Curry in a Hurry

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.

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Sizzling Shrimp with Corn and Zucchini

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.

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Pasta with Sausage and Mushrooms

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.

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Katsudon (Japanese Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl)

One of the reasons I really wanted to make the Chicken Katsu recipe was to make this recipe. I like the idea of leftovers redone. What’s also awesome is this recipe comes together in about 10-15 minutes, including the time to pull everything out and chop the onions. Very simple and fast, but still something “new” for your leftovers.

 

This is something you normally serve with rice, but on the day I took these pictures, we had leftover tater tots from earlier that I served it with for K. Even with cooking the chicken in broth, the egg makes it less soupy and more omelette-like.

 

Directions for Katsudon

Adapted from Serious Eats 

  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons mirin
  • 1 leftover Japanese fried chicken cutlet (they say to cut into strips, but I forgot)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Steamed rice for serving

In a small-medium saucepan, large enough to fit your cutlet, add the chicken broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and mirin. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Meanwhile, beat together the eggs and green onions (not the green parts) in a small bowl. Add the chicken cutlet to the saucepan and let it simmer for 1 minute. Pour the egg mixture around the chicken, into the broth.

It is okay if some of the mixture gets onto the chicken as well. Cover and cook until the eggs are as set as you would like (1-3 minutes). Pour carefully onto a bowl of rice, sprinkle with the green parts of the chopped green onion and serve.

Directions for Katsudon (without pictures)

Adapted from Serious Eats 

  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons mirin
  • 1 leftover Japanese fried chicken cutlet (they say to cut into strips, but I forgot)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Steamed rice for serving

In a small-medium saucepan, large enough to fit your cutlet, add the chicken broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and mirin. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Meanwhile, beat together the eggs and green onions (not the green parts) in a small bowl. Add the chicken cutlet to the saucepan and let it simmer for 1 minute. Pour the egg mixture around the chicken, into the broth. It is okay if some of the mixture gets onto the chicken as well. Cover and cook until the eggs are as set as you would like (1-3 minutes). Pour carefully onto a bowl of rice, sprinkle with the green parts of the chopped green onion and serve.

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Garlic-Rosemary Dutch Baby

I had saved this recipe and randomly pulled it out one weeknight to bake while I prepped the rest of dinner. It made the dinner a touch more fancy, even though it is quite simple and fast.

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Easy Boiled Carrots with Lemon and Chives

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.

As easy as 1…

2…

3!

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.

 

 

Skillet Cookie, Two Ways

You know me and chocolate peanut butter treats…we go together like, well, chocolate and peanut butter. So, I wanted to make this skillet cookie from Gimme Some Oven. I ended up making it for a friend’s birthday when we also had a playdate. I left it with her since, you know, it was for her birthday, but I did get to taste it and it was great. Then I made a version without the cocoa powder and it was still good, but less soft and more of a crunchier/shortbread texture. Still good, and less rich tasting. Then I made the chocolate version again, but again to share with friends…one of these days I will make it for us when I can take a picture of a slice…but not today.

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Either way you make this, it is easy and fast.

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You can swap in different mix-ins and change the amounts too. That part doesn’t matter as much and allows you to be creative. Have fun with your favorite flavor combinations!

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Directions for Skillet Cookie, Two Ways

Slightly adapted from Gimme Some Oven

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (plus 1/3 cup if not doing cocoa powder)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder (omit if not doing the chocolate version)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped Reeses cups (optional)

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