Make This Now

I go through phases where I love every recipe we make and phases where everything is “meh” and most of January felt like the latter, but things turned around at the end of the month and I was back in that “this is all delicious!” mindset.  I like it better here 😛

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Warm Chickpea Bowls with Lemony Yogurt

I made this for Joey one night but didn’t eat it myself until the following day and when I dug in, I was wowed!  I’m also a sucker for chickpeas, roasted cauliflower, full fat Greek yogurt and fennel, so I guess this recipe was made just for me.  It might have a lot going on, but it all works so beautifully together.  Swiping a bite of roasted cauliflower through that creamy yogurt was truly a wonderful moment in my life.

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Oven-Roasted Salmon with Feta, Asparagus & Cranberry Farro

We pan-seared this salmon because, in my opinon, it’s the best method but if you make this and you want to oven-roast, you do you.  The farro mixture was SO GOOD!  Cooking the grains in broth means they are really flavorful and then all the mix-in just make it even better.  Our grocery deliverer accidentally brought us two extra pieces of salmon, so I got to eat this meal twice and was NOT mad about it.

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Southwestern Tempeh Taco Salad with Chipotle-Tahini

Wow, this was good!  And made for one of those healthy filling lunches that gives you a burst of energy and happiness.  As I write this, this salad is waiting for me in the fridge for lunch and I feel very very excited about that.  I love how tempeh is much more permeable than tofu so the chipotle sauce you cook it in, really transforms it.  Plus everything topped with avocado is fine more than fine by me!

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Black Bean Plantain Enchilada Bake

It’s probably not recommended to have your groceries delivered if you need perfectly ripe plantains, but even though a couple of them were not quite there, this meal still turned out so so good.  This is the second time we’ve made this enchilada bake and we’ve loved it both times!  It’s saucy and hearty and doused in a “cheesy” sauce that makes use of Joey’s favorite ingredient: nutritional yeast.  It does take some time, but the result is more than worth it.  I highly recommend topping it with avocado and maybe eating some tortilla chips on the side.

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Ricotta Gnocchi with Zucchini & Pesto

It’s probably cruel to share this meal with you, without linking the recipe but it’s from a cookbook, so I guess you can’t really “make this now”… SORRY!  One Thursday night, I whipped myself up a dinner for one and not only was this gnocchi easy and quick (key when you’re cooking solo) but it tasted so dang good.  One slipped out of the pan as I crisped them up and I was all too happy to eat it off the stove.  Special mention to freezer pesto, making this extra easy to cook and bursting with good basil flavor.

Please tell me what you’ve been cooking and loving lately!

Make This Now: New Summer Favorites

Hi, hi!  I’m currently in a stage where I only want to try new recipes and that’s okay.  Old favorites can wait till I feel inspired to make them again — lookin at you, Summer Squash and Basil Pasta! — and in the meantime, I’ll be delighting in burrito bowls, grilled chicken, punchy salad dressings, creamy desserts and elevated BLTs.  I really hope you find something new to try here and feel as inspired by it as I did!

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Spicy Black Bean Burrito Bowls with Cashew + Hemp Seed Chipotle Sauce

If you have black beans already cooked and waiting in the freezer (or heck, just a can of beans in the pantry), this recipe is such a breeze to make!  We took it up a notch by making Cilantro-Lime Rice and assembled with the beans, corn, salsa, cabbage slaw, cilantro, avocado and most importantly, THAT CHIPOTLE SAUCE, this was damn delicious.  I worship at the shrine of Illegal Pete’s but at first bite, I was like “Illegal Pete’s who?”  It was that good!

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Peruvian-Style Spatchcock Chicken with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

I pledge allegiance to the recipes of Jeff Mauro!  The directions for this chicken tell you how to do it in the oven but look, the last thing I need in my air conditioner-less home, is to have the oven on for an hour so we made this on the grill — just put the cast-iron straight on there — and it worked perfectly!  Also, it tasted incredible.  Super juicy, super flavorful and really extra good dipped in that cilantro sauce.

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Corn & Chickpea Bowl with Miso-Jalapeño Tahini

Not to dismiss this salad, because it is very good, but the shining star here is the miso-jalapeño tahini dressing.  It’s flavor-packed, creamy, and very ginger-forward.  So if you’re not that person just straight eating the pile of fresh ginger that comes with your sushi, maybe this isn’t for you.  But I AM that person, so I found this dressing to be just incredible.  It’s such a bold and bright note to contrast with the rich goat cheese and avocado in this salad and Joey and I both really really loved it, so we hope you do too!

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No-Churn Ice Cream

Raise your hand if your house is tiny and you just do not have room for yet another kitchen appliance.  I am raising my hand high.  Even though an ice cream maker sounds fun, it’s really a question of where I’m going to store it.  So, when I saw a recipe for no-churn ice cream, I was VERY VERY EXCITED.  I didn’t even know this was an option.  Turns out, you just have to make some whipped cream, fold it into some sweetened condensed milk, toss in some mix-in and let the whole thing chill for a few hours and you are rewarded with thee absolute creamiest ice cream I’ve EVER tasted.  The recipe post includes lots of flavor combination suggestions but I’m here to tell you mini chocolate chips and peppermint extract is DELIGHTFUL.

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Egg-in-a-Nest BLT Sandwich

I’m hesitant to share this recipe because, well, it’s a BLT.  But it’s better than a BLT because there’s also an egg cooked into the bread!  What a perfect mashup!  Also, you basically make a mayo-bacon guacamole to spread on the bread and it tastes pretty incredible.  Joey and I were very impressed by what seemed like a quick and easy dinner but ended up tasting like something special.  Also, I was thisclose to buying regular white bread instead of sourdough but am so glad I didn’t because it tasted extra good!

Happy Friday!