Noodles with Peanut Sauce

I was nursing a sore throat several days ago and I thought a nice warm bowl of noodles sounded like the perfect medicine for lunch one day.  This recipe did not disappoint.  I’ve read similar recipes to this one and they are served cold, so I’m sure this recipe would be great either way.  The veggies that you choose to use are totally interchangeable.  I used a bag of frozen “spring mix” stir fry veggies, but just bell peppers would be fine.

Noodles with Peanut Sauce

adapted from Betty Crocker Bridal Edition Cookbook, page 375

Ingredients:

8 ounces of egg, rice, or spaghetti noodles

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

2-3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tsp dried ginger

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth

1 Tbsp oil for stir frying

stir fry veggies of your choice – fresh or frozen

Optional Toppings:

peanuts

sliced green onions

chopped cilantro

Directions:

Cook noodles in boiling water as directed.

Stir the peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, and pepper together with a whisk, gradually add the broth.  {This kinda takes forever because the peanut butter is so thick, but keep at it.}

Stir fry the veggies until crisp tender in a little oil in a large saute pan.  Add the cooked and drained pasta and the peanut butter sauce to the pan.  Toss to combine and coat.

Place in serving bowls and add topping if you choose.

Buffalo Chicken Patties

This recipe was intended to be vegetarian which I’m sure would have been terrific, but I had to add some chicken since T is far from being vegetarian.
Ash at Veggie by Season had a great suggestion to make these into burgers, but we just ate them plain.  Additionally if you make them into mini patties, I think they would be great appetizers or as sliders too.   It’s nice to have versatility.
If you do want to make them vegetarian, omit the chicken obviously and use a whole can of chickpeas, or just follow the link to her blog.
Buffalo Chicken Chickpea Patties
adapted from:  Veggie by Season
Ingredients:
half of a 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 large chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1/2 c. rolled oats
1/4 c. buffalo sauce, plus more for serving
1 egg white
1 small yellow onion, grated or finely minced
1 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper
For serving:
Buffalo sauce
Ranch or blue cheese dressing
Carrot Sticks
Celery
Buns, lettuce, tomato and crumbled blue cheese, if served as burgers
Directions:
Add chickpeas to a bowl, use a potato masher or fork and mash until about 2/3 of the chickpeas are pasty and 1/3 are in pieces or whole.  Add the shredded chicken.
Add the buffalo sauce to the chickpeas and chicken.
Add half of the oats to a food processor, pulse to create a crumb, add to the chickpeas.
Beat the egg white in a small dish to a froth, add to the chickpeas.
Grate onion into the chickpeas, finally add the garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Use a spatula and fold mixture, combining ingredients well.
Heat a griddle over medium, spray with nonstick spray or add 1 tbsp. EVOO.
Use a 1/3 measuring cup or large ice cream scoop to portion out chickpea mixture onto griddle, this yields about 7 patties, or more.
Cook patties for 5-7 minutes, until crispy and brown, flip gently and cook for another 5-7 minutes.
Serve immediately to retain maximum crispness.

Summer Pasta with Shrimp

hmmm, I couldn’t think of a very good title for this recipe.  But it was a terrific meal!  It is definitely more of a  “chick-food” type of dish according to Tim, but that’s why I loved it!  It is pasta with shrimp, garlic, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and olives.  Yum!  I could have eaten it without the shrimp even,  I just added them for Tim since he’s not a fan of vegetarian meals.  Anyway, it cooks really fast too, which is why I added the ‘summer’ part in the title.  Its ready in about 15 minutes which is ideal for a summer-time meal when you don’t want to stand over a hot stove for very long.

I was really winging it as I went along, so measurements aren’t exact.

Summer Pasta with Shrimp

Makes 4 servings

Inspired from a Cuisine at Home magazine, Issue 82 for August 2010

Ingredients:

8 oz. dry spaghetti

1/2 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 tablespoon butter

crushed red pepper flake, to taste

salt, to taste

1 small carton of grape tomatoes, sliced in half {about 2 cups?}

about 1 cup olives, sliced in half

1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic {about 3 cloves}

1 tablespoon butter or olive oil

juice of 1/2 a large lemon or more to taste

about 8 oz. of fresh mozzarella “pearls” or diced fresh mozzarella

Directions:

Boil water and cook spaghetti.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over med-high heat with about 1 tablespoon of butter.  Add shrimp and crushed red pepper and cook until shrimp are done.  Remove the shrimp to a plate and set aside.

Add more butter or olive oil to the skillet if needed and add the garlic to the skillet, cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add the halved tomatoes and salt, and cook for a few minutes until the tomato halves just slightly wrinkle and sort of burst.  Then add the halved olives.  Cook another minute, then add the lemon juice and cooked shrimp.

Turn off heat, add the cooked and drained spaghetti and toss.   Stir in the mozzarella pearls and serve.

Tim added Parmesan to the top of his, but I didn’t think it was necessary.

We served it with garlic bread.

Enjoy!

Potstickers

These potstickers were a little time consuming, but turned out great.  It was my first time working with wonton wrappers and making a dish like this, so I’m sure I can get faster at making them with more practice.  Tim could take them or leave them, but I thought they were really flavorful and very different from my normal cooking rotation.  I’ll definitely try them again.

Potstickers

{source:  adapted from several sites including foodnetwork.com, Cate’s World Kitchen and Mrs. Sac’s Purple Kitchen}

Ingredients

1/2 pound ground pork/turkey/chicken/beef {I used pork}

1/3 cup thinly sliced green onion {about 5 or 6 green onions}

2 medium carrots, shredded

1/2 package small mushrooms, finely chopped

1 cup finely sliced Napa cabbage

a dash of freshly ground pepper

1-2 tsp freshly grated ginger

2 cloves of minced garlic

3 tbsp soy sauce {plus more for serving if desired}

1 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp vegetable oil, divided

one package wonton or potsticker wrappers

water to seal edges

Directions

Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet and cook the pork on medium heat till done.  Drain fat and remove meat from pan.

Add the veggies and cook for 3-6 minutes, or till cabbage has slightly wilted.

Remove from heat and combine with the cooked meat.  Also add the pepper, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil.  Thoroughly combine all.

On a dry surface, lay out the wonton wrappers. Have a small bowl of water handy, and dip your finger in the water and wet the edges of the wontons, this will be the glue that holds it together. Put approximately 1 tbsp of filling in the center, and fold the opposite edges together and crimp/press down on the edges, forming a pouch.  Set all completed ones aside.

In a clean nonstick skillet, heat up 1 tbsp vegetable oil over med-high heat and add the potstickers.  Leave them alone for a minute or until bottoms are lightly browned.  Add 1/3 cup of water and put the lid on immediately.  Cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until the tops are steamed and water has evaporated and the bottoms are golden brown and stick slightly to the skillet.  May need to cook them in a few batches. Remove from pan and serve with dipping sauces such as spicy mustard and soy sauce.

Enjoy!

Ravioli Casserole

Sorry for my absence.  I really haven’t made anything blog worthy in over 2 weeks.   I haven’t stuck to my menu in over a month and overall just haven’t been in the mood to cook anything new lately.

However, I did make this casserole a few nights ago and it was excellent so I thought I’d share.  I used meat sauce and beef ravioli, but if you’re Catholic and looking for meatless meals for the remaining Fridays during Lent, this would be an excellent meal if you use meatless sauce and cheese ravioli.  It is very filling so you won’t even miss the meat.

Sorry no picture though, just imagine lasagna and that’s what it looks like!

Ravioli Casserole

{source:  given to me by one of Tim’s aunts at my bridal shower}

Ingredients

1 jar {28 oz} spaghetti sauce {I used about 4 cups of my homemade meat sauce}

1 package any flavor {25 oz} frozen ravioli, cooked and drained

2 cups small curd cottage cheese {or ricotta cheese}

4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 grated parmesan cheese

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread 1/2 cup sauce in the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 baking dish.  Layer with half of the prepared ravioli, 1-1/4 cup sauce, 1 cup cottage cheese, and 2 cups mozzarella cheese.  Repeat layers.  Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top.

Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly.  Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.

Yields 6 servings.

Pesto

Finally!  I found one lonely package of basil at the store.   I guess I have never tried to buy basil at the store before {especially in the winter} because I grow my own in the summer.  It is one of the few herbs I can successfully grow in my garden!

Anywho, I was finally able to make a batch of pesto that I have been craving for a few weeks!  I love to use pesto to just simply coat some pasta for a vegetarian meal as I am showing here {gnocchi}.  You can add grilled chicken breasts to the pasta if you chose, but it is definitely wonderful without.  Pizza sauce is another great use for pesto.  And also, the pasta with pesto is great hot or cold.  Enjoy!

Pesto

1 slightly packed cup of basil leaves

2 peeled garlic cloves

1/2 cup pine nuts

1/2 – 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

salt and a lot of black pepper

1/3 cup EVOO

Process the garlic, nuts, and basil in a food processor to make a paste.  Add the cheese and s&p and process some more.  Then stream in the EVOO while the processor is on.  Taste and adjust as needed with more s&p if needed.

If using as a pasta sauce, reserve some of the pasta’s cooking water to add as needed when mixing the pasta with the pesto.  It just makes for a smoother and evenly coated pasta dish.

Sherried Tomato Soup

I’ve made another recipe for homemade tomato soup before, but thought I would give this recipe from the Pioneer Woman a try since she never lets me down.  It was a delicious soup and I definitely liked the flavor that the sherry brought to the table.  But overall I think I like my other recipe better, although I might try incorporating some sherry into it.

Sherried Tomato Soup

{Source:  adapted from The Pioneer Woman}

Recipe makes a ton!  I’ll be taking this to eat at work for awhile!

Ingredients
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 whole medium onion, diced
  • 1 bottle or can (46 Oz.) tomato juice
  • 2 cans (14 Oz. Cans) diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon (up To 3 Tablespoons) chicken base {I used one chicken flavored bouillon cube b/c I’m not sure what chicken base is and I don’t have any.  I feel that it could probably be left out.}
  • 3 Tablespoons (up To 6 Tablespoons) sugar
  • 1 pinch(es) Salt {I omitted b/c the bouillon is usually salty}
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cooking Sherry
  • 1-½ cup heavy cream {I used milk, but cream would have been better}
  • chopped fresh parsley {about 1/4 cup loosely packed}
  • chopped fresh basil {I used about 1 tablespoon dried basil}
Preparation Instructions

In a large soup pot or dutch oven, sauté diced onions in butter until translucent. Then add canned tomatoes, tomato juice, chicken base {bouillon}, sugar, pinch of salt, black pepper and stir. Bring to a near boil.

At this point I thought the soup seemed a little too chunky for how I like tomato soup so I put a little over half of the soup in my food processor to puree a bit, leaving some chunks in the pot.  Then return it to the pot.

Add in sherry and cream and stir.  Heat through.  Add in parsley and basil to taste.

Adjust other seasonings and serve with yummy, crusty bread on a blustery cold, snowy day.

I served it with a grilled cheese sandwhich. 🙂

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