Saturday, March 31, 2012

Dinner ideas for the week

My hubbie has basically sworn off all meat other than chicken. He is going strong with this being week #3. He is trying to cut out all ground beef after he saw the news show about the pink slime. So, old news! lol! He has also cut out pork completely. This these are some ideas for the week for the remaining meat eaters in the family (Tata and Mimi). :)

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings for the hubbie & Eggplant Sliders with a Sweet Potato (These were AWESOME...I'll post the recipe later)

Grilled Chicken Skewers and a grilled Salad for me
Roasted Chicken on Barley Risotto- I LOVE Barley and what could be better than a Barley Risotto I get something I love while making the carnivores equally happy. A win win in my book!

Creamy Chicken Peperonata - Great idea for everyone....Versatile. Sounds like a nice easy red pepper sauce that I could use on a yummy veggie dish for myself (I am thinking roasted root veggies) over Quinoa
Another great idea for our meatless night is Tomato Basil Creme Ravioli

Also, a Cobb Salad is on the menu for another meatless night

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Vegetarian Enchiladas

My hubbie and I have finally agreed on 3 meatless nights a week...sweet for me because I am no longer going to have cook 1 meal for the boys, 1 for my hubbie & mom and 1 for me and/or my mom. So, his first attempt is a very mild, easy enchilada.

Veggie Enchiladas

Enchilada Sauce: (you can make & freeze like me or use the canned variety)
1 28oz can of Organic Tomato Puree
2T Chili powder
2t garlic powder
3t Cumin
3t sweetener (agave, sugar, etc...)
1c water

Combine and simmer.

Enchilada Filling:
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper (I used roasted red peppers I made the other night)
1 can Organic Black Beans
1/2 bag of frozen Organic mixed veggies
1 small cluster of Broccoli (I put in the food processor to hide it)
2 cloves minced garlic
1c enchilada sauce
1/2c feta
Salt and Pepper

Soft Tortillas
Shredded cheese

1. Saute onions and peppers in a bit of oil. While they saute, drain and rinse the beans. Then, mash about half the can with a fork. Once onions and peppers are tender, add garlic only for a minute (let is smell great but not burn). Then add in beans, pulverized uncooked broccoli :), and frozen veggies to the pan with the onions. Combine together with 1/2c of enchilada sauce and simmer.

2. Heat oven to 400 degrees and pull out a pan for your enchiladas. Put a few spoonfuls of sauce on the bottom of the pan enough to just cover...don't make it soupy. Then, removed bean mix from heat and stir in the feta. Roll up the enchiladas placing seam down in your pan. (I had a small ceramic dish so I did my enchiladas in 2 layers).

3. Cover enchiladas with remaining sauce (about 1/2-3/4c) and put a bit of cheese if you have on top. Cover in foil and bake for 10-15 minutes!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Carry over meal from a night of grilling

It was warm out last night, so, we were able to get out for the first time in a long time to grill. I took the opportunity to grill ALL my veggies. My hubbie indulged in grilled pork chops, roasted red peppers and pasta salad. I skipped on the meat and indulged in a roasted veggie salad with homemade pesto. I LOVE grilling!!! Needless to say I got a little carried away with all the veggies I grilled, so, I needed a good recipe...hence (thank you Pinterest) a grilled veggie Lasagna. I have to say 2 things about this lasagna...1. I made it light in the cheese so it doesn't weight you down. I hate that overstuffed feeling after eating lasagna. 2. The leftovers the next night were AWESOME!!! So, here ya go... ENJOY!

Grilled Veggie Lasagna

Grilled Organic Veggies- I grilled 1 zucchini, 1 yellow squash, 1 med eggplant, 1/2 a package of Asparagus, 4 Kale leaves, 1 red pepper, 1/2 Vidalia Onion, chopped to bite sized pieces

1 package Organic Lasagna Noodles ( I used these made with Artichoke flour!)

1 c Shredded Mozzarella (I used part Mozz and part Parm)

1 small container of fat free Organic ricotta
1/3 c Pesto

Homemade Pasta Sauce: I used 1 can organic petite diced Tomato, 2T tomato puree, 3 cloves roasted Garlic, sauteed diced onion, fresh chopped basil and 1/2t red pepper flakes (adds an awesome kick)

1. Cook the Lasagna noodles to al dente according to package. While cooking, combine the ricotta and pesto. (I could make a meal of just this!!). Also, make sure you chop up all the veggies and toss. (The original recipe kept everything in long slices...not my style. I prefer the chopped each their own)

2. Spray pan with olive oil. Then, layer starting with noodles, then ricotta, 1/2 your veggies, thin layer of cheese, and sauce...repeat. End with a Cheese on top!

3. Bake at 350 until golden brown, about 40-45 minutes.

Chinese 5 Spice Chicken Thighs with Soba Noodles

I have really been enjoying my week off and have enjoyed spending time in my kitchen with the windows has been in the 70s here all week! Sweet Winter!!

Chinese 5 Spice Chicken Thighs with Soba Noodles

6 Organic Chicken thighs
Chinese 5 Spice

6 cloves of garlic

1 T dry ginger
1 T agave (or  brown sugar)
1/4 c Tamari soy sauce
1/2 t Chinese five-spice powder

1 package Soba Noodles
(I also saute spinach, carrots for the noodles)

1. Trip all the thighs of excess fat and skin. Sprinkle with Chinese 5 Spice seasoning and a little salt. Then, bake in the oven on 400 for 20 minutes.
2. Make the sauce by combining all the ingredients.
3. Boil the noodles as directed. While boiling saute spinach and carrots (I did shoestring) in a little olive oil. Once carrots are soft, add the drained noodles and the sauce. Allow to cook on low, stirring constantly to avoid sticking. Serve Chicken over the noodles.
(Or, if you are me marinate tofu in your sauce and add to your noodles in place of chicken)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Need an easy Light dinner? It's Tortilla Time!

We had a really busy night last night trying to get our ring toss game finished for the Purim Carnival. We had to drink A LOT of sparkling water!!! Needless to say, I lost track of time and suddenly EVERYONE was starving, so, I had to whip something up quick. The boys had cheese quesadilla with sour cream...Daddy had spice beef quesadilla, but I had some truly delicious quesadilla...try 'em out...

Delicately Divine Veggie Quesadillas

about 1T butter
1/4 onion, sliced thinly
1-2T chopped red pepper
4 stalks of asparagus
1/3 can black beans, smashed
1/4c Peach mango salsa

2 Tortillas

Saute the onions down until translucent, then add in the chopped red pepper and asparagus. (You can cook the red pepper with the onions, but I wanted them a little more firm which is why I waited to toss them in). Allow to cook down over Med-Low heat..giggling the pan every now and again.

Drain your beans and rinse. Then, put about 1/3 of the can on a plate and get a little frustration out smashing your beans. I used a potato masher, but a spoon would work. Just smash, don't puree...some whole beans are fine! Then, add to the onion mix in the pan along with the salsa. Stir it up and allow to simmer for a minute or two. Once all the flavors meld together...wrap it up. You can wrap in a tortilla or make it quesadilla style with a little shredded cheese.

These quesadillas were awesome the asparagus makes them a little salty and crunchy while the peach salsa adds a dab of sweetness. I will DEF. make these again. You can use any type of salsa you have, but if you can find a peach is worth trying out!!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tofu Stir Fry

My husband came up while I was making dinner and said...
"Is that what I think it is? "
"Uh, dinner...yes" I said.
"No, you know what I that tofu?"
"Yep" I smile (really wide).
"Have you lost your mind? That isn't going anywhere near my dinner right?"
"I know better. Even using a different spatula."
(He did come back a minute later to give me a kiss and say he was glad I was being so healthy. He hope I live well beond him!)

See what I am up against. This is the same man that had a tiny 5 minute hissy fit because I used pasta that was red, green and white pasta for dinner the other night. Right away he inspects..."why is it green? Tell me it is not Spinach!!!" Ok, it is not spinach...what did he really want the truth. Nope. Instead, he refused to eat and made little quips about how good it only I hadn't ruined it! Who knows what else I put in there... ARG!!! He got over it and picked out the green pasta. Stinker.

So, needless to say when he saw they tofu his radar went up. I was nice enough not to taint his dinner. Instead I separate pans and utensils. He had stir fry chicken with 3 colors of bell pepper and snow peas over Soba Noodles. Tonight was all about me....

Tofu Stir Fry

8 slices of firm Organic Tofu
Stir Fry Veggies: I used Broccoli, Asparagus, Snow Peas, Red Pepper, Onion,

1/4 c Tamari (Gluten Free Soy Sauce...I love this bc it is GF and low in sodium).
2T brown sugar
2t Rice Vinegar
1t Sambal oelek (chili paste)
1-2 small cloves garlic, minced

Soba Noodles, cooked

1. Saute onions and peppers in less than a T of oil. In a separate pan, saute the slices of tofu 4 at a time for 4 minutes per side.
2. Once the onions have become translucent, then add the remaining veggies. Allow to cook down slowly while the tofu cooks. Then, add the sauce into the pan.
3. When the tofu is done, drain on a paper towel and cut into bite sized strips. Add to the veggies along with the soba noodles and mix. Saute for 2 minutes to allow the sauce to meld with the soba and tofu. Serve.

The sauce is awesome. I made is an awesome combination.