April 12, 2024


Free For All Food

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought

Of course, I know. I’m late to the get together. It appears to be that the food stuff blogs have been filled with tips for sheet pan dinners. You know what I signify. It is where by you put all the components on a sheet pan, roast it for 30 minutes, and provide it up.

My very first reaction was, “Really, how fantastic can these be?” I assumed they ended up mainly for harried mothers and fathers who came property from operate and experienced to experience cooking dinner for the family. You know—food that was nutritious but not necessarily tasty.

Boy, was I erroneous! Two months ago, I was in the temper for fajitas, but I did not want to bring out individual frying pans for the meat, the onions, and the bell peppers. I didn’t want to cleanse up the splatters. And I surely didn’t want to stand around the cooktop stirring and viewing.

It was time to try out the recipe for sheet pan fajitas I’d seen on the internet. So, I sliced up the onion, cleaned and sliced some bell pepper into strips, slice up some hen breast, and tossed it all into a bowl. Drizzle with oil and spices, combine it up, and spread it on the sheet pan. Roast for 20-25 minutes although warming the flour tortillas, and you are in organization.

My judgment? Just excellent! I’d have requested Gary for his feeling, but his mouth was complete. All he could control were a couple throaty noises that sounded like, “Mmmmmmm!”

So, the upcoming night, it was gnocchi roasted with meatballs, tomatoes, onions, and olives. For simplicity, use frozen meatballs, or merely shape plain floor beef into balls. Right after that, we created roasted vegetables and Italian sausage burgers, which we stuffed into toasted ciabatta rolls drizzled with balsamic syrup.

Searching on-line, I even located recipes for sheet pan cobblers, lasagna, French toast, and scrambled eggs with bacon. Pancakes in a sheet pan? Yup. Pour the batter into the pan, bake, and slice into squares.

Want far more thoughts? A brief on the net research will transform up lots of terrific recipes. And trust me. Even although they are basic, they continue to are very good. Which, in my e-book, is the ideal variety of cooking!

Superior cholesterol, any one?

I went for my physical very last 7 days, and inspite of my age, all the things was good. Lucky me! But I have attained 8 lbs in the course of quarantine, which I recognize has happened to a lot of persons. It is likely the fault of lowered out of doors action, I suppose.

And though the figures are coming down gradually, my cholesterol is however 20 factors better than it ought to be, even with appropriate meds. My medical doctor proposed including psyllium fiber, which is a soluble fiber that is reported to take up cholesterol right before it receives into your blood. You can discover it above the counter, marketed as Metamucil or other brand names.

So, I’ve been taking a teaspoon dissolved in a glass of water. We’ll see if it performs. But I have discovered a aspect advantage. If I drink this an hour prior to a food, I eliminate some of my appetite, and I take in fewer. It’s possible this will assist with the quarantine kilos, also! See if it will work for you.

Do not cleanse the sponger

For yrs, I set my kitchen sponges in the dishwasher, or I bought them sopping soaked and heated them in the microwave. It was a easy way to retain them clear. Or so I believed.

Then I examine this week that a excellent range of microorganisms in fact endure after you imagine you’ve sanitized the sponge. Who realized? Properly, the people that analyze these things, seemingly.

Some time back, I stopped making use of sponges simply because I like sanitizing wipes. Even better, I like applying a moist dishtowel due to the fact they can be put by way of the laundry, and they really don’t end up in the landfill.

I’ve applied bamboo fabric, as very well. They are spongy, they soak up quite a little bit of moisture, they final through about 100 washings, and they’re biodegradable. You can come across them on the web or at specialty outlets.

Suggestion OF THE Week

When you clean up the kitchen area sink, scrub the strainer basket and the disposal cover, as effectively. It’s astonishing the sum of grease and gunk that collects on them.


I tailored this recipe from a couple I uncovered on line. If you do not have the suitable spices, you can substitute taco seasoning. The tequila delivers added flavor.

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Makes 6

For the hen and peppers:

2 kilos chicken tenders or boneless, skinless breasts, lower in 1-inch strips

2 bell peppers, trimmed, slice vertically into 1/2-inch slices

1 huge yellow onion, peeled and minimize into 1/2-inch slices

1/3 cup vegetable or olive oil

Juice from 1 huge or 2 modest limes

1 ounce tequila (optional)

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoons floor cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder or granules

Salt and pepper

6 medium flour tortillas

Sliced avocado or guacamole

Bitter product

Tomato salsa


1.     Preheat the oven to 400F. Position the rooster, peppers, and onions in a big bowl.

2.     In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, lime juice, tequila, chili powder, cumin, and garlic. Pour above the chicken and veggies. Toss to coat.

3.     Arrange the rooster and greens on a rimmed baking sheet, spreading them evenly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to style. Wrap the tortillas in a sheet of aluminum foil.

4.     Place the baking sheet and the wrapped tortillas on a rack in the center of the oven. Roast for 20-25 minutes or right until the greens are smooth and the rooster is cooked as a result of. Eliminate from the oven.

5.     Unwrap the tortillas and fill with the rooster and greens. Spot on warmed plates. Serve with the avocado, bitter product, and salsa.