Simply Recipes https://revivefoods.co A family cooking and food blog with hundreds of healthy, whole-food recipes for the home cook. Photographs, easy-to-follow instructions, and reader comments. Mon, 21 May 2018 14:00:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Simply RecipesSimply Recipes https://revivefoods.co http://revivefoods.co/wp-content/themes/simply/assets/i/logo.png?v=2 301 47 A family cooking and food blog with hundreds of healthy, whole-food recipes for the home cook. Photographs, easy-to-follow instructions, and reader comments. Texas Sheet Cake https://revivefoods.co/recipes/texas_sheet_cake/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/texas_sheet_cake/#comments Sun, 20 May 2018 14:00:12 +0000 Cindy Rahe https://revivefoods.co/?post_type=recipe&p=77775

Have you ever had Texas Sheet Cake? It’s made up of a thin layer of moist chocolate cake topped with a layer of warm, poured chocolate icing and sprinkled with pecans — an easy, unfussy cake to make for a crowd!

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Have you ever had Texas Sheet Cake? It’s made up of a thin layer of moist chocolate cake topped with a layer of warm, poured chocolate icing and sprinkled with pecans — an easy, unfussy cake to make for a crowd!

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Meal Plan for May Week 4 https://revivefoods.co/best_recipes/meal_plan_for_may_week_4/ https://revivefoods.co/best_recipes/meal_plan_for_may_week_4/#comments Sat, 19 May 2018 14:00:24 +0000 Megan Gordon https://revivefoods.co/?post_type=recipe_collection&p=77814

This month, Megan Gordon is back with us sharing her weekly meal plans! Megan is a writer and recipe developer living in Seattle, WA, the author of Whole Grain Mornings, and mom to a 2-year-old. Please welcome Megan!

I can’t believe we’re staring down at the end of May already! Our son is too young to think about summer camps or activities, but we’re all starting to get pretty excited about getting outside and taking short hikes, packing picnics, and riding our bikes on the weekends.

To allow for more time outdoors and a little less time in the kitchen this week, I chose recipes that are easy to make in advance (or that, like Monday’s meal, basically make themselves).

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This month, Megan Gordon is back with us sharing her weekly meal plans! Megan is a writer and recipe developer living in Seattle, WA, the author of Whole Grain Mornings, and mom to a 2-year-old. Please welcome Megan!

I can’t believe we’re staring down at the end of May already! Our son is too young to think about summer camps or activities, but we’re all starting to get pretty excited about getting outside and taking short hikes, packing picnics, and riding our bikes on the weekends.

To allow for more time outdoors and a little less time in the kitchen this week, I chose recipes that are easy to make in advance (or that, like Monday’s meal, basically make themselves).

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Italian Wedding Soup https://revivefoods.co/recipes/italian_wedding_soup/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/italian_wedding_soup/#comments Sun, 05 Nov 2017 17:00:30 +0000 Sheryl Julian http://revivefoods.co/?post_type=recipe&p=59362

Italian wedding soup is a quick and hearty dinner that only looks like you worked long and hard to make it.

Just shape ground pork and beef meatballs and simmer them in chicken stock, then add leafy greens and cooked pasta. Versions of the soup have been made all over the Mediterranean for centuries. It’s a nourishing meal that’s easy enough for any weeknight.

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Italian wedding soup is a quick and hearty dinner that only looks like you worked long and hard to make it.

Just shape ground pork and beef meatballs and simmer them in chicken stock, then add leafy greens and cooked pasta. Versions of the soup have been made all over the Mediterranean for centuries. It’s a nourishing meal that’s easy enough for any weeknight.

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Tomato Pie https://revivefoods.co/recipes/tomato_pie/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/tomato_pie/#comments Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:27:35 +0000 Elise Bauer http://revivefoods.co/recipes/tomato_pie

Here’s one of the best loved recipes on the site—tomato pie! Perfect at the peak of summer tomato season.

One of the great things about going on vacation is I get to hang out with my friends, and sometimes meet their friends, who sometimes have OMG-this-is-so-GOOD dishes that they bring over. This tomato pie recipe is a result of one of these encounters.

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Here’s one of the best loved recipes on the site—tomato pie! Perfect at the peak of summer tomato season.

One of the great things about going on vacation is I get to hang out with my friends, and sometimes meet their friends, who sometimes have OMG-this-is-so-GOOD dishes that they bring over. This tomato pie recipe is a result of one of these encounters.

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No Fail, Sour Cream Pie Crust https://revivefoods.co/recipes/sour_cream_pie_crust/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/sour_cream_pie_crust/#comments Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:06:44 +0000 Elise Bauer http://revivefoods.co/?post_type=recipe&p=12821

Move aside food processor! Be gone tough pie crusts! I hath found the holy grail of pastry doughs.

It is flaky, it is buttery, it is un-fussy, and it needs no difficult-to-clean equipment, just your clean hands and a large bowl. The secret?

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Move aside food processor! Be gone tough pie crusts! I hath found the holy grail of pastry doughs.

It is flaky, it is buttery, it is un-fussy, and it needs no difficult-to-clean equipment, just your clean hands and a large bowl. The secret?

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Fish Chowder https://revivefoods.co/recipes/fish_chowder/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/fish_chowder/#comments Tue, 07 Mar 2017 20:38:28 +0000 Elise Bauer http://revivefoods.co/recipes/fish_chowder

My first job out of college was in Boston, in the financial district downtown. My local friends did their best to initiate this wide-eyed Californian into New England traditions of every sort, especially food.

We feasted on as many menu items as we could afford at the Union Oyster House and the No Name Restaurant, and $5/lb lobsters I would buy from the Italian fish monger across the street from where I lived in the North End.

One dish I could never get enough of was “chowdah”. Clam chowder, fish chowder, seafood chowder, whatever, I loved it.

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My first job out of college was in Boston, in the financial district downtown. My local friends did their best to initiate this wide-eyed Californian into New England traditions of every sort, especially food.

We feasted on as many menu items as we could afford at the Union Oyster House and the No Name Restaurant, and $5/lb lobsters I would buy from the Italian fish monger across the street from where I lived in the North End.

One dish I could never get enough of was “chowdah”. Clam chowder, fish chowder, seafood chowder, whatever, I loved it.

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Cilantro Lime Rice https://revivefoods.co/recipes/cilantro_lime_rice/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/cilantro_lime_rice/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:18:17 +0000 Elise Bauer http://revivefoods.co/?post_type=recipe&p=36793

Cilantro lime rice is the best rice for burrito bowls, and pretty much any Mexican food, right? (Cilantro haters, please look away, this one’s not for you.) It works well with Asian dishes too.

But you don’t want to just toss plain rice with cilantro and lime juice and call it a day. Well, you could, but the rice wouldn’t be close to as good as it could be.

Cilantro lime rice made well is irresistible. As in, “as soon as you finish one batch, you’ll want to make another” irresistible. Or, “take your hands off my food, this is all for me” irresistible.

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Cilantro lime rice is the best rice for burrito bowls, and pretty much any Mexican food, right? (Cilantro haters, please look away, this one’s not for you.) It works well with Asian dishes too.

But you don’t want to just toss plain rice with cilantro and lime juice and call it a day. Well, you could, but the rice wouldn’t be close to as good as it could be.

Cilantro lime rice made well is irresistible. As in, “as soon as you finish one batch, you’ll want to make another” irresistible. Or, “take your hands off my food, this is all for me” irresistible.

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Shrimp, Arugula, White Bean, Cherry Tomato Salad https://revivefoods.co/recipes/shrimp_arugula_white_bean_cherry_tomato_salad/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/shrimp_arugula_white_bean_cherry_tomato_salad/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:01:48 +0000 Elise Bauer http://revivefoods.co/?post_type=recipe&p=36022

After weekends of sun and fun-filled BBQs and excessive feasting with friends, what I crave during the week is what people these days call “clean” eating.

I don’t know how that label came about (does this mean we’ve been dirty eating all this time? hmm, maybe I shouldn’t go there). But I do know that when I stay away from dairy and bread, and when I eat vegetables, legumes, and simple protein like shrimp, my body feels not so weighed down. Do you ever find that to be true for you?

This is a summer salad perfect for those midweek cravings for something light yet still filling. And it only takes 20 minutes to make, if that. 

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After weekends of sun and fun-filled BBQs and excessive feasting with friends, what I crave during the week is what people these days call “clean” eating.

I don’t know how that label came about (does this mean we’ve been dirty eating all this time? hmm, maybe I shouldn’t go there). But I do know that when I stay away from dairy and bread, and when I eat vegetables, legumes, and simple protein like shrimp, my body feels not so weighed down. Do you ever find that to be true for you?

This is a summer salad perfect for those midweek cravings for something light yet still filling. And it only takes 20 minutes to make, if that. 

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Banana Bread https://revivefoods.co/recipes/banana_bread/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/banana_bread/#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2016 18:14:04 +0000 Elise Bauer http://revivefoods.co/recipes/banana_bread

This banana bread has been the most popular recipe on Simply Recipes for over 10 years. Thousands of people make it every day. Why?

Because it really is the best banana bread recipe, period. You can mix everything in one bowl, you can vary the amount of sugar or bananas. And the secret to its great flavor?

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This banana bread has been the most popular recipe on Simply Recipes for over 10 years. Thousands of people make it every day. Why?

Because it really is the best banana bread recipe, period. You can mix everything in one bowl, you can vary the amount of sugar or bananas. And the secret to its great flavor?

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Perfect Cheesecake https://revivefoods.co/recipes/perfect_cheesecake/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/perfect_cheesecake/#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:45:55 +0000 Elise Bauer http://revivefoods.co/recipes/perfect_cheesecake

Looking for the perfect cheesecake recipe? It takes a bit of hubris to describe a recipe as “perfect”, especially for something like cheesecake, for which so many have their own personal favorite.

But, this is simply the best, most wonderful cheesecake I have ever had, and have ever made. It is based on a master recipe, from the master of baking herself, Dorie Greenspan.

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Looking for the perfect cheesecake recipe? It takes a bit of hubris to describe a recipe as “perfect”, especially for something like cheesecake, for which so many have their own personal favorite.

But, this is simply the best, most wonderful cheesecake I have ever had, and have ever made. It is based on a master recipe, from the master of baking herself, Dorie Greenspan.

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Salmon Fried Rice https://revivefoods.co/recipes/salmon_fried_rice/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/salmon_fried_rice/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 01:28:04 +0000 Elise Bauer http://revivefoods.co/?post_type=recipe&p=18419

The best thing about making too much rice is that you have leftovers for fried rice, you know, the kind with some egg swirled in, chopped vegetables and a soy sauce based sauce.

If you also happen to have some leftover cooked salmon (I know, it’s a stretch, but you might, right?) this salmon fried rice is one of the best possible things you could make with it.

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The best thing about making too much rice is that you have leftovers for fried rice, you know, the kind with some egg swirled in, chopped vegetables and a soy sauce based sauce.

If you also happen to have some leftover cooked salmon (I know, it’s a stretch, but you might, right?) this salmon fried rice is one of the best possible things you could make with it.

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Chicken Fajitas https://revivefoods.co/recipes/chicken_fajitas/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/chicken_fajitas/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:37:10 +0000 Elise Bauer http://revivefoods.co/recipes/chicken_fajitas

Homemade Chicken Fajitas

Yay, chicken fajitas! So easy to make, and so quick. A little bit of back story. The word “fajita” means “little belt” from “faja” for strip or belt, and the diminutive “ita”. It describes a skirt steak, and fajitas were traditionally made with grilled skirt steak, though now they can be made with chicken, shrimp, you name it.

The method is to quickly sear the meat on a griddle or grill, slice and serve with quickly seared peppers and onions and flour tortillas.

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Homemade Chicken Fajitas

Yay, chicken fajitas! So easy to make, and so quick. A little bit of back story. The word “fajita” means “little belt” from “faja” for strip or belt, and the diminutive “ita”. It describes a skirt steak, and fajitas were traditionally made with grilled skirt steak, though now they can be made with chicken, shrimp, you name it.

The method is to quickly sear the meat on a griddle or grill, slice and serve with quickly seared peppers and onions and flour tortillas.

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How to Steam Hard Boiled Eggs https://revivefoods.co/recipes/how_to_steam_eggs/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/how_to_steam_eggs/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:03:51 +0000 Elise Bauer http://revivefoods.co/?post_type=recipe&p=17544

Pssst! You want to know the best way to make hard boiled eggs? Steam them! That’s right, forget about boiling the eggs, just steam them in a steamer basket.

Some of the air from the hot steam permeates the egg shell making the egg more easy to peel. 

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Pssst! You want to know the best way to make hard boiled eggs? Steam them! That’s right, forget about boiling the eggs, just steam them in a steamer basket.

Some of the air from the hot steam permeates the egg shell making the egg more easy to peel. 

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Potato Leek Soup https://revivefoods.co/recipes/potato_leek_soup/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/potato_leek_soup/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:59:33 +0000 Elise Bauer http://revivefoods.co/recipes/potato_leek_soup

When the cooler weather appears, nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of potato soup. This potato leek soup is a classic, and so easy to make!

You soften chopped leeks in butter, then add diced potatoes, stock, and herbs, bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are done.

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When the cooler weather appears, nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of potato soup. This potato leek soup is a classic, and so easy to make!

You soften chopped leeks in butter, then add diced potatoes, stock, and herbs, bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are done.

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Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea) https://revivefoods.co/recipes/agua_de_jamaica_hibiscus_tea/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/agua_de_jamaica_hibiscus_tea/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 12:20:33 +0000 Elise Bauer http://revivefoods.co/recipes/agua_de_jamaica_hibiscus_tea

Walk into practically any taqueria in California and you’ll likely find super-sized containers of agua frescas, right next to the soda dispenser.

The usual flavors are horchata (a sweet rice drink), tamarindo (from tamarind, and agua de jamaica (pronounced hah-MY-kah), an infusion of hibiscus flowers.

I almost always go for the ruby red jamaica, I think just because I love the color. The taste is slightly tart and refreshing.

If you’ve ever had red zinger tea from Celestial Seasonings, it’s a little like that. Or a little like cranberry juice. With a squeeze or two of lime juice it becomes almost punch-like.

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Walk into practically any taqueria in California and you’ll likely find super-sized containers of agua frescas, right next to the soda dispenser.

The usual flavors are horchata (a sweet rice drink), tamarindo (from tamarind, and agua de jamaica (pronounced hah-MY-kah), an infusion of hibiscus flowers.

I almost always go for the ruby red jamaica, I think just because I love the color. The taste is slightly tart and refreshing.

If you’ve ever had red zinger tea from Celestial Seasonings, it’s a little like that. Or a little like cranberry juice. With a squeeze or two of lime juice it becomes almost punch-like.

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Homemade Sassafras Root Beer https://revivefoods.co/recipes/homemade_sassafras_root_beer/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/homemade_sassafras_root_beer/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 06:01:40 +0000 Elise Bauer http://revivefoods.co/recipes/homemade_sassafras_root_beer

Every summer I head east to spend some time with my goddaughter and her sisters on the Massachusetts shore south of Cape Cod. In what has now become a yearly tradition, we gather sassafras roots for homemade root beer.

Homemade root beer is easy to make! The predominate flavor comes from the roots of sassafras, which one boils with spices and molasses to make a sweet syrup. Sassafras grows wild all over the eastern United States and Canada and traditionally was the main root used for what we call root beer here.

Root beer can be fermented, but my favorite method is what follows—kid-friendly, non-fermented, and non-alcoholic.

Credit for the root beer goes to Hank Shaw who taught me all about how to make root beer from sassafras on one of his return trips from the east coast.

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Every summer I head east to spend some time with my goddaughter and her sisters on the Massachusetts shore south of Cape Cod. In what has now become a yearly tradition, we gather sassafras roots for homemade root beer.

Homemade root beer is easy to make! The predominate flavor comes from the roots of sassafras, which one boils with spices and molasses to make a sweet syrup. Sassafras grows wild all over the eastern United States and Canada and traditionally was the main root used for what we call root beer here.

Root beer can be fermented, but my favorite method is what follows—kid-friendly, non-fermented, and non-alcoholic.

Credit for the root beer goes to Hank Shaw who taught me all about how to make root beer from sassafras on one of his return trips from the east coast.

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Tortilla Soup https://revivefoods.co/recipes/tortilla_soup/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/tortilla_soup/#comments Fri, 25 Aug 2006 00:24:43 +0000 Elise Bauer http://revivefoods.co/recipes/tortilla_soup

Tortilla soup encompasses all the things I love best in Mexican cooking. Do you like salsa? avocado? cilantro? fresh hot tortilla chips? Tortilla soup is like a soup version of my favorite enchilada, with chicken, and tortilla chips. And avocado.

We originally found this recipe at the website of Muir Glen, makers of organic canned tomatoes, and have made a few slight adjustments to it. Muir Glen makes a particularly good “fire-roasted” canned tomato, which is well suited to Mexican dishes.

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Tortilla soup encompasses all the things I love best in Mexican cooking. Do you like salsa? avocado? cilantro? fresh hot tortilla chips? Tortilla soup is like a soup version of my favorite enchilada, with chicken, and tortilla chips. And avocado.

We originally found this recipe at the website of Muir Glen, makers of organic canned tomatoes, and have made a few slight adjustments to it. Muir Glen makes a particularly good “fire-roasted” canned tomato, which is well suited to Mexican dishes.

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Roasted Garlic https://revivefoods.co/recipes/roasted_garlic/ https://revivefoods.co/recipes/roasted_garlic/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2006 01:09:25 +0000 Elise Bauer http://revivefoods.co/recipes/roasted_garlic

Years ago a friend of mine showed me how to roast garlic whole and eat the warm, toasty cloves right out of the head. How wonderfully simple! And perfect for garlic lovers.

Roasting garlic changes the chemical makeup of the garlic so that it’s easier to digest. You can eat a lot more garlic if it is completely cooked, with fewer side effects than you would get from eating raw garlic. (If you’re into chemistry, you can read more about this process in the Wikipedia.)

Eat the caramelized roasted cloves directly out of the heads, or add them to pasta dishes, mash them up and spread them over toast, or mix them with sour cream for a dip. If you are sensitive to raw garlic, you may find that you can much more easily eat roasted garlic.

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Years ago a friend of mine showed me how to roast garlic whole and eat the warm, toasty cloves right out of the head. How wonderfully simple! And perfect for garlic lovers.

Roasting garlic changes the chemical makeup of the garlic so that it’s easier to digest. You can eat a lot more garlic if it is completely cooked, with fewer side effects than you would get from eating raw garlic. (If you’re into chemistry, you can read more about this process in the Wikipedia.)

Eat the caramelized roasted cloves directly out of the heads, or add them to pasta dishes, mash them up and spread them over toast, or mix them with sour cream for a dip. If you are sensitive to raw garlic, you may find that you can much more easily eat roasted garlic.

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