Ham and Cheese Penne

A creamy béchamel flavored with Parmesan cheese and black pepper sauces ham and peas in this penne pasta dish for one. Why it works This was one of those nights when I hadn’t set aside any protein to defrost and had mainly pantry ingredients available to throw together a quick dinner. It was ham toContinue reading “Ham and Cheese Penne”

Turkey Cutlets

Making a Thanksgiving dinner for a couple is tricky, if you’re determined to make it a turkey dinner. I’ve done the roasted turkey breast a couple of times and want to try a rolled up and tied version, but honestly it’s still quite a mess and hassle on a day when there’s a lot ofContinue reading “Turkey Cutlets”

Ranch Chicken Tenders

Are you ever bothered by an open bottle of ranch dressing sitting in your fridge? I have been looking for the perfect brand of ranch dressing for years. In a restaurant somewhere I’ll have a salad, order ranch dressing with it and it will be a perfect balance of creamy tartness that takes the wholeContinue reading “Ranch Chicken Tenders”

Easy Weeknight Chili

This is an easy chili because you just have to chop a little onion, green pepper, and mince a clove of garlic and the rest is just putting things into the pot. It has a clean chili flavor without being very spicy. Red kidney beans are the requisite addition, but of course you could substituteContinue reading “Easy Weeknight Chili”

Bubble and Squeak with Ham

I have made this dish on many a cold night after work.  It is a simple and homey dish of fried potatoes and cabbage with bits of ham.  It feels like a guilty pleasure, because it is browned and crispy, but it really doesn’t use that much oil or fat.  The large amount of cabbageContinue reading “Bubble and Squeak with Ham”

Chicken with Squash and Red Bell Peppers

Tender strips of chicken breast are seasoned and sautéed, then tossed with pasta, vegetables and a light cream sauce for an easy one dish complete meal. I’m working a mix of remote and on-site work schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but actually have this week off. I decided to stay home and repaint myContinue reading “Chicken with Squash and Red Bell Peppers”

Pan-seared Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes

Pork chops are great for weeknight cooking, if you use the thin cut chops. They sear literally a few minutes a side in a hot skillet. These are seasoned, seared off and then served with mashed sweet potatoes and green beans. Sweet potatoes are a healthy alternative to regular potatoes, giving you that extra boostContinue reading “Pan-seared Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes”

Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs in Shallot Sauce with Potatoes and Cabbage

This recipe sounds like a fancy bistro meal, but it is so simple to put together. Potatoes mashed with some type of green, here shredded green cabbage, is this kind of homey side you might see an Italian grandmother making and for good reason – the combination is nutritious, cheap and easy. You can alsoContinue reading “Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs in Shallot Sauce with Potatoes and Cabbage”

Sausage and Kale Mac n’ Cheese

Mac n’ cheese becomes dinner with crispy sausage and a lot of healthy kale.  The mustard powder is optional, but I find that it brings out a buttery flavor in the cheese sauce.  This recipe is for two servings, because an extra serving carries very well in a food storage container to be reheated theContinue reading “Sausage and Kale Mac n’ Cheese”