Category: MEATLESS MEALS

Root Vegetable Sheet Pan

Root Vegetable Sheet Pan

Root Vegetable Sheet Pan is an easy, tasty and very efficient as well as budget-friendly way to feed your family. On top of it, it is very delicious and nutritious. It goes perfectly with fish, poultry or any other meat or protein. Don’t you just read more

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip is such an easy recipe. All you need to do is put everything together bake and serve. It is a perfect treat to quickly make especially if you have unannounced guests. I don’t know about you, but for me, even read more

Cacio e Pepe Butternut Squash

Cacio e Pepe Butternut Squash

Cacio e Pepe Butternut Squash is one delicious, healthy and flavorful recipe. A perfect dish for your meatless Mondays or a quick weeknight dish if you wish to replace carblicious pasta.

Cacio e Pepe Butternut Squash

Well, we all know that Cacio e Pepe, or in translation cheese and pepper, is a simple and delicious way to prepare a pasta dish. It is a pasta dish from modern Roman cuisine.

However, I say move over zoodles because there is a new sheriff in town.

I predict that this year we going to see more and more of butternut squash noodles.

Don’t get me wrong I love zoodles, but you could mix and match and add zoodles to butternut squash for extra nutrition and flavour.

That being said its perfect just the way it is especially if you love butternut squash.

Cacio e Pepe Butternut Squash

You can serve it with any protein such as fish, poultry or meat, or tofu if you want a true meatless meal.

Anyhow, one fine afternoon I had this bowl of raw butternut squash noodles in my fridge. My husband picked up from the store just a few days before.

I would usually spiralize veggies myself, but I guess it was on sale and he got it for me.

He knows how much I love butternut squash. The only butternut squash dish that I never cared for is creamy butternut squash soup.

I do have a fantastic recipe for that soup, but I am just not a fan. Personally to me, it tastes like baby food.

Cacio e Pepe Butternut Squash

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If you get inspired and make my Cacio e Pepe Butternut Squash recipe, please tag me on Instagram.

@sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking. Thank you so much in advance!

Happy Cooking!!!

Recipe
Yield: Serves 4

Cacio e Pepe Butternut Squash

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Cacio e Pepe Butternut Squash is one delicious, healthy and flavorful recipe. A perfect dish for your meatless Mondays or a quick weeknight dish if you wish to replace carblicious pasta.

Ingredients

  • 5-6 cups butternut squash noodles (about 2 medium-size butternut squash)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup Pecorino Romano
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, the best if you grind it yourself on the coarsest setting, plus more for serving
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese for serving, if desired

Instructions

  1. Spiralize squashes: Cut necks off squashes and cut each in half crosswise. Using a thin spaghetti blade in a spiral maker, spiralize squash chunks. If noodles are very long, trim with kitchen shears to the desired length. You may use store-bought butternut squash noodles if you wish.
  2. In a large skillet on medium, melt butter and add olive oil. We are using butter even though it is not traditionally used because the butternut squash noodles are not pasta noodles so we need that extra creaminess that butter produces.
  3. Add noodles and salt and cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, about 10 to 12 minutes at medium-high. Add water a bit at the time every few minutes. Note* For regular Cacio e Pepe you would use pasta water, so we are adding splashes of water to help with tenderizing or cooking these veggie noodles faster as well as for making cheese sauce taste better.
  4. Remove skillet from heat and add Pecorino-Romano. as well as ground black pepper. Stir and toss vigorously until both ingredients are well incorporated into the butternut squash noodles. Toss in a drizzle of the olive oil and season with salt if needed.
  5. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese when you serve it if you desire.

Notes

You may add zucchini noodles and mix with butternut squash noodles.

Prep time 10 minutes only if you going to spiralize butternut squash yourself. Cook time depends on the pan and the temperature you are cooking at. I like my skillet wide, and I cook at medium-high heat.

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

I could eat this delicious Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese probably every other day. Well, I like calling this Mac-flower and Cheese ’cause I used Cauliflower instead of macaroni. This recipe blew my Instagram account after food52 reshared my picture of Mac-flower and Cheese. Since I read more

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

When you want to have a quick meal with your family, Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara is definitely the way to go. It is just so nice with a nice bowl of mixed greens. A pretty balanced meal that my family and I really read more

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Minerva Dairy. All opinions are entirely my own.

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

What a better way to start September than with warm and appetizing sage and brown butter gnocchi. This delightful dish screams comfort food to me. Fall food should be comforting, don’t you agree?

Well, I genuinely love Autumn and everything that comes with the Fall season; Autumn foliage, tasty food and the fragrant air that smells more like cinnamon and spice.

Anyhow, I wanted to let you all knowthat I partnered with Minerva Dairy Butter once againto bring you one more amazing recipe.

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

By the way, did you know that Minerva Dairy, is America’s oldest family-owned creamery? They just revamped their brand and packaging this year in honor of their 125th anniversary.

That is impressive, my friends. I absolutely love their story as well as working with a brand like Minerva Dairy.

So, after thinking of some wonderful and yummy ideas, this classic recipe popped in my head. It is sincerely loved all around the world and most importantly my family loves it.

It was a win-win situation here. I post homemade recipes that my family dearly likes.

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

You will never find fake food whatsoever. I style food that I post here, of course. However, after each photoshoot, we devour food that I made. Every so often I need to heat it up but after doing this for nine years, they know the drill.

That being said, we enjoy gnocchi prepared with Minerva Butter. I love unsalted but for savory sauces or any other dishes, I use garlic and herbs to give a bit more character.

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Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

It’s extremely delicious. Sea salt Minerva Dairy Butter is very tasty as well. I love smearing on my morning toast. I’m more of savory breakfast or brunch gal.

Nevertheless, I heartily hope youguys like these sage and brown butter gnocchi. They are reallyunbelievably tasty.

Happy Cooking!

Hey, if you make Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi or any other recipe from my site, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking… Thank you so much in advance!

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi
Yield: 4 Servings

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi is easy, tasty a perfect dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound potato gnocchi, you may make your own if you wish
  • 1 tsp. Lemon juice
  • Salt, and Black Pepper to taste

Butter Sage Sauce

  • 5 tablespoons Minerva Dairy garlic and herbs butter
  • 6 sage leaves, thinly sliced or leave them whole

Garnish:

  • 1/2 cup shaved or grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over high heat. Cook, stirring until the butter develops brown flecks and smells nutty. Watch it closely to keep the butter solids from burning. Turn down the heat and add sage and fry it for 30 to 40 seconds. This takes a few minutes or less so be close by. Transfer the butter and sage to another bowl.
  2. Bring a larger pot of salted water to a rolling boil then add the gnocchi. When it floats to the surface it is done. Allow it for about half a minute more in the boiling water before removing the gnocchi from water.
  3. Scoop the gnocchi from the pot with a spider or slotted spoon, transfer to the skillet and toss until some of the brown-butter flecks stick to the gnocchi. Be careful and stay a bit back.
  4. Pour over brown butter and sage and keep tossing gnocchi.
  5. Add a few tablespoons of the gnocchi cooking water and a gentle squeeze of lemon, about 1 teaspoon or so; toss again.
  6. Remove from the heat and add half of the cheese. Divide among bowls and top with the cheese.
  7. Serve it with a bowl of greens such as Cesar salad.


Notes

You may use any pasta for this dish, even ravioli as long as you have sage and herbs and garlic butter.

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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 read more

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 read more

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.

CHECK OUT MY TASTY SIDE DISH RECIPES

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. read more