Saturday, April 5, 2014

Weekday Meal Ideas (1)

I'll be doing a couple post on this theme in the next while! 

Here are some meals I typically pull out on weeknights. I make no claim that they are healthy or that you/your kids/your spouse/your cat will like them. What you see are not the full recipes. If you'd like the full recipe with measurements and everything, just send me an email!

What are your go-to weeknight meals?

Basil Pasta

- Pasta of your choice (I typically use bowties)
- Fresh basil
- Cream
- Parmesan cheese (fresh is better)

Cook pasta as per the directions on the package. Chop up a good size handful of basil leaves, and grate the lemon rind until you have about 2 tablespoons. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it. Add about a cup  of cream (I use whipping cream and go for full fat!), and about 1/2 cup of parm and stir until cheese is melted. Add lemon rind and basil and stir again. Squeeze the juice from the lemon. Serve with extra parm and freshly ground pepper to top!

Veggie “cream” soup

- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 1 small onion
- 1 baking potato
- bunch of carrots, cauliflower or broccoli
- 1L (4 cups) Vegetable stock (or chicken or beef, whatever you prefer or have on hand) 
- Seasoning (see below for pairings)

Chop up garlic and onion. Heat up some oil in a large soup pot. Once hot, add garlic and onion and cook. Meanwhile, peel and chop up baking potato and other veggie. Add to pot. Add seasoning (ginger for carrots, and italian season or dried basil or herbes de Provence for cauliflower/broccoli). Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to med-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Using an immersion blender, puree until smooth. Serve with break of your choice (I do parm garlic sticks) 

Sausage Pasta

- 3-4 garlic cloves
- olive oil
- 2-3 sausages of your choice (I use mild Italian)
- your favourite pasta (I usually use fusilli)

Cook pasta as per directions. Meanwhile, cut sausages into slides and cook over medium heat until cooked through. Set aside. In the same pan, heat up oil and cooke garlic for 2-3 minutes (don't burn!). Mix pasta, sausages, and oil/garlic sauce. Done!

Chicken wings

- Soy sauce
- Salt
- Fresh ground pepper

Preheat oven to 425F. Put wire baking rack over a baking sheet covered in tin foil. Dip each wing in soy sauce to coat and put on rack. Sprinkle salt and pepper over each wing. Bake for 20 minutes, flip each wing, and bake for another 20 minutes. I serve with coleslaw or other cut up veggies.