I know you’ve already heard about my great love affair with the Instant Pot. I’ve gone and on about the magic of this kitchen appliance and as summer is coming I’m even more excited to have a great way to cook without having to turn the oven on and heat up my house. But so many people are asking me-what are you actually making in it? Certainly a good (and easy) way to start is my Instant Pot Chipotle Black Bean Soup (it’s even vegan), but if that isn’t your jam-then may I recommend what we’ve been eating on repeat? Instant Pot Korean Inspired Pulled Pork. (I DID include instructions to make this in the Slow Cooker/Crock Pot as well-just scroll all the way to the bottom.)…
Another Friday has come and that means a new edition of Good Food Reads. With Easter only a few days away, we have a few holiday themed recipes (of course) but we also have some recipes for the post-holiday hangover. I don’t know about you, but after all the busy prep for big holiday meals, I find myself avoiding the kitchen for a few days. As a result, I love to have some easy, prep ’em and leave ’em type recipes in my pocket to get my family fed and keep my sanity intact. Here’s hoping you enjoy our picks for Good Food Reads as much as we have enjoyed finding them!
Healthy Easter Brunch Recipes, if you’re still looking for that perfect dish for this weekend’s festivities.
One Pot Chicken and Coconut Curry Noodles. Another recipe for my one pot meal list!
I have a long love affair with Indian food. I don’t love all the hours over the stove, however. Enter: Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken from Dinner: A Love Story.
Salad for breakfast. Yup, for those days when you want to feel super virtuous. Or just eat a really yummy breakfast! And after you eat that salad, feel free to indulge in Blueberry Pistachio Coffee Cake.
After two vacations in the last two months, I’m feeling the need to focus a little more on whole foods and less carbs (gulp). I’m thinking these Vietnamese Beef Lettuce Wraps will make a satisfying meal that doesn’t feel like diet food! I’m also looking forward to trying the Spring Detox Cauliflower Salad from Pinch of Yum.
Everything Greek Pork Pitas. Another slow cooker gem, but with a lighter twist for warmer weather.
Friends, that’s it for this week’s Good Food Reads. I’m off to enjoy the holiday weekend with family. For those who celebrate, Happy Easter. And for those who just enjoy an abundance of Peeps and Cadbury eggs, happy eating.
Well, it’s been a crazy few days around here. As many of you know, Lane spent the last week in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona. In a fun twist of fate, we actually had booked overlapping trips and had great plans for a fun dinner out in the land of sunshine. Unfortunately, I was caught up in the spectaular Delta scheduling debacle last weekend and my flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix was ultimately cancelled and we didn’t make it to Arizona in time to reschedule. I decided to drown my sorrows in some baked goods. Enter: Lemon Rosemary Shortbread.
So many things for Good Food Reads this week, so little time! Today is the day that With Two Spoons is taking it on the road, as both Holly and I will be happily soaking up the sun in Arizona! Unfortunately I will soon be heading back to Minneapolis. The only saving grace is that spring time in Minneapolis is BEAUTIFUL! So as an Ode to Spring-here is this week’s Good Food Reads-dedicated to Spring!
First let’s talk donuts. DONUTS! Strawberry lemon donuts to be exact. These Strawberry Lemon Donuts by Tornadough Alli look amazing. Like eat the whole batch at one sitting amazing. In fact I may need to make these when the kids are at school-and then hide them.
Maybe I’m strange, but I also think of pasta for spring. I know, I know, it’s spring-I should be worrying about lightening things up and cutting the carbs, but when you see this Garlic Butter Asparagus Pasta by Diethood and this Lemon Cream Pasta Primavera by Foodtastic Mom, you are going to see exactly why I think pasta belongs to springtime. Because it does.
One of my spring resolutions is to make my own bread. I’ve done homemade bread and it is a million times better than that processed pre-sliced stuff from the supermarket. I even went so far as to take home some sourdough starter from a friend, which I promptly killed. (I know who kills sourdough starter? That isn’t even an easy thing to do) I haven’t had the heart to tell my friend (although she’s probably reading it here-I’m so sorry Retu!). BUT-I came across this recipe for Sourdough Starter by WellFloured. So maybe I’ll make my own. And keep it alive this time.
So from bread, a normal transition would be butter, right? Check out this Basil Lime Vegan Butter by Healing Tomato, which is a sensational way to use up those herbs that are about to die an awful death. And a great use for those herbs you are going to plant this summer. Just remember basil likes it hot and dry. Hot and dry. (And now you’re going to click to check it out, not because of the basil, but because you, like me, are saying “what the hell is vegan butter”? Well, I still don’t have an answer to that, but I bet you can make this with regular butter as well. Pretty cool indeed!)
As a blogger, I’m frequently checking out other blogs. Bloggers are doing such amazing food these days. But every once in awhile, I come across a dish where I say-“If I can make this at home, my life will be complete”. And that is how I feel about Food, Faith, Fitness’ Larb Gai Thai Chicken Skillet. One look at the photos and I didn’t even need to know what the rest of the words meant. All I know is it looked like my idea of heaven in a cast iron skillet, and that is saying a lot for something that does not contain chocolate. I will definitely be making this at my house. And if this does it for you too, well-then you’re invited.
As I’m writing this with a glass of wine in hand, relaxing in the beautiful Arizona twilight, I will tell you about the Instant Pot I bought for my in-laws. We have been using it for everything this week, which is great because in Arizona, who wants to turn on the oven? Tonight’s dinner was Flank Steak with Chimichurri-a recipe from our own blog, with Sweet Potatoes in the Instant Pot from A Pinch of Healthy and Pressure Cooker Corn on the Cob by This Old Gal. Is there anything this miracle machine can’t do?
Finally, a recipe for the artists among us. There is a lot of great food art out there right now (for some reason Easter seems to spark a lot of creative juices). I really like this Easter Bunny Bread by Foodie with Family because, well, I’m not sure exactly why, other than I am a bread addict. Pretty sure this one would be loved by kids and adults alike. I’m not usually one who attempts food art, but this one I might actually try. Stay tuned.
Well, that’s all for this edition of Good Food Reads. Join us again next Tuesday for a new recipe and again next Friday for another jaunt around the good food of the internet. Until then, have a great week-and as always, let us know what YOU are making in your kitchens!
The Instant Pot. It’s all you hear about these days. But a pressure cooker? I wasn’t sold. And my husband was threatening me if I bought ONE. MORE. KITCHEN. GADGET. But, me, being me, went ahead and got an Instant Pot (read further for my marriage saving advice). And when I finally took my Instant Pot out of the box I found I just cannot stop using it. This gadget is magical! Pure magic! If you don’t have one, it’s definitely time to go get one. In fact, I like mine so much, I shipped one to my in-laws, just so I could keep cooking with it when we visited on Spring Break!
So, like any discerning person, I bet you are asking yourself-sure it’s great, but what are you actually making in it? Well, this Instant Pot Chipotle Black Bean Soup for one. You haven’t heard about the Instant Pot? Read further for some great information and this fabulous recipe!…
I’m going to be very honest with you. There is no real theme for this week’s Good Food Reads. And I’m 100 percent ok with that. What we do have is a collection of really good recipes from around the blogging world to hopefully fill your kitchens this weekend. I’m gearing up for a busy work weekend so I’ve selfishly included a number of easily portable, healthy salads. Similarly, I am planning to reinstate meatless Monday at my house and so I’ve dug up a tasty looking vegetarian soup recipe that I’m excited to try. What are you cooking this weekend? Here’s my wish list:
Because every Friday needs Jalapeño Queso Dip with Homemade Spiced Chips.
It’s asparagus season!!! Otherwise known as the time of year my husband will actually eat vegetables. So, these gorgeous Pesto and Ricotta Filled Asparagus and Radish Tarts are happening in my house ASAP….
Last December, we shared our favorite recipe for Maple Granola with Quinoa and Cranberries. Well, now we’re back with a new version just in time for spring: Tropical Granola with Macadamia Nuts.
Just like our Maple Granola, this tropical version is easy to assemble and uses common ingredients found in any grocery store. Our recipe features dried pineapple, mango, papaya, and bananas but feel free to go wild and add or subtract ingredients that fit your family’s tastes. In addition to the fruits, we’ve tossed in some chopped up macadamia nuts for good fats and a bit more indulgent flavor, but the granola is equally good with cashews! A handful of unsweetened coconut mixed in at the end of baking adds a bit of color and a light, tropical flavor without extra sugar. One word of caution: do not be tempted to mix the coconut in at the beginning. It will definitely burn! …
Oh, dear foodie friends. We have such goodness for you in this latest installment of Good Food Reads! As usual, we have scoured the internet and found a collection recipes and articles that are inspiring us currently and can’t wait to share them with you. Ready? I thought so. Here. We. Go….
A Guide To Pairing Wine and Cake. Because we all need a little more cake. And probably a little more wine!
Check out the gorgeous color of these Red Coconut Curry Meatballs with Cauliflower Rice. I’m planning to prep a batch for easy work meals this weekend!
Continuing my love affair with the InstantPot: Life Changing InstantPot Beef Stew from the lovely Lindsay at Pinch of Yum. Since we’re still working our way slowly into spring over here in Minnesota, this
Patio season is going to be here soon and I’m collecting cocktail recipes for entertaining. The latest addition to my list? The Ginger Rogers from Broma Bakery. With fresh ginger, grapefruit, and gin, how could it not be perfect?
Though we are nearing the end of citrus season, I’m still planning on getting in a batch of these Thick and Chewy Lime Bars with a Shortbread Crust. And I’m just aching to get my hands on some fresh rhubarb so that I can make these Roasted Rhubarb Scone Sandwiches with Vanilla Bean Glaze. Gorgeous.
Are you a Trader Joes fan? I love picking up unusual items there and love seeing what others are buying. Here’s a list of 20 Things To Buy at TJ’s to save a little grocery cash.
This one’s for you, Lane: Smashed Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Chimichurri. Sounds like the perfect summer dinner!
And finally, I’m making a batch of these honey roasted strawberry muffins tomorrow morning to get me through my work weekend.
What are you lovelies planning to make this weekend? Let us know via instagram or twitter (@withtwospoons) or join us on Facebook! We can’t wait to see what you’re cooking!
I recently read a book where all of the characters went outside of their comfort zones and ended up reaping some great rewards. I truly wouldn’t have believed how much greatness was going to come from going outside of my culinary comfort zone! I decided to dabble in vegan cooking-and YOU GUYS…!!!!
Turns out you don’t need meat, nor dairy, nor eggs to create an amazing flavorful meal! Just try this Falafel with Lemon Tahini Dressing!…
Hey friends. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you celebrating today? Will you wear green? I will fully admit that I’m feeling a little blogger guilt about not having a totally Irish or green themed post for you today (#bloggerfail!) but we’re going to march forward with a bunch of Good Food Reads anyway, ok? Ok. I promise we do have some last minute St. Patrick’s Day themed recipe links for you, but for those who are not super into the holiday (that would be me, too!), we also have some great non-holiday foodie finds. You know, in case you don’t want to live on corned beef and green beer for the next week! …