Mulled Wine

Delicious and easy! And thanks to the Best World Market, the spices were easy to buy and very cheap. I followed the recipe exactly except for substituting dark rum for the brandy since that’s what I had lying around.

Mulled Wine

Weeknight Meals

Sometimes, especially on weeknights, I need to cook but I don’t really want to think much about it and I want it to go relatively fast. And I want leftovers for lunch and dinner the next day. Here is a list of recipes I’ve made before (less thinking) that are fast. Perfect for weeknights. Hopefully more to come!

Creamy Zucchini Fettucine
Shrimp Pasta with White Wine Sauce
Simple Chickpea Curry – also easy to make in the wok if using chicken
Tostadas with Smoky Sweet Corn Hummus
Simple Carrot Soup
Sweet Potatoes and Spinach Chilaquiles
Thai Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Pasta with Spinach and Italian Sausage
One Pan Farro with Tomatoes (use quick cooking farro)

Guava and Cream Cheese Stuffed Muffins

So close to perfect! I know I’ll nail it next time.

1. Use the smitten kitchen blueberry muffin batter.

2. MORE guava! I added small squares of guava paste to the middle, but I was pretty conservative because I worried the paste would leak out and burn. But I could have added MUCH more, so I will next time!

3. Guava paste is probably the stickiest ingredient I’ve ever worked with.

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/08/perfect-blueberry-muffins/

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic

This is probably the best broccoli I’ve ever tasted. Very easy dish, too! Goes great with roasted chicken drumsticks, delicious and the oven does double duty.

1. Used the immersion blender and its measuring cup to blend the dressing. I had to add a little bit of water for there to be enough liquid to blend, but this was no problem.

2. Just a touch too salty. I may have used the wrong measuring spoon, but next time I’ll try using just a little less.

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-garlicky-roasted-broccoli-quick-side-dish-recipes-from-the-kitchn-199310

Update: Tried with frozen green beans and it was delicious! But don’t leave them in too long, I overcooked them one time and they came out really bitter.

Update: Tried with frozen broccoli and it turn out mushy and gross.

Update: Don’t add too much water to the mixture to avoid adding excess moisture to the roasting process. A small splash is enough. Also, rough chop the larger pieces of garlic, there always seems to be a least one that doesn’t want to blend.