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Classic Coleslaw

This week on Pop & Sizzle we’ll be making a decadent, summery Sunday night dinner, in four parts. Each dish ranges from the super easy — coleslaw — to the time-consuming-but-still-pretty-easy –baby back ribs, y’all!

Alexei and I are also going pescetarian for the entire month of May (more on that next week), so what better way to kick that off than with some finger-lickin’ good ribs?

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Crock Pot, Entrees, Food

Crock Pot Chili + Frito Pie

Crock Pot Chili

Last week, it rained in Los Angeles. You might have heard a little something about it. Yes, us dumb Angelinos made a big deal about getting a bit wet, because the rain drives us crazy. We don’t know how to handle it. The streets flood, the traffic gets worse, and few of us own raincoats. This was some much-needed rain though, so it came with a sigh of relief.

The Academy Awards were also last week, and as I mentioned, I was invited to an awesome party with some seriously impressive themed food. The lovely hosts asked me to help out by making some Dallas Buyers Club chili, and thus — a new crockpot favorite was born. A reaaaal meaty one.

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Entrees, Food

Lamb Osso Buco

Lamb Osso Buco

Originally I was going to post this recipe on Valentine’s Day, but on the day of, I thought better of it. First off, I considered the fact that I’m not a huge Valentine’s Day celebrator, and while I do like kitschy cards and chocolate, this is (probably) never going to be the blog that throws an elaborate heart-themed party or teaches you how to make DIY valentines. There are plenty of passionate, talented bloggers out there covering that sort of stuff, and I admire them for their talent and patience. (Now, throwing an elaborate Game of Thrones party on the other hand…)

Also, this meal is not really conducive to uh, strenuous physical activity. For that I’d recommend scallops maybe, or a chicken piccata, but not braised lamb and creamy parmesan risotto. Osso Buco IS, however, a great winter meal for a cosy night in. Turn up the heat, throw on a movie, and dive into some braised lamb.

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Entrees, Food

Weeknight Pappardelle with Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce

Pappardelle with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Ok, I made this on a Sunday, BUT. It’s actually perfect for a quick, comforting weeknight meal. Emphasis on the comfort.

The past few months have been challenging, to say the least. I’ve managed to stay fairly positive and productive, but, spoiler alert: being unemployed is a huge bummer. When you add the stress/drama of the holidays and an identity theft shitstorm to the mix, let’s just say some creamy, indulgent pasta is more than necessary.

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Entrees, Food, Life

Recently Eating – Easy Weeknight Dinners

Easy Weeknight Dinners

Clockwise from left:

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.)