What I’ve been making lately – July 21
In an effort to make some more meat-free, filling dinners, I thought I would try out this Aloo Matar recipe from Vegan Richa. I loved the idea of a thick, potato based curry. It definitely took me longer than 30 minutes. Most recipes take me longer to get through. The flavour of the curry was really nice. I did put it over rice, and next time I wouldn’t. I think I will save this recipe for the winter.
Amped Up Butternut Squash Ravioli
I just wanted an easy, tasty lunch. I boiled the Trader Joe’s Butternut squash ravioli. While those were in the pot, I sauteed mushrooms and peppers in olive oil with some chili flakes and parm to make a bit of a sauce. I threw in the ravioli and topped with more parm.
Inspired by a block of maple cheddar I bought on a whim, I wanted to make a Charcuterie board for lunch one day while Ethan was home as well. There was the aforementioned maple cheddar, the board also included brie, smoked cheddar, and mild cheddar. For meats, there was ham, prosciutto, and genoa salami. I also added some cherries, and cucumbers for freshness, cheez-it’s because I love them, and red pepper jelly for the brie.
Sweet and Savoury Crepes
Ethan wanted to try his hand at crepes. I, a lover of crepes, fully supported this dream. We used a recipe similar to this. We ran into an issue with the melted butter hardening again, so I strained the lumps out. Overall, they were delicious. The savoury crepes were stuffed with grilled chicken, swiss cheese, and mushrooms. The sweet crepes were stuffed with vanilla ice cream and topped with a berry mix and whipped cream.
I love shakshuka for a really easy and tasty dinner. I used jarred tomato sauce and added garlic, chili flakes, and fresh basil and parsley from my very small herb garden. You heat up the sauce in a pan, and the crack some eggs in the sauce. I like to put a lid on the pan to poach the eggs a little quicker.
Pulled Pork Breakfast Hash
We ordered a pulled pork dinner from a local Italian hall, and it came with so much food we almost didn’t know what to do with it all. One of the things we made was a breakfast hash. I fried up some onions with potatoes that also came with the dinner. Then I fried some eggs . You can heat up the pulled pork in a pan or in the microwave, and then just put everything together and top with some banana peppers.
Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins
Sometimes it feels like I just buy bananas to let them sit on my counter and prepare themselves for banana bread. I thought I would try muffins this time, so they would be easy to take for breakfasts. I just used the banana bread recipe on my blog. The batter was divided in a 12 spot muffin pan and baked for 25 minutes.
Pierogies with Bacon, Onions, and Mushrooms
I always have pierogies in my freezer for easy dinners. I prefer the potato and cheese ones. We topped them with fried onions and mushrooms, bacon, a dollop of greek yogurt, and chives from the garden.
Classic Mac & Cheese
We start this with a roux, and add in a ton of cheese and the pasta. We didn’t have macaroni so we used whatever this round one is. Top it with breadcrumbs and put it in the oven until it all melts together.
I just really love taco salad. We used ground beef with a pack of taco seasoning. Put it over lettuce. I also added sauteed onions and peppers. Add some cheese, avocado, crushed tortilla chips, slather in catalina dressing and call it dinner.
Pita Chips and Tzatziki
I had originally made the tzatziki for chicken burgers that we didn’t end up having. We had some tortillas in the fridge so I made them into chips.
For the Tzatziki, I used greek yogurt, grated cucumber, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and garlic powder.
For the tortilla chips, I sliced them into smaller pieces, brushed on some olive oil, sprinkled salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I baked them on 350 for 10 minutes, and then broiled for 2 minutes.