Call this our OMG JUST EAT SOMETHING list.
Piggybacking on my last post re: our favorite feeding gear for kids!
I do not love talking about giving in to kids, or being overly permissive out of laziness, or anything like that.
But. However. Also. If we were going to describe feeding kids in those ways, this would be THE list that we would come back to again and again.
These are the recipes that our kids gobble down. They taste good, aren't overly complicated, don't try to force habits (cough, broccoli) that take a little more work, and overall are just wonderful recipes that everyone in our household loves....
Oh hey, Monday.
Will is going through a very funny picky eating stage (it is not funny, I have zero time for it), and we're patiently waiting it out because what else can we do. Commence beatings?...
Let's make the unbearable (not to me) story of why we're making this suuuuuuper short and get to the buttery, spicy goodness that is kimchi fried rice....
Super delicious, dreamy mac and cheese that tastes just like she-crab soup but amped up with tons of cheese and pasta. She-crab mac and cheese is the mac and cheese we've all been waiting for! This is perfect for a cozy weekend, Valentine's Day, or even Christmas Eve....
My favorite kid-friendly meal prep dinner! This recipe for healthy baked chicken tenders has just a few ingredients and is super easy to make. Bonus, you can freeze the breaded tenders and bake them right before serving for a quick + fun weeknight freezer meal!
THEY'RE JUST LIKE FRIED.
Ha. Ha. No, no they are not. Sorry, not here to lie to you.
Here are the ways that easy homemade baked chicken tenders are not like fried chicken tenders:
So, what I'm saying is that MAYBE baked chicken tenders are better than fried chicken tenders? In like 3 cases, but I'd say that at-home no-frying situations are preferable from a mess standpoint FOR SURE....
This Thai chicken larb recipe (sometimes seen as chicken laarb on menus!) is so quick and easy thanks to the use of ground chicken. We love making this for meal prep with extra dressing and using it on salads or in rice bowls all week. It's gluten free and wildly delicious thanks to a fish sauce lime vinaigrette.
Maybe not the most inspired thing to do for our first 2020 recipe, but inspired is not what we're attempting here. Delicious is. Chicken larb is delicious.
Jay usually does some kind of January ... eating thing ... which, is fine. I could go on and on about how I don't do things like that for a variety of reasons that I feel strongly about, but I'm also happy to support people in my life that try to make healthier choices....
Ok, what is our general feeling about the end of the year? I'm a little bit....whatjusthappened, and the internet tells me that I'm not alone in this.
Is it the speed? Things changing fast? Bad news in politics? Angry Elves all over Twitter? I don't know if we need a serious shift in positivity, or realism feels a little dim right now, but I'm feeling like a shift toward "look at all the great things coming our way!" will feel really good in 2020....
..or literally anything you are celebrating in the next two weeks.
Hello and how is your life! We have moved, had dance recitals, cleaned out our old house via 9,827 trips across town, lost things, found things, donated things, done some Christmas shopping, cancelled a vacation, and now, finally, are getting all in on Christmas, which they tell me is next week.
I have done no planning, no decorating, no wrapping, hardly any shopping. The whole thing is v out of character, but it's a season we're in right now so I'm going with it.
Now, though, the dust is settling somewhat and I'm all...oh right so it's happening NOW. We're hosting a gathering next week with Jay's family which will be lovely, and I'm starting to piece together what things I can cook for what stuff we'll be doing this week and next....
One of my best "use the oven at all times" Thanksgiving tips: plan an easy side dish that can roast or broil while the turkey rests and is carved.
EVEN IF you have a few casseroles that need to reheat at the same time, having one veggie that comes out of the oven fresh right as you're ready to eat makes a really nice balance to what can be a pretty heavy meal.
This technique can apply to tons of veggies, like this 5-minute asparagus from last year or these broiled lemon green beans. This year, I'm doing spiced, roasted Brussels sprouts. They get washed/prepped early in the week, then tossed with butter and spices early in the day. It's a raw veg, so no need to clog up fridge space. They hang out on a baking sheet prepped and ready, roast in the oven while the turkey gets its beauty treatment, and done! A vegetable for those of us that like some vegetables with our butter....
aka my BIL Ben being all "omg but seriously what the f~ck is in this."
It's butter. And sausage. And REALLY good bread, just enough seasoning, and we find that really good sausage stuffing does not have to be really hard to make. In fact, this may be one of the easiest Thanksgiving side dishes to make and quite possibly the best stuffing ever.
I've seen stuffing with TONS of ingredients, sometimes so many that the stuffing becomes a meal in and of itself. I think those recipes are fun and interesting, but for Thanksgiving I'm really into basic recipes so that one thing on the dish isn't completely overwhelming to the rest of the plate.
Enter, this classic and easy sausage stuffing recipe. It's got really yummy flavors but just nine ingredients, stuff that is readily available, and can be made well in advance (a few days before your big meal certainly), baked, and reheated right before you eat.
The resulting sausage stuffing is super flavorful, tender with some crispy bits, salty and savory from the sausage and spices....
That's right. It's turkey time.
How are you on turkey at Thanksgiving? I'm very medium. Mostly here for the sides, can manage if it's well cooked and the gravy is on point. It's never my FAVORITE thing, though. And the obvious next thing to say would be...."until now," but honestly still give me all the casseroles.
HOWEVER. This turkey is 1,000% delicious, flavorful, juicy, and just really really simple to make and make well.
My issue is dry turkey, mainly. This is not that....
IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE.
The first Thanksgiving recipe of 2019!
I'm psyched. Thanksgiving recipes are so much fun to brainstorm, and we had the best time a few months ago coming up with some really delicious new recipes for you!
Up first: Jiffy Corn Pudding. It's made in a jif....ha...don't leave me. There are LOTS of things that are called corn pudding and corn casserole, and this version is as follows: cornbread mix to save us some time, corn because vegetables, spices for flavor, pepper jack cheese, sour cream AND heavy cream because it's Thanksgiving, crackers on top for crunch....
One of the best easy dips ever! Chorizo bean dip made with canned refried beans, sour cream, and cheese. Ingredients are layered then baked for a delicious, gooey dip that is perfect with chips or fritos. Crispy chorizo adds flavor, or use soyrizo for a vegetarian refried bean dip version. PRO TIP: sour cream guacamole is very, very good with this bean dip.
Hello and HI, Happy Halloween if you're into that sort of thing, happy end of October, happy fall, all of the happy.
It's a really busy week so I'm thinking if I just type HAPPY over and over it will be come true?
I shared last weekend that I made a bunch of quiches for a family gathering, and, not to toot my own horn, but they were suuuuuuper yum. I'm a sucker for a good quiche. The creamy eggy cheesy filling, some add-ins to make it your own, flaky buttery crust? All good things, yes they are.
My favorite quiche base recipe comes from my brother-in-law, Joe. I change the fillings and cheese every time based on who I'm serving and what I feel like, but the measurements stay the same and the possibilities are endless.
This particular super easy quiche features chopped kale, roasted red peppers, and crumbled feta. Nothing needs to be cooked in advance and the peppers come from a jar, so effort is minimal while the resulting quiche is nearly perfect....
This pumpkin blondies recipe is an EGG FREE DESSERT RECIPE with added pumpkin and fall spices for an easy fall twist on this delicious dessert! These can be made in advance - they keep great in the fridge for about a week or in the freezer for even longer.
Got you some seasonal ish, right here.
I am having a season of easy blondies recipes. Since Beck has been old enough to vaguely care about helping in the kitchen I find that I enjoy baking more and more BUT, baking tends to take a lot of time, and Beck's attention span is approximately 47 seconds.
So I'm always on the hunt for quick dessert recipes - things that don't have a ton of ingredients or use a mixer, that sort of thing. Like my absolute favorite brownies: those are worth her attention.
Cue: Brown Butter Pumpkin Blondies....
Lentil Quinoa Bowl with kale walnut pesto! These are my absolute favorite ingredients for a meal prep quinoa power bowl. The ingredients can all be made in advance and the kale and walnut pesto keeps perfectly in the fridge for at least a week, and even longer in the freezer. Enjoy these fun vegetarian Buddha bowls!
I am SO, so pleased that this is going to be your dinner this week (go with it). This lentil quinoa bowl is one of the best things to come out of my kitchen in recent months (and there are....a lot of contenders), is gluten free, vegetarian, and ridiculously yummy in a way that makes you not really that concerned about the health factor.
But the health factor is THERE with these lentil quinoa bowls. We're talking quinoa, turmeric lentils, roasted sweet potatoes AND tomatoes, and walnut pesto that we've made several times this summer for these bowls, pasta, and lots of other yummy things!
(PS this is not unlike the lentil quinoa bowl from Panera!)
The walnut kale pesto is not to be skipped, is my point....
this recipe is sponsored by microplane. they're offering a discount code to readers (see below!) and there will be a giveaway on Instagram later this week. be sure to follow along and enter!
Here's our new super duper easy one-pot dinner for fall!
I have been SO excited to share this with you. Creamed Spinach Mac and Cheese. It's one of those really nice unicorn dishes that everyone likes, that has veggies in it, that is comforting but not so heavy that we can't eat it on a Tuesday, checks a lot of boxes.
Let's break it down: We are boiling some noodles, and we aren't messing around with a roux/white sauce. We're stirring some dairy stuff together super quickly because we're hungry. Fresh nutmeg grated with Microplane's Spice Mill adds tons of flavor with zero effort, and garlic + handfuls of greens round the whole thing out. The resulting creamy mac is practically perfect in every way....
I know it's mid-September but I'm still all in with back to school.
Including making lunches! Beck is at school three whole days per week, so three times per week we get the honor of making her lunch. Her classroom is nut-free this year to help protect one of her sweet friends, and I'd love to share some of my favorite nut-free school lunch ideas for 2019!...