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Roast Chicken with Orzo and Kale

September 28, 2016

This is a great, yummy, one pot meal to make through the week- doesn’t take very long but it tastes like you have spent hours cooking it!

  • 5 to 6 chicken thighs with skin on
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Marinate the chicken thighs in an oven-proof pan with the lemon, dill, oregano, garlic and salt. Mix well with fingers and keep aside for 3 to 4 hours in the fridge. Take out of the fridge 30 minutes before roasting. Preheat oven on 400 degrees. Roast for 30 minutes. Turn the broiler on and broil the chicken pieces until they are golden brown. Take out of the oven and keep aside. It is okay if the chicken is not cooked through.

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ cups orzo
  • 3 cups chicken broth plus more if necessary
  • 5 ounces baby kale
  • Salt

Heat a saucepan with butter and oil. Add the orzo and sauté on medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer and add the chicken pieces including the lemon pieces and let simmer for about ten minutes or till the pasta is cooked and the chicken is cooked through. Add the kale slowly till all is wilted. Add more broth if necessary. Take the lemon pieces out. Mix and check for seasonings. Serve warm.

 

 

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Cheesy Turkey Meatballs

September 27, 2016

Another recipe for our favorite thing to eat in my house- meatballs!! These are absolutely yummy…

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup pancetta, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

Heat a frying pan with the olive oil. Add the pancetta and cook over medium low heat for 4 to 5 minutes till all the fat is rendered and the pancetta bits are golden brown. Add the onion, garlic, rosemary and thyme. Saute for another 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the heat off and set aside to cool.

  • 1 pound dark meat ground turkey
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs soaked in ¼ cup milk (let sit for 10 minutes before adding to the turkey)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups tomato sauce

In a large mixing bowl, add the ground turkey, parsley, cheese, egg, soaked breadcrumbs, salt and the cooled pancetta mixture. Mix well and keep aside.

Bring the tomato sauce to a boil in a large saucepan, form the meatballs and gently slide them into the sauce. Cover with lid and lower heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes or once the meatballs are cooked through. Serve warm with spaghetti.

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Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce

September 26, 2016

My daughter loves baked ziti and she loves pasta with meat sauce- so I made baked ziti with meat sauce. Why not?? It is easy to make and yummy!!

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground dark meat turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 3 cups fresh tomato sauce
  • Salt
  • 1 pound penne, cooked al dente
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. Add the turkey meat and brown at a high heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and sauté on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the thyme and rosemary and tomato sauce. Add salt and bring to a boil and simmer at a low heat covered with a lid for 20 to 25 minutes. Take the lid off and add the al dente pasta and mix well and check for seasonings.

Transfer half of the pasta mixture to an oven proof dish. Top with the fresh mozzarella and basil, distributing evenly. Top with the rest of the pasta mixture. Add the shredded cheese and top and bake, covered for 45 minutes. Take the foil off and bake to brown the top for another 15 minutes. Serve warm.

 

 

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Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings

September 25, 2016

I think I will call these vegetarian meatballs! They were really delicious and no one missed the meat! Make sure to buy a good quality ricotta- preferably fresh and drain in for a couple of hours so the extra liquid comes out before forming your dumplings. I always have fresh tomato sauce on hand – which is quite handy with a number of dishes.

  • 1 pound fresh ricotta cheese placed in a strainer above a bowl for 3 to 4 hours
  • ½ box 9 ounces frozen spinach, defrosted and water squeezed out and chopped
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup all purpose flour (plus more)
  • Semolina for holding dumplings

Ricotta and Spinach Dumplings

Take the ricotta out of the strainer and transfer to a large bowl. Add the spinach, parsley, eggs, cheese, nutmeg, salt. Mix well. Add ¼ cup flour, mix, if the mixture is still wet, add in the remaining ¼ cup. I added the entire ½ cup.  Using a spoon take about a tablespoon of the mixture and place them on a platter with some flour. Form into a ball and transfer them to a tray lined with semolina. Form all the dumplings and keep aside.

 

 

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 cups fresh tomato sauce or a 28 ounces can of San Marzano crushed tomatoes
  • Salt

Heat a wide frying pan with the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and some salt and simmer on low for 15 to 20 minutes. Taste for seasonings.

In the meantime, bring a large pot full of salted water to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and gently add the dumplings to the simmering water. Cook until the dumplings float and swell, about 3 to 4 minutes. You may need to cook them in badges in order not to over crowd. Using a slotted spoon remove the dumplings from the water and add to the sauce. Serve warm.

 

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Chicken and Fennel Stew

Chicken Mushroom & Fennel Stew with Roasted Duck Fat Potatoes

September 21, 2016
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless, skinless
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup all purpose flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and more if needed
  • 2 tablespoons duck fat
  • 2 cups Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 fennel bulb, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • Salt
  • 4 cups chicken broth

Heat a heavy saucepan with the oil and duck fat. Dip the chicken into the egg and then dredge into the seasoned flour. Brown the chicken pieces on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side on medium heat. Take the chicken pieces out and add the mushrooms and thyme. Saute on high heat for 6 to 7 minutes. Take the mushrooms out and add the onion and fennel (add extra oil at this point if needed) and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons salt and continue to sauté for another couple of minutes. Add the chicken broth and the chicken pieces. Bring to a boil and lower heat to a simmer and cook with lid on for 20 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through. Take the lid off and increase the heat to cook at least half of the liquid off. Add the mushrooms and check for seasonings. Serve with roast potatoes.

  • 4 to 5 medium potatoes, cut into quarters

Transfer to a medium saucepan and top with water. Bring to a boil and drain and let the potatoes dry in the saucepan for 10 minutes.

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon duck fat
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt

Place the potatoes on a lined cookie sheet and mix in the oil, duck fat and salt. Mix well and roast in a 400 degrees (convection) oven for about 30 minutes or till the potatoes are golden brown.

Serve with the stew.

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Vietnamese Chicken

Vietnamese Style Chicken

September 20, 2016

It seems I am posting all sorts of different cuisines this week… this one is delicious with yummy Vietnamese flavors..

  • 1 pound chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces

Marinade

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated

Mix the marinade together and marinate the chicken pieces for at least 2 to 3 hours.

  • 3 tablespons peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Heat a frying pan with the oil. Add the chicken pieces (reserve the marinade) and brown both sides on high heat for 2 minutes. Add the reserved marinade and the flour. Saute the chicken for a minute and add the chicken broth. Bring to a boil and simmer with lid on for 15 minutes. Take the lid off and bring to a boil and check for seasonings. Serve with vegetable brown rice and sautéed greens.

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Korean Bowl with Shrimp

Korean Style Shrimp Bowls with Brown Rice

September 19, 2016

In case you haven’t noticed- I am obsessed with Asian food- all kinds… especially yummy bowls filled with noodles, rice, delicious meats and veggies. This one is Korean inspired… check it out…

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Heat a medium saucepan with the butter and oil. Add the rice and sauté for 30 seconds. Add the water and salt and bring to a boil. Cover ¾ of the pan with lid and simmer for 20 minutes. Cover all the way with lid and cook for another 20 minutes. Set aside.

Shrimp

  • 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean condiment)
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Mix the ingredients, taste, adjust and keep aside.

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mushrooms

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 10 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Heat a pan with the oil and add the mushrooms. Saute on high heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, salt and sesame oil. Saute for another 2 to 3 minutes and keep aside.

Broccolini

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 bunch broccolini, ends cut off
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Heat a pan with the oil and add the brccolini. Saute on medium high heat till the greens are a bit soft but not over done- about 5 minutes. Add salt and keep aside.

  • 4 eggs fried with a soft yolk if using

Arrange the rice with some shrimp, accompanied by the sautéed mushrooms and broccolini. Top with a fried egg and some sriracha if desired. Garnish with sesame seeds.

 

 

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