Mains, Soup

Italian Chicken and Bean Soup

October 25, 2014
Chicken Soup with beans and Italian Sausage

This simple yet hearty soup is everything you would want from a chicken soup but more. Beans and Italian sausage give this chicken soup that extra bit of “umph” that just might win you over as your new all time favorite soup. This is officially my favorite soup of all time and I’m never, ever going back to my old ways of boring chicken soup again!

I wanted to make something different so I looked online at all kinds of soup ideas. With a bunch of different recipes for inspiration, I came up with this recipe on my lunch break, immediately went shopping after work for chicken and sausage, then I tossed everything in my Dutch oven once I got home. The result: pure chicken soup bliss.  Continue Reading…

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Green Chicken Curry

October 5, 2014
Green chicken curry - Healthy for Two

Curry is one of those kind of foods that is so damn good at a restaurant but when you make it at home, it’s just not the same. At least for me. This green curry recipe is probably the closest I’ve come to that “WOW” flavor I’ve been craving. It’s really good.

I admit I haven’t done curry it’s due diligence and figured out how to really make it by diving deep into research and figuring out just the right way to blend flavors… But I feel that this is a good start. I’ve graduated from using those jars of curry simmer sauce you buy at Target to now creating my own flavor-packed curry.

After making this recipe, I’ve come to realize that a lot of ingredients go into curry, much more than I imagined. The flavor of all the ingredients blend together so well to create a unique flavor of it’s own. This green curry tastes super fresh and has just a slight spicy aftertaste. Here’s a secret: (don’t tell my husband) He hates cilantro and I didn’t tell him that there’s a ton of cilantro in this meal… did he notice? Nope! :D Continue Reading…

Travel

The REAL Oktoberfest

September 27, 2014
Oktoberfest Parade in Munich

It was one year ago that we went to Europe for the first time. We planned the timing of our trip around when Oktoberfest was happening in Munich, Germany. We HAD to see the real Oktoberfest… because beer.

This isn’t a typical recipe post, this one is about my experience at Oktoberfest. It was so amazing to experience Germany – the historical buildings, the amazing scenery,  the delicious food and the friendly people and their absolute love of beer. Please enjoy this small recap of my experience at the biggest beer festival around. Continue Reading…

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Heirloom Tomato Pizza

September 13, 2014
Heirloom Tomato Frozen Pizza

This is the easiest of easy recipes around.

Sometimes when things get super busy, you need a quick and effortless meal that can fill you up and still taste great. Frozen pizzas are quick and require next to zero effort. But who wants plain old frozen pizza? Why not make it your own and add extra flavor with fresh toppings? Adding your own toppings takes pizza to a whole other level. That’s how you get people to ask, “Is that delivery?” “No it’s…” you know.

The most effort you will have to make is the decision on which frozen pizza to buy. I don’t buy frozen pizza too often but when I do I know that I don’t like CPK pizza or the usual store brand pizza. They are usually too salty and soggy for me. I also don’t like spending more that $7 on a frozen pizza. When they start costing $10 or more, I figure I might as well order out. Me, I like a good DiGiorno or Freschetta (especially when they are on sale). You can save money by getting plain cheese pizza and adding your own toppings at home.

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Chicken Souvlaki with Homemade Tzatziki

September 7, 2014
Chicken Slovaki

Here in Southern California, summer seems to last until October. Seeing as it’s September, I’ve got plenty of time. I have to enjoy cooking outside while the weather is still nice.

Chicken Souvlaki is a type of Greek “fast food” meaning meat (and veggies) cooked on a skewer. It can be any kind of meat really – today, we’re grilling chicken! In this recipe, you grill the chicken skewers, pile it into a pita along with the grilled veggies and tzatziki sauce and you’ve got yourself a pretty good meal.

Chicken Souvlaki

This meal is perfect for warm weather because it involves minimal prep time and the cooking is done outside on the grill (did I mention that it’s super easy?).

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Heirloom Tomato Tarts

August 26, 2014
Heirloom Tomato Tarts - Healthy for Two

Hello and welcome to Healthy For Two! This is my 180th post and the first post with my newly refurbished website! Whether this is your first time here or you’ve been reading for a while, thank you so much for reading. Seriously, I love you guys.

Take some time to explore. You can view all recipes or search by category and all search results contain pictures (my favorite kind of search results). There is also a new category called “Travel” where I will write about my travel experiences here and there, especially when it relates to food.

These heirloom tomato tarts are fantastic! I’d like to thank my boss, Chris, who gave me a bunch of giant, juicy, delicious heirloom tomatoes from her garden. She basically challenged me and said, “If I give you some tomatoes, do you think you can cook something to blog about?”

Challenge accepted.

Heirloom Tomatoes

That night, I cooked three different dishes with the tomatoes. These tarts are one of them. They are perfect for an appetizer or midday snack. The key is to get perfectly ripe, juicy tomatoes for the best flavor.Heirloom tomato tart recipe
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Chicken, Sausage Stuffing and Veggies in a Pot (Poule au Pot)

July 27, 2014
Chicken, veggies and sausage cooked in one pot

I have been thinking about my obsessive hobby of cooking and this blog and what my goals are right now… I want to dedicate more time to sharing recipes but I kind of lose my motivation because this blog has been the same for a while now… I think it’s time for a refresh!

There’s a lot of new things in my life right now: We are moving into a new apartment next month (our very first place as a married couple, technically), I have quite a few new cooking tools that I have yet to master, and pretty soon, you will see a fresh, new, crisp look on this website!

This year, In addition to redesigning the look of Healthy for Two, I plan to revisit a lot of my old recipes and take better photos. I will also sometimes write about traveling and the cool food-related experiences we have. So stay tuned! :D

Today’s recipe is French and involves a Dutch Oven again. The entire meal is cooked in one pot. I’m really digging this pot.

Chicken, Sausage and Veggies cooked in one pot

This recipe has been on my list of things to make for a while now. It’s a very French recipe; it’s simple yet extremely tasty. After making it for the two of us, I am eager to make it again for a group of people – there’s just something cool about serving a large tray of food to a crowd.

There are a lot of ingredients listed but don’t let that deter you. Once everything in cut up and thrown in, you just place the cast iron pot in the oven and let it all cook at once.

Chicken, veggies and sausage cooked in one pot

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Risotto in a Dutch Oven

July 12, 2014
Risotto in a Dutch Oven Recipe

I was super excited to try out this risotto recipe in my fancy new Dutch Oven. I was inspired by a recipe called “Almost Hands-Free Risotto” from Cooks Illustrated Magazine. My risotto turned out nice and creamy with a soft wine taste. It went great as a side dish with chicken and lasted a few more days for leftovers.

Now that I have all these new kitchen tools, I feel like endless opportunities have opened up in the world of cooking! Seriously, Now I have a Dutch oven, pressure cooker, a new food processor (that actually works well), a Kitchen Aide mixer and a meat grinder attachment that I just picked up yesterday. SO excited to try new things!! Now all we need is a bigger, better kitchen… ;)

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Stout Braised Boneless Short Ribs

June 28, 2014
Stout braised short ribs recipe

I love me some short ribs. This was the first meal that I cooked in our brand new fancy Dutch Oven that we got as a wedding gift. I admit that I’ve had quite a few recipes saved on Pinterest that could be cooked in a Dutch Oven, just in case. This was one of them.

Boneless Stout Braised Short Ribs

I love our Dutch Oven. It’s great for slow-cooked meals like stew or chicken and it’s surprisingly easy to clean! I think I will try a risotto recipe or a rice dish next.

I’ve really only eaten short ribs at restaurants. They are so tender and just melt off the bone. I wanted to replicate just that. However, I went to two different stores and couldn’t find short ribs on the bone. The butcher told me that short ribs are never really in demand and when they order them, people usually don’t buy them. So I was stuck with boneless short ribs. He told me that the cooking time should be the same, whether they were bone-in or not.
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