Ropa Vieja {Cuban Braised Shredded Beef}

Ropa Vieja - Cuban Shredded Beef - by My Utensil Crock

This is a recipe I would have shied away from when I first started cooking. Several techniques, "weird" ingredients, and do I even like "Ropa vieja"? Well, let's smash the why-I-can't list with a meat mallet. Upon further reflection, the "several techniques" were just a few rotations of searing (browning in a pan), and braising (cooking in … [Read more...]

One-Pot Stovetop Lasagna Ragu with Sweet...

One-Pot Stovetop Lasagna Ragu with Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage by My Utensil Crock

If you have been following My Utensil Crock for a while, you know that I have been a member of a Cooking Club for more than 10 years now, ever since my buddy JBM and I decided that cooking with friends and talking about food and recipes would be the perfect way to spend one Sunday each month. One of our classic themes was "Soup's On!" … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato, Black Bean + Quinoa Veggie...

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I have made this recipe exactly once, and I already know these Sweet Potato, Black Bean + Quinoa Veggie Burgers will be a 2016 go-to favorite. My first batch did not last long at all. And I could not wait to share this post with you! After the sweet potato is baked and quinoa is made, these veggie burgers take only a few minutes to assemble and … [Read more...]

Healthy Nachos for One {or Two!}

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Healthy food that does not taste healthy? My favorite. Filling up a whole baking dish, settling in for a Netflix binge session, and shoving nachos in my face? Done. The Walking Dead: Season Four, you're mine. These nachos may be one of my upcoming staples for 2016. They are great for weeknights and it's easy to keep the ingredients in … [Read more...]

Ratatouille Lasagna {No-Noodle}

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I have so much to tell you about this lasagna, and I want to say it all at once. In no particular order - or, all at once, if that were possible: It's DELICIOUS. The ricotta and mozzarella you crave from lasagna, and the rich vegetable flavors of ratatouille, together in one casserole. Mmm, mmm, mmm. Healthy twists in this recipe will give you a … [Read more...]

Spinach Caesar Shells with Charred Kale

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This is a fun one. I have had "caesar" on the brain, and this easy weeknight pasta-dish-for-one delivers. In the time you boil water and cook the pasta, the rest of the dish is easily prepped. Love efficiency. Shells + Chicken + Kale + Caesar = YUM. Make that caesar a spinach-caesar-dressing-sauce - which is the only way you can really … [Read more...]

Turkey Chili Cornbread Casserole

Turkey Chili Cornbread Casserole

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am coming off a week-plus of cooking using only ingredients I have in my freezer, pantry, and refrigerator. I had no idea it had gotten so bad, but it had. Evidence: I called maintenance for my apartment building, complaining that my refrigerator was SO loud. I received the following written response: … [Read more...]

Glazed Meatloaves {Beef + Kale + Cheddar...

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Yes, it's (still) the height of summer, and yes, I am posting about meatloaf. I love "comfort food" every day of the year, red hot blazing sun and 300% humidity be darned. What I don't need during the summer is my oven pumping away for an hour or more. These individual meatloaves take much less time to bake - only 20 minutes - and more surface … [Read more...]

Chicken Shawarma

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One of my favorite "street foods" is Chicken Shawarma. I love the thinly sliced bits of robustly flavored meat, wrapped in a warm pita or served on a bed of vegetables or rice. Traditional Chicken Shawarma is made on a large rotisserie, which I just can't replicate in my kitchen. It also is comprised of mystery pieces of chicken and seasoned … [Read more...]

Matza Lasagna

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Love this. A simple Passover-friendly version of a classic comfort dish. This recipe uses matza instead of noodles in a layered lasagna. What? Yep, no joke. With a brief soak in water and bake in the oven, matza substitutes for noodles, and you get your doughy fix for the week. I have not tested this recipe on kids, but I bet it … [Read more...]