In Defense of the Sunday Dinner...

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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!
  • 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.

Check out the link in my bio and let me know what you think!

#Whole30 #Sriracha #StirFryMadeEasy #FreshFood #CookingInCleveland #QuickDinner #WeeknightWarrior #DinnerUnder30
  • 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. .
Check back tomorrow 😘
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#Whole30 #Sriracha #StirFryMadeEasy #FreshFood #CookingInCleveland #QuickDinner #WeeknightWarrior #DinnerUnder30
  • 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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Check out the link in my bio for the recipe!! Also if you haven’t signed up for our email blasts yet, make sure you check out the widget at the bottom of the website!  We’re sending monthly recaps of all the recipes we post as well as links to our social media pages.

#CookinginCleveland #whole30 #healthydinner #grainfree #dairyfree #dairyfreedinner #CLEfoodblog #foodblog #recipetesting #eatyourcolors #soup
  • 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!

#cookingincleveland #whole30 #zoodles #healthydinner #grainfree #dairyfree #dairyfreedinner #CLEfoodblog #foodblog #recipetesting #eatyourcolors
  • 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!

#cookingincleveland #winenot #ItalianWine #PastaPlease #CleFoodBlogger #delightfuldinner #foodblog #drunknoodles
  • 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.

#drunknoodles #CookingInCleveland #SneakPeek #SundayDinner #homemadeitalian #CleFoodBlog #FoodBlogger #recipetesting #deliciousdinner
  • 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
  • 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!

This is a yummy crowd-pleasing recipe that you won't want to miss out on.  The link is in my instagram bio.

#CookinginCleveland #CLEFoodblog #FoodBlogger #SundayDinner #Spaghetti #HealthyEats #HomemadeItalian #recipetesting #deliciousdinner #familymeal
  • 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.

Link to the blog and other recipes is in my bio now!

#CookingInCleveland #SauceFaced #SundayDinner #homemadeitalian #CleFoodBlog #🍷 #🍝 #FoodBlogger #recipetesting #deliciousdinner

This page title might sound intimidating. In all honesty, I think that a Sunday Dinner should involve just a few components:
-Loved ones (no matter the number)
-Good Food (no matter how complicated or simple)
-A Table (no tv, no cellphones)

Sunday dinners are a bit of a staple around our house. It might be a combination of our childhoods—our families spent a lot of time around the table talking and catching up—or possibly a symptom of living in Cleveland. Sometimes the weather is just too crappy to drag yourselves out to a restaurant, and it seems so much more intimate to invite people over to your home to eat food that you’ve prepared yourself.

Regardless of the reason, i’m forever grateful that (even living away from family) we have friends that we’re able to break bread with on a semi regular basis. That being said, Sunday dinner recipes are not only for dinner parties. Some of my favorite Sunday dinners have been spent at our dining room table with my man, sharing a charcuterie plate and bottle of wine, talking about our weeks, futures, passions, travel plans, etc. It’s a nice way to relax and unplug. There is something really soul soothing and nostalgic about a Sunday Dinner and it’s something i’m hoping to share with you through this blog.

These recipes will likely require a little more focus in the kitchen and maybe a little more time than the usual weekday meal. I tend to love “prep and forget” meals for sundays—those meals that require a little prep but then get thrown into the oven for an hour or two, so that you can relax and unwind before the real fun—eating—begins. Also, i’m hoping to keep these Sunday Dinners realistic and feature a wine pairing suggestion or two.

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