Some days you simply don’t have time to prepare a full-fledged, mostly homemade meal, but don’t necessarily want to go out for food. Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE eating out and enjoying all of the glorious restaurants we have to choose from here in Cleveland. However, it’s usually a little easier on your wallet to eat at home and sometimes you still have that urge to create in your kitchen – even if it has to be quick and simple. On the same token, you may not have time to catch that local show you were planning on checking out or sitting down and researching a new artist. Music you already know and have at your fingertips is usually best suited for those busy days.
Since we tend to experience busy days quite a bit, we figured we’d start a new segment called Quick Fix that will feature fast and easy recipes along with one of our favorite musicians/bands for each post. While we’re all about homemade grub and traditional cooking styles, pre-made sauces and new cooking hacks can be fantastic. There are so many delicious and relatively healthy pre-made products and innovative cooking methods to leverage for these type of recipes. We’re very excited about this new series!
For our first Quick Fix post, I made some delicious Thai Flatbreads and paired them with one of my favorite bands, Snarky Puppy. I used some of my go-to Trader Joe’s fantastic pre-made items (Naan and Peanut Satay Sauce) to keep it quick and super easy to make. Maybe I’ll give homemade naan (sans the tandoor – unfortunately don’t have one of those…yet) and peanut sauce a try in the future, but this TJ’s had me covered. These were absolutely delicious (and very spicy) and would be great for an appetizer to bring to a party.
Snarky Puppy was definitely love at first sound for me and I listen to them pretty frequently, but they are especially on the brain this weekend because somehow, someway we missed the fact that they were playing two shows (TWO, not one, TWO) up here in Northeastern Ohio – one in Oberlin and one at Severance Hall opening for the CLE Orchestra. Very heartbreaking to say the least, but in all honesty, I probably didn’t have the time or budget to check them out this weekend. Good thing I can groove to them with my beautiful cans and speakers at home.
They are so amazingly talented, unique, and provide some of the best ear candy out there today. I must admit: As much as these flatbreads offer a ton of flavor, satisfaction, and textures after such little prep time, the fact that you can stream Snarky Puppy (for FREE.99!) with a couple clicks of a mouse is a far more beautiful thing. Hopefully they come back to Ohio sooner than later.
I have been on a Thai kick lately so I went that route, but you could easily go with a another sauce and toppings combo for a different theme such as BBQ sauce, black beans, corn with drizzled ranch if you dig SW flavors or olive oil, goat cheese, pears and arugula for a fancier feel.
- TJ’s Naan Bread
- TJ’s Satay Peanut Sauce
- 6-8 Radishes
- 1-2 Jalapeños
- 1 Tomato
- Handful fresh cilantro
- Preheat oven to 425° . Clean and slice/dice veggies.
- Bake naan for 10-12 minutes or until slightly toasted (You could do this in a toaster oven too!)
- Spread on peanut sauce, top with veggies, and serve!