You like your potatoes more interesting?
If you’re unlucky side dishes can be really boring, even when the rest of the meal is fabulous. None of these sides are anything less than interesting, and some of them are good enough to make a tasty snack all on their own. So, what’s not to like?
I love the look of this recipe from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest; crispy oregano smashed potatoes with feta and lemon ~ wow! Such a fabulous side dish that you could just eat this as a super-filling snack, (and oregano is such a great herb).
Crispy Oregano Smashed Potatoes with Feta and Lemon
Chungah at Damn Delicious gives us these great slow cooker cheesy scalloped potatoes ~ she says this crockpot dish is so damn easy. Well, it does look so damn good for something that only takes 20 minutes to prepare, and then can be left to cook while you’re doing something else ~ like going to work. It would be a great accompaniment to Chungah’s bacon scallops too.
Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Another potato dish, this time from Amanda at Chez Le Réve Français; cheese and onion potato cakes. This very, very easy 20 minute dish would make a tasty supper as well as a much more interesting side dish than ordinary mashed potatoes.
Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes
Something different from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower; cheesy cauliflower mash. Allegedly this tastes like mac and cheese but has the texture of mashed potatoes. Weird but nice. Looks good for a 20 minute dish that would be an interesting side, snack, or something to take to work the following day.
Cheesy Cauliflower Mash
Do you want something spectacular made with potatoes? Then what about these Tahini whipped potatoes with cilantro chili sauce from Heather Christo? I bet these are some spicy potatoes. I’d like to choose Heather’s Peking cranberry lacquered turkey to go with this.
Tahini Whipped Potatoes with Cilantro Chili Sauce
This is a spectacular dish for a romantic dinner for two. From the lovely Alina at Passion Cook we have salad tulips, (aka devilled cherry tomatoes). Pretty, or what?
Salad Tulips, (aka Devilled Cherry Tomatoes)
If you like green beans, then you will love these loaded skillet toasted green beans from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It is. Allegedly, these are the most unboring green beans you can get. Not bad for a 30 minute dish. Would go well with Jessica’s unboring bourbon fig + gorgonzola stuffed pork tenderloin.
Loaded Skillet Toasted Green Beans
thanks ever so to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday
all of these dishes be nice at a Champagne Sunday Brunch, say in Long Beach
Life is so endlessly delicious.
I have a friend, (really… I do have a friend), who tells me that she doesn’t have time to cook and eat properly. You know what? Everybody has enough time in the day to cook a great evening meal, made with fresh and healthy ingredients, without spending hours in the kitchen. Or maybe my friend is just crap at time management.
There are some rules / guidelines / suggestions for not spending hours and hours preparing your regular evening meal, and rule # one is, only use one pan. If you can’t see the sense in that then go and sit in a darkened room for a couple of hours.
From Chungah at Damn delicious we have sheet pan garlic butter tilapia. This is a 30 minute recipe, and you can substitute any white fish for the tilapia. Personally I like deep, cold water fish; cod, haddock, halibut… and I’d add lots of fresh herbs, like basil and parsley.
Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Tilapia
Next, from the lovely Averie Sunshine we have sheet pan chili lime chicken and peppers. This is another dead easy 30 minute dish, which you could start preparing the night before if you want to give the chicken longer to marinade.
Sheet Pan Chili Lime Chicken and Peppers
OK, so this dish is pushing the 30 minute rule by 15 minutes, but you can get ready-prepared quinoa. Anyhow, like everything from Heather Christo this vegan roasted vegetable quinoa salad looks fabulous, and it’s also vegan and gluten free.
Vegan Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad
Best Chinese Orange Chicken
If you want something even more exotic than Chinese orange chicken, then the cute Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes has found for us this Chicken Biryani as prepared by Sheryl Julian.
And yet another wok dish, this time from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, asparagus and shiitaki mushroom stir fry. This is a simple and very quick vegan and gluten free dinner after a busy working day. Now and again I might add shrimp to this…
Finally for this week, from Country Living magazine, we have 40+ easy slow cooker recipes for busy nights. This collection includes a fantastic red-eye brisket stew from Marian Cooper Cairns, you can put this in your crockpot in the morning and it will be ready to eat when you get home from work.
If that’s not enough, then how about 201 quick and easy weeknight meals to get you to the weekend?
a great big thank you to all the cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday
Our Bodies Are Our Gardens
Busy people who have aspirations towards being fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit have a problem. Eating well, eating clean and healthy, almost always means one should cook for oneself because buying ready-made meals, buying takeout, eating out, or eating out of cans almost always means you’re eating a fair degree of unhealthy junk. And, cooking for yourself takes up time and energy, which might be in short supply at the end of a busy day.
Ergo, busy people need fairly quick, easy, and healthy recipes. In last week’s Food on Friday we were talking about healthy salmon, which lends itself to eating well, and this week we’re doing chicken, which is also a good healthy staple. But, buy decent fresh, uncooked, healthy chicken, (and salmon), not the cheapest crap your supermarket has on special offer.
I know some of you like links to recipe collections, (some of you even pay good money to have people send you recipe collections and shopping lists), so from Cooking Light we have 50 healthy chicken breast recipes, including this sauteed chicken with sage browned butter.
Sautéed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter
And, from Chungah Rhee at Damn Delicious I can offer you 10 weeknight chicken breast recipes to use up all those nice pieces of chicken you have languishing in your refrigerator and freezer. I like the look of this easy grilled chicken, especially as our chef says we’ll never need another grilled chicken recipe after this 25 minute dish.
Easy Grilled Chicken
If all those ideas weren’t enough, Country Living has 64 of the most delicious things you can do with chicken for dinner. Wow! Originally from Jaclyn at Cooking Classy, one of the 64 dishes is this avocado caprese skillet chicken ~ so easy, and avocado is supposed to be very good for you.
Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken
Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has some interesting dishes in her 5 easy chicken recipes for a weeknight dinner. I especially like her honey chipotle shredded chicken, because even though it takes a while to prepare, once it’s dome you can save the prepared chicken and use it in so many cool ways.
Honey Chipotle Shredded Chicken
I have to remind myself that not everywhere in the world is suffering from an English winter. Not everyone is feeling cold, grey, and miserable and in need of winter comfort food. In that case Heather Christo offers us this gluten free fried chicken cobb salad ~ I may forget the drizzle and make this tonight.
Gluten Free Fried Chicken Cobb Salad
Francophile English lady, Amanda, of Chez le Rêve Français has a recipe for a wonderfully warming chicken and broccoli pasta bake. This looks quick, (30 minutes), easy, healthy, (broccoli is good). And, I like a good pasta bake.
Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake
You probably won’t remember, (why should you?), but in Food on Friday #33 we had a whole lot of cool and sexy chicken dishes, among which was Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Cups from the White on Rice Couple. As a slight change on the healthy lettuce cups theme, I can give you a recipe video for easy chicken lettuce cups from the Best Recipe Box.
Easy Chicken Lettuce Cups
thanks so much to all the great chefs featured in this week’s Food on Friday
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Here in England the winter is now grey, wet, and miserable. In some parts of the USA, the winter has come howling in with a vengeance. The time for salads has passed in most of the Northern Hemisphere, and we all need something warming and comforting on the table. I need no excuses to devote another Food on Friday to soups ~ even though it’s not so long ago that I gave you all a post about Late Summer Soups.
I love this recipe from Chungah Rhee at Damn delicious. Perfect for a cold winter’s night, a rich and warming potato ham chowder. Trust me, it’s easy, filling, creamy, and very delicious.
Potato Ham Chowder
Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup
I love French Onion soup, but the way I make it takes forever. Petra at Food Eat Love has this recipe for French onion and marrow soup she says takes about a half an hour. Who am I to argue?
French Onion and Marrow Soup
Elise Buaer at Simply Recipes has a really thrifty and nourishing soup for turkey leftovers ~ Mom’s turkey soup. And don’t worry if it’s too late to use up the leftover Thanksgiving turkey because Christmas is just around the corner.
Mom’s Turkey Soup
Heather Christo always has beautifully photographed dishes, and this vegan roasted butternut squash soup is no exception. This serving is garnished with coconut cream and fresh chives. And remember, Heather’s recipes are always deliciously allergen free.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
From Gura at Cooking Without Limits I can offer you something different, packed with ‘superfoods’ ~ a sweet potato soup with ginger. I have to try this, and maybe I can persuade my friend in Southern California to try making this recipe too.
Sweet Potato Soup with Ginger
Finally for this week, from House and Garden Magazine we have this smashing collection of easy soup recipes, including this Indian chickpea soup. I love Indian food, (that’s Asian Indian, not Native American). I also love all these recipe collections I’m finding for you.
Indian Chickpea Soup.
A very big thanks to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday
Except this isn’t Friday, it’s the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I wanted to post some ideas for Thanksgiving dishes before this Thursday, and give you time to go to the store. These are mostly desserts and booze, with a few other interesting things thrown in.
As Thanksgiving falls in the Autumn, (hahahahaha, a little English humour there), apples feature quite heavily in these recipes. Accordingly I’d like to remind you of Food on Friday # 48, which is all about apples and includes a few ideas I think could be super for Thanksgiving. (What do I know, we don’t do Thanksgiving in England.)
So, first up this week is a great recipe for a desert, or for something to have in the evening, or on Friday. From Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, we have this delicious looking apple pear pie. And if that wasn’t tasty enough we have Andrea’s favourite Thanksgiving dishes for 2016.
Apple Pear Pie
Also from Andrea, how about this fabulous autumn drink ~ apple pear cider.
Apple Pear Cider
This is a decliciously cute recipe from Jacelyn Delk Adams at Grandbaby Cakes, a site I haven’t featured before, caramel apple cheesecake. Doesn’t it look fabulous?
Caramel Apple Cheesecake
From Heather Christo, one of her gorgeous looking dishes, with one of her trademark very long names; pumpkin caramel and chocolate ganache tart with potato chip coconut crust. Heather says this recipe is both vegan and gluten free.
Pumpkin Caramel and Chocolate Ganache Tart
Autumn Sangria with Apples Pomegranate and Figs
Another drink, this time from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest; pomegranate ginger paloma. As well as tequila this recipe uses honey, fresh ginger, and mint leaves. Nice, but make mine without the tequila. If that wasn’t enough, from bon appetit we have a collection of 25 Thanksgiving cocktail and drink recipes. Jeez.
Pomegranate Ginger Paloma
Finally for this week, something that no Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner would be complete without; the stuffing. From Elise at Simply Recipes we have a sausage, sage, and cornbread stuffing recipe, (we don’t get cornbread in England).
Sausage Sage and Cornbread Stuffing
If all that wasn’t enough, Country living has 37 recipes for your best Thanksgiving stuffing ever, including this slow cooker cranberry pecan stuffing from one of my favourite cooks, Chungah at Damn Delicious.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Pecan Stuffing
a great big thank you to all of the cool cooks
featured in this Tuesday version of Food on Friday
Brussels Sprouts are one of those vegetables which should be much better liked than it is ~ it’s a superfood packed with nutrients and health-giving trace elements. In England we typically only serve brussels sprouts at Christmas, but I guess that in the USA they are a popular side dish at Thanksgiving.
At Thanksgiving and Christmas you need all the oven space you can get, so first up this week we have a crockpot dish. From Chungah at Damn Delicious we have slow cooker balsamic brussels sprouts, and while this may take 4 hours to cook, it only takes 10 minutes to prepare.
Slow Cooker Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
Next from the lovely Southern California girl Averie, at Averie Cooks, we have another slant on balsamic brussels sprouts ~ roasted this time. This is a 35 minute dish, so it will cook while the turkey is resting.
Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Here’s something fun and very different from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest; nutty wild rice & shredded brussels sprouts stuffed mini pumkins. This dish may persuade even the hardest die hard brussels sprouts hater to try the damn things.
Nutty Wild Rice and Shredded Brussels Sprouts Stuffed Mini Pumpkins
Another roasted brussels sprouts recipe, this time from Andrea at Cooking With A Wallflower; teriyaki glazed roasted brussels sprouts. Andrea says this is only a 15 minute dish, so it’s great if you’re pressed for time.
Teriyaki Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Another interest in recipe, from Cooking Up The Pantry, brussels sprouts with chorizo and red onion. Add some garlic and you have a really powerful dish.
Brussels Sprouts with Chorizo and Red Onion
Or, you could just boil your brussels sprouts and add a little butter. This is a very simple recipe from Epicurious.
Buttered Brussels Sprouts
Finally for this week, from Cooking at the New York times we have their 17 best brussels sprouts recipes for Thanksgiving, including this 45 minute dish of roasted brussels sprouts with garlic by Mark Bittman. One thing’s for certain, this dish is going to make you stink a little bit.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic
A very big thank you
to all the great cooks
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Food on Friday
Are they shrimp, or prawns? It all depends on where you come from.
Some of you may know that I’m working to be much fitter and healthier than I used to be, and part of that programme involves eating better. Resolved:
- Plan more interesting meals drawing on cuisines from all around the world.
- Buy only fresh, organic, or wild caught produce ~ when I can get it.
- Add more seafood to my menu.
I’m not the world’s best when it comes to seafood, so I’m going to start with some easier dishes.
Shrimp / prawns are usually easy recipes, but I’d almost always get them shelled and deveined ~ it’s a pain in the ass otherwise.
First up this week, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, a dish that can satisfy all three of my healthy diet criteria. Brazilian inspired honey garlic butter shrimp. This 30 minute dish uses cilantro, jalapeno, and coconut milk. I think my friend in Orange county will like this. Tieghan has served this with fried yellow plantains ~ not really my cup of tea, I may choose stir fry celery instead. (Jeez, I’ve failed on my first resolution already….)
Brazilian Inspired Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp
Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes has really easy 10 minute dish that is perfect for a midweek dinner, and will make a great basis for a salad to take to work the following day, (or day after that). So; ginger sesame garlic shrimp ~ serve with rice, noodles, or a salad, or in my case stir fry vegetables.
Ginger Sesame Garlic Shrimp
Heather Christo always makes fabulous looking salads, and this southwestern chipotle shrimp salad is making my mouth water. This is a 30 minute dish, and you should make enough so that there’s some to take to work for lunch the following day.
Southwestern Chipotle Shrimp Salad
This is a great dish for using up stuff you have in your refrigerator / freezer. From California girl Averie at Averie Cooks; Szechuan shrimp stir fry with fried rice. Look this is a dead easy recipe that should take you 15 minutes from start to finish.
Szechuan Shrimp Stir Fry with Fried Rice
This classic dish from Andrea at Cooking With A Wallflower, is found in many Chinese restaurants; salt and pepper shrimp. This is so easy, and you should have it and its side dish of rice or noodles ready in 25 minutes.
Salt and Pepper Shrimp
This is a seriously delicious dish from Pennsylvania girl Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is; Thai coconut curry shrimp noodle bowls. I really like the look of this recipe, which should take you about 35 minutes to make.
Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp Noodle Bowls
From lovely Chungah at Damn Delicious we have this sweet and spicy dish of honey orange firecracker shrimp. This 30 minute recipe would be great as a party dish, or to serve with rice or noodles as a lighter dinner.
Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp
Easy Thai Shrimp Soup
Thank you ever so much to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday,