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Roasted Peppers with Goat Cheese and Balsamic

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I feel like sometimes I get stuck in a side dish rut. I pick up the same veggies (depending on the season, really) and those are my weekly veggies, for a month or two. During summer it tends to be green beans, corn, carrots and red peppers. Of course, I add to my list cucumbers and tomatoes and avocados for salads, but as far as an accompaniment to a meal I get stuck sometimes with serving the same side dish for too long. Most of the time it doesn’t really bother me because I’m always just trying to get something on the table that we all like to eat.

Of late my go to side dish has been corn on the cob. Everyone in our family likes it. And it’s so easy to prepare; it really is no brainer when I’m prepping another dish too. I’ll be honest though and sometimes I avoid the whole side dish issue by making a one pot meal like paella or something else, so I don’t have to monitor two pots at once.

But this complacency is what leads to the inability to try new things in our family. So, every couple of weeks, (ok, whenever I think of it) I try a new side dish or try an old one in a different way. Thus, the fancy new pepper recipe.

So with this revamping I figured I’d take my chances with red peppers. My kids have like sweet red peppers for a while now, but roasting them and filling them with cheese made them go from snack to side dish pretty easily. The nice thing about this side dish is that it’s sophisticated enough to serve at a dinner party while also accommodating a few of our more selective family members (sic kids).

What’s your go to side dish?

Shopping List;

3 medium-sized red peppers

2 ounces softened goat cheese

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons chopped basil

Instructions:

1. Cut each pepper in half and remove the seeds. Try to keep the stem in tact. Heat the oven to 425 degrees.

2. Lay the peppers on a parchment lined baking sheet and divide the goat cheese evenly amongst the 6 halves.

3. Roast the peppers with the cheese about 5-7 minutes, until the edges of the peppers begin to turn black and the cheese is melted.

4. Remove the peppers from the oven and drizzle with balsamic and basil and salt and pepper to taste.

Serves: 4-5 for a side dish

Man,- I-Need-a-Beer Chicken

TGIF! At the end of the work week when dinner time creeps up all I really want is a beer, even though I don’t drink beer normally. It’s the idea, really. The opportunity to kick up my feet and relax instead of rushing around like I do all week. Well, this recipe is just what I need after a busy week. It cooks itself, while I toss back a cold one. Instead of ordering take-out pizza at the end of the week, treat yourself to a beer in your chicken.

Ok, so I think this recipe needs a little backstory. I’m sure you all are thinking What made Suzanne pour a beer over her chicken? It was no accident, although that would be a good story. It really came from our trip to Peru this summer. After tasting a cilantro infused lamb stew while, I became obsessed (to put it mildly) with recreating the recipe at home. After dinning at a few local Peruvian restaurants, I came to the realization that the dish that I loved so much in Peru, didn’t really exist in the Peruvian-American restaurants here.

After a little experimentation, I discovered the secret ingredient…beer! This is such an easy dish, you’ll want to make it mid-week too. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone. Enjoy!

Shopping List:

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves whole garlic

6 boneless and skinless chicken thighs

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

1 red or yellow pepper, roughly chopped

1 4-ounce can chopped green chiles

1 cup (approximately 1 bunch) of cilantro chopped

1 12-ounce dark beer (and an extra one for you)

1 cup no-salt added chicken stock

Instructions:

1. In a large ziploc bag place 1/4 cup flour and all of the chicken. Shake it around a bit so that each piece is coated.

2. Then, in a 6-quart pot on medium-high heat sear chicken in the olive oil and garlic for 3 minutes per side.

3. Pour in the remaining ingredients, cover it and let it come to a boil.

4.Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium/low and let it simmer uncovered for approximately 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. The sauce will thicken as it cooks.

5. Serve over rice or with crusty bread, but don’t forget to squeeze that lime over the bowl before you dig in. And if you’ve finished that beer that you started…get yourself another. It is Friday after all.

Serves 3-4.