You know I love Risotto, but I hate the calories that come with the typical cream and cheese - plus the preparation of it, which requires endless standing by the stove. Using Barley, and a handful of items in your fridge, you can make this delicious, healthy version of Risotto using Ancient Grains! I also topped with Shrimp for our pescatarian friends joining us. Hope you enjoy!
Ceviche. One of my favorite meals to have - refreshing on a warm day, satisfying but not filling, incredibly healthy and tasty - a beautiful explosion of flavors in every bite. Below is my recipe, but the beauty of ceviche is that it's incredibly flexible you can make your own by creating the flavor profile you want. I've included some thoughts in optionals below to spur your creative juices! Make ahead for an easy weeknight dinner the next day.
As they say in my country, Buen Provecho!
This is remarkably versatile - I used quinoa, radishes, green onions, grape tomatoes and jalapeños to complete this amazing charred broccoli, but you can use any grain and add any veggies you may like. I also included SoftBoiled Eggs as it's delicious to break that yolk into the bowl! I've included only the instructions for the dressing and Charred Broccoli to let you flex as wanted - would definitely include an Ancient Grain, and some crunchy veggies as you enjoy the most!
Whisk lemon juice, garlic and salt. Let sit for 1 minute, then whisk in oil in steady stream, until emulsified. Is using, whisk in tahini and set aside.
Serve in bowl with all the crunchy veggies, soft-boiled egg, etc. As they say in my country, Buen Provecho!
Healthy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Butter Chicken is one of those delicious, hearty dishes with an Indian flair that warm my heart. For years I refused to make it, as I only found unhealthy options packed with butter and cream... and then I found and tweaked a recipe that includes no butter, no cream, but still makes a creamy, tasty sauce that is a delight, especially as we head into those colder nights. This is perfect to pop into the slow cooker and make while you're at work, and then make it an early night dinner so you can enjoy time with the family or binging on your favorite show!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 6-8 hours
Fall is here, and with it, comes my desire for delicious braises and stews that are rich after cooking for hours. This hits the deep flavors traditional of French Provincial cooking with few ingredients... without the time. Because, let's keep it real, a lot of times we can't wait 8 hours - this recipe can be on the table in an hour using the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker as the pressure cooker will cook the dry beans for you without the wait (or I think can also be made in the Slow Cooker over 6-8 hours, though I still haven't tried it)! Trust me, the family will savor every last bite.
Time: 1 Hour, with the food under pressure for 30 minutes.
Note: If making with a Slow Cooker/Crock Pot, I would pre-slack the beans overnight, and then rinse in the morning prior to adding it in Step 3.
As they say in my country, Buen Provecho! Let me know what you think in the comments below!
After owning an InstantPot for nearly 3 years, I finally shook the childhood memories of 'Be Careful!' and struck up the courage to start using the Pressure Cooker functionality on it. This recipe (originally from the NYT, but marginally tweaked) quickly became part of our regular rotation - it's remarkably flexible, which you can serve as carnitas tacos, or can serve over rice in whole chunks - either way, the flavor profile of this is OUTSTANDING! If you don't own a pressure cooker, make in the slow cooker for 8 hours on low.
Prep & Marinade: 20 minutes (and 2-8 hours marinade, up to overnight)
Cooking: In pressure cooker, ~1 hour
As they say in my home country, Buen Provecho! Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Quick Weeknight Enchiladas
Let's face it, weekdays are brutal to prepare a nice meal. This recipe definitely takes shortcuts, but provides a nice, hearty meal that you'll love and is pretty healthy - just swing by the grocery store and pick up a rotisserie chicken (if you're close to a Publix, the Mojo Chicken is best), a can of green chiles, tortillas, non-fat Greek Yogurt (if you have none - believe, me, this is a magical solution to keep the filling deliciously moist without the fat!) and use a few spices (including Turmeric, which we should all be having more of because of its health benefits!) and veggies you'll already have at home. On the table in less than an hour, max, and no-one will ever know you didn't slave over the stove all day! Side note, if you're doubting how to make it, check out my Instagram video with step by step instructions at @lloydlcooks.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Broiled Mediterranean Shrimp
This recipe is the quickest and easiest weeknight dinner ever invented! Garlic, Oregano, Olive Oil and a little bit of lemon give these shrimp a distinct mediterranean flavor that will go well with anything else you have on hand! In this case, I tossed this with slow-roasted tomatoes and served over Farro (and with a side of steamed broccoli sprinkled with truffle salt)
Time: 30 minutes
I serve this over farro or rice, and like to toss it with some chopped tomatoes (or as pictured above, caramelized tomatoes). Enjoy!
Rustic Marinara Sauce
Summer. Fresh Tomatoes, Herbs, and every other form of goodness! This sauce is perfect for a quick but hearty weeknight dinner with pasta, or for my deconstructed eggplant parmigiana, or to just enjoy with a nice loaf of bread. I mean, can we all just admit that tomatoes (especially my in-laws) are the absolute best?
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 30-45 minutes
If making to get through tomatoes you have, this recipe freezes beautifully. Even better!
As they say in my home country, buen provecho!
Deconstructed Eggplant Parmigiana
I love Eggplant Parmesan, but I know it's not the healthiest. I've created this dish, which combines the extraordinary summer flavors of summer in the Eggplant, but also combines it with lovely summer tomatoes in a healthy recipe that'll be on the table in less than an hour, without the unhealthy calories of cheese. Pictured above, it's served with a lemony simple side salad to delight your senses (and go easy on the scale!). Serve as entree or side dish.
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 30 Minutes
As they say in my country, Bueno Provecho!