Category: MEATLESS MEALS

Tasty Labor Day Recipes

Tasty Labor Day Recipes

These Tasty Labor Day Recipes that I have picked for you guys are easy, delicious, affordable and approachable. You can make them any time you want not just over Labor Day and 4th of July, or any other holiday. If you are like my family…

Yellow Rice with Peppers and Tomato Sauce

Yellow Rice with Peppers and Tomato Sauce

Yellow Rice with Peppers and Tomato Sauce is a family favorite summer side dish. It goes well with grilled food, but you can just eat it as it is. I grew up enjoying rice with peppers and tomato sauce. That being said, I loved mopping…

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes Recipe

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes are such a comfort food to me. Ever since I was little, I loved the combination of potatoes and onions sauteed in butter.

I do not think there is a better side dish to compliment pretty much any meat, fish. It goes even perfect with eggs.

Usually, I would finish everything and crack a few eggs on top. It is absolutely divine, but that is a recipe on its own.

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So, this recipe is coming from Lyon, France. That is why it is named Lyonnaise Potatoes.

The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks. Lyon, less than 300 miles away from Paris, has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France.

Anyhow, one of my favorite ways to serve this tasty classic French dish is with steamed or grilled fish.

In my opinion, these sliced pan-fried potatoes just compliment fish very well.

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes Recipe

Anyhow, my husband loves caramelized onions as much as I do so we had this at least a couple of times a month.

To be honest, we have been off potatoes completely since December of 2018. Therefore potatoes make an appearance at our table ever once in a while.

It is just a wonderful side dish that must try if have not had a chance.

I kept it petty classic so please do let me know how you like it?!

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes

I am thinking this would be great with sweet potatoes over Thanksgiving. Sweet and savory type of side dish. I might even try it.

Ever since I became a food blogger my palate expanded and I am more adventures when it comes to food.

As I said many times before, sometimes you need to just to go with your taste regardless of what the recipe says.

Honestly, I rarely follow a recipe. I have been cooking for so long that I could approximately eyeball how much seasoning I need to add.

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Well, I am not ancient. Yes, I am knocking on the door of big 4-0 February 2020, which I am totally looking forward to.

What I wanted to say here is that even though I am 39, I have been cooking for more than 25 years.

Cooking comes naturally to me and I enjoy cooking. Sandra’s Easy Cooking was named only because cooking is really not hard.

Yes, you will burn even eggs, perhaps blow your microwave, set your oven on fire, cut your finger or burn it, etc. but that is all learning experiences.

Don’t be afraid to just experiment; taste, smell, look, season, mix, turn down the heat. Just use all your senses.

Okay, lovelies… I hope you try my yummy and might I add Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes.

If you do, please tag me on INSTAGRAM @sandraseasycooking with hashtags #sandraseasycooking… and, hey, don’t forget to follow for more easy recipes.

Thank you in advance!!!

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes
Yield: Serves 4

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Easy, tasty and amazing side dish that would wow you and your family.

Ingredients

  • 26 oz (750g) New Potatoes, about 4 medium potatoes), sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, (2 tbsp. goes for Onions)
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 2 sweet onion (7oz/200g), such as Vidalia, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher Salt to taste, about 1 teaspoon + for boiling potatoes
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley leaves + for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place the sliced potatoes and a good pinch of the salt in a saucepan and add cold water a bit above the potatoes.
    Bring to a boil over high heat then boil potatoes for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender.
    Drain the potatoes and add cold water over it to stop cooking, drain again and set aside to cool down. I do not peel the as they are waxy new potatoes, but at this point you may peel them if you wish to do so.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter with 1 tablespoon of oil in a larger nonstick frying pan over medium heat.
    Add the onion and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and cook, stirring, until caramelized and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer the onions to a small bowl and set aside. We are looking for a lighter caramelization, not an onion jam.
  3. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter with a drizzle of oil in the same frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes and season with a dash of pepper and salt, to taste. If there are too many slices of potatoes to cover the bottom of your pan, you may cook potatoes in batches then combine them together at the end with onions, or you may use more skillets to shorten the time of cooking.
  4. So as soon as you place potato slices in the pan, in one layer, turn them on the other side to coat with the butter and oil and spread into an even layer. For each batch add a pinch of salt and pepper to season the potatoes.
  5. Cook undisturbed, until the bottoms are lightly browned, 2 minutes then turn around to cook the other side. Keep turning until you get a nice golden color.
    Now put everything together in one skillet, returning the onions too, stir to combine. Cook for a minute or two with 1/4 cup of parsley. You may garnish with the chopped parsley before serving.

Notes

I like using larger waxy new yellow potatoes, but if you are using regular russet potatoes peel them after boiling and then slice to 1/4 inch slices. That way they will still stay in one piece. There are no right or wrong ways. This is my way of doing it so I do not peel mine when I use these types of potatoes.

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes Recipe

Caramelized Onion Tart

Caramelized Onion Tart

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Minerva Dairy. All opinions are entirely my own. If you want to churn your recipe up to the next level, I encourage you to use Minerva tasty butter to make my Caramelized Onion Tart.…

Creamy Spinach Puff Pastry

Creamy Spinach Puff Pastry

I have been playing with some really easy recipes lately just like this tasty creamy spinach puff pastry. I don’t think that we need to spend hours in the kitchen unless it is Thanksgiving, of course. However, even then I do not cook all day.…

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

My delicious Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad. Who does not appreciate a hearty salad?

Needless to say, we eat classic salads all year round, naturally depending on the season, of course.

However, with all the ingredients convenient even during the winter season, we are able now to eat this salad any time we want.

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Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

I know very well the taste is not the same. After all, freshly harvested fruit and vegetables are indeed the best eaten in season.

However, for the gracious sake of your cravings, we can most certainly eat delicious salads like this 365 days a year.

Above all, Cucumber, Tomato, and Mozzarella Cheese Salad undoubtedly my absolute favorite summer food. We probably eat this on a daily base during hot summer days.

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

It is so refreshing and tasty it goes perfectly with any grilled food, even grilled vegetables if you are vegetarian.

You assuredly have a possible option here to include some avocados or grilled tofu even if you do not consume cheese. As you can see it is most definitely versatile salad.

So next time when you have a family gathering or just grilling time, make this salad. I am sure that you will not regret because it is really tasty. I can’t even tell you how much we love it.

Recipe

As I said below in the recipe card, you can add other ingredients and make it your own depending on the season.

My daughter loves Avocado so we always add it, especially if we are out of cheese. It just gives you a bit of creaminess which would be perfect for vegan. Sometimes red onions, and green peppers

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Cucumber, Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad Recipe
Yield: 4 SERINGS

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Easy. healthy and tasty salad recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 Medium Tomatoes on the Vine, sliced
  • 1 cup Snacking Tomatoes, orange, but sweet golden would work as well or multicolored
  • 1 Organic English Cucumber, diced
  • 6 oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, cubed or Fresh Mozzarella Pearl Cheese
  • 3 Organic Green Onions, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the sliced tomatoes, diced cucumber, chopped green onions.
  2. For the simple vinaigrette: in a small bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and herbs such as oregano or parsley. Pour over salad; toss well to coat.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. Just before serving, stir in cheese. Serve with a slotted spoon.
  4. This is a perfect salad with anything grilled or with fish.

Notes

You may add avocado or red onions in this salad It is very delicious. Also, if you by any chance do not have any mozzarella but Feta is in your fridge, use it. It is so tasty in this salad.

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Pan-Roasted Peppers with Garlic Infused Sauce

Pan-Roasted Peppers with Garlic Infused Sauce

For some people letting go of summer is hard, and some people live with summer all year round. We make this recipe all summer long and I am officially letting go of summer with these amazing Sweet Pan-Roasted Peppers with Garlic Infused Sauce. I am…

Skillet Grilled Tofu Salad

Skillet Grilled Tofu Salad

Skillet Grilled Tofu Salad is one delightful meal. It is pretty and tasty. The first time I tried tofu was about 10 years ago, and let me tell you, I was not a big fan. I know now why the first time I made tofu it did not taste as good. To be honest, It looked so appetizing like a block of delicious cheese but it didn’t taste like cheese at all.…

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

I have been making a lot of pasta salads lately. I really love how we have so many options and variations that we can create with pasta.

This one was one of those pasta salads that reminded me greatly of summers that I used to spend in the rural countryside where the meadows were still untouchable by humans.

You would see never-ending open sunny fields thrive with the most beautiful wildflowers, and sometimes your eye would catch the sight of trees.

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So, as I was putting together this salad, it just reminded me of some childhood memories spent in beautiful countrysides.

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

This salad was beautiful, and very delicious as well. It would be perfect to share with your family and friends over a good ole BBQ.

I would imagine that this pasta salad would be outstanding if paired with a delicately grilled juicy steak. Oh, that sounds so mouthwatering right now!

One thing about me is that I cannot resist grilled food, as well as pasta. I am a huge carb lover, even though I am trying to cut it down as much as I can.

Nowadays we can find so many options such as veggie pasta, or gluten-free so you feel less guilty. With that being said, you can most definitely use GF pasta for this.

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

My family loved this salad since everything works very well together and the vegetables are raw so my boys like it as well.

Also, if I have any leftovers, I just store it in a jar and refrigerate. It holds very well in the fridge for 3 days. I do not like keeping cooked food in the fridge for more than 3 days, but I assume it would be okay to keep it up to 5 days.

I hope you guys like this recipe, and if you do happen to make it please tag me on Instagram @sandraseasycooking and use hashtag #sandraseasycooking so I am able to see your delicious creations and share with my readers as well.

Happy Cooking!!!

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad
Creamy Summer Pasta Salad
Yield: SERVES 6

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Simple and delicious pasts salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 pounds Pasta
  • 3 Boiled Eggs
  • 5 Asparagus blanched
  • 1/2 Orange Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 English Cucumber
  • 1 small Zucchini
  • 2 cups Broccoli
  • 1 tbsp. chopped Parsley
  • DRESSING
  • 1/2 cup Mayo Light
  • 2 tbsp. Sour Cream Yogurt could be used
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp. Oregano
  • Salt to taste
  • Chili flakes optional

Notes

How to Blanch Veggies?

  • Boil a pot of water, add a good pinch of salt, add vegetables and boil for 20 to 30 seconds. 
  • Drain and submerge in cold water, preferably ice cold.

Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

One of my favorite ways to enjoy stress-free, delicious lunch us by making this amazing, Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing. Photo-shoots require some serious brainstorming. I know many photographers that go through Pinterest for example and see what theme would be the best for…