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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.

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.

Easy Breaded Pork Chops

Easy Breaded Pork Chops

There are a few foods that we ate growing up that I have since tried changing to make them “my own” as an adult.  Spaghetti (recipe coming soon), meatloaf, and pork chops all stand out as great examples.  This also happens to be one of Lyle’s favorite meals and i’m 70% sure that it at least semi-influenced his desire to propose…seriously.

Southwest Turkey Meatloaf

Southwest Turkey Meatloaf

This is not your momma’s meatloaf recipe. Let’s face it: meatloaf dinner does not sound very appetizing and i’m guessing that some of you shudder in fear with memories of a gross bland meatloaf you were probably served as a kid.  I promise that there is nothing bland about this recipe.  Crushed tortilla chips replace 1/2 of the breadcrumbs, and you glaze it with a salsa-brown sugar mix that is equal parts spicy and sweet.

BBQ Chicken Calzones

BBQ Chicken Calzones

I tried BBQ chicken pizza for the first time several years ago when I was studying abroad in London.  It was one of those late night “I need to eat something before we go out” dinners where my roomie ordered it and I was dubious.  I don’t normally crave BBQ chicken pizza and we don’t have it often, but the other day I got a craving and couldn’t stop thinking about trying to make my own version.

(Not So) Basic B*tch Chili

(Not So) Basic B*tch Chili

There are some combinations that just are made for each other: peanut butter and chocolate, red wine and potato chips (don’t knock it till you try it), bacon and cheddar, and slightly spicy-sweet chili and the Super Bowl.  In honor of the big game this weekend, here’s a quick and easy chili recipe that will only get better the longer you let it simmer on game day.

(Not So) Basic B*tch Chili Spice Mix

(Not So) Basic B*tch Chili Spice Mix

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Chili Spice
An easy chili spice mix you can make at home using spices you can likely find in your pantry. Its the best spice blend for a smoky, sweet, and spicy pot of chili. One batch will make two pots of chili.
Cuisine Comfort Food, Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Cuisine Comfort Food, Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients together in a ramekin and stir to combine.
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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!
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  • While on the #Whole30 challenge, the unthinkable happened…I learned to LIKE cauliflower.  I blame this recipe and some of the other stir fry dishes we made that used fresh cauliflower rice.

This dish is mostly #Whole30 compliant except for any additions you might make to this recipe such as #Sriracha for added heat or swapping soy sauce instead of the coconut aminos.

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  • Oooh baby tomorrow we're back...and we're turning this shitload of vegetables into a delicious (and quick) dinner tomorrow. .
For real, under 35 minutes from start to finish and hacks to make it even easier if you're feeling super lazy. .
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  • 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.

Click on the link in my bio to check out the recipe.  Make sure you let me know if you decide to either try the pasta or just the wine!

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  • Want a sneak peek of tomorrow’s recipe post?  It’s too good not to share!  The recipe will go live at 5 am and the link will be posed in my bio.

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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?
  • Last night was epic!  Thanks to @altonbrown for putting on such an amazing show!! #cookingincleveland  #altonbrownlive #cleveland  #clevelandblogger #CLEfoodblog

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