Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Recent Meals #6

Breakfast Tacos with Spicy Green Onion and Cheddar Scrambled Eggs
Who Cooked It: Simon
What We Changed: We used less eggs, pickled jalapeno slices, more black beans, a whole avocado and instead of pico de gaillo we just used some leftover red onion and tomatoes that we had on hand.
What We Omitted: Nothing
How Easy Is It? If you're comfortable with multi-tasking, this recipe is relatively easy--you just need to make sure you have the eggs, beans and tortillas ready at the same time.
Verdict: We loved this! We're big fans of black beans, avocado and eggs, so this was a perfect combination of flavours for us. Simon prefers savoury to sweet for breakfast, so it's always fun to discover a new recipe that both of us enjoy.

Ca Kho Tieu (Vietnamese Sweet and Spicy Fish)
Source: Rice and Wheat
Who Cooked It: Simon
What We Changed: We added garlic and carrots, used green chillies instead of red, and added more shallots.
What We Omitted: Nothing
How Easy Is It? This isn't the easiest recipe out there, but it doesn't include a lot of ingredients, so it's worth a shot if it appeals to you. Follow the instructions in order and you can't go wrong.
Verdict: This is one of our favourite date night recipes, and I think this was the meal that made me realise how much I love shallots. If you need a new fish recipe and like Asian-style food, definitely give this a shot. We always make this with river cobbler, which is the cheapest white fish we can find, and it just happens to actually be Vietnamese!

Mexican Tortilla Pizza
Source: Honey, What's Cooking?
Who Cooked It: Rachel
What We Changed: We make our own salsa and refried beans, more tomato, pickled jalapeno rather than fresh, plain rather than whole-wheat tortillas, and extra mature cheddar rather than mexican blend.
What We Omitted: Onion and taco seasoning (although we added plenty of spices into our salsa and refried beans)
How Easy Is It? This isn't a complicated recipe (especially if you opt to use premade salsa and beans), as long as you have the patience to prepare each individual pizza. 
Verdict: This is one of our favourite comfort food meals, and if we haven't had time to do a grocery shop, we often have the ingredients on hand to just throw this together. It might not look fancy, but it had a great combination of textures and flavours. 

Puerto Rican Chicken
Source: This one is from Levi Roots' Caribbean Food Made Easy, but the recipe can also be found here.
Who Cooked It: Rachel
What We Changed: We used red sweet peppers rather than bell, and less olives. 
What We Omitted: Nothing
How Easy Is It? This one needs a while to cook, but once it's in the oven you don't have to do anything except add the olives for the final 15 minutes. 
Verdict: This is another of our favourite recipes, and it's a great way to use chicken thighs (which are typically a lot cheaper than breasts). Colourful and a wonderful blend of flavours!

Easy Grilled Maple Dijon Salmon with Spicy Sweet Potato Chips and Salad
Source: How Sweet Eats
Who Cooked It: Rachel
What We Changed: We used a smaller amount of salmon, and I had to add in a little wholegrain mustard as we didn't have quite enough dijon.
What We Omitted: Nothing
How Easy Is It? Super easy, especially if you already have cooked bacon. Mix the ingredients together, spread on salmon and grill. I chose to make sweet potato chips as a side, but you could make a quicker side dish to save time. 
Verdict: I don't think we've ever found a How Sweet Eats salmon recipe that we don't like, and this one is no exception. Since we always have maple syrup and dijon mustard on hand, I imagine we'll make this again when we have leftover bacon that we need to use up. 

Bacon & Corn Griddle Pancakes
Source: Recipe Girl
Who Cooked It: Rachel
What We Changed: We used less bacon, regular onion, and extra mature cheddar.
What We Omitted: Nothing
How Easy Is It? Other than cooking the bacon beforehand, this isn't any more complicated than any other pancake recipe out there. 
Verdict: This is one of our favourite breakfast recipes, and the one that convinced us to always cook our pancakes in a griddle pan. Once you've tried it, there's no going back! The combination of bacon, sweetcorn and maple syrup is a great mesh of sweet and savoury flavours. 

Pesto Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Roasted Asparagus
Source: Damn Delicious
Who Cooked It: Rachel
What We Changed: We used fusilli rather than shell pasta, and mozzarella balls instead of cubes, and adjusted the amounts for serving two.
What We Omitted: Nothing
How Easy Is It? Super easy, especially if you use premade pesto and prechopped/balled mozzarella. You can cook the asparagus and pasta at the same time, then throw it all together while quickly frying the eggs.
Verdict: We'll definitely be doing this one again. It's always a pleasure to find a flavoursome recipe that's also quick to make. 

Sun-Dried Tomato Fish with Roasted Potatoes, Corn and Greens
Source: Bev Cooks
Who Cooked It: Rachel
What We Changed: We substituted a few things to make this recipe cheaper/easier: river cobbler for cod, new potatoes for pee-wee, tinned sweetcorn for fresh, and used chives for a garnish.
What We Omitted: Nothing
How Easy Is It? Probably not the easiest, since it involves a lot of multi-tasking to cook the fish, potatoes and vegetables at the same time. 
Verdict: We really liked this one. We have a tendency to cook the same fish recipes over and over (especially when it comes to white fish), so we'll probably be adding this to our rotation. We don't tend to eat a lot of potatoes, but we loved the ones in this recipe.

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