What’s for dinner? Crispy Fish Tacos with Southwest Ranch Slaw

What's for dinner? Crispy Fish Tacos with Southwest Ranch Slaw (20 minute meal!) - Sarcastic Cooking

If you wanted a real life glimpse into my weekly dinner repertoire, this dish is it! I seriously set this picture up, took the photo on this box, then moved the plates from the box to the table, and then moved the tacos from the plate to my face. That is real life, folks.

So many times growing up, we lived off fish sticks on those Lenten Fridays. When I tell Mike that we are having fish sticks for dinner, he groans. I even tried to give Andy a fish stick all slathered up in beautiful tartar sauce. I thought I was smarter than him because he loves any kind of sauce or sour cream or yogurt on anything. Alas, the kid took a bite of the fish stick, ate the breading off, and then spit out the fish. [Read more…]

Meatless Monday: Garlic-Lemon Creamed Kale

Lemon Garlic Creamed Kale | Sarcastic Cooking

Dear Past Stefanie,

Remember when you were spooning that soupy rice cereal into little baby Andy’s chubby cheeks? Remember when you loathed that cereal as you basically gave your child a wet wipe bath to clean all the mess off of him? Remember when you said to yourself, “I can’t wait until I can feed Andy real food!”

Yeah….

You should have cherished the days of purees and soupy cereal.

Love,

Your wiser and older future self

PS Don’t even get me started about how you wanted Andy to walk.

Well folks, there it is. My real life confession. Feeding a baby, scratch that, toddler, is hard! You have this idea that they will just like everything you eat and when you make a nice dinner and it all ends up on the floor amidst tears from you and your kid, those dreams are certainly shattered.

As a home cook and food blogger, I pride myself on my culinary creations. It is bad enough I have to cook for mister-I-would-be-happy-eating-mac-and-cheese-with-cut-up-hot-dogs-in-it-for-the-rest-of-my-life; I now have to cook for his mini me.

Fear not, all you health nuts. I am not giving up just yet. I keep offering him healthy foods in different ways and slowly he is coming around. I like a challenge. This kid will be like me! This kid will like salads! One day. I have crumbled and offered to cover vegetables in cheese to make them more appealing, even though, of course, that was one thing I swore I would never do before having kids.

Shocker! Everybody likes things covered in cheese! I even get Mike to dive into this creamy side dish! So, yeah, Andy can have a hot dog and some sweet potato fries for dinner, but you better believe he is getting a big scoop of this kaley goodness too!

 

Garlic-Lemon Creamed Kale

Kale cooked in lemon juice and olive oil, seasoned with a dash of nutmeg, and then baked with melty cream cheese and parmesan cheese until golden! The perfect healthy and indulgent side dish!

Yields: Serves 2-4 People

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ½ Cup Diced Yellow Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, grated
  • 16 Ounces Chopped Tuscan Kale
  • Zest from ½ Lemon
  • Juice from ½ Lemon
  • Big Pinch of Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • Small Pinch of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Grated Nutmeg
  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese, cut into cubes
  • ½ Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add olive oil to a medium/large skillet. Heat for thirty seconds over medium/low heat. Add onion to the pan and saute for four minutes, until translucent. Add garlic and mix to combine, saute one more minute.
  3. Turn heat to low, add in the kale. Cover with a lid and cook for about five minutes. Remove lid and stir kale to combine with onion and garlic. Add in ½ the lemon zest and the lemon juice. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and crushed red pepper flakes if you are using them. Stir to combine and cover with lid. Cook for another ten minutes, until all the kale is wilted.
  4. Remove lid, add in the cream cheese. Wait a few minutes for the cream cheese to start to melt. As the cream cheese melts, mix to evenly coat all of the kale.
  5. Once all the cream cheese has melted, mix in ½ cup of grated parmesan. Turn off the heat. Transfer kale to a small baking dish (6 inch round or a 3 cup rectangular Pyrex dish). Top with remaining parmesan and lemon zest. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden.
  6. Let the dish cool for about seven minutes before serving.
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes

Recipe adapted from Shutterbean’s Best Creamed Spinach recipe. (Trust me it is the best!)

Slow Cooker Brown Butter and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Brown Butter and Garlic  Mashed Potatoes | Sarcastic Cooking

I have never hosted a holiday. I have always wanted to though. I have hosted the occasional post-college Halloween party or we-think-now-that-we-have-real-jobs-we-are-adults dinner party. But, I have never been in charge of a major Thanksgiving/Christmas/Easter holiday dinner. Truth be told, we just do not have the space right now. [Read more…]

Meatless Monday: Twice Baked Potatoes with Crispy Mushrooms and Herbs

Meatless Monday: Twice Baked Potatoes with Crispy Mushrooms and Herbs

Not that I needed another TV show to watch or anything. My life, aside from this blog and being a wife/mom/productive member of society, is pretty much dedicated to television. You might call me a zombie. I just like to think I am keeping up with pop culture.

I quit watching the show Gossip Girl about the time I moved in with Mike. Mondays were for How I Met Your Mother, not Gossip Girl. That was ok with me. I was growing tired of the whole Chuck and Blaire saga, so I gave it up. There were maybe only two seasons to go, but the whole “ooooo you’re going to meet the mother soon” thing with HIMYM really drew me in. Plus it is nice to share a show with the guy you are living with. [Read more…]

Meatless Monday: Gluten Free Chipotle Cheddar Pumpkin Cornbread

Gluten Free Chipotle Cheddar Pumpkin Cornbread | Sarcastic Cooking

First off, mucho apologies for that last weak post. I won’t bore you with the details of my minute problems. All I will say is teething plus sinus infection all inside of a baby equals the perfect firestorm. I can see a light, a glimmer at the end of the tunnel and I am pulling myself through it back to you, my darling internet friends!

Fall! The crisp air, the beautiful leaves, the sound of leaves crunching inside baby mouths. Oops, that last one might not pertain to all of you. Sorry.

One major comfort food, for me, during the fall season is always chili. I rarely actually use a recipe for chili. Most days it’s just a few dashes of this, stock, cans of tomatoes, cans of beans, whatever veggies I have on hand, and maybe some meat. When I am making chili nowadays, I just toss it all in the crockpot during Andy’s nap time and sit back and relax. [Read more…]

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