Shishito Pepper And Garlic Sauce

Shishito Pepper And Garlic Aioli. Shishito peppers are not only a delicious finger food but extremely easy to prepare. They are abundant at most farmers markets in the summertime. And If I see them on the menu at any restaurant, I order them. They are Normally just sautéed in a pan until blistered and seasoned lightly with salt. We have a running joke that I somehow always find the only hot one in the bunch. But Typically they are very mild and smoky in flavor. Here I use them in a sauce that is the perfect condiment for your next back yard cookout or sandwich. I topped a perfectly cooked charleston crab cake with this sauce, and it was phenomenal. But you can really use it on anything. And I strongly feel like my sauce would have turned out greener in the pictures below if I hadn’t “sampled” so many of the shishito peppers before blending the sauce. I couldn’t help myself! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy.

Xo- Ayesha

 

Shishito Pepper And Garlic Sauce

Shishito Pepper And Garlic Sauce

1-pint shishito peppers rinsed and dry.
One tablespoon olive oil
1 cup good mayonnaise
3-4 garlic cloves, whole. (Use all four if you’re a garlic lover.)
Two tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste. (I used ground rainbow peppercorns)

 

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet until hot. Add peppers and cook until blistered and charred — about 5-10 minutes. Just watch them as this process can vary in time. About halfway through I like to add in the whole garlic cloves to give them some color but that’s up to you. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Remove stem tops with a knife.

In a large blender or food processor add blistered peppers, garlic, mayo, lemon, salt, and pepper. Pulse until well combined. Serve immediately.

Cherry Pulled Pork

Cherry Pulled Pork. This is going to be one of those go-to recipes you can use when you’re short on time. Now I’m a huge fan of my electric pressure cooker. You can literally throw frozen meat into it and have tender meat in thirty minutes. Or in this case 45 minutes. I decided to use some tart cherries in this recipe. I feel like cherries are the perfect complement for this dish. We also have some garlic, ginger and whole bunch of other goodies. Your house is going to smell like you’ve been slaving over the stove all day. Name your favorite way to use cherries in the comments below.

Enjoy,

Xo- Ayesha

 

Cherry Pulled Pork

 

Cherry Pulled Pork

4-5 pound pork shoulder roast
2 cups frozen cherries
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup cherry juice
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
Two tablespoons dark brown sugar
1-inch fresh ginger, peeled.
3-4 whole garlic cloves
One small shallot, diced.
One teaspoon dry mustard
Two teaspoons black pepper
Salt and to taste.

Cut roast into sections so that it will be covered with the cooking liquid. Then season with salt, pepper, and mustard and place into the pressure cooker along with cherries, garlic, ginger, and shallot. In a bowl mix sugar, ketchup, vinegar, broth, and cherry juice.

Pour over the top of the roast.

Cook for about forty-five minutes in your electric pressure cooker. Please follow the directions on your pressure cooker for complete instructions.

Remove from pot and use two forks to shred the meat. Pour as much or as little of the cherry sauce over the top of the shredded pork. I served it in a bun with a quick slaw. Its also delicious poured over a bowl of rice and steamed veggies. Yum!

Curry and Garlic Shrimp

Curry and Garlic Shrimp. I’m so excited to share this recipe! A new and delicious way to prepare shrimp. We use shrimp and saute them in some olive oil with curry powder, garlic, shallot, tomatoes, capers, and parsley. And don’t be afraid of the word “Curry.” It’s used very subtly in this dish. You could also cut the amount of curry in half in you desire. So if you’re looking for a quick and tasty dinner, tonight give this a try its a keeper! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy,

Xo- Ayesha

 

Curry and Garlic Shrimp

Curry and Garlic Shrimp

1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined.
One tablespoon olive oil
One tablespoon butter, unsalted.
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped. (Use all three if you love garlic!)
One small tomato, diced.
One small shallot, finely chopped.
Two tablespoons capers, drained.
1/4 cup white wine or chicken stock
One tablespoon lemon juice
One tablespoon parsley, chopped.
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute garlic and shallot for 2-3 minutes. Lower temperature and add in curry powder to allow to simmer 3-4 minutes. Deglaze the pan with wine (or chicken stock) and add in lemon, tomatoes, parsley, and capers. Stir well and season if desired. Add in the shrimp and coat with the sauce. It should cook for about two minutes and then remove from heat. The sauce will thicken. Serve the shrimp over rice or crusty bread.

Creamy Edamame And Avocado Dip

Creamy Edamame And Avocado Dip. Hey everyone! Here is another quick and easy recipe — edamame and avocado dip. I happen to love edamame. So I wanted to create a creamy dip using both edamame and avocado. It transforms into a healthy and tasty dip that will brighten the table at your next gathering. Its fresh flavor is loaded with fresh lime juice, garlic, and cilantro. And the added siracha gives it a nice tangy and spicy kick. You can enjoy this as a dip, healthy snack or sandwich spread!

Enjoy!

Xo– Ayesha

Edamame and Avacado Dip

12oz. Edamame shelled.
One large avocado pitted and cubed.
1/4 cup onion, diced.
1/2 cup cilantro
1-2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup lime juice
1-2 tablespoons sriracha
One teaspoon sea salt
One teaspoon black pepper
2-3 tablespoons olive oil

Heat a large pot of water over medium-high heat. Add frozen edamame and quickly blanch for 2-3 minutes.

 

Place the hot edamame into a blender or food processor. Pulse five or six times until slightly broken up. Add in avocado, onion, cilantro, garlic, lime, and sriracha. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and drizzle in olive oil. Puree until smooth but still chunky. You can adjust the seasonings to taste.

Transfer to a bowl and serve with desired accompaniments. (Cucumber slices, pita, bell pepper, carrot sticks, etc.)

Super Quick Shrimp Pasta

Super Quick Shrimp Pasta. Heres another quick and flavorful meal to make when you are short on time. And as a busy mom of three, I am always looking for a recipe that can be put together in a flash. I made this for my family this week, and it was a hit.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

Super Quick Shrimp Pasta

Super Quick Shrimp Pasta

1lb pasta, spaghetti.
1lb peeled, deveined shrimp
Three tablespoons olive oil
One clove garlic, minced.
1 cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped. (about a handful)
One tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
1/2 stick salted butter (I always buy grass-fed)
1/2 cup white wine (plus more for drinking!)
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

In a large bowl add shrimp and season with lemon pepper seasoning before carefully tossing to coat.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook for 1 minute. Add in garlic and butter and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Deglaze the pan by adding in the white wine. Making sure to get any bits off the bottom of the pan. (That’s flavor!) Season with pepper and add in chopped parsley. Remove from heat. Now add the cooked shrimp mixture to the cooked pasta and top with parmesan. Gently toss to coat. You can add in reserved pasta water if needed to thin out the sauce. Serve hot and garnished with extra parsley and parmesan is desired. Enjoy!

*Tip* reserve about 1 cup of pasta water to stretch the sauce if needed!

 

Citrus And Thyme Marinated Olives

Hey everyone! Here are my marinated citrus and thyme olives — the perfect way to impress your friends and family at your next gathering. Marinating your olives is so incredibly simple and takes no time to do. You can add them to your cocktails, charcuterie board and more. And most of the ingredients can also be swapped out for whatever you have on hand. I like to use castelvetrano olives because they have a firm and buttery texture that holds up well in any marinade. What’s your favorite type of olive? Comment below.

Enjoy,
Xo- Ayesha

 

Citrus And Thyme Marinated Olives

2 cups olives of your choice. (I used Castelvetrano green olives)
One tablespoon lemon juice, plus two lemon peels.
One tablespoon blood orange juice, plus two orange peels.
1-2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced.
1/2 cup olive oil
Four sprigs thyme
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (Or more if you like heat)
Black pepper to taste
Pinch sea salt

Drain and rinse olives. Now in a large mason jar or container add all of the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The longer they stay in the marinade, the more flavorful they will be. Allow coming to room temperature before serving.

They can stay stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least a month.

Pork Meatball Sandwich (Banh-Mi Style)

Pork Meatball Sandwich (Banh-Mi Style). I am a huge fan of Vietnamese food. Especially the Banh-mi sandwich. And If you have never given this cuisine a chance you don’t know what you are missing! I had my first banh mi sandwich at a small restaurant in Oakland and became hooked. Its a hearty sandwich served in a crispy baguette and filled with juicy grilled meats like pork or chicken. Its then topped with fresh flavors and crunchy veggies like cucumber, carrot, and jalapeño. It’s just an incredibly delicious and quickly made sandwich. This version has a ground pork meatball that incorporates all of those flavors. And topped with a crunchy and tangy carrot, jalapeño, and cilantro mix. You could quickly make a tray of these meatballs and set out all the fixings for this at your next gathering. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy,

Xo- Ayesha

Pork Meatball Sandwich (Banh-Mi Style)

Pork Meatballs:

1 pound ground pork
One shallot, finely diced.
Two garlic cloves, finely minced.
Two tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped.
One tablespoon brown sugar
One tablespoon fish sauce
One tablespoon sriracha
Salt and pepper to taste.
One tablespoon canola oil
Mayonnaise, for serving.
Two baguettes, cut into halves. (Or just a crusty roll)
Thinly sliced cucumber slices for serving.
Thinly sliced jalapeño, for serving.
Cilantro, for serving.
Carrot mixture, recipe below.

In a large bowl add the first seven ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Form into evenly sized meatballs and set aside. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Now cook the meatballs in batches until browned and cooked thoroughly. You could also bake these meatballs at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Allow the meatballs to cool slightly. Spread your baguette with mayo on each side. Fill with meatballs, carrot, cilantro, jalapeño, and cucumber slices. Yum!

Carrot mixture:

One cup julienne carrot (Save time by buying it pre-cut)
One tablespoon rice wine vinegar
One teaspoon sesame oil
One tablespoon brown sugar
Pinch salt and pepper

In a small bowl add carrots. Toss in sugar, vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper and toss gently. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Who doesn’t love a vinaigrette? Homemade salad dressing not only tastes better than the bottled stuff but it is incredibly easy to make. And although bottled salad dressing can be the easy alternative and inexpensive its full of salt and sugar. Making your own salad dressing allows you to customize it to your tastes and is so much healthier than the bottled stuff. (Not that I don’t use that as well from time to time). Not to mention its a nice touch to any dinner party to pop out your own bottle of salad dressing for serving.

I make it in big batches for large salads and sometimes will make a homemade vinaigrette to marinate some meat for the grill. This particular recipe is put together in a flash and has a little sweet and sour going on! You can store it in your refrigerator in a container with a tight-fitting lid for 3-5 days! So give it a shot and embrace the homemade salad dressing. Make sure to try this with my “Grilled Chicken Salad For A Crowd.” What is your favorite salad dressing? Leave a comment below.

Xo- Ayesha

 

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Two tablespoons honey
Two tablespoons dijon mustard
One tablespoon finely minced garlic
One tablespoon finely minced shallot
One tablespoon vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (Freshly squeezed of course!)
salt and pepper to taste. (I used 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper)

Just place all of your ingredients into a mason jar with a lid and shake well.

*Before you use your dressing, be sure to give it a taste. This is your moment to add more salt and pepper or make any other adjustments. *

Pour over salad and enjoy!

Simple Turkey Chili

Happy Friday! Heres a simple to make “Turkey Chili” that will jumpstart your weekend. This recipe is full of fresh vegetables, lean turkey and full of flavor! Can you believe that the end of winter is approaching us? Which means locking up most of our hot winter meal recipes in a box until next season. I personally could eat chili or soup year round. It’s such a comforting meal to have any time of the year.

With very little preparation you just have to smell and wait while it out as it simmers away. Ground turkey is also low in sodium and a very lean meat to cook. I add in three types of beans and some crushed tomatoes. I also like to put out toppings such as cheese, sour cream, corn chips (Don’t knock it till you try it!), and even my jalapeño cornbread croutons and everyone just serves themselves. Perfect meal to end the work week. Whats your favorite version of chili? Share in the comments below.

Xo- Ayesha

Simple Turkey Chili:

Two tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 cup chicken stock
One 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
1 15-oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained.
One 15-oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained.
One 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
One red bell pepper, diced.
One white onion, diced.
Two garlic cloves, minced.
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons kosher salt. (you can use more to your taste.)
1 bay leaf

For serving: (optional)

Shredded cheese (I prefer cheddar)
Sour cream
Corn chips or jalapeno cornbread croutons

Heat oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Now season with salt and pepper and cook until softened, about 5-6 minutes. Add in the turkey and seasonings making sure to break into small pieces. Cook until no longer pink and cooked through.

Add beans, stock, and tomatoes, reduce heat to low. Allow it to simmer for about 25-30 minutes until the flavors have developed. Discard bay leaf before serving.

This dish pairs well with my Jalapeno cornbread croutons. Click the link for the recipe.

Enjoy!

10 Minute Pasta !

Sometimes I just don’t feel like going to the grocery store, especially now with an 8 month old. Yesterday was one of those days. Luckily my husband didn’t want a lot of protein in his pre game meal so I didn’t have to trek to the grocery to get my usual pound of ground. I decided that I would use what was on hand. We ate chicken and waffles the night before so I wanted to make something fresh, light, quick and EASY! I came up with this simple recipe  using things that I already had in my refrigerator. Turns out he loved it. It’s a great vegetarian option too! Try it and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Ingredients 

2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes(halved)

1 small shallot chopped

3 cloves of chopped garlic

handful of FRESH basil chopped

a sprig of fresh rosemary

3 tablespoons of butter

3 tablespoons olive oil

a pinch of salt

1 package of Capellini pasta

Parmigiano Reggiano (to taste )

Bring a pot of COLD water to a boil on the stove. While the water is heating up, place your skillet on med high heat and sauté the butter, olive oil, garlic and shallots in a pan until the shallots become translucent (not brown). Add in the rosemary , cherry tomatoes and pinch of salt for flavor. Sauté for about 2 to 3 mins and add in your chopped basil. By now your water should have come to a raging boil. Add in your capellini pasta and cook as directed on the package (usually about 3 mins). Drain the water from the pasta and add in your tomato mixture. Mix together well and then plate the pasta. Top with fresh Parmigiano and enjoy! DSC01526 DSC01527 DSC01529 DSC01533 DSC01537 photo