holy cow, last week was freeeeezing cold! sure, vancouver is gorgeous when the sun is shining but yowza!! i need some serious layers to stay warm! and maybe some warm-you-up-from-the-inside foods….
curried lentil & sweet potato bowl
i love composed bowls! the recipes are usually long and they seem like a fair amount of work, but the individual components cook at the same time, and then it’s just a matter of putting it all together. and when you do, it’s like a flavour explosion! coconut curried lentils, roasted sweet potatoes, curried brown rice, lightly dressed kale and shredded red cabbage, and a lovely cilantro chutney. this is a bowl i’d be very excited to get in a restaurant.
chicken mole tacos
doesn’t matter which day you have tacos, any day can be taco tuesday, amirite?? these ones are particularly delicious and they come together super quickly. make the mole sauce (yes, there’s chocolate in there — just enough to not be weird), simmer the chicken in it, shred the chicken, make yo’ taco! we like ’em with avocado cream and pickled red onions. yummo!
sautéed halibut with arugula, roasted beets & horseradish creme fraiche
fancy, right? there’s a teeny bit of prep work (season the fish, roast the beets) but holy cow, the end result is fantastic! halibut is gorgeous anyway — my fave fish — but when paired with the beets and the horseradish creme fraiche? deeeelicious!
latkes with smoked salmon
every year i made latkes in the week or two before christmas. i’m not sure they’re supposed to be a main dish — they often accompany roast beef, or are part of a larger small plates menu — but we love them on their own. a little bit of smoked salmon and a dollop of sour cream and you are set. a green side salad is never a bad idea either.
deep dish pizza
alllll the nicknames… chicago-style pizza, chi-town ‘za, windy city ‘za…. i love ’em all. and i LOVE this pizza. thick rich tomato sauce, chunks of italian sausage, gooey mozzarella, and the defining crispy crust of a chicago style pizza. it does take about 4 hours from start to finish, so a perfect afternoon or weekend project.
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