40 Awesome Recipes to Summon the Sunshine

40 Awesome Recipes to Summon the Sunshine

 

40 Awesome Recipes to Summon the Sunshine We’ve been having one of those days where it’s cold and rainy but also sunny at the same time. It’s a horrible trick. Rude almost. I’m done with the wind and the rain. I’m ready to hold onto that sunshine. I don’t know whether or not Scotland will deliver, so I’m going to turn to my kitchen . If we can’t have real sun, at least maybe we can put some sunshine on a plate. Or in a glass, as the case may be. 

Here’s 40 awesome recipes to bring some sunshine into your life, whether or not you’re getting any out your window.

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Breakfast

Feta & Strawberry Salad from Awesome on 20

Sides, Snacks, & Appetizers

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Lunch & Dinner

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Drinks

Citrus Bundt Cake from Awesome on 20

Desserts

I hope you have lots of sunny days full of al fresco dining. If not, at least you can eat and drink some sunshine.

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Mini Cheddar Meatloaves

Mini Cheddar Meatloaves | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This past winter was nothing but hygge, hygge, hygge. We were all about comfort, and I was feeling it. Just because spring is here, I’m not about to let go of that feeling of warmth and comfort. I’m burning candles with bright, citrusy scents. I’m keeping my throw blankets handy when the temperature dips in the evening. And I’m making my very favorite comfort foods. Who’s gonna stop me?

Mini Cheddar Meatloaves | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The meatloaf evangelist is back. I’m not about to apologize because I wish I was eating this meatloaf right now. Each individual portion is studded with shredded cheddar cheese, and that glaze is everything. It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit sour, and I want to swim in it.

This mixture is very wet before going into the oven, so it. stays moist and tender. Serving up individual-sized portions means everyone gets plenty of glaze, plenty of crunch, and plenty of goodness. I’m seriously making myself so hungry right now. Serve this up with ranch mashed potatoes, and everyone will be so happy.

Mini Cheddar Meatloaves | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Mini Cheddar Meatloaves for life. Make it happen.

Mini Cheddar Meatloaves
Serves 4
Mini Cheddar Meatloaves will have you craving classic comfort food.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 3/4 cup milk
  3. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  4. 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  5. 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 pound ground beef
  8. 2/3 cup ketchup
  9. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  10. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  11. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat your ven to 350 and spray a rectangular baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together your egg and milk, then stir in the cheese, oats, onion, and salt.
  3. Add the beef to the mixing bowl and gently combine with your hands. Form this mixture into four min loaves and place them in your baking dish.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice. Spoon this evenly over each of your meatloaves.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes. Allow to cool for about ten minutes before serving.
Adapted from Circle of Friends Cookbook - 25 Meatloaf Recipes
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Risotto Bolognese

Risotto Bolognese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Now that we have a new flat with a spacious kitchen, I find myself wanting to be in there all the time. It’s not quite our dream kitchen yet, but I like being in the space and daydreaming about what we could turn it into. I find myself wishing I could spend all day every day in my kitchen somehow. 

If you’re looking to spend a lot of daydreaming time in your kitchen, you should definitely make risotto. Few recipes lend themselves so perfectly to spacing so well. 20 minutes of constant stirring is the perfect excuse for uninterrupted reflection. 

Risotto Bolognese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Risotto Bolognese is a bit of a project recipe. This is not something you can make on a Tuesday after soccer practice. This recipe is for those times when you really feel like cooking, when you want to linger in the kitchen and revel in your domesticity. The good news is, this makes so much risotto that you won’t have to cook for two more days.

We start by making bolognese sauce from scratch. If you have a food processor, it’s really easy. Get out your biggest oven proof pot because this dish has a built in nap time while your sauce bubbles away for an hour. I’m telling you, this is a cook’s indulgence.

Risotto Bolognese doesn’t require any special skill, just a bit of attention. And I mean a bit. It all pays off once you get it on the table, though. We took the time to develop deep flavors. I could eat this by the bucketful. 

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Let’s take the time to make something awesome.

Risotto Bolognese
Serves 6
Risotto Bolognese takes time, but the result is completely worth it.
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  2. 1 carrot, peeled and cut into large chunks
  3. 1 stick celery, cut into large chunks
  4. 1 small garlic clove, peeled
  5. small handful of fresh parsley
  6. 75 grams bacon
  7. 50 grams plus 1 tablespoon butter
  8. 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  9. 250 grams ground beef
  10. 80 ml marsala
  11. 1 can chopped tomatoes
  12. 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  13. 2 tablespoons milk
  14. 1 to 2 liters beef stock, divided
  15. 2 bay leaves
  16. 500 grams risotto rice
  17. 6 tablespoons grated parmesan
  18. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 150C and dig out a big oven proof pot.
  2. Add your onion, carrot, celery, garlic, parsley and bacon to your food processor. Blitz away until you have a colorful mush. Don't put your processor away yet. We're using it again in a minute.
  3. In your large pot, heat the butter and olive oil. Add your veggie/bacon mush to the pot, and cook for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the ground beef and break it up with your wooden spoon. Allow it to brown, then add in the red wine.
  5. Tip your can of chopped tomatoes into your food processor and crank it up until smooth. It will only take a couple seconds. Add to the pot and give it a stir.
  6. In a small dish, stir together the milk and tomato puree. Add that to your pot along with 500 ml of your beef stock and your bay leaves. Give it all a good mix.
  7. Bring this to a boil and then clamp the lid on your pot. Transfer it to the oven, and allow it to bubble away happily for an hour.
  8. Once your meat sauce is out of the oven, put it back on the stove over low heat, and fish out the bay leaves. Add your remaining stock to a sauce pan and bring it to a simmer. Make sure the rest of your ingredients are ready because you're about to enter deep stirring reverie.
  9. Add your rice to your meat sauce and start your stirring. Depending on how much liquid is already in your sauce, you may need to add a ladleful of stock at this time.
  10. Continue to stir your rice for about 18-20 minutes, add another ladle of stock every time the liquid becomes absorbed. I never need all the stock, but if you need it and don't have it ready, you're screwed. Give your rice a taste to check it's cooked through.
  11. When it's ready, turn the heat off and stir in a tablespoon of butter and your parmesan cheese. Taste it to see if you want to add any salt and pepper.
  12. Serve hot with an extra sprinkle of parmesan.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
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