Thursday, April 16, 2015

Marinated Chicken and Homemade Pita

This week's dinners have involved a bit of advanced preparation for easy-at-the-last-minute meals. Tonight's dinner consisted of oven-roasted chicken shawarma and homemade pita bread.

Luckily for me D put the chicken marinade together last night, so that I could escape having to deal with the raw chicken. I simply placed the chicken into the oven, while I prepped the final pita dough.

The cooking of each of these dinner items was fairly simple, although I will say that the pita required a longer cooking time (more like 10 minutes, flip, and another 5) to reach the nice golden exterior.

This chicken was really great. D described it as "succulent", and I couldn't agree more. The flavors were wonderful, and the meat was so tender. This is coming from me, a person who doesn't usually enjoy chicken! I served it along side some chopped cucumber, avocado, tomato, Greek yogurt, hummus, and added a few dashes of hot sauce to finish it off. Eaten along side the pillowy pita bread, this meal was a total hit.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Pizza Dough

A week or so ago I saw this recipe in the NY Times for a quick pizza dough that is easily stored in the freezer for anytime fresh pizza dough!

I love this idea since this family enjoys its homemade pizza, and pizza is actually one of those really quick-to-cook-at-dinnertime meals as long as the dough is prepared in advance. This quick dough saves me the morning prep time, and I was able to literally walk in the door from work, turn on the oven, and go.

I stuck to the recipe, measuring out the flour with my kitchen scale, but in place of the bread flour, I used King Arthur perfect blend pizza flour.

The general consensus was that this dough is not quite as fantastic as my usual go-to, or my sourdough, but it was a VERY close second...and an extremely useful tool to store extra dough for homemade but quick nights! I'm planning on making a few batches of this dough, and storing it in the freezer!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Simple Carrot Soup

I'm not really sure how, but this amazingly simple carrot soup was beyond flavorful and absolutely fantastic. I literally threw it together during a phone meeting this morning, and reheated it for dinner. With a generous squeeze of fresh lime juice, some peanuts, and microgreens, the textures and complexity of the flavors really worked perfectly to create a sweet, satisfying, and truly delicious soup that served as a meal. Yum, yum, yum. D couldn't agree more!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pasta with Peas and Mint

A good friend in our old town made this meal for us one night, and I remembered it being super tasty. I had filed the recipe for pasta with peas and mint away. As it's been hovering around 70 F and super spring-like, today seemed like the perfect day to make this dish!

From the picture you can certainly see how green and springy it looks, and the taste is equally pleasing. It's sweet, fairly light, super fast to make and wonderfully delicious. Since the fresh peas I had were moldy (bummer!), I used frozen peas, and they worked perfectly. This makes for super leftovers for lunch as well.

Happy spring!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Mango and Coconut Whipped Cream

Last night was the last night of Passover dinners, and why not go out with a bang for dessert. This coconut tapioca pudding with mango and coconut whipped cream was really quite fabulous! In fact, until seeing the recipe, I had no clue that tapioca was K for P, and I'm SO glad that it turned out to be!

This pudding is RICH, thick, full of fantastic texture and flavor. The coconut milk got a bit crunchy on the top after chilling in the fridge, which just added to it's textural experience. Ms L was literally scopping the mango puree into her mouth. And, I cannot stop thinking about the coconut whipped cream! I have to admit to having this be the first time I've made coconut whipped cream, and it will not be the last! I'm imagining it on pudding, ice cream, coffee, hot cocoa, etc, etc. Yum, yum, and yum!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Amazing Avocado and Cucumber Salad

While my kids were taking a yoga class, I had a rare few minutes to do some blog reading on my phone. I was intrigued by this recipe for obsessively good avocado and cucumber salad, and I am so glad that I went with my gut on this one!

I didn't have any parsley or cilantro, but I had the rest, and man was this delicious. I don't know why or how, but the mayo and the sriracha melded together perfectly to create a flavor dimension that was incredible. And, the crunch from the cucumber worked synergistically with the creamy dressing and avocado. This one is another file-away recipe for easy and fabulous!

Raspberry Coconut Macaroons

In keeping with my anti-Maztoh meal/flour Passover baking and cooking, these amazing raspberry coconut macaroons have worked their way into my kitchen.

I figured that there was no need for me to have 50 of these babies lying around, so I halved the recipe. I also used half sweetened coconut, and half unsweetened. I'd like to report that they were fantastic. Not too sweet, which I often find cloying in a coconut macaroon, soft, chewy, and somehow pillowy on the inside, and just perfect. It also didn't hurt that they literally took about 3 minutes from start to baking sheet. Another total keeper.