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Coincidence?

This past weekend as I was looking for new recipes to try out I came across lolfoodie.com, a food blog with a lot of good looking food. After looking through a number of recipes, the Chick Peas & Greens Salad really stood out to me. As I jotted down the recipe & headed to the grocery store I made a pit-stop at good ole Target :). As the cooking isles obviously distracted me I noticed Food Network’s GiadaΒ  De Laurentiis’s line for Target. There was so much, I wanted to buy everything! After 20 minutes of staring & wishing I had every cooking piece, I decided to move along UNTIL I saw Giada’s starter kit for Tuscan-style white bean & garlic soup! It was almost exactly the same recipe I was going to the grocery to get!!! WHAT A COINCIDENCE…. thank you Giada for allowing me skip a couple steps &Β  being able to have my dinner ready in 2o minutes πŸ™‚

Do you see the similarity?? (Both have bacon, greens & white beans)

The Starter Kit comes with a packet of garlic seasoning & white beans

::what you will need:: 3 slices of bacon, 4 oz. of spinach & 4 cups of chicken stock
Start by chopping the bacon into little pieces & cook for 4 minutes.

Next add the chicken stock, white beans & packet of seasoning to the pot…

LET liquid come to a BOIL, then cover & simmer for 20 minutes until beans are soft.

Time for the greens πŸ™‚

Let spinach wilt & cook on low for 2 minutes…
AFTER a TOTAL of 20 MINUTES…. its time to EAT πŸ™‚

Thank you Giada for making my night alot easier! πŸ™‚ Manja!

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Tomato Soup with Garlic Bread.

So, tonight I was roaming through our cabinets and came across this…A HUGE CAN OF TOMATOES.

if you don’t think this is big…look again!

6 LBS of tomato!!! My dad gave us this can of tomatoes a couple month’s ago & at the time I thought to myself when am I ever going to use this???? I finally figured out a way to us it, homemade tomato soup!! Of course there will be extra with this recipe considering its 6 lbs of tomato and a normal tomato soup recipe would only call for 2 lbs πŸ™‚

Serves: 8-10

What you will need:

  1. 6 lbs of plum tomato (can or fresh)
  2. 3 medium onions
  3. 16 garlic gloves
  4. fresh oregano
  5. salt/pepper
  6. 6 cups of chicken broth
  7. 3 tbsp of sour cream
  8. fresh basil

In a large sauce pan, heat olive oil on medium. When hot, add the chopped onion & saute for 6 minutes. Add garlic & crushed red pepper, saute for an additional minute.

Add tomato, oregano & salt, stir for 10 minutes then add 6 cups of broth. Simmer for 10 minutes & add basil leaves.

Let soup cool then add to blender and blend all ingredients. Add additional broth if needed to reach the consistency.

After soup is blended, cook on low for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sour cream & cook for 5 more minutes. Preheat oven on 400, cook garlic for 10 minutes. Serve soup hot with garlic bread on the side πŸ™‚

** I wanted to use the wheat pizza dough that has been seating in my fridge, so I decided to make a quick bbq, onion & Gorgonzola pizza as well.**

What you will need:

  • a bag of wheat pizza dough
  • handful of flour
  • bbq sauce 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 medium white onion
  • Gorgonzola cheese crumbles

Preheat oven on 450 degrees. Flour your counter or cutting board and roll out pizza dough. In a small skillet heat butter on medium, add sliced onions & caramelize. When pizza is rolled out, add to a baking pan and spray with oil;bake for 20 minutes. When dough is browned, add bbq sauce, onions & Gorgonzola cheese & bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Ok, pizza is ready!

TIME to EAT!

Perfect for a cold fall night!!! πŸ™‚


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Pasta with Asparagus.

Being Italian, I have a serious love for pasta. I mean what is not to love? It cooks quickly, the variety is endless & it tastes delicious. Today I came across a couple different blogs & I found a recipe that I wanted to try; Pasta & Asparagus with a oil, garlic & cheese sauce. And for those of you who do the weight watcher diet this is only 4 points! Simply delicious.

Serves: 4

Calories: 227.6

What you will need:

  • 1 lb of asparagus
  • 1 pd. wheat spaghetti
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 7 garlic cloves, crushed
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

In a large pot boil 4 cups water with salt. When boiling, add asparagus & cook 3-5 minutes, until tender crisp. Drain asparagus & reserve 1 cup of liquid before draining. Fill pot with salted water, cover and boil for pasta. Cook pasta according to package direction when water boils.

In a saute pan heat olive oil. Add garlic and cook until golden, add asparagus, salt & pepper and saute for about 2 minutes, tossing with oil and garlic.

In a small bowl combine egg yolks, cheese, 1/2 cup of reserved water, salt & pepper. Mix well. After pasta is drained return to pot and mix with egg mixture. Cook on medium-low about 2 minutes, until sauce thickens and sticks to pasta. Toss in asparagus and mix well. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with additional grated cheese.

Recipe adapted from: http://www.skinnytaste.com

Ohhhh & my sweet tooth kicked in around 8 o’clock I made myself a quick baked banana with brown sugar, cinnamon & raisins!

πŸ˜‰

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Italian Pride!

Yes, that’s right! Dinner Tonight: Italian Sausage, Onions & Pepper Subs! This dinner is fast & if you prep the onions and peppers the night before…its even faster πŸ˜‰ One of my favorite things about going out in Boston is that I know at the end of the night I will bump into a street vendor selling Italian Sausage Subs! & what a perfect late night snack that is!! Tonight I decided to create my own, one thing that I love about peppers & onions besides the taste…is the way they leave the kitchen smelling. mmMmm MMmm good! πŸ™‚

What you will need:

  1. 2 packs of 6 (4 ounce) sweet Italian sausage
  2. 2 tablespoons oil
  3. 2 white onions
  4. 2 garlic cloves
  5. 2 bell peppers
  6. 3 green peppers
  7. 1/4 tsp basil
  8. 1/4 tsp oregano
  9. 1/4 cup white wine

Place sausage in a large skillet over medium heat & brown all sides. Remove from skillet & slice.

Prep the onions & peppers by slicing thinly. Heat oil in skillet, stir in onion & garlic, cook for 3 minutes.

When onions start to caramelize, mix in peppers. Season with basil & oregano. Stir in white wine and continue to cook until onions & peppers are tender.

Return sausage slices to skillet, reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes, then serve on a sub!

Is your mouth watering yet? πŸ™‚

Those street vendors better watch out, I THINK THEY HAVE A LITTLE COMPETITION!

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Pasta with Beans & Escarole.

So, this past weekend I was at the Wrentham Outlets & of course stopped at my favorite store Williams-Sonoma. i love it there! There are so many things I wanted it was hard for me to leave! I did buy a calzone mold though πŸ™‚ haha. Tonight I tried a recipe that I found on the William-Sonoma site that looked tasty, and tasty it was!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 oz. pancetta or bacon, chopped
  • 1 head escarole, cored and trimmed, leaves cut into strips
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 oz.) white beans, drained and rinsed
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt, to taste
  • 3/4 lb. small ditali pasta

Serves: 6

Start with the sauce, in a large fry pan over low heat & warm the olive oil. Add the garlic and sautΓ© until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-low, add the bacon and sautΓ© until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Increase the heat to medium, add the escarole and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the broth, beans, marjoram and red pepper flakes and season with salt. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the beans are heated through, about 5 minutes.

It was very important to soak the escarole, in order to remove dirt.

While making the sauce, you should have a pot of water boiling for the pasta;add salt. Add pasta to the water when it boils, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until the pasta is al dente, according to the package instructions. Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

Add the pasta to the sauce and toss to combine. Warm briefly over low heat to blend the flavors. Add as much of the cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce and serve immediately.

TIME TO EAT!

Yum!

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, Pasta, by Julia della Croce (Oxmoor House, 2006).

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Shrimp Scampi!

Dinner Tonight: Shrimp Scampi this meal was fast & delish. It is important to eat this dish right when its ready to really get all the flavor it has to offer! πŸ™‚

What you will need:

  1. 1 pd of frozen cooked shrimp
  2. 1/2 white wine
  3. 1/4 cup of oil
  4. 4 garlic cloves
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon red crushed pepper
  7. 2 lemon
  8. 1 pd of angel hair pasta
  9. 1 tablespoon of parsley

In a large pot boil water for pasta. In a medium skillet heat oil on medium, add shrimp. Cook for 3 minutes.

After 2 minutes of cooking time, remove shrimp from heat. Add garlic, salt, pepper & white wine. Let simmer then add shrimp let cook for another 2 minutes. When water is boiling, add pasta let cook for 5 minutes.

Drain Pasta, add pasta and shrimp to a serving bowl. Top with parsley & lemon. Mix together & serve.

Time to eat!

Enough said!

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Turkey Chili!!!!!!

Yummy, one of my favorites…turkey chili! My sister Taia hates chili so since she was working late tonight, I decided it would be a perfect night to make it considering the twins & I love it.
What you will need:

  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 2 packets of chili seasoning

(By accident I grabbed one taco seasoning 😦 )

  • 2 peppers one red, one green
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 cans of red kidney beans
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce can of tomato paste
  • cheddar cheese

Start by browning the ground turkey over medium heat, add garlic. Chop the onion & peppers and add to pot.

Now add tomatoes, beans, chili seasoning, tomato paste stir together & cook over low/medium heat for 20 minutes. (Make sure to stir every 5 minutes).

2 steps & your done! how easy was that? Top chili with cheddar cheese, I also added tortilla chips to my bowl to scoop the chili with! πŸ™‚


Lets Eat! a healthy dinner ready in 20 minutes, you cant beat it!

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