All posts tagged: eating fun meals

Food: Dinner Tonight – Oh Grilled Cheese Sandwich

…you had me at first photo. I love the idea of grilled onions, cheese and this one is the winner of what dinner will be in my household tonight. INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons salted butter 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced kosher salt and black pepper 3/4 cup apple cider 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes 4 slices prosciutto (optional) 8 slices sourdough bread 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 1/2 cups shredded fontina cheese 1 1/2 cups shredded gouda or white cheddar cheese 1 honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced  {more} I am going to let the pictures do the rest – tantalizing much? {photo and recipe source and credit}

Food: Dinner Tonight – Peanut Noodles

Decades ago, I’d go into the grocery store and buy ready made peanut sauce and coconut milk and put together the perfect chicken noodle meal, which was intended for a two-day dinner, but the family always had seconds, it was so delicious. But now, it’s very difficult to find ready made peanut sauce, since all the nut allergies have come to light, the local grocers have all pulled the product off their shelves. So, since I have peanut sauce and know the family has no allergies, I was happy to come across this recipe. INGREDIENTS CHILI GARLIC OIL 1/3 cup peanut oil or extra virgin olive oil 2 small shallots thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or smashed 1-2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes PEANUT NOODLES 12 ounces rice noodles or long cut pasta 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari 1-2 tablespoons Gochujang (Korean chili paste) 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup 1 inch fresh ginger, grated 2 bell peppers, thinly sliced 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped, plus more for serving fresh cracked black pepper  {more} on another note – this cool article about a …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Hummus

Over the weekend, while doing the usual grocery shopping, I brought home chicken as usual, and a half dozen fresh sweet potatoes with the intend that I would dice up the chicken, and the sweet potatoes  and stir fry it with garlic, olive oil and herbes de Provence blend of spices and then I saw this recipe and decided to shift gears and try something new. INGREDIENTS 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon honey 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes juice of 1 lemon kosher salt and black pepper 2 medium sweet potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds 4 cups baby arugula 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes + 2 tablespoons oil from the jar 4 ounces cubed feta cheese 2 cups plain hummus, homemade or store-bought naan, Persian cucumbers, and fresh dill, for serving  {more} In case you are curious about cooking with herbes de Provence – there is a whole list of recipes to incorporate the spice –    

Food: Dinner Tonight – Quesadilla

You know, sometimes you have to follow your cravings. Like last night, where I knew exactly what I wanted to make for dinner while commuting home from work, and by the time I got home, I craved roast chicken from the grocers with a side of home-made mashed potatoes and  sauté-d string beans with garlic and olive oil – again my  recipe. Today, I am actually serving breakfast for dinner – or ingredients decided to be used mostly for breakfast and in the form of this Quesadilla recipe: INGREDIENTS 6 large eggs kosher salt 1 tablespoon butter at room temperature 1 can (4 ounce) diced green chiles 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo, finely chopped   4 whole wheat or regular flour tortillas 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese 4 slices cooked crispy bacon, lightly crumbled    {I’ll be using Turkey bacon for our family} 1-2 cups baby spinach or arugula 2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives extra virgin olive oil, for cooking AVOCADO SALSA 1/2 cup fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives or green onions 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped juice from 1 lime 1 avocado, diced kosher salt   {more} Followed by this …

Food: Cauliflower in Full Bloom

I ordered a side of cauliflower the other day while lunching with a friend at Stanford Shopping Mall. We were aiming for a quick bite since we each had other engagements to attend in the evening. So we walked into my favorite eatery and in addition to a fried chicken sandwich, which I highly recommend, I opted for steamed cauliflower, which I didn’t realize until I took a bite, it was curry flavored. I don’t know about you, but although I love curry mixed with veggies, and some form of protein, I don’t care for it on cauliflower. Since cauliflower has a unique taste and one it takes time getting used to, adding the wrong flavors tend to play tricks on your taste buds and curry with cauliflower is just not the best of combo in my opinion based on decades of enjoying my family’s Mediterranean cuisine . But that’s me. You might think otherwise and that’s perfectly fine. But since Saturday, I’ve craved cauliflower, grilled to perfection in the oven and tossed around or …