All posts tagged: easy meal prep

Food: Dinner Tonight – Mac and Cheese

I did an inventory this morning of all things in my kitchen pantry and otherwise for ingredients to create a variety of meals to satisfy my lovely mum’s cravings  – which is cheese, bread, cheese, more cheese and more bread and oh some jam. I found two boxes of organic mac and cheese and figured as a side dish 🙂 I’d make it with the leftover rotisserie chicken I picked up last night from the grocery store on my walk.  Then this recipe happened, and as we all know, I’ll improvise part boxed and part fresh ingredients and serve it up. Now I’m wondering if anyone will eat the chicken.  Here’s the recipe just in case you haven’t the boxed version of M&C. INGREDIENTS 6 tablespoons salted butter 1-2 cloves garlic, grated 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers 1 pound your favorite short cut pasta 2 ounces cream cheese, cubed 2 cups milk 1 cup sharp white cheddar cheese 1 cup shredded Havarti or fontina cheese 4-6 ounces Brie, rind removed and chopped 1/4 cup basil pesto, homemade or store-bought 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper use more or less to taste kosher salt and black pepper 1 cup cherry tomatoes, …

Food: Chicken and Garlic Noodles

Some ingredients are hard to find at the grocery store, so I’ve been improvising – to create meals I’be been craving from evenings out with friends at a local Asian fusion restaurant.  Mind you, these are not my recipes, but ones I find online with the ingredients and ease of prepping ideal.  Because for me – time is valuable – and spending too much time over a hot stove takes away that much time from the eating ritual in my home – with spirits and loaded conversations – fun ones of course – since who wants to be brimmed with anxiety over a meal? For dinner tonight – I will make this chicken and garlic noodle dinner with a few minor adjustments – due to shortage of ingredients or some I don’t care for. INGREDIENTS 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons corn starch or flour 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper 3 tablespoons sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce   – I will use Worcestershire  Sauce, since allergic to …

Holiday Series: Thanksgiving Preliminary Prep

I start out with one menu – and then shift it throughout the week leading to Thanksgiving, so with that mindset, here’s what I am considering for the holiday, perhaps even leading to smaller dinner parties up to New Year’s eve. {featured source and inspiration for this blog post}

Food: Holiday Series – Thanksgiving Main Course

I am not a fan of Turkey, never have been and I doubt I’ll ever be. So this year, while searching for a main dish recipe I can live with, I stumbled upon this one, while reading an article on ‘how to have a sustainable Thanksgiving.’  And guess what? We are having A butternut Squash Vegducken! INGREDIENTS 1 cup pecans 1 (7 1/2″-long) zucchini 1 (9 1/2″-long) globe eggplant 1 (11 1/2″-long) butternut squash 2 scallions 2 garlic cloves, divided 1 shallot, coarsely chopped 1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, trimmed, coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 9 sprigs thyme, divided 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 2 large eggs 1 cup finely grated Parmesan 1/2 cup fine plain breadcrumbs 6 tablespoons coarsely chopped parsley, divided Kosher salt 2 tablespoons mint, coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Special equipment: Kitchen twine  {follow recipe here} And in case you are curious about the sustainable Thanksgiving suggestions, I have included the article here.    {featured image credit}

Food: Thai Chicken and Noodles

I love Asian fusion or simply Asian inspired food and this recipe for Thai Chicken and Noodles is something worth sharing in today’s ONLY Food series: INGREDIENTS 8 ounces wide rice noodles 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos 3 tablespoons oyster sauce 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce 2 teaspoons honey or maple 2 tablespoons sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil 1/2 pound boneless chicken breast, cut into strips (optional) 2 shallots, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated 1-2 red Fresno peppers or jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped 4 green onions, chopped 1 medium zucchini, cut into ribbons or chopped 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 2 carrots, cut into ribbons or chopped 1 cup fresh Thai basil or regular basil, roughly chopped {more} What’s your favorite Asian Dish?

Food: Dinner Tonight – Cajun Steak

Had a flank steak in the freezer and wanted to try something different then the norm – my own simple spices, garlic, butter, seared in wine and voila dinner is served. Except, tonight I wanted to step-it up a notch – in terms of spices and style of cooking – although as I read this recipe, I realize it is very similar to my usual.  I am siding this dish with a leafy salad tossed with olive oil and lemon juice. Voila! for this nights dinner. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 pounds beef tenderloin or flank steak, cut into 1 inch cubes 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, plus additional thyme for serving 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, more or less to taste kosher salt and black pepper 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 bell peppers, sliced 4 tablespoons salted butter 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated juice from 1 lemon 3 cups steamed rice, for serving 1 avocado, sliced fresh herbs such as basil, cilantro, and or mint {more} Off topic – I have been debating on selling my photographs – not sure yet, but …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Buttery, Creamy Salmon

Here’s a shift to this week’s dinner plans – the salmon dinner will be this recipe instead. I don’t know what it is – perhaps the weather shift cold/hot, rain or pretend, when I go from craving summer recipes to comfort meals.  And this one is surely very comforting: INGREDIENTS 4 salmon filets, skin on or off (your preference) kosher salt and black pepper 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons salted butter 1 small shallot, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 cup canned full-fat coconut milk, or heavy cream 2 ounces cream cheese, cubed 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 4 cups fresh baby spinach juice from 1 lemon 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives, plus more for serving {more} {recipe and featured image source}

Food: Dinner Tonight – Beef Stew Vietnamese Style

San Francisco is filled with wonderful cuisine, fusion or traditional, Asian food has been one of my favorites. But I’ve never tried to make a dish at home, well, except Thai peanut sauce chicken, with store bought Peanut sauce which is no longer available in stores, I imagine because of the growing peanut allergy in this part of the world. Anyway, I have a pound of stew thawing out in the refrigerator, and while scrolling through Instagram this morning, I found this recipe and traced it back to the original article. Dinner tonight is beef stew Vietnamese style. Ingredients 2 pounds trimmed boneless beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks 3 tablespoons fish sauce, plus more as needed  {not a fan of fish sauce, so I will be omitting} 2 teaspoons light or dark brown sugar {also I never add sugar when a recipe requires it} 1 1/2 teaspoons five-spice powder 3 tablespoons canola or other neutral oil, plus more as needed 1 cup chopped shallot or yellow onion 3 tablespoons peeled and finely chopped …

Food: Dessert or Breakfast

I came across this recipe when trying to figure out what is for dessert tonight – and then I realized if I add my own take on it – I can also have the ‘dessert’ for breakfast or mid-morning snack – Raspberry & Cream Fools with Amaretti Crumble (Original recipe I am having for dessert) 2 pints raspberries, washed 1 tablespoon sugar, divided 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream 1 cup amaretti cookies, crushed {more}   My Take for the breakfast option raspberries or strawberries – washed Organic Honey to taste A dash of vanilla extract I cup coconut or almond yogurt Homemade granola crumble or store bought is fine if you are pressed for time and just layer or mix together – either way it will be delicious Undecided about dinner tonight – try this recipe for Frittata or add your favorites (bacon bits, green peppers, mushrooms, cheese) to an egg scramble – to be enjoyed with a couple of slices of rustic Italian bread – toasted of course. 

Food: Dinner Tonight – Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

After turkey on Thursday, and leftovers on Friday, I am ready for this recipe – an interesting one for short ribs. I mean what is there more to say, expect if the family is visiting from out of town, and easy dinner prep is the idea, then go here for the recipe: INGREDIENTS 5 pounds bone in, beef short ribs kosher salt and black pepper 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced 2 shallots, thinly sliced 4 carrots, chopped 2 cups dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon 2 cups low sodium beef broth 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon brown sugar or honey 4 sprigs fresh thyme 2 sprigs fresh rosemary 2 bay leaves 2 cups fresh cranberries mashed potatoes, for serving {Featured image source} How about this recipe for cranberry Thyme Spritz and a good old-fashioned board game after dinner