How many pans do you need (to make a meatloaf)?

If you’re a fan of the Food Network show Good Eats, you’ve probably heard Alton Brown say that he only owns one multitasker- a fire extinguisher. Everything else he puts in his kitchen has at least more than one function. I love that philosophy and try to keep my kitchen stocked the same way because I truly believe “less is more” in almost all cases. Today my cast iron skillet does double duty as a baking pan for a low carb meatloaf.

Italian beef and quick giardiniera

If you live in or have ever lived in Chicago, you know about an Italian beef sandwichs with giardiniera. When I’m in Chicago I make a point of stopping by Portillo’s or Al’s Beef for an unbelievable sandwich of juicy, flavorful beef covered with olive oil and spicy pickled vegetables. I just had to have something like that for dinner so I came up with this easy and frugal recipe.

Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds are found in recipes from all over the world. You’ll find them used in Mexican moles, Middle Eastern desserts, Asian dishes and topping American hamburger buns. It’s no wonder considering how tasty and healthy they are. Here are some good reasons to get more sesame seeds into your diet and a tasty Korean BBQ recipethat will help you sneak them past the most finicky eaters.

Incredible shrinking curry

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that I started this blog to keep track of recipes that I come up with that I want to be able to make again. This curry recipe is one of those. It’s an Indian-style curry with lots of inflammation-reducing (hence, “incredible shrinking”) ingredients like turmeric, ginger and garlic. These ingredients are known to help reduce pain in those suffering from arthritis and fibromyalgia. It’s also super low in carbs and really satisfying.

Cow soy

I’m obsessed with classic dishes. I’m not talking about handmade plates. The classic dishes I’m talking about are those regional recipes that are so ubiquitous in their area that life just couldn’t be the same without. One of the best examples in the US is chili. Even if you aren’t a big chili fan, you still have to admit that chili has become an integral part of American culture. So when I find a classic dish that I’ve never had before, I get excited- and obsessed with trying to recreate it. That’s what happened when I had the Northern Thai dish Khao Soi.