Shredded chicken, a white cheese sauce with ranch seasonings, and lots of veggies? Oh, yes, please! Mr. O was nice and is helping me out a bit again this week. I got the idea for this while trying to put together a meal using as much as possible from the pantry and freezer. All I had to buy was milk and mushrooms. Yay for … Continue reading Chicken Ranch Lasagna
This quick and bold play on macaroni & cheese comes with a bit of health from the broccoli florets. After making the black bean burgers last week, I still had a large chunk of pepper jack cheese to use. I could say that the main reason I still had so much in the fridge is because it was actually cheaper to buy the 16 … Continue reading Broccoli & Pasta with Pepper Jack Cheese
Need comfort food fast without resorting to a blue box? This just takes a few minutes beyond the time it takes to boil the pasta! Happy Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day! It kind of snuck up on me this month since the 3rd Monday of the month is earlier than normal but it worked out. This month I was assigned the blog Join Us, … Continue reading Creamy Stovetop Mac & Cheese
Easy to make homemade bratwurst cooked with red peppers then tossed with pasta and a super fast mustard sauce is bowl full of summertime comfort without a grill. I’d like blame the fact that I don’t own a grill on being a recently-moved apartment dweller but the truth is I didn’t own a grill even when I had my various houses. I *love* the … Continue reading Mustard Pasta with Homemade Bratwurst
Craving tuna noodle casserole but not the fat, sodium, or other junk that sometimes goes into it? Here is a healthier version that’s pretty darn tasty! Mr. O was craving tuna noodle casserole the other day. I’ll be honest… I’ve never had it before. I’ve never been a fan of cream-based sauces or anything with cream o’stuff soup in it and the thought of … Continue reading Creamy Tuna Pasta
Now that Spring has sprung and Summer is practically here in Atlanta, I am craving salads. Salads are a great week night meal because lettuce salads require little to no cooking and pasta salads can be made ahead for another night. I love that there are more types of salads that just lettuce or pasta. Though, just changing the dressing for basic lettuce salad can … Continue reading Salad Days: 20 Salads and Dressings
Penne pasta, 3 kinds of cheese, chicken, vegetable and, of course, bacon in a satisfying casserole that can be made a day ahead then baked the next for a quick dinner on the go! With these long days that I am working now, I am still trying to find quick, easy meals that don’t leave me eating dinner at 9:00pm but I want to … Continue reading Cheesy Penne with Chicken and Bacon
Not only is this a super quick and satisfying meal for a busy weeknight, it also only requires a single pot so less clean up! Yay!
Okay, okay, so I realize that this is another Asian-themed meal in the same week. The other recipe I have to post is… well… a chicken & noodle stir-fry sooo… apparently… I was craving Asian flavors this week. But they are good for quick meals and they are tasty so I don’t really apologize for it. Not too much, anyway.
Mr. O was super excited about this one, though, because he loves noodle bowls. I tend to shy away from them because they are too much like soup for my liking. I am one of those weird people who don’t like soup. Not because of the flavor but because of how soup looks. If you REALLY want to know more about my issue with soup, click “Read more” at the very end of this post. You’ve been warned, though. 😛
The nice thing about making noodle bowls at home, though, is I have more control over it so it’s more a bowl of noodles and oodles of good stuff than oopy, goopy soup. And since he had been not-so-subtly hinting that he was craving a non-Italian pasta dish, I figured it was time for me to come up with one at home.
My brain almost instantly went to my hoisin sauce recipe because, well, it’s awesome and easy to make. And, rather than cooking noodles to add to a sauce, I figured it’d be tastier to cook the noodles *in* the sauce. We do it with rice and couscous all the time so why not pasta?
Now, if you look at my pics, you will see that I made a mistake when cooking the strips of steak: I did not have my pan hot enough. That left the meat greyish instead of brown but it still tasted good. The dish is just less photogenic. It happens!
So to make this, all you do is cook the meat, remove it from the pot, add the sauce, bring it to a boil, add the pasta, add the broccoli, add the meat then make yummy sounds while slurping down. If you want to save a little time but dirty 2 pans, you could also bring the sauce to a boil in the pot while cooking the steak strips. That’d save about 5-10 minutes.
To serve it, just ladle the noodles, broccoli, and beef into a bowl then ladle the sauce over it. Even though the sauce is really tasty, I put very little in my bowl whereas Mr. O’s bowl looked like a bowl of soup so you can make it work in whichever way works best for you!
What are some of you favorite quick dinners that don’t involve prepackaged foods?
- 32 oz (4 c) low sodium beef broth
- 1/4 c. reduced sodium soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp jarred minced garlic
- 2 tsp rice vinegar
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp sweet chile sauce
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 1 1/2 lb beef sirloin, cut into thin strips
- Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 c wheat egg noodles
- 3 c broccoli florets, cut into small bite-size pieces
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the broth, soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, garlic, vinegar, sesame oil, and sweet chile sauce. Set aside.
- In a Dutch oven or medium stock pot, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Season the beef strips with salt and pepper then add to the oil. Cook, stirring constantly, until the beef is starting to brown but is not cooked through the center, about 5 minutes. Remove the meat to a bowl and set aside.
- Turn the heat up to high and add the sauce to the pot; bring to a boil, about 5 minutes. Add the noodle and stir. Bring back to a boil and boil for 4 minutes. Stir in the broccoli and bring back to a boil again. Boil for 2-3 minutes. Add the steak and bring to a boil for the last time. Boil until the pasta and broccoli is tender.
- Spoon the noodles, broccoli and beef into bowls. Ladle as much or as little sauce over the noodles and meat.
Do not click on “Read more” unless you REALLY want to know why I can’t eat soup based on how it looks. It’s a gross reason so I want to make sure you are prepared.
Need a simple side dish? Just toss pasta with butter, honey, garlic and herbs and you’ll get a pasta dish that is unbelievably delicious! Yeah, a whole stick of butter makes this not exactly healthy but there are certainly worse things you could put in your body. Plus, when served with chicken and vegetables, it pretty much balances out. I think that is key … Continue reading Honey-Garlic Pasta
Love buffalo chicken as much as I do? Well, here’s a healthier way to get that fix! If you’ve ever perused my recipe index, it’s no secret that I *love* pretty much all things buffalo sauced. I’m not a fan of oh-my-god-my-tongue-is-melting hot stuff but I do enjoy the sweet tangy kick that comes from this orange nectar of the spicy gods. … Continue reading Buffalo Chicken Casserole