Monday, December 19, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium sweet or yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 small carrots, diced
- 1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 4 links chicken apple sausage
- 1/2 cup baby lima beans
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 can (15 ounces) Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
- Shredded Cheddar (optional)
Heat the olive oil and butter in a dutch oven over medium-low heat. Saute the onion and garlic until tender. Add carrots, bell pepper, celery, and sausage; cook until sausage is slightly browned. Add lima beans, salt, pepper, italian seasoning, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add drained and rinsed beans; simmer uncovered for 15 more minutes. If desired, top with shredded cheddar.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Butternut Squash Pasta - Adapted from Finding Joy in My Kitchen
1 Box Rotini Pasta
3 Cups Butternut Squash, mashed
1 T Olive Oil
2 T minced garlic
2 T whole wheat flour
2 C milk (I used 1%)
1 Bag Frozen peas
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and return to pot, set aside.
Heat olive oil and garlic in pan over medium heat, about three minutes or until garlic is golden. In a bowl, whisk together milk and flour. Pour milk mixture into the pan slowly, stirring constantly as you pour it in. Add mashed/pureed squash to the pan and stir until combined. Bring mixture to a boil and then turn down to a simmer, allowing the sauce to thicken. Once sauce is thicked, stire in frozen peas and simmer for another 5-10 minutes until peas are cooked through.
Pour sauce mixture into the pot of drained pasta. Add cheddar and parmesan cheeses and stir until cheese has melted. Serve.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
P.S. I was totally skeptical about raisins in stuffed peppers but I feel like they actually "made" the meal. I was totally surprised at how delicious it was with the raisins.
Pasta Stuffed Peppers - Adapted from One Dish Vegetarian Meals
- 8oz small pasta (they recommend ditalini, but I used tiny chili mac noodles), cooked
- 6 Large Green Peppers (or pepper of your choice)
- 2Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Small Onion, minced
- 1 Garlic Clove, minced
- 1 14.5oz Can Italian Style Diced Tomatoes, Drained
- 1/4 Cup Raisins
- 1tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1/4tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/2tsp Salt
- 1/2tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 Cup Italian Style Breadcrumbs (I used whole wheat)
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Preheat oven to 375 Degrees.
Cut tops off of the peppers and remove seeds, place in the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish with 1/2 inch water in the bottom, set aside.
Heat 1Tbsp of oil in a large skillet. Add onions and cook until soft and slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes, raisins, italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes. Mix pasta with tomato mixture in a large bowl (or in the skillet if you have room).
In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and 1Tbsp of olive oil. Mix with a fork, set aside.
Stuff the peppers with the pasta/tomato mixture and top with bread crumb mixture. Cover casserole dish with foil and place in the oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until topping is slightly browned.
Well, my first reason for my "leave of absence" is that I decided to go back to school at night. I've been taking some very hard courses and needed the time to concentrate on my school work as well as spend time with my kids and work my full time job. I also recently opened my own online shop and began selling my hand-knit and crocheted items. It's been quite a busy few months, but I'm on a break from school this semester and I'm very excited to get back to blogging!
On to the interesting news! At the end of December, I decided to make a big change in the way my family eats. I gave up meat on December 31st and have not missed it one bit. My husband and daughter still eat meat, but my son the "picky eater" and myself have been meat free since the start of 2011. Well...my son has been without meat basically his whole life as he refuses to even try it... just picks it up and throws it on the floor (gotta love 2 year olds).
I'm really excited to share some of my new found recipes with all of you. In fact, I'll be posting my first ever vegetarian recipe later tonight!