Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

I remember watching Bride Wars with my old roommate, Jackie, as we sat on our broken, hand-me-down futon, with Chinese food containers nested in our laps and cheap wine on the side in plastic cups like true broke college students.

Cauliflower Fried "Rice".  Healthy, low-carb, and seriously tasty!  Tastes so much like the Chinese takeout but without the guilt!  Easy to make, too! | hostthetoast.com

In the movie, two best friends get engaged at the same time and then nearly ruin their friendship (and their weddings, and their relationships) because of their “bridezilla”-esque behavior.  It’s generally supposed to be a funny movie, but when Anne Hathaway’s boyfriend proposed to her in the movie as they ate Chinese food and watched TV, Jackie turned to me with a dead serious look on her face.

“That’s how I want to be proposed to,” she said. “Not because I think it’s cute or comfortable.  Just because I really love fried rice that much.”  She shook her nearly-empty white container as a testament.

… 

Read More »

Crock Pot White Bean Chicken Chili

We’re half-way through September and we’ve got out feet firmly planted in soup season, which makes me a happy gal.  Is there anything better than slurping up a big bowl of broth-bathed meat, noodles, and veggies?

That was a rhetorical question– the answer is yes.  Yes, there is, by a margin.  Her name is Chili.

Crock Pot White Bean Chili.  This creamy white chili is absolutely delicious and easy to make in the slow cooker.  Also, it doesn't use any canned soups! | hostthetoast.com

The one thing that can make me swoon more than homemade chicken noodle soup is a big batch of chili, preferably with beans (even though I know that’s essentially sacrilege to Texans.  Sorry, I guess.)  If you’re right there with me, giving the “two thumbs up” and drooling over the thought of tender, creamy beans soaking up the spices, then you’ll probably like what I’m about to throw at ya.

Ready for it?  Crock Pot White Bean Chicken Chili.  BAM.

… 

Read More »

Smoky Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Penne

This is one of those recipes that shows that I’m incapable of making tough decisions.  I had so many ingredients on hand that I was excited to use, but I kept telling myself not to overdo it.  Sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, ale, mustard, chicken, bacon, cream, pasta, parmesan, and smoked provolone?  No.  No, I couldn’t…

(Spoiler alert: Yes, I could.)

Smoky Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Penne. Sun-dried tomatoes, ale, mustard, cream, bacon, chicken, garlic, parmesan, and smoked provolone.  Holy flavor! | hostthetoast.com

So I started off adding one ingredient at a time, trying to figure out where I was going to draw the line and keep my sauce simple, but something in my heart kept telling me, “Keep going, Morgan.  You want it all.  YOU DESERVE IT ALL.”

And so it all went in.

… 

Read More »

Crock Pot Carnitas Tacos with Chipotle Cream

There are few things in the world more glorious than a meal that you prep in the morning, forget about for a few hours while you go to work or run errands or watch 6 back-to-back episodes of Project Runway on OnDemand (I can’t be the only marathon-TV-watcher here), and put the final finishing touches on a few minutes before sinking your teeth in.  Thank you, slow cooker, for doing all of the hard work for me when I’m feeling exceptionally lazy and hungry at the same time.  You’re a real pal, and I am forever in your debt for many a delicious meal.

Crock Pot Carnitas Tacos.  Super crispy and juicy with no added lard!  Way easier to make in the crock pot and delicious with quick pickled onions, jalapenos, and chipotle cream.   My boyfriend is crazy about them!  | hostthetoast.com

But the most delicious meal of all to ever come out of my crock pot?  It’s hard to say, but it just might be these Crock Pot Carnitas.   I know what you’re thinking.  Carnitas in a crock pot?  But carnitas must be tended to, lovingly, and basted in lard until they reach that perfect flavorful crispiness!  Well, that’s what I thought, too, until I found a recipe from Gimme Some Oven that changed the game forever.  No lard.  No hours spent hovering over a hot stove.  Still very-much-so man-approved.
… 

Read More »

French Onion Beef Stroganoff

Is it just me, or does everything taste at least a hundred times better when you add a layer of toasted, rich, melted cheese on top? The kind that stretches when you take a forkful and makes little strands that you have to saw apart with your teeth or they’ll just keep stretching and stretching and stretching…

French Onion Beef Stroganoff.  All of the greatest parts of your favorite cheesy soup, made into a delicious pasta dish with hearty beef and fluffy egg noodles.  This is the definition of comfort food.  | hostthetoast.com

That’s definitely my favorite part of French Onion Soup, although I’ll admit that the caramelized onions and beef stock certainly don’t hurt at all either.  All of those flavors in one make my tastebuds sing like Barry Manilow.

… 

Read More »