DIY Date Night

Valentine’s Day is on Sunday. My plans include nannying most of the day, so the parents of the munchkins can have a long overdue date night. However, I figured I would put together a quick and easy collection of links for things to put together a reasonably inexpensive Valentine’s Day dinner.

All of the recipes I’m featuring can be found in my recipes section, plus more, in the sidebar to the right.

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I figured an easy snack or appetizer would be pesto, since it’s like four ingredients and two minutes in a blender. I like it on toast, you could cut a baguette into little rounds and top them with the pesto.

 

 

 

butternut squash soup

Then you could do a butternut squash soup, which can be made in the slow cooker in the morning. This recipe is vegan, but you could substitute the coconut milk with heavy cream.

 

 

 

 

 

roasted broccoliAfter the soup, I suggest garlic roasted broccoli. Since the soup is actually pretty filling, I didn’t want to include a heavy side dish. Usually when I cook I just make one thing, not a whole meal. Because y’know, there’s just one of me.

 

 

 

stuffed peppers 8As a main course, or rather, the only main dish I’ve chronicled, try the stuffed peppers. I personally can’t have bell peppers anymore, but my dad and brother like them.

 

 

 

 

 

DSC_0085And finally for dessert, I highly recommend masala chai macarons , on the left, if you’re feeling extra ambitious, or flourless peanut butter cookies, below, which are so quick and easy.

 

 

DSC_0047That’s all I’ve got, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Eat lots of chocolate. As always, find me on Twitter, Instagram, or by email, thisisnotaquickstory@gmail.com.

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Almost Cooking: Stuffed Peppers

Since my brother’s away doing his senior project somewhere out of town, tonight I just had to cook for my dad and myself, so I figured I could get a little more adventurous with cooking. I scoured the internet for a few minutes and after a cursory glance at a recipe I knew I wasn’t going to follow, I decided to make stuffed peppers. Now, I’ve made stuffed peppers before. But they involved using rice and ended up bland. So I kind of knew what generally needed to happen. You cook filling and put it inside of peppers. Done.

I dug out of my fridge ground turkey, two tomatoes, two red bell peppers, a red onion (everything is red!), and some minced garlic (okay, garlic’s not red…).

Okay. So I set my olive oil to heat in the pan. Nothing exciting yet.

This is not an exciting picture.
This is not an exciting picture.

Then I chopped up the onion. See how smart I am, chopping the onion under the exhaust fan? No teary eyes here, bitches.

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This time I remembered to saute the onions before I cooked the turkey. I’m on a roll today, man.

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And then I added garlic.

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When the onions seemed reasonably cooked, I added the turkey.

 

While that was cooking, I chopped up a tomato. Now, I don’t know about you lot, but I fucking hate chopping tomatoes. It’s the worst. They get all mushy and drippy and generally messy. I always end up with tomato innards running down to my elbow, and it looks awful on the cutting board.

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I added the tomatoes to the pan, added whatever spices sounded good from my cabinet, and let everything simmer while I dismembered the peppers. For that, I cut the stem-y bits off and scraped out the insides, making sure that the edges stayed reasonably intact enough to make a little bowl. At this point I turned my oven on to preheat to 350F. I don’t remember if that’s what the recipe said, but whatever.

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Once my peppers were all ready, I lined a casserole dish with foil. The foil is optional, but let’s be real, it means I don’t have to put very much effort into washing out the dish. Then I put the filling into the peppers and laid them out on the dish, and baked them for 25 minutes. I pulled them out at 20 minutes and put mozzarella cheese on top, but I forgot to take a picture of that.

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That’s basically it. It’s super easy, but the catch is that there is no dainty way to eat these. I kept dropping things with every bite.