#SRC Reunion: Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms

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It’s Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day! In the Secret Recipe Club, each participating blogger is assigned a blog from another participating blogger and secretly searches their site for something to recreate. The accompanying blog post then goes live on reveal day! So while I was immersed in my assigned blog, someone else was picking through mine! I’m so excited to be part of this group, to see what on my blog peaks other’s interests and to stumble upon new blogs and new recipes.

Secret Recipe Club ended its run about a year and a half ago, but today we’re back with a reunion meeting! I’d by lying if I said I didn’t want this group to regain its strength and come back in full force.

For this reveal I was assigned Cookaholic Wife written by Nichole. I’m fairly familiar with Nichole’s blog as we’re both members of a group called Festive Foodies. Nichole, as her blog title would suggest, is a loving wife who loves to cook and bake! On her About Me page she says, “I find the ocean soothing in a way that nothing else can compare.” Though she lives in Maryland and is staring at a different ocean, that is absolutely something I can agree with her on! There is nothing that makes me calmer than getting to listen to and watch the waves crashing on the sand.

And that’s not all we agree on! I’m thinking she’s my twin across the country! I, too, am a compulsive list maker and am addicted to my planner (bullet journaling is a little too “creative” for me to pick up, but I adore goggling at bullet journaling ideas on Pinterest and Instagram), I love Sharpies, and challenge that “too much” popcorn isn’t a thing.

When looking through Nichole’s Recipe Index I limited myself to side dishes. We were invited to a friend from church’s house for Easter dinner – and I said I’d bring the side dish and my grandmother’s pound cake. (It felt so good to have a secret SRC pinterest board again!)

Okay, so the recipe I’m ultimately sharing today didn’t make it to Easter dinner. I got too excited by it and cooked it in March instead. (We’re moving mid-April… so probably as you read this and simply needed to get this fabulous post scheduled!)

I picked this side dish because I love green beans and my husband loves mushrooms. Winner!

Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 1 container (5 oz) sliced shitaki mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • grated parmesan cheese, to taste

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the green beans, mushrooms, oil, and vinegar. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Season to taste with S+P. (Check out my kids’ technique here.) Roast 20-25 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with parmesan. Serve warm.

*This recipe is adapted from Nichole at http://www.cookaholicwife.com/2012/03/roasted-green-beans-with-mushrooms.html*

Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms for #SecretRecipeClub from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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#SundaySupper: Easy Spring Recipes

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air!

IMG_6287Well, you’re probably feeling it more if you didn’t just have to survive a surprise late winter storm.

Here in SoCal the benefits of a wet winter have flowers in bloom and bright green grass at the park.

One weather feature I wasn’t prepared for was this concept called a “marine layer.” The marine layer is like a fog that won’t quit. It completely blocks the sun and makes everything “cold” and grey.

With the start of spring technically starting tomorrow, the #SundaySupper tastemakers have over 40 ways to make the most of your spring bounty. Be sure to scroll past my recipe to see them all! Thank you to Anne of Simple and Savory for hosting today’s event.

When thinking spring, I often think of bright green dishes, fresh veggies from the farmer’s market, and lots of salad. But I also think of the Easter season. With Lent in full swing, there’s often a lot more fish being prepared in my kitchen.

I’m not a fan of ham and growing up my family had a Polish cold meat salad called Swienconka (pronounced shven-shun-ka). Swienconka is Polish and translates to “blessed food.” My mom’s grandfather was a butcher and he would bring home the leftover meats for this dish – veal, smoked butt, two kinds of Polish sausage, and ham. These meats would be cooked and mixed with hard boiled eggs. The mixture would then marinate in vinegar and fresh and jarred horseradish.

Instead, for Easter, I’ve always  made a pork tenderloin as the star of the dinner table. So, yes, for me, pork tenderloin qualifies as an “Easy Spring Recipe.”

The Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin I’m sharing today is perfect for pairing with those fresh spring veggies and some mashed potatoes!

And it’s easy. Case in point: it’s the first pork dish I ever made. In high school, with my best friend. The recipe card comes from Publix (a grocery store I’m seriously missing out here in Cali).

Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients:

  • 1 C panko
  • 1/2 C shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
  • zest 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 egg whites
  • juice 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1 lb pork tenderloin

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease a shallow baking dish.
  2. In a wide bowl, whisk together the panko, Parmesan, parsley, lemon zest, salt, sage, and pepper.
  3. In another wide bowl, whisk together the egg whites, lemon juice, and cornstarch.
  4. Coat pork in the egg white mixture and then coat in the breadcrumbs.
  5. Place pork in prepared baking dish. Bake 20-25 minutes, until an internal temperature of 155 degrees F is reached. Allow pork to rest 5-10 minutes before slicing.

Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin for #SundaySupper from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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Pistachio Mint Pesto

Traditionally speaking, I’m not the biggest pesto fan. I’m of course talking about the no frills basil and pine nut version. Maybe if I made my own I’d feel differently, but whenever I order something with pesto on it at a restaurant I don’t get that bright herby punch I’m expecting. I’ve made a couple unique pestoes on the blog before, Jalapeno and Beet, and we’ve loved both of them. The jalapeno one has been made multiple times already. And come to think of it, I have beets in the fridge right now without a planned future…

But today we’re talking about a new variety of pesto. One that exceeded my expectations! I had an abundance of mint and the internet at my fingertips. I decided to give this pesto twist a try and I am oh so glad I did! I don’t often work with pistachios, in fact, I tend to forget that they even exist. I don’t know why, they’re quite delicious!

I served the pesto over pasta originally. The leftovers brightened up my sandwiches during the week for lunch – I put cooked chicken, cheddar cheese, pesto, and spinach in a pita and gave it a quick toast in the toaster oven. Perfect.

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Pistachio Mint Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1 C shelled pistachios
  • 1 C shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 C fresh mint
  • 1 C fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 C olive oil
  • juice 1 large lemon

Steps:

  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.

*This recipe is adapted from Denise at http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/09/pistachio-mint-pesto.htmlhttp://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/09/pistachio-mint-pesto.html*

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Pecan Crusted Salmon

Ideally we have seafood once a week and I always have a package of salmon filets in my freezer. If I can’t get to the fish market or forgot to plan our seafood meal of the week this recipe is my easy go-to as I always have the ingredients on hand – and you probably do too!

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Pecan Crusted Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 2 6oz filets of salmon
  • 2 tbsp Dijon or Honey mustard
  • 1/8 C chopped pecans
  • 1/8 C panko bread crumbs
  • 1/8 C shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil, for drizzling

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Mix together pecans, panko, and parmesan.
  3. Spread mustard over the flesh of each filet. Crust with pecan mixture, pressing down lightly to stick. (You may have some left over) Drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Bake 15 minutes or until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.

Pecan Crusted Salmon

Update May 2017: While this electronic update is occurring end of February 2018, these updated photos are from May 2017! This salmon recipe is so simple and an easy weeknight dinner it’s on our relatively regular recipe rotation. (It’s hard to really have a set recipe rotation when you’re a food blogger – even a casual food blogger!) This salmon pairs well with any vegetable side dish your heart desires.

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