Ground turkey sriracha sliders

Sriracha sliders with rosemary sweet potato fries
Ground turkey sriracha sliders (served with sweet potato fries)

Since we’re watching the Vikings vs. Packers game this afternoon, I thought it would be appropriate to share our go-to football gameday dinner — ground turkey sriracha sliders with sweet potato fries.

These sliders were inspired by one of the new foods at this year’s Minnesota state fair. Although we didn’t try them at the fair, Michael enjoyed a version at work, and we decided they would be good enough to make our own.

I like to bake the sliders in the oven, which works great — they cook evenly, don’t dry out, and it would be easy to scale up for a crowd.  They’re great paired with sweet potato fries, which are one of our Trader Joe’s favorites.

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Honey mustard glazed salmon

Honey mustard glazed salmon
Honey mustard glazed salmon

For the past couple years, my go-to salmon recipe has been teriyaki salmon. But lately, I’ve been making this honey mustard glazed salmon recipe as a delicious alternative.

When I’m making a meal with salmon, I usually stick to the same simple formula: oven-baked salmon, a starch (usually rice), and a veggie (like broccoli, zucchini, or a green salad). It’s balanced, simple, and delicious.

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Broccoli potato egg bake

Broccoli potato egg bake
Broccoli potato egg bake

I made this broccoli potato egg bake for brunch this morning, and Michael and I really liked it. I found the recipe in a special Taste of Home brunch magazine, but made a few changes, including increasing the amount of broccoli. It’s a pretty healthy recipe, so you’ll be able to enjoy it guilt free.

The recipe is easy to make, so it would be a great choice for a brunch party! We’re also hopeful that the leftovers will be a delicious breakfast for tomorrow morning.

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Grilled chicken souvlaki (salad or sandwich)

Grilled chicken souvlaki (salad or sandwich)
Grilled chicken souvlaki (salad or sandwich)

Michael found this recipe last fall when we were going through some old issues of Sunset magazine, and I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve made it a couple times now, and have tweaked the recipe to make it tasty and delicious — we really like the flavors of the lemon and oregano in the marinade. Since we don’t have a grill, I cook them in my grill pan, which works great.

I’ve used this grilled chicken in pita sandwiches, as well as a Greek chicken salad — either way, it’s best served with cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese, and tzatziki sauce.

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Cashew chicken

Cashew chicken
Cashew chicken

Tonight, I decided to make cashew chicken for dinner. Although I’d never made it before, I noticed that many recipes use a similar sauce as my beef and rice noodles recipe. So, I simply used that sauce as the base of my recipe. Turns out, it was both easy and delicious, so I’ll definitely be adding this recipe to my Chinese food repertoire!

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Pork chops with mushroom cream sauce

Pork chops with mushroom cream sauce
Pork chops with mushroom cream sauce

I picked up some mushrooms and pork chops that were on sale at the grocery store this past weekend, so I went in search of a new recipe to try for dinner tonight. I ended up deciding on this delicious pork chop recipe with a mushroom cream sauce.

Michael and  I both enjoyed this dish, and thought it made for a “homey” dinner when served with baked potatoes and broccoli. Although the recipe used pork chops, I think it would also be delicious with chicken.

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Vietnamese beef and rice noodles

Vietnamese beef and rice noodles
Vietnamese beef and rice noodles

I made this Vietnamese beef and rice noodle stir fry for dinner tonight, and it was absolutely delicious! Michael and I went to United Noodles in Minneapolis this afternoon and stocked up on some groceries that we can’t easily find, along with some of the ingredients for this dish.

Although the ingredient list looks a little long, this dish actually comes together quickly. One of the keys to this dish is the paper-thin sliced beef (you could also use pork), because it cooks extremely quickly and has a lot of surface area for the sauce to coat it. If you’re slicing your own meat, using slightly frozen/thawed beef will help you to cut thinner slices. I like to use “fancier” mushrooms (like enoki, bunapi, or oyster) if I have them, but otherwise, my go-to are sliced brown “baby bella” mushrooms.

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Garden-fresh summer salad with oil and vinegar

Garden-fresh summer salad with oil and vinegar
Garden-fresh summer salad with oil and vinegar

By the time summer finally rolls around here in the Twin Cities, I’m craving fresh, delicious vegetables. One of my favorite — and easiest —  ways to eat them is in a big salad. The great thing about this type of salad is that you can vary the ingredients based on what veggies you have on hand, and you don’t need to measure anything. I usually like to add some sort of cheese and diced meat to make a complete meal, but you could easily omit both to make a vegan side salad.

Instead of making or buying dressing, I keep things light by drizzling oil and vinegar over the salad. My favorite combination right now is a peach balsamic vinegar with Arbequina olive oil — both from Fustini’s Oils and Vinegars (online store and several locations in Michigan).

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Cobb salad with homemade lemon vinaigrette

Cobb salad with homemade lemon vinaigrette
Cobb salad with homemade lemon vinaigrette

I’ve made Cobb salad several times this spring (and finally summer), and it’s a great main dish salad. Wikipedia tells me that the best way to remember the ingredients in Cobb salad is with the mnemonic EAT COBB: Eggs, Avocado, Tomato, Chicken, (green) Onion, Bacon, and Blue cheese.  I usually end up making a couple changes from that (like ham instead of bacon), but it’s still delicious!

The salad dressing for this recipe is also fabulous. We haven’t been buying salad dressing at the store lately — most of it has high-fructose corn syrup in it, and if it doesn’t it’s simple enough to make myself. The fresh tang of the lemon makes this a great dressing for summer salads.

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Palak paneer

Palak paneer
Palak paneer (served with chicken rogan josh and basmati rice)

When Michael and I were in Washington earlier this month, we stopped by Appel Farms in Ferndale and bought some paneer. Paneer is a delicious cheese that is used in Indian dishes — it doesn’t melt, so it is often cubed and then simmered in flavorful sauces.

The cheese made it safely back home in my carry-on bag,  and I decided to use some of it to make palak paneer, which is one of my favorite Indian dishes. In this dish, paneer is simmered in a spinach and tomato-based sauce, with yogurt added at the end for a creamy flavor. I served it with chicken rogan josh, basmati rice, and naan bread. It was delicious!

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