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Chris Grantland Presents: Cleveland Food Goddess’s 5 Meals You Can Cook During Halftime

The Cleveland Food Goddess is Reshae Hanes.  Her website is www.clefoodgoddess.com.  She has five meal ideas you can cook during halftime of a Cavaliers game.  

Reshae offers dozens of recipes and Cleveland area resturant reviews at her website, but this here, this will keep you where you belong, watching the Cavs and not waiting for your lonesome TV dinner pudding cup to heat up.  Print this out and put it on your fridge.  You’re going to need it.   It’s a compressed schedule, but it’s still a long season and you just can’t eat Digiorno Pizza every night.  

It’s time to be clutch.  The halftime buzzer just went off, and now you’re on the clock.  It’s time to head into the kitchen, armed with the playbook and clipboard of the Cleveland Food Goddess:

1. Gourmet Grilled Cheese
Anyone can make your average grilled cheese, but it’s not hard to buy good quality cheese, add a slice of fresh tomato, bacon, thin slices of ham, or even slices of jalepeños.  I love this recipe by Tyler Florence with his use of apples and dijon mustard…YUM! I also like this recipe via foodnetwork.com with it’s multiple kinds of cheese aka stay away from the Velveeta! You can’t forget your tomato soup to dip, but I recommend trying this Red Pepper and Tomato Soup. I love that this soup has more in depth flavors by adding the red peppers and it’s organic! I can find this at my local Giant Eagle, which makes it super convenient. 

2. Couscous Salad
I loooove couscous, and it is definitely time friendly and figure friendly. There are so many options to explore with this tasty little grain that can adapt so well with a multitude of ingredients. I found this recipe that other day while I was pinning on Pinterest (Have you been to www.pinterest.com yet?! Do it. It will change your life.) I love that this has fresh spinach in it, but the only thing I would change on this recipe is to replace the water with chicken or vegetable broth. It’s going to make a world of difference as far as flavor is concerned. The great thing about this salad is that you can add to it… toss in red peppers, green peppers, kalamata olives, black beans, cilantro, corn, or green onions. And pending what flavor profile you go with, you can get fancy with a dressing. Whisk together 3 Tablespoon olive oil, 2 Tablespoon fresh lime juice, 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin. 

3. California Sandwich
A must try recipe, doesn’t it look so damn good?… I had to put it on the list. Your obvious quick meals are gonig to be sanwiches, but the fun part about blogging is looking for ideas on how to mix it up. The first layer is a chive spread with Greek yogurt and fresh chives. Then an avocado salad with avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh lime juice, and cilantro. Also top with alfalfa sprouts and pepper jack cheese. This is a genius idea! I would serve it on a crusty baguette and savor ever single bite. For the full recipe, check out Ezra Pound Cake’s blog

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4. Black Bean Burritos
I made these awhile back, and they are quick, easy, and delicioso! You also do not need a ton of ingredients: tortillas, vegetable oil, onions, red peppers, garlic, black beans, jalapenos, cream cheese, salt, and fresh cilantro. Refer to my original post when I made these with Gazpacho. A couple quick tips to help speed this dish along, is to buy onions and red peppers that are already diced. However, if you are quick with a knife and do not have fear of chopping off a finger, then chop chop away. Top these burritos with your favorite salsa and you are ready to eat and watch more basketball!

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5. Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce wraps are one of my quick healthy go-to meals, when I feel like I’ve just run out of ideas, and time for that matter as well. This is another dish, where you can play and have fun with the flavor profile based on what you have on hand already. Simply grab the following: Romaine, Ice-burg, or Bibb Lettuce, 1 lb ground beef or turkey, cooking oil, pre-chopped onions and julienne carrots to save time, fresh garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, minced ginger (you can find this already in the store as well, or use the powder version if you are in a pinch), rice wine vinegar, and my favorite, water chestnuts. Refer to my post for the whole recipe, but I can guarantee you will want to keep this in your rotation. 

Much Love,

Cleveland Food Goddess xoxo

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