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Recently Eating – Easy Weeknight Dinners

Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Bacon-Wrapped Scallops with Cauliflower Mash & Roasted Broccolini
Preheat oven to 350˚. Prepare bacon on baking sheets and cook for 10 minutes, until cooked through but still pliable. Wrap around scallops and secure with toothpicks. Cook in butter for a few minutes each side. Coat broccolini in olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and red pepper. Broil for 5 minutes, turning over halfway through. Roast cauliflower until soft, puree in a blender, and season to taste.

Sausage, Broccoli & Goat Cheese Quinoa
Prepare tricolore quinoa according to instructions. Heat up Trader Joe’s chicken apple sausage and steam broccoli. Combine with quinoa, sprinkle with goat cheese, and season to taste.

Farro Salad with Broccolini, Edamame & Avocado
Prepare Trader Joe’s 10-minute farro according to instructions.Coat broccolini in olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and red pepper. Broil for 5 minutes, turning over halfway through. Combine broccolini, farro and edamame and stir to combine over medium-low heat. Remove from heat, add chopped avocado, and drizzle with sriracha.

Peanut Chicken Stir Fry with Spicy Udon Noodles
Chop chicken breast, red peppers, garlic and ginger and set aside. Make this peanut sauce. Heat wok and add a few tablespoons of sesame oil. Throw in chicken and toss until nearly cooked through. Add garlic, peppers, and a can of water chestnuts. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then add a package of udon noodles. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add peanut sauce and toss to combine. Remove from heat and top with chopped scallions, sesame seeds, and sriracha.


Spoiler alert: I really like broccoli. And sriracha. And stuff from Trader Joe’s. And posting photos of my food on Instagram.

I don’t always post recipes of the stuff I make for myself, often because I’m too lazy. But everyone likes a fast, easy dinner, and these are all decently healthy, or so I tell myself. (Bacon’s always healthy, right?)

What about you? What are some of your favorite weeknight dinners? (No, really. I need some new ideas.)

Crock Pot, Entrees, Food

Crock Pot Korean BBQ Beef

Crock Pot Korean BBQ Beef

Although it’s been 80+ degrees in Los Angeles, most of the country is feeling a little chilly right now. As a native Californian and self-professed weather wimp, I can’t even imagine what some of you are going through on the East Coast! Luckily, this crock pot Korean BBQ Beef is embarrassingly easy, and perfect for a cold winter night. I know I like to get a little fancy with the slow cooker, but sometimes you gotta just throw a simple sauce in there and let the magic happen. And trust me, this tangy, melt-in-your-mouth Korean beef is pretty magical.

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Entrees, Food

Vegetable Enchiladas + the Best Red Sauce Ever

Vegetable Enchiladas

Here’s the thing about enchiladas. I always want them. Chicken enchiladas, beef enchiladas, cheese enchiladas, green sauce, red sauce, Tex-mex, homemade… I want them. I want them ALL. So what’s a girl to do when she’s trying to lose that holiday food baby? VEGETABLE enchiladas, obviously. Totally healthy!

All jokes aside, these are definitely lighter enchiladas. There’s a fair amount of cheese in the recipe, but you can always tinker with that if you’re worried about it. The smoky, spicy, easy red sauce is mostly tomato sauce and spices. And of course, you’ve got an assortment of roasted veggies in every bite. Pretty decent compromise if you ask me.

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Short Rib Stroganoff

Short Rib Stroganoff

This short rib stroganoff is my new favorite thing. I loved it so much, I don’t even want to tell you how many times I tasted the sauce while I was making it. (Hint: a lot.) Last week I invited my dad and little brother over for dinner and made them short ribs in my beautiful new French oven, a Christmas gift from Alexei. I braised some extra short ribs with this very dish in mind… I must be some sort of evil genius.

Stroganoff is usually characterized by strips of beef, mushrooms, and sour cream. This has all of those things, except SHORT RIBS. It’s a creamy, decadent delight. And although you might be thinking, “pasta right before New Years?”, consider this: I  swapped whole milk for heavy cream. Just for you.

I recommend making these braised short ribs for a group, and then whipping up this stroganoff for yourself with the leftovers. You won’t be sorry.

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