Spring has sprung here in Wichita. That means more daylight, more evening activities, and more time outside. Downside, less dedicated cooking time. The upside of the downside, spring has me craving lighter or at least quicker meals. Maybe Mother Nature knows what she's doing after all?
Does this sound like spring in your homes? If so, you're in luck. I've got two quick dishes ready for your tables: Easy Korean Beef and Bubble-Up Pepperoni Pizza. Both are fun and filling and meet your suppertime needs.
Speaking of which, do you call your evening meal "supper" or "dinner"? I typically use them interchangeably. My dad usually called it "sup" or supper, as did Nick's late Pa...they're grew up in the same eras so perhaps it's generational distinction? I did some quick Googling and most equate whichever label you use to be the size of the meal and length of meal time; dinner being the heaviest and longest meal of the day (whether that's at midday or evening) and supper being in the evening and usually lighter fare. Maybe it doesn't matter... in the wise words of my dad, "I don't care what you call it as long as you call me to the table when it's ready." So, eat up, dearies.
First up: Easy Korean Beef
Love Asian flavors? Don't want to pay for takeout? Here's a takeout fake-out that will please your hungry crew. It's a bit sweet, a tiny spicy and super easy.
Easy Korean Beef
Original Recipe by Six Sisters Stuff
1 pound ground beef (lean, but use the 80/20, 85/15, or whatever your family prefers)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce (we prefer the light sodium sauce)
1 tablespoon sesame oil (trust me, this is an ingredient to have on hand!)
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced (or about 1-1.5 teaspoons of jarred minced garlic)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon crushed red peppers (use less if you aren't the spicy type)
1 small bunch green onions, chopped
Steamed rice (use your favorite--we're a plain jane quick white rice)
Next weeknight option: Bubble-Up Pepperoni Pizza.
Think of this savory monkey bread. Yes. I am advocating monkey bread for dinner. Dangerous? Maybe, Delicious? Absolutely. It's easy, cheesy, and full of familiar flavors.
Bubble-Up Pepperoni Pizza
No direct inspiration recipe for this creation. But you can find similar recipes here or here.
1 can refrigerated biscuits
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups shredded mozzarella (or pizza blend) cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mini pepperoni slices (or large slices, quartered)
2-3 green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (a premade blend is easiest)
1/2 - 1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, optional
pinch of salt
pinch of ground black pepper
This is a fine stand alone meal but does pair with a simple salad well. This could also make for a fun appetizer.
Cheers to spring! And to simple suppers! May your longer days filled with lots of sun, fun, and more time out and about. If you give these meals a try at your next dinner or supper, be sure to let me know. I'd love to hear you what you loved or changed to make it your own.
Until next time.