What I Made – Week 27

I’d posted this recipe for risotto with leeks and turnips many years ago, but these days I prefer to make risotto in the Instant Pot! I cook the leeks in butter or oil using the Sauté setting, then I dump in the turnips, rice, and broth and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. After a quick release, I turn it back to Sauté and stir in the cheese and cook for a few minutes to let it thicken up. No aching arm from all the stirring and you have risotto in about 30 minutes!

This white bean soup with Swiss chard and carrots is so nice on a cold night and is another easy Instant Pot meal! I added the thinly sliced chard stems with the onions at the beginning.

A basic chef salad is always good for a quick meal. I cooked the quinoa and eggs ahead of time to make this extra easy on a busy night.

I’ve made beets and mozzarella with poppyseed citrus dressing for a while now. It’s based on this recipe, but I don’t grill the beets, I just roast them in the oven and I substitute the easier to find mozzarella for burrata.

I went all in on the Instant Pot meals this week. Jarred curry paste gives a lot of flavor (and spice!) to this Thai red curry with bok choy and broccoli. I actually cooked the bok choy and broccoli in a wok to give them a nice char, then stirred them in at the very end.

With all these soups, can you tell it’s cold here now? I didn’t have half and half, but I did a cup of cream and a cup of skim milk and this clam chowder turned out great!

What I Made – Week 21

This was a comfort food week, through and through, never mind that it’s still hot enough outside that turning my oven on still makes the air conditioning run…

This is basically eggplant Parmesan without all of the work! The only slicing involves cutting the eggplant in half, then the insides are scooped out and cooked until tender with onions and sausage. I left off the breadcrumbs for the topping and didn’t miss them. By the way, the marinara sauce is made with tomatoes from our garden!

This tempeh stir fry with broccoli was tasty, but I probably should have doubled the sauce for two small-ish heads of broccoli. I just pan-fried tempeh instead of making the crispy tofu from the original recipe. I also added some of the spicy peppers from a few weeks ago. (After stir frying, they are really not that spicy.)

This spaghetti allá vodka with Swiss chard is so good and so easy. And did I mention you only use one pot, so cleanup is simple too?! It’s a great way to use both the chard leaves and stems and you can easily substitute spaghetti for a pasta shape of your choice.

In keeping with the one-pan theme, this was Greek chicken with roasted potatoes and green beans. Unlike the recipe, which suggests putting everything in at the same time, I like to give the potatoes a 15 minute head start, then add the chicken and cook for another 15 minutes, then add the green beans for the final 15 minutes or so.

This poached cod in cherry tomato curry was…bland? Maybe I’m used to my garden’s extra sweet cherry tomatoes, but I also got very little spice from the peppers, and not much coconut flavor from the coconut cream. I’ll have to try again, maybe with some hot curry powder next time.

What I Made – Salmon and Swiss Chard and Cheddar Squash Biscuits with Bonus Strawberry Shortcake

I’m making a bit of an unscheduled update to show Friday night’s dinner. That’s Crispy Salmon with Wilted Chard which really is a perfect recipe. It became a go-to this winter and early spring when we seemed to have a constant supply.

But what I’m really here to share with you are these cheddar squash biscuits. Squash? In a biscuit? I was skeptical, but since basically hiding squash in recipes is the only way we prepare it (seriously, do any of the squash or zucchini recipes on here not involve shredding it?), I thought this was worth a try.

And the shocker?

It was pretty good!

The drop biscuits bake up fluffy and the combination of cheese and garlic makes it salty and savory. There are a few changes I’d make to the recipe, so I’ve written it out in full below.

Cheddar Squash Biscuits, adapted from Little House Living

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups Yellow Squash, shredded fine
3 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
4 Tablespoons Butter, melted
1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
3/4 cup Milk

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 and spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
3. Stir the shredded squash into the dry ingredients and toss to combine. Mix in the cheese, followed by the milk and butter. The batter will be super sticky!
4. Form into balls about 3 inches in diameter and place in prepared pan.
5. Bake 20 minutes until brown.

These would be excellent brushed with additional garlic butter while warm, too!

In keeping with the biscuit theme, we also had strawberries shortcakes/biscuits! Tough to mess this up, yet I overbaked the biscuits a little – they were tough and too dry on the outside. As you might guess from the picture, we suffered through and ate them anyways. In fact, we ate ALL of the strawberries and will have to go buy some more to enjoy with the rest of our biscuits.

What I Made: Cheesy Chard Casserole

In this journey through produce, I have learned one thing for sure:  if a recipe has cheese in it, I’m going to LOVE IT.  This recipe is another from the Simply in Season cookbook.  In fact, it was on the page directly across from the kale recipe I just posted.  

Chard casserole

Clearly, I need a food stylist. I would have taken a picture of the full dish, but I was just too hungry!

This made great leftovers as all the flavors had time to combine.

Recipe:

1 lb swiss chard (chopped, stems boiled 8 minutes, add leaves and cooked 5 more minutes)
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1 cup Swiss cheese (I used an Italian blend I had on hand)
1 cup bread, cut into cubes (I used leftover Ciabatta)
1/2 cup green onions
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Mix all the ingredients together, pour into a greased 8″x8″ baking dish, and cook 25-30 minutes at 375°.

Swiss Chard “Spanakopita” and Quiche

The first recipe comes to me by word of mouth (don’t all the best recipes come that way?) from the great folks at my CSA pick-up site.  The taste is really similar to spanakopita, and swiss chard could definitely substitute for spinach in your favorite recipe.  This is a lighter adaptation that still satisfies your cheesy veggie craving. (I had seconds, and thirds, and…) It has three simple steps.

1.  Saute chard.
2.  Place in baking dish, crack 1 egg over top and sprinkle with feta cheese. Bake on 375 for 10-15 minutes.
3.  Mix chard, cheese, and runny yolk.

ChardSaute

Sautéing the chard.

ChardSpanikopita

Final product. Not pretty, but delicious.

 

The second recipe is photo-less, and adapted from this Paleo-friendly recipe over on the Meaningful Eats blog. I used a plain old frozen pie crust for my quiche, and added bacon.  I fried up about 6 strips, and saved the grease (!) to use instead of the two tablespoons ghee/butter.  The reason I don’t have a picture is that there were no leftovers; this was another very popular recipe!