This streamlined, from-scratch, naturally sweetened sesame chicken will blow… your… MIND! Lightly fried chicken gets tossed in a lightly sweet and deeply savory glaze that kicks take-out out of the park. I’ve put together a video showing the whole process below.
You know how grain bowls are all the rage? Forget them. In the dead of winter, you need a soup bowl. What’s a soup bowl, you ask? Good question, since I just made it up. Basically, you take the same concept of a grain bowl, which layers grains with different flavors and textures, but here the base is a thick and creamy (but vegan) sweet potato soup, which gets topped with a mound of rice, frizzled kale, tart green apples and crunchy peanuts. The soup is delicious on its own (that’s how my kids prefer it), but it’s made even better by the toppings.
Did you know that you can make homemade lasagna from start to finish in under an hour?! This lightened-up skillet lasagna, brimming with mushrooms and spinach, forgoes béchamel sauce for an easy broth base and is finished with fontina and fresh ricotta. Rather than getting layered in a casserole dish, the whole thing is made right in a skillet. I’d argue it’s even more tantalizing than the properly stacked version—it’s seductively unkempt, like Julia Robert’s hair in Pretty Woman (without the wig, of course).
These Moroccan Lamb Stuffed Squash are my new obsession. With a succulent lamb filling that’s seasoned with garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, mint, cilantro and pine nuts, and a crispy brown-butter breadcrumb and feta topping, they embody everything I love about fall—they’re fragrant, comforting and sweet, as fitting on a weeknight table as on a special occasion menu.
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.
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.