Is it just me or is June a ridiculously busy month for everyone? I wasn’t so overwhelmed that didn’t cook at home at all, just nothing that I would classify as “gourmet”. Rather, I stuck to simple, straightforward, easy-to-prepare meals. So, I thought I’d share with you some of my more recent “go-to” meals when time and/or creativity are lacking.
1. Grilled sausages, roasted broccoli and fingerling smashed potatoes. Simply grill the sausages, baste with bbq sauce and serve with
mustard for dipping, if desired. Cut a crown of broccoli into small florets, toss with olive oil, salt & pepper and roast in a 425 F oven for about 15-20 minutes or until crisp tender and the tips are slightly browned. For the potatoes, wash baby red or white potatoes (leave skin on), throw into a pot filled with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat. Once you can pierce the potatoes easily with a fork, drain them into a colander and then throw them back into the pot. Mash them (leave the skins on) and add a tablespoon or two of butter, about a 1/3 cup of milk, a heaping tablespoon of horseradish and season to taste with salt and pepper. Lately I’ve been adding add a bit of garlic olive oil instead of the milk. Dijon
2. Baked sweet potatoes with chickpeas and roasted vegetables. Microwave or bake sweet potatoes and top with chickpeas or another bean of your choice, and lots of roasted veggies (recent concoctions included sautéed garlic scapes, broccoli and zucchini). Top with a large dollop of hummus or guacamole or a little bit of both. I have to admit, this is not a “David dinner” (because there is no meat, of course). Actually, I find that David (and I would guess most men in general) are happiest when they’re presented with a mix of meat, starch and veggies. So while I eat a lot of vegetarian fare, I still cook meat for David on most nights.
3. Marinated Flank Steak with baked potatoes and roasted vegetables. When I cook something vegetarian like the preceding recipe, I make extra of the veggies and potatoes and then add some meat to prepare a dinner for David. Below is an easy and delicious flank steak marinade that my family has been making for years.
marinated flank steak
§ 3 (three) pounds flank steak
§ ¾ (three-quarters) cup oil
§ ¼ (one-quarter) cup soya sauce
§ ¼ (one-quarter) cup brown sugar
§ 2 (two) tablespoons vinegar
§ 1 (one) clove garlic, minced
§ a handful of chopped green onions
§ 1½ (one-and-a-half) teaspoons ginger
1. Mix marinade ingredients together. Score the steak, then marinate in a ziplock bag for 24-48 hours.