Yummy, simple and healthy! This is a great weeknight dinner.
1/2 cup Soy, 5 tbls rice wine vinegar, 4 gloves crushed chopped garlic, 1 tsp grated fresh ginger, 3 chopped scallions, bunch chopped cilantro, 2 tsp sesame oil, 1/2 tsp chili oil..2 tbls water
For the Chicken Sung:
Saute 1 onion, 5 cloves smashed garlic and finely chopped carrots (about 2 large carrots) for about 5 minutes. Cut up large boneless chicken breasts into cubes (about 6 breasts), add the chicken to saute pan…add chopped mushrooms (one container). Let this cook on medium for about 6-8 minutes, add chopped cilantro and grated fresh ginger and lots of chopped scallions (at least 6). When chicken is cooked through, add about 4 tbls of the above sauce to pan. Use the rest of this glorious sauce on your lettuce wraps as eat them.
Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour and are much better for the waistline. They are half the calories of pasta, and half the glycemic index as pasta. Buckwheat has been known to help with both metabolism and cardio vascular support. I love them… they have a nice warm nutty-ish flavor. They take about 6-8 minutes to cook in boiling salted water…then drain and toss with about 1 tbls sesame oil, 1 tbls soy sauce, chopped cilantro, chopped scallions and I like to thaw one bag of frozen edamame and throw them in as well… i also like to add hot chili oil.
(Endless possibilities here… sometimes I add rice wine vinegar, fresh Garlic, and diced red peppers…)
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Who does not LOVE Paella! As a child, my father would take us to a Spanish restaurant in Greenwich Village called Sevilla, it was one of his favorite places to eat while he was attending law school at Brooklyn Law. As far as I know it’s still there.
This was my first attempt at Paella and I felt it necessary (after reading a shlew of recipes) to purchase a Paella pan. I picked this one up at Bed Bath & Beyond for about $30.00 and I have to say it worked out very well. I don’t have a recipe (although I will try to get one together when I make it again) because I sort of combined 3 or 4 different ones that I liked. It’s a pretty easy to make, just a little time consuming and takes a little organizing and prep work. I made this one with muscles, clams, scallops, lobster, shrimp, calamari, chicken and chorizzo. This is a great dish to make for a large crowd! I will definitely be bringing this one back!
2 pkgs active dry yest
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup scalded milk, cooled
1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups sifted flour
3/4 tsp salt
4 egg yolks slightly beaten
2 TBS slivered citron
1 TBS slivered orange peel
1/2 cup raisins
8 hard cooked eggs colored (i use less, maybe 4)
1 cup confections sugar
1 TBS milk
Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl soften yeast in warm water. Scald milk and cool. In mixer gently beat butter, sugar, salt yolks, citron, orange peel and raisins. Add to this 1 cup flour. Add softened yeast. Beat in remaining flour. Toss on a floured board, and knead until smooth and elastic. Shape into a ball. Place in an oiled bowl. Brush the top of the dough with oil. Cover and let rise in a warm place, divide into 2 or 4 pcs. (can make two rings if you like with 4 pcs)
Shape each pc into a long roll that can either be twisted together or braided together. Shape into a circle and nest the colored eggs in between the dough. Brush top of dough with melted butter. Cover. Let rise until it doubles in bulk. Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes until golden. While warm brush (or drizzle) top with the combined confectioners sugar and milk.
First rising time: 2hours Second rising time: 1 hour
(will post pics in a few days)
Splurge on the weekend and eat really healthy during the week! I cannot be on a diet 24/7, it just wont work for me. I am a lover of food and the kitchen and nothing will ever change that, so I try to incorporate balance in my eating and cooking lifestyle.
I am actively on weight watchers. I am trying to lose about 10 lbs by spring! So far, I have lost 5 (it’s been almost 2 weeks). So, here is a quick and easy (and very yummy!!) recipe. You can use whatever you like, whatever you have in the house. This recipe is never the same, I always change according to what I have in the house, or what looks fresh in the market. Sometimes spinach and feta, or basil and tomato, or mozzarella or goat cheese or… just a sprinkle of pecorino (a big calorie saver)! This time, I had leftover broccoli rabe with cannelloni beans from dinner the night before, and that is what I used to stuff my chicken breast! I also had the laughing cow light cheese triangles…so i used 1/2 of one in each cutlet! (only .5 point)!!
BTW, my husband who is not on WW loves this recipe too!
- thin sliced chicken cutlets (4, 3 1/2 ounce cutlets)
- 3 egg whites
- tbls mustard
- 1 tbls parsley (fresh or dried)
- salt and pepper
- spinach (box frozen, squeeze out moisture, or use fresh leaves (uncooked)
- sundried tomatoes (6 pcs)
- pignoli nuts (or walnuts, pecans, chestnuts…)
- 2 laughing cow light swiss or garlic (use just 1/2 per piece of chicken)
- 1/4 tsp grated cheese (peccorino or parmesan) for sprinkling on chicken
- 1 tsp grated cheese to be added to breadcrumb mixture
- 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup unprocessed bran
Preheat oven to 350. Spray glass dish with olive oil. Combine egg whites, parsley s&P in a bowl. Whisk. Add chicken. Separate plate combine breadcrumb, bran and 1 tsp of grated cheese, mix. Dip chicken in breadcrumbs. Layer tomato, spinach, cheese and pignolias, roll up and secure with a toothpick. Bake in oven for about 45 minutes. Each one is about 4 -5 points on WW (depending on which cheese you use)!
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fried chicken cutlets
There is nothing more delicious and special than a stuffed artichoke. My parents made these as a special treat for us growing up. Sometimes cooked in the oven, sometimes on the stovetop. This yummy spiral journey begins by eating each leaf, packed with yummy breadcrumbs and a bit of artichoke. You must scrape the leaf between your teeth. Like climbing down a flight of stairs anticipating the last step, you come to the heart. Ahhhh. Joy. Be sure to remove all the fuzzy hairy fibers or “choke” that sit atop, protecting the jewel of this glorious vegetable.
Here is what I think is the best and “foolproof” way of making an artichoke.
First wash the artichoke. Pull off the outer tough leaves, and then with a scissor trim each leaf so the tips are blunt. Next, with a very sharp knife cut off the top third of the artichoke. I leave the “choke” intact, i don’t mess with it. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, drop carciofe in the water and let cook for about 8-10 minutes. Remove from water, drain excess water. Stuff them with breadcrumb mixture.
2 cups breadcrumb, 1/2 cup olive oil, 8 cloves garlic finely chopped, 1/2 cup grated pecorino, bunch of flat leaf parsley chopped, handful of basil leaves chopped, black pepper, 1/2 cup chicken stock
Stir mixture together stuff carciofe (artichoke) and drizzle each one with olive oil. Roast in oven at 350 for about 45 minutes to one hour. Cover with foil for first 30 minutes. You will know when artichoke is done if leaf pulls away with ease.
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This past weekend NY was hit with a blizzard!! Fun! Fun! I love the first snow-fall of the winter, always have! As soon as the very first flakes of winter fall from the sky, it almost feels as if it’s the first time all over again. So this weekend we had plans with our very close family friends to come over with their two children for early dinner on Sunday. I decided to make what was in the house, so we did not have to go out… a little of this, a little of that…and here is what i came up with:
Linguine with Cici and Tomatoes
I sauteed an onion in a large skillet with olive oil and a little butter. I smashed about 7 cloves of garlic, salt and pepper, added this to the onions and let slowly brown on low for about 20- 25 minutes or so. Do not let this burn. I had Italian parsley (this is the flat leafed parsley) and fresh basil in the fridge which I chopped up and three in to the onion mixture. When everything was soft, light brown and fully cooked, I added a nice splash of red wine, turn up the heat for about 3 minutes or so…stir with wooden spoon, then add about 3 tablespoons of butter. I had cherry tomatoes in fridge, sliced these and threw them in as well. Let the tomatoes blister a bit. I then opened a can of cici beans (chick peas), rinsed them in a colander…drain and add to the pan. Add more fresh parsley and basil…let all of these flavors marry together in saute pan, then add cooked linguine to pan and warm through. Add a few tablespoons of peccorino cheese toss and serve!! So freakin good!!! SOOO goood!!
There is no substitute for FRESH and I mean FRESH, just made, still warm mozzarella!! (I prefer salted to non) I recommend calling your local Italian Pork Store and find out exactly when they make their mozzarella. You want to pick it up while it is still warm and on the counter. You don’t want it once it has landed in the refrigerator. When you get it home and unwrap it from the plastic, warm milk should ooze out. As you slice it, it should be very soft and milky. Get it while it’s hot!!
I am in the process of learning how to make my own… will let you know how it turns out!
My 6 year old son is a HUGE fan of pumpkin pie. Last week we made a pie together, and almost every night for a week he enjoyed a slice after dinner. So tonight, he asked if we could make another. I happily obliged. As I set out to make our pie from my stockpile of Libby’s canned pumpkin, my little guy said…”Wait!” Can we use real pumpkin? We have a bunch outside on the front step!” So we set out together to make our pie from fresh pumpkin.
I do love having canned pumpkin on hand, it is one of the top 10 super foods!! I like to add it to cakes and brownies and omit the fat. My kids also love pumpkin bread and cupcakes, so I like having it available.
Making pie from fresh pumpkin is more nutritious and actually quite simple. Make sure that you use the small sugar pumpkins.
First, we scrubbed our pumpkin clean. Then I cut it down the middle with a long serrated knife. We scooped out all the stringy fibrous material and seeds with a sturdy ice-cream scoop. (You can save the seeds and roast in the oven with melted butter salt and brown sugar).
Quarter the pumpkin, place it on a baking sheet with some butter and brown sugar and a little salt. Roast it in a 350 oven (i cranked up the convection). Let it roast until it is tender, about 35-40 minutes or so.
Let cool. When you can comfortably handle the pumpkin with your hands, peel off the skin and discard.
Puree the pumpkin in a Cuisinart, blender…or whatever you have.
Preheat oven to 425…mix together:
1 3/4 cups of pureed pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 /4 cloves
1 tbls vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
1 9″ deep dish pie shell
Mix it all together simply in a bowl with a wire whisk…that’s it!! Pour into pie shell and bake at 425 for 15 minutes, lower temp to 350 for 40-50 minutes