Meal #56: Ramen Burger

A staple of young adulthood are the Ramen noodles – but it’s not obvious quite how versatile they can be. We were inspired by a trip to New York last year and finally had a chance to create something we thoroughly enjoyed – the Ramen burger.

Ingredients

  • Ramen noodles
  • Homemade burger patties (spiced with Jalapeno peppers)
  • Eggs
  • Arugula
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vegetable oil

Finished Product

It may look like there’s an odd mix between the dry noodle buns and the juicy burger – but upon slicing in to the creation the textures turn into a wonderful symphony. This was a quick and easy homemade homage to the tasty meal we had at the Smorgasbord.

Meal #55: Loaded Baked Potatoes

At certain points in the year we find ourselves with more potatoes than we can account for in the dark recesses of our cupboards. Before they begin to sprout, we’ll turn them in to something tasty.

Ingredients

  • Potatoes (any kind will do)
  • Ground beef
  • Mushrooms
  • Jalapeno
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Butter
  • Taco sauce
  • Arugula
  • Olive oil

Finished Product

Compared to a regular baked potato – where you might be lucky to get butter and cheese as toppings – the loaded baked potato is far more fulfilling and nutritious.

Meal #54: Eggs Benedict

The Eggs Benedict has been on our pedestal for a while – something we know we’ve wanted to cook but never had the grits to give it a try. But, there’s no time like the present so let’s get crackin’.

Ingredients

  • White vinegar
  • Eggs
  • Ham slices (or “Canadian bacon”)
  • Butter
  • Lemon juice
  • English muffins
  • Parsely
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cayenne pepper

Finished Product

Wow, these turned out great. We had anticipated issues with the poaching of the eggs – arguably the most difficult aspect of this recipe – but had success with all four of the eggs. The most surprising part of this recipe was learning that hollandaise sauce is actually just raw egg yolk with some other ingredients. I wouldn’t have imagined that.

Meal #53: Breakfast Muffin

There’s a famous food chain that makes something close to these – but they haven’t managed to nail down our secret recipe yet.

Ingredients

  • English muffins
  • Mushrooms
  • Sausage
  • Garlic
  • Pepperjack cheese
  • Eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Breadcrumbs

Finished Product

These are and will likely always be worlds better than anything coming off of a fast food grill. While time-consuming to make, it’s all the more worth it to bite into these and taste the true breakfast of champions.

Meal #52: Zucchini Boats

In a past life, we made these with a zucchini that a neighbor had given us for free. We had a craving to re-create the tasty recipe instead of ordering a traditional pizza.

Ingredients

  • Zucchini
  • Pepperoni
  • Garlic
  • Sausage
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • mushrooms
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Pizza sauce
    • Due to a clerical error, this was actually pasta sauce in our recipe. I can confirm it still turned out fine

Finished Product

These tasted fairly close to an actual pizza – the abundance of pepperoni disguised the flavor of the zucchini and the mix of toppings sure made this meal feel supreme.

Meal #51: Fried Egg Salad

This was a recipe we found online since we wanted to switch things up from our recent “improv” creations. We traditionally haven’t had a ton of luck with salads, especially those with solid pieces in them, but we gave this one a try.

Ingredients

  • Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Carrot
  • Onion
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Egs
  • Cilantro
  • Brown sugar
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Vegetable oil

Finished Product

This salad turned out surprisingly well. The solid pieces were just chewy and sparse enough to keep a light texture to the salad, while giving it that filling, full-meal substance. The fried egg added a nice savory touch as well.

Meal #50: Memorial Day Platters

Memorial Day is a better weekend than most to bust out the grill and make some classic American favorites. We were a little more particular and chose Wisconsin favorites – brats and burgers, with a side of veggies and fruit.

Ingredients

  • Brats
  • Brioche brat buns
  • Homemade hamburger patty
  • Pretzel hamburger buns
  • Watermelon
  • Asparagus
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Pepperjack cheese
  • Red bell pepper
  • Barbecue sauce

Finished Product

We had enough food this weekend that it couldn’t just fit on one plate, let alone one picture. The medley turned out great and we had plenty of leftovers to keep us going through the week.

Meal #49: Chicken and Asparagus

For a zesty combo of Italian and American flavors, we dressed a classic chicken and asparagus dish with some homemade tomato sauce.

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Chicken tenderloins
  • Tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Asparagus
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Red pepper

Finished Product

Don’t underestimate the humble chicken tender – it may not make for an exciting dinner by itself, but combined with the lemon and other seasonings here, it’s an amazing companion to the asparagus and tomato sauce.

Meal #48: Veggie Fried Rice

A great way to use up extra veggies is to make them into a stir fry – we made this one which was quick and easy with our typical fare.

Ingredients

  • Tomatoes
  • Eggs
  • Onion
  • Zucchini
  • Rice
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Red pepper
  • Salt and pepper

Finished Product

Doesn’t dazzle in the visual department but it sure has a great taste. Nice, warm, and filling – and easy to make as well.