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Outer Aisle Gourmet

It is no secret that America has a weight problem. Over 2/3 of adults in the U.S. (144 million adults) are overweight and 1/3 are obese. The solutions to the problem are well known. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans need to eat more vegetables, less sugar, and fewer high-energy-dense foods that are high in carbs and calories. In addition, they need to exercise more.FullSizeRender-21.jpg

Outer Aisle Gourmet has recreated America’s favorite foods with fresh vegetables and other natural ingredients found in the outer aisle of every grocery store. Their cauliflower sandwich thins and cauliflower pizza crust are delicious, gluten free, non-GMO, Paleo friendly, and nutrient dense. They are also low in calories and carbohydrates.FullSizeRender-20.jpg

Find their recipes here:

http://www.outeraislegourmet.com/cauliflower-pizza-crust-recipes/

Check out where to get your outer aisle gourmet below!

http://www.outeraislegourmet.com

https://www.instagram.com/outeraislegourmet/

https://www.facebook.com/outeraislegourmet

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Markham Street Cafe

Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone had a great week. I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for the weekend. Last week, I had the pleasure of reviewing a new restaurant, Markham Street Cafe, that opened up in my neck of the woods. Markham Street Cafe is still in their soft opening stage, but is planning on having their grand opening. This beautiful restaurant/cafe is more than what I can try to describe. Cozy, absolutely amazing decor, ambiance. Markham Street Cafe is going for the California cafe vibe, and with their succulents and decor, I can say they nailed it! The best part is that the owners (including the chef), and staff are so polite and friendly. Oh, forgot to mention that the food is nothing less than their service: impeccable! I was able to try a few items from their menu, which isn’t set in stone due to the soft opening. However, a more concrete menu, a full bar, live music, decor from local artists, and much more are in the works post grand opening. Check out their amazing food below and what I thought about each one! Plus, some views of their decor.

Paragon Salad, minus the beef: Thai beef (not included), red and green cabbage, fresh greens, spicy cashews, cucumber, sliced radish, onion, spicy Thai vinaigrette.

OMG, I thought this salad was amazing. I am not a fond of salads as they tend to be dry, bland, and just not exciting. However, this salad was full of flavor and the thai vinaigrette was just wow. 5/5 for me.

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Gruyere Mac and Cheese with Applwood Smoked Bacon: Cavatappi pasta, gouda, gruyere, parmesan with crispy applewood smoked bacon, and fried shallot.

Ok, this dish may be biased because I can kill for mac and cheese or any dish that is loaded with cheese. Mac and Cheese is my go to comfort food and this did not dissapoint. 5/5 for me. Would give it 10/5 if I could.

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Creamy Tomato Bisque:  Roasted tomato-extra virgin olive oil-cream.

This tomato bisque was definitely creamy. The flavor was on point! Of course, the name of the dish stated it’s creamy, so I would give it a 4/5 just because it was a little too creamy for me (I like not too bisque-y bisques), however if that’s how you roll, then its a 5/5 for you. Definitely a 5/5 for presentation!

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Cubano Sandwich: Mojo pork, pickled cucumber, provolone, smokey bacon, mustard dressing.

What a filling sandwich! Served with a pickle and fries, it surely does hit the spot. The Cubano is not dripping with sauce; a little more would’ve been nice. However, it has so much flavor and bread is toasted the right amount. The pork was succulent. 4/5.

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Overall, the food was amazing. I would definitely recommend stopping by and having a bite to eat. Check out their pages below as well as their decor!

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https://www.instagram.com/markhamstreetcafe

https://www.facebook.com/TheMarkham/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/markham-street-cafe-annandale-2

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See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Mozzarella & Arugula Panini

Hi all! Hope everyone is having a fantastic week! Today, I will be sharing a simple yet delicious recipe that I tried from Blue Apron. Mozzarella and Arugula Panini is the perfect go-to recipe to make for lunch or even a simple dinner. It’s filling and healthy, such a win-win. The fact that this can be made in 30 minutes or less is a bonus! Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ciabatta Rolls
  • 15 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 4 oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • Garlic
  • Arugula
  • Summer Squash
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Black Olives
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Oregano

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the squash lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Using the flat side of your knife, smash the olives; remove and discard the pits, then roughly chop.unnamed-4.jpg
  2. Peel and finely chop the garlic; using the flat side of your knife, smash until it resembles a paste. Halve the rolls. Tear the mozzarella cheese into small pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the squash, olives, vinegar, and up to half the garlic paste. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.unnamed-3.jpg
  4. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. While the squash marinates, in a small pot, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the dried oregano and remaining garlic paste; season with salt and pepper.unnamed-2.jpg
  6. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the crushed tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 4 to 6 minutes, or until slightly reduced in volume. Turn off the heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.unnamed-5.jpg
  7. Place the rolls on a clean, dry work surface. Spread half the tomato sauceonto the cut sides of the rolls. Top the roll bottoms with half the arugula, the mozzarella cheese, and all but a pinch of the parmesan cheese; season with salt and pepper. Complete the paninis with the roll tops.
  8. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a thin layer of oil on medium until hot. Carefully add the paninis. Place a heavy pot on top of the paninis and press down. Cook, occasionally pressing down on the pot, 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until the rolls are lightly browned and the cheese has melted.
  9. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil before flipping the paninis.) Transfer to a cutting board; immediately season with salt and pepper.
  10. While the paninis cook, to the bowl of marinated squash, add the remaining arugula. Toss to thoroughly combine; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the remaining tomato sauce to a serving dish; garnish with the remaining parmesan cheese.
  11. Cut the cooked paninis in half on an angle. Divide the paninis and salad between 2 dishes. Serve with the tomato sauce on the side. Enjoy!unnamed-7.jpgunnamed-8.jpgunnamed-6.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This recipe serves about 2 people.
  • You can add grilled chicken or any other meat if you’d like.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz