We’re super fortunate to have a little 16-month-old who is obsessed with umami flavors. As a consequence we’re leaning into mushrooms and Brussels sprouts now that the temperature is attempting to change for the fall. This recipe was an easy combination of protein and vegetables (and fungi) that made leftovers for a few days. Otto went crazy for the sprouts and mushrooms, and we’re getting ready to make another large batch to keep him healthy and strong. We know you’re going to like this—enjoy!
It’s October and even though the weather is fluctuating between “normal” fall weather and summer temperatures, I have the autumn spirit. Our local grocery stores have all kinds of fall produce, from gourds and pumpkins to beets and turnips. I couldn’t resist the “pie pumpkins,” also known as sugar pumpkins. But I wanted to do something savory with them.
After perusing the fresh produce area, I decided to make a mash-up bake with a rainbow of vegetables along with uncooked chicken breast that we had leftover in the fridge from something else. It not only looks beautiful, it tastes good. The overall flavor is very earthy and savory, but the pumpkin and beets give a light sweetness while thyme adds a slightly bright note. We hope you enjoy it!
Sometimes, we’re really organized and batch cook on Sunday for the whole week. Most weeks, though, we are lucky to get enough food cooked on the weekend to get us through Monday. The rest of the week is a bit of a scramble. So, if I want us to have dinner as a family, before Otto goes to bed, I need something super quick and easy.
This recipe is just that—and it’s also fairly economical. We love the bags of frozen vegetables at Costco (this week, we got the stir fry blend). The bags of raw, frozen shrimp are also much more affordable than buying shrimp fresh or even defrosted at the regular grocery store. The rest of this recipe consists of things we always have in the pantry.
I tossed it together tonight half hoping it would be good and that Otto would eat it, and half feeling fairly confident because “who screws up stir fry, right?”. Otto did enjoy it as did Brent and I. We hope you will, too!
Several years ago, for Christmas, my parents got us a tagine and a beautiful cast-iron trivet. We’ve long enjoyed cooking from India and the Middle East, and this gift was a great excuse to try more styles of cuisine at home. This recipe is a spicy chicken thigh recipe that is easy and delicious. The covered vessel traps flavors and moisture in the tagine and makes for some ridiculously tender meat—swap out chicken for goat or another tougher meat, and I think you’d still have an amazing entree.
We hope you’ll enjoy this spicy treat. If you’re not a big fan of spice, feel free to cut down on the chili paste by 1/2.
Brent brought home two packages of Campari tomatoes from Costco last weekend. We planned to use some in one meal but Brent bought more than needed because we both enjoy eating Campari tomatoes as a snack (yes, sometimes I eat them like small apples). That said, we somehow managed to get through the week without eating most of them. So, this weekend, I asked Brent to make a salad with them to serve along side burgers when we had friends for lunch on Saturday.
The salad he crafted is simple but packed with great flavor. It’s light and refreshing, but the meaty-ness of the Campari tomatoes makes it very satiating. It was so good, I had him make again on Sunday so I could eat it again. You can serve it as a side or mix in a protein (such as shredded chicken) to make it an entree in and of itself. The salad will be tasty right away, but letting it rest a while in the fridge helps the flavors meld and develop. We hope you enjoy this salad as much as our friends and we did!