Foodiesphere: Three simple things (BBQ sauce, frittata, & a casserole)

It can be easy to convince yourself that you can’t cook certain things. Usually, it’s simply a matter of having a prejudice that the dish itself is somehow beyond your skill level. This is how I felt when it came to the word “frittata” and the notion of homemade BBQ sauce.

There was no reason for this other than my mind simply believing that these things were too difficult to make or too much of a bother. Turns out, they aren’t. And I would suggest to anyone who thinks that a particular recipe or dish is beyond their reach to simply give it a go. Worst case scenario, you end up having to order a pizza.

So, I present to you my versions of a ricotta, tomato, & spinach frittata, a turkey & veggie skillet, and homemade BBQ sauce.

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Store bought BBQ sauce is loaded with added sugar. I love BBQ sauce, but I hate diabetes. Something has to give. So my wife gave me a barbecue sauce recipe that she had scrawled down from somewhere to use in a recent slow cooker pulled pork dish I made.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • can tomato sauce
  • tbsp liquid smoke
  • tsp seasoning salt**
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Directions

Saute the finely diced onion and garlic in peanut oil for 5-10 minutes. Add everything else, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Stir regularly.

**I made my own seasoning salt:

  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch

This bbq sauce turned out nice. To my palate it tasted like a very potent sloppy joe mix.

Ricotta, tomato, & spinach frittata

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I don’t know what exactly I thought a frittata was or why I thought it would be dire if I tried to make one. Turns out cooking eggs is so fucking easy, I love it. If I had things my way, I’d eat a quiche twice a week.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • onion, diced
  • 10 oz. cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1-2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 7 oz plain ricotta (do not use fat free)
  • 6 eggs, well beaten

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Halve the tomatoes. Heat oil in a skillet and saute onion for 5-10 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until soft (1-3 minutes). Add the spinach and stir until spinach wilts.

Transfer pan contents to a baking dish (mine was a 7×11 in. Pirex). Take small scoops of the ricotta (at least half of a 15 ounce package) and dot over the vegetables, then pour the beaten eggs over it all as evenly as possible. Put dish into oven for 20-25 minutes

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Hiding vegetables is relatively easy, but often I just want to make a huge veggie dish. It’s a kind of clear out the crisper recipe. Adding ground turkey to the mixture ups the protein and makes this an all around hearty meal that keeps well.

Very Veggie Skillet Casserole

Ingredients

  •  pound lean ground turkey breast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • yellow summer squash, sliced
  • tomato, diced
  • cup celery, diced
  • cup carrot, diced
  • cup brown rice 
  • cup chicken stock
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach

Directions

In a large, deep skillet over medium heat, brown the ground turkey (about 10 minutes). Drain away fat, transfer to a bowl. 
In the same skillet over medium heat, warm the oil. Then saute the onion and garlic (5-10 minutes). Add the squash, tomato, celery, and carrot. Cook, stirring often, about 5-10 minutes. You want the vegetables tender, which is the hardness between raw and mushy. 
Add the turkey. Stir in the rice and chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook about 15-20 minutes. You’re cooking the rice in with the veg & turkey so your looking for the rice to be done before you add the spinach. Finally, cover and cook until the spinach is wilted.
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2 thoughts on “Foodiesphere: Three simple things (BBQ sauce, frittata, & a casserole)

  1. Pingback: Ricotta frittatta | Kitchen Ammo Recipe Club!

  2. That frittata does look rather nice! Thanks for sharing the bbq recipe. I will give this a try. I don’t really like shop bought sauces tbh – like you said, too much sugar and salt.
    Lynn 😀

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