Tomato Basil Soup with Mini Turkey Meatballs

Tomato Basil Soup with Mini Turkey Meatballs

So we have finally made it to the end of our Whole 30 experiment which means that I should be back to a more regular posting schedule now.

We’re making a delicious raid-the-garden style soup that is versatile, cheap, and comes together quickly.

Zoodles with Spicy Marinara and Turkey

Zoodles with Spicy Marinara and Turkey

So it’s been a little quiet over here on Cooking In Cleveland and I feel like I owe you guys an explanation.  Roughly sixteen days ago, my fiancé and I decided to try to complete our first Whole 30.  For those of you that aren’t familiar with the “Whole 30” concept, it’s a diet that is basically an elimination plan.  It basically says: no added sugars (including natural sugars like honey or stevia), no alcohol, no soy, no dairy, no grains (including healthy grains like quinoa and no corn), and no legumes for 30 days.  It’s a commitment to eliminating foods that are known to cause inflammation, common food allergies, and also to learn what foods are “food triggers” for unhealthy habits.

To say that the intro to this 30 day challenge has been tough is probably an understatement.  Sugar withdrawal is no joke!  I read the Whole 30 book and ordered the cookbook before we decided to jump in and try this, and also there are a ton of food bloggers that have recently written about their Whole 30 experiences which were really helpful.  If anyone wants any more information about the Whole 30, you can check out their website or comment below and i’ll answer anything that I can.  It’s been fun to try out new recipes from the Whole 30 cookbook, and i’m compiling a lot of new recipe ideas for upcoming posts.  On the downside, i’ve been doing a terrible job of organizing myself enough to photograph recipes as i’m cooking since I typically am quite hangry when I get home from work. (Allegedly that will stop in the next few days?  Pray for me.)

Italian Drunk Noodles

Italian Drunk Noodles

My apologies for the hiatus last week–traveling for work and for the holiday kind of messed up my whole schedule.  I’m back this week with one of my all time favorite pasta dishes.

The base of this pasta is totally dairy free so I just omit the parmesan at the end for my allergies.  It’s a little rich and indulgent though with the wine and italian sausage, so it’s a dish that I really like to break out for when we have guests over or on a special date night.

I don’t use a garlic press.  Simply place the garlic clove on your cutting board and smash with the flat side of a large chef’s knife.  The skins will easily peel off and you can smash it again to begin mincing the garlic.

I used a chardonnay in the actual pasta dish–aaand then I opened a nice Italian full bodied red (Sangiovese) to drink.  Full disclosure, I had opened this chardonnay to drink with a different dish and didn’t love the taste.  It’s a bit too oaky for my taste, but works well in the actual dish.

Ross testing the Chardonnay?

I prefer to pair a red wine with this dish because it works well with the tomatoes, garlic, peppers and italian sausage.  You could drink a really light white wine like a Pinot Grigio if you prefer white, but if you can’t tell by now, my preference is red.  I don’t normally gravitate toward Italian wines, but I really enjoyed this one.  It was a nice, bold Sangiovese with hints of red berry, anise, and black cherry.

My Favorite Tomato Sauce with Turkey-Basil Meatballs

My Favorite Tomato Sauce with Turkey-Basil Meatballs

Today’s recipe is one of my go-to Sunday dinners.  There are very few meals that are more comforting than a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, right?  I made this dinner a few weeks ago when my mom was in town visiting and served it alongside a large side salad, crusty garlic bread, and nice bottle of Chianti.  To make garlic bread, I typically just lightly coat the thickly sliced bread with olive oil on each side then pop it in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 375 degrees F.  After it’s lightly brown on both sides, remove it from the oven and take a whole garlic clove and just slightly rub the top of the bread with the garlic clove.  You’d be amazed at how much flavor just the one clove can give your bread!

For the salad, I just washed some spring mix and spinach that I had in my fridge and tossed it with some chopped peppers, local Tomz cherry tomatoes, and freshly grated parmesan cheese. I picked up a Stonewall Kitchen Olive Oil Balsamic Dressing the other day at my local Heinen’s grocery store and placed that on the table so that people could dress it themselves.

Quick and Easy Shrimp with Vegetable Medley

Quick and Easy Shrimp with Vegetable Medley

This dinner came about on one of those days where I felt like I had been eating pasta, carbs, cheese, and just overall junk foods.  I needed to eat some vegetables, but I didn’t want to feel like I had to eat yet another salad.  Just because you’re trying to eat healthy and eat a veggie-based meal, doesn’t mean that you have to punish yourself with bland food!  This meal is extremely versatile–basically take all of the vegetables that you have that are close to withering away in your crisper drawer, chop them up and throw them in this!  There really aren’t any rules.

Salmon Vegetable Bowls

Salmon Vegetable Bowls

Today’s recipe is a result of one of those trips to the grocery store where you aren’t quite sure what you want to make for dinner and you’re hungry.  As I walked in to do my grocery shopping I was gravitating toward the produce and felt like making something light and healthier for Spring.  What I ended up with was some beautiful baby Yukon gold potatoes, some broccoli, lemon, eggs, and really good salmon filets.  This dish might seem complicated with the poached egg and roasted vegetables, but the entire dish can go from cutting board to dining table in about 1/2 an hour.

Easy One Pot Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables

Easy One Pot Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables

Today’s recipe post is a typical Sunday dinner around our house.  You also might notice that i’m not the person in the photographs.  That’s right, this recipe is a Lyle original.  Around our house, I can do roasted beer can chicken, but he’s the real boss that literally uses the chicken to truss itself.  Sound impressive?  Definitely, but it honestly takes less than 20 minutes to prep and i’m going to talk you through it today…with ALOT of pictures.  I apologize in advance for posting pictures of raw chicken but…it’s a good recipe with some good tips.

Cornbread Taco Pie

Cornbread Taco Pie

This is one of those recipes from my childhood that I instantly crave when i’m homesick or having a bad day.  It’s relatively quick, easy, cheap and tasty. …Aaaaand it gives you roughly 30 minutes after it goes into the oven where you can pour yourself a glass of wine and put your feet up after a long day before it’s ready to eat.

What’s Up Wednesday – An Interview with Reed Jaskula from Platform Brewery

What’s Up Wednesday – An Interview with Reed Jaskula from Platform Brewery

A few weeks ago I reached out to one of our favorite Cleveland Breweries, Platform Brewery, to see if they’d be willing to grant me an interview.  The goal was to just learn a little more about the people behind the brewery and to see what’s next for Platform.  Lyle and I love going to Platform because they have an awesome patio, good beer, and they’re dog friendly.  They don’t have their own kitchen per-say so there isn’t a set menu, but they sync up with some local folks, restaurants, and food trucks to provide food out of the front kitchen area.

Cocoa Suave Fudge Cake

Cocoa Suave Fudge Cake

This week i’m featuring recipes that utilize the Mexican Chocolate Milk Stout, Cocoa Suave, from Platform Brewery.  Later this week i’ll feature an interview with one of the founders of Platform Brewery, Reed Jaskula.  On Tuesday, I featured an ice cream recipe hack that takes boring vanilla ice cream and kicks it up with a beer concentrate, cayenne, and cinnamon.

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Rachel Gatalica

Welcome to Cooking in Cleveland! I want to share delicious, healthy and approachable recipes with you. I want to help highlight local Cleveland artisans and events and put a focus on using local foods!
  • Today marks #day30 on my #Whole30 challenge!  To celebrate, i’m sharing one of my favorite #Whole30 compliant recipes.
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This yummy soup comes together in no time and can be made from staples you can likely find in your pantry, garden or local farmers market!
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  • This week on Cooking In Cleveland, i’m sharing a really healthy and quick dinner that is equal parts filling and delicious.  I’m also talking a little bit about the #Whole30 challenge that we’re in the middle of and being honest about some of the highs and lows we’ve experienced on the plan.

This recipe is a really delicious grain-free dinner option and I’m wiling to bet you won’t really miss the pasta.  Click the link in my bio to check out the recipe!

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  • After a break last week I am back and sharing a yummy pasta dish!  We’re not just cooking with wine this week, i’m also talking about a yummy Italian wine that I paired with this meal.

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  • Starting our #whole30 a week from tomorrow and trying to plan out some more plant focused recipes in the meantime.  This BBQ chicken salad was full of flavor and healthy crunchy vegetables.  Thinking of sharing the recipe soon...can you call a salad a recipe?
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  • My go-to tomato sauce and meatball recipe is live on the blog today!  We're kicking the heath factor up a notch by using ground turkey to make the meatballs.  Also the sauce can be made almost completely with pantry staples!

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  • Let’s get sauce-faced, guys!  Posting my favorite meatball and tomato sauce recipe on the blog tomorrow.  For now, here’s a teaser-pic.

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  • Have you checked out today's recipe post yet?  We're making a light and versatile dinner that won't break the bank. 
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  • Today on #CookingInCleveland i'm sharing a healthy seafood recipe that goes from the cutting board to the dinner table in about 30 minutes.  We're going to poach an egg and make a dinner that seems really fancy but is also really healthy!

We haven't talked wine in at least a week so i'm also back sharing a wine pairing with this dish.  We'll talk rosé and why you should try #pinkwine!  You don't have to stick to the typical white wines just because you're serving fish.  This rosé is light and crisp with hints of strawberry, watermelon, lemon and flowers.

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