National Grilled Cheese Day

National Grilled Cheese Day April 12th – I’ve been celebrating now 4 years with different breads and cheeses.  I usually serve this with the classic tomato soup or a different flavored soup.  A very cozy comforting lunch or dinner.  

I’ve made sandwiches with whole wheat bread, sourdough, colby and pepper jack cheeses, and brie.  Along with different fillings and sauces such as caramelized onions, balsamic leek jam, garlic herb butter, and spinach.  Another option is to set up a grilled cheese sandwich bar with a variety of breads, cheeses, spreads, vegetables, toppings, butter, etc.  This is really fun for a small party where you can cook the sandwiches on a griddle, large skillet, or in the oven. 

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Broccoli Stir-Fry with Rice Cake Noodles

A great versatile stir-fry recipe, full of healthy protein and a kick of ginger and spice! Make this as spicy as you can handle by adding more Sambal chili paste!  This is used a lot in Indonesia and Malaysia. I first discovered Sambal at a cookbook author talk at The Book Larder in Seattle. The chef wrote a Malaysian cookbook, which she discussed and cooked a recipe for us!

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Sweet Potato Enchiladas

“Sweet Potato, Black Bean Enchiladas”
These healthy enchiladas are vegetarian and great to keep during the week for quick meals. They provide a good amount of vegetables and vitamin A and C from kale, sweet potatoes, and onion. The sweet-potato black bean filling is also versatile, not just to make enchiladas. It can be used as a side, a dip for chips, or served with rice. The unique ingredient in this recipe is soy sauce, which gives all the flavors an extra push without having that strong soy sauce taste. 

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Chicken Minestrone Soup

The first time I made this soup was for Christmas.  This soup is perfect for a blistery wintery day to warm up with.  The parmesan cheese adds for a nice saltiness along with the chard adding a nice earthy element to the dish.  Pair this soupe with crusty charred French bread!
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Lentil Tacos

These tacos are perfect for vegetarians, hearty like regular taco meat! I like using corn tortillas or Mission Artisan Multi-Grain tortillas because they are lower in sodium and calories. Along with having fiber and whole grains, also being mindful of using low sodium cheeses. Adaptability wise, they are able to transform into being a vegetarian or vegan meal. Change up the type of broth used (either veggie or meat based) and option to use dairy or vegan dairy options! 

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