Carbonara with a Twist

Carbonara with Leeks, Bacon, & Goat Cheese

As I write this post my sink is full. There is flour spread haphazardly on my countertops. There are toys everywhere. There are at least two loads of laundry that need folding. Maybe three. But who’s counting? Weeds need pulling outside. Our carpets need vacuuming. The bathrooms need cleaning. And our realtor could text me at any moment to say someone wants to see our house in an hour.

But I’m ignoring all that because… well… I have been wanting to share this recipe and I cannot wait any longer!

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Strawberry-Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad for Two via applestoziti.com

Strawberry Spinach Salad. With Goat Cheese. And Toasted Almonds. This salad is essential to my well being. At the end of a long day, this salad can make everything right. Without this salad, my life would not be the same. It makes me happy.

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Sweet Potato Egg Nests with Maple-Bacon & Goat Cheese

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These are the perfect egg recipe for your Christmas morning brunch. Or perhaps you’re more the New Year’s Brunch type. Or possibly Easter brunch is your groove. Or Mother’s Day brunch. Or heck… just have brunch tomorrow.

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Favorite Recipes for Fall

My Favorite Recipes for Fall… 

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Italian Quinoa

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I have to admit that sometimes I’m a bit jealous of other languages. They just sound more refined than the English language.

Or maybe more romantic.

Or both.

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Apple, Goat Cheese, and Honey Tartlets

It’s time for dessert!

You didn’t think I could do “H is for Honey” and not do dessert… did you?

First up… Apple, Goat Cheese, and Honey Tartlets

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Actually, I think I went a little overboard with the desserts but there were too many possibilities… we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and it readied us for what will be a purely savory “I” in our Apples to Ziti line up… Can you guess what it is?

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Goat Cheese Pizza & Cheesecake

Although this will be my last post for the letter “G”, it is most certainly NOT the end of my using Goat Cheese in my recipes. To the contrary, I believe using it as one of Apples to Ziti’s ingredients has made me want to use it even MORE!!

I thought we might grow tired of its creaminess, its lightness, its tart but slightly sweet flavor…. WHAT AM I SAYING?!!!

We have not grown tired, and I plan on making these last two recipes AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN!

My husband and I are off to California/ Mexico this next week for a much needed get-away!… Thus, I am finishing with not just ONE but TWO Goat Cheese recipes before saying goodbye for a week…

I have a simple “homemade” pizza recipe you can whip up in no time AND a decadent dessert that has given me a go-to recipe I may never stray from!!!

It is late and unfortunately there is no time for calculating and posting the cost for these recipes right now…. so just enjoy and don’t worry about money for a few minutes while you read this… or drool over this (as the case may be).

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Pecan-Coated Goat Cheese with Grilled Chicken Salad

It’s no secret that I love goat cheese….

One of the ways I love it best is on a salad with some sort of balsamic dressing. While brainstorming ideas for serving goat cheese on a salad in a new, delicious way, I came across a recipe that encrusted the goat cheese in walnuts and baked it. I loved the idea!!… but the recipe had way too many ingredients to be budget-friendly.

So, I set out again to create my own version that had big flavor but little cost!

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Here’s the RECIPE & a SHOPPING LIST for you.

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Grilled Eggplant & Goat Cheese Sandwich

I actually was able to find quite a few recipes for sandwiches with grilled or roasted veggies paired with goat cheese. I loved reading through (and sometimes drooling over) many of them…

I was having trouble finding that combination of budget-friendly and tasty that I was searching for…

Thus, I decided to make my own! Eggplant + goat cheese + tomatoes + greens + fresh herbs + bread… that’s basically your shopping list right there!

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Turkey Burgers with Goat Cheese and Honey Mustard

I had ground turkey in my fridge that I had planned to use for a feta recipe, but I changed my mind about which recipes to make and this was leftover. It was time to freeze it or use it…

The consensus??… USE IT!

Something about a sandwich sounded so fulfilling this particular afternoon and I was having dreams of some delicious honey mustard spread on it. The only sandwich made with ground turkey that I could think of… Turkey Burgers!…with GOAT CHEESE!! Now I’m getting hungry!… the fridge showed no promise of honey mustard of any kind… darn

Hmmm, I did find dijon and honey. That would work! I started by mixing these and went on from there to create my own version of honey mustard…

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G is for Goat Cheese Pasta & Greens

I ran across a recipe with goat cheese that’s super quick to make and super healthy…. I made it and it’s also SUPER scrumptious!

You don’t often run into a recipe that’s written for one person so this made it especially unique in my book. You could definitely double, triple, etc… the recipe, but if you just need a healthy, delicious lunch for yourself… HERE IT IS!!

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Click here for the RECIPE and here’s a quick shopping list you can jot down:

–Dried pasta shells (Orecchiette if you have it or can find it) (you need 1 cup dried pasta)
–Mediterranean-style mixed salad greens (or spring greens or whatever mix you like!) (you need 2 cups)
–Sun-dried tomatoes (packed in olive oil) (you need 2 TBSP)
–Goat cheese (you need 1 TBSP crumbled)
–Parmesan (you need 2 TBSP grated plus more for garnish)
*Pantry staples to check: Salt & Pepper

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