If you find yourself in a cooking rut, steaming or sauteing the same basic meals, then here’s a suggestion. Make some of the pestos and dressing here (11 Easy Pesto And Salad Dressing Recipes | Chatelaine) and add them to whatever it is you are about to eat. A bowl of steamed vegetables or a plain pork chop transforms into a better meal. Later, you can mix some with mayo or yogurt and add it to a sandwich of your preference. Even a plain green salad is elevated.
(Image: Eric Putz, from a link to their web site)
Is this list.
Print it off, leave it in the kitchen, add your own items.
I often use sriracha for dried chilies, or even any hot sauce, for when you just need some heat. Likewise, if you don’t have jalapenos, you could also replace them with some of other heat source. (If it is a lot of jalapenos, you might use regular peppers with some chilies or other hot things to add the appropriate level of hotness.)
Finally, I’ve seen people suggest replacing creme fraiche with full fat greek yogurt.
This struck me today: I had these two posts I found interesting, both starting with “You don’t Need”. This is good: I think I will stop pursuing something because I think I need something first. Recipes help. And have free time to make things helps. But don’t use things you think you need stopping you from doing what you want.
Here are the two pieces. The only thing you need is a desire to make things.
- You Don’t Need to Quit Your Job to Make
- You Don’t Need a Recipe – The New York Times
If you are busy, or don’t feel like cooking much, or don’t have much in your fridge, then this pasta recipe is for you. It’s hard to believe something this simple could be so good, but it is. Lots of flavour with very few ingredients, ingredients you can have in your pantry.
Give it a try, especially when you are short of time, money, or food.
The photo is of the dish I whipped up one night.
Mostly good recipes, but some pieces lower down on food
- Sauces made simple: The Five Mother Sauces Every Cook Should Know, Five Sauces Everyone Should Know How to Make for Endless Meal Options, and 5 Sauces You Can Use on Everything – Cook Smarts.
- Good for fall:
- An Authentic, Maritime Fish Chowder | Laura Calder
- Lots of summer dishes here: Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less – NYTimes.com, here Caribbean Herb Grilled Fish and here 27 Summer Pasta Recipes
- Easy but great: Skillet roast chicken with veggies – The Globe and Mail
- A classic pasta recipe: Sicilian pasta – Chatelaine
- These look yummyBaked Vegetable Chips – Hither & Thither
- From David Lebovitz, Chicken bulgogi
- For vegetarian or those that want to be: 21 Vegetarian Burgers, Wraps, and Sandwiches to Make for Meatless Monday | Kitchn
- More cool weather food: Classic French Cassoulet Recipe – Bacon is Magic – The Best Food Around the World
- More soups! Sweet Potato Minestrone | A Cup of Jo
- These look fantastic: belgian brownie cakelets – smitten kitchen
- More D.L.: Tangerine Sorbet Recipe
- Easy but looks professional. Also tasty: Stacey Snacks: Healthy & Delicious: Cod Provencal
- For fall and winter too: Easy French Hot Chocolate | Chocolate & Zucchini
- Eat more greens with better vingaigrettes: An Easy Template for Citrus Vinaigrette, 5 Ways | Kitchn
- More Caribbean food from Chris: Roasted Tomato And Bacon Soup Recipe.
- Eat more grains: Apple Cider–Cooked Farro Recipe | Bon Appetit
- Make those herbs last: Why Freezing Is the Best Way to Preserve Cilantro | Kitchn
And now for some non-recipe related food links:
- What I learned not drinking for two years – Medium
- I hate food: For some of us, eating is just about sustenance – The Globe and Mail
- How to Start Cooking (Even If You Feel Doomed)
I have been fascinated by the idea of povera cucina. Here’s too links on it.
- POVERA CUCINA
- La Cucina Povera or the Kitchen of the Poor
(Image linked to is of chicken bulgogi from David Lebovitz.)
If you are looking for a variety of low cost meals online that are straightforward to make — I am looking at you, college students — then I recommend the site BudgetBytes.com. Each of the recipes has a breakdown of the expected cost, how long it takes to make, as well as the typical information you will find in a recipe. Here’s a few I highlighted recently, in no particular order.
They have a wide range of recipes, and categories (e.g. chicken, vegetarian). The recipes are simple, the ingredients easy to find, and generally they look good. Give it a try.
Save money, eat better.
(Image from here.)
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I clearly collect too many food links. 🙂 These are some of the better ones I have found and think worth sharing.
- Mark Bittman used to write for the New York Times as The Minimalist. While he published lots of great articles, these three were among twenty five he thought were his best.
- If you want a stress free way to shop for the week’s groceries and have a meal plan all figured out for you, you need this: The 10-Ingredient Shopping Trip – The New York Times
- A great pasta not just for students and everyone on a budget: Sad Boy Pasta Is the Super Cheap Pasta for Everyone (Not Just Sad Boys | Bon Appetit
- I’m not a tuna melt fan but this might convert me: Tuna Melt Recipe – Bon Appétit Recipe | Bon Appetit
- I think we all need more soup, and out of 26 recipes you are bound to find some you like: 26 Light Soups that Press the Reset Button | Bon Appetit
- Likewise, if you find your meals blah, try one of these marinades: 15 Minimalist Marinades to Rescue Boring Weeknight Dinners | Bon Appetit
- A simple but not boring meal. Great for weekdays: A 5-Minute Chickpea Dinner Best Eaten On the Couch, by the TV | Bon Appetit
- Having a dinner party? Start with a cocktail: Simple cocktail recipes anyone can make – Business Insider
- Something for your guests to snack on when they arrive for your dinner party: Tempura Green Beans with Mushroom Salt and Shallot Dip Recipe | Bon Appetit
- Need some other things for guests to eat at the start of your dinner party? Some ideas: Here Are 8 Incredible Dips That Are Perfect For A Last Minute Party
- A good way to end a dinner party. Everyone likes a good cookie: Glazed Chocolate–Crème Fraîche Cookies Recipe | Bon Appetit
- A nice take on a comfort food. These are good enough to serve guests, or just treat you and your own: tomato-glazed meatloaves with brown butter mashed potatoes – smitten kitchen
- Try making your own flatbread. It’s not hard: Whole Wheat Flatbread – Bon Appétit Recipe | Bon Appetit
- There are alot of bad slow cooker recipes out there. These are the best. We Made And Ate The Most Popular Slow Cooker Dinners On Pinterest
- Simple enough for weekdays, good enough for guests: Swordfish Piccata Recipe – NYT Cooking
- Take your tomato sauce to another level with this recipe: Bucatini with Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe | Bon Appetit
- My son loves mozzarella sticks. I may have to make these: How to Make Mozzarella Sticks Without a Recipe
- If you are stuck for lunch ideas, try this: Make These Now, Pack Awesome Lunches All Week | Bon Appetit
- This recipe is great. I have used pork and chicken instead of shrimp and it has turned out great. Through in a handful of olives if you have them: it made it even better: Shrimp and feta with orzo – The Globe and Mail
- Another great dish from the Wavermans: Skillet roast chicken with veggies – The Globe and Mail
- Marinades are one way to liven up your meals. Sauces are another. Here are two ways to go about making them: All About Fond and How to Use it in Cooking and 3 Pan Sauces for Chicken
- Other than slow cookers, making dinner on a sheet pan is also pretty easy. Just keep an eye on it: How to Make Dinner on a Sheet Pan
- Not so easy, but if you are up for it, here’s a simpler but not easy way to make your own puff pastry: All Hail “Rough Puff,” Puff Pastry for Cheaters | Bon Appetit
Image from: Slow Cooker Bread Recipe | Baked by an Introvert
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