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Corn and Noodle Soup

Corn and Noodle Soup

Serves: 4

Time: 10 mins veggie chopping + 20 mins cooking time

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Well

This soup is basically a spin on the classic of chicken noodle soup, but with corn as a key flavoring agent. Mine, you’ll notice, has no chicken, although it certainly could and sometimes does. On the day I made this soup I didn’t happen to have any chicken frozen so there was none added. It’s not vegetarian though because the base stock is chicken. The good news about the lack of meat is that it’s not a long simmering soup. There is nothing to tenderize but the vegetables and those don’t take long at all so it can definitely be a fast weeknight meal.

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Fresh Ricotta

Fresh Ricotta

Serves: n/a

Time: 10 mins + more to drain

I love making my own ricotta. It’s actually a snap to do and then you always have exactly enough fresh ricotta for whatever recipe you’re making with no fillers, stabilizers and other crap included.

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Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Serves: 4

Time: 15 mins prep + 10 mins cooking

Freezes: Well

Reheats: Well

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Ingredients

These are my daughter’s favorite pancakes. Now, you would think that’s because they are awesome and tasty, with healthful blueberries sprinkled about, but in fact, it’s because they are blue and that’s her very favorite color.

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Home Fries

Home Fries

Serves: 2-3

Time: 20 +about 5 mins frying

Kid Friendly Tasks: Sprinkling on the toppings

I think I love home fries even more than I love hash browns (and I love hash browns a lot). To me, home fries seem less greasy and you get that nice potato chunk with your fork vs the straight crispiness of hash browns. Home fries also take less hands on time to make and make (somewhat) less of a mess when frying. They are just a more forgiving side dish overall. Typically, what I do…

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Dessert Crepes

Dessert Crepes

Serves: 4

Time: 5 mins prep + 4 hr resting

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Stirring the Batter

These crepes aren’t just about a fast weeknight dessert to use up some leftover batter. They also make a wonderful breakfast anytime. Omit the Nutella (or not…) and fill with fresh fruit and you have a very tasty cousin to a pancake. My other favorite use of sweet crepes is for a picnic breakfast!

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