Learning the basics boosts confidence in the kitchen :) Roasted veg dishes are not only simple, but incredibly delicious ways to cook and eat vegetables. Tossing almost any vegetable into the oven that’s coated in good olive oil and herbs brings out the natural flavor of the veg. There really aren’t any rules to this - just use high heat, season well, and wait till there’s some good golden color on the edges. The charred bits are always the best.
One pan meals are a regular at my home - their convenience is unmatched. This week’s recipe comes together in under 20 minutes. A hearty pasta toss that somehow remains light enough for a warm summer night. Little ears of Orecchiette pasta are the perfect shape to cradle juicy morsels of sausage and Parmesan cheese. Tender stalks of broccoli rabe bring some crunch to the party, but can be subbed with anything you have on hand - kale, broccoli, spinach, or even peas. Technically, we do use 2 pans/pots for this dish (a pot to boil the pasta!), but we’ll just keep that to ourselves :)
This is the best broccoli you'll ever eat. Roasting is such a delicious way to prepare veggies, and broccoli absolutely transforms when cooked in a hot oven. They turn golden brown, the stalks turn tender, and their flavor is enhanced. When roasting any vegetables, it's super simple: don't be afraid of oil & salt! Don't skimp, and toss the vegetables so that they're properly coated in oil and seasoning.
This roasted broccoli really wakes up the taste buds. Flaky sea salt, cracked black pepper, and thinly sliced garlic are the base for great seasoning, but what really brings this broccoli up a notch is the addition of shichimi. Shichimi Togarashi is a Japanese blend of seven spices that varies depending on the region or cook. The typical ingredients include sansho (Sichuan pepper), dried citrus peel, sesame seeds, ginger, garlic, shiso, nori, hemp seeds, and chiles. This mixture is wonderful on meat, noodles, rice, and fried foods. I love adding shichimi to my eggs or on top of my avocado toast!
After the broccoli is roasted, finish it off with a good squeeze of lemon juice and fresh lemon zest for some good brightness and acid. The cake topper is tossing in shaved Parmesan cheese for some nuttiness. This recipe works well for regular weeknight dinners, or as a side for entertaining. There's no need to measure a ton of ingredients - just toss it all together and roast it off in the oven for 15 minutes :)
The flavor of cauliflower is mild, and a bit sweet and creamy - it acts as a canvas for whatever . Roasting this veg is glorious, and let's face it; everything is better with cheese! This recipe is for a really delicious and addicting snack that is as simple as slicing florets of cauli, roasting them for 15-20 minutes, and then adding tons of cheese and fresh parsley. Baking grated Parmesan turns the warm, nutty cheese into salty crisps. These Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower Crisps taste like one of my favorite indulgences - chips. The tender roasted cauliflower is perfectly seasoned, and the baked cheese gives them a nice crust. I could easily polish off a tray of these yummy cauliflower crisps :) Let's get cookin!
Prosciutto & melon is one of the most glorious classic flavor combinations ever. The perfect blend of sweet and salty, refreshing and savory…not to mention so easy to throw together. These little BFF’s are usually served as a delicate piece of prosciutto wrapped around a ripe piece of cantaloupe. This beautiful salad steps it up a bit without being super pretentious. Peppery arugula serves as the base, but you can totally use whatever greens you’ve got in the fridge. Grilling fruit is such a great way to elevate any dish. It brings out the natural sugars in the fruit and makes everything taste even more vibrant. A mix of sweet melon balls, creamy mozzarella, grilled peaches, thin, salty prosciutto, a bite from slivers of raw red onion, sea salt & a crack of black pepper make the most delicious summer salad. Let’s get cookin!