Sunday, October 24, 2010

Spinach & Mushroom Eggs with Feta Cheese

Try it with roasted garlic toast!

2 eggs
2 c. fresh spinach, chopped
3 medium sized white mushrooms, sliced
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tbsp feta cheese
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp lemon pepper

Heat a saute pan to medium heat.

Add olive oil and saute garlic for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and spinach and saute for about 4 minutes. Season with lemon pepper and salt to taste.

Make 2 circles or "wells" in the spinach and mushrooms, then crack the eggs into each circle or "well". Cover the saute pan to let the steam cook the eggs. About 5 minutes. Then top with the feta cheese.

To roast garlic for the toast. Slice off the top 1/2 inch of the garlic bulb. Drizzle with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt. Wrap the bulb in aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Easy Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce

Easy Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce

I'm sure variations of this recipe are everywhere, but here is mine!

Any type of Tomato Sauce (enough to cover 1 inch of your baking dish)

2 eggs

Heat your oven to 425. 

Find a small baking dish to fit one or two eggs. 
BEFORE you start baking the eggs, make sure the tomato sauce is hot. I usually put mine in the microwave first. 

Add your tomato sauce to the baking dish, just about an inch. Make a well for the eggs and crack the eggs into it. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Top with parmigiana and basil!

Zucchini Linguine "Alfredo"

Zucchini Linguine "Alfredo"

 Slice zucchini into long thin pieces, then saute till tender and it is just as pliable as the pasta twirling on your fork!

2 oz linguine
1/2 medium zucchini, sliced into long strips
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 wedge of Laughing Cow Light
1 tbsp butter spread
1 lemon wedge
few basil leaves
sprinkle of parmigiana
Salt & Pepper

To slice the zucchini, I use a mandolin and slice it thinly long ways. Then stack the pieces and cut them into long strips. 

Start boiling salted water for the pasta. Add pasta when boiling. 

In a medium saute pan, heat up the olive oil over medium. Then add the garlic and zucchini and saute till the zucchini is tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. (about 8 minutes.)
At this time the pasta should be almost ready. Use tongs or a fork to add the pasta directly to the saute pan with the zucchini and garlic. You want to save the cooking water. 

Stir in the butter spread and laughing cow cheese. If the "sauce" is too thick add a bit of the cooking water till it is the desired consistency.

Top with a hint of lemon juice, basil and parmigiana.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Easy Tomato Sauce

So much better than the jarred stuff!

28oz can of whole tomatoes

1/4 of an onion, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tsp thyme
crushed red pepper (optional)

In a medium pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, cook for 5-7 minutes. 

Add the can of tomatoes with the juice,  and smash them with a potato masher or have fun and crush them with you hands (before they get hot.)

Add the balsamic vinegar, thyme, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

I like my tomato sauce tangy but if it is too tangy for your taste, add just a dash of sugar. This makes a chunky sauce, puree it in a blender for a smoother sauce.

Italian Turkey Burger

Italian Turkey Burger

When I buy ground meat, before I freeze it, I make 1/4 pound portions and wrap them in Glad Press n Seal. This way they don't freezer burn and they are already in single portions!

Instead of a bun I decided to top mine with mozzarella, put it under the broiler till it melted, then added tomatoes, basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

1/4 lb ground turkey

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 slice of prosciutto, pancetta, or bacon
1/4 small onion, diced
1garlic clove, chopped
1 bay leaf

1 handful baby spinach, torn

1 tsp tomato paste
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1/2 tbs grated parmigiano
1/4 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste

balsamic vinegar

In a saute pan over medium heat add the olive oil, prosciutto, garlic, onion, bay leaf, and saute about 5-7 minutes.

Remove bay leaf and add spinach just till wilted. About 2 minutes.

In a bowl, mix the ground turkey with the onion spinach mixture, tomato paste, parmigiano, oregano, red pepper flake, salt and pepper. Form into a patty and grill until cooked.