Monday, February 15, 2010

The Joy of Cooking

Channa Masala -- A Brooklyn Baby Family Favorite

As I've mentioned before, much earlier in this blog, one way The Brooklyn Baby Family has survived a rough economy is by cooking our own meals. A lot. (This is explains how we've managed to survive Dave's layoff, despite what some consider our extravagant habits of buying organic milk for Stella and continuing to get haircuts. Ahem. That's all I'll say.)

Sometimes we find ourselves in a rut, I'm ashamed to say, making ourselves sick of black beans and rice and chicken/veggie stir fry.

However, after a while, we find some renewed energy and discover new and exciting recipes to try. And since we don't eat out a fraction as much as we used to, many of our favorite recipes tend to have a certain international flare.

So dear, dedicated readers, I'm going to share some of our favorites with you. They are mostly quite healthy, some are vegetarian, and almost all are easy and quick. I hope you enjoy them!

Oh, and don't forget the fabulous food blogs linked to on the right. They are responsible for much of my motivation.

1. Channa Masala -- A spicy, vegetarian Indian dish starring chick peas. This one is great on a cold, miserable day. (So, odds are good you could be making this one soon.)
2. Moroccan Skillet Chicken with Pine Nut Couscous -- This is Stella's number one, all-time favorite recipe. We omit the olives because we just find it to be too heavy a flavor for this dish. And yes, my foodie friends, this is a Rachael Ray recipe. Maybe you just need to get over yourself and admit that many of her recipes are tasty and easy and that's not a bad thing.
3. Pork (or Chicken) Chili Verde -- Chowmama. My absolute favorite food blog. Every recipe is winning, easy, healthy, sophisticated. You can't go wrong with any of them, but this is our current favorite. Not too spicy, but oh so flavorful. And really versatile -- great on rice, in tortillas, as a burrito, whatever. Another Stella fave.
4. Perfect Roast Chicken -- Yes, more chicken. Look, Stella eats chicken. Consistently. Which means we, as a family, gravitate toward chicken recipes, because otherwise she eats a lot of PB&J's. This is Ina Garten's masterpiece of a recipe. It takes a bit of time, but is so worth it. A Friday night Shabbas feast favorite.
5. Salmon Cakes with Creamy Ginger-Sesame Sauce -- This is good for a night you're craving Chinese food without the fat. Not one of Dave's faves, unfortunately, so we don't eat them too often. But, man, I love them!
6. Slow Cooker Red Lentil Dahl -- This is another vegetarian Indian favorite around here. And boy, is it easy and healthy!
7. Roasted Broccolini over Spinach Parmesan Polenta -- Or, as my mamaws might say, "Healthy grits." We made these tonight and they're delightfully decadent while still healthy.

Well, that's all I can think of for now. Feel free to post links to your favorite family recipes, too, as we're always looking to expand our repertoire.

Stay home, cook your own food, and then blow your wads of saved cash on some organic dairy and snazzy haircuts. Look, baby, you've earned it!


Old School/New School Mom said...

I love channa masala!

Holly said...

Mmmm, sounds delish! We've been cooking a lot more, too. We have all these cookbooks that we've barely used, so now we're finally digging in. It's a whole lot easier to make dinner at home than go out with an unpredictable baby.