I have gotten so many comments and questions lately on the Instant Pot. Yesterday this hilarious comment showed up on social media from my friend Dana, “So…I finally got an Instant Pot, and wouldn’t you know, the instructions said to have Lane come over and make something for you.” Although I laughed, and said that I would be SO happy to go over and make food for her (you can hold me to this, Dana!) this actually made this Friday’s Good Food Reads: Instant Pot really easy to write. Let’s talk about the Instant Pot!…
Hi y’all! Holly and I recently discovered the grill. I know, I know, I’m sure many of you are sighing, I mean really, why in the world have two avid home cooks NOT been using the grill? I will tell you though, for both of us, the grill has previously been the baby of our husbands, and you know how those guys can get…territorial. Plus both of us are super busy moms (with four kids between us), run this blog, run bookclubs (hi ladies!), and work FULL TIME! Far be it for us to look a gift horse…or whatever that crazy cliche is! Someone was going to feed the kids and give us a night off-we ACCEPT!
Alas…there was a day recently that there was no husband around (yep, they work too) and therefore we had to figure it out. Turns out all of that fancy schooling we did paid off…the gas grill was conquered! To be honest, all we had to do was grill some bread for an appetizer, so not rocket science, but hey, we have to start somewhere! So for this episode of Good Food Reads we wanted to pay homage to the grill. And because Minnesota summer is so beautiful for grilling we also wanted to introduce you to some local Minnesota bloggers. Ready? Read on…
Signature cocktails. Eight courses. Ten friends. This is the perfect recipe for an Epic Dinner Party, which we’ve aptly named “A Moveable Feast”. The ten of us pair up to host nights filled with great food, great friends and tons of laughter. This fabulous tradition started by two of our colleagues, brings us all to the table to share our common love…food! The first time we hosted this dinner we chose a menu of comfort foods we loved (to see that menu click here). This time around we went with a Southern theme. Like this Beer Braised Brisket, served in a basket complete with a red gingham liner (just like at your favorite Southern BBQ joint!). …
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.
So, I’ve been told that I can’t eat Edible Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough every day.
I know, right? Who are these haters? Now although I’m still not sure that is completely true, I will admit that sometimes a really good hearty dinner sounds good too (maybe followed by cookie dough?). And I guess if I’m going to be binging on cookie dough (and I am) then I better try to balance things with some vegetables. Enter Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Ragu. (And if you don’t have a slow cooker, don’t worry, I’ve got that covered too!)
As meals go, this one checks all of the boxes. Easy to make. Kid friendly. Hearty. Adaptable. And as the days and evenings get busier (anyone else feel like they are on a constant Merry-Go-Round?) this Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Ragu is a good one to come home to.
I have a confession to make. I have never tried Chipotle’s Beef Barbacoa. Oh sure, I’ve been to Chipotle a million times. But I’m a more of a carnitas kind of a girl. So my family all thought it was a little odd when I came home with a chuck roast and announced I was going to make Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa. Oh ye of little faith! All three of them actually got off of the couch to come and check it out as I pulled it out of the crock pot…the house smelled delicious!…
New Year’s Eve is tomorrow can you believe it? I think we would all agree that 2016 has done it’s damage (spectacularly I would add) and it is time for it to go. I personally, am quite excited for 2017 for a whole host of reasons, but especially because I have a lot of ideas for things to bring you on the blog. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s start with these Thai Meatballs, the perfect appetizer to help ring in the New Year!…
As a busy mama, I have come to really appreciate a quick, one-pot meal. Less pots = less clean up and more time with my family and these days, that is worth everything. This One Pot Pasta with Tomato, Spinach, and Mozzarella fits right into my crazy schedule and is gobbled up by my hungry husband and toddler alike. Filled with healthy ingredients available at any grocery store (in other words, I can grab everything in 10 minutes on my way home from work!), this pasta dish is hearty, healthy, and on your table in under 3o minutes. The recipe is based off of a recent feature in Cooking Light Magazine, one of my go to sources for fast and fresh dinners. I’ve adapted the dish to suit my family’s tastes and I hope you love it. It is most definitely becoming a family favorite! …
As Holly has alluded to many times in Good Food Reads, I love chimichurri. Love is probably an understatement. If I could only pick one condiment to eat for the rest of my life it would be chimichurri. I put it on everything. In fact, it is possible that I may or not have eaten it directly from the spoon. So honestly, flank steak with chimichurri is at the top of my list of foods I want to share with you. And going into a beautiful summer weekend, this is perfect for your grill!…
We are squarely in that time of year when the winter chill has set in and comfort foods – soups and stews, chili, and rich pasta dishes – are what I reach for again and again. After all of the indulgence of the holidays, this chili is a great balance of healthy(-ish) and hearty.
I’ve been making a version of this chili for years. It started with a recipe from the great Ellie Krieger (find the original here), and over the years has morphed into something a little spicier and a little richer, without totally sacrificing the nutrition. My husband likes it served with generous amounts of shredded sharp cheddar and some sour cream. I think it’s great on it’s own. It freezes well and keeps, refrigerated, for 3-4 days.
Most chili recipes are fairly flexible and can be adjusted to fit your personal and family tastes. If you’re nervous about the heat from the chipotle peppers, remove the seeds but don’t eliminate the peppers entirely. They give a beautiful, rich, and almost smoky flavor that is really worth trying. I also recommend taking the extra time to puree whole, canned tomatoes instead of using the more typical crushed tomatoes. I particularly love Muir Glen Fire Roasted San Marzano style tomatoes, but if you’re wanting to save time and dishes, go ahead with regular crushed tomatoes.
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2-3 medium carrots, peeled and roughly diced
- 2 red bell peppers, diced
- 2 heaping teaspoons cumin
- 16 ounces lean ground beef (grassfed, organic if possible)
- 2 teaspoons of adobo sauce (from canned chipotle in adobo)
- 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo, minced
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- 16 ounces good stout beer (I prefer Guinness)
- 1 (28 ounce) can of whole, fire roasted tomatoes
- 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven
- Add the onion, carrot, and bell pepper and saute until just softened, about 10 minutes
- Add the cumin and stir until fragrant, about one minute.
- In the same pot, brown the ground beef until no longer pink.
- Add the chipotle peppers and adobo sauce, removing the seeds if you prefer less spice.
- Puree the tomatoes in a blender and add to the chili mixture.
- Stir in the beer.
- Mix in the oregano and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Allow to simmer, partly covered, approximately 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Remove the lid and stir in the beans. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- Adjust seasoning and serve with your favorite toppings.
What are your go-to comfort foods in the winter?