Monday, January 10, 2011

Easy Spicy Sausage Pasta

Okay, when I say easy I am serious here! This came together really fast and we really liked it.

Egg noodles
Spicy Italian sausage
Sweet basil or other favorite spaghetti sauce, get something with lots of flavor. Ours also had mushrooms 8)
Parmesan cheese

Prepare noodles according to package, drain.

Meanwhile, brown sausage over med/high heat. Slice down the middle, this will open it up "hot dog bun style" Cook it all the way through, then slice it into bite size pieces.

Put noodles, sausage, and sauce into a pan and heat thoroughly.

Sprinkle with parmesan and enjoy!

Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut-Curry Sauce

I LOVE COCONUT-CURRY. This recipe is FABULOUS! We always make it with whatever kind of fish we have in the freezer, usually bass or brem. But Cooking Light suggests Tilapia.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet, 1/2 cup sauce, 3/4 cup rice, and 1 lime wedge)

1 teaspoon dark sesame oil, divided
2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped green onions
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 teaspoons red curry paste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
Cooking spray
3 cups hot cooked basmati rice
4 lime wedges
Preheat broiler.

Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add pepper and onions; cook 1 minute. Stir in curry powder, curry paste, and cumin; cook 1 minute. Add soy sauce, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and coconut milk; bring to a simmer (do not boil). Remove from heat; stir in cilantro.

Brush fish with 1/2 teaspoon oil; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place fish on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Broil 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve fish with sauce, rice, and lime wedges.

Nutritional Information
Calories:506 (30% from fat)
Fat:17.1g (sat 5.9g,mono 6g,poly 2.5g)

Roast Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers

This is from Cooking Light, January 2010. YUMMY!

Total: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 breast half and about 1/2 cup bell pepper mixture)

3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Cooking spray
2 cups thinly sliced red bell pepper
1 cup thinly sliced yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots (about 1 large)
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Combine 1/2 teaspoon salt, fennel seeds, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder, and oregano. Brush chicken with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil; sprinkle spice rub over chicken. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Turn chicken over; cook 1 minute. Arrange chicken in an 11 x 7–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until done.

3. Heat remaining olive oil over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, shallots, and rosemary; sauté 3 minutes. Stir in broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Stir in vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Serve bell pepper mixture over chicken.

Nutritional Information
Fat:11g (sat 2.1g,mono 6.4g,poly 1.7g)

Sheperd's Pie

Made this one for the National Championship game tonight- SO GOOD.

1.5 Lb. ground beef- I used 93% lean
1/2 Tbsp Cumin
1/2 Tbsp Red Pepper
Pinch of Curry Powder (like 1/8 tsp)
Pinch of Brown Sugar
1 Shallot, thinly sliced/chopped
1 Tbsp parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp bread crumbs (mine were italian)
Mashed potatoes-see photo for my fav.
1 Cup grated cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Brown the beef with spices through shallots. Drain meat, pour in a bowl and mix in the parmesan and bread crumbs. Pack this down into an 8x8 casserole dish. Bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile make potatoes according to package.

Cover meat with potatoes. Sprinkle cheese over it. Bake for 10-15 min, until cheese is melted.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

OH BOY, it has been a while... So as I'm sure you can imagine I've cooked a lot since my last post- I have tons of recipes to share with you!

Let's start with a crock pot recipe that I made up. We like to call these types of things "dump recipes" because I dump whatever we have in together and somehow it turns out fabulous. 8)

Here we go-


1 Rotisserie chicken (I prefer the plain ole' flavor, but if you like the bbq, lemon, or southwestern YOU GO RIGHT AHEAD!
1 Can cream-o-chicken (I really like the one "with herbs")
1 Can cream-o-mushroom
1 Can sweet peas- drained. I love peas, if you're not as big a fan go with half a can.
1 Can chicken broth
1 Can of water (after you dump the broth just fill the can with water and add to crock pot)
1/4 Cup of milk
2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp of each: parsley, rosemary, oregano
Uncle Ben's Ready Rice- Long Grain & Wild Rice

Get your crock pot out and dust it off 8) I recently discovered plastic liners for crock pots- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Or if you don't love a crock pot just make it in a big pot on the stove- in this case you'll have to make some executive decisions about cook time since I've only tried it in the crock pot so far!

Cut up all of the usable meat from the chicken. Do not include skin. Think small bite-sized pieces, it's soup. Put the chicken in the crock pot with all other ingredients. Cook on low for 3 hours. I'm not good at leaving the crock pot closed b/c I like to stir, so feel free to crack that bad boy open and stir if you like. Taste it too, make any revisions you see fit 8)

Serve with your favorite bread, you'll love this soup on a cold night- we sure do!