Mark and Sarah said... From what I have read about you guys and food, it seems you have great taste. Would you be willing to share your Top 10 favorite dinners (and accompanying recipes...in your spare time!!).
Heather said... I'm going to also put in a request that food week include some wonderful recipes! Thanks for sharing -- I always love to read what you're cooking up! HCP
Mark and Sarah, Heather, and everyone-- This isn't a Top Ten list per se, but here are a few more of our trusted easy/healthy favorites~~~~
Kyle’s Favorite Roast Chicken
This recipe was originally the “Rosemary Roast Chicken” from the Williams Sonoma Fun Food Cookbook. But I have altered it pretty significantly. Kyle's favorite vegetable is green beans, so I almost always serve green beans with it for him... making this a super-duper special meal for Ky Ky (although Owen loves this too-- especially the 'sauce'). I often buy the green beans that come clean and prepped in the microwavable bags from the produce section. We serve this with mashed potatoes to soak up that great 'sauce.' And again, I often use the bag of microwavable potatoes and then mash them to make it fast (or, even faster: buy the pre-made store-bought kind from the refrigerated section of the grocery store—we like the ‘Country Crock’ brand of mashed potatoes the best). By using the store-bought mashed potatoes and the microwave-in-bag green beans it makes this tasty, homey, cozy dinner super easy to get on the table!!!
- Place 6-8 chicken pieces (the bone-in, skin-on kind) in bottom of baking dish. (I usually make this with just chicken breasts -- whole/”split” breasts, bone-in, skin-on – because that is what we all like best; however you can use chicken thighs, legs/drumsticks, wings too).
- Mix together: juice of 2 whole fresh lemons, ½ cup olive oil, 6 tablespoons of whole-grain Dijon mustard. Pour mixture evenly over chicken.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge to marinate overnight.
- When ready to cook--- Pre-heat oven to 400. Take chicken out of fridge to let stand at room temperature while oven is pre-heating.
- Place baking dish in oven, uncovered, and roast chicken until the skin is browned and the chicken is cooked through ~~ about 40-50 minutes.
- There will be quite a bit of delicious ‘juices’ in bottom of baking dish when done… this is the “sauce” that makes this chicken so awesome. Serve chicken by spooning the “sauce” over the chicken pieces.
J-M Favorite Stir-Fry
This recipe originated as something called "Molasses Marinade." Our friend from grad school, Patricia (HI PATRICIA!), and her roommate Michelle, made this for us one night at their apartment in Boston. The original recipe called for for using this marinade with pieces of pork loin and then sauteeing the marinated pork with red peppers. They served it over rice. Braydon and I both loved it. Over the years I've greatly modified the way I use this recipe, but the original marinade recipe remains in tact. K & O both love this but it is a particular favorite of Owen (especially if made with pork). The first time I got the boys to eat broccoli it was broccoli and chicken stir-fried with this marinade/sauce.
For the marinade/stir-fry-sauce, mix together:
- ¼ cup canola or vegetable oil
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup white wine
- 1 Tb fresh ginger, or 1 tsp ground
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 Tb molasses
For the protein (choose one or more of the following and cut into bite-sized pieces):
- firm tofu
For the veggies (choose one or more of the following --or whatever you have in the fridge!-- and cut into bite-sized pieces):
- green and/or red bell peppers
Marinade the meat/tofu/whatever for anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight. Remove from the marinade and sauté in a wok or large pan with a tiny bit of canola/vegetable oil. Remove from wok/pan and set aside. Sauté veggies in same pan, adding some/most (or all) of the leftover marinade to use as stir-fry-sauce. Once veggies are cooked through, return meat/tofu/whatever to the pan and mix together. Serve with white or brown rice.
“Sunny Chick” (Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Chicken)
My old friend from college, Rachel (HI RACH!), made this for me once and I fell in love with it on the spot. We've been eating it ever since. It is such a hit with everyone that it is often my go-to recipe for bringing to pot-luck dinners or dropping off for families with newborn babies.
- Cook/Boil 1 box of pasta (I usually make with penne or farfalle)
- While pasta is cooking… Cut 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.
- Slowly saute chicken over medium-low heat in pan with olive oil (just enough to cover bottom of pan), garlic (I buy the jar of ‘chopped garlic’ that you can find in the produce section, and I use maybe 2 tablespoons of it), and a couple pinches of salt, pepper, oregano to taste.
- When chicken is almost cooked through (maybe 5-10 minutes max), squeeze juice of one whole fresh lemon into pan.
- Add a whole jar of sundried tomatoes to pan (I buy the ones that are julienned and packed in a jar with olive oil and herbs -- I find it in the produce section), sauté with chicken mixture until tomatoes are soft and heated through.
- Toss chicken/’sauce’ together with the cooked penne.
- Serve with fresh Parmesan cheese.
K & O Making "Sunny Chick":