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Baked sweet potato chips

I’m always interested in healthier alternatives to snack food, so when I came across this recipe on Minamalist Baker (yet another food blog I’m addicted to now) I knew I wanted to try it.

I was pretty satisfied with how these turned out. Overall I think I should have added a bit more salt and baked adjusted the baking time and temperature a little so some wouldn’t be overly-brown. But they were crispy and delicious, despite the look. These also would’ve been easier to make if I had a sharper knife to chop with, or a mandolin slicer. I halved the recipe for my experiment, but will reproduce the original for you here.

Ingredients:

2 large sweet potatoes
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
A pinch of salt (to taste)
(I also peppered mine, but don’t think it added much)

Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cut sweet potatoes thinly into rounds.

sweet potato

cut it up

2. Coat slices in olive oil.

3. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt or desired seasonings. Make sure they are not touching.

waiting for baking

4. Bake for 1.5- 2 hours, flipping at least twice to ensure even cooking. I flipped these around 5 times because I get paranoid. I also took a few off the sheet earlier than others, because they were slightly smaller. Make your own judgments about your chips. Remove from sheet and cool on wire rack when golden brown and crisp.

crispy

5. Let cool, then enjoy! They’re a great snack and alternative to store-bought chips, and I would definitely make them again!

piled high

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa

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Simple dinner: Spaghetti, chicken sausage & veggies

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while hasn’t it? I haven’t been cooking as much as I’d like, but I did make dinner tonight and it was super simple but still delicious (and really aren’t those the best dinners?) so I thought I would share it. The ingredient amounts are going to be what I used, when I cooked it for myself, so adjust accordingly.

Ingredients:

Spaghetti (or other pasta) noodles
Chicken sausage, full cooked (your desired amount, or 1 per person on average)
A handful or two of spinach leaves
A few cloves of garlic, minced
A few small grape tomatoes
A small amount of olive oil to sauté
Grated Parmesan cheese (desired amount)
A dash of pepper

(Optional: Add additional items like mushrooms, bell peppers, onion, etc.)

Recipe:

1. Cook your noodles.

boiling pasta

 

2. Chop your sausage, tomatoes, chicken sausage, and any other additional items that you’ve chosen.

3. Add your olive oil to a medium-heat pan and sauté garlic, then add your chopped chicken shortly after.

chicken sausage and garlic

 

4. Add your chopped grape tomatoes.

tiny tomatoes

 

with some little tomatoes

 

5. Add your spinach and some black pepper. Sauté until medium-green in color and soft.

spinachy

 

6. Stir to incorporate ingredients.

all together now

 

7. Add cheese and let it melt!

cheesy

 

Melty!

 

8. Add on top of your noodles and enjoy!

all done

 

yum!

 

I really liked my chicken sausage, and I thought I’d show you the brand that I bought, just in case you were interested:

chicken-y

 

I don’t usually eat chicken sausage but I never imagined it’d actually taste good. This dish is actually a variation on something I’ve done in the past, which was exactly this recipe but without the sausage and cheese and tomato, and with the addition of red pepper flakes. There are endless possibilities.

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa


Breakfast for Dinner: Huevos Rancheros

I always seem to have a craving for Mexican food. However, when Colin suggested huevos rancheros I was hesitant. I’ve never liked incorporating eggs into my meals other than a simple scramble for breakfast, or fried eggs alongside some toast or an English muffin. However, this turned out very well!

Ingredients:

6 eggs
6 flour tortillas
1/2 can chili
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 Tablespoon Dried ground ancho pepper, cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes
Rice a Roni Mexican Rice (optional, side dish) 

Recipe:

1. Fry all the eggs to your preference.

(Be sure to pepper the eggs)

2. Combine chili and tomatoes in a pot and cook on low heat.

3. Add the spices to the chili mixture and cook until liquidy like a sauce.

4. Cook tortillas in microwave or on stove.

5. Place tortillas on a plate, with an egg on each.

6. Drizzle with sauce and whatever other toppings you would like.

7. Plate with Rice a Roni Mexican rice, refried beans, etc.

8. Enjoy!

Post by: Melissa Rook
Pictures by: Melissa Rook and Colin Diltz


Pork fried rice

I love Asian food! From teriyaki to gyoza (which may be posted later this week, we’ll see) it’s one of my favorite things to eat.

When my dad worked in Seattle he used to bring me pork fried rice from Uwajimaya and comic books from Kinokuniya bookstore. So I would call this comfort food, as it reminds me of my childhood. 🙂

Ingredients:

3 large cloves garlic, minced finely
2 small heads of broccoli, chopped
1.5 large carrots, chopped
4-5 stalks of green onion (or chives, one)
3 eggs
1/2 large onion, chopped
1.5 lb of pork, chopped and seasoned with salt & pepper (you could also substitute chicken, beef, or shrimp)
1 cup of peas
rice of your choice (be sure this is done before the rest of the mixture!)
salt and pepper
olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce and 1/4 cup water (1:1 ratio) 

Recipe:

1. Chop garlic, broccoli, carrots, green onions and onion.

2. Chop pork and season with salt and pepper.

3. Cook garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil until golden.

4. Add cubed pork, cook thoroughly.

5. Transfer mixture to plate or bowl.

6. In the same pan, cook the onion, carrot and broccoli on very low heat. Add peas halfway through.

7. Transfer veggies to separate bowl to rest.

8. Add the eggs to the pan, on low heat, and scramble with green onion slices.

9. Add pork and stir.

10. Add vegetables and mix.

11. Add rice and stir mixture.

12. Make soy sauce and water mixture. Stir and add.

12. Cook down until liquid is gone.

13. Enjoy!

Photos by: Colin Diltz
Post by: Melissa Rook


Ciabatta double-meat sandwiches with pesto

Here it is, as promised! My favorite sandwiches. These are great for lunch or dinner, but they are best served soon after cooking because they are delicious warm. You can use whatever meat you’d like, as long as it’s lunchmeat. I would recommend beef but pork would be ok too. I wouldn’t use chicken, but if that’s what you like then go for it. You can also use your favorite cheese. I think provolone and pepperjack both work well, but another cheese I’d recommend is asiago as it’s my favorite. 🙂

Ingredients:

2-5 cloves of garlic (minced)
2 T olive oil
Pastrami (lunchmeat)
Black pepper beef (lunchmeat) 
Ciabatta bread (you can learn how to make your own HERE.)
A little less than a cup of less-liquidy basil pesto, stirred (homemade or store bought)
Cheese of your choice (but we are using provolone, I got tired of pepperjack!)

( A pound of meat makes about 4 sandwiches)

Recipe:

1. Mince garlic.

2. Bring olive oil to medium high heat in a pan and add garlic. Sautee garlic until golden brown.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Add meat to pan.

5. Cook meat until slightly charred at edges.

6. Cut ciabatta bread into desired sandwich-sized pieces and in half.

7. spread one half of each sandwich with pesto and the other half with cheese.

7. Stack meat on pesto side of sandwiches.

8. Place in oven and check every 5 minutes until cheese is melted.

9. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich? Have you ever tried pesto? If not GO FOR IT. I definitely recommend the homemade bread. 🙂

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Colin Diltz


Beef + Pork Combo Meatballs

Hello everyone!

Today I’ve decided to share a recipe for beef and pork meatballs. These can be used in a variety of ways, including on top of spaghetti (all covered in cheese…), served plain, on top of rice, or with a variety of sauces. I used whole grain thin spaghetti and Classico spicy tomato and basil sauce. This is a perfect summer food for those cooler days, but it reminds me of fall. This recipe makes about 2 dozen meatballs.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork sausage
2.5 T cumin
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced (depending on preference)
1 T black pepper
1 T red pepper flakes
1 T chili powder

Optional: Spaghetti noodles and sauce, or other additions to your meal

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure meat is entirely thawed ahead of time.

Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine spices in bowl.

3. Mince garlic cloves.

4. Knead ground pork sausage and beef together in bowl.

5. Add minced garlic and spices.

6. Continue kneading until thouroughly mixed.

7. Grab a meatball-sized piece of mixture.

8. Roll the mixture between your hands into a spherical shape.

9. Place meatballs 1/2 inch apart on baking sheet or pizza tray.

10. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, then flip and continue cooking.

11. Continue cooking for 7 minutes or so, checking every so often. (When I cooked these they were done after 35 min.)

12. Remove from oven and prepare for serving.

13. Enjoy!

Have you ever made homemade meatballs? What is your favorite way to serve/eat meatballs?

Photos by: Colin Diltz
Post by: Melissa Rook