Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year, filled with family and friends, good food and very limited oven space. In my family we love sides - more starches! More veggies! More carbs! We want it all. Even with a double oven that can make finding space for cooking the sides and the turkey a bit of a logistical nightmare.
As a housewarming gift we were given a Napoleon BBQ that has a rotisserie feature, and I thought it would be a great way to cook the bird and keep the oven free for everything else. I have to say that I was incredibly happy with how it turned out, it was easy to do, moist and soooo delicious.
5 - 7 pound turkey breast - bone in (serves 6-8 people)
Cooking turkey seems to be a time honoured family tradition so... how do you cook your turkey?
So - I have to apologize for the delay - I got so wrapped up in Spring and cooking yummy food that I forgot to actually write about the food I've been making.
One of my favourites in the past week or so has been creamy pesto chicken pasta. One of the best things about this meal is it comes together in under 25 minutes. The key is to start chopping veggies while you preheat the oven and start boiling water once the chicken is in the oven.
Tip: don't forget the Parmesan cheese - you can't have pasta without it!
This meal is so easy and you can do a big batch and freeze it!! I've taken to preparing our meals on Sunday for the week (aka I am lazy in the week). I made this while making another chicken dish and it was fast food made at home.
With a chill in the air, I have been attempting to find recipes that warm you up from the inside out. In addition, for years I have battled a sensitivity to tomatoes, but now seem to be able to eat them (something about your body chaining every 7 years...), so I am looking forward to trying new recipes.
I used to make this chili with just beer, but was happy to try it out with crushed tomatoes this time. My husband said it was the best chili I ever made, so I take that as a win and thought I would share it with you. I also like that there are hidden veggies in this recipe - so I feel like I can enjoy more!
What are some of your favorite tomato based recipes?
Flank steak is an underrated meat - with a little TLC this meat can be tender and juicy and even better - you can cook once and eat twice.
This is also a great recipe because most of the work can happen a day or two ahead of time making it ideal for a quick weeknight meal or two.
2 pounds flank steak and let rest in fridge for 24 hours +, turning at least once
Night One - Roasted Flank Steak
Night Two - Grilled Cheese with Flank Steak
There is no wrong way to build this grilled cheese, you just make it to your own taste. In our house we use a hearty grain bread and stuff it with mozzarella, roasted red peppers, spinach and leftover steak
To cook we butter one side of each slice of bread and put it in a medium hot pan to brown both sides (the first side I cover the pan to help with the melting). I love feeling like we're eating a super gourmet grilled cheese and we like to experiment with flavors - what's your favorite grilled cheese?