Stovetop Rice “Bake” without Cream of Whatsit Soup + Real Food Fridays #68

Stovetop Rice "Bake" ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Here we are a week from Christmas. I hope things are tranquil in your household. No matter what your situation, this stovetop rice casserole without soup is a perfect weeknight meal. The standard recipe (like this one) is baked and includes cream of whatsis soup. My version is cooked on top of the stove in a… 

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Potluck Heaven: Butternut Squash, Apple and Cranberry Gratin

Butternut squash, apple and cranberry gratin ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Today is Meatless Monday. It’s also the holiday season with it’s multitude of holiday parties and potluck dinners. Today I’m going to share a Butternut Squash, Apple and Cranberry Gratin that is always a potluck hit. It’s the perfect accompaniment to poultry and pork, but it’s also filling and satisfying on its own when you want… 

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Arroz con Leche & Real Food Fridays #67

Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding) ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Hopefully, I haven’t completely scared you off rice after last week’s post. I ain’t skeered…in fact, I’m back this week with a delicious Arroz con Leche (aka Rice Pudding) that is simple to make and 100 times better than anything you’ll find in the dairy case at the grocery store. I used  a short grain… 

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Samoan Style Chicken & Coconut Rice {Food of the World}

Samoan Style Chicken with Coconut Rice {Food of the World} ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

This month’s Food of the World challenge takes us to the island nation of Samoa. Before the challenge I didn’t know anything about Samoa except The Rock is of Samoan descent. After researching, I still don’t know much about Samoa other than it has always been of strategic importance to the various navies and colonial… 

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Meatless Monday: White Asparagus with Two Sauces

White Asparagus with Two Sauces ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Today I want to share a delicious salad Rick and I had a couple weeks ago. In Spanish it’s called espárragos con dos salsas, or asparagus with two sauces. It’s perfect for an opening course or as a standalone salad for lunch. We’ve seen the white asparagus served many times. It’s really popular here, as… 

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Pineapple Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce

Pineapple Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

We owe the thrifty cook who dreamed up bread pudding an enormous debt of gratitude. If bread pudding is a dessert choice, 9 times out of 10, I’ll select it. When I was working, we often had to travel around to different locations as a group. On travelling days, we hurried out the door in… 

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Let’s Talk About Rice {Real Food Fridays #66}

Rice in the Store ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Welcome to Real Food Fridays #66! For the three weeks we’ll be active in December, I want to talk about rice. As a cereal grain, rice is an important part of our diet. In some countries rice is the main source of calories.Rice can cook up soft and sticky, firm or delicate. There are many… 

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Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Onion Soup

Quick and Easy Onion Soup ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Holy carrot (it’s Meatless Monday, after all)! It’s December already! This time of year is incredibly busy and frantic…in all the bustle, don’t forget to take the time to fuel your body with hearty food that will fill you up and sustain you through long hours shopping, decorating and resisting holiday indulgences. We like this quick… 

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Meatless Monday: Lombarda

Lombarda ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

There’s a story behind this week’s Meatless Monday recipe for Lombarda. Some friends of ours told us about a restaurant located in a town about 15 minutes by train from Valladolid. We were promised generous portions, the best ribs we’ve ever had and a delicious dessert, all for 9 euros each. We decided to take… 

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Food Memories: Creamed Chipped Beef {Recipe Redux}

Creamed Chipped Beef with Root Vegetable Fries ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

The good people at Recipe Redux have a knack for picking out fun themes every month. This month it’s a food memory for which we are thankful. I knew right away what I would pick: Creamed Chipped Beef. It was a favorite meal as a child and one I’d ask for when my birthday rolled… 

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Real Food Fridays #65

Some canned seafood ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

I’m loving all the seafood available here in Spain. I find I’m eating a lot more than I was at home. The pescadaria is where you go to buy seafood. The variety is amazing… fish, prawns, eels, octopus, shellfish, crabs, squid… Most grocery stores have a fresh seafood section. Those that don’t have freezer cases… 

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