Before I get started on the pantry recipe I just wanted to share with you that Random House Books has a free pantry cookbook you can download to preview their cookbooks coming out this spring. It has many wonderful recipes and they all looked pretty easy to make. I have included the link if you want to check it out. (Not trying to advertise, just trying to provide another resource to get through the quarantine.)
I made the Slow Cooker Quinoa Burrito Bowls by Rachel Mansfield from the book. Instead of making bowls we made them into actual burritos. We added in a drained can of corn and a drained can of black beans the last hour of cooking. Simple to make and the recipe comes with a stovetop method if you don’t have a slow cooker. Family enjoyed it. There were leftovers for lunch the next day. I will admit, I have no idea how to take an appetizing photo of a burrito. I just really wanted to eat it. Sorry for the lengthy entry this week.
Quarantined in Michigan,
Pantry Recipes is a perfect challenge given the state of the world at the moment. We've been living in "quarantine for the last three weeks. The two trips I'm allowed to make is to the grocery store and to walk the dogs. Because we weren't sure what the future looked like, we stocked up on roots vegetables and dried goods. But today, I snuck out to a "magazin," aka small locally-owned market, and stumbled onto some kale. My first kale sighting since moving to Bulgaria. My contribution is Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Black-Eyed Peas and Wilted Kale. This recipe comes from my Thug Kitchen cookbook which I rediscovered as I have been trying to find more ways to eat veggies. We need it to balance out all the baking I've been doing. 😏 This meal was smoky, spicy, and just slightly sweet.
This week for Mandy's food challenge we cooked the fridge. Well. We used up what we had.
Salad of course, leftover ham and hard boiled eggs. Made a quick dressing using olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, salt and pepper.
Not gonna lie. This might be one of my favorite salads.
There's a couple of ways you can approach this week's challenge.
Stuck in the house?
Bank account low?
Cook the Pantry or clean the fridge. A great opportunity for frugal creativity.
Until next week,
Mandy, Nikita, Amy, Georgia and Jen
This week I challenged everyone to use strawberries!
Originally I was planning on making strawberry pie, but with the whole coronavirus – social distancing – grocery store wiped out thing, I didn’t have all the resources I needed. I did have 1 pint of strawberries to work with, and a pre-made shortbread pie crust that was a bit crumbly. I decided to make a strawberry gelatin using Knox unflavored gelatine, hot water, sugar, crushed strawberries, red food coloring, and sliced strawberries. After it set, I broke up the pie crust as a topping. I don’t really know what to call it – maybe “strawberry disaster”, except that it was good. My husband said it was oddly satisfying. 😊
I shipped my donut pan from the US to Bulgaria and have been looking for a reason to make donuts. Strawberries make a beautifully sweet morning breakfast, and these come together in 30 mins. My only struggle is the powdered sugar here is not as fine as the powdered sugar in the US. I keep running into the problem that my icing or frosting is a bit grainy. I'm looking for suggestions to correct this because different brands of powdered sugar hasn't seemed to help. If you're stateside though, you shouldn't have any issues making this simple glaze. The donuts were soft, sweet, and a bit warm when I began to nom nom on my share. If you don't have a donut pan, do yourself a favor and buy one. They're like $7-ish. Well worth the money, then give this recipe a try.
Um.. I don' know. My salad looks healthy. Nikita and Jen know where it's at.
But. This salad was super yummy and very healthy for you.
Spinach / arugula mix/ avocado, sliced almonds, fresh strawberries and a homemade dressing
I used the rest of the strawberries on some scones. But you'll have to come back tomorrow for that
Strawberry disaster looks like a win to me. Strawberry donuts!! And strawberry salad. Sounds like a well balanced meal.
Until next week!
Jen, Amanda, Nikita, Amy and Georgia
Years ago I remember commercials for eggs. The incredible edible egg.
It's so versatile and just after mashed potatoes it's my go to comfort food
This past week I made this pasta frittata.
Fun fact. I made this pasta frittata with a puttanesca and can't find the recipe
Picked a simple frittata this week since grocery are scarce in our area. Not as pretty as the one on the recipe but close enough. Have a great week!
The incredible edible egg
Until next week,
Georgia, Jen, Amanda, Nikita and Amy
Warren Zevon has been on my mind. You know, Werewolves of London Warren Zevon. I wasn't thinking about his music ( Though he was so much more than a one hit wonder). What I was thinking about was his final appearance on Letterman. Warren was dying and David asked him if he had any words of wisdom to impart. Warren said, "Enjoy every sandwich.". And that's all I have to say!
Spicy Chicken Katsu Sandwich
From: Bon Appetite
The hubs and I were in So. Florida for the week for fun in the sun and the main event, my niece Ashley's wedding. It was an amazing time with friends and family, an opportunity to meet her now husband Sawyer and of course food.
Ran and I hit local eatin joint we could.
Pic on the left - We found this delish Cuban sandwich at a Cuban Bakery / Cafe in Homestead, FL
Pic on the right is something no one the name of . Also found in a Cuban Bakery / Cafe called Tulipan in North Palm Beach, FL. Here's my best description for it. The cake / cookie is very much like a thick moon pie, center is dulce de leche and of course covered in chocolate. Ran had his with a cup of Cuban cafe de leche. he said the combo was top notch
We did a build-your-own “sammich” dinner at our house! I set out an assortment of breads, deli meats, cheeses, and fresh toppings, then let each person create their own sandwich! I didn’t even have to fetch anyone for dinner…the smell of bacon brought them all in.
Jetta – marbled rye (toasted), ham, cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo
Jade – sourdough, turkey, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, mayo
Anthony – honey sliders – one with hot roast beef and cheddar, another with ham and bacon, and went back again and made a BLT.
Me – I copycatted Jade and Anthony. Theirs looked and smelled so good I didn’t want to create anything else!!
Nothing makes me happier than a good hearty sandwich! I made Fried Egg Banh Mi this week. Very easy to make and delicious. I was not really a fan of the fish sauce and mayo combination. It was all I could taste. I used mild pepper rings instead of jalapeños. Great dish to make during the week. When we make this again it will have less fish sauce.
Sammiches you say? I got this! About a month ago, Christopher began talking a BIG game about how he could make a better sammich than me. He's 14, and I've been waiting for these years where he "challenges my authority." *Cartman voice* Of course, I accepted his challenge, and the Hays' Household hosted its first ever Sammich Showdown. Long story short, I retain my crown. 👸🏻 Today, I rekindled that amazing sandwich. What really makes this one special is putting the Heinz Ketchup Ruffles directly onto the sammich to get that crunch in every bite. I've been putting chips *secret ingredient* on my sandwiches for as long as I can remember. Notice the two fur babies looking upon my meal with great food envy.
What an amazingly fun week everyone had. We all had very different sandwiches and added a pretty heavy dose of fun.
Until next week,
Amy, Georgia, Jen, Amanda & Nikita
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