Meal #47: Steak, Brussels Sprouts, and Homemade Fries

Time for a heavier plate with the classics – steak and veggies. We had been eyeing the “homemade fries” recipe in the book (which is essentially “cut potatoes and bake”) and decided to pair it with a simple steak and Brussels sprouts, asparagus, and tomato combo.

Ingredients

  • Steak
    • We had some kind of chuck for this dish, and in hindsight could have gone for an upgrade
  • Mushrooms
  • Asparagus
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Yellow potatoes

Finished Product

Here’s a dish that I could see on a restaurant menu – many vibrant colors and a variety of flavors to keep things interesting. Sadly we went a little over on the meat and it turned out medium/medium well – but it was still a joy to eat.

Meal #46: Spicy Jalapeno Lasagna

We’ve done lasagna once or twice on here before, but this is one of our own twists on the recipe – some jalapeno peppers thrown into the mix to give it a spicy character.

Ingredients

  • Lasagna noodles
  • Mushrooms
  • Japeneno
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ground beef
  • Tomato paste
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Egg
  • Tomato sauce

Finished Product

This turned out marvelously, like lasagna tends to do. It looked so good coming out of the oven that I had to snap a picture before we event plated it. Digging in, the cheese was the perfect consistency and made for a spectacular glamor shot.

Meal #45: Sweet vs. Savory Popovers

We had some miscellaneous ingredients around, so we created a duel-of-the-fates, pitting popovers topped with savory meat stuffing (from the stuffed peppers) with dessert-style popovers.

Finished Product

The popover shells turned out more like biscuits, which was disappointing, but eating these was still a fun experience. It’s hard to declare a winner here, but my personal favorite was the savory arrangement.

Meal #44: Roasted Stuffed Peppers

We’re spicing things up with some deluxe stuffed peppers – we’ve got a taco-like meaty sauce in the middle with some vegetable fixings to decorate as well.

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil
  • Taco sauce
  • Corn
  • Avocado
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Bell pepper
  • Onion
  • Mushroom
  • Garlic
  • Green onion
  • Salt and Pepper

Finished Product

To round this one out, we crisped the peppers with the blowtorch – adding a nice finish and unique taste. These were delicious served on top of rice.

Meal #43: Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus with Corn

We’ve been hitting the bottom of the barrel in our cookbook – the remaining recipes are all pretty generic and boring, so we’re branching out to create our own dishes. Our first freestyle dish is simple but filling – combining veggies and meat in a tasty, lightweight plate.

Ingredients

For these freestyle dishes, we’ll usually be eyeballing the ingredient amounts – so just do what feels right when combining these. That’s a good philosophy in general.

  • Olive oil
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Bacon
  • Corn
  • Asparagus

Finished Product

With a little flair of sriracha and seasoned salt, these were ready to eat. They’re light enough for lunch but could be a dinner plate too depending on portion size. One of our first custom dishes on the blog, and it turned out pretty well.

Meal #42: Mediterranean Style Fish Stew

We don’t want to get too used to any one type of dish, so it’s time for some more fish food.

Ingredient List

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces chorizo sausage
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 bulb fennel
    • We’ve managed not to buy this yet so we didn’t include it here
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
    • We had all the other ingredients so making a separate trip to get this wasn’t worth it
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz clam juice
  • 12 ounces cod fillets
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Finished Product

This was probably the best stew we’ve made so far – the fish was tender and flaky and the spice profile was perfect. Combining the sausage in with the fish made for a very interesting dish.

Meal #41: Cubed Steaks with Garlic Butter

It’s time for another steak recipe – this time with a side of vegetables and a nice creamy butter topping.

Ingredients

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 ounces beef cubed steaks
    • We just bought normal steaks and cut them up
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Finished Product

This looked pretty good in the end, but there were some struggles along the way – I added the flour in too early and that threw off the balance of the rest of the ingredients. The liquid was also supposed to be more like gravy. On the bright side, the butter and asparagus turned out great. We might do this one again, but I’ll have to be sure to follow the recipe properly.

Meal #39: Chicken and Chorizo Paella

Seems like we’re shifting to meaty dishes now – here’s a double-whammy with sausage and chicken.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rice
    • Unbelievable, the recipe book actually listed rice as an ingredient instead of leaving it up to us – this might be the first time we’ve seen that
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4 ounces chorizo sausage
  • 1 chicken breast
    • Tenderloins or bust
  • 1 onion
  • 3/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads
    • No one can afford these and it’s unlikely they make a huge difference in taste
  • 1/4 cup green olives
    • Also known as “the rest of the leftover olives that have been in the fridge for a while”
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
    • No peas in this house, just edamame

Finished Product

This looked too good in the pan to wait until plating to take a picture. Super tasty, and we used it to feed a special guest – it made well over 5 individual servings, so we had no shortage of tasty paella.

Meal #38: Vegetable Curry with Sweet Potato and Eggplant

Ok, last eggplant dish for a few days, I promise.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 eggplant
  • 1/2 sweet potato
  • 3 ounces green beans
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
    • Chicken broth, since we just can’t get enough of it
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro

Finished Product

The veggies softened up perfectly and this was a tasty cleanse meal. Another recipe where serving on rice made all the difference in the world.