• leftover stuffed acorn squash
    Dinner,  Instant Pot,  Thanksgiving

    Easy Leftover Stuffed Acorn Squash

    The days following Thanksgiving are always mixed for me. On the one hand, you have a bunch of leftovers that you know you should eat, but on the other hand I always crave a little variety after. I am always looking for ways to use the leftovers that aren’t just eating Thanksgiving dinner again or making a sandwich. Enter the Stuffed Acorn Squash!! Depending on the size, one stuffed acorn squash can easily feed two people. So one turkey thigh or about half a breast could probably feed four pretty easily with this recipe. I also have another recipe here with a sausage base. Acorn Squash Prep This is generally…

  • orange sriracha pork

    Orange-Sriracha Pork

    This Orange Sriracha Pork recipe is inspired by an old favorite that seemed perfect to bring back. Given what’s going on right now, I also think this is a great recipe for using pantry ingredients. This recipe actually started as a braised chicken thigh dish. I love this recipe since its super flavorful, but braising chicken thighs can be pretty slow and requires a lot of back and forth. So I took the basic formula and decided to morph it into a pan sauce. This makes it faster and in my opinion a little more approachable. Sriracha gives a really great spicy kick to anything while having a nice balance…

  • Thai Grilled Swordfish
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Grilled Swordfish with Thai Glaze

    The credit for this goes entirely to Rob. I had to go on a work trip for a few nights leaving him to fend for himself dinner-wise. He will admit that normally he just gets kind of lazy and will pick up something easy. This time though he decided to experiment with some fish dishes in my absence. The first was a Grilled Swordfish steak with a Thai-style glaze. His focus for this one was getting the grill timing down and for developing flavor. He picked swordfish for one of the experiments since he figures its something I will like because of the firmer texture. Based on his texts when…

  • Souvlaki Bowl
    Dinner,  Lunch

    Chicken Souvlaki Rice Plate

    Chicken Souvlaki is one of Rob’s favorite lunch options. Rob is of Greek decent so souvlaki is something he grew up eating and has a simple, healthy recipe for making it. This is a make-at-home version of the rice plates that you can get at many of the quick service restaurants that have popped up recently. These also make for a great get together meal since they are DIY! We made this rice plate with a cucumber-radicchio slaw and tzatziki. If you wanted to make it dairy free you could easily use a hummus topping as well. This also pretty closely mirrors Rob’s usual order when eating out. For the…

  • Panang chicken

    Panang-Braised Chicken

    This Panang-Braised Chicken definitely fits into the easy weeknight meal category. I will admit up front that I did not make Panang curry sauce from scratch. I found a good looking Panang Curry base at Williams-Sonoma that I bought on the spot since I hadn’t see anything like it elsewhere. To round out the recipe, I combined the chicken with some snap peas and roasted cauliflower and served it over a bed of coconut-lime rice that I made in the Instant Pot. Rob loves Panang curry, but honestly trying to make something like this from scratch made me a little nervous. I love Asian flavors a lot, especially the complexity…

  • beef and broccoli trader joes
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Beef and Broccoli Rice Bowl

    This Beef and Broccoli recipe was effectively an accident based on a seeming random assortment of groceries we bought at Trader Joe’s. We were planning to have something else for dinner that didn’t really work out. Thanks to Rob picking up a few ingredients, that I initially questioned, I ended up creating one of the best Asian-inspired meals I have made. Also a first for us, we used our new Instant Pot as a rice cooker and it worked out PERFECTLY. The rice was sticky and perfectly soft.  Plus, it completely eliminated the problem we sometimes have stovetop of getting that hot spot on the bottom. So to the backstory…

  • Instant Pot Risotto
    Instant Pot,  Side Dish

    Instant Pot Risotto

    Alright, I have to backtrack on some previous statements about making risotto. It turns out that there is a bit of a “hack” for making it with less effort: the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot has been a pretty awesome purchase for us after only a few uses. It took the entire arm workout aspect out of risotto making and honestly came out really very well. The nice thing with the Instant Pot was being able to do the very simple and quick prep phase and then just letting the machine take care of actually cooking the rice. I was concerned that it would really work out and would be…

  • Thai Curry Beef Bowl

    Thai Curry Beef Rice Bowl

    I will fully admit that these Thai Curry Beef Rice Bowls shocked me a bit.  I added what seemed like a lot of Thai curry paste to my marinade mixture, so I was not expecting the end result to be pretty mild.  But that is actually how it turned out; it had good flavor but wasn’t spicy.  To get some heat in the finished dish, I decided to whip up a simple coconut-sriracha drizzle to go with the rice bowls that did the trick. Another fun aspect of this dish was the slaw that I topped it with.  Its got homemade pickled ginger (which is super easy to do if…

  • Pork Carnitas Rice Bowl

    Pork Carnitas Rice Bowls

    Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas are easily one of the most versatile recipes I can think of.  You throw them in the slow cooker really quickly in the morning, come home after work, and Voila!!  Dinner is pretty much ready.  The nice thing for me is that a pork shoulder has a pretty good amount of meat and its just Rob and I.  So we always end up with a lot of leftovers. I think I am not up to 3 or 4 ways to use the pork carnitas, the original recipe was for tacos (while I love tacos, its a pretty obvious use).  The next way was as a Southwest…

  • Stir Fry

    Beef-Shishito Stir Fry Rice Bowl

    I have to say that I struggle with Asian flavors and making stir fry, they are super flavorful but they can be tricky to get just right.  All that said, I am super happy with the flavors I got with this rice bowl and it is so easy, perfect for a weeknight.  The beef has a great mixture of spice and sweetness from the quick marinade.    I cooked this with some shishito peppers which are really a nice Asian veggies to pair with a stir fry.  Most of them aren’t spicy (generally they are sweet but a small percentage of them can be pretty spicy) and are a perfect…