Curried Lentils

Another Julia Tershen delight.

This turned out absolutely flavorful and delicious. I think it’s the ginger plus toasting the spice in the beginning. It also comes together pretty fast, you just have to let the lentils cook for a while but that’s hands off.

I made a huge batch with a mix of red and green lentils and threw in all of the veggies in my fridge since I’m about to leave on a trip. Having it with yogurt is worth it. Yum!

Braised Chicken and Leeks

Julia Turshen, Small Victories.

This chicken was juicy delicious and the recipe is super versatile (with suggestions for alterations in the book). I would make it again for sure.

But, it did take forever–butchering, seasoning, and browning the chicken probably took a good 45 minutes (brown in 2 batches with 8 minutes for each side = 32 mins of browning), then you have to cook for another 30 minutes. I might try just using skin on breast or thighs next time to skip the butchering part. Though there is something satisfying about using a whole chicken.

It also suuuuper smoked up my apartment, I had to open a bunch of windows. Make sure to close the bedroom door to cut down on your clothes smelling like chicken the next morning:)

Finally, it all comes out a bit brown since the chicken is brown and the leeks go from green to brown during the cooking process. I added in some carrots, but some more color would be nice. Something to think about.

Cold Noodles with Miso, Lime, and Ginger

I loved this! So refreshing but also filling. The most time is taken up preparing the veggies.
Next time:

1. Double the sauce recipe.
2. Veggies: added 2 shredded zucchini, a cucumber, and shaved carrots
3. Ribboned Omelet: This was surprisingly easy and delicious. Though after 4 days I think the salad was past its prime from the eggs, so eat this up sooner.
4. Could add in some crunch: toasted sesame seeds, roasted peanuts, etc.

cold noodles with miso, lime and ginger
sesame soba and ribboned omelet salad

3 Ingredient Stovetop Mac & Cheese

Delicious and so fast! And you can throw in whatever veggies you have lying around. I used up some green pepper and cauliflower I had, plus added some frozen peas.
1. Double the recipe. It only makes 2 servings.
2. If using, heat up and add frozen peas at the end. If you add them frozen to the mac and cheese, they get overcooked and turn a gross green color. For leftovers, just add the frozen peas directly to the tupperware containers.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2017/01/3-ingredient-stovetop-mac-and-cheese-recipe.html

Chicken Pelau

From Small Victories, page 176.

This was awesome! It turns into a thick, flavorful, and delicious rice and chicken dish. I didn’t have sweet paprika so I used smoked, and I also added in some cauliflower that I sauteed with the rest of the veggies (you can add a whole standard size cauliflower, it’s not too much). Yum! And I use butter beans because I couldn’t find black eye peas.

Baked Cauliflower and Farro

Wow, this was incredibly delicious! It’s also very easy to make, though it took me about an hour start to finish. It’s easy to prep as you go, chopping the cauliflower while the (quick cooking) farro is cooking, grating the cheese while the cauliflower is sauteing, etc. Also, I made it all in the large stainless steel skillet. A few more notes:

1. I added some chopped spinach and white beans.
2. Cut back on the salt. I added some to the cauliflower while it was sauteing, and some of the caper juice ended up in the dish, so maybe avoid doing that next time but keep the same amount of salt the recipe calls for.

crusty baked cauliflower and farro

Sweet Potato, Cabbage, Orange, and Pomegranate Salad

Yum! I think this has potential if you change the proportions a bit.

More oranges, cabbage, and dressing, less sweet potato. Also I used a whole pomegranate and I shredded the sweet potato because nobody got time to julienne.Make sure to chop the cabbage a bit so the pieces aren’t so long.

Would be great to take to a party, as it’s sturdy and keeps in the fridge for up to 5 days.

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-shredded-cabbage-and-sweet-potato-slaw-239541?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=tracking&utm_campaign=inline-img-share

Smoky Sweet Potato Black Bean Casserole

Wow! This was incredibly delicious and satisfying. It was also pretty easy to make, and made a lot of food. Would definitely make again.

Yes, it probably would have been even better with smoked mozzarella as the recipe implores you to buy over smoked gouda, but smoked gouda was all I could find and it was still amazingly yummy. I couldn’t find smoked mozzarella, so…

It is also very packed with flavor like a curry, so I would recommend eating it with rice or some other grain.

I also did a can of fire-roasted tomatoes and a can half non-fire roasted, and it was just the right level of heat for me. Two cans of fire roasted would have been too much.

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-smoky-sweet-potato-amp-black-bean-casserole-239326?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=tracking&utm_campaign=inline-img-share