Sheet pan turkey sausage and roasted vegetables. 5/15/20

Hot out of the oven!

I really like making these sheet pan dinners. Roasting vegetables makes them delicious and the clean-up is as easy as crumpling up the piece of aluminum foil you cooked them on. To start cut up your vegetables and put them in a large bag or bowl, add olive oil and salt, and toss them to coat. Put the harder vegetables such as potatoes and carrots in a 425F oven and give them a 10 minute head start. Then spread the rest on the sheet pan and let it cook for another 20 minutes. Test for doneness. Serve with mustard sauce.

The mustard sauce consists of Dijon mustard, chopped parsley, minced onion, and lemon juice. I added a little water and some yellow mustard because we like sauce!

A plateful of goodness!

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Shrimp, rice, bok choy with oyster sauce 5/14/20

Sautéed shrimp is simple to make. White rice is easily prepared. Stir fried bok choy only takes around five minutes to cook. What makes this simple, easy dish delectable? It is the sauce comprised of oyster sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and a pinch of sugar. The first time I made the sauce just for the bok choy but now I prepare extra because it is equally tasty on the rice and shrimp!

Sautéed shrimp, white rice, and bok choy with oyster sauce

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Rotini with mushroom/meat sauce. 5/13/20

Just looking at this bowl of pasta makes me happy! Even though I only allowed myself two ounces of pasta and two ounces of meat, the small pieces of mushroom mimicked the meat, and the sauce was plentiful and delicious. All the credit goes to John who made the sauce while I was Zooming with my sisters who live in Florida. I gave him a few pointers on what to do and then he just ran with it. I wish I could eat this dinner at least three nights a week!

Fabulous pasta with a mushroom and meat sauce


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Spicy chicken yassa. 5/12/20

I got this West African recipe by Alexa Weibel from the NYTimes Cooking site. It turned out to involve a lot of steps, a lot of pots and pans, and too spicy for me. First you marinate the chicken, then you grill it, and then you sort of braise it in a pot full of sautéed onions, peppers, chiles, garlic, and ginger. It wasn’t that it was blazingly hot but the spice from the Serrano chile and the ginger just obliterated my tasting anything else. John made some rice to go with it and I cooked some zucchini. John hopes we will try it a second time but there would need to be a lot of modifications for me to want to make it again.

Chicken yassa with rice and zucchini

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Busy cooking days! 5/10 and 5/11/20

First I made some soup, lentil and vegetables. Why? Mostly because I had collard greens that were on their last legs in the crisper. I made it my usual way—sauté onions and garlic, add the celery and carrots, then the picked over and rinsed lentils and some stock. While things are cooking I add the hardest vegetables first and end up with chiffonade of collard greens. I am madly chopping while the soup is burbling. All the chopping and cooking should be finished at the same time.

Lentil and vegetables soup

This soup will last for several lunches this week. It is so good and so healthy. But there is dinner to be made for Sunday night and it is an easy one, BFD, breakfast for dinner! Eggs! Snausage (veggie breakfast patty)! Pita! Salad!

Scrambled eggs with crumbled snausage in a pita with a green salad

Finally it is Monday and I need a little break from cooking. We heat up some of the basmati rice and Chana dal from last week, serve it on top of spinach, and cook some broccoli as a side. Easy, not much clean up, and very tasty!

Chana dal with basmati rice, spinach, and broccoli

Now I am ready for something new. West African chicken Yassa tomorrow!

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😷 Weekly Menu. 5/10-16/20

We are trying a new recipe this week, spicy chicken yassa, a West African dish with lots of onion, lime, and spicy chiles. Otherwise, the menu has comfort favorites like pasta with meat sauce and seared scallops. I am excited to make this week’s menu!

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Split chickpeas with spinach and basmati rice. 5/9/20

It looks as though I was trying to match the split chickpeas to the rice! Good job, me! I guess what happened is that both recipes included turmeric. I made the split chickpeas (Chana dal) in the Instant Pot and the rice was a leftover from last week. I put a layer of spinach in the bowls first, then the rice and chickpeas, and finished with a garnish of lime juice and cilantro.

Chana dal with basmati twice and spinach

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