A Little Kitchen Inspiration From A Friend
Sometimes all it takes to make the kitchen a happy place again is a little bit of inspiration. When I'm dreading making dinner because I'm bored with all of our go-to's I often ask a friend what she's been cooking lately. One of my favorite friends to get recipes from is my friend Sarah. She is always making something interesting and our food tastes and cooking instincts mesh well. Bonus: she is great at coming up with healthy kid-friendly snacks and meals for her girls who are very similar ages to mine. Some of our all-time favorites have come straight from her recipe collection.
If you're on the hunt for inspiration, check out these recipes that we swapped recently or ask a friend what they've been cooking lately.
Sarah's Recipe Recommendations (with her notes)
Chicken Cashew Chili Note: I always double this recipe. Also, fresh coriander sprigs = cilantro.
Beginner Chicken Curry Note: I like to add half a can of coconut milk, carrots and peas to the curry.
Healthyish Chicken Pot Pie
Pork Shoulder Ragu
Parmesan Broccoli Fritters Note: We eat these with an herby yogurt dip, like tziki.
Crispy Tortellini w/ Prosciutto and Peas Note: I find it helpful to pre-melt the marscarpone in a sauce pan and add a couple of tablespoons of milk to thin it out.
Skillet Chicken w/ Lemon Potatoes and Asparagus Note: Roast the asparagus rather than boil it.
Winter Salad Note: I add Brussels sprouts to the roasted sweet potatoes.
My Favorites Lately
Slow Cooker Thai Red Curry Beef Note: If you're short on prep time you can skip browning the beef and it is still good. I've also just tossed the beef with red curry paste and let it cook alone in the slow cooker. Since it's drier that way it browns in the slow cooker but it still really tender. Then, I make the sauce separately in a wok at dinner time. That way is actually our new favorite way to prepare it.
Baked Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage
Sarah made this for us after we came home with our oldest daughter and it has been a favorite ever since.
Chicken and Israeli Cous Cous with Lemon and Tomato Another one-pot favorite.
Parmesan Crusted Chicken This super easy, surprisingly delicious chicken preparation is one of the only recipes I found on Pinterest that I've made more than once. Note: Be sure to season your chicken well on both sides with salt and pepper (the recipe doesn't include this step) I also like to mix in a little lemon juice to the topping mixture.
Street-Cart Style Chicken Salad Note: I add shredded carrots and sometimes celery to this awesome non-goopy Middle-Eastern inspired grilled chicken salad. We like to eat it with grilled naan or pitas.