Be honest with me. Are you tired of cooking? Do you wish that you had maybe partnered up with someone who knew how to cook really well and found it endlessly gratifying? Do you wish that your kids were not learning math and how to make sets of ten, but instead were learning how to make really fantastic weekend waffles, crispy roasted chickens and lovely bowls of pasta with pesto instead? (Paging Dana Bowen and The Dynamite Shop!). Well, me too. And I love to cook. Or at least I used to. These days it's touch and go, to be honest. But apparently, the people living in my house need to eat! So, in between large gulps of wine, I stand facing the stove, every day, every meal. To be sure, this should be my worst problem. Lucky for me, my husband Craig does dishes like a boss.
If you're the one cooking every meal for your people, first of all, don't forget it's a truly a #saverestaurants mitzvah to order take out. But for those meals you are cooking, here's a list of my go to recipes, coupled with a number of others from trusted and fabulous cooks like my BFFs Dawn Casale and Jenny Fox. Nothing fancy here. These recipes are easy, tasty, and generally appealing to most children*.
* For picky eaters—my advice—always have one thing on the table everyone likes. Whether it's a bowl of rice, or a bowl of cucumbers, or a tub of chocolate ice cream. Hey, it's a pandemic, desperate times call for desperate measures. This way, everyone will eat and you can continue drinking your wine. You're welcome!
Cheesy Baked Pasta with Sausage and Ricotta (vegetarians, feel free to leave out sausage, still fantastic)
Samin Nosrat's Big Lasagna
Skillet Chicken with White Beans and Caramelized Lemon
Chicken Ragu with Bacon (it's as good as it sounds)
Curried Red Lentil Tomato and Coconut Stew (use less liquid)
Moroccan Stew with Lentils, Harissa, Chickpeas and Lemon (I use only four cups of broth, that's enough)
Salmon with Kale & Sweet Potato and Coconut Rice
Curry Miso Stir fry
Chickpea & Ditalini
Spicy Cheese Crackers (this one is amazing)
The Grain Bowl—really versatile & the turmeric tahini sauce can go on anything
Spicy Noodle Soup
Pujabi Style Black Lentil Dal—If you are able, be sure to include that dash of cream & butter at the end, though I use half of what she recommends & it does the trick
Kimchi and Kale Fried Rice
Shrimp Curry with Chickpeas and Cauliflower—This requires a bunch of odd ingredients, but if you happen to have shrimp paste in bean oil lying around...
Takeout Style Sesame Noodles —~This is SOOO good
Crispy Rice and Egg Bowl with Ginger and Scallions—Easy & made with stuff you most likely have in the house
Sweet Potato Tacos
Baked Cauliflower and Farro —"healthy-ish" version of mac & cheese
Quinoa and Cauliflower Patties—something fried, for good measure
Cauliflower Tator Tots from my friend Beth Lipton