ABC Kitchen Roasted Carrot Salad

Roasted Carrot Salad - Meatballs & MilkshakesThis salad is all about contrasts, and the way they work together to make an interesting dish. Warm carrots combine with cool, creamy avocado. Crunchy toasted seeds add crunch and the citrusy vinaigrette brings a brightness. I’ve changed the spices a bit, as well as adding more greens to create my own version of ABC Kitchen’s Carrot and Avocado Salad. It’s definitely going to become a year-round staple for me, and I love that it can serve as a light lunch all by itself. Read more »

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Flourless Citrus Saffron Cake

Flourless Citrus Saffron Cake - Meatballs & Milkshakes

Every once in a while, we try to go without too much gluten or flour-based foods. This means cutting out most bread, pasta, and baked goods. I usually don’t go so far as to make baked goods with gluten-free flours, just because it feels like it’s missing the point. Sometimes though, I just want to cheat a little and have something yummy and baked. That’s when I turn to almond flour, which is really just finely ground almonds. I sometimes substitute some of the flour in my favorite recipes with almond flour too. The combination retains some of the original texture, but gives it a more toothsome, chewiness that works really well for things like cookies.

This cake was surprisingly delicious and incredibly easy. The fresh, sweet glaze is not too cloying because the whole citrus gives a slightly bitter undernote. The great thing about this cake is how moist it is, and it only gets better as it sits and the glaze intensifies. And who wouldn’t want a piece, with that lovely golden color and glistening glaze? Read more »

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Chunky White Chocolate, Hazelnut, Cranberry Cookies

Chunky White Chocolate, Hazelnut, Cranberry Cookies - Meatballs & Milkshakes

I am a huge fan of Joanne Chang, and I love her Flour Cookbook. It’s probably my desert island cookbook, because every recipe is incredibly delicious and relatively easy to make. I was a huge fan of her bakery in Boston, and I go back every time I’m in town.

When I saw  she had a cookie recipe in Food & Wine, I had to try it out. I made a few adjustments because I’m trying not to use white flour these days and I didn’t have almonds, but her original recipe is here if you want to try the original first. These are chunkier, more cake-like cookies filled with all sorts of good things. I love her cookie recipes, and these were a nice addition. Read more »

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Spaghetti con le Sarde

Spaghetti con le Sarde - Meatballs & MIlkshakes

This Spaghetti con le Sarde is one of my favorite pastas, and it was one of the highlights of our Feast of the Seven Fishes at Christmas. The Sardinian flavors are the perfect blend of salty and sweet, and they soak into the golden strands of whole wheat spaghetti to create an easy but spectacular dish. This is similar in flavor to my Sicilian Pantry Pasta, but the fennel adds a nice vegetal note. I’m not usually a big fan of fennel, but it loses its licorice flavor in this dish and adds the perfect undertone in flavor. Read more »

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Chewy Ginger Cookies from Blue Bottle

Blue Bottle Ginger Cookies - Meatballs & Milkshakes

I’ve been hearing about how amazing these ginger cookies from Blue Bottle coffee are, and it turns out, it’s true. I found the recipe on another blog and made a few tweaks, and they’re definitely our favorite ginger cookie. I made these over Christmas, and they didn’t last long. They’re the perfect chewy texture for a ginger cookie, and with the whole wheat flour they’re even pretty healthy! Enjoy! Read more »

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Quinoa Cauliflower Cakes

Quinoa Cauliflower Cakes - Meatballs & Milkshakes

I’m always looking for good meatless recipes, since we like to have one or two meatless nights a week around here. When I came across this recipe, I thought it looked fantastic. I love everything about crab cakes, and I thought a similar veggie version sounded great. But the result was a soggy mess. Read more »

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Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Turkey Lettuce Wraps - Meatballs & Milkshakes

In keeping with the healthy New Year’s theme, I’ve been inspired to make lettuce wraps. You basically use a leaf of lettuce to wrap a filling. It’s a pretty versatile idea, easily adaptable to mexican or asian foods.

These ground turkey wraps could easily be made into ground turkey tacos using corn tortillas, or substitute beef or lamb for a richer taco. The butter lettuce makes a great no-carb substitute for any kind of wrap, and I love making these with all sorts of fillings. I have previously posted about crab and avocado wraps, which are a lovely version for summer. Read more »

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Grilled Shrimp with Herbed Rice

Grilled Shrimp with Herbed Rice - Meatballs & Milkshakes

While we are once again doing the Bon Appetit Food Lovers Cleanse, I’ve reserved some posts to keep you busy. These could probably even be considered cleanse-worthy, so enjoy some healthy food in the new year! If you can brave the weather, get outside and grill some shrimp. If not, these would be almost as good inside on a grill pan. The herbed rice is a perfect side for anything, just combine brown rice with a bunch of chopped green herbs! Read more »

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Blue Bottle’s Double Chocolate Cookies

Blue Bottle Double Chocolate Cookies - Meatballs & Milkshakes

Our whole family is a huge fan of blue bottle coffee. And what’s more perfect with a nice macchiato than a double chocolate cookie? The almond flour gives these cookies a terrific chew, and they’re so easy. They are definitely going into the standard cookie rotation around the kitchen, and I think I’m going to have to make these again very soon. Read more »

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