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No Bake Maple Tahini Cookies

I’m now three recipes in since buying tahini a couple months ago (yes, it does last that long in the fridge). The first two recipes were a salad recipe (Basil Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing) and vegetable recipe (Roasted Tahini Ginger Carrots), so I decided it was time to switch it up and make a dessert recipe – No Bake Maple Tahini Cookies.

I like this recipe for a couple reasons, it’s: Read More

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Spicy Honey Balsamic Chicken

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, chicken is a healthy protein choice, but can also be extremely bland and boring. I’m always looking for ways to spice up this healthy protein. In the past, I made Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken and Spicy Soy Sauce Basil Chicken, but this time I created a new chicken recipe utilizing balsamic vinegar and honey, both of which I had handy in my pantry. The result –  Spicy Honey Balsamic Chicken. It didn’t disappoint.

This recipe is perfect when made and eaten fresh (obviously), but also works great as a meal prep recipe. I made 1 pound of chicken on Sunday night and enjoyed it all week long with some rice and cooked vegetables. The tangy and spicy chicken would also work great in a simple stir fry recipe! Read More

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Top 11 Economical Kitchen Tools

I have officially been creating recipes on Economical Chef for 7 months now, and cooking for myself much longer than that. I’ve used a lot of different kitchen products during that time and have discovered some great tools. I’ve also, unfortunately, discovered some not so great tools. I thought it would be useful to share the Top 11 Economical Kitchen Tools that I’ve used or are still using – perfect for any new, or even seasoned cook. Some of my favorite resources are here too, but below is the go-to top 11 list.

All of the Top 11 Economical Kitchen Tools can be found on Amazon, so there are no excuses for not snagging them now if you need them. Read More

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Easy Arugula Walnut Pesto

Last weekend I made Arugula Walnut Pesto and I’ve been reaping the benefits of this unique recipe all week. Typically, a pesto recipe contains basil and pine nuts, but basil is pretty expensive in large quantities and I’m a huge arugula fan, so I decided to make the swap. I knew walnuts could be a sub for pine nuts too, so I gave it a shot.

I originally made this Arugula Walnut Pesto for some pasta we were having the same night. It worked as expected – adding a fresh, garlicky flavor to the pasta. The recipe made 20 servings though, so I had a lot of pesto left to use. Slightly sick of pasta, I experimented with this flavorful pesto all week on pizza, garlic bread, breakfast sandwiches and turkey melts. It was delicious. Every. Single. Time.

The arugula and walnut worked just how I expected them to in the recipe, but the toasted garlic and salty parmesan really shined through and elevated whatever it was used on. Here are my 5 favorites uses for this pesto (besides pasta): Read More

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Grass Fed Beef and Quinoa Meatballs

I have a bad habit of buying groceries I don’t need each week at the grocery store. Not that I buy a bunch of cereal and candy bars and chips, but I’ll oftentimes buy bread when we already have a loaf at home or I’ll get pasta without knowing we have a couple boxes in the pantry. In this case, and for the past couple weeks, I have been buying grass-fed beef that is on sale even though we already have 2-3 lbs in the freezer. It’s an annoying habit that I need to break, but the extra food always gets used in the form of countless sandwiches, pasta bakes, and in this case, Grass Fed Beef and Quinoa Meatballs.

If you’re wondering why there is quinoa in these meatballs, the main answer is “money.” Meat is expensive, and quinoa is slightly more affordable and packs a good amount of protein. Rather than use breadcrumbs in this recipe I decided to switch it up and use quinoa. It worked great and kept a couple extra bucks in my pocket. Read More