I was all set to post about what a fabulous tool the microplane is when I realized that if you didn’t know better, you might think I haven’t been cooking lately. It’s not true, I promise you. While other lucky folks may be able to get away with the kind of dinner where you just throw an egg on top of whatever’s in the fridge, my New England-bred fiancé would grumble about it through the whole meal. He likes a good round all-American meal. You know, the kind with a meat, a starch, and a veggie (light on the veggie)? Sometimes coming up with new combos can be a little tricky, but here are my most recent inventions.
(clockwise from top left)
1. Steak and veggie fajitas with tortillas and/or rice (not pictured)
2. Tortellini with chicken, bruschetta and a side of crispy spicy roasted zucchini
3. Rosemary pork chop, macaroni and cheese, and roasted broccoli
4. A light meal of grilled chicken, rice, soy sauce, and Sriracha roasted green beans
We do a lot of roasting around here to bring out the best taste in our vegetables and I was on a major Sriracha chili sauce kick for a few weeks this month. I also love love love our grill pan (originally Mr. B’s) because we don’t have any outdoor space for a grill. With it I can emulate the grilled flavor of meats and veggies and make lovely grill marks, of course!
P.S. Isn’t this collage a little better than my last attempt? I just learned about the “free transform” feature in Photoshop. What a lifesaver!!