Suffering Succotash

July 14, 2013

This dish looks and tastes like summer. The vivid color of the veggies, the freshness of the herbs and the brightness of the lemon make for a healthy and delicious side during the hot summer months.

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I think the corn would be tasty grilled if you have the grill on already…it helps to not heat up the kitchen. (I also like to utilize the burner on our outdoor grill.) I used shelled beans from the farmer’s market and fresh basil from my garden. Also, I did not have canola oil so I used vegetable oil and it worked great.

My husband asked what exactly succotash was, so I looked up the history. Pretty interesting.

There are many ways to prepare succotash. What’s your favorite?

Poblanos Con Pollo

July 7, 2013

I had bookmarked this recipe some time ago and just hadn’t gotten around to testing it out. I was menu planning this weekend, saw it and thought it sounded like a great summertime dinner. I was right.

I changed the recipe up a bit by omitting the 1.5 cup cooked rice (I was serving rice alongside the meal) and replacing with:
- 1/4 diced red onion
- 1 ear of fresh corn (cut from the cob)
- I cup tightly packed fresh spinach leaves, stemmed

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Cheesy Poblano served with Arroz Verde and Roasted Okra

I also drizzled the peppers with a little bit of this Cilantro Dressing from Trader Joe’s. My friend has got me hooked on it and I put it on everything now.

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Crack

What are your favorite ingredients to stuff in a pepper?

Portobello Pizzas

May 11, 2013

I love finding recipes that are not only easy and delicious, but good for you! This one does not disappoint. Another bonus is that it’s a gluten-free recipe. I made a few tweaks from the original recipe, including:
- Used caramelized onions and fresh basil leaves as toppings
- Subbed turkey pepperoni (you can omit to make it a meatless dish)
- Omitted the black olives, anchovies and sausage

I served these tasty personal pizzas alongside a quinoa salad and roasted asparagus sprinkled with blue cheese.

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Quick Tip: Wrap a few garlic cloves in aluminum foil (drizzled with evoo) and roast in the oven alongside the mushroom caps.

I’m really loving cooking vegetarian on Mondays.  The challenge of eating meat-free one day a week, has me researching tasty entrees I probably wouldn’t try usually.  This tortellini dish literally blew us away.  I had my vegetarian friend over for dinner and she was also impressed.

I must say, the Georgia Olive Farms Olive Oil really made this dish.  It melded beautifully with the sharp bite of fresh garlic, the herbed pasta and the creamy goat cheese.  This recipe should probably serve four, but Jim and I ate 3/4 of it between the two of us. The only thing that would have made it any better, would be a fresh loaf of french bread to sop up the delicious sauce left at the bottom of the bowl.

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Isn’t that olive oil beautiful?

Fresh Tortellini with Asparagus, Peas & Parsley

printable recipe

  • salt
  • 1/3 cup Georgia Olive Farms Olive Oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 lb. fresh cheese tortellini (I used herbed cheese from the Farmer’s Market)
  • 1 lb. thin asparagus, trimmed of tough, woody stems, and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces (leave the tips whole)
  • 1 cup thawed frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian Parsley
  • 2 oz. fresh goat cheese, softened
  • black pepper
  • parmesan cheese, grated

In a covered pot, bring well-salted water to a boil over high heat. In a large pasta serving bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, cayenne, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook the tortellini, asparagus, and peas in the boiling water until the tortellini is al dente, about 3 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta and vegetables and toss with the garlic-oil mixture. Add the pine nuts, mint, and goat cheese and stir until the cheese melts into a sauce, adding cooking water as needed to moisten the pasta. Season to taste with salt, pepper and parmesan and serve.

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This bowl was not full for long.

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve started making lunch for the ladies in the office and I’m a big fan of Meatless Monday.  So, when I needed something to pair with a Cream of Tomato Soup, these were the perfect match!  I threw together a batch of these ridiculously easy zucchini tots one evening to “test” the recipe to make sure they were good…and, my husband and I devoured the entire pan before they could cool. Needless to say, they are delicious.

Not only are these tots easy to prepare, they can be frozen and reheated in the toaster oven for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack. An added bonus is your family will love them and it’s an tasty way to sneak some veggies into the pickiest of eaters. Feel free to play around with the vegetable and cheese combos.  I think carrots, squash or broccoli would be great substitutions as would monterey jack, swiss or muenster.

Zucchini Tots

printable recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ onion, diced
  • ¼ cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Grate the zucchini over a paper towel. Pat the excess water out of the zucchini once grated. Combine all the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste. Fill the muffin tins with the mixture. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the tops are golden. Use a knife to help remove the muffins from the pan and enjoy!

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Mix all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl (I was making a double batch in this pic).

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Be sure to fill the tins to the top for a perfect-sized tot.

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I’ve started preparing lunch for the ladies in the office, for a nominal fee, and this  was a hit last Monday.  The egg whites and cottage cheese make it so light and fluffy, but all the protein keeps you satisfied until lunch times  A vegetable soup (I made Cream of Tomato) or side salad rounds it out to a light and yummy #MeatlessMonday lunch.

For you Weightwatchers members out there, this recipe slices into 10 servings and at just 3 points a serving, you don’t feel guilty about diving into this healthy twist on a breakfast casserole!

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A healthy choice for breakfast or lunch!

Vegetable Quiche

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cup egg whites (I used egg white substitute)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1.5 cups shredded, reduced-fat cheddar
  • 1.5 cups shredded, Mexican-blend cheese
  • .5 cup 1% milk
  • .5 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • .5 tsp salt
  • 1 (16 oz) carton low-fat cottage cheese
  • cooking spray (I use my Misto)
  • 4 cups sliced zucchini
  • 1 medium baking potato, diced
  • 1 small Vidalia onion, diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 handful button mushroom, sliced
  • .5 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Beat eggs and egg whites until fluffy.  Add ¾ cup cheddar and ¾ cup Mexican cheese, milk, flour, baking powder, salt and cottage cheese.  Heat a large pan over med-high heat and coat with cooking spray.  Add zucchini through mushrooms and saute 5 minutes.  Add vegetable mixture and parsley to egg mixture.  Pour mixture into 3qt. casserole dish coated with cooking spray.  Top with remaining cheeses.  Bake at 400 for 15 minutes, the drop the temperature to 350 and continue to bake another 35 minutes.  The casserole will be browned on top when ready.  Let sit and cool for about 10 minutes before slicing. The leftovers are great re-heated, so this recipe makes for a filling breakfast, or lunch, throughout the week!

Not Your Mama’s Lasagna

October 26, 2011

This comforting dish not only looks and smells like fall, it tastes like it.

The sweet aroma of roasting root vegetables with maple syrup and nutmeg wafting from your oven will let your family know that it’s not just October outdoors, but that it’s arrived in your kitchen, as well.  Although, it’s not the traditional lasagna recipe with ground beef and marinara, it’s sure to be a family favorite and has certainly been added to my fall menu rotation.

A warm slice of heaven

Roasted Carrot and Butternut Squash Lasagna

Printable Recipe

Serves 8-10

  • 1 butternut squash, chopped into 1″ dice
  • 1 bunch carrots, chopped into 1″ dice
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour, AP or whole wheat
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 12 sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 amaretti cookies (amaretti is the Italian word for macaroon)
  • 1 1/2 cup grated Italian fontina
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 package lasagna noodles, regular or whole wheat
  • 18 basil leaves  

 1.Combine the squash, carrots, half the olive oil, brown sugar, half the nutmeg, maple syrup, half the salt and pepper on a sheet tray. Roast at 450 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until it starts to caramelize.

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2.Meanwhile, make the bechamel by combining the flour and butter in a pan for a couple minutes. Add the milk and the remainder of the salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Whisk until it starts to thicken. Remove from heat.

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Whisk away!

3.Combine the roasted vegetables with the remainder of the olive oil, amaretti, and sage leaves in a blender. Blend into a thick puree. You can thin it out with the stock until it’s the right consistency, but don’t make it too watery.

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The food processor works great for blending

4.Put a thin layer of the vegetable puree on the bottom of a buttered lasagna pan. Put a layer of noodles and then a layer of puree and a layer of bechemel sauce. Sprinkle some of each grated cheese on top and spread out some basil leaves. Continue to layer in the same order until you have finished the puree and bechemel. Sprinkle more cheese over the top and drizzle some additional olive oil over the top. Bake covered with aluminum foil for 40 minutes at 450 degrees. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes until bubbling. Let cool 10 minutes until serving.

You can even serve a small slice of the leftovers cold as a dessert…or a late night snack ;0)

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Monday Menu Plan

July 25, 2011

After a week indulging in she-crab soup {my fave!}, beer and cheese grits on Saint Simons Island, it’s time to get back to a healthy reality.  I decided to peruse some of my favorite cooking magazines for inspiration this week and came up with an especially waist-friendly menu filled with fresh veggies, fish and lean meat.

 
Weekly Menu

Weekly Menu

Monday:  Carolina BBQ Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries  {WeightWatchers Magazine}

Tuesday:  Fish Tacos {Saveur} with Spicy Southwestern Corn {Cooking Club Magazine}

Wednesday:  Leftovers

Thursday:  Raging Burrito

Friday:  Penne with Asparagus, Artichokes, Favas and Peas {Bon Appetit}

 What’s cookin’ in your kitchen this week?

Carrots Worth Dangling

June 3, 2011

I roasted these organic carrots on the grill.  To make a batch at home, simply layer a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, scatter carrots on top and drizzle with olive oil and a few pats of butter.  After a few sprinkles of salt and pepper, lay another sheet of aluminum foil on top and seal.  I laid the pan on the grill and let the carrots roast while we grilled corn and burgers on the other side, about 30 to 40 minutes.   Once removing them from the grill sprinkle with a little dill (fresh or dried) and serve.  The roasting brings out such a candy-like sweetness, you could serve them for dessert!

Roasted Carrots

  • Two bunches organic carrots
  • 1 Tbs Butter
  • 1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Dill to taste
Roasted Carrots

Sweet Roasted Carrots

 

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