Easy weeknight meals don’t have to be boring. Check out this tortellini dish with spicy sausage, kale, and peas. All cooked in on pot!
In all my years of being a member of the Secret Recipe Club I have not once slipped up. But I finally managed to fail as made evident by my post today instead of one week ago. When I first found out that I was matched with Amy’s blog (Fearless Homemaker) this month I was so stinking excited as I already had a list of her recipes to try and Amy recently had my blog for Secret Recipe Club so it was time for me to return the favor. Then what seemed like one week went by and I am seeing Group D reveal day posts in my Feedly last Monday and I panicked. Long story short, here I am today posting with Group A (hi guys!) to make up for my mistake.
On her blog, Amy shares all kinds of recipes that you need to try such as Chicken Tamale Casserole, Slow-Cooker Cajun Chicken Pasta, Chai Snickerdoodles, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars. While living in Tennessee I actually got to meet Amy in the flesh while visiting Nashville! We went to this delicious little sandwich place called Silly Goose (and have gone back more than once since) and then hopped next door for some Jeni’s ice cream (which was a complete surprise to find Ohio ice cream in TN). When I found out there was an adorable house for sale down the street from her, I immediately wished I had gotten a job in Nashville instead of Columbus. Wouldn’t she be the best neighbor? Major selling point for that house.
Since I cannot have Amy as my neighbor (yet) I settled for one of her original one-pot recipes. After re-entering the working world, my weeknight dinners depend heavily upon my slow cooker and one-pot meals. This particular one-pot meal is especially great because not only does it only dirty on pan, it is well rounded with the addition of vegetables and can be modified based on your preferences. For example, I used spicy Italian sausage instead of mild and kale instead of spinach because we like a little spice and I had kale already that needed a meaning in life.
One year ago: Parmesan & Herb Baked Eggs
Three years ago: Birthday Cake Oreo Cheesecake Cookies
Foil-wrapped salmon couldn’t be easier and it perfect for weeknights or a fancy dinner. Cooked in a Greek inspired sauce and served over Greek orzo.
Day 3 of #TripleSBites! Today let’s talk about making sacrifices for love. For example, I cannot tell you the number of times I get scoffed at for not liking seafood with the pretense that since I am a food blogger I should love everything edible. Well I hate to break it to you but I don’t love all foods. I only love the ones that I like to eat which happens to be quite a lot, it just doesn’t include things such as seafood, pickles, and coffee. However, that doesn’t stop me from utilizing those things in the occasional recipe, especially when I am cooking for someone who will greatly appreciate it.
Salmon is my sacrifice. It is the last thing I think of when picking a protein for dinner. Chicken, beef, pork, and even tofu occur more frequently than any kind of fish in my kitchen. In fact I think this is only the third fish recipe I am sharing on the blog. Since my salmon cooking skills have not been truly tested I rely on simpler, foil-proof recipes. Pun intended as this is a recipe for foil-wrapped salmon. This Greek-style salmon was incredibly easy to throw together and while it baked I whipped up some orzo to go with it. I have to admit, I didn’t hate it. In fact it was quite good. It seems great sauces makes nearly anything pleasing to the palate.
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One year ago: Mini Lasagna Stacks
What’s better than creamy, cheesy macaroni and cheese? Add rosemary and discover how one little herb can transform this classic comfort food.
Remember when I told you about how Kita and I visited Peabody in Seattle? And the first thing we did was go to Lunchbox Laboratory to stuff our faces with burgers and get boozy milkshakes? Well, we had some killer rosemary mac and cheese with our meal and I’ve been dreaming of it ever since (along with pretty much everything else we ate during our visit). Adding rosemary to mac and cheese may not be the first thing you think of, but tastes like it was meant to be there all along. After much reminiscing of my taste buds, I finally gave in and made a homemade version, adapted from the Brussels sprout mac and cheese that I adored.
The mixture of white cheddar, goat cheese, and Parmesan in addition to the rosemary in this version is a force to be reckoned with. I was also really pleased with how well it reheated. I think the goat cheese helped with preventing the cheese sauce from separating, as it often does with homemade mac and cheese made without the use of processed cheeses.
One year ago: Eggnog Dip
Pumpkin and stuffed shells come together for the ultimate fall comfort food. Stuffed with sage pork, cooked in a pumpkin-tomato sauce, and topped with mozzarella and goat cheese.
Fall baking involves a lot of pumpkin but what about its savory side? Savory pumpkin recipes make for excellent comfort food and one of my favorite comfort foods is stuffed shells. I have made stuffed shells with a pumpkin cream sauce before but this time around I used a pumpkin tomato sauce and stuffed the shells with sage pork instead of a meatless ricotta mixture. Then the shells are sprinkled with some mozzarella and creamy goat cheese. Both recipes are good for different reasons so you should probably make them both.
One year ago: Birthday Explosion Mini Cheesecakes
Two years ago: Stovetop Cajun Chicken Mac and Cheese
Fresh cherry tomatoes and kale jazz up this quick and easy pasta dish with a gorgonzola cream sauce. Serve by itself or pair up with grilled chicken.
Back to school season is here. I may not have children who are getting back into the swing of another school year, nor am I myself in school (which by the way it still has not sunk in that I am no longer a student) but the time has come to start whipping up those quick and easy weeknight meals. This pasta dish not only takes advantage of the tomatoes in season, but comes together in minutes and can be served as a side or by itself. I chose to serve it topped with grilled chicken and garlic bread.
What are your favorite weekday dinner recipes?
One year ago: Peach Bread
Two years ago: Root Beer Cake Brownies
Oven-fried chicken with prosciutto, arugula and a guiltless pesto-asiago cream sauce aka a lighter version of the popular dish “Chicken Bellagio”.
Yesterday’s interview for an adjunct teaching position went very well. In fact they were quite impressed with me! The down-side is that they may only have one class for me to teach in the upcoming term (which translates to a small paycheck). But they might have more next term which starts in December, so getting my foot in the door now could pay off. I have lots to think about and if you know me at all you are aware of my very pensive mind. Which is a nice way of saying I think too darn much, especially when it involved life decisions.
In an effort to not over-think things let’s soothe the mind, body, and soul with some comfort food that’s been lightened up. I first had Chicken Bellagio at an Italian restaurant in Rochester, NY but apparently it is also a very popular dish at the Cheesecake Factory. Either way, after experiencing it I decided I needed to make a homemade version that is slightly healthier. The chicken is oven-fried and served over whole wheat pasta tossed in a light pesto-asiago cream sauce with prosciutto. Top it off with some fresh arugula and it’s a sight for sore eyes!
One year ago: Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Burgers with Guacamole
Summer cooking is made easy with your slow cooker – it’s not just for cold weather. This chicken and broccoli sauce is great on top of your favorite pasta.
Yesterday I was sucked into the gloriousness that is McKay’s used books. Not only do they have an expansive selection of books to rival any of the larger chain bookstores, but there was an entire aisle of cookbooks. Unfortunately I was only there for a short stop before heading off to the movies and didn’t have enough time to fully commit to the search but you better believe I will be going back sometime this week to take over that aisle. There are all kinds from the latest cookbooks to those gems with contributed recipes which were made for bake sales, fundraisers, etc. I cannot wait to see what I find!
In truth however, I bookmark so many recipes daily from my fellow food bloggers that I really should not be thinking about buying cookbooks, used or not. There are simply not enough meals in the day for how many recipes I want to try. I expressed this problem to Joanne (Eats Well With Others) and decided that somehow we all need to get together, cook two recipes we’ve been dying to try, and then have a fat-kid field day. What I would give to live closer to make that happen. Guess I could always venture back up to the NYC area again. Or maybe Kita (Pass the Sushi) and I could convince everyone to venture to Seattle with us to visit Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) and all the root beer deliciousness that awaits.
But back to all the food I want to cook. This is one such recipe that I have been wanting to make and the best part is that it doesn’t take any time at all to prepare because your slow cooker does all the work and doesn’t heat up your house. Well okay you have to steam the broccoli and cook the pasta but the hard parts are taken care of, giving you more time to focus on whatever else. Like daydreaming about foodie-travels.
One year ago: Cherry Vanilla Almond Overnight Oatmeal
Oven-fried eggplant parmesan stays extra crunchy when topped with cheese and marinara only just before serving. Served alongside orzo seasoned with parsley.
For how much I enjoy eggplant there seems to be a shortage of eggplant recipes only my blog, only five to date and now the sixth today. Most of the recipes are pretty creative though with things such as eggplant veggie burgers, eggplant stuffed shells, and also eggplant manicotti. I do also already have a recipe for the classic eggplant parmesan but the one I am sharing today is a little different. The first version was layered in a casserole after the eggplant was breaded. This time it is served separately in order to preserve the crunchiness of the breading. Slices of fresh mozzarella cheese are thrown on at the end and placed under the broiler just long enough to get all gooey. Served with warm marinara and orzo seasoned with parsley.
Shake up your regular pasta for dinner with a creamy ricotta sauce, Italian chicken sausage, and hearty kale. Cooks up quick for a great weeknight meal and only uses two pans.
We’re almost halfway through the calendar year folks. Which means nearly 6 months have gone by since I graduated with my PhD and my student loans from the past 11 years are about to come knocking on my door. Thankfully I do not have much debt with grad school tuition waived and a stipend the last 7 years. I’ve already taken a chunk out of my undergrad loans thanks to my dad’s help with investing what money I could spare over the years. Thank goodness for a father with money/investing smarts.
You know what else is smart? Making this pasta for dinner tonight. One pot for cooking the pasta, one skillet for the rest, and dinner is ready pronto. As an added bonus it also happens to be delicious.