Warm Green Bean Salad

Warm Green bean salad. There is nothing I love more than a no-fuss recipe. Now everyone knows how much I love to garden and use fresh produce as much as I can. Fresh green beans in the spring are a must. They are loaded with nutrients and fiber. Also, my kids favorite vegetable to prep with me. What kid wouldn’t love snapping off the ends of green beans for you?! When shopping for green beans remember that they should snap when they are fresh not bend. Pancetta, shallot, brown sugar, dijon, vinegar, and other goodies give these tender green beans a slightly sweet and spicy flavor — the perfect side for a weeknight dinner or your upcoming Easter meal. You can even make the sauce and brown the pancetta and shallot the night before to save some time. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Xo- Ayesha

 

Warm Green bean salad

Warm Green bean salad

One pound fresh green beans, trimmed.
4 ounces pancetta
One shallot, finely minced.
Two tablespoons brown sugar
One tablespoon dijon mustard
Two tablespoons red wine vinegar (You could substitute apple cider vinegar.)
Two teaspoons soy sauce

Pinch black pepper

Pinch red pepper flakes, optional.

In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, vinegar, dijon, soy, and seasonings. Mix well and set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Quickly blanch green beans in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Or longer if you prefer a more tender green bean.

Cook diced pancetta in a skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove from the skillet and set aside. Cook shallot in the rendered fat and saute for about 1 minute.

Add drained green beans, pancetta and sauce mixture into the skillet. Toss and coat thoroughly before cooking for 1-2 minutes more and remove from heat. Serve immediately.

Easy Spatchcock Pesto Roasted Chicken

Easy Spatchcock Pesto Roasted Chicken. Now I’m sure the word “spatchcock” sounds intimidating. But it’s not! Merely ask the butcher at your grocery store to remove the backbone from your whole chicken. Or use kitchen shears and remove it yourself at home. It allows you to roast a whole chicken in just 45 minutes! Covered in a flavorful and vibrant green pesto. Your house will smell heavenly! Now while I have a recipe for pesto below you can always substitute a delicious fresh store-bought pesto to save time. I’m all about shortcuts in the kitchen. This chicken turns out so juicy and flavorful. No marinating needed and its the perfect simple dish to make for a busy day or company! Throw in some hearty vegetables, and you have a full one pan meal. What is your go-to method to cook chicken? Comment below.

Enjoy

Xo- Ayesha

Spatchcock Pesto Roasted Chicken

Tip* I like to slice whole lemons and roast them with the chicken. I squeeze the roasted lemon over the chicken before serving. Yum!

 

Spatchcock Pesto Roasted Chicken

5-6lb whole chicken
2 cups pesto, recipe below.
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place chicken skin side up on a sheet pan or in a cast iron skillet.

Make sure that the chicken is thoroughly patted dry.

Season with salt and pepper before coating with half of the pesto. Making sure to rub under the skin gently.

Bake uncovered at 425 degrees for 45 min or until cooked through and juices run clear. (Internal temperature should read 165 degrees.)

Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with remaining pesto.

Pesto:

3/4 cup olive oil
3 cups packed fresh basil
One tablespoon lemon juice
4-5 cloves garlic (Depends on how much you love garlic)
1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts
1/2 cup parmesan, grated.
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

In a food processor or blender combine all of the ingredients except oil, salt, and pepper. Allow the pesto to puree before very slowly streaming in the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and use as desired.

 

Flashback With My Baked Eggs Breakfast Souffle

Baked Eggs Breakfast Souffle. Flashback to one of my old recipes with this delicious souffle this weekend! This is a quick and easy egg recipe. It’s definitely a husband pleaser. The recipe below is a base recipe. Meaning you can add in whatever you like to it! Shrimp, chicken, sausage, bacon, tomatoes … ANYTHING would be delicious in this soufflé. Try it and let me know what you think!

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

 

Baked Eggs Breakfast Souffle

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Baked Eggs Breakfast Souffle

Ingredients:

3 eggs

3/4 cup of milk

1/2 cup of FRESHLY grated cheese (it makes a difference)

handful of spinach

salt and pepper to taste

It’s simple! Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, then transfer to a buttered baking dish. Bake for 15 to 20 mins and enjoy!

*** This recipe is for 2 people. Double ingredients for 4 :).

Hope you like it!

Planting “Honest” Trees

Over the holiday season (Yes back in 2013) the Honest Company gifted some of their customers these amazing little trees. I guess it was sort of their way  to “pay it forward” and give back to the environment. Both Riley and I were so excited to plant them. I must note that I am no professional gardner and I have a bit of a black thumb. With some research and trial and error I am however getting better, and I LOVE doing it! It was a great quick and easy project for Riley and I to do. it did get messy, BUT IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT! Thank you Honest Co for giving back and creating quality time for my family and I. Here are some photos from our time together! They are from a couple of weeks ago, but i’m glad we did it before the awful (but much needed) rainy weeks that followed! Enjoy!

*** The last photo is some new parsley I planted! Our garden already had some, but it needed a refresher! (clearly I’m proud of myself ha!) ***

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Parsley-Mint Sauce!!!

This sauce is seriously delicious. My mouth is watering as I type away. It’s green, fresh, delicious, healthy  and simple. You can pair this sauce with pretty much any type of meat or seafood you like. It adds an instant burst of flavor to any meal. My family LOVES this sauce! Last night I paired the sauce with macadamia crusted tilapia, sautéed corn and skillet potatoes. It was super yummy (I’ll post the tilapia recipe at a later date).This is also something you can make ahead and always have on hand in the refrigerator or freezer. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup fresh parsley

Handful of fresh mint

2 chopped scallions

4 cloves garlic

juice of 1 lemon

3 tablespoons of honey (give or take)

pinch of salt

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 water or white wine 😉

***Literally throw all of these ingredients into a blender and pulse until its a creamy sauce. Delish! ***

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