Keep It Simple, Stupid

Oh yes. K.I.S.S.  – that’s my motto right now. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who uses that acronym).

After weeks of this:

And this:

Beer! Hurray for beer!

I’m making an effort to eat a little more healthfully. And even though I love making long, complicated recipes, I’m keeping it simple (stupid).

Enter my latest  go-to meal: steamed vegetables (different combinations of green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots) sprinkled with garlic powder and red chili flakes and braised tofu.

heeeeeealthy

It turns out a 15-minute meal can be healthy, inexpensive AND satisfying.

To braise the tofu I simply sliced a block or pressed tofu into 1/4″ slices, placed in a pan with a little cooking spray and  1TBSP of toasted sesame oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and cooked on each side for about 5 minutes, then drained. Easy-peasy.

Glass of red  wine optional 😉

Anyone else have easy healthy dinners? I’m always looking for something new!

P.s. For a similar combo check out this version from a few months ago!

Butter Makes Everything Better

Yes, olive oil is amazing. I use it daily. BUT, sometimes only butter will do.

This spring I have been purchasing a lot of radishes. Mostly because they are cheap – 3 bunches for a dollar! And also, because I love their bitter taste and crisp texture. So this week I decided to play around and saute them. With butter.

Aren't they lovely?

In a pan with a little salt and pepper

Getting nice and brown

Ready for dinner!

I’m thinking of how to best describe their taste…by sauteing them they completely lose their bitter taste and take on a flavor very similar to pan roasted potatoes. They are crunchy and buttery and salty. In a good way. I hope that makes sense.

I decided to add them to a salad but I could see chopping them a little coarser (maybe just halve or quarter them?) and serving them as a side dish.

Honestly, even if you’ve never been a radish fan I would suggest trying this. At just over $0.30 a bunch it’ll be a cheap experiment. Be adventurous!

Sauteed Radishes

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Rinse radishes to remove all dirt. Remove the greens and the very tips of the radishes. Slice into 1/4″ slices/coins.
  2. In a pan over med heat add 2 TBSP olive oil. Add radishes to pan.
  3. Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper to radishes and allow to cook until nice and brown. Stir occasionally to avoid burning/sticking to pan.
  4. Serve as a side or a crunchy addition to a chopped salad.

So what do you think? Willing to give it a try? Or am I simply off my rocker? (Be kind….)