Fresh Beet and Goat Cheese Salad.
I found another gem at our new Fresh Thyme Farmers Market this week – beautiful fresh golden beets!
I love beets – red or gold – but since these are a little harder to find where I live, I was excited to get them. Golden beets are slightly sweeter and a little less earthy than red beets. I actually love the earthiness of red beets, but those that don’t might enjoy these.
I love beets hot or cold, plain or fancy, so I decided to make a bit of a fancier salad for our Sunday supper this past week. Here is my recipe. Hope you will give it a try.
Fresh Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
- 1 large or 2 small gold or red fresh beets (or a combination of both), cooked* and cut into bite-sized pieces.
- Small bunch of arugula or mixed greens of your choice
- ¼ cup pecans or walnuts
- 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 small clementines or oranges
- 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ extra virgin olive oil
- 2 oz. goat cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a small skillet, heat pecans or walnuts until warm and beginning to toast. Add maple syrup and cook and stir to coat. Remove from heat. Spread out on cutting board or parchment or waxed paper to cool.
Prepare dressing by squeezing juice of clementine or orange into a small bowl. Drizzle and whisk in vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Place a small bunch of arugula or mixed greens on each of two salad plates. Top each plate with equal portions of the cut-up beets, followed by clementine or orange slices, toasted candied pecans or walnuts, and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with additional coarse black pepper and salt to taste.
*To cook fresh beets, cut greens off top to about an inch from beet. Place unpeeled fresh beets in a saucepan of water to cover and bring to a boil. Boil for 20-40 minutes, depending on size, until beets are fork-tender. (When you stab with a fork, the beet should slide right back off when done.) Drain under cold water and remove skin with paper towel. Cool completely for salad. Cut up after beets have cooled.
Nothing beats a fresh beet!
Cheers & Hugs,
One-Pan Mustard-Roasted Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, and Sausages.
You totally have to love when your grown sons start sharing recipes with you! I am so proud of the great cooks they have both become (and so happy for the lucky wives they have because of it!!!).
My younger son shared this recipe recently he found online at slenderkitchen.com. I tweaked it up a bit by changing garlic salt to fresh garlic, oregano to rosemary, doubling the sausage, and zipping it up with horseradish mustard. It is a healthy, clean eating meal that is gluten-free and Paleo as well.
But it is also super delish!
Imagine a pan full of crispy roasted potatoes coated in a mustard-garlic glaze, caramelized Brussels sprouts, and hearty sausage that only takes about 10 minutes to throw together.
One-pan meals are so awesome, and I love making something that also serves as an extra lunch or two to take the the office and dinner another night that same week.
I roast it all up in my all-time favorite baking pan, the Pampered Chef Large Stoneware Bar Pan. It is so worth the investment for how beautifully and evenly it bakes and roasts. I use this pan at least once a week for roasting veggies or baking. I can’t imagine my kitchen without it.
Here is the recipe for how I made it. Tweak it up to your tastes and share your ideas! You could use butternut squash instead of potatoes, cauliflower or carrots or green beans instead of Brussels sprouts. The ingredients and combinations are pretty limitless.
One-Pan Mustard-Roasted Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, and Sausages
- 1 lb potatoes, cut into bite-sized chunks (I used a bag of mixed baby potatoes in white, yellow, and purple and cut them in half)
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. whole grain or horseradish mustard (I used horseradish – you can use your favorite!)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
- 1 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped (you might also like to use oregano – dried or fresh)
- 1 1/2 lbs. chicken sausages (I used two packages of Aldi’s Never Any Brand – one Italian Sausage and one Tomato Basil)
- 1 lb fresh Brussels sprouts (cut in half)
- Salt and pepper to taste (I used Malton Sea Salt flakes)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Mix together 2 Tbsp olive oil, mustard, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Toss the potatoes with the mixture, and spread out in a large baking pan. Roast in oven for 25 minutes, tossing once or twice during roasting.
Remove pan from oven and push potatoes to one side. Spread out Brussels sprouts on other side of pan evenly. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the chicken sausages in the middle of the pan between the potatoes and Brussels sprouts.
Increase oven temperature to 475 degrees F, and place the pan back in the oven to roast for another 15 minutes. Shake the pan once or twice during the roasting time to ensure even roasting.
To serve, slice sausages into bite-sized pieces and toss all into a bowl.
Cheers & Hugs,
Roasted Turkey, Bacon, & Avocado Sammie.
Warmer weather means lighter meals and sometimes even sandwiches for dinner.
Here is a yummy fave I made this past Sunday.
Often times on Sundays, we have a bigger, late breakfast, skip lunch, and have an early dinner.
After enjoying hearty breakfast omelets hubby made with our leftover prime rib from dinner out the night before, we made a light sandwich supper.
On a sweet onion bun thickly slathered with mayonnaise, we sliced some roasted turkey, topped it with crispy, smokey bacon, creamy avocado slices, juicy ripe tomatoes and peppery arugula and spinach. It was yum on a bun.
Do you enjoy sandwiches for warm weather suppers? What is your fave?
Cheers & Hugs,
It is such a great time of year to slow cook meals in the crockpot. And if you love the sweet and spicy flair of many Asian chicken dishes, you are going to love this fast and easy way to make a real crowd pleaser.
It seriously goes together in under 10 minutes, makes your house smell wonderful all day, and creates a dinner that tastes like you slaved.
Serve it with your favorite rice or noodle. My son even liked it shredded up on a bun as a sandwich as it is so tender and juicy and falls apart that easy. Serve with a salad, and you know it – you have another….
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
I made this for the last dinner before my son moved out this weekend and sent the leftovers with him. He can enjoy it again in his new home.
Here is the recipe the way I made it. Feel free to adjust hot sauces and seasonings to your taste.
Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken
- 2 lbs. Boneless Chicken Breast and Thighs (combo or one or the other if you prefer)
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 3/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 Tbsp dried oregano
- 2 Tbsp dried parsley
- 1 Tbsp Sriracha hot sauce
- 1 Tbsp Cholula hot sauce
- 4-5 cloves fresh minced garlic
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp smokey paprika chipotle (optional)
- Place chicken pieces in bottom of crockpot.
- Combine remaining ingredients and pour over top of chicken.
- Cook on low 4-5 hours. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp sesame seeds.
- Serve over rice (I love brown rice and quinoa combo) and sprinkle with additional sesame seeds if desire.
Cheers & Hugs,
Who doesn’t love a great meatball?! Perfect little rounded balls of meat and cheese and bread and seasonings can be simmered in a rich tomato or marinara sauce served over a heaping plate of pasta.
They can be served on a soft Italian roll smothered in melted mozzarella or provolone cheese.
They can be made into great party appetizers when simmered in a sauce of grape jelly or cranberries and chili sauce and eaten from tasseled toothpicks.
They can even be simmered in a cream and beef Swedish Meatball broth served over buttery egg noodles or eaten just as is from a fork for a tiny delectable delight.
Sometimes I just crave a nice plateful of spaghetti and meatballs. When I do, this is my go-to best-ever perfect meatball recipe. I’ve been known to substitute veal for the turkey or simply divide the recipe’s meats half and half with beef and pork. It just depends on what I have on hand.
This week’s had turkey, beef, and sausage simmered in a spicy Puttanesca Sauce filled with chunky tomatoes, black and kalamata olives, capers, onions and garlic. (Trader Joes’s makes a great base sauce that I “doctor up.”) I served it atop whole wheat thin spaghetti, and we sprinkled with fresh, salty shaved Parmesan cheese.
If you are looking for the best-ever, perfect meatball recipe (that is baked, not fried) – look no further. Here it is!
Best Ever Meatballs
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 lb ground Italian pork sausage
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 Tbsp dried parsley
- 2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 1/2 cups tap water
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Combine ground turkey, ground beef and sausage in a large bowl. Add minced garlic, eggs, salt, pepper, cheese, and parsley. Combine thoroughly. Add bread crumbs and water, and combine well using your hands.
Shape into meatballs. You can make whatever size you like, but I make mine about 1 inch in diameter.
Line meatballs in a single layer on a baking stone (I love to use my Pampered Chef Stoneware Bar Pan) or any other shallow baking pan with sides.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes until browned and cooked through.
If you are making with sauce for spaghetti and meatballs, add fully cooked meatballs to sauce and simmer for several hours.
Leftovers make great meatball hoagies when served on fresh Italian rolls and topped with mozzarella or provolone cheese.
You can also use as cocktail meatballs by simmering in a sauce made from 1 32-oz jar of grape jelly or 2 cans of Jellied Cranberry Sauce and 2 12-oz jars of Chili Sauce.
No matter what sauce you like (or don’t) with your meatballs, this recipe will provide you with the best-ever perfect meatball.
Cheers & Hugs,
I always thought I made a decent pot roast.
Throw a frozen chuck roast in a crock pot or enamel roaster pan, add an envelope of Lipton onion soup, onions, carrots, water….
But then……. (drum roll please)…… I discovered Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman)’s Perfect Pot Roast recipe.
(Trumpets Sound and Angels Sing)
No turning back after you try this!
I forgot to take some nice pictures of the finished product (BAD BLOGGER Jodi!!!!), but hopefully these will begin to get your mouth watering.
And since when did Chuck Roast become such a premium price cut of beef?!!???!!! It used to be CHEAP, but then I think people discovered the wonderful marbling and
bits chunks of fat actually create A-M-A-Z-I-N-G flavor!
Here is the recipe I will use forever and ever from this day forward – love without end, amen.
You are going to LOVE it!
Perfect Pot Roast (original recipe from Ree Drumond, Pioneer Woman)
- 1 4-5 lb. Chuck Roast
- 2-4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 3-4 cloves of fresh chopped garlic (I added this because garlic always makes it better!)
- 2 Onions
- 6-8 carrots
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 cup Red Wine (this is what MAKES it! – though Ree says you can use beef stock if you prefer)
- 2-3 Cups Beef Stock (I used beef bouillon dissolved in water to make the “stock”)
- 3 sprigs Fresh Thyme, coarsely chopped
- 3 sprigs Fresh Rosemary, coarsely chopped (oh my obsession with fresh Rosemary! – this is #2 item that TOTALLY makes it!)
Generously salt and pepper your chuck roast.
Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add olive oil.
When the oil is hot, add the chopped garlic and quartered onions. Brown nicely, then remove to a plate. Do the same with carrots, adding additional olive oil as needed.
Place the meat in the pan and sear it for about a minute on all sides until it is nice and brown all over. Remove to a plate.
With the burner on high, deglaze the pan with the red wine – scraping the bottom with a whisk to get all of that wonderful flavor up.
When the bottom of the pan is sufficiently deglazed, place the roast back into the pan and add enough beef stock to cover the meat halfway (about 2 to 3 cups). Add in the onion and the carrots, as well as 3 or 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary and about 3 sprigs of fresh thyme.
Cover and roast in a 275F oven for 3-4 hours.
Cheers & Hugs,