Cooking With Nick (1)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Happy Tuesday, friends! 

Welcome to the first edition of Cooking with Nick! I'm so excited to bring this post to you guys. Ever since I moved to my studio apartment, I've really gotten into cooking. I love trying out new recipes and in my resolutions post I mentioned wanting to make "recipe reviews" a thing and a lot of you seemed interested. I'll be sharing with you all recipes I tried that I enjoyed (or not!) and will share photos of the finished products. Please excuse the quality of the photos in this particular post. These are photos that I took to make my mom jealous (and to let her know that I'm feeding myself haha!), so they are not professional. I'll be honest, I won't promise AMAZING photos, but I'll try to make more of an effort next time I take a picture of my food. Anyways, let's get to the yummy dishes! Links will take you to the original recipe site.

This was my first time trying quinoa and oh my gosh! I was so nervous that I wouldn't like the texture of the quinoa, but I ended up loving it. This was quick, easy to make and nutritious. I found the recipe off of Cooking for Keeps. The only changes I made was instead of using Teriyaki sauce, I added some rice wine vinegar and I also used zucchini, corn, and chicken since I had some in the fridge. I think mushrooms, broccoli, and shrimp would be a great addition to this dish.

Can you tell I am obsessed with Asian cuisine? ;) This is one of my go-to easy recipes. I love whipping up a bowl of quick fried rice (using the same recipe as above) and chicken teriyaki. The chicken teriyaki is the perfect balance of sweet and sour. I sometimes add dried chili pieces if I want some extra heat. I also coat the chicken in some flour before cooking it up. Trust me when I say that this dish is as good as take-out! It's also great with white or brown rice, but I am extra so I like fried rice!

3. Asian-Style Grilled Chicken with Baked Sweet Potatoes & Broccoli

This is actually a recipe that I came up my mixing some of my favorite ingredients. For the chicken, I marinated it with soy sauce, sriracha, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, freshly grated ginger, fresh garlic,  salt & pepper and grilled it on my panini press. I used chicken thighs because they are juicier. For the veggies, I tossed them in garlic, soy sauce, salt and pepper, and chili flakes and baked it for about 30 mins at 400F. I know the picture does not look all that appetizing, but it tasted really yummy! 

YOU GUYS. This lasagna. Just thinking about it makes me want to drool. It was so so delicious. I couldn't stop eating this stuff. It was creamy, cheesy goodness and quite possibly, one of the best things I've cooked for myself. The key ingredient is the bechamel sauce (which the recipe uses over ricotta). What a game changer! It takes a bit more effort, but it's amazing. I substituted the beef and pork for ground turkey and it was still delicious. I highly recommend this one!

I've recently discovered a love for Chipotle tacos, but that shit is EXPENSIVE. So, I decided to see if I could find an easy homemade chicken taco recipe. I loved this one because it was so easy to make and I had all of the spices in my pantry, so I didn't have to get anything extra from the store. I topped it with a homemade pico de gallo, hot salsa, shredded cheese, and light sour cream. Again, the picture does not do it justice, but so good!!

Spice fans, this one is for you! For some cheesy spicy goodness in your life, try this recipe. It was great and so easy to make. The sweetness of the corn and the acidity of the lime really balanced out the spicy jalapenos and chicken. Oh, and it took me about 20 minutes to make! These are the kinds of recipes we all need in our lives!

On the last day of work before Christmas break, we decided to have a small breakfast bring and share with my research team. I'm always the person to bring something from the store and I wanted to try to bake something instead. I was super nervous about these because they are eggless and I had never baked anything without eggs before. But they both turned out pretty great, texture and taste-wise. I think they could have done with a bit more sweetener (but I have a giant sweet tooth so this might not be a problem for everyone). The cranberry orange ones were my favorites for sure. I loved the freshness of it! They were a hit with everyone. I took 24 muffins and I came back home with none! ;)

Do any of these recipes appeal to you? What are some dishes I should try to perfect?
Let me know in the comments below!

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