I stumbled upon beef barbacoa through my students obsession with a Mexican grill I shall not name. They were constantly rushing out of class to try to make it there and back before lunch was over. Of course, the bright side of them catching my attention was that it encouraged me to check the place out. It was delicious and a dish I knew I wanted to make my way.
Sometimes it pays to be adventurous. One of the first dinners my dear friend from Costa Rica made for us was pastelon de platano maduro. Pastelón de platano de maduro is like a Costa Rican lasagna but you substitute the noodles out for bananas. When she first told me what she was making I was hesitant. But the mixture of the savory meat sauce with the sweet bananas is to die for.
Family dinner was perfect partially thanks to this French roasted chicken. It was just as savory and delicious as I could have hoped. The skin was crispy and the chicken was moist. Though it wasn’t made in a sheet pan, this would be a perfect sheet pan dinner. Sheet pan dinners are all the rave and I can understand why. What’s better than dirtying only one pot?
Have you ever tried to make a comfort dish healthy? I used to think adding vegetables made a dish healthy. So many times my answer to a really fatty (delicious) meal was just to add vegetables. I got away with adding peppers to sausage and carrots to meatloaf for many years. Then when my husband and I decided we were going to lose weight together, we turned to Dr. Ian’s Fat Smash diet.
I have a love for the food carts in New York City. It’s one of the things that makes me miss living in the city especially in the summer. What’s interesting is that almost every major city around the world has some type of street food. In New York, there’s a long history of immigrants from Greece to Sri Lanka running food carts. The regional distinctions of the owning are sometimes reflected in the food. One of the most well known is the Halal Guys food cart, which is why this post is titled Halal Chicken and Rice.