Random noodles 

This dreary weather pattern is getting to me Boston! We are on what feels like week 1000 of dark skies and endless rain. Where is summer, New England?! The only positives of this dreariness are: my students are not distracted in the slightest from preparing for their finals and the last days of schools (to be honest I don’t think they really realize that summmer vacation begins in F O U R days!) and my yard is so green and lush it feels like we live in an arboretum. It for sure does not feel like summer and so my stomach is craving all the cozy carbs of winter.


Inspired by Sarah Waldman’s singapore noodles, but lacking any of the ingredients for it, I made random noodles tonight and damn were they good! I started by boiling some chopped broccoli and asparagus for 4 minutes and then added rice noodles to the mix and removed from the heat for 8 minutes, drained and doused with cold water. Meanwhile back in the pot, I added about a tablespoon of sesame oil and brown sugar and stirred over medium heat. Adding the noodle mix back in, I added a tablespoon or a little more of oyster sauce and chili paste and a few sprinkles of fish sauce and mixed well over medium high heat. To finish it off, I added an egg and beat into the mix. It was so so so so good! I went back for seconds…and thirds 

Cauliflower fried rice

In an attempt to refocus my nutrition and to keep mealtime simple because life, I tried a pantry cleaning fried rice minus the rice. It was surprisingly delicious and definitely going to be another recipe in our rotation.


So what did I do?

It is probably going to be a little different everytime but here was this version:

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil with a tablespoon of minced garlic.  Brown the the garlic. Add  in a pound of ground chicken. Cook through. Add two eggs and scramble quickly. Add in chopped scallions, diced carrots, peas, and bok choy. Cook until these vegetable look softened. Add in the riced cauliflower and salt and pepper to taste. Cook another 3-4 minutes. Add soy sauce. I added about 2 tablespoons. Enjoy!

Post winter hibernation 


Every year it hits me! My winter blues and carb-overloading shift as the weather becomes tinged with the tiniest bit of springtime. I woke up this morning feel like I could smell spring and rolled my car windows down and knew that the 37 I felt rushing in was the beginning of this new season.

A new season always makes me feel like I can tackle a new challenge. This season, I am bringing back healthful foods because to be honest I miss them! I like eating my fruits and veggies but when the ground is covered in feet of snow I inevitably feel like I only have time to make pasta and bathtubs full of it!

Today I kissed winter and carbs goodbye and did a little meal prep to keep this momentum going into my first week back to work from spring break. Dinner tonight was chicken lettuce wraps and breakfast tomorrow will be a yummy broccoli and spinach frittata. I have some cold brew in the frig for morning too and am kissing my Starbucks addiction good bye too! Fresh starts here all around 

Take 1lb ground chicken, 1tbsp soy sauce, 1tbsp hoisin sauce, 2 tbspoon watwr, 1 tsp olive oil, 3 diced scallions and 2 shredded carrots and mix up together in a skillet and serve in some Boston Bibb! Easy peasey 

5 ingredient white chili 

I always hate cooking the night before in order to have a dinner ready for the next day when we all race home for the evening hustle. But when I walk through that door carrying my weight in random work and daycare bags and heave two kids up the stairs, I am grateful that that dinner is ready to go.

Meal planning is not always easy but it sure does make a difference. Without a plan, I end up paying around $200 a week for groceries because I take a little bit of this and that and inevitably make impulse, hungry purchases. With a planned list is in hand that corresponds exactly to our weekday dinners, the final charge is more like $120! 

This recipe was on this last week’s meal plan and it was pretty darn good and easy. As a crockpot meal, you toss in: 1.5lb of chicken, 2 cans of drained and washed white beans, 2 cups of salsa verde, 2 cups of chicken broth and then set to low for 6 hours. We served it with fresh squeezed lime and avocado and some sour cream would have been a nice addition too! 

Lentil Curry Soup


Do you ever want to give your past self a big hug?

I made a massive pot of lentil curry soup over the weekend and today I want to give that Melissa hug because leftovers!

Tonight David has some late meetings which means I have most of the evening shift alone with the kiddos and the last thing I want to attempt during the post-work-bedtime-hustle is cooking dinner. Plating it will be hard enough but I am so happy to have it ready and waiting once we get home tonight. And it was quick to make and delicious. Owen was crazy for it and Henry was too. David asked where is the meat?

Saute a diced potato, a diced sweet potato, a diced onion, tablespoon of curry powder, salt, and pepper. Add in a cup of green lentils and 5 cups of broth. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20-25 minutes. Add in some Kale and serve! It cannot get much easier than that.

 

Hoisin Cod

I have not posted a recipe in SOOOOOOOOO long.

I am not sure why either.

I apologize.

We made this tonight and it was so delicious. We paired it with some coconut rice and sautéed  broccoli and bok choy. And since life these days is busy, the recipe is super simple:

sprinkle cod with salt and pepper. Add diced scallions and olive oil to a pan. Saute for a few minutes then lower the heat to medium and lay the cod down. Top the cod with diced garlic and after about 4 minutes flip the cod, drizzle with 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of honey. Stir the sauce around the cod, cook the cod for another 4 minutes on that side then flip one more time to make sure to coat fish in the sauce and plate!

Coffee and Brown Sugar Grilled Skirt Steak

It’s summertime and the grill is open for business!

Since moving into our house 4 years ago, we have slowly built up our grill repertoire to be expanded beyond the standard hamburger and hot dogs. Adulting can be a slog sometimes but when you end the week with a cool evening breeze and the grill fired up, it feels pretty sweet!  Since the start of the warmer temps, we have already made this recipe a handful of times. I just love this rub because it is super easy and flavorful. Henry GOBBLES up a massive portion of it every time and we never seem to have leftovers. So it seemed appropriate to finally add it to the blog and recipe list since I think this will be a family classic now.

We serve it up with some grilled okra and asparagus!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. finely ground espresso coffee (not instant)
  • 1/4 c. dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. five-spice powder
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 lb. skirt steak, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

Heat grill to high.

Combine coffee, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, white pepper, five-spice powder, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.

Remove steak from refrigerator and let come to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Rub steak with oil, and sprinkle with rub. Massage rub into meat.

Grill until charred and medium-rare, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board, cover with foil and let rest 5 minutes before thinly slicing at an angle. Serve immediately.