amsterdam, cooking

What’s For Dinner?

I’ve had a couple people on my Formspring ask what types of things we cook for dinner, especially now that we’re here in Amsterdam and grocery stores are different, ingredients are harder to find, etc. I thought I’d do a quick post on some of our go-to recipes. When we cook at home (which is about 4-5 times a week now) we definitely try to keep things healthy and somewhat simple. It’s tougher to find odd ingredients here simply because we’re not sure where to go yet. So we stick to basic ingredients. Martha is our main source of recipes, but sometimes we just wing it, too. Here are some of my favorite dinners we’ve made in the last couple weeks:

Top to bottom, left to right:
{1} Soy-glazed salmon with sauteed asparagus and quinoa. We use this recipe for the salmon. For the asparagus, we just sautee them in a little olive oil with garlic and salt and pepper. Quinoa is one of my favorite grains. If you’re not sure how to cook it, this is a helpful article. We use a mixture of water and chicken broth, which makes it a little tastier.Β 

{2} Shrimp and Zucchini Tostadas. We use this recipe and add avocado to it.

{3} Blue Cheese-Pear-Pecan Salad. I don’t even like salad (really.) and I am obsessed with this one. The dressing is so good!

{4} Cayenne-Rubbed Chicken with Avocado Salsa. We used this recipe, just replaced the red onion with scallions. I just don’t do raw onion like that! But I’m sure it would be good if you’re into that sort of thing πŸ™‚

{6} We also made this Pasta with Rosemary Shrimp Scampi recently and were surprised how much we loved it. There’s not a lot to the recipe, but somehow it is still very satisfying. I’d never cooked with rosemary before and now I’m a believer and want to do it again! Only thing we did different was actually sautee the shrimp with the oil, red pepper flake, garlic and rosemary. I don’t like my shrimp just sort of steamed like they suggest, but other than that we stuck to the recipe. We made a side of brussels sprouts to go with it and it was perfect. I was so hungry I forgot to snap a picture before digging in!

{5} And I have to put in an honorable mention forΒ this suuuper easy lentil soup. It’s dang good if you just add a little cayenne pepper to spice things up, and it’s super fast and perfect for these colder months. It just looks really gross in pictures (mine anyway), so I thought I’d spare you. But it tastes really good!

Okay, so there you have it. Some of our go-to dinners. Do you have any recipes you’re dying to share with me? I’m always looking for new ones πŸ™‚

20 thoughts on “What’s For Dinner?”

  1. Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚ It all looks tasty. I am lazy cooking during the week. I have to get myself together soon because yogurt on the go is getting pretty boring. Quinoa is on my to-do list.

  2. Ohhh looks yummy! Even though ingredients are harder to find, are they fresher (things you end up having to use to make from scratch)?

  3. I love this post! I always want to cook more at home, but I'm completely uncreative and never know what to make. Thanks for sharing!

  4. ooo they all look so good! I will be trying some of them!
    I have tons of recipes over on my blog! There is a tab for food that has links to the posts I have done. Today I put one up for Pumpkin Mac & Cheese in honor of Thanksgiving….what are you two doing over in Amsterdam to celebrate on your own? Anything?

  5. ug, if only Bret would eat: salmon, vegetables (he eats NO veggies..refuses!), quinoa…basically, if only he'd eat ANYTHING i like! i always have to cook 2 dinners πŸ™ luckily he'll do chicken and turkey burgers though!

  6. i've just come across your blog (the power of pinterest) and i must say, you are so sweet! You have beautiful photos, and such a positive outlook on life. You've convinced me, i'm a follower!
    p.s. I've recently spent some time in Europe, and Amsterdam was on the list, but never made it there…it looks beautiful!

  7. Found your blog on bloglovin, looks fun! Livin an across the world dream with your love is a dream of mine I hope to live someday : )


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