Cook’s notes: Here is a selection of recipes from other cooks that I tried out — these are good, no changes needed. Go to the original site, linked below, for the recipe and to see their photos.
Beets and Greens (link)
As the orginal recipe writer said, “This is a great way to use every part of the fresh beets you buy. You can get two delicious side dishes out of this one vegetable.” Sautee the greens in olive oil with 2 crushed garlic cloves and salt and pepper. Finish with maple vinegar to keep the greens from getting too bitter.
Chinese Chicken Coleslaw Stir Fry (link)
We had a bag of shredded cabbage, and I wanted to make something besides coleslaw. This is an easy weeknight dinner from The Weary Chef blog. Leftovers taste great the next day. We served this over steam-in-bag frozen brown rice pilaf, to get a few more veggies in.
Parmesan-crusted Tilapia (link)
I’m learning to cook more varieties of fish. This one has a light cheese coating. Serve with rice and broccoli.
Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Truffles (link)
Made for me by a coworker; the coconut flavor really comes through in a nice way. Delicious!
Roasted sausages (link)
Jamie Oliver has a great recipe for roasted sausages on a rack — it took more than 20 minutes in our oven, but this is a very easy recipe. As he says, “You don’t have to worry too much about browning them on all sides as you can let the oven do the work and you don’t need to keep turning them.” Just roast them until they are no longer pink inside.
Rosemary Garlic Chicken Rub (link)
We used the “All-Purpose Spice Rub” recipe with 4 teaspoons rosemary and 2 teaspoons oregano (instead of 3 teaspoons each) to make Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker — it’s an incredible blend of flavors. I also tried this rub on the Simple Bone-in Turkey Breast with a 2.5 lb turkey breast.
- 4 teaspoons dried rosemary
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Menu: Rosemary Garlic Chicken, steamed sweet potatoes (made in microwave), Beets and Greens (link above) made with maple vinegar and diced apple, blanched green beans
Spaghetti squash in the microwave (link)
Very simple, didn’t heat up the whole house, and this method is quite clever. It doesn’t require you to set the two halves side by side: “cook any size spaghetti squash in half the usual space and doesn’t require plastic wrap at all.”
Trader Joe’s Albondigas (Meatball Soup) based on chowhound discussion (link)
Combine in a saucepan: 1 box (32 oz.) low-sodium chicken broth; 1 jar salsa (12 to 16 oz., any flavor); 1 can (15 oz.) black beans with their juice, do not rinse; and 1 bag frozen turkey meatballs. Simmer until meatballs are heated through. Cut meatballs into 8 pieces and return to soup. Serve hot with shredded cheese and tortilla chips. Optional garnish: diced avocado and lime wedges.