Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Mushroom with Shrimp and a Smoky Red Pepper Sauce

I made this meal up as I went along.  I had been craving stuffed mushrooms, but the nice large portobello caps have been far too expensive at the grocery store.  Thankfully, I was able to get a pack of two big beautiful ones at Trader Joe’s for just over $2.

Mushrooms have such a great meaty texture that you could simply serve the stuffed mushroom with a salad without feeling like you were lacking a main dish.

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Panko-Encrusted Tilapia with Ribboned Asparagus Salad

This is another meal that’s on the quick and easy side.

I chose tilapia for my fish because it is affordable and mild.  I often buy swai for the same reason.  Check it out next time you’re at the store if you haven’t heard of it.  It’s only $3.99/lb around me, even for the version stuffed with a lobster and crab mix.

I usually cook my fish bare with some seasoning, but we’ve been eating a lot of fish lately, so it was time for a change-up.  Panko is much lighter and crispier than ordinary bread crumbs; it makes a big difference.

I also wanted to do something different with the asparagus I had bought.  I ordinarily cook the spears whole on a cast iron grill pan (which is fantastic, by the way).

I served the dish with a chipotle-sriracha mayo.

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Country-Style Pork Rib with Squash and Sun-Dried Tomato Couscous

I’m glad you made it.

As you can see, I’m just starting things off here, so please do check back often for new content!  Hopefully you’ve already read the “About” page to get an idea of what this place is… about.

Okay, let’s get on with it, then.

I have a delicious meal to share with you.  I chose this meal for my first post because I feel it is a prime example of what this blog represents: simplicity, approachability, and some darn good looks.  After all, I love a fancy-looking plate of food that was a breeze to make.  I promise.  You really don’t even need a recipe.  I don’t even like using the word “recipe” because it’s a bit of an oxymoron in relation to this blog.  I encourage you to use your intuition and personal taste in all things savory.  You can do it!

Without further ado, here’s the deliciousness we’re talking about today:

A country-style pork rib with a squash & sun-dried tomato couscous.  The sliver of cucumber serves a purpose, too.

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