Are you in the mood for a fast dish that can have everything you need all together? Starch, vegetable, protein…and it is one tasty package? It maybe isn’t the healthiest, but you could always scale back the butter and cheese a bit if you wanted. Or add extra pasta/broccoli to soak it up. We were all fans of this creamy dish which is very easy to make.
What do you consider “a hurry”? I made the spice mixture for this ahead of time, and just left it in my mini food processor in case it needed to be re-processed. It meant that dinner came together in less than the time it took to cook the rice. I added spinach because I like what curry does for spinach, and I like having everything all together. Everyone ate this, and I cut out the serrano peppers to appease our sensitive tongues. You can certainly add them back in and up the spice. You could leave out the spinach, but you can also add more or less. It’s not a picky recipe, which also helps with a time crunch. For a large portion, you are just stirring occasionally while discussing cars with your toddler. Or whatever you do in your spare cooking time.
One of my favorite parts of late spring into summer…corn! It starts appearing in the stores and I get so excited. Zucchini is generally good year-round even if the price is higher, or at least okay. But corn? The fresh kind is only good in the summer and it is awesome. I’ve been buying some each week just because I can’t resist it.
We like simple recipes with ingredients we love. This is one for us…sausage, mushrooms, and pasta. All loved, and this dish comes together in under an hour if I count my slow chopping skills and the time to boil water.
Just before our last trip to Maryland, I had made a breakfast casserole for the day we left. It was okay…but definitely not a recipe I would repeat. This was a recipe I found, and after a few changes, it was a recipe I have already repeated. It is easy to have the ingredients on hand, and it comes together quickly.
I know what you’re probably thinking…boiled carrots? Do we need this? Well, I like cooking carrots, and usually roast them. They are great that way, and I still prefer them that way, but sometimes I am short on time. This is a way to enjoy carrots quickly and in a different way. Supposedly the idea behind this recipe is to boil the carrots in the equivalent of sea water. By boiling them in a salty water, they maintain more of their flavor and cook faster. You also don’t need to season them later because they are perfect (in my opinion).
I could maybe see using a bit less salt in the future to see how it does. I have doubled this recipe and it still worked well.
Directions for Easy Boiled Carrots with Lemon and Chives
Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated January/February 2017
- 1 pound carrots, peeled
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Meanwhile, chop the carrots into 1.5-2 inch lengths. Leave the thin pieces whole, the medium pieces can be cut in half lengthwise and the thickest pieces can be quartered.
Add the chopped carrots to the boiling water along with the salt. Cover and cook until tender (about 6 minutes). Drain the carrots and return them to the pot. Add the butter, lemon juice, and pepper. Stir until the butter is melted, then stir in the chives.
I’ve made jambalaya, and I guess I assumed I had made gumbo…but nope. This was a first. I don’t even know if I’ve eaten it before. So, this is not the place to come for confirming authenticity. In fact, I’m pretty sure this should be spicy. I omitted the cayenne pepper because we are weaklings here. I also added more vegetables because I wanted it to be more of a one-pot meal (1 bell pepper and 2 ribs of celery to serve 6?). I also could barely find kielbasa at my local grocery store, so andouille was out of the question. We enjoyed this, and I liked the mix of chicken with sausage.