Sausage Gnocchi With Arugula
Sausage Gnocchi With Arugula
Most of the time my menus are planned around the weather. Chilly, rainy Spring days call for a warm and comforting dinner.
The days activities determine the intricacy and time commitment of the prep. There is nothing wrong with taking a few shortcuts, like buying a rotisserie chicken, for example. Hey, we are cooking at home, the number one step towards a healthier lifestyle. It is possible to cook delicious meals for the family. It is impossible to add time to our day.
Sweet corn has just started popping up in my local grocery stores- really early I know, but I have ben totally in the mood, especially after the 78 degree summer teaser days we have had recently. Many of my favorite dishes require fresh frozen or sweet corn cut off the cob. I am a huge salty sweet fan, so anytime corn is roasted with garlic, butter, and salty spices, I cannot get enough. My latest find is a dry sriracha seasoning. I’ve been sprinkling it on everything!
A corn chowder is a perfect example of this mix of flavors. Comforting, with just enough kick to be different, this recipe is a family favorite and my kid’s eat seconds!
Here is the recipe…
Corn & Chicken Chowder
2 tbsp. butter
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp. flour
1-1/2 lbs. chicken breast, roasted (or rotisserie chicken breast shredded)
6 cups chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
2 – 10 oz. bag frozen corn or 6 ears of corn cut off the cob
1 14 oz. can cream style corn
salt/pepper to taste
chopped green onions /parsley for garnish
Optional- 3 tbsp. sriracha, dried sriracha, cayenne pepper to taste
Melt butter in a soup pot.
Add onions and cook until softened.
Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
Stir in flour until thickens.
Whisk in chicken stock bring to a boil and simmer 15-20 minutes.
Add chicken and corn and cook low to medium heat 10 minutes.
Ladle into bowls and top with garnish.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! For some of us, Mexican night is a weekly occurrence, taco Tuesday for example, but for others it is rare.
In my house, Mexican is an important weekday supper staple. An easy dinner filled with fresh vegetables, and the kids ask for seconds? Everybody wins!
I change up my menu based on taco type- beef, chicken, pork- or I add some different side dishes. The dishes include some combination of beans and rice, roasted corn, and homemade chunky salsas. Roasting the corn creates a depth of flavor. I especially love corn on the cob done this way- roasted and seasoned with butter, chili powder, cayenne pepper, topped with sour cream and sprinkled with garlic and cilantro. It is absolutely delicious!
Here is the recipe for my roasted corn and black beans dish…
Roasted Corn and Black Beans
2 cups corn, sliced off the cob or frozen.
2 tbsp. Olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 cup black beans, cleaned and soaked
1 tsp. Chili powder
1/2 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp. Cayenne pepper
1 tbsp. Chopped cilantro
Salt/pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in a medium pan.
Add corn, garlic and onions.
Cook until corn is browned and garlic and onions are softened.
Add beans, salt/pepper, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Mix well.
Remove from heat and toss with cilantro.
Serve warm or cold.