As far as I was concerned in college, bolognese was nothing more than browned ground beef drowned in tomato sauce. It was quick and easy to plop on top of a plateful of spaghetti, and it tasted pretty good. It was never as good as what I got in Italian restaurants, but in all honesty I was too busy and/or lazy to figure out what I was missing.
Lately, however, I have been craving pasta and Brent suggested we learn to make bolognese. So, I did some research and found a wide variety of approaches in cookbooks and on the internet. Some of my results: the meat was not always just ground beef (some recipes even included pancetta!), some recipes included wine, and just about every recipe used a different mixture of herbs and spices. Traditionally, bolognese is named after its rumored birthplace, Bologna, Italy, and is often also called ragù alla bolognese or just simply ragù (like the commercial brand). Dating back to at least the late 18th Century, this is a hearty sauce that comes with an interesting history.
We hope you enjoy our rendition of bolognese over zoodles or other veggies! Continue reading →
Salad is a healthy option that most of us know only a few ways. It typically consists of some greens, vegetables, and then probably a salad dressing. We are always on the lookout for easy recipes, easy cooking, and healthy food. Luckily salad is a much more diverse world that just leaves and veggies.
The following is a guest post we did about a week ago for Nom Nom Paleo. Michelle, who maintains the blog with her family, is a cooking/blogging sensation and are one of the handful of places we first turned to when trying to figure out how to “be paleo” [more gushing below]. Be sure to check out her regular posts and giveaways, as well as download her iPad app–it’s beautiful, full of great content, and worth buying an iPad (or iPad mini) for if you don’t already have one.
Once upon a time, when Heather and I first started our own documented cooking adventures, we were pretty lost. Still in the initial sticker shock/grief period of, “but what can I eat,” we spent a lot of time scanning the internet looking for “paleo-friendly” recipes and meal ideas. Michelle’s blog was one of the first I came across, as I was a pretty intense tumblr addict. Once I moved to Virginia and was juggling two jobs, tumblr went away, but nomnom stayed. I later found out the connection between fitbomb and nom nom paleo, and I was excited to see a pair that really thought about fitness and health when it comes to movement and diet. Plus, there’s the added benefit of following the family adventures since I’m not quite ready to enlist my own little army of helpers. Continue reading →
Fried calamari was one of my all-time favorite things to eat at a restaurant. Growing up, I had a close friend whose parents owned a restaurant, and whenever we would hang out upstairs in the “apartment” above the restaurant while her parents worked, they’d feed us. 9 times out of 10 I wanted the fried calamari (I think my other choice was baby back ribs…what can I say, I was a growing boy). Since changing up my diet and staying away from grains and legumes, I haven’t done much in the way of fried foods, so this dish left my life.
Meatballs were a favorite of mine growing up. Just the other day, Heather and I realized that we have never actually made meatballs and pasta (zoodles or otherwise). Having been together almost 3 years, I immediately found this unacceptable and wanted to make things better.
We probably all have a family version of meatballs, usually including some combination of ground beef, lamb, veal, or pork, but as I’m trying to make 2013 less meat-focused, I added mushrooms. I “hated” mushrooms as a kid until I realized that I didn’t automatically hate everything my dad did (sorry, mom). You’ll enjoy these meatballs with marinara, on their own, or in the traditional sense with the “noodles” of your choosing. Continue reading →