Posts Tagged ‘quick dinner

18
Dec
08

Fettuccine with Parsnips and Pancetta

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29
Oct
08

Peruvian Marinated Chicken and Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Shallots

The Peruvian Chicken Marinade comes from Food and Wine.  This turned out to be a great, flavorful marinade for grilled chicken.  I made it according to the recipe, but left out the turmeric because I didn’t have any.  I served the chicken and Brussels sprouts with white rice and a little soy sauce on the side.  This was a great meal – one of those combinations that came together on the fly but turned out to taste really good together.  And it’s healthy!

Brussels Sprouts with Shallots

This is a healthy recipe from the Mayo Clinic website of all places.  It was one of the first recipes that came up when I searched for “Brussels sprouts and shallots,” and I was really pleased with how it came out.  It was fast, too.  My only changes to the recipe were:

1) When the Brussels sprouts were initially browning in the pan, I added about a tablespoon of Balsamic vinegar.  It caramelized nicely on the sprouts; and

2) Added a little more salt.

16
Oct
08

Big-Kid Pigs in a Blanket, Steakhouse Mac and Cheese and Apple Cider Slaw

This is a fun, satisfying meal for a cool fall night.  It’s all quick and easy, too.  I garnished the plates with apple slices and served more on the side.  The slaw and apples are a refreshing complement to the heavier sausages and mac and cheese.

Big-Kid Pigs in a Blanket

4 Chicken Apple Sausages (Pre-cooked)
1 package dough for bread sticks
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard and more for serving

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.  Brush each sausage with Dijon mustard and wrap in bread dough strips (approximately 2 strips per sausage).  Bake for 15 minutes, or until bread is golden brown. Makes 4 servings.

Steakhouse Mac and Cheese

I usually make baked mac and cheese in a casserole dish with breadcrumbs.  We went to Manny’s Steakhouse the other night and my husband spotted their mac and cheese side dish and asked me if I could make it like that – a huge bowl of cheesy mac mounded high without any topping.  It’s actually faster than the casserole way since you don’t have to bake it.

8 oz. elbow macaroni or small cut pasta shape of your choice (I used campanelle)
2 tablespoons butter
2.5 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
2 cups shredded cheese of your choice (I used sharp cheddar and Parmesan)
1/2 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.  Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.  Add flour and blend thoroughly.  Continue cooking and stirring for 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat and add milk, stirring thoroughly.  Place over medium high heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat to medium after the mixture reaches a boil.  Add cheese and melt throroughly.  Add salt, pepper and nutmeg.  Mix pasta into cheese sauce.  Season with additional salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Makes 4-6 servings.

Apple Cider Slaw

½ package bagged shredded coleslaw cabbage mix
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

I would recommend adding a little of the oil and vinegar to the slaw at a time until you get the balance you prefer on the dressing.  You can add a little extra zing by adding a couple tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro if you like it.

15
Oct
08

Chicken Mesilla

This is a ridiculously easy meal that makes great leftovers, too.  This dish is named after my home town in New Mexico – Chicken Mesilla is what my family has always called this.

1 14 oz package skinless boneless chicken tenders
¼ large onion, sliced into thin rings
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 14 oz. can whole tomatoes, roughly chopped (save juice)
8 roasted, cleaned and peeled green chiles
2 tablespoons olive oil
Shredded Mexican cheese
Flour tortillas for serving

Preheat oven to 350.  Wrap stack of flour tortillas in foil and put them in the oven to warm.  Season chicken tenders with salt and pepper or seasoning of choice (I like Lawry’s season salt and a little pepper).  Heat oil on medium heat and add onions and garlic, sautéing until onions are tender.  Remove onions and garlic from pan and reserve.  Add chicken tenders to pan and brown thoroughly, about 2-3 minutes on each side.  Add tomatoes and juice, green chile and onions and garlic to pan.  Cover and reduce heat to simmer for another 7-10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked completely.  Use a slotted spoon to plate chicken tenders with the tomato, onion and chile mixture.  Sprinkle with cheese and place under the broiler to melt.  Serve with warm flour tortillas.  This is also great served over white rice.  This makes two large servings with a little bit left over.  Leftovers are great wrapped in a flour tortilla and cheese and heated through.

03
Sep
08

Ricotta and Spinach Tortelloni with Brown Butter, Sage and Parmesan

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