Orange chicken and broccoli

Orange chicken and broccoli

Michael and I both enjoy Chinese food, but I don’t make it at home very often. Instead, we usually get it from the (delicious) Chinese restaurant down the street.

Last week, I decided to try my own hand at making Chinese food, and I started with this orange chicken. The recipe that I used is supposed to be a copycat version of orange chicken from Panda Express. While I don’t know how accurate that claim is, I can tell you that this recipe is so delicious that I’ve already made it twice.

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Homemade sushi (California roll)

Homemade sushi (California roll)
Homemade sushi (California roll)

Michael and I enjoy eating Japanese food, and one of my favorites is sushi. While sushi may seem intimidating to make, it’s actually not that difficult — it just takes a little time and patience. This recipe is for nori-maki (with the nori wrapped around the outside), which is one of the easiest types of sushi to make.

I usually make California rolls, which is the recipe I’m sharing below, but we’ve also tried other varieties, like the Philly roll made with smoked salmon. The sky’s the limit — you can try any filling combination that you like!

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Easy chicken curry and pulao rice

Easy chicken curry and pulao rice

Michael and I made this delicious curry for dinner a few weeks ago, and we loved how quick and easy it was to make. We used chicken in our curry, but you could probably make a delicious vegetarian version with chickpeas instead.

We served the curry with pulao rice, which is an easy way to dress up plain basmati rice. Together, they make the perfect quick Indian dinner. Give it a try!

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Chipotle chicken tacos

Chipotle chicken tacos

I’ve made this chipotle chicken taco recipe several times since Michael first created it. It’s a great (and healthy) alternative to a ground beef taco filling. I like to serve it “tostada-style” with toasted corn tortillas, but you could also use flour tortillas if you prefer.

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Savory mushroom ragout with creamy herbed polenta

Savory mushroom ragout with creamy herbed polenta

Michael and I enjoyed this delicious mushroom ragout for dinner tonight, and immediately decided to add it to our dinner rotation. The mixture of different mushrooms is savory and delicious — and pairs well with the creamy herbed polenta. I first saw a picture of this recipe on Dinner: A Love Story, and when Michael pointed out the same picture, I knew we would have to give it a try.

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Chicken saag

Chicken saag

Michael and I love Indian food, but we often rely on jarred sauces when we make it at home. However, this chicken saag recipe is both delicious and easy to make from scratch — especially if you start with already-cooked chicken thighs.

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Hearty beef stew

Hearty beef stew

Michael and I often enjoy this hearty beef stew during the fall and winter months here in Minnesota. Since it’s easy to make this recipe in the crockpot, it’s the perfect meal to come home to on a chilly evening. This family recipe is originally from Michael’s mom, and we’re certainly glad to have it!

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Middle-Eastern spiced beef koftas

Middle-Eastern spiced beef koftas
Middle-Eastern spiced beef koftas

I first shared this kofta recipe a couple summers ago, and since then, it’s become one of our favorites. These koftas are quick, delicious, and versatile — you can make them out of ground beef, lamb, or turkey.

I often serve them sandwich-style in pita pockets with cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta cheese, but you can also serve them over rice. I’ve also used this recipe to make burgers a couple times — it’s a delicious option if you’re looking for something a little different from a traditional hamburger!

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Teriyaki salmon with grilled asparagus

Teriyaki salmon with grilled asparagus
Teriyaki salmon with grilled asparagus

Michael and I like to buy fresh salmon when it’s on sale at the grocery store, and this delicious teriyaki marinade has become one of our favorite ways to prepare it. The simple marinade relies on pantry staples like soy sauce and brown sugar, so we’re sure to have all the ingredients on hand. We also like that the marinade can be prepared in the morning, making dinner preparation quick and easy when we get home from work. While the original recipe calls for grilling the salmon, we’ve found that it’s easy to bake it in the oven instead.

When we made this recipe on Tuesday night, I served it with grilled asparagus, a fresh salad, and breadsticks. It’s a delicious and simple meal that would be great for any occasion!

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Bananas foster flambé

Bananas foster flambé

When Michael and I got engaged last January, we went out for dessert that evening to celebrate. Having looked up dessert menus before we left, we got to the restaurant and ordered bananas foster — that is, we tried to order bananas foster. Apparently, we had been slightly distracted… and ended up at a different restaurant that didn’t actually have bananas foster. So, we ordered a delicious apple dessert and celebrated nonetheless.

Fast forward to October, when we found ourselves with several overripe bananas. After a quick trip to the corner gas station to buy ice cream, we decided to make our own bananas foster. They’re simple to make, and you get to light them on fire, which is always exciting.

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