Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Rice Cooker Fried Rice

This was Delicious! We used sesame oil in this recipe and it turned out sooo good. It does need a soy or soy/ginger sauce to make it perfect. It also reheats really well! We made some shrimp to go with it, but it could be great with a number of other dishes


Ingredients:

2 cups sushi rice
1-2 tablespoons of sesame oil
1 chopped onion
4-5 chopped garlic cloves
1 teaspoon grated or chopped ginger
2 cups beef broth
1 cup frozen vegetables

Directions:

1. Set rice cooker to white rice
2. Add sesame oil. Add onions and garlic and ginger and cook until onions are softened, stirring as needed.
3. Add rice and frozen vegetables.
4. Add beef broth.
5. Cover and cook until done!
6. Serve with soy or any other sauce you like

What we liked:

So easy and good!

What we didn't like:

nothing, it was great

What Kaspian thought about it:

He was not into the rice,Astrid, however, LOVED it

Next time:

No changes needed

Monday, December 4, 2017

Astrid's Birthday Dinner

Astrid Turned 2 and we made her a birthday dinner. The recipes are all in previous posts, but here's a combined plate :)


Citrus Green Chile Turkey

We made a turkey for Astrid's Birthday dinner. We wanted to make it a citrus/soy with a hint of New Mexico - so we added some green chile to it. We made it in a bag and it turned out AMAZING. It was moist and yummy and well cooked! We completely made up the recipe and it was really great!


Ingredients:

18 lb turkey
turkey bag
2 onions, quartered and peeled
2 oranges, quartered
1 lemon quartered
1 cup soy
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons turkey herb seasoning (optional)
4 oz packet of green chile

Directions:

Preheat oven to about 350 F
1. Place defrosted turkey in a bag, making sure to remove all insides and gibblets and plastic bags that come with it.
2. Stuff with lemon, orange, and onion quarters. Ones that don't fit, just place on top and around.
3. Rub the Turkey seasoning on top.
4. Pour the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce around the turkey. Place the green chile on top.
5. Place the turkey in the oven and cook based on weight. Ours cooked for about 4.5 hours. 

What we liked:

It was really fun creating the recipe and the turkey tasted great!!!

What we didn't like:

Nothing, it was great

What Kaspian thought about it:

He did not try it. 

Next time:

Definitely will make again!

Roasted Parmesan Herb Sweet Potatoes

We wanted to make sweet potatoes but didn't really want to make them sweet. We wanted to do a more savory dish with them. We found this recipe which was SUPER easy and really good. They reminded us of the sweet potato fries. Yummy! We cooked these at the same time as we did the roasted carrots and radishes and it turned out great with both dishes coming out at the same time.

Here is the original recipe: https://www.pumpkinnspice.com/roasted-parmesan-herb-sweet-potatoes


Ingredients:

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Add diced potatoes to a baking dish.
3. Add oil, cheese italian seasoning and garlic powder to the potatoes and mix.
4. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until lightly browned and crispy. The potatoes should be soft.

What we liked:

It was very good and a great new dish to try!

What we didn't like:

Nothing, it was great. Initially, we followed the recipe and mixed all the oil, cheese and garlic powder and seasoning in a separate bowl, but this made it clumpy and hard to mix into the sweet potatoes. Pouring the ingredients over the potatoes seemed to work much better. 

What Kaspian thought about it:

He didn't seem to have an opinion. 

Next time:

NO change needed! Definitely a keeper!

Garlic Green Beans

This was probably the easiest, fastest, and most delicious green bean recipe we have made.
The green beans came out perfectly soft and cooked and were great!

Original Recipe: https://goodcheapeats.com/2011/04/easy-garlic-green-beans-whats-on-your-plate/



Ingredients:

2 cups frozen green beans
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon butter
4-5 cloves of garlic, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Add beans and water to a large frying pan. Cover and cook until soft on medium heat - about 10 minutes.
2. Add butter and garlic and mix together.
3. Serve!

What we liked:

So easy and good!

What we didn't like:

Nothing, it was perfect!

What Kaspian thought about it:

He was not too into food

Next time:

Perhaps add some shallots or pine nuts!

Roasted Carrots

This was a roasted carrots recipe we made for Astrid's Birthday dinner. The carrots turned out great. We also added some radishes and they were also very good. We did have to cook for much longer than the original recipe indicated though.

Original recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-carrots-recipe-1940444

Roasted Carrots & Radishes

Ingredients:

1 lb carrots
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
juice of half a lemon or lime

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Cut carrots diagonally
3. Combine olive oil, salt, pepper and juice in a little bowl
4. Spread the carrots on a sheet pan and pour the olive oil mixture over them. Toss to coat. We used a baster brush.
5. Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes or until tender. 

What we liked:

They turned out yummy!

What we didn't like:

Nothing, it was good. 

What Kaspian thought about it:

He liked the carrots

Next time:


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Beet and Quinoa Salad

We made this beet & quinoa salad
Original recipe: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/beet-and-quinoa-salad

But, it was so bland and seemed to be missing something so badly that it doesn't even get a picture here :)  Not recommended.