When your closest relationship is with the food-delivery guy, it may be time to reevaluate your meal habits. Though there’s an undeniable appeal to delivery food, there are also the matters of cost and questionable ingredients.
To solve both of these problems, we’ve gathered six homemade renditions of your favorite delivery food, from sesame chicken to fully stuffed burritos. Your stomach and your wallet will thank you after you chow down on these dishes.
Pineapple Fried Rice with Shrimp
Haylie Duff adds bacon to the traditional Thai fried-rice dish for a punch of smoky flavor. Serving it in a pineapple is much better than presenting it in a white takeout container, too.
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Worried you’d have pumpkin spice withdrawals now that the holiday season has ended and a new year is upon us? Have no fear; there’s room for one last go with everyone’s favorite seasonal obsession.
Continue Reading Brunch Rush! Pumpkin Spice French Toast with Maple-Bourbon Butter
A croque monsieur is pretty much the perfect brunch food. It’s hearty. It’s crispy. It’s covered in cheese sauce. Its one Achilles heel, however, is how time-consuming it can be to prepare. If you’re making just two or four, it’s not so bad. But what happens when you’re cooking for eight or 10 people? The inclination to stand over a stove and griddle sandwiches for the better part of the morning suddenly seems a far less appealing proposition.
Instead, let’s take all of those delicious flavors and bake them into a frittata. A frittata covered with cheese sauce. That sounds nice, doesn’t it?
Continue Reading Brunch Rush! Croque Monsieur Frittata
The popular Italian “Feast of the Seven Fishes” graces many a dinner table on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately for me, the celebrated tradition usually ends up conflicting with my family’s yearning for their own classics: a roast ham with trimmings. If you want the best of both worlds this holiday season, opt for an easy weeknight seafood stew in advance of the holiday.
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Dirty rice is a Low Country classic that usually features sausage, chicken livers and the holy trinity (onion, green bell pepper and celery) simmered together with long-grain rice. In a time of year when there’s plenty of other rib-stickin’ heartiness with every meal, lighten things up just a bit by taking a classic like this and making it vegetarian.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Dirty Lentils + Rice with a Fried Egg
’Tis the season for all things beefy and stewy! But with all of this frantic holiday activity, who’s got the time for that? Slow cookers would, but if you didn’t plan ahead, then a quick and easy stovetop stroganoff could be just the cure for that itch.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Beef Stroganoff with Herbed Potatoes
It’s not hard to spend the holiday season feeling overstuffed. Fruit pies, cider doughnuts and slow-cooker stews are regular party-circuit fare. Get yourself ready for the onslaught by recharging your system with some fried chicken.
Don’t worry; it’s not the traditional greasy stuff. This one hits the oven (not the frying pan) with a coating of crispy panko breadcrumbs for all the comfort of the original and just a fraction of the calories. I know there are lots of oven-fried-chicken recipes out there, but this one is different. Here’s why:
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken with Chard-Kale Salad
Pork tenderloins are, hands down, one of the easiest items to prepare for a crowd. They pair well with almost any flavor combination and are so lean that they cook in virtually no time. While they do require just a bit of trimming to remove any excess fat or silverskin (that shiny connective tissue that you see on the surface of the cut), you can choose to do it quickly yourself or just ask your butcher to remove it for you.
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What is the holiday season for if not to step back, reflect on the past year and reconnect with those you love. Since at this time of year calendars seem to magically swell with parties, dinners and casual get-togethers, make your gathering as fabulously effortless as possible with a meal that feeds a small group and a full house alike.
The trick to entertaining with style is to prepare a dish for your guests that is delicious, showstopping and requires as little cleanup as possible. This dish, my friends, is the total package.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Chicken Legs with Roasted Grapes and White Cheddar Grits
Meatballs are one of those dishes that seem to make everyone smile (sorry, vegetarians). They’re easy to prepare and fun to eat — what more could you ask for? A bigger meatball, you say? A jumbo meatball?! Good call.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Jumbo Stuffed Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Sauce