Smoky Wet Rub

Smoky Wet Rub. Turn a simple steak dinner into something extraordinary for dinner this week. Now usually my go-to recipe is “Pan Steaks” from my cookbook “The Seasoned Life,” but every once in a while I like to change it up. I love that you can mix and match different seasonings to your liking in this rub. No marinating required it just adds an extra punch of flavor to your steak. You could also use this on chicken and pork. Just throw it all in a mason jar give it a shake and voila dinner is just minutes away. I hope that you enjoy it. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Xo- Ayesha

 

Smoky Wet Rub

Smoky Wet Rub

1/2 cup olive oil
One tablespoon smoky paprika.
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
One teaspoon dry mustard
One tablespoon brown sugar
One teaspoon cayenne pepper

**Before using rub make sure to season your meat with salt and pepper to your liking.**

Place all of the ingredients into a mason jar. Close the lid and shake until well combined. Rub evenly over meat before grilling. Enjoy!

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!

 

Turkey Sloppy Joe

Turkey Sloppy Joe. Sure to be one of your next dinner favorites. Sloppy joes are one of those comfort foods that you grew up eating, but probably don’t admit to liking as an adult! Barbecue like sandwiches that consist of sauce and ground beef or as my mom says “Minced meat.” The “sloppy” sauce came out of a can but let’s be honest when you were a kid who cared? So this is a decidedly healthier spin on your classic sloppy without losing that delicious sweet and tangy flavor we all love.  Using ground turkey and most ingredients you probably already have on hand like onion and bell pepper. I mean what’s not to like about a meal that combines a hearty meat mixture nestled inside a bun and is oh so SLOPPY! I hope you enjoy it.

Enjoy,

Xo- Ayesha

 

Turkey Sloppy Joe

 

Turkey Sloppy Joe

1lb ground turkey
One tablespoon olive oil
15 ounce can tomato sauce
One small red onion, diced.
One red bell pepper, diced.
Two cloves garlic, minced.
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika (You can substitute regular)
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Buns, for serving.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and brown your ground turkey until cooked through. Add garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Saute the mixture for 1-2 minutes and add the remaining ingredients. (Obviously not the bread!) Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Vegetables should be tender.

Spoon mixture inside of your favorite bun. Toasting the bread is also a nice touch. I like to serve it with homemade sweet potato chips or fries and some crunchy cucumber slices!

Pressure Cooker Pulled Chicken

Pressure Cooker Pulled Chicken. Hey everyone! Here is another tasty meal that can be pulled together in no time. I add chicken breast, salsa, taco seasoning, and a few other spices to my electric pressure cooker. It’s cooked until the meat is juicy and ready to eat which is no more than 20 minutes. And you can use this versatile chicken recipe with tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, and so much more. You can even swap out the salsa for a vinegar-based barbeque sauce and make pulled chicken sandwiches. I used it to make a tostada, which is just frying or baking a corn tortilla and piling it with your favorite toppings. So delicious. I hope that you and your family love this. Leave a comment below.

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

Pressure Cooker Pulled Chicken

*My tostada was topped with beans, pulled chicken, lime crema, avocado chunks, sliced radish, and cilantro.

 

Pressure Cooker Pulled Chicken

Four boneless skinless chicken breasts (You could also do boneless skinless chicken thighs)
One jar salsa (Use your favorite brand)
1/3 cup chicken stock
Two tablespoons taco seasoning (Again use your go-to brand or make your own.)
Two teaspoons ancho chili powder

Add the stock and chicken into the bottom of your electric pressure cooker. Now season the chicken with seasonings before topping with salsa. Set your timer to 15 minutes and allow to cook. Once the pressure has released remove chicken to a large bowl and shred using two forks until entirely shredded.

You can add extra sauce out of the pot to your liking.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Salmon Sliders With Dill Yogurt Sauce

Salmon Sliders With Dill Yogurt Sauce. So excited to share some super delicious, crowd-pleasing and gameday approved recipes this week. Let’s start it off with my salmon sliders. A small bite that will appease even the pickiest eaters and give a meat-free option for some of your guests. The Superbowl is approaching. And while I’m not a huge football fan, I am a football food fanatic! Bring on the pizza, wings, yummy dips, nachos and of course sliders! Perfect for your upcoming Super Bowl party or any gathering. This delightful salmon slider is slathered with a delicious dill yogurt sauce on a brioche bun that is sure to be a hit. I think that having a fish and veggie option is a must at any gathering. What are your Super Bowl food staples? Share in the comments below. And be on the lookout for the rest of my game day recipes throughout the week!

Enjoy

Xo Ayesha

 

Salmon Sliders With Dill Yogurt Sauce

 

Salmon Sliders With Dill Yogurt Sauce

2- 6-8 ounce salmon fillets

Two tablespoons olive oil

Salt and black pepper, to taste.

Four brioche slider buns, for serving

Romaine lettuce, for serving.

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a shallow baking pan or baking sheet with parchment paper. Place salmon skin side down on the baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over the top of the salmon and season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork. Allow cooling slightly before cutting into halves.

 

Place your sliced brioche buns (Toast them slightly. It makes all the difference.) on a cutting board or large plate. Spread a good amount of sauce on both the tops and bottoms of the buns. Place a piece of salmon on the bun and top with desired toppings!

 

Dill Yogurt Sauce

One cup greek yogurt

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely minced.

One tablespoon dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

One clove garlic, minced.

One teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

 

Place all of your ingredients in a small bowl and combine well. Refrigerate and chill until ready to use. (Make-ahead. The longer it sits, the better!)

Maple Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Maple Balsamic Roasted Vegetables. Happy Friday everyone! Here is a quick recipe to serve alongside your main dish this weekend. And this side dish (Or main if that’s your preference) can be put together in a flash! Deliciously seasoned and roasted vegetables are coated in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup before being roasted to perfection! But please don’t overcook it. Always set a timer to avoid mishaps in the kitchen. (You can also use your oven or microwave timer) It is a lifesaver/food saver! Nothing smells worse than overcooked broccoli! Maple and balsamic give this dish a sweet and sour flavor. This is seriously the easiest, simplest, and the BEST way to roast your vegetables.

Enjoy

Xo- Ayesha

 

Maple Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Maple Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

2 cups broccoli florets

One zucchini, sliced and quartered.

One yellow squash, sliced and quartered.

One orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped.

One yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped.

One small red onion, peeled and cut.

Two tablespoons olive oil

Two tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional.

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl add chopped vegetables.

In a small bowl mix balsamic, maple, olive oil, and red pepper flakes. Mix well.

Season the vegetables with spices and salt and pepper to taste. Add vinegar mixture and gently toss to coat.

Lay evenly on a non-stick baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup. Who doesn’t love a warm and comforting bowl of soup on a chilly day? (Or any day in my case) This soup is incredibly easy to throw together. You can easily omit the curry if your not a fan of that flavor. The rich and sweet flavor of the butternut squash is infused with cream, garlic, onion, brown sugar and curry! Just the right balance. A warm filling and flavorful soup that’s perfect for fall and winter. What is your favorite way to cook butternut squash? Leave a comment below.

Enjoy

Xo- Ayesha

 

 

 

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

One tablespoon olive oil
One small white onion, sliced
Two garlic cloves, minced
One butternut squash, 6 cups cubed. (Feel free to use the pre-cubed packaged fresh squash)
2 cups vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups heavy cream (Can substitute half and half or coconut milk)
1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
Pinch cinnamon
2 Tablespoons creme fraiche, plus more for serving. (greek yogurt can be substituted)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup pepitas (Optional)

*Tip* You can also freeze this for up to a month!

 

Heat oil in a dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat.

Once the pan is hot add onion and garlic, cook until the onion is softened about 2-3 minutes.

Add in your butternut squash. Stir well and add in seasonings along with a pinch of salt and pepper. You can season some more at the end.

Add in your cream, stock, and sugar. Stir well.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Or until your squash is fork tender.

Carefully transfer your soup to a blender. You can also use an immersion blender straight in the pot.

Add in two tablespoons of creme fraiche. Puree until smooth.

Return to pot and adjust your seasonings. Continue to cook over low heat for another 3-4 minutes.

Remove from heat and serve with your desired garnishes!

 

Panzanella Salad

Throwback Thursday! With my end of summer Panzanella Salad. What better way to use produce than to make a Panzanella salad. Which is a traditional Italian “bread salad.” Crispy croutons made from toasted baguette cubes along with fresh, crunchy veggies bring this powerhouse salad together. Drizzle with a little dijon vinaigrette love, and you can’t go wrong. Gardening is such a joy to my family and me. Nothing beats growing something with your own hands and watching it flourish. We’ve created so many delicious recipes using various tomato plants, cucumber, zucchini, and watermelon.

Along with so many amazing fresh herbs. Start your own garden! It’s a fantastic way to get the kids involved too. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

Panzanella Salad

1/2 cup olive oil
1 long baguette, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
One orange bell pepper, seeded and cubed
One red bell pepper, seeded and cubed
One English cucumber halved and cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
1/2 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 Handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons capers

For the vinaigrette:

1 clove finely minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
1 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together all ingredients for the vinaigrette and set aside.

Spread cubes of bread onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Baked in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until golden all around. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

In a large bowl, mix tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, red onion, basil, and capers. Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper.

Drizzle with vinaigrette. Toss well.

Serve immediately, or allow the salad to sit at room temperature for 25-30 minutes. (The longer it sits the better it gets!)

Fig And Orange Glazed Salmon Fillets

Fig and Orange Glazed Salmon Fillets. Hey everyone! Now I’m always on the hunt for a new and exciting approach to cooking salmon. And this dish is so darn flavorful and pairs one of my favorite proteins with FIGS! I’m a colossal fig lover, naturally, since I live in California where most of the nation’s fresh figs are grown. Their subtly sweet creamy and seedy texture makes them great for both sweet and savory dishes. And the combination of sticky figs and orange is a winner in this recipe. A great sauce that adds the perfect amount of tangy and sweetness to the salmon. Are any of you fig lovers? Share in the comments below. Have a great week!

Xo- Ayesha

Fig and Orange Glazed Salmon Fillets

 

Fig and Orange Glazed Salmon Fillets

Ingredients:

12-16 ounce salmon fillet, cut into four pieces.
Coarse salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

Orange Fig Sauce:

1 cup California figs, stems removed and halved.
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Cut stems from figs and cut into quarters. Place figs, orange juice, balsamic, and mint in a small pot. Bring to a boil and allow the sauce to reduce about 15-20 minutes. Once your figs have reduced and softened remove from heat.

In a blender add in hot fig mixture along with honey, dijon, and salt. Blend at low speed until well combined. It will be thick! But will melt wonderfully over the hot fish.

Drizzle your salmon with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place salmon, skin side down on a lined baking sheet. Bake until cooked through and flaky, about 12 to 15 minutes. Brush sauce liberally over salmon and serve with steamed rice.

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Wraps

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Wraps. I’m craving something spicy and sweet! And this shrimp wrap hits the spot. Spicy and decadent wrapped in crisp lettuce and topped with some crunchy toppings like jicama, onion, and mango. Mango is always a staple in my household. And the sriracha honey is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. You can easily modify this and grill the shrimp instead of pan frying it and serve family style with all the fixings. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy,

Xo-Ayesha

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Wraps

1lb large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed.
One tablespoon butter (unsalted preferably)
One tablespoon olive oil
One tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
One tablespoon sriracha
One tablespoon honey
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 jicama, cut into matchsticks.
One mango pitted and cubed.
Cilantro, for serving.
1/2 red onion, peeled and diced.
Butter lettuce leaves for serving

Mix honey and sriracha together in a small bowl.

Season your shrimp with spices and sriracha honey mixture in a large bowl and set aside.

Heat oil and butter in a large pan over medium-high heat.

Add the seasoned shrimp to the pan. Cook for until golden brown and opaque throughout, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add lemon juice and remove from heat.

Serve the shrimp in lettuce leaves and top with desired accompaniments!

Morning Roasted Pear Oatmeal

Morning Roasted Pear Oatmeal

Now I am always looking for ways to spruce up our household favorites. So I wanted to share with you a quick and flavorful take on an oatmeal recipe that the adults and kids will like this coming weekend. I pair Irish cut steel oats with a little cream and brown sugar and roasted pears. The house will smell like the holidays all over again as you roast your pears away! For the kids, I sometimes just take the roasted pear and just pour the yummy oatmeal over top. It’s like a pear bowl. The kids will love it. It truly amazes me all the things you can add and mix in to truly transform a plain old bowl of oatmeal. I hope that this becomes a new household favorite.

Xo- Ayesha

Morning Roasted Pear Oatmeal

3 cups water
1 cup steel cut oats
1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup heavy cream
One tablespoon brown sugar
Pinch sea salt

Add cinnamon and oats into a pot and bring water to a boil. Stir well and cover. Adjust heat to low and simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Do not overcook! Remove from heat and add butter, sugar, cream, and pinch of salt. Top with roasted pears and a drizzle of pear juice from the pan. Serve immediately.

Roasted Pears

Three pears, cut into halves.
Two tablespoons butter, melted.
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Quarter and core the pears. (Use a melon scooper or small spoon.)

Place pear halves in baking dish. Brush pears liberally with melted butter. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon mixture on top evenly.

Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Allow to cool and transfer to a cutting board. (Reserving sauce in pan)

With or without skin on chop into cubes.

Serve over top of oatmeal.

Enjoy!

A Deliciously Simple Pasta With A Fancy Name “Cacio e Pepe”

A Deliciously Simple Pasta With A Fancy Name. “Cacio e Pepe” is a classic dish that utilizes simple ingredients and turns them into something so delicious. A Roman dish that means “cheese and pepper.” It’s tossed with olive oil, cracked black pepper, butter and grated cheese. Here I threw some sauteed mushrooms over the top but that’s entirely up to you. Traditionally the recipe wouldn’t call for that. I’m all for adding extra flavor. A meal that is perfect for a late night craving or when my kids want something quick to eat. They can handle the peppery taste and my kids really LOVE pasta of any kind! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

Oops almost forgot my mushrooms!!

Cacio e Pepe Pasta (Cheese and Pepper)

1/2 pound pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter, unsalted.
3/4 cup Pecorino-romano cheese, grated.
3/4 cup Parmigiano-regiano cheese, grated.
Coarse ground black pepper (About 1 1/2- 2 tablespoons)
Kosher salt to taste
Sauteed sliced mushrooms. (optional)

In a large pot bring water and bring to a boil. Salt your water with about one tablespoon of salt. Add in pasta and cook according to the cooking time on the box. Reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid (water) from the pot and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add olive oil and black pepper. Heat until the pepper begins to sizzle. Add in 2-3 tablespoons of water along with butter and stir well. Transfer hot pasta into the pan and coat with pepper mixture.

Add in cheese and toss until all of the pasta has been coated and doesn’t stick. Season to taste and serve.

I added some sautéed mushrooms over the top of mine. They were just baby portabello mushrooms that were sauteed in butter with a little salt.

**Make sure you serve with the option of extra black pepper and cheese if wanted.**