dinner option that can be thrown into the weekly rotation, yet still be a crowd pleaser at a dinner party!

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Asian Marinated Chicken
Simple, heathy, tasty

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Black Bean Burgers
Such an easy and flavorful recipe! I plan to make this as a healthy weekday lunch or dinner option once a week from now on Calorie Estimate: 369 (lettuce wrapped, with sweet potato wedges and aioli)

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3 Ingredient Healthy Cookies
Guilt-free treat that can double up as breakfast

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Wasabi Tahini Chicken Salad
an interesting asian-style twist on a traditional Waldorf chicken salad!

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Coconut-Miso Salmon Curry
A light and easy dinner to spice up a weeknight or to make if you're entertaining!

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Spicy Tomato Sauce
A healthier alternative to store-bought tomato sauce that's so, so simple to make and delish!

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Meatballs & Polenta
I was craving meatballs and didn't want to have pasta in the middle of the week, so I decided to pair with polenta and its creaminess worked perfectly!

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Risotto
An Italian classic that I tackled at home for they very first time. Excited to perfect it change up the toppings

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La Scala's Italian Chopped Salad
An honestly delicious salad that I can actually look forward to

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Jalapeño Turkey Burgers
So flavorful and healthy. The perfect way to spice up a weeknight dinner and save leftover for lunch the next day! Calorie Estimate (including buffalo cauliflower as a side and aioli on the lettuce "bun"): 306

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Sweet Potato Wedges
Healthy yet tasty

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Poke Bowls
Making a poke bowl yourself is honestly so much more satisfying than getting one at a restaurant. You also pretty much get twice as much food for the price this way. This is a fun weeknight dinner that leaves us with leftovers for lunch the next day

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Cacio e Pepe
One of the most basic Italian dishes that I never order at a restaurant because I feel like it's not "complex" enough. But TRUST that it's so, so good and will please any dinner guest

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Banana Nutella Cake
Not my favorite. I think the recipe has a lot going on that doesn't necessarily mesh. I want to finesse this next time i make it. UPDATE - I mashed up what was left of the cake and poured in a little bit of almond milk to make it moist, and turned them into cake pops and they are pretty tasty....Form the mashed up former cake into little balls, and freeze for an hour. Take out and let soften, then heat Nutella in microwave for about 30 seconds. Dip popsicle sticks into Nutella then poke into your ball and then coat the entire ball in the Nutella. Let set for a few mins and enjoy. Can keep in the fridge for several days. Much better than its original cake form.

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Veggie Chorizo Taco Salad
Honestly tastes almost exactly like Mendo's salad, despite that I use Morningstar rather than Impossible Chorizo, and that I winged the dressing recipe since they don't share it. A hearty salad to spice up any weeknight or a great appetizer/side salad if you're having company. Calorie Estimate: 497

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Chana Masala
I'm usually very skeptical to a vegetarian or vegan meal, because I'm so used to eating meat. But this was delicious and I didn't feel like there was something missing. It was also so simple to make and packed a ton of flavor. Calorie Estimate: 449

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Thai Basil Stir Fry w/ Fried Rice and Chicken
Ok fair warning that this recipe is SPICY. I learned it in a cooking class with the head chef of my favorite Thai place in LA (Jitlada). But the beauty that I learned in that class, is that stir fry isn't a science....and it's pretty damn easy. So take this recipe as a starting point and mold it to your palette. Scale back on the thai chili, add/subtract bell peppers and onions, swap serrano pepper for a jalapeño. Or make it veggie by using tofu instead of chicken. The world is your stir fry oyster. Calorie Estimate: 397

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Sesame & Herb Salad
I was a bit skeptical when I saw a salad with a base of entirely cilantro. But it is sooo fresh and goes really well with a fatty fish. So fresh! If you don't want only cilantro you can do half and half with parsley or throw some dill or mint in the mix, but the key is to use 3 cups of herbs.

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Garlic Rosemary Naan
Truly never need to buy frozen naan again. This is so easy and there are so many ways to change up the flavors. Infuse the oil with herbs of your choice and switch up the garlic with minced jalapeño or meat. Can't wait to make this again!

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Guacamole with Toasted Cumin Seeds
So I was cooking for company one day and for the main course I was making a curry. I wanted to make an appetizer that followed the Indian theme and I didn't feel like making samosas. I came across this recipe on NYT Cooking and it sounded perfect. While it's still pretty similar to tradition guac, and I wouldn't quite call this an Indian dish, adding the toasted cumin and subbing the tortilla chips for pita chips/naan made it make sense for our meal. Highly recommend it if you are bored of your usual guac!

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Chicken Breast Tenders with Turmeric and Lime
The marinade is good as an option for a weeknight chicken and veggies. The yogurt sauce puts it over the edge! So good, and pretty healthy. Calorie Estimate (with veggies): 354

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Chicken Miso Meatballs
A great appetizer. Calorie estimate (serving with cauliflower mash) is 337

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The Best Breakfast Sandwich Sauce
I whipped up this aioli by grabbing everything that was in our fridge at an Airbnb to make a sauce to go with eggs that Jackson made. I totally winged it but we were both shocked at how good it is and I wrote down everything I used. I need to figure out the right proportions and I'll update this once I do, but part of the fun is playing with it so it's slightly different every time. We used this sauce in place of hollandaise on Eggs Benedict and low key never need hollandaise again...

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Chicken Panang Curry
One of my favorite curries to order at Thai restaurants, but I find that it's very inconsistent from place to place, so I took it into my own hands. In researching recipes, I found out why it's so inconsistent from restaurant to restaurant...there doesn't seem to be one right way to make this. People vary the amount of coconut milk and curry paste by A LOT, and there's ingredients like peanut butter, ginger, and corn starch that some people use and some people don't. So this is definitely a WIP recipe, but we were pretty happy with it. The one thing you need in order to make a Panang truly taste like a Panang, is the Kaffir Lime Leaves. You'll probably need to go to an Asian market to find it, but it's definitely worth it. Might want to try this with chicken thigh instead of breast next time.

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Sheet-Pan Baked Feta
A recipe I was dying to make for months from NYT Cooking, but couldn't because Jackson isn't the biggest fan of cheese, and obviously feta is the star here. Then it dawned on me that tofu could be a good replacement for the feta so I basically split the sheet pan into his and hers and nestled the tofu and feta on our respective sides. If you don't need the tofu, just double the amount of feta :) Calorie estimate (with couscous): 468. Without the grains, this is under 300 cals per serving!

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Seared Scallops With Jammy Cherry Tomatoes
Can't emphasize how good this dish is. Pretty simple and so fresh and yummy. Original recipe calls for basil and mint garnish at the end, but I thought the mint didn't go well, so I omitted it from my recipe.

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Baked Crab Dip
Great Game Day Group Snack

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Pasta with Chicken, Sun-dried Tomatoes, and Mushrooms
Growing up, this was one of my favorite dishes from Grand Lux Cafe. For some reason, I totally forgot about it for about a decade, and randomly one day was craving it. Couldn't find a recipe online so I analyzed a picture of the dish to try and figure out what was in it. The dish can definitely be improved upon, but it was a pretty good start.

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A collection of my quarantine recipes and beyond!