For when you purchase those sweet little sweet peppers.
Roast 1# peppers in 425 degree oven for 20+ minutes. Fit in a snug vessel, toss with olive oil and salt, and then balsamic vinegar. Roast until wilted; remove and let cool. Remove stems. Thanks Alexandra!
Make a pasta sauce:
Sauté 1/2 onion, diced or semi-sliced, in olive oil. Add marjoram and cream and salt and reduce. Set aside.
Cook pasta — trumpets are good.
Meanwhile slice 1/2 # peppers. Mix into cream, adding more cream if too thick.
Toss together: pasta, cream sauce. Voila!
Ricotta with peppers.
Quinoa and peppers — cold salad
And here’s another idea to make a sauce with peppers and tomatoes.
If someone should give you a cooked steak to take home post-barbecue, this a nice way to see it again.
Lime juice — macerate red onions in this first
Fish sauce, same quantity as lime juice
Soy sauce (just a tad)
Ginger, finely grated
Sambal oelek — or other red pepper product for heat
Dash peanut oil
Red onions, sliced or diced — macerated in lime juice
Cooked beans, such as cannellini
Watercress, spinach or other greens such as lettuce
Red pepper, diced
peanuts, roasted and unsalted
Cold cooked steak, sliced
and Ellie Krieger
I am in the habit of occasionally buying boneless chicken breasts for a quick easy dinner. Even better I’m here to say: boneless thighs! Two advantages: (1) thighs offer greater flexibility in timing — they stay moist even if cooked longer than necessary, and (2) these are less hands-on and frankly, easier. You stick ’em in the oven and do something else for 20 minutes, though turning them 1/2 way through is a good idea.
You prepare marinade and stick chicken in and leave on the counter for 1/2 hour + while you empty the dishwasher and/or prepare side dishes, such as 1/2 hour brown rice in Instant Pot.
425 degree oven
Roast 20+ minutes to 165 degrees
Tent and rest 5-10 mins
Try to marinate for 1/2 hour on counter while you prepare other parts of meal.
Roast in oven 20 minutes, turning 1/2 way through. Take temperature — you want 165 degrees.
Serve with roasted asparagus — pour extra marinade over, and roast 15 mins.
Brown rice — pour on juice from cooked chicken pan. (Plan for over 1/2 hour for coming to pressure and letting pressure release naturally.)
Here’s another method from NY Times, adapted from Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby’s “Skewered Boneless Chicken thighs with sweet and pungent soy baste and spicy cashews,” from Let the Flames Begin
Preparing for a pot luck, I cooked some chick peas and then while the instant pot was doing its thing, I went outside to do some gardening and planting and cutting lilacs, and playing with the cat, and oh, planting a shrub. I came inside to find that the pot had reached its set 49 minutes oh, 27 minutes ago. Surely overcooked! I released the pressure and found the beans somewhat mushy and was immediately disappointed. Then I found this warm chick pea and spinach recipe that seemed like a good idea.
Then I was hungry and it being lunch time I thought: Hmm, freshly-cooked chick peas, I can serve myself some mushy beans. I went halfway with the ideas in that aforementioned recipe:
Spinach in a bowl sprinkled with olive oil and salt, topped with warm chick peas, to slightly wilt the spinach. Macerated some red onion in lemon juice, went outside and cut some chives; sprinkled beans with smoked paprika and then chives. Added cut up carrot, aforementioned onions, some feta and lots of olive oil and salt. Mmm.
Olive oil, spinach and beans are delicious. The subtle dark tone of smoked paprika sets off the flavor against the bright high-note lemon. I always like two familial flavors such as here red onions and chives. (I think next time I will macerate onions longer, and/or reduce quantity.)
chickpeas, 1 # cooked with 1 T salt & 1 garlic clove (49 minutes in my Instant Pot)
Red onion, cut into pieces, macerated in lemon juice for 2 – 4 minutes.
Smoked paprika (sweet)
carrots, 2 sliced
Roasted broccoli, y’all!
I have hitched my wagon to this roasted-vegetable train and am on board with most but broccoli just didn’t seem to work for me. It burned and yet did not soften.
Then into my life came wacky Tyler Kord — yes that’s a person’s name — the genius behind the No. 7 Sub shop on Broadway on the east side of Manhattan with the powerhouse deliciousness of the wacky broccoli sub. It has broccoli, lychee nuts and ricotta salata and is a powerhouse of flavor. Craving flavor- level. I still remember it though I have not been staying nearly across the street from the closet of a sub shop for several years. Turns out Kord has a cookbook. And in it he confesses to a wild mad love of broccoli. He has a technique for roasting broccoli, which actually works.
Take out a big stalk of broccoli. Cut off the lower end of the stem (my direction). Peel the stem with a vegetable peeler. Then, started at the bottom of the stem, slice stem into 1/4” slices, all the way up to the florets and into the florets. Cut any florets wider than 2” in half.
Toss broccoli with olive oil, S&P and roast in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, stirring sometime in the interim. Pretty darn good! And look Ma! No butter!
Served with roasted (marinated) chicken thighs, and roasted garlic potatoes. A low stress, wait-for-you dinner.
I like broccoli cooked but not cooked-the-life-out-of it. That’s tricky when you’re steaming it. It gets cooked and then if you let it hang around while other dishes finish up, the broccoli can quickly zip past the cooked-properly to the overdone zone. And anyway, plain, overcooked broccoli is not a welcome sight on one’s dinner plate.
One solution is to blanch the broccoli, drain and let sit out, and later re-warm in garlic-infused olive oil with hot pepper flakes and perhaps some shavings of parmesan.
Parboil broccoli sections in salted water for about 4 minutes. Drain and set out on sheet pan to sit at room temp while you cook the rest of dinner.
Slice garlic and sauté gently over medium low heat in a good quantity of olive oil with salt until golden or just barely golden. Put all in a small bowl and set aside.
When ready for broccoli, heat the pan, add olive oil, hot pepper flakes, and turn broccoli in oil, adding garlic and garlic-infused oil, and salt.
Put into serving bowl and shave on some parmesan, which will melt from the hot broccoli.
If you have some leftover flank steak or other yummy protein, try this for lunch:
Soba noodles (buckwheat/wheat), 1/2 package — 4+ oz. Boil in salted water 6 mins. Then drain, run cold water over, put in bowl, and mix in < 1 T sesame oil
Mushrooms, sliced, about 5 mixture of shiitake and cremini, sautéed in grapeseed oil; add salt
Garlic cloves, 2 minced. Add to mushrooms at end
Red pepper flakes — mix into mushrooms while cooking
Prep cool ingredients:
beef, couple slices, cut up
carrot, 1 large grated, some diced
Red pepper, 1/2, small dice
Sesame seeds (optional)
On cooled noodles, mix in some soy sauce and some Bo Ssam sauce or perhaps Chile garlic sauce for spice/vinegar. Mix in mushrooms.
On top: squeeze on lime