A hearty pasta dinner need not require multiple pots. For less effort and post-meal cleanup, why not cook everything together?
By using the exact amount of liquid necessary to cook your pasta with the other ingredients, you do away with requiring an extra pot of water for your noodles and the need to pull out the colander. Shredding your sweet potato is a hack that lets it cook in a flash (also try this when making hashes, stir-fries, and grain bowls), while baby greens are a nutritious no-chopping-required add-in.
You don’t need to crank up the oven to make a small batch of toasty nuts. Instead, nuke them. Spread nuts in a single layer on microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high power for 1 minute, stir, and continue heating in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until nuts are fragrant and a few shades darker.
In large pot over medium, heat oil. Add meat and heat until browned, about 4 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Add onion; heat until onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Add sweet potato and garlic; heat until potato is tender, stirring often, about 3 minutes.
Add pasta, broth, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, lemon zest, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes to pan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until pasta is al dente and liquid has almost evaporated. Be sure to scrape up any brown bits from bottom of pan. In batches, stir in kale until wilted. Stir in ground meat and heat through. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Garnish with Parmesan and a splash of lemon oil if desired.
This recipe is part of the Easy Does It collection.
This simple dessert celebrates the glory that is the summer strawberry. Don’t feel you have to stick to strawberries here; swapping them for ripe peaches would also make for a stunning ending to any meal. What to gild the lily with? Add a dollop of whipped coconut cream or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Flower power Orange blossom water (also known as orange flower water) is produced by water distillation of the blossoms of a bitter orange tree. Just like rose water, a little goes a long way. So, take care and use just a drop or two, tasting as you go so as not to overwhelm but rather to complement the other flavours in a dish.
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
Next stop, Asia! This shrimp burger combines classic Asian flavours with unique toppings for rich umami flavour with the saltiness of the ocean. Whether served on a bun or over rice in a more traditional Asian-style meal, try some unique miso yogurt or wasabi mayo dressing for a fabulous flavour bomb. Keep those burgers juicy Place raw patties on a plate or tray, and cover and freeze or refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to keep them together and to lock in moisture.