I recently taught Cecilia how to make soft scrambled eggs using low heat and a lot of attention. It’s definitely worth the effort to get the creamy, almost curdless, scramble, but it takes a good amount of time to do them properly. Not ideal for a quick weekday morning breakfast or lunch. But if you have time to boil water, then you have time for a well-cooked egg to add some protein to any meal.
This is a true back pocket recipe. The sum total of the recipe is in the title. If you want a perfect boiled egg to top your salad, noodles, oatmeal or messy breakfast sandwich, you only need about seven minutes.
This quick and easy dessert hits the trifecta for me. It’s quick and easy. It’s a great kid’s activity. It’s perfect for a crowd.
Despite being quick and easy to pull together, just quick hands, these ice cream bon bons make a big impression. They are different from the usual plate of cookies or brownies and looks far more fancy and elegant than the effort put into them. Hard to beat that!
Such a no-brainer idea. Why make a bunch of small, insignificant individual chocolate chip cookies when you can make one giant, warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie pie? Warning: it’s probably best to make this with other people around. I am not liable if you eat the whole pie yourself.
If you want to make it even more decadent, you could add some frosting.
Easier than a cake. Easier than a pie. It’s a cookie. In a pie dish.
Some days the pizza craving comes on strong and fast. Too fast to think ahead and have dough prepped. Too strong to put off another day. You need the pizza and you need it tonight. If you find yourself suffering from pizza fever, for the love of god, don’t settle for mediocre (or worse) takeout pizza. Making pizza at home isn’t a big undertaking and the results (maybe with a little practice, but not much) are far, far superior to your average suburban pizza shop.
My plan to work through a lot of the recipes in Shalane Flanagan’s Run Fast. Eat Slow. during marathon training last fall never happened because I was injured before I even started the plan. Turns out I might never run a marathon again with the arthritis in my knee. It took awhile but I’ve come to grips with that and I’m finding a happy medium with running in my life again.
I also cracked open that cookbook again and was reminded, runner or not, there are some really good and healthy recipes in here. I especially like their view on using fats in cooking. Looking at the big bag of sweet potatoes I needed to use, I tried the wild salmon sweet potato cakes recipe for a weeknight protein topper on a big salad.
We are getting closer but not yet to the point where all four of us eat the same dinner. The girls still have foods that they refuse or simply don’t like to eat. So, in 2017 I favored quick and easy recipes that hit one of three things: the girls can help, the girls will eat, or I can get it on the table quickly.
These are my favorite recipe discoveries in 2017 that I know I will be repeating in 2018.
Sometimes you just need bread fast.
I like to plan. I operate best when I know what is coming. Changes or unanticipated surprises make me grumpy. Like when meal planning goes awry and we end up having soup or stew and I don’t the time or dough ready for bread.
Soup or stew without bread is only half a meal. It all makes me grumpy!