Three Effortless Recipes to Keep Handy During the Festive Season

Effortless Holiday Recipes Three Delicious and Time-Saving Dishes to Keep Handy

spicy tofu with cabbage

Ah, December, the season of Big Eating, is upon us! It’s time for latke nights, cookie swaps, and holiday parties. It’s a food lover’s dream, but let’s be honest, it can be a bit overwhelming. So, when we’re home and cooking for ourselves, let’s keep things simple, shall we? Here are some delightful and easy-to-make dishes that will surely satisfy our fashion-forward taste buds.

Spicy Tofu with Cabbage and the Most Delicious Sauce

This dinner is a blend of store-bought saviors and homemade magic. We start with pre-baked tofu, which is like a fashion statement itself – it’s quick, convenient, and can be found in most supermarkets. Trader Joe’s even offers two tantalizing flavors: sesame-ginger and Sriracha. As for the sauce, we have Mama O’s Kimchili Sauce, a funky and garlicky hot sauce that’s so good, I would wear it as a perfume if I could. This delightful combination started as an on-the-fly lunch, but it quickly became my daughter Abby’s favorite meal when she returns home from college.

Here’s the recipe:

  1. Heat some neutral oil in a large skillet and add sliced onion, minced ginger, and minced garlic. Let them soften and dance together in the pan.
  2. Then, throw in a shredded head of cabbage – red, green, or a lovely mix of both – and cook it until it caramelizes and wilts. Oh, the aroma!
  3. Move everything to the perimeter of the pan and make some room for the star of the show – the sliced tofu. Pan-fry it until it turns golden, just like a stunning fashion accessory.
  4. Give it all a beautiful toss with a drizzle of soy sauce and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Add some toasted sesame seeds, and of course, the heavenly Kimchili sauce (or Sriracha if you prefer).
  5. Voilà! Serve this sensational dish and get ready to be a fashion icon in your kitchen.
butter-fried salmon

Butter-Fried Salmon

Salmon is the shining star of quick and delicious dinners. It’s a true fashionista because it’s naturally flavorful and requires minimal effort to make it shine. But why stop at just pan-frying? Let’s add a little spicy mayo to elevate this dish to haute cuisine.

Here’s the recipe:

  1. Melt some unsalted butter in a large skillet and let it sizzle.
  2. Place skin-on salmon fillets in the pan, flesh-side down, and let them fry until the cooked flesh goes up about a third of the way. It’s like watching a fashion show at a fancy fish market.
  3. Flip the fillets and let them cook for a couple more minutes. The salmon will splatter, just like paparazzi flashes, because the skin is deliciously fatty.
  4. Once the top of the flesh feels firm to the touch (but not rock hard, we don’t want salmon armor), transfer the fillets to a cutting board.
  5. Sprinkle some fresh chives on top for a touch of elegance. And don’t forget the spicy mayo! Mix mayo and Sriracha in a 3:1 ratio and serve it on the side like a trendy accessory.
  6. Complete this high-fashion dinner with crusty bread and a refreshing arugula salad topped with sliced avocado. It’s a complete runway look!
veggie chili

One-Pot Veggie Chili

Sometimes we need a dish that’s cozy, comforting, and effortlessly stylish. This one-pot veggie chili is the answer to your fashion prayers. With canned beans, tomatoes, and a few pantry staples, you can whip up a scrumptious chili in no time. And the best part? It’s a versatile recipe that allows you to showcase your improvisational skills.

Here’s the recipe:

  1. Heat some neutral oil in a pot and add chopped onions, garlic, salt, black pepper, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Let them sauté until the onions turn translucent, like the sheer overlay of a beautiful dress.
  2. Stir in a scoop of tomato paste and let it cook until it darkens slightly. It’s like adding a touch of drama to your outfit.
  3. Now, it’s time to show off your can-do attitude. Add three cans of your favorite beans (white, pinto, black, or a combination). Then, sprinkle some chili powder over it and let the spices sizzle. It’s a chili fashion show!
  4. Add a can of diced tomatoes, a dash of cinnamon (your secret ingredient), and some healthy shakes of oregano. Let it all come to a boil.
  5. Lower the heat and let the flavors simmer and meld together, just like a harmonious ensemble on the runway. Stir occasionally, and after about 30 minutes, your chili will be ready to make a grand entrance onto your dining table.
  6. Serve it with trendy plantain chips, a dollop of sour cream, and some chunks of avocado. It’s chili couture at its finest!

Now, my fashionable friends, I’d love to hear from you. What delicious creations have been gracing your kitchen lately? Share your culinary adventures, tips, and tricks in the comments below. Let’s create a stylish and mouthwatering community together!

P.S. If you’re looking for more culinary inspiration, check out these articles: Five ways to turn rotisserie chicken into dinner and cabbage: a love story.

(Chili photo by Christine Han)