Easy Weekday Dinner Idea

Even though I sometimes like to go all out on a weekday, just to make it feel a little bit special and luxurious, I of course prefer an easy recipe 9 times out of 10. As was the case today. Both my boyfriend and I were looking at each other after work and wondering if we should go the lazy route and order take out, or actually cook something. I flipped through pinterest for a few minutes and came across these two recipes. Seemed easy enough and we already had more than half of the ingredients at home – sweet!

The Greek Beef Patties turned out so freakin’ yummy, all those spices that you mix in and the feta cheese really adds so much flavor. So definitely follow the recipe to the T – you won’t regret it!

Italian Roasted Potatoes: www.asamalaysia.com/italian-roasted-potatoes/2/

Greek Beef Patties: www.reciperunner.com/greek-meatballs-tzatziki-sauce/

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Healthy Snack – Apple Slices with Toppings

I know I’ve posted about this before, but I just can’t help but writing another one about this super easy, healthy and pretty looking snack. I love to make these in the afternoon to make it through those last few hours of work. Since I work from home most days, I definitely need that extra boost of energy to stay focused and keep going.

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I made a few variations of toppings based on what I had in my pantry, so hopefully you might get some ideas or find inspiration to create your own.

Almond butter with coconut flakes

Raw organic honey with sliced almonds

Almond butter with dark chocolate chips

Cinnamon with brown sugar

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Apple Stuffed Pork Loin – Fall Roast

For last nights Sunday dinner I made a Fall inspired dish where I stuffed a pork tenderloin with a sugar and cinnamon glazed apple stuffing and a orange and brown sugar glaze. I found the recipe from  Jo Cooks.

I realized while cooking and attempting to photograph the process that some dishes are so much harder to properly capture, this one was definitely it lol. But I did my best so please bare with my photos and head over to Jo Cooks for the recipe and more detailed step by step instructions.

1. First I pealed and shopped two apples then mixed them with 1 stick of butter, 1/3 cup of brown sugar and and 2 tsp cinnamon. Let them caramelize for 3  minutes on one side, flipping the apples over and caramelize them on the other for 3 minutes again. Then set the apples aside and let cool.

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2. Next I prepared the pork loin. When  I bought mine at Ralph’s they came in sets of two, so I simply made two pork loin “rolls”. First off you want to carefully open up both pieces and create a flat sheet out of the meat, this method is called “Butterflying” and here as a good videon on the technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz391Urnk30

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3. Once the meat is prepared, I simply added the caramelized apples to the center of the entire meat and rolled it together. In order to keep the roll from falling apart, use butcher twine to tie a few knots along the entire roll.

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4. This is how my rolls turned out after tying the butcher twine. Then you will want to sear the meat all over in a hot pan for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Keep turning the roll so that each side is seared and gets some color.

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5. Here you can see how one side is seared and I’ve rotated the roll to sear the next part of it.

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6. Before putting the pork loin in the oven for about 1h and 15-30 minutes, you want to mix 1 cup of orange juice and 2 table spoons of brown sugar, and pour the mixture over the meat. Below is my final result after the meat has been in the oven for about 1h and 15 minutes and I also added some oven roasted veggies for a side.

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Vanilla Dutch Baby (Puffed Pancake) with Strawberries

I am a sucker for pancakes and all things sweet, and while this recipe isn’t too sweet it still has enough to satisfy. This Dutch Baby, is a sort of oven baked pancake that puffs up and ends up being very airy. It’s so easy to make and doesn’t take more than 30 minutes total.

I made a simple Dutch Baby with some berries and almonds for topping, but you can mix and match any toppings you want. I think it would be yummy with ice cream, Nutella and other sorts of berries and fruits.

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Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Put 3 table spoons of butter in a cast iron skillet, and place in the oven until the butter has melted.

In the meantime combine 3 eggs, 3/4 cup all-purpse flour, 3/4 cup warm milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and pinch of salt in a blender, and blend on medium/high speed until well mixed.

Carefully remove the cast iron skillet from the oven. Swirl the butter around the pan to cover it completely, and the pour the remainder of the butter into the batter (that’s still in the blender) and pulse until combined.

Pour the batter into the cast iron skillet and place in the oven, middle rack, for about 20-22 minutes. Cook until the pancake is cooked in the center and has puffed up.

Using a spatula, detach the pancake from the cast iron skillet and place it on a cooling rack for a few minutes.

Last and final step, dust with confection sugar and add the  rinsed strawberries and sliced almonds on top.

Enjoy!


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Healthy Snack – Apple Donuts

I wanted to share a fun and healthy snack that requires zero cooking. All you need is an apple and toppings of your choice. You can make these Apple Donuts completely vegan or simply vegetarian (if you decide to use dairy), either way it’s delicious!

Start with removing the center of the apple with an apple corer, then slice the entire apple in 1/4″ thin slices. And voila, now all you need to do is pick the topping of your choice and spread it across each apple slice.

Some toppings that I love on my Apple Donuts:

  • Honey and granola
  • Cream cheese with pecans or some sort of nuts
  • Almond butter and coconut flakes
  • Honey, cinnamon and sliced strawberries

Let your imagination free and let me know what kind of combinations you try and love?

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Best Scrambled Eggs if you ask me!

When living in Los Angeles there is an overflow with brunch spots, but sometimes the best  breakfast is made at home. I’ve always made scrambled eggs by mixing eggs, milk and spices together, adding them to the pan and string until right consistency is reached. But this past weekend I decided to google some “scrambled eggs” recipes, and came across this highly viewed video by Gordon Ramsay (see below).

I decided to follow his step by step instructions, and can I just tell you.. WOW! We had the best scrambled eggs I’ve ever made at home and I will never go back to my old ways again.

You can either watch the video for instructions, or keep reading for the simple steps to recreating the perfect scrambled eggs…

 

Step 1. Crack 3-4 eggs directly into a non sticky sauce pan and add 1 table spoon of butter.

Step 2. With stove on medium heat, use a spatula to stir the eggs and keep staring them continuously.

Step 3. After a minute or so, start taking the pan off the stove for 30 seconds and then back on to the stove for 30 seconds, and keep going back and forth while still stirring the eggs.

Step 4. When the eggs are almost ready, take the sauce pan off the stove completely and let the heat from the pan cook the eggs the final few minutes. Here you will add 1-2 table spoon sour creme, as well as salt and pepper, and mix it all in.

Step 5. Final step, chop some green onions and add them on top of the eggs.

I give this recipe a 5 out of 5, and so did my boyfriend!

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Pumpkin puff pastry twists

It’s October and one of my favorite months, besides December and August. So I wanted to get my “toes wet” with a fall inspired desert. I decided to give this “Pumpkin Twist” recipe a try that I found at The Novice Chef. The recipe is very simple and the pastries turned out very pretty looking. What I would do differently next time is to roll out the puff pastry a little bit and make it thinner, and use one sheet to make 2 pastries. I think these two changes would make them a bit flakier and more airy. But overall cute and tasty pumpkin pastries.

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Which recipe to try next time that has a little fall flare to it? Any ideas or recipes are welcome…
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