Sunday, May 9, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
This dish offers make-ahead options: You can assemble the enchiladas up to two days ahead, cover, refrigerate, and bake them before serving. And if your family eats in shifts, just make individual servings, as we did in the photo on the left. (We did the make-ahead option. I took them out of the fridge to get to room temp before we left and then threw them in the oven when we got home) Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 enchiladas) (We got 10 enchiladas out of this recipe so 5 servings [2 enchiladas is a perfect serving size]) Cost per Serving: $2.46 (I have no idea if this is accurate or not) Cooking Light, MAY 2010
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 (8-ounce) bone-in chicken thighs, skinned (I used boneless skinless thighs)
1/4 cup (2 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened (I used Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese mixed with salsa [leftovers from tortilla wraps])
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin (I used 1/2 tsp)
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup water
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes (I used Trader Joe's Organic Fire-Roasted Diced tomatoes with green chiles)
9 (6-inch) corn tortillas, divided (I used 11)
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded cheddar cheese
2 green onions, thinly sliced (I totally forgot about these but would use them next time)
1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; sauté 6 minutes on each side. Place skillet in oven; bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until done. Remove chicken from pan; let stand 15 minutes. Remove meat from bones; shred. Discard bones. Place chicken in a medium bowl; stir in cream cheese, 2 tablespoons cilantro, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
3. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add onion, and sauté for 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove 3 tablespoons onion mixture; add to chicken. Add chili powder, red pepper, and cumin to remaining onion mixture in pan; sauté 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in chicken broth, 3/4 cup water, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Tear 1 tortilla into small pieces; add to tomato mixture. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Carefully pour tomato mixture into a blender, and process until smooth. (Because Matty hates cleaning the food processor I skipped this and left if chunky, it was very tasty but next time I will blend it)
4. Spread 1/2 cup tomato mixture in the bottom of an 11 x 7–inch glass or ceramic baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray. Warm remaining 8 tortillas according to package directions. (I skipped this but they did crack and again used 10 here) Spoon about 1/4 cup chicken mixture down center of each tortilla; roll up. Place seam-side down in prepared dish. Pour remaining tomato mixture over filled tortillas. (I did up until here the night before then let them cool and put them in the fridge. The next day I took them out to get to room temp and then continued) Sprinkle filled tortillas with cheddar cheese. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned. (About 35 minutes) Sprinkle with green onions. (Totally missed this!)
CALORIES 496 ; FAT 23.4g (sat 7.3g,mono 10.5g,poly 3.7g); CHOLESTEROL 99mg; CALCIUM 221mg; CARBOHYDRATE 42g; SODIUM 711mg; PROTEIN 30.9g; FIBER 6.4g; IRON 2.8mg
The salad was really good and went together really well. I did a modified half-batch of the dressing so we wouldn't have as much leftover (wasn't sure how well it would keep up and I forgot to check on it this morning but I will try to remember to let you know). The dressing was a little salty, but it may have been due to my modifications (see below). I think it would be really good as a veggie dip. We used frozen Roasted Corn from Trader Joes to save time and it worked really well, we just heated it up in the microwave with a little water for about 2 minutes and then added it to the salad. We also skipped the lettuce cup thing and just put all the lettuce in the salad. We aren't fancy like that.
Roasted Corn and Radish Salad with Avocado-Herb Dressing
Every summer, fresh ears of corn pile on roadside stands along the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware. Riki Senn uses this abundance of local produce to bring bright sweetness to this recipe. The cool creaminess of a Hass avocado is the perfect addition to temper the spicy bite from the radishes and add extra flavor and texture. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 lettuce leaf, 1 cup salad, and 2 tablespoons dressing) (We got 2 dinner sides plus a lunch out of it)
Cooking Light, MAY 2010
1/2 ripe peeled avocado, sliced (we used 3/4 avocado because I made a half-batch of the dressing)
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
2 ears yellow corn with husks (as mentioned, we used frozen corn)
2 heads Boston or Bibb lettuce
1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
1/2 cup Avocado-Herb Dressing (see below)
1. Preheat oven to 450°. (we skipped this)
2. Combine sliced avocado and juice in a small bowl; cover and refrigerate. Trim both ends of corn cobs, leaving husks from corn intact. Place the corn on a baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until tender. Cool. Remove husks from corn; scrub silks from corn. Cut kernels from ears of corn; discard cobs. (we skipped this)
3. Reserve 4 whole lettuce leaves. Chop remaining lettuce to measure 4 cups. Combine chopped lettuce, avocado mixture, corn, and radishes. Spoon lettuce mixture into lettuce leaves. (we skipped the lettuce cup thing) Serve with Avocado-Herb Dressing.
CALORIES 151 ; FAT 7.7g (sat 1.3g,mono 3.6g,poly 1.6g); CHOLESTEROL 4mg; CALCIUM 38mg; CARBOHYDRATE 20.9g; SODIUM 192mg; PROTEIN 4.4g; FIBER 4.8g; IRON 1.8mg
Yield: 1 1/4 cups (serving size: 1 tablespoon) Cooking Light, MAY 2010
1/2 cup light mayonnaise (I used 1/4 cup regular mayo [I had it])
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions (I used 3 green onions)
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream (I used 2 Tbsp)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (I used ~ 1/2 Tbsp)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives (I used ~1/2 Tbsp)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon (I used 3 leaves of fresh basil)
1 teaspoon anchovy paste (I skipped this)
1/8 teaspoon salt (I used the full 1/8 tsp since I left out the anchovies, would probably cut in half)
1/2 ripe peeled avocado (I used 1/4 avocado)
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons water (I used 1 Tbsp)
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar (I used 1/2 Tbsp)
3 drops hot sauce (I used ~1/4 tsp)
1. Combine first 10 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth. With the processor running, pour water, vinegar, and hot sauce through food chute, processing until blended. Store the dressing in an airtight container in refrigerator. (I just threw it all in at once, I didn't chop the herbs or the garlic first. That is what a food processor does!)
CALORIES 19 ; FAT 1.4g (sat 0.3g,mono 0.5g,poly 0.3g); CHOLESTEROL 2mg; CALCIUM 2mg; CARBOHYDRATE 1.8g; SODIUM 87mg; PROTEIN 0.3g; FIBER 0.3g; IRON 0.1mg
Thursday, May 6, 2010
From EatingWell: May/June 2010 (Picture is theirs)
This wrap is stuffed with chicken tenders and couscous with a hit of lemon and a healthy dose of fresh herbs. Save any leftovers to wrap up for an easy lunch. Serve with: Mixed green salad and a glass of crisp white wine.
4 servings (we got two dinners and probably 2 lunches from this)| Active Time: 40 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup couscous, preferably whole-wheat
- 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 pound chicken tenders (we used chicken breasts that we cut into "tenders")
- 1 medium tomato, chopped
- 1 cup chopped cucumber
- 4 10-inch spinach or sun-dried tomato wraps or tortillas (we used whole wheat pitas)
Nutrition -Per serving : 479 Calories; 17 g Fat; 3 g Sat; 11 g Mono; 67 mg Cholesterol; 49 g Carbohydrates; 34 g Protein; 5 g Fiber; 653 mg Sodium; 382 mg Potassium
- Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in couscous and remove from the heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, combine parsley, mint, lemon juice, oil, garlic, 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Toss chicken tenders in a medium bowl with 1 tablespoon of the parsley mixture and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Place the tenders in a large nonstick skillet and cook over medium heat until cooked though, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a clean cutting board. Cut into bite-size pieces when cool enough to handle.
- Stir the remaining parsley mixture into the couscous along with tomato and cucumber.
- To assemble wraps, spread about 3/4 cup of the couscous mixture onto each wrap. Divide the chicken among the wraps. Roll the wraps up like a burrito, tucking in the sides to hold the ingredients in. Serve cut in half. (We just mixed the chicken right into the couscous-parsley mixture)
I know that brussels sprouts aren't really a Mediterranean staple but we were very excited to see them at Reading Terminal this week and they were so tiny and delicious looking I decided to try.
Mediterranean Brussels Sprouts
I made this up so I have no info regarding nutrition etc. We got sides for us for dinner last night plus a lunch out of it. It takes about 10 minutes to make. I love the way the sprouts turned out, more salad-y than whole but much less work than shredding. All measurements are approximate.
1 lb Brussels sprouts (as small as you can find), cleaned, cut into quarters
3/4 c chopped fresh parsley
1/4 c chopped fresh mint
1/4 c lemon juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/3 c crumbled feta
1/2 c kalamata olives, chopped
sea salt to taste
1) Put quartered Brussels sprouts in a microwave-safe bowl with enough water to cover half of them. Cover and microwave on high 5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Toss with rest of ingredients.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The Barbecue Beef and Pork sandwiches were based on a Betty Crocker recipe - Slow Cooker Beef and Pork Barbecue Sandwiches. The picture is from Betty Crocker.
1 4 lb pork shoulder (bone-in)
1 2 lb beef chuck roast (boneless)
6 small onions, sliced (we only had small onions)
3/4 c light brown sugar
1/2 c cider vinegar
2 T chili powder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground mustard
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cans tomato paste
1) Add onions to the slow cooker
2) Remove the skin from the shoulder if it is still attached.
3) Cut the pork and beef into as big pieces as possible but so that they all fit in the slow cooker. Add beef and pork to the slow cooker on top of the onions.
4) Mix sugar, vinegar, chili powder, salt, mustard and worcestershire together. Pour over the meat.
5) Cook on low for 10 hours.
6) Remove meat from the slow cooker, remove bones and shred meat.
7) Remove about 2/3 of the liquid (try not to remove the onions). We kept this, not sure what we are going to do with it yet.
8) Add the meat back to the slow cooker along with the tomato paste. Cook on high 15 minutes. Serve warm with cheddar cheese and coleslaw (see below, optional) on hamburger buns.
The coleslaw we made is a vinegar (not mayonaise) based slaw. It is from this recipe which is supposed to be based on the Primanti Bros recipe from Pittsburgh. Picture is from article.
Primanti Bros Coleslaw via The Washington Post
For the slaw: Combine the cabbage, sugar, salt and celery seed in a colander set over a medium bowl. Let stand at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours; the cabbage will be wilted (about 4 cups total). (We let this sit for about 2-2.5 hours and ended up with about 6 cups?)
- 1 pound (about half of a medium-size head) green cabbage, shredded or finely chopped (about 6 cups) (we ended up with about 12 cups shredded from a medium-sized head)
- 1/2 cup sugar (we used 1 cup since we had twice as much cabbage)
- 1 to 2 teaspoons kosher salt (we used 3 tsp)
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed (we used 1/2 tsp)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- Freshly ground black pepper (totally forgot to add)
Discard the draining liquid in the bowl; rinse and dry the bowl, then transfer the wilted cabbage to the bowl. Add the oil and vinegar; toss to coat. Season with pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. (We made this the night before. We didnt want it to be too overpowering so we only used 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup oil)
In honor of Cinco de Mayo we made a Margarita Cake (also Betty Crocker, their picture). I liked it but it was a little strange (something about lime and cake seem weird to me). The general consensus was that the pretzel crust was too much of a texture contrast but I actually really liked it. Go figure.
1 1/2 cups coarsely crushed pretzels (Matty did this in the Kitchen Aid mixer)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist white cake mix
1 1/4 cups bottles nonalcoholic margarita mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon grated lime peel
3 egg whites
1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed (We used fat free Cool Whip)
Additional grated lime peel, if desired (we didn't)
1) Heat oven to 350°F (or 325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with shortening and lightly flour (or spray bottom with baking spray with flour). In medium bowl, mix pretzels, sugar and butter. Sprinkle evenly on bottom of pan; press gently.
2) In large bowl, beat cake mix, margarita mix, oil, 1 tablespoon lime peel and the egg whites with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter over pretzel mixture.
3) Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until light golden brown and top springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool completely, about 2 hours. Frost with whipped topping; sprinkle with additional lime peel. Store covered in refrigerator. (We baked it the night before and then topped with Cool Whip as we were serving it)
Sloppy Lentils in Pita
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 filled pita halves)
CALORIES 454 ; FAT 13.8g (sat 4.4g,mono 5.8g,poly 1.4g); CHOLESTEROL 39mg; CALCIUM 115mg; CARBOHYDRATE 57.4g; SODIUM 716mg; PROTEIN 28.2g; FIBER 11.6g; IRON 4.9mg
Cooking Light, MAY 2010
(Picture is from Cooking Light. Nutritional Information is for their recipe, not my alterations. We got 2 dinners and 3 lunches out of this.)
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup finely chopped onion (1 medium onion)
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces lean ground lamb (we used ground pork)
3/4 cup dried brown lentils (we may have used green? not sure)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup water, divided
2 cups diced plum tomatoes or boxed diced tomatoes, undrained (I used 2 14.5 oz cans of unsalted diced tomatoes which is about 3 cups)
1 bay leaf (I used 2 because the cooking time is so short)
4 (6-inch) whole-wheat pitas, cut in half (we used the little 3-4" ones)
1/2 cup plain 2% Greek-style yogurt (we used fat-free)
1 cup thinly sliced cucumber
Chopped fresh mint (optional) (I would recommend)
1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and lamb; cook 5 minutes or until lamb is browned and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally to crumble lamb.
2. Add lentils, cumin, and thyme; stir until seasonings become fragrant. Add 1/2 cup water, tomatoes, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook 15 minutes. Stir lentil mixture; add remaining 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook 15 minutes or until lentils are tender and mixture is thick (add additional water as needed). (So because I used more tomatoes there was more liquid so after the second 15 minutes I uncovered and cooked on high for an additional 8-10 minutes until it was thicker) Discard bay leaf. Fill each pita half with 1/2 cup lentil mixture. Spoon 1 tablespoon yogurt into each pita half; top with 2 tablespoons cucumber. Sprinkle with mint, if desired.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
From "The Naked Chef" by Jamie OliverJamie OliverServings: 4 (We ate half of it tonight, so yeah I guess that is right)INGREDIENTSOne 2 1/2-3 lb. free-range chicken (we used a 3.5 lb chicken)Salt and freshly ground black pepper3 small handfuls of fresh herbs (basil, parsley, marjoram), finely chopped (basil and parsley)1/4 cup olive oil (didnt measure)1 lemon, halved (I quartered it)4 bay leaves, torn (I left them whole)2 sprigs of fresh rosemary1 bag of Teeny Tiny potatoes from Trader Joe's
1 onion, cut into eighths
cloves from 1 head of garlic
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 c vegetable brothDIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven and a roasting tray (we used Jamie Oliver's [seemed appropriate] Baby Retro Roaster with rack) to 425 F. Wash the chicken inside and out, and pat it as dry as possible with paper towels. Some people remove the wishbone, but I like to leave it in and later make a wish. (We wouldn't know how to remove it) Rub the cavity with salt; then, being very careful, grab the skin at the tip of the chicken breasts, making sure that it doesn’t rip, and pull up gently. With your other hand, gently separate the skin from the meat of the breast. It’s normally connected by a little bit of tissuey-type stuff, and you can either leave this attached in the middle and make two little tunnels either side, or you can try to cut away the middle. (I cut it away down the middle) Sprinkle a little salt down the gaps that you have made (I missed that step) and push in the chopped herbs. (3/4 of them) Drizzle in a little olive oil. (I did this first) I don’t always stuff the chicken but when I do I generally go with lemon, bay and (2 sprigs) rosemary, which I push into the cavity at this point. Pull the skin of the chicken breast forward so that none of the actual flesh is exposed, tuck the little winglets under (under what?!) and tie up as firmly as possible with kitchen twine. (We didnt tie it up because I ran out of kitchen twine and forgot to pick some up today)
To me, the perfect roast chicken has tender moist breast meat, crisp skin and, dare I say it, overcooked thigh meat. So at this point, simply slash across each thigh about 3 or 4 times and rub in some of the leftover herbs (this didnt really work well so I stuffed the rest into the cavity), which allows the heat to penetrate directly into the thigh meat, enabling it to cook faster. With your hand, rub a little olive oil into the skin of the chicken and season very generously with salt and pepper. Remove the hot tray (roaster) from the oven and add a little oil. Put the chicken on one side, breast side down on the tray, and put back into the oven. Allow to cook for 5 minutes, then turn it over on to the other side, breast side down. Cook for another 5 minutes and then place the chicken on its back. Cook for 1 hour. (We cooked for 15 minutes, then added the potatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil, stock and rosemary to the bottom of the pan. Then we put it back in the oven for another 40 minutes. Then we started checking the temp every 10 minutes or so. It ended up taking about 1 hr 20 minutes after searing the breasts.)
There is nothing like potatoes and garlic cooked in chicken fat. Mmmm! We will totally be roasting more chickens.
We are following this all-American meal up with the world's most adorable apple pie (3" round!) that we bought from the Fitler Square Farmer's Market yesterday and a vegan mint chocolate chip cookie from One Shot Coffee today after our lunch at Tiffin (which you are going to have to wait to hear all about!)
Monday, February 22, 2010
Matty made the dough based on a recipe in Mom's Big Book of Baking. I am not sure what the actually recipe was but it is a pretty good recipe (a little sticky sometimes).
Then we made a cold cut calzone, a bbq beef brisket calzone, a turkey and basil calzone and a pizza provencal (kinda).
Cold Cut Calzone
This is one of my own creations, so no real recipe but we used - pepperoni, genoa salami, proscuitto, rosemary ham, provolone and asiago. And it is damn tasty. I usually add tuekry but Matty decided to use rosemary ham instead. All the cold cuts were from Trader Joe's.
BBQ Beef Brisket Calzone
This one is pretty basic - Trader Joe's Pulled Beef Brisket in Smoky BBQ Sauce, shredded cheddar. Mmmmm . . .
Turkey and Basil Calzone
This is based on this recipe - Chicken and Basil Calzones. With some modifications of course.
Cooking Light, DECEMBER 2008. Ground chicken breast is a lean alternative to beef. Substitute ground sirloin, if you prefer. (We used ground turkey) Total time: 40 minutes. (That is their pic but our filling looked pretty similar)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground chicken breast (1.25 lb ground turkey)
3/4 cup prepared pizza sauce (Trader Joe's Tomato Basil Marinara)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (1 tsp)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 (13.8-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough (Matty's crust)
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (Trader Joe's lite mozzarella)
1. Preheat oven to 425°. (350)
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add garlic and chicken to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, stirring to crumble. Stir in pizza sauce and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in basil. Let stand 10 minutes.
3. Unroll dough onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; cut dough into quarters. Pat each portion into an 8 x 6–inch rectangle. Divide chicken mixture evenly among rectangles; top each serving with 2 tablespoons cheese. Working with one rectangle at a time, fold dough in half over filling, pinching edges to seal. Repeat procedure with remaining rectangles. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until golden. (We just made 1 calzone, we used about 3/4 of the filling because the dough wasn't stretching quite enough for us)Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 calzone) (Again, we made 1 calzone total)
CALORIES 459 (14% from fat); FAT 7.1g (sat 1.8g,mono 1g,poly 0.4g); IRON 3.7mg; CHOLESTEROL 74mg; CALCIUM 111mg; CARBOHYDRATE 56.4g; SODIUM 919mg; PROTEIN 39.1g; FIBER 3g
The pizza was loosely based on this recipe - Pizza Provencal.
Cooking Light, JUNE 2009. Upgrade pizza night by making a pie loaded with fresh basil, rotisserie chicken, (we left out the chicken) and all the best of Italian-inspired ingredients. A food processor makes quick work of the homemade sauce. (We didnt make a sauce per se. That is their pic. Ours looks NOTHING like that.)
1/4 cup niçoise olives, pitted (I used kalamata cuz I had them)
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes (I used 2 Tbsp of a sundried tomato tapenade)
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind (I used dried lemon peel)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic (We used 1 head of roasted garlic)
1 teaspoon water (left this out since we werent making a sauce)
1 (16-ounce) loaf Italian bread, split in half horizontally (We used Matty's dough)
2 cups thinly sliced roasted skinless, boneless chicken breast (about 6 ounces) (Left this out)
3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled goat cheese (we used half goat cheese, half feta)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1. Preheat oven to 450°. (350)
2. Combine first 7 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth. (I just chopped the olives, mushed the garlic cloves and mixed it all together in the dish we roasted the garlic in) Place bottom half of bread, cut side up, on a baking sheet (reserve top half for another use). Spread olive mixture over bread (We just used the olive mixture as a spread o. Arrange chicken over bread; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until heated. Sprinkle with basil. Cut into 4 pieces.Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 piece) (We made a full size pizza from it)
CALORIES 330 ; FAT 10.7g (sat 4.4g,mono 3.8g,poly 1.6g); CHOLESTEROL 46mg; CALCIUM 98mg; CARBOHYDRATE 34.4g; SODIUM 595mg; PROTEIN 23.2g; FIBER 2.3g; IRON 3mg
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
4 Tablespoons vegan margarine (recipe calls for butter, wanted to make vegan)
1 T canola oil
6 Tablespoons brown rice flour (recipe calls for flour, wanted to make gluten-free)
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
6 cloves garlic, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
4 bay leaves
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 tsp sugar
16-oz can tomato sauce (I used 52 oz for 3x recipe)
Melt margarine in heavy bottom pot (I used the Le Creuset French Oven). Add oil. Add onions, celery, pepper and garlic. Saute until tender. Add lemon juice, bay leaves and flour. Mix until flour is covered vegetables. Add tomato sauce, hot water and sugar. Cook over medium heat for 30 minutes.
I did that much on Thursday night. Then I let it cool and put it in the fridge until Saturday. I took it out and let it get to room temp and then split it into 3 pots (crawfish, alligator, no-meat). I added the meat to each one (or not meat) and then let it simmer for about an hour before putting it out. The no-meat one I simmered for about 30 minutes by itself.
We bought 2.75 lbs of alligator steak, frozen. We thawed this overnight in the fridge. Then I cut each steak into thirds, you can see the picture here. I put them in a big pot, added some no-salt creole seasoning, 1/4 tsp salt and enough water to cover the pieces. I brought this to a fast boil and boiled for 3 minutes. Then I removed the pieces from the water and let them cool, keeping the water. They were not completely cooked all the way though. It looked a lot like chicken, white on the outside, pink in the middle. Once they were cool we cut them into bite sized pieces and then added them to the creole sauce. I used some of the cooking water to thin out the sauce some since it had gotten pretty thick in the fridge.
We bought cleaned, cooked, seasoned crawfish meat (about 2-2 1/2 lbs) from Reading Terminal and so it was all ready to go. I added it to the sauce with the water from the container to thin it out some.
The recipe said to serve over rice with chopped green onions. I totally forgot the green onions.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Cajun Crab Dip
Okra Gumbo (vegan)
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Shrimp (to add to stuff since I dont cook with them)
White Rice (for gumbos, red beans and creoles)
Red Beans (vegan, gluten free)
Jambalaya (gluten free)
Pork and Alligator Sausage (gluten free)
Smoked Andouille Sausage (gluten free)
Chipotle Franks (vegan)
Alligator Creole (gluten free, all the creoles were made with brown rice flour [my first experience cooking with it])
Crawfish Creole (gluten free)
Creole Sauce (vegan, gluten free)
Cajun/Buffalo Chik'n Dip (vegetarian [used Morning Star Chik'n] and added some cajun seasoning)
Jalapeno Cornbread (vegetarian)
Remoulade (vegan [used vegenaise and tamari for mayo and Worcestershire], gluten free)
Mardi Gras Dip (vegan, gluten free)
Mardi Gras Peanuts (vegan, gluten free)
Cajun Hot Sticks (vegan)
Sugar Glazed Pecans (vegan, gluten free)
Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Glaze
Caramel Pecan Bars (vegan)
Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla and Strawberry Frosting (gluten free, brought by a guest)
Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (vegan, gluten free, brought by a guest)
Mardi Gras punch (vodka)
Hurricanes (dark rum)
Strawberry "Jello" shots (vegan, vodka)
Grape, Lemon and Lime Jello Shots (vodka)
Monday, February 8, 2010
One-Skillet Bean & Broccoli Rabe Supper
If beans and greens are not a part of your regular menu, this one-pot dish will change your mind. Sausage and garlic flavor the broccoli rabe and beans while the big, rustic croutons soak up the broth. Yield: 4 servings. (We ate it all that night, didnt think it would keep well) Active/Total Time: 45 minutes (I think it only took 30 or so) From EatingWell (It is our picture)
- 3 slices whole-wheat country bread (5-6 ounces), crusts removed (We used ciabatta and leftover Italian Bread)
- 2 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 4 ounces lamb merguez sausage, or Italian chicken, turkey or pork sausage links
- 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 bunch broccoli rabe (about 12 ounces), trimmed and coarsely chopped (We used 1 bunch, next time I would use 2)
- 2 cups cooked cannellini beans, plus 1/2 cup bean-cooking liquid or water (We used 1 can of canned beans and water)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch, divided
- 4 large eggs
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
Nutrition -Per serving : 463 Calories; 24 g Fat; 7 g Sat; 10 g Mono; 233 mg Cholesterol; 37 g Carbohydrates; 25 g Protein; 9 g Fiber; 586 mg Sodium; 506 mg Potassium
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Tear bread into 1/2- to 1-inch irregular pieces. Place on a large baking sheet and toss with 1 tablespoon oil. Season with pepper. Bake until golden brown and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium heat. Remove sausage from casing and cook, breaking it up, until browned and cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Let the pan cool.
- Pour off any oil left in the pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and place over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broccoli rabe and cook, stirring, until wilted and tender but still bright green, 4 to 6 minutes. (Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water if the greens seem dry.)
- Add beans, bean-cooking liquid (or water), the sausage and 1/8 teaspoon salt to the pan, stirring to combine; bring to a simmer. Make 4 indentations in the bean mixture and break an egg into each one. Season the eggs with the remaining pinch of salt and pepper. Cover the pan and cook the eggs, checking occasionally, until desired doneness: 3 to 5 minutes for soft-set yolks, 7 to 9 minutes for hard-set yolks. (We cooked about 8 minutes and they were just "hard-set")
- Top the bean mixture and eggs with the croutons and serve immediately.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Red Lentil Dal with Charred Onions
Quick-cooking red lentils don't need to be pureed since they break down as they cook. Lentils are a great source of protein, as well as fiber. This recipe gives 20 percent of your daily fiber goal. Serve over brown rice with a side of broccoli for a vegetarian meal. (We served with Naan and mini whole wheat pitas from Trader Joe's) Yield: 7 servings (serving size: 1 cup) (We got 9-10 bowls (though we had two soups)) Cooking Light, OCTOBER 2007 (That's their picture)
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 whole clove
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 dried hot red chile
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
4 cups organic vegetable broth (such as Swanson Certified Organic)
1 cup dried small red lentils (Couldn't find red lentils so used brown)
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large heavy cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; cook 2 minutes or until charred. Carefully turn over onion, and cook an additional 4 minutes or until blackened and charred. (I am not really sure what the difference between "charred" and "burnt" is) Remove from heat. Coarsely chop; set aside.
Combine mustard seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and clove in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook 1 1/2 minutes or until fragrant, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Combine mustard mixture, cinnamon, cardamom, and chile in spice or coffee grinder. Pulse until ground.
Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a small Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute. Stir in spices; sauté 1 minute. Add broth, lentils, and tomato to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover; add onion, and cook 10 minutes. Stir in cilantro and juice.CALORIES 149 (17% from fat); FAT 2.8g (sat 0.3g,mono 1.6g,poly 0.3g); IRON 2.1mg; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 33mg; CARBOHYDRATE 23.6g; SODIUM 354mg; PROTEIN 8.4g; FIBER 5.5g
Italian White Bean and Spinach Soup
Dried shiitake mushrooms lend this appetizer soup rich intensity. It's delightful with a grilled cheese sandwich for a light supper. (We served with a loaf of Italian Bread) Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 cup) (We got 7 bowls from it) Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 2007 (That's their picture)
1 (1-ounce) package dried shiitake mushrooms
2 cups boiling water
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme (used 1/2 tsp dried)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (16-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14-ounce) can organic vegetable broth (such as Swanson Certified Organic)
Fresh thyme (optional) (Didn't use)
Crushed red pepper (optional) (Didn't use but maybe should have)
(We served with grated parmesan to top)
Combine mushrooms and 2 cups boiling water in a bowl; cover and let stand 15 minutes. Drain mushrooms in a colander over a bowl, reserving liquid. Chop mushrooms; set aside.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and mushrooms to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. (Make sure the mushrooms are tender! Ours were a bit chewy and not very good) Add the reserved mushroom liquid, spinach, and next 5 ingredients (through broth); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Garnish with thyme and red pepper, if desired. (I thought it was good with the grated parmesan)CALORIES 78 (22% from fat); FAT 1.9g (sat 0.3g,mono 1.1g,poly 0.4g); IRON 1.3mg; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 42mg; CARBOHYDRATE 13.5g; SODIUM 261mg; PROTEIN 2.8g; FIBER 2.9g
Monday, January 18, 2010
Curried Beef Short Ribs
Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors. Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce) (We got 2 dinners and 1 lunch) Cooking Light, MARCH 2009 (Their pic is on the left, ours on the right)
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 pounds beef short ribs, trimmed
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/3 cup minced shallots
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger (Matty grated it)
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons red curry paste
1/4 cup light coconut milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon fish sauce (we used tamari soy sauce)
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
4 cups hot cooked basmati rice (we used brown basmati rice)
1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle ribs with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add half of ribs to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Place ribs in an electric slow cooker. Repeat procedure with remaining ribs.
2. Add shallots, garlic, and ginger to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup water and curry paste; cook 1 minute. Stir in coconut milk, sugar, and fish sauce. Add coconut milk mixture to cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 6 hours.
3. Remove ribs from cooker; keep warm. Strain cooking liquid through a colander over a bowl; discard solids. (It seemed like such a waste of yumminess so we didn't strain it) Place a zip-top plastic bag inside a 2-cup glass measure. Pour cooking liquid into bag; let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain drippings into a small bowl, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat. Stir in remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, rind, and juice. Shred rib meat with 2 forks; discard bones. Serve sauce over ribs and rice.CALORIES 410 ; FAT 16.1g (sat 6.5g,mono 7g,poly 0.9g); CHOLESTEROL 70mg; CALCIUM 24mg; CARBOHYDRATE 37.1g; SODIUM 841mg; PROTEIN 27g; FIBER 0.7g; IRON 4.1mg
Sausage and Spinach Soup
Fresh herbs are added after the soup cooks so they'll retain their bright color and flavor. You can substitute 1 teaspoon dried herbs for each tablespoon fresh, but add them with the tomatoes. Serve with a toasted baguette. Yield: 4 servings (We got 2 dinners and 1 lunch from this) Cooking Light, MARCH 2007 (Their picture is the one on the left, ours is on the right.)
10 ounce sweet turkey Italian sausage
1 cup prechopped onion (have you ever used prechopped onion? why? I dont get it)
2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
1/2 cup water
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5-ounce) can organic stewed tomatoes, undrained (such as Muir Glen) (we used the store brand stewed tomatoes)
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 cups baby spinach
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
2 tablespoons grated fresh Romano cheese (we had fresh parmesan so we used that)
Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage in a large saucepan coated with cooking spray over high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add onion and 2 teaspoons garlic to pan; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup water, beans, tomatoes, and broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook for 3 minutes or until slightly thick. Remove from heat, and stir in spinach, basil, and oregano. Ladle 1 1/2 cups soup into each of 4 bowls, and sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese.
CALORIES 261 (30% from fat); FAT 8.6g (sat 2.8g,mono 2.7g,poly 2.5g); IRON 3.4mg; CHOLESTEROL 62mg; CALCIUM 105mg; CARBOHYDRATE 23.1g; SODIUM 842mg; PROTEIN 20.9g; FIBER 5.4g
Pork-Potato Hash with Eggs
Pork sold as "country-style ribs" is not always from the rib section; it can be cut from a pork shoulder roast, too. Either way, it's economical and generally cut into individual "ribs," making it easy for you to ask your butcher for just the number you need.$1.81 per serving. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 egg and about 1 1/2 cups hash) (We got 2 dinners and 1 lunch out of this) Cooking Light, OCTOBER 2009 (Their picture is the pretty one on the left, ours is on the right)
12 ounces pork country-style ribs (about 2 ribs)
1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 cups water
6 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed red potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 cup chopped onion
4 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 tablespoons thinly diagonally sliced green onions
1. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet (enamel covered cast iron in our case) over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Add 2 1/2 cups water and garlic to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 1 hour or until pork is fork-tender. Remove pork from pan, reserving cooking liquid and garlic. Place cooking liquid in a bowl. Cool pork slightly. Remove meat from bones; shred with two forks.
2. Wipe pan clean with paper towels. Heat olive oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add potatoes and onion to pan, and sauté for 8 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Add cooking liquid and garlic to potato mixture, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender and liquid evaporates. Stir in shredded pork and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Working with one egg at a time, carefully crack eggs over potato mixture, about 1 inch apart in pan. (Matty did this in a separate pan and then we just served the eggs over the pork.) Sprinkle eggs evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper. Cover, reduce heat, and cook for 3 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Sprinkle with green onions.CALORIES 334 ; FAT 13.8g (sat 4g,mono 6.6g,poly 1.6g); CHOLESTEROL 244mg; CALCIUM 75mg; CARBOHYDRATE 33.2g; SODIUM 845mg; PROTEIN 20.2g; FIBER 3.9g; IRON 3mg