Your Cooking Coach
Show MenuHide Menu

Category Archives: Entrées

Crispy Tofu with Lemon Grass and Snow Peas

November 13, 2018

Crispy Tofu with Lemongrass

  • 1 (12 to 16 ounce) block firm tofu, drained and cut into 1 inch
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Add the cornstarch and salt into a zip lock bag. Add the tofu and shake the bag until well coated.

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil

Heat a non-stick frying pan. Saute the tofu till all sides are golden brown, about a minute or two on each side. Place the tofu on to a lined plate.

  • 4 stalks fresh lemon grass, tender part only, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into 1 inch pieces

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoons chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons palm sugar (or 1 tablespoon honey)
  • Juice of one navel orange
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

Mix the tamari, fish sauce, chili paste, palm sugar, orange juice and corn starch in a small bowl. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 2 cups snow peas
  • Juice of a lemon

Heat a wok like saucepan and add the oil. Add the lemon grass and garlic. Saute on high heat for a minute. Add the onion and sauté for another minute.
Add the snow peas and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sauce and bring to a boil. Add the tofu and mix well – gently, making sure not to break the tofu.
Sprinkle the lemon juice and serve.

Chicken Korma

November 12, 2018

Chicken Korma

  • 1½ skinless chicken thighs, cut into ½ inch pieces

Marinade

  • 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup low-fat sour cream
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • ½ medium yellow onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 inch ginger, grated
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix the yogurt, sour cream, half and half, onion, garlic, ginger, salt and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. Add the chicken pieces and marinate for at least 2 to 3 hours if not over night.

  • ½ cup cashews soaked over night in ½ cup hot water

Blend the cashews with the water into a paste. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon black cumin seeds (shaahi zeera)
  • 2 green cardamoms, crushed
  • 1 ½ inch cinnamon stick
  • 3 to 4 cloves, crushed
  • 1 large or 2 small yellow onions, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a deep saucepan with the oil. Add the cumin, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Cook on medium heat for about 30 seconds. Add the onions, garlic, cashew paste and cook medium heat for at least 20 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the chicken with the marinade and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cover and cook for 20 to 30 minutes. Check every 10 minutes, making sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Take the lid off and turn the heat up to medium high and let the excess moisture evaporate- another 10 minutes stirring constantly. Check for seasonings and garnish with cilantro.

Palak Murgh- A Spinach and Chicken Recipe

October 30, 2018

Palak Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 green cardamom pods, skin off
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt

Marinate overnight or at least 2 hours.

  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • Salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 2 cups frozen chopped spinach- thaw the spinach in the bag and process it in a processor until smooth.
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

In a large, wide frying pan heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and sauté 30 seconds or till the seeds begin to sizzle. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves and black cardamom. Add the onion and sauté for 5-6 minutes on medium heat. Add the crushed tomatoes and sauté for another 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the salt, cayenne pepper, coriander powder, processed spinach and the chicken with the marinade. Cook on medium for 10-15 minutes or till all the moisture has evaporated. Taste for seasonings and add garam masala for garnish.

Turkey Meatballs with Zucchini

October 29, 2018

Turkey Meatballs with Zucchini 1

  • 1 pound ground dark meat turkey
  • 1/3 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups homemade or store bought tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ pound whole-wheat spaghetti, al dente

In a large mixing bowl, add the turkey meat, pesto, zucchini, eggs, breadcrumbs and salt. Mix well with fingertips and keep aside for an hour.

In the meantime, in a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic. Saute on medium heat for a couple of minutes and add the tomato sauce. Cook on medium heat for 5-6 minutes and turn it down to a simmer.
Form medium sized meatballs and begin adding to the simmering sauce. Once all the meatballs are formed, cook on medium heat for 20 minutes.

Serve on top of al dente spaghetti.

Turkey Meatballs with Zucchini

Pork Ragu Lasagna with Pesto Bechamel

October 16, 2018

Pork Ragu and Pesto Bechamel Lasagna

Pork Ragu

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups fresh tomato sauce
  • Salt

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add the pork and cook on high heat and separate the meat with a wooden spoon. Saute for a 3 to 4 minutes on medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic, thyme and rosemary. Saute for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the tomato paste and sauté for a minute. Add the tomato sauce and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes. Add salt if necessary and turn heat off and keep aside.

Bechamel Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ teaspoon powdered nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup fresh or store bought pesto

Heat a medium saucepan and add the flour and butter. Melt the butter on medium high heat. Cook for a minute or two, stirring constantly. Slowly add the milk and whisk to make sure all the lumps are taken out. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to medium. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the nutmeg and salt. Turn the heat off and keep aside. Add the pesto and mix well.

Lasagna

  • 1 cup shredded Pecorino Romano
  • 12 lasagna sheets (I used no boil pasta)

Preheat oven to 400 degree F.

Line a 9 X 11 glass pan with a quarter cup of béchamel sauce. Cover the bottom and add four pasta sheets. Spread one cup of meat sauce on top. Sprinkle ¼ cup shredded Pecorino. Place another 4 sheets on top. Pour about ¾ cup of béchamel sauce- spreading it all over the pasta. Add another cup of meat sauce. Add ¼ cup of shredded Pecorino. Place another 4 sheets on top and cover with the remaining béchamel sauce. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Take the cover off, sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and bake for another 15. Serve hot with salad and garlic bread.

Hanger Steak with Caramelized Onions, Roasted Potatoes, Gorgonzola and Red Wine Demi

October 15, 2018

Hanger steak6

  • 1-2 pounds hanger steak
  • Salt
  • Coarse black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil

Generously sprinkle salt and pepper, pressing the spices down with your palm. Keep aside.
Heat a large non-stick frying pan. Add the olive oil and sear the hanger steak on each side for 3 to 4 minutes each. Take out and cover with aluminum foil and place on a cutting board. Let it sit for about 15 minutes. Slice once the meat has rested. Reheat the slices according to every ones taste right before serving.

Hanger steak4

Hanger steak3

Caramelized Onions

  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon extra olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar

Heat a small non-stick frying pan. Add the olive oil and sliced onion and cook on a medium low heat. Add the salt and sugar. Cook for 30 minutes till the onion slices are translucent and golden brown. Keep aside.

Roasted Potatoes

  • 3 to 4 medium yellow potatoes, cut into a half inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper

Hanger steak2

Heat a medium non-stick frying pan. Add the olive oil and the potatoes. Cook on a medium heat till the potatoes are cooked and golden brown- about 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Keep warm.

  • ½ cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Red Wine Demi-Glace

  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Heat a medium frying pan and add the butter. Saute the shallots on a medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the flour and cook for a minute. Whisk in the wine and beef broth, making sure no lumps are formed. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to medium. Let simmer for about 1 hour, until reduced by 1/3, stirring occasionally. Keep warm.

Hanger steak

Buttered Haricots Verts

  • 1 pound trimmed French green beans
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Bring some salted water to a boil and blanche the beans for a minute in boiling water. Take out and add to chilled water with ice to shock the beans to stop the cooking process. Drain and pat dry.
Heat a medium frying pan and add the butter. Add the blanched green beans and sauté well for 3 to 4 minutes. Add salt and pepper and keep warm.

Hanger steak5

To assemble, place the steak slices on a plate. Add the caramelized onions and potatoes on top. Place the green beans on the side. Sprinkle gorgonzola cheese and drizzle demi-glace on top.

Cauliflower and Yellow Pepper Stir Fry

October 14, 2018

Cauliflower and Pepper Stirfry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon tamari

Place the florets onto a lined cookie sheet. Drizzle olive oil and tamari. Mix well and broil under a high setting until the florets are golden brown for about 10 minutes.

1 yellow pepper, chopped

1 yellow onion, sliced

4 garlic cloves, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ cup cilantro, chopped

Sauce

¼ cup ketchup

2 tablespoons sweet garlic chili sauce

2 tablespoons tamari

1 teaspoon hoisin sauce

Mix the ketchup, garlic chili sauce, tamari and hoisin sauce and keep aside.

Heat a large wok like saucepan and add the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic cloves and sauté on medium high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cauliflower florets and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the sauce, mix well and cook covered on low heat for 7 to 8 minutes. Take the lid off, check for seasonings and top with cilantro.