In this one-pan dinner, chicken thighs are roasted in a screaming hot oven over a bed of baby potatoes, garlic and kale. The chicken turns brown and crispy, and the vegetables soak up the juices, becoming tender, succulent and downright crave-worthy (yes, you will crave kale!). It’s a mouthwatering meal in only thirty minutes.
I’d argue that the most direct route to someone’s heart (I’m really just talking about my heart) is with a thick slice of ice cream cake. Here a chocolate cookie crust gets layered with a tapestry of ice cream and a thick layer of soft fudge. It’s possibly one of the easiest cakes ever, and yet if there is a better crowd pleaser, I’ve yet to taste it. (And if you think ice cream cake is just for summer, you’re mistaken!)
This is currently Ella’s favorite meal. Spaghetti gets twirled around a dead-simple sauce of bacon, sweet corn, garlic and shallots, and is then sprinkled with a healthy dose of Parmesan cheese, chives and a drizzle of lime juice (which might sound surprising, but it acts like an Instagram filter, brightening everything up). Ella has asked me to make it almost every week since corn came in season, and since I’m an awesome mom, I’ve almost always obliged.
These crispy kale quesadillas, stuffed with shredded cheddar cheese and a sweet kale pesto, are quite possibly our favorite new way to eat greens. The recipe comes from the new book, Little Bento, by Michele Olivier (check out the free giveaway below!), and the timing couldn’t be better. Ella is going to be in first grade in a couple of weeks (WTF, that’s old! No; not her—me!!), and I’ve slowly started thinking about back-to-school. While there’s a lot to be excited about, there’s also one thing that’s hanging over my head like a load of stinky laundry. Packing lunches.
A few years ago we had friends over for dinner, and I assembled an ad hoc platter of grilled eggplant topped with a zippy shaved fennel salad, crumbled feta and a spatter of fresh mint. It was simple but unique, outshining the burgers and corn on our plates. I now make this grilled eggplant salad with fennel and feta several times a summer as a welcome departure from—or complement to—the predictable tomato salads and grilled vegetables that dress our table.
Reminiscent of our favorite spicy salmon rolls, these portable sushi burrito wraps are one of my new summertime staples. A ginger- and sriracha-spiked salmon salad gets wrapped in nori with sushi rice, cucumber and avocado. They’re portable, delicious, and surprisingly easy to make—no sushi mat required! (Watch how to roll them in the video below.)