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My Favorite "No Recipe" Recipes

Updated on May 3, 2015
Italian Nachos
Italian Nachos | Source

Italian Nachos

This is a riff on a dish offered at a couple of restaurants in town. I start with store-bought pasta chips. I usually find these back in the deli section. I will top the chips with a generous amount of jarred Alfredo sauce that has been warmed slightly in the microwave. I then add Hot Italian sausage, onions, mushrooms, and bell peppers which have been sautéed, Kalamata olives, pepperoncini, tomatoes and Italian cheese blend. Super indulgent but oh so good!

Couscous Salad
Couscous Salad | Source

Couscous Salad

Couscous cooks in 5 minutes so it is great for a quick meal. I make the couscous according to package directions except I use chicken broth instead of water to add additional flavor. I add in things like diced chicken, scallion, tomato, canned artichokes, cucumber, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese (basically going a Mediterranean direction) and dress with a little EVOO and lemon juice. This tastes even better the next day.



Goes without saying right? I feel like I am a painter standing in front of a blank canvas when I make pizza. The possibilities are endless. I will use different types of crusts (ex—English muffins, French bread, naan). I may use Alfredo sauce, marinara, pesto, or sometimes just a little EVOO for the base. The sky’s the limit as far as toppings. My current favorite is sautéed leeks and mushrooms on a crust brushed with EVOO and topped with goat cheese.

All of these “no recipe” recipes allow you to express your creativity. The ingredients can be changed to suit your taste and what you have on hand.

© 2015 Vicki Holder


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