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Monday
Apr072014

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Last week, we needed a quick meal for dinner. I’m usually not good at thinking on my feet when it comes to recipes, but on the way home I stopped by the grocery store and picked up a few ingredients to pair with some produce in the fridge that needed to be used. Once home, one thing led to another and those ingredients ended up in a bowl with some quinoa and we hoped for the best. When the fork hit our mouths, we were impressed by how delicious our spur of the moment salad was. It was a salad that we didn’t mind eating for lunch all week too. In fact, I’ve already made it a second time! 

For the Salad
1 cup Quinoa, rinsed
1 1/2 cup Water
1 cup Spinach, chopped
1/2 an English Cucumber, diced
1/2 cup Kalamata Olives, pitted and diced
1/2 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1 can Artichoke Hearts, drained and chopped (or 1 cup Marinated Artichokes from the olive bar)
Dressing, recipe below

In a medium sauce pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the quinoa and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the water has been absorbed. Fluff with a fork and take off the heat. Add the spinach and stir around so that the heat helps it to wilt a bit. Add the cucumber, feta, tomatoes, and artichokes and stir to combine. Pour the dressing over the top and toss to evenly coat. Serve warm, room temperature, or chilled.

For the Dressing
1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar
2/3 cup Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano
Pinch Garlic Salt
Black Pepper, to taste

Put all ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake until combined. 

SOURCE: Fried Ice and Donut Holes Original

Saturday
Jan182014

Stuffed Poblanos

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Joel likes to tease me about my apparent obsession with making “stuffed” food. Things like stuffed peppers, stuffed mushrooms, stuffed squash, and the like. I guess I’ve never thought about how much I enjoy stuffing food inside of food and calling it a meal. Unfortunately, Joel doesn’t share my interest in stuffed food. I don’t know why. Sure, he likes the components separately, but together? No, thanks. Well, maybe it’s mean of me, but I continue to make stuffed food, in hopes that he might someday change his mind. It may be working, because guess who liked this meal? Simple, slightly spicy, and meatless stuffing inside of a poblano makes for a delicious meal that leaves you stuffed! (see what I did there? haha)

1 can (28 ounces) Whole Tomatoes in Puree
1 Jalapeño, minced
1 Onion, chopped
3 Garlic cloves, 2 whole and 1 minced
Salt and Pepper
1 can (19 ounces) Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup Yellow Cornmeal
1 cup Pepper Jack Cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
3/4 cup Water
4 Poblano Chiles, halved lengthwise, ribs and seeds removed

In a blender, puree the tomatoes, jalapeño, half of the onions, and the 2 whole garlic cloves. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce into a 9x13 baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine the beans, cornmeal, 1/2 cup of cheese, remaining onions, minced garlic, cumin, and water. Season with salt and pepper. Evenly spoon the filling into the poblano halves. Place the poblanos on top of the sauce in the baking dish, then evenly sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil. Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes, or until the poblanos are tender. Uncover and continue to cook until the cheese is brown and bubbly and the sauce has thickened slightly, about 10-15 minutes.

SOURCE: Martha Stewart

Saturday
Jan112014

Portobello Fajitas with Fontina Queso

Portobello fajitas with fontina queso

When I was younger, every time we went to a Mexican restaurant, my dad would order fajitas. I remember the sizzling sound and the amazing smell as they were brought to the table on a skillet. I also remember how crowded the table became after they were dropped off at the table, having to squeeze to make room for the skillet, the tortilla holder, and the plate with all of the toppings. While there was always so many components, the concept behind fajitas is quite simple, really; sautéed onions and peppers combined with a protein of choice, wrapped in a soft tortilla. While this version doesn’t require nearly as much space on the table, it certainly doesn’t skimp on the taste. Especially the queso, which I could eat with a spoon!

2 tablespoons Butter
4 Portobello Caps, stems removed and thinly sliced
1 Green Bell Pepper, sliced
1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
1 Onion, sliced
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
12 Corn Tortillas

Add the butter to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and onions with a  sprinkle of salt, cooking until somewhat soft and sizzling. Add the mushrooms and allow to soften slightly before seasoning with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and fill the tortillas with peppers, onions, and mushrooms, then top with queso. 

For the Fontina Queso:
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
1/2 Jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
1 tablespoon Onion, chopped
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1 teaspoon Flour
1/3 cup Milk
8 ounces Fontina Cheese, freshly grated

Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, jalapeño, and garlic, and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute, then add milk and fontina, stirring until melted. Serve immediately.

SOURCE: How Sweet It Is

Sunday
Dec082013

Bennigan's Potato Soup

Potato soup

I have fond memories of going to Bennigan’s with my family as a kid. Besides Chi Chi’s, it was my favorite. I seemed to remember that at the end of the meal, on our way out the door we could pick something out of their toy chest of awesome {read: cheap-o} toys, however Joel and my brother both tell me that was only at the Ground Round. In any event, even though the kid in me enjoyed that part, the Irish pub feel always made me feel a bit more grown up. I knew I was “grown up” when I was allowed to order a cup of soup before my dinner. At Bennigan’s, that cup of soup of choice was always potato soup. So, you better believe that when I found a copycat recipe online, I felt like I just had to make it, for nostalgia sake. I can’t say I remember exactly how the soup at Bennigan’s tasted for the sake of comparison, as the restaurant closed quite a number of years ago, but this homemade version was absolutely delicious! This warm and hearty soup is quick cooking, so it’s perfect for a weeknight, too!

3 pounds Potatoes, scrubbed clean (I used red potatoes)
1 tablespoon Butter
1 Onion, finely chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 can (14 ounces) Chicken or Vegetable Broth
3 cups Milk (I used skim)
1 teaspoon Salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon Pepper, or to taste

Optional Garnishes:
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Crumbled Bacon
Chopped Scallions
Chopped Parsley

To cook the potatoes, poke them with a fork several times and bake at 400 degrees for an hour, or until they are tender when pierced. (To make this more quick-cooking, you can also cook the poked potatoes in the microwave on the potato setting, which took me about 12 minutes). If you use a baking potato, allow them to cool and then peel. If you use red potatoes, leave the skins on. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, cover and let cook for about 10 minutes until they are soft, but not browned. Add 2/3 of the potatoes and mash using a potato masher. Add the chicken broth, milk, salt, and pepper. (At this point, I also used my immersion blender to mash the potatoes, since my masher didn’t do a great job). Raise the heat to medium-high and bring the soup to a low simmer, stirring occasionally. Chop the remaining potatoes into small cubes then add to the soup, stirring gently until warmed through. Ladle the soup into serving bowls and garnish with the optional garnishes, if desired. 

SOURCE: Southern Mother

Monday
Jun102013

Lentil and Zucchini Tacos with Chipotle Cream Sauce

Lentil tacos

Mexican food is my favorite. Generally, it's cheap, quick, and easy. While it isn't always healthy, it is always delicious. Perhaps this recipe isn't authentic compared to most cheese and sauce drenched recipes, but it's wrapped in a tortilla so to me, that puts these tacos in that category, and it's healthy too! Lentils replace the typical ground meat found in tacos, the wilted arugula offers a peppery bite, zucchini is always delicious, and the chipotle cream sauce gives these tacos the perfect amount of spice. These tacos were delicious, and they made a ton. We pretty much never have leftovers, but we are looking forward to eating these again tomorrow night!

1 cup Green Lentils
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 cups Zucchini, diced
4 cups Arugula
3/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
2-3 Chipotle Pepper with Adobo Sauce
1/2 cup Cilantro
1 Lime, juiced
16 Corn Tortillas
Salt and Pepper, to taste

To make the sauce, place the yogurt, chipotles and adobo, cilantro, and lime juice in a food processor and blend until smooth. Set aside. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil (I used part water and part vegetable broth I had in the fridge). Add the lentils and cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain if necessary, then add the arugula and stir to wilt. In a sauté pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 15 seconds. Add the zucchini and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté until the zucchini becomes golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes. Warm the tortillas in a hot oven or in the microwave. Layer two tortillas on a plate, spoon the lentil and arugula mixture over the tortillas, followed by the zucchini. Drizzle with the chipotle cream sauce. 

SOURCE: Bev Cooks