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Good Eats Boston: Best Burger Bar

This is the for the meat and burger Lovers! If you live in Boston or around the area, Best Burger Bar in Brookline Village is the place to go if you want to try a really good burger.

Best Burger Bar announced a collaboration with Boston’s first craft distillery, Bully Boy Distillers, for a limited-edition December burger special, the Bully Boy Royale BurgerThe burger will be available through the month of December. You can also enjoy their fun menu, craft beer selection, milkshakes and signature cocktails while you are there.

Best Burger Bar

The Bully Boy Royale Burger features a quarter-pound, dry-aged burger with black truffle foie gras mousse, and a jam infused with Bully Boy American Straight Whiskey, cranberry and bacon, sandwiched in-between a toasted bun. Sounds insanely delicious and that kind of treat you need on a Friday night after a long work week. Or any day when you feel like a good juicy burger!

Let me know how you like it if you make it there!

Check out another Good Boston Eats spot at Aceituna Grill

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Sausage and Kale Spaghetti Recipe

A quick and easy meal is always the goal on a weeknight and this sausage and kale spaghetti recipe fits the bill. All you need is some good sausage, spaghetti, kale and peppers to make this easy dish. I used hot Italian sausage and have used lamb sausage for this dish before. The sausage is a nice break from ground beef because of its delicious and unique flavor.

Sausage and Kale Spaghetti Recipe

I really love how this dish comes together with the different textures of ingredients. You could use spinach in place of kale but I like the bite that kale provides when its not overcooked. Peppers are a well known accompaniment to sausage so adding them to this dish was a no brainer. I did not go heavy on seasonings since the sausage is already packed with flavor. Just some garlic, salt and pepper will do the trick.

Sausage and Kale Spaghetti Recipe

Noticed how I mentioned a good sausage in the beginning of this post. The reason is that sausage is not recommended in most diets especially the Paleo diet, but since I am not a believer in restrictions, I suggest being very picky with your sausage. Some sausages are packed with meat fillers and lots of fat which I try to stay away from. I have decided to share some good tips for picking a good sausage that you may find helpful.

How to choose a good sausage

  1. Choose a sausage with at least 85% meat and less than 5% saturated fat.
  2. Stay away from sausage that contains additives and preservatives like sulphur dioxide
  3. Avoid sausage with very high sodium content.
  4. Always check what kind of meat is the sausage. Sometimes the front of the package may say chicken sausage but contains chicken and pork or other kinds of meat.
  5. Avoid sausage with fillers like maize, maltodextrin, hydrolysed vegetable protein and more. Fillers are used to add more weight to the sausage.

It will be very hard to find a sausage like this but they certainly exist. I usually get mine at Whole Foods and they are worth the extra 2 or 3 bucks.

Let me know if you try this Sausage and Kale Spaghetti Recipe, you can shoot me direct message or tag me on Instagram. I am always looking forward to hearing from you. If you are in need for another weeknight recipe inspiration, you may also check out my Pan Seared Salmon with cucumber dill sauce recipe

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Print Recipe
Sausage and Kale Spaghetti Recipe
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 box spaghetti
  • 5 Italian sausages
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2 large yellow pepper sliced
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic
  • 4 cups roughly chopped kale
  • 1 medium yellow onion sliced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 box spaghetti
  • 5 Italian sausages
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2 large yellow pepper sliced
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic
  • 4 cups roughly chopped kale
  • 1 medium yellow onion sliced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees on bake and place sausage in the oven to cook.
  2. Cook spaghetti per package instructions for about 12 minutes and set aside when cooked.
  3. While spaghetti and sausage are cooking. Slice peppers, onions, then mince tomatoes and garlic in a food processor.
  4. Remove sausage from oven cut into small pieces and cook till browed in a hot wok with olive oil. About 5 minutes.
  5. Add onions, peppers and kale to sausage and cook for about 3 minutes then add tomatoes and garlic mix.
  6. Add beef broth, cover and cook for another 5 minutes and serve.

Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipe

We just had a cold and snowy weekend and although I prefer warmer weather, I do like the snow on weekends when I don’t have to drive to work. The best thing about winter weather is the comfort food and rich dishes that we get to cook. This delicious and hearty ground beef stroganoff recipe is always a big hit. My recipe is a variation of the traditional stroganoff recipe but it contains all the basic ingredients like beef, mushrooms and onions.

Ground beef stroganoff and pasta

What makes beef stroganoff stand out is the addition of sour cream compared to other meat sauces. As you know here at Spoons and Stilettos we like things a little healthier so I did substitute the sour cream with a low-fat yogurt. If you like it creamier definitely go for the sour cream or heavy cream. Either way it will taste good. Another way to lighten up this meal would be to use zoodles instead of pasta. Check out my post on how to make delicious zoodles.

Ground beef stroganoff with pasta

Contrary to popular believe eating beef is beneficial to your health. Here are some points to remind you that red meat is totally ok in moderation of course.

4 Benefits of eating red meat

  1. Great source of protein: Protein is a component of every cell and therefore a very important nutrient. It is also used to repair and build tissues and is needed to make enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals.
  2. It is a good source of iron: Red meat probably has the highest concentration of iron than any other meat. Iron plays an important role in the production of haemoglobin and red blood cells.
  3. Good source of Zinc: Zinc helps with the function of many body systems including the digestive system, immune system, metabolism and also helps reduce stress levels.
  4. Contains Vitamin B12 and B6: These are essential for the development, absorption of protein and will help with keeping your nerves and red blood cells healthy.

So there you have it! You can grab yourself that package of ground beef guilt free and make yourself a nice bowl of ground beef stroganoff . Your taste buds and your body will thank you.

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Ground beef Stroganoff
Ground beef stroganoff and pasta
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups mushrooms
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 medium carrot chopped
  • 1/4 cup low fat plain yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups mushrooms
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 medium carrot chopped
  • 1/4 cup low fat plain yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Ground beef stroganoff and pasta
Instructions
  1. Place onion, carrots, celery and garlic in food processor and pulse till chopped but not too fine.
  2. Preheat a dutch oven, add the olive oil and sauté onion mix till its browns for about 4 minutes.
  3. Add mushrooms to cooked onion mix followed by ground beef and cook for about 3 more minutes.
  4. Add wine and worcestershire sauce and use to scrap off any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Remove pot from heat, add yoghurt and mustard and mix with meat mixture.
  6. Return pot to heat and add beef broth and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Delicious Quinoa with pan seared Scallops and Sea bass.

Did you know that Quinoa has been named one of the worlds healthiest foods and 2013 was actually labeled the international year of quinoa. This super food is gluten free and is a great substitute for rice and pasta. In comparison to other grains quinoa is high in protein, fiber, minerals and it contains omega 3 fatty acids. Now that I have convinced you to try it I am sharing a simple quinoa recipe that I served with seafood.
1 cup quinoa
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 red onion roughly
chopped
1/2  red pepper
roughly chopped
2 green onions sliced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tbsp. fresh ginger
minced
1 tsp cumin
Olive oil
salt and pepper
Directions
      – Rinse quinoa, place in a rice cooker and mix with
cumin and olive oil. Add chicken broth, cover and cook till broth is fully
absorbed and soft.
 Once quinoa is cooked, fluff with a fork to
separate grains and set aside
  Heat a non stick deep wok with olive oil and
saute’ peppers, onion, garlic and ginger for 1 minute.
 Add cooked quinoa to onions, cook for another
minute and its ready to serve,
    For the scallops and sea bass all you need to do is
season with salt and pepper, cook in a hot pan with olive oil about 3 minutes
on each side.

Moroccan Spiced lamb shanks

This on his for the meat lovers! Ever had delicious slow cooked Moroccan spiced lamb shanks? If not don’t worry I have a easy recipe for you. The beauty of this dish is that very little liquid is used which means the shanks cook in their own juices including the juice from the tomatoes creating intense flavor. Spices like cumin, ground coriander, five spice and cinnamon are what make this dish shine.
Moroccan Spiced Lamb Shanks
This dish is better prepared in a tagine pot but you can use a dutch oven if you don’t have one.
Serve with rice and cucumber salad.
Ingredients
2 organic lamb shanks
1 large onion sliced
3 large cloves garlic minced
2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
2 medium tomatoes quartered
fresh herb mix of rosemary, thyme and savory
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp five spice
2 tsp shwarma spice
1 handful cilantro chopped
1 tbsp chicken broth
salt and freshly ground pepper
Directions
– Remember not to preheat oven if using a tagine pot
– Season lambs shanks with salt and pepper then brown on both sides in a hot pan with olive oil.
– Remove shanks from pan the add onions, ginger and spices. Cook for about 3 minutes to intensify the flavor of the spices.
– Add garlic and cook for another minute.
– layer bottom of tagine pot with onion and spice mix.
– Place lamb shanks and tomatoes over the the onion mix followed by the fresh herbs.
– Cover and cook for 2hrs till meat is tender and falls off the bone
– Add cilantro right at the end and serve.

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