Let’s be honest, not every night is fancy dinner night. We’re not always in the mood to spend hours in the kitchen making a complicated meal, no matter how hard we try. The honest truth about it all is that even though we wish we could be Martha Stewart every single day of our lives, it’s unrealistic and not always doable. Things come up. We’re only human. Don’t be too hard on yourself. There are certain nights when tuna sandwiches, simple tacos or even a quick bowl of cereal make an appearance (as we eat standing up) and we call it good. You know the days I’m talking about. We don’t complain because we simply do not have the time or quite frankly, the energy to put much effort in the kitchen. But on those rare special occasions when we’re looking for something with a bit more glamour than cold cereal, it’s nice to venture out and make a meal that’s not only rich in flavor, but also super easy to make, while still looking like we’re royalty. We deserve to treat ourselves whenever possible.
Dinner for Two: Braised Meatballs, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Roasted Kale is here to save the day. This is us taking an everyday classic and turning it into something a bit more fancy. This is us saying we don’t want cereal for breakfast. Braising the meatballs in a delicious pan gravy sauce not only makes them incredibly flavorful, but also allows them to cook for a while without drying out. Think Swedish meatballs but not because I’m not Swedish and I don’t even know what goes into Swedish meatballs. Roasted garlic takes the mashed potatoes to a whole new level. A one way ticket to Flavortown. And of course, the roasted crispy kale just makes us seem cool and hip since kale is everywhere at the moment. We’re just keeping up with the Joneses and I’m totally fine with that because roasted kale is sort addictingly tasty. I’m not even sure if addictingly is a word, but I’m making it one now.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I didn’t want you to get caught off guard. Especially all my late planners out there, so I decided to share these recipes with the hopes that you’ll surprise your loved one and make them a romantic meal at home. Anyone can make a reservation at a restaurant, but not everyone can whip up a great home-cooked supper. So go ahead and cancel those reservations and get yourself to the grocery store! You only have two days to get everything together. Have no fear though, I know you can pull it off. I have all the faith in you.