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Healthy Shrimp Bisque

October 9, 2018

Shrimp Bisque

  • 12 ounces jumbo shrimp, deveined and shelled
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt

Heat a large saucepan with the olive oil. Saute the shrimp on high heat for 30 seconds on each side. Sprinkle salt and take out onto a lined platter. Cut each shrimp into three and keep aside.

  • ¼ cup pancetta, chopped
  • 2 large shallots, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ cup carrots, chopped
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1½ cups seafood or shrimp broth
  • 1½ cups low-fat milk
  • Salt
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • Juice of half a lemon

Add the pancetta into the same saucepan and sauté over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the shallots, garlic and carrots. Saute for another 2 minutes. Add the thyme and tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add the flour and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the white wine and scrape off the brown bits from the bottom. Add the broth and milk. Whisk the liquid on high heat and bring to a boil making sure all the lumps are smoothed away. Lower the heat and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Add the shrimp pieces and cook for 2 to 3 minutes making sure the shrimp is cooked. Add the half and half and turn the heat off. Check for seasonings and add salt if necessary. Add the lemon juice and serve hot with crusty bread.

Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

October 3, 2018

Gumbo

  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, cleaned
  • 2 teaspoons bay seasoning
  • Salt
  • 1 pound andouille sausage, casing taken off

Sprinkle the bay seasoning and salt on the shrimp and keep in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours.

  • ¼ cup extra light olive oil
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 3 to 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen okra
  • Salt
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the flour and cook on medium heat to create a brownish red roux- it should take about 6 to 7 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, green pepper, celery, thyme and bay. Saute on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add the white wine, tomato sauce and chicken broth. Add the okra and sausage. Break the sausage with the back of spatula. Bring to a boil and lower the heat. Place the cover and cook for 20 minutes. Take the lid off and cook for another ten minutes. Check for seasonings. Add the shrimp and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve with rice.

Bolognese Sauce with Spaghetti

July 17, 2018

I would highly recommend this recipe for bolognese sauce- it is easy to make and really delicious! The pancetta and sausage flavor it amazing.. definitely worth a try…

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • 2 to 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ½ cup pancetta, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 large Italian sausage links, meat taken out of the casings
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • ½ pound spaghetti, cooked al dente

Heat a heavy saucepan with the olive oil. Add the onion, carrot, celery, rosemary and thyme. Stir and sauté on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add one teaspoon of salt. Add the pancetta and sauté on medium heat till the vegetables are soft and pancetta is crispy. Add the beef and sausage and separate vigorously with the back of a wooden spoon while stirring. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes on medium high heat. Add the white wine and scrape off all the golden brown bits from the bottom. Add the tomato paste and sauté for a minute. Add the tomato sauce, broth and milk. Bring to a boil and simmer on medium low heat with lid on for 2 hours. Stir every 15 minutes or so to check the consistency. Once the consistency is according to taste, check for seasonings and serve with spaghetti.

Scallop Scampi

March 5, 2014

My daughter loves shrimp scampi and scallops- so I made scallop scampi! Why not?? It was delicious…

  • 1 pound scallops, cleaned
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 teaspoons capers, smashed
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Zest of a lemon
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • Salt
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped

Take one tablespoon butter and mix with one tablespoon flour. Mix well and keep aside.

Heat the olive oil and remaining butter in a non-stick frying pan. Brown the scallops about a minute each on high heat on both sides. Take out of the pan and keep aside. Reheat the pan and add the garlic, capers, lemon juice and white wine. Bring to a boil. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add the butter and flour mixture and mix well. Bring to a boil till the liquid becomes thick. Add the scallops and cook on a simmer for a few minutes till they are cooked- but not over cooked. Check for seasonings and garnish with parsley and lemon zest. Serve with pasta or garlic bread.

 

 

Spinach Quinoa Risotto

January 7, 2014

Spinach Quinoa Risotto

Quinoa is a great way to incorporate a healthy starch. I haven’t used it a whole lot but thought making it risotto style should be quite delicious. I saw someone making it on food tv and thought it was a great idea.

I started with some yummy extra virgin olive oil, shallots and garlic. I sautéed them for a bit and added the quinoa and some white wine. Unlike Arborio rice, this grain takes just ten to twelve minutes to cook. It also takes less liquid. In order to keep with the vegetarian theme, one can add vegetable or even mushroom stock.

I then added fresh baby spinach, some half and half and grated cheese. The dish can be eaten on its own and served with some roasted vegetables or some delicious lentils or beans.

It was a delicious dish- I couldn’t tell I was eating any thing other than risotto.. This is a great way to incorporate quinoa into your kids diets…

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 to 4 cups baby spinach
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • ¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • Salt

Heat a saucepan with the olive oil. Add the shallot and garlic, sauté on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add quinoa and stir for a minute. Add the white wine and stir. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 to 12 minutes until the grain is tender. Stir the spinach, half and half and cheese. Check for seasoning and add salt. Serve with fish.

Chicken Piccata

September 15, 2013

I am amazed this is the first time I am making chicken piccata. It is quite easy to make and it felt nice to add another chicken dish to my repertoire. We are always looking for more, different chicken dishes to make for our families… well, here is a delicious one.I served it to my daughter with some whole wheat thin spaghetti. I had it just with the veggies and it was quite a substantial meal…

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • Juice of half large lemon
  • ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin into cutlets (or cutlets can be purchased from the store), sprinkled with salt and pepper
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup Parmigiano Reggiano, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Heat a large frying pan with the olive oil. Add the shallot and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or till translucent. Take out with a slotted spoon and keep aside. In the meantime dredge the chicken cutlets into the flour. Add butter to the frying pan and brown the chicken cutlets for about 3 minutes on each side on medium high heat. Keep aside and cover with foil. Add the white wine, chicken broth, capers and lemon juice to the frying pan. Bring to a boil and scrape up the brown bits from the bottom. Add the shallot and garlic mixture. Return the chicken pieces back and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or till the chicken pieces are cooked through and the liquid has reduced by about one-third. Add the chopped parsley and check for salt and pepper. Serve hot with pasta, rice or salad.

Tuscan Style Cannellini Beans and Tomato Ragu

December 19, 2012

Cannelini Ragu This ragu is delicious and very easy to make. I decided to make it dried beans and soaked them overnight, but you can definitely make them with the canned variety. The dried beans give the dish a bit more depth of flavor but the canned ones are very comparable.

I started with pancetta, onion, celery, carrots and garlic. I got fresh herbs from my backyard including rosemary, thyme and sage. I always buy San Marzano tomatoes which are special ones grown in Italy and have an amazing flavor. Some white wine and chicken broth later, I had a start to a very delicious stew. I let it cook for a couple of hours. The good thing about this dish is you can make it in advance. In fact it will taste better the next day as all the flavors will have a chance to marry.

Make this ragu with the lamb roast and have a wonderful holiday.
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