Tag Archives: Easy Cooking

Peaches & tomatoes come together in the perfect, quick, post workout salad!

Post a recent visit to San Francisco, I’ve had an extra surge of creativity in the kitchen. And the farm fresh produce still on the market makes it uber easy to throw things together that are quick, yummy and healthy!

Here’s a salad that is inspired by one that I recently had at Tartine Manufactory.

Ingredients:

1 peach

2 San Marzano tomatoes

2 tbsp tahini

1 tsp berbere  (any chilly powder can be substituted)

.5 tsp sesame seeds or nigella seeds (optional)

A few sprigs of oregano

Salt to taste

How to:

Put the tahini at the center of a plate.

Slice the peaches and tomatoes and arrange on the plate around the tahini.

Sprinkle the salt, berbere, oregano and sesame seeds (if using) on the peaches and tomatoes.

Dig in and enjoy!

Waffling a sweet potato? Yes for sure!

I recently read somewhere that some creative soul had tried to toast sliced sweet potatoes for breakfast and the outcome was amazing!  I chuckled about this to a friend and she goes, “I’m going to try waffling the sweet potato”….just inserting the slices into a waffle iron and letting the iron do its magic.

Well, that was just the push I needed to do this in my own kitchen.  I greased a waffle iron and waffled my sweet potatoes in there.  Unlike a regular waffle, I repeated the process a few times to get the right level of browning.  What came out simply melted in my mouth with just a little bit of butter on top.  To make it a complete breakfast, I added in a soft-boiled egg and a sliced avocado.

Take a look pre and post and do let me know if you’ve tried this!

Pre Waffle iron
The three ingredients

Post Waffle iron
The finished breakfast!

Four easy steps to yummy, roasted butternut squash with spiced oil!

By Lakshmi:

When farmer’s markets beckon with the most amazing produce, the key to cooking is simplicity. Simple ingredients and techniques that let the natural, fresh flavors create nirvana on your tongue!

Step 1: Take 1 butternut squash, peel it, de-seed it, chop it into small pieces and lay on a baking tray coated with cooking spray.

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Step 2: Create a flavored oil with 2 tbsps olive oil, a few sprigs of oregano, a few springs of thyme, two cloves of crushed garlic, a tsp of salt and a tsp of crushed red pepper.

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Step 3: Using a brush, cover each piece of butternut squash with the flavored oil, pouring any remaining oil over the top.

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Step 4: Roast the oil covered squash in a preheated oven at 450 degrees for 20-30 minutes or till squash appears done.

Enjoy!!