Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Paprika Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts and Delicata Squash

I have recently discovered just how delicious and easy sheet pan dinners can be. With a little bit of prep work, this comes together for an easy weeknight dinner. I prepared the vegetables a day prior and covered the chicken in the marinade the morning before making this dish to save on time at night. Either way you approach the recipe this is a great, complete meal that comes together easily. Feel free to add more veggies or chicken to suit your preference.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Green Cabbage Salad with Cilantro

This salad recipe is one I have been making for years and love how easy it is to make. Being a cabbage salad, I love that you can still enjoy this on day 2, unlike most salads. The ingredients in this salad are light and refreshing and can be adjusted to your flavor preference. You can feel free to add more heat, adjust the citrus level and add as much cilantro as you like. The recipe comes from a family friend, who has been making this salad since I was a kid. It is still delicious many years later and I appreciate the fresh, light flavor this salad produces.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Chopped Thai Salad with Curry Coconut Dressing

Without realizing it, I have been on an Asian-inspired food kick lately. I've been making spring rolls and dumplings and noodles and have been loving all of them. I found this recipe and though it would make a great, hearty salad. I made a few small changes to the original recipe based on my preferences (I don't love kale when baby kale or a delicate lacinato kale aren't available). I also tried this recipe with almonds and almond butter instead of peanuts and peanut butter and it was still delicious. If you know someone with a peanut allergy, the almond substitution is very good. If you have leftovers, these will still be good on day 2.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Masoor Dal (Spiced Red Lentils with Sweet Potatoes)

It's that time of year again where hearty stews and soups are back on my dinner rotation. I wanted to make a filling, vegetarian dinner and came across this recipe. I love Indian food and the ingredient list for this is fairly simple if you already have the spices. The recipe is very easy to follow and the leftovers taste delicious. This makes a generous portion which can feed 4 to 6 easily. Serve this with a side of cucumber raita and rice and enjoy.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

No Knead Crusty Dutch Oven Bread

I tend to go back and forth on whether or not I like baking bread. I wanted to find a foolproof recipe that I could whip together without worrying about kneading too much or adding too much flour. I found this recipe and absolutely love it. It is so easy to make and the end result has a crusty outside and softer inside. Spread some butter over a slice of warm bread and you have a perfect side dish or snack. The dough will be very sticky when you do form it in to a ball, but do your best with it and keep your hands covered in flour the whole time (I dunked my hands in flour multiple times). This is the only step that actually requires a little effort, but do your best to shape the dough. This also gets easier the more comfortable you get with bread dough.

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