Stuffed Peppers

by Koko on May 2, 2016 · 0 comments

in Cooking, Grains, Main Course, Recipe, Turkey


This is one of those OMG-this-is-the-best-weeknight-dinner-ever sort of meals. These peppers and the stuffing were SO delicious and tasty that I ate one every day for lunch and dinner for the three days after making them. And if you aren’t a fan of peppers, make the stuffing alone and eat it with some fried eggs (like I did). Trust me, it is GOOD.

If you don’t feel like making your own semi-homeamde pasta sauce, feel free to skip step 2 (where you blend fresh basil and garlic with tomato sauce and instead use whatever pasta sauce you have on hand). I made 7 peppers (whatever fit in the baking dish), and still had the filling left over (which is great). There is no real science to filling them or how many you can fit, just use up as much as you can (keep it as easy as possible for you!).



White Chicken Chili

by Koko on March 28, 2016 · 1 comment

in Cooking, Recipe, Soups & Chilis

Hi friends! Sorry for the unexpected Spring Break I took! In the last two weeks, I spent every other day on a plane (Nashville a few times, and Hawaii for a little family vacation) and hardly have had time to eat! Although I did make time to make this White Chicken Chili last weekend while I was home and loved it. Super easy to make (you can substitute shredded rotisserie chicken if you don’t feel like baking your own), and can sit on the stovetop while you whip up some biscuits to go with it :).

I served this chili with biscuits (sort of a mix between these Buttermilk Biscuits and these Feta and Chive ones).



White Chicken Chili


  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans Great Northern beans
  • 4 uncooked chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1 medium poblano peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 limes, juiced, plus lime wedges, for serving
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • Sour cream or Grek yogurt, for topping
  • Tortilla chips, coarsely crushed, for topping
  • Avocado, for topping


  1. Drain and rinse the canned white beans. In a medium bowl, mash half of the beans with a potato masher until chunky. Reserve the beans until needed.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle the tops and bottoms of chicken breasts with salt and pepper (a pinch of each on each side). Add chicken breasts to large baking dish and place into oven for 20-25 minutes, until chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Once cooked, set aside.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, add the canola oil to a large Dutch oven and heat it over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and onions, season with salt and pepper to taste, and saute until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, saute for 1 minute. Add the cumin, coriander, and chili powder and continue to saute for 1 more minute to toast the spices. Stir in the chicken stock, and lime juice and bring to a simmer. Add the beans and continue to simmer for 20 more minutes.
  4. After 20 minutes of simmering, taste for seasoning, and adjust if necessary. Chop your cooked chicken breasts and stir in the chili. Add cilantro leaves. Simmer until ready to serve. Serve the chili in individual bowls topped with a dollop of sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, and lime wedges.

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Sausage & Peppers

by Koko on March 7, 2016 · 0 comments

in Cooking, Main Course


According to Q, my usual dinner is: “grains, some protein, veggies, and some sauce.” I told him that when he puts it that way I sound like a really boring chef! So while I was home last week, I decided to try something a little different. I looked at what we had in the freezer and saw 2 dozen sausages (I don’t know why, but those Costco testers convince me to get sausages every visit!). So I decided to use what we had, plus some peppers and onions and make this simple dish.

I served Q’s in whole wheat hot dog buns, and I put mine over brown rice. This recipe turned out GREAT, and made enough for 8 portions (hello freezer meals!). It’s a little different than usual Sausage & Pepper recipes because of the addition of the Marsala wine, which makes for a great flavor.

Sausages & Peppers

Serves 8


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5-6 pre-cooked sweet Italian turkey sausage links (I used a mix of sausages that we had in the freezer and they all worked well)
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 8-10 small sweet peppers, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup Marsala wine
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • Sandwich rolls (optional)
  • Brown rice (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausages and cook until brown on both sides, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and drain.
  2. Keeping the pan over medium heat, add the peppers, onion, salt, and pepper and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the oregano, basil, and garlic and cook 2 more minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste and stir. Add the Marsala wine, tomatoes, and chili flakes, if using. Stir to combine, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to release all the browned bits. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Cut the sausages into 4 to 6 pieces each, about 1-inch cubes. Add the sausage back to the pan and stir to combine. Cook until the sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes.
  5. Serve in bowls. Or, if serving as a sandwich, split the rolls in half lengthwise, fill with mixture.



Greek Yogurt Coleslaw

by Koko on February 24, 2016 · 0 comments

in Cooking, Recipe, Sauces/Dips, Side Dishes


I am NOT a mayo girl. Even the word makes me cringe. If I eat half of a sandwich and think it is delicious and then see the sandwich actually has mayonnaise, I won’t eat the second half. I’m weird like that. So when Q asked for some fancy coleslaw to eat with his sandwiches, I knew I had to turn to my old friend Greek yogurt to help me out. And honestly, neither of us missed the mayo (or really noticed its absence) in this slaw.


Coleslaw is pretty basic, so I spiced ours up a bit by adding some dried cranberries and chopped spiced pecans. Totally up to you, but I like the sweet addition of the dried fruit and the crunch of the nuts. I used a broccoli coleslaw mix from Publix, but again, any will do. (And yes, I totally cheated and bought the pre-chopped bag instead of chopping myself).

Greek Yogurt Coleslaw

Makes about 5 cups depending on how long it sits 


  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces (about 6¼ cups) bagged coleslaw blend or shredded cabbage
  • 1/8 cup chopped roasted pecans (I used these spiced ones from Trader Joe’s)
  •  1/8 cup chopped dried cranberries


    1. In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper and whisk until smooth and thoroughly combined.
    2. Place slaw blend/cabbage, pecans and cranberries in a large bowl and pour Greek yogurt dressing mixture over top. Stir to coat cabbage thoroughly.
    3. Cover and refrigerate until using (preferably at least 30 minutes).
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