For the night is dark and full of terrors. So I'm still not over Game of Thrones but I used that quote to describe this week's weather here in Oklahoma. While we had storms I made my brussel sprouts because I'm dedicated to this! Also, I drank wine so I was mellow af during the tornado.
If I have a favorite brussel sprouts recipe it's this bad mama jama from the New York Times:
I've made this a few times over the years and experimented with it. Mainly with seasoning. But at the end of the day the original recipe is still my favorite.
My photos don't do it justice at all.
But this dish is fire!
We love Brussel Sprouts in our house, but I have to admit that this was a failure. Paula Deen has been my reliable source of recipe ideas for brussels since Thanksgiving dinner umpteen years ago. In fact, I hated brussels until I discovered her Teriyaki Brussels with Shallots roasted in the oven. The whole family craves them. I tried something new this week with a soy sauce - honey glaze, and it wasn't the same. It actually seemed like the brussels boiled in the juice at 425F for 15 minutes. They came out with awkwardly chewy stems and very soft leaves versus a crisp but tender texture. I wish I had the online recipe for Paula Deen's Brussels, but I cannot find it. Nowadays, I try to make them from memory.
I think brussel sprouts are my new favorite veggie. Roasted..
No special recipe for this week.
Just brussel sprouts, carrots & onions. A pinch of salt, black pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar glaze..
Roasted in a 350 oven for about a half hour.
How good are brussel sprouts?
I'm pretty sure this is our second go round with them. Yes.. They ARE just that delish.
Until next week,
Amy, Nikita, Georgia & Jen
If you haven’t noticed by now, my theme choices revolve around something I need to use up, and/or something I got a good deal on! I’ve had a big can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) in the pantry for a while, so I figured this challenge would get me to use them. I’ve used chickpeas to make hummus before, which is probably what I had in mind when I bought them. I already have some pre-made hummus in the fridge, so I wanted to do something different. Google lead me to a recipe for chickpea nuggets!
I used ground up italian croutons to coat mine. The recipe made around 2 dozen nuggets. They were pretty easy to make, and I really liked them. Delicious with bbq sauce. Yum.
One of my favorite "go to" meals is beans on toast. It's rare that I prepare it the same way twice. But I shall share my general recipe:
Beans on Toast
One can of baked beans
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon honey
Bread of choice(white actually works best), toasted
Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon ( I usually use 2 slices, chopped) and cook until crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the onions and reduce heat to medium. Cook the onions with the bacon until they are soft, 5 to 6 minutes more. Stir in the baked beans. Heat the beans through, then reduce the heat to low. Season with black pepper.
Combine the softened butter with the honey, then spread the mixture evenly on the toasted bread. Serve the beans with honey-buttered toast.
y Beans beans.....good for the heart! The more you eat 'em, the longer you live! Pinto beans happen to be one of the most nutrient- dense foods on the planet. Now, I did load these beans up with bacon and other delicious ingredients. This recipe took about an hour to make and simmer, and it got better every single day it sat in the fridge. We first ate them with some roasted hot dogs. Don't Judge: I'm single-parenting our child at the moment while my husband starts his new career with a trip to Central America. I needed something easy. Then I ate a bowl of baked beans 3 days later. Just beans. The lunch was incredibly filling because these pinto beans are a fabulous source of protein. This morning, I wanted a brunchy kind of snack and fried an egg on top of baked beans. The. Best. Snack. Ever. The gooey yolk oozed over the baked beans which were sweet after sitting in the sauce for a week. Give the recipe a try if you are looking for a versatile side dish to use all week long.
I made this earlier in the week and almost forgot what I made. Not that it wasn't delish.. Just a lot has happened between here and there. This recipe just called for the chicken and the green beans. i added the white beans just for the heck of it. My initial thought was "I wonder how the white beans are going to taste with the lemon".
The answer.. Not bad, not bad.The beans also added a creaminess to it too.
Beans are so versatile. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and even as a snack.
Jen, Amy, Nikita and Georgia
We had friends over for dinner last weekend. Spaghetti & meatballs are always a fan favorite. So I made Randy's grandfathers famous meatballs, served with sourdough garlic bread and salad
What makes the meatballs so special. A blend of ground beef and ground Italian sausage. Whatever herbs and spices. But the king Kamehameha, make small meatballs and roll them in flour before browning (that's the real secret). After they a browned on all sides, I let them simmer in my favorite spaghetti sauce. Served over your favorite pasta
Fun fact. I forgot to take a pic of dinner. This was the leftovers
I have been inadvertently missing the last couple weeks…I took pictures, and then was distracted by other things and forgot to send them. Sigh.
For this week, I made a pasta casserole. Every time I make one of these it’s different than the last since I use whatever ingredients I have on hand. This week it was pasta shells, ground beef, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, roasted red peppers, garlic, onion, and salt. I cooked everything stove top, put it in an 9x13 casserole dish topped with cheese, then broiled it in the oven until it looked done. Tasty. Two thumbs up from the whole family.
And now I’m going to bombard you all with my last two weeks!
Busy weeknight dinner – breaded pork chops with peas and grapes. Thin cut cooks pretty fast while the frozen peas cook in the microwave. Win.
Easter – we celebrated at my brother’s house and had a wonderful ham dinner with various sides including my famous cheesy potato casserole. Note that my younger daughter is egg hunting with a trick-or-treat bucket. Whatever works, right? 😊 And check out this picture I took of my older daughter in the hammock while we were there. I know I am biased, but I love it. I texted it to her Grandma, also biased, who immediately printed and framed it!
Next week is my choice…let’s hope I actually send in my dish! In the meantime, I hope everyone has a lovely Mother’s Day!!
For some odd reason I received Georgia's email a day late. So I ended up throwing together this simple soup that I love. Perfect timing because we're experiencing a cold front at the moment. And this is one of those recipes where you almost always have the ingredients on hand. Pantry staples.
Charlie Brigham Soup
Nikita and family spent the past few days at Disneyland where her son performed with his schools band.
Guess who scored gold?
What a fun week.
Pasta, catching up, making the most with what we have, scoring gold
Every moment was very real.
No pretense. Just life
Until next week,
Georgia, Jen, Amy & Nikita
On any given week night I usually make a one pan meal. Some kind of meat and veggies. This week I made this Parmesan crusted chicken with broccoli and onions. I love chicken prepared this way because it locks in the juices, making a moist and delicious chicken. Other than grilled everything this might be my favorite way to prepare a meal
There are truly thousands of quick and easy meals you can make in your very own kitchen. Amy & I are very happy to share two very different recipes.
Until next week,
Nikita, Georgia, Jen & Amy
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