Sunday, March 9, 2014
I love green beans and this is my go to and favorite way to eat green beans.
I make this exact recipe with asparagus, as well. Nothing fancy just fast, and
easy and very tasty. I hope you give them a try and let me know what you think.
Sesame Green Beans
1 pound green beans, trimmed
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 to 3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
In a large skillet heat olive oil and sesame oil. Trim and wash green beans and
place in the pan, stir well. Add soy sauce, garlic and sesame seeds and cook
for about 10 minutes or until tender.
Note - I like to add red pepper flakes in this as well.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Are you like me and you are on a mission to make easy and scrumptious
week night meals? I don't like repeating meals very often. I like mixing it
up and I'm always rotating recipes. I get bored with repetition. There are
very few dishes, I love more than sweet and savory and this meal is just that.
Honey Lime Shrimp
2 pounds frozen, uncooked peeled and deveined shrimp, thawed
2 limes, juiced and the zest of one lime
4 tablespoons of honey
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
1) Place all ingredients in a large ziplock back and mix well and place in the
refrigerator for one hour. Rotating the bag after 30 minutes.
2) Heat a large skillet on medium high heat and pour all of the ingredients
in the skillet and cook until shrimp is pink and cooked through.
1 ( 14 ounce ) can coconut milk
1 1/4 cups water
3 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups uncooked jasmine rice
1) In a saucepan, combine coconut milk, water, sugar and salt. Stir until
sugar is dissolved. Stir in rice. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover,
reduce heat, and simmer 20 to 22 minutes or until done.
Note - make the rice while the shrimp is marinating -
I also like to toast some sweetened coconut and sprinkle it on top.
It just makes it so much more delicious - don't skip that part.
The shrimp is delicious on it's own or even with pasta.
Serve with fresh lime wedges.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Well my dear friends - I have a treat for you. The best and slightly
addicting manicotti. For me, it was love at first bite. I think you will
agree. Serve with a great side salad and Italian bread. A great meatless meal.
3 cups ricotta
1 box manicotti shells, do not cook they will cook in the oven
6 ounces freshly grated mozzarella
1 cup parmesan cheese, divided
2 eggs, lightly beaten
4 to 5 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt and pepper
6 cups sauce - homemade, is best but jarred will be ok.
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2) In a medium bowl mix together ricotta, mozzarella and half of the parmesan
cheese, eggs, parsley, garlic powder, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix well.
3) Spread 3 cups sauce on the bottom of a 9 by 13 pan. Fill each shell with
ricotta mixture and arrange in a single layer in the dish. Top with remaining
sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 45 or until pasta is done.
4) Sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese and cook 10 minutes more.
Here is a link to my homemade marinara sauce. Enjoy.
Note - To fill shells you can place the filling in a large ziplock bag and
just pipe in or do as I did...I used a butter knife and just pushed the filling
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Making a homemade marinara sauce is so simple and easy to make. Sure you can
buy a jar sauce and it's good. But once you make your own sauce...it just seems
to make any Italian dish better. It makes a perfect base for your meatballs, spaghetti,
lasagna, every thing tastes better with homemade sauce.
This recipe make a big batch and it freezes beautifully in airtight containers.
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 ( 28 ounce ) can crushed tomatoes ( san marzano )
1 ( 28 ounce ) can whole tomatoes, crush with hands
1 onion, chopped
7 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 can of water
2 tablespoons tomato paste ( optional )
8 basil leaves, torn
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
a dash of garlic powder and onion powder - optional
1) Heat olive oil in a large pot and cook onions until almost done and add your garlic
and cook for 1 minute, add tomato paste salt pepper and stir well. Add your tomatoes
and the rest of the ingredients and cook for 45 minutes. Taste and adjust your -
seasoning as needed.
Note - this would be great for Sunday " Gravy " aka sauce. Add your favorite
sausage, meatballs, or add meat for a great meat sauce. The sky is the limit.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
This is nothing more than a simple side dish. Sometimes sides can be rather boring.
When you throw some corn in a skillet and add some spices it just comes to life.
It goes perfect with steak, ham, chicken and a side of potatoes or rice. So good.
Skillet Spiced Corn
1 ( 16 ounce ) bag of frozen corn, thawed
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
the juice of one lime ( optional )
fresh parmesan cheese, topping
1) Heat skillet with olive oil and butter, add thawed corn in skillet and cook for a
couple minutes add all of your spices and stir until combined. Cook until done.
This process takes about 7 minutes. Add lime juice and stir, top with parmesan.
Note - this recipe is perfect when fresh corn is not in season. But in the summer
you can still use this recipe for corn on the cob. Just add extra butter and no oil.