Shrimp Scampi, easy and healthier

A past post but worth sharing, fast and easy.

I only figured this dish out 3 weeks ago when I was stuck for a meal.
It’s so simple and fast yet very tasty.

You need for 4 people:
3 to 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
Garlic We like a lot of it, but 3 cloves is a good start.
1/2 cup white wine
Raw shrimp, I use 4 ounces per person. You can use any shrimp but the medium size is nice as it doesn’t get lost in the noodles.
Juice of half a lemon
Zest of a lemon, I got one of these neat grater thingies that also grates cheese.
Parsley Enough to make it look pretty, you can use dried or fresh. A tablespoon is a good measure.
Salt and pepper to taste

We eat the scampi with Dreamfields angel hair pasta, it’s lower on the Glycemic Index but doesn’t taste like cardboard. You can use whole wheat or your own preferred pasta.
If you are watching your carbohydrate intake you can use Shiritaki noodles too.

Melt the butter in a large pan together with the garlic, do not let the butter brown so use lower heat.
Add the wine and let it evaporate a bit.
Add the shrimp, depending on the size of the shrimp cook any time from 3 to 5 minutes until pink.(medium to large)
Add the lemon and the zest.
Sprinkle with parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.

If you are serving this with pasta follow the directions on the package.
I always start cooking the pasta when I assemble my items for the Scampi.

Should you not want noodles I suggest to add raw spinach. Fold it in at the same time as the shrimp and allow it to wilt.

We always have Parmesan cheese and fresh pepper as a topper.

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Pumpkins and Squash, oh my!

We joined a Community Sustained Agriculture Farm (CSA) delivery service last year.
Most of the time I remember to go on to their website the weekend before the delivery date but this Sunday I completely flaked and forgot to change my order.
So then you get what is seasonal, a total surprise most of the time.
In my box this week were 2 pumpkins, a squash the size of a small dog, a jumbo leek, celery, kiwi’s and 7 pears.

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Clearly this called for a big knife. The pumpkins were  the size of a soccer ball!

I love to make soup, so I decided to use the squash and pumpkins.
I tweaked a recipe my daughter sent me.

I’ll write out the recipe for less, this yielded enough soup for 2 big containers, 3 small and a square large container.

 

Curried Pumpkin Squash soup.

1 medium size pumpkin
1 squash
Medium onion
1/2 teaspoon thyme
Olive oil, for frying onion and drizzling over pumpkin/squash
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 to 1 teaspoon mild or medium spicy curry powder
1 teaspoon Tumeric powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Chicken or vegetable stock
2 tbs Heavy cream
1 tbs butter (optional)

 

Line cookie sheet with wax paper.
Preheat oven to 350f
Cut pumpkin in wedges, discard the seeds
Slice squash in half and then cut that half in another half
Place all on cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper  on
Bake on 350 until you can pierce veggies with a fork, turning them over halfway (it took me 50 minutes)

In a pan sauté the onions until caramelized, reduce heat and add wine and sage.
Lets simmer until almost reduced, add Tumeric.

Let the veggies cool off and then peel with a paring knife.
If you have a stick blender:
Add scooped veggies to the pan with the onions and add about 2 cups of broth.
Blend until smooth,adding more broth if needed.
If you do not have a stick blender use a regular blender and slowly add broth until your soup has the consistency of a slightly thick smooth liquid.
Taste and add heavy cream,curry powder, salt and pepper to taste.
Stir in the butter and garnish with a little splash of heavy cream.

Enjoy!

Aye Spicy!

Last week my friend Kev. posted a picture of Jalapeno Poppers he brought to a party and I was slightly jealous. I wanted some and he wasn’t sharing any.
Time to make my own then.

The recipe is decidedly simple as all out but it packs a nice punch of flavor.
Added bonus, I ended up with 8 medium poppers at a grand total of 240 calories.
Excellent little snack if you keep to eating only 2 or 3.

poppers

You will need for 2 servings:

4 jalapenos
4 tbs of cream cheese ( I used Boursin)
1 package of Prosciutto or 8 slices of thin bacon (ask the butcher to slice for you)

Cut jalapenos in half, scoop out seeds.
Fill evenly with cream cheese
Wrap with bacon and put on a cookie sheet.

WASH YOUR HANDS REAL WELL!(trust me)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees and allow poppers to cook a little for 10 minutes.
Set broiler on low and place poppers on the middle rack.
Broil for about 10 minutes making sure bacon doesn’t burn.
For an additional 3-5 minutes broil on high.
Let cool a little and enjoy!

You can easily double this recipe by doubling the ingredients.
I think you’ll want to because mine were gone as soon as TallOne found out I made them.

Chicken Alfredo

Sometimes the best laid plans don’t work out.
I work a long day on Monday and always fix something easy for the boys.
TallOne wanted pasta with Alfredo Sauce.
I was SURE we had canned sauce in the pantry only to find out when I got home we had none.
With no back-up plan for dinner that night I needed to figure out how to make Alfredo from scratch.
Turns out it’s pretty easy and very very good!
Most of the staples are in my fridge so after a little research I whipped up dinner pretty fast.
Theirs was served over spinach noodles, I had mine with arugula.

Easy Alfredo
2 chicken breast, cut in strips and pan sauteed seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
(keep warm while you make the sauce)

Sauce:
1/4 cup butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium low heat.
Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes, then add garlic and cheese and whisk quickly, heating through.
Stir in parsley and add to chicken.

Countdown to Halloween

Every year a friend of mine throws the Halloween party of all parties.
She has published two books on anything Halloween decor and it’s amazing how much she does for just one night.
She makes all her own decor for the party, comes up with scary foods and drinks.

You can find her on Facebook.www.facebook.com/EerieElegance
There is a lot to see on her website too.

We love her parties, and tonight is the night.

Britta has a contest for creepy food and I’m bringing some special deviled eggs.

Introducing Ogre eyes.

I think they’d be a hit at any party, but mostly so at a kid party!

Ogre Eyes
(I made 24)

12 hard boiled eggs
3 tbs mayonaise
1 tbs plain yogurt
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp garlic
green food coloring
12 pimento olives

Cut eggs in half lengthwise and take yellow out and put in a separate bowl
Combine eggs yolk, mayo, yogurt, salt,pepper and garlic until you get a smooth mixture.
Add food coloring 4-5 drops at a time stirring in between until you get the color green you like.
I used “Neon” food coloring and got a pleasing lime green.
Cut olives in half on the wide side.
Fill egg white halves with egg mixture
Place an olive piece in the yolk part, pressing lightly to slightly immerse the olive

I used a few dashes of hot sauce to stimulate blood shot eyes for the picture. It’s my intention to offer it on the side.

Enjoy!

A very careful transport by the way, these guys are slippery.

One way to make the house smell really nice…Roast Chicken

TallOne (the boy formerly known as BubbleWrapBoy) and I were running some errands.
I love roasted chicken but never attempted to do so at home, for convenience I buy the pre-cooked ones.
The grocery store we were at the chicken looked a bit old and lately I’ve been wondering what they add to the meat.
So I went ahead and bought a whole fryer.
We went back and forth a little about what flavor TallOne wanted and we settled on Rosemary and Garlic.
With roasted chicken it’s all about aromatics getting into the meat and making it tasty (onions, garlic and herbs) and olive oil.

Here is what I came up with.

1 chicken (4-5 pounds)
2 sprigs of rosemary or 2 tsp dried
2 tsp onion powder ( I used shallot salt I bought at Penzee’s spices)
3-4 cloves Garlic, crushed
salt and pepper to taste
1 small yellow onion or 1/2 a big one cut in rings
1 cup olive oil

Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towel.
sprinkle salt,pepper and onion powder inside chicken.
add a little olive oil and stuff the bird with 1 sprig rosemary and the onions
season the outside of the bird with the herbs and garlic, I rub the rosemary into the skin.
Place chicken in a shallow baking pan and pour remaining olive oil over the chicken making sure to coat it as much as possible.
Place dish in a pre-heated oven (350 f) and cook for 2 hours, 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Just Plum!

In last weeks farm box were 6 plums, that never ripened enough to be eaten.
Not wanting to throw them out I decided to experiment and use them in a dish.
A friend did cook this recipe before I put it in the blog and she felt the plum sauce did not thicken enough for her.
It’s not very crucial to have the sauce really thick, it’s the flavor that counts so don’t overthink it too much!

1 chicken breast per person
4-6 small plums
1 tbs balsamic vinegar

1-2 cups chicken stock, enough to cover plums and chicken
pepper, salt and 2 cloves garlic
1 tsp curry powder

Cut plums in 4 parts
Cover bottom of crock-pot with plums, one layer of chicken breast and cover with the balsamic vinegar and broth.
Add salt, curry powder, pepper and garlic.

Let simmer on high for 2 hours and low for another 2.5 hours.
Turn the chicken after you have cooked it for 2 hours.
The plum sauce should thicken some, if it looks too thick add a little broth.

Chicken will fall apart nicely.

I added sliced mushrooms 30 minutes before the time was over.

My boys ate this with rice.

Carne Asada

I hope my readers don’t mind a repeat recipe, I got food poisoning (undercooked chicken I didn’t cook but bought at a deli) and had to delay the cooking of flank steak I had.
I decided to marinate the steak for Carne Asada.

This recipe serves 8, it keeps well in the fridge for at least 3 days or until The Boy eats it all.
Really thin slicked steak is the key, it takes on the flavor so well.
If you are making this recipe outside the US ask your butcher for thin sliced beef, in France it’s called “Bavette”, in the Netherlands it’s “runder-rib lap”
It’s from the cows belly-side.

1-1/2 pounds flank steak
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 limes, juiced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
In order to get the marinade on all the pieces of meat I just dip them in the marinade so they coat evenly.
Layer beef in an oven proof dish so they can sit in the marinade, cover with remaining marinade.
Cover with plastic wrap and marinade 24-8 hours.

Either BBQ over medium heat or pan sear for 2 minutes on each side.
Serve with beans, guacamole and sour cream.

Enjoy.

Hot hot weather!

The weather has turned incredibly hot, very unusual for the time of year.
Granted we get this thing called “Indian Summer” but with temperatures close to 100 Fahrenheit?
So into the archives I went for this easy, cooling soup.

Because I do not want peels in the soup I used a simple chefs trick to remove the peels.
You’ll need:
Pan deep enough to cover tomatoes with water
paring knife

Boil the water
Using your paring knife score the top of the tomato cross wise


Immerse into hot water, reduce the heat!
Peel will come off after about 5 minutes
Take tomatoes out of the water and once they are cooler gently peel the skin off.

For the Gazpacho
4 tomatoes, I prefer vine ripened for taste
1 shallot
garlic, 2-3 cloves
2 tbs olive oil
2-4 Basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste.
water
Prepare tomatoes
saute shallot with garlic in olive oil until soft
in a food processor mix all ingredients together but do not overmix.
Keep one basil leaf on the side, cut it fine
At this point you can decide how thick you want the soup by slowly adding water to the mixture.
Cover and chill, when you are ready to serve it taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
Garnish with basil.

Happy Wednesday

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