Posts Tagged ‘basil’

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Cajun Alfredo with Shrimp

February 21, 2018

Looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a something special for the weekend? Check this out! The shrimp are nice and juicy and spicy, and the noodles are creamy and delicious.

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You will need:

  • 8 oz fettuccine
  • 2 T garlic powder
  • 2 T paprika
  • 1 T cayenne pepper
  • 1 T dried thyme
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1 T basil
  • 1 T oregano
  • 3 t salt
  • 3 t pepper
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 lb large shrimp, shelled and de-veined
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 3/4 c chicken stock
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 2 t dried parsley
  • 1 c shredded Parmesan

Then you will…

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the fettuccine until al dente according to the package.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, thyme, onion powder, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. (You will use one tablespoon and two teaspoons in this recipe and can save the rest for another dish in an airtight container).
  3. In a second small bowl, combine one tablespoon of the spice mixture with the flour.
  4. Toss the shrimp with the seasoned flour mix.
  5. In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter in the olive oil over medium high heat.
  6. Add the shrimp and cook until crisp and cooked through, about 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  7. Add the chicken stock, heavy cream, parsley, and one to two teaspoons (depending on how much spice you want) of the seasoning mix to the skillet.
  8. Bring to a light bubble to allow the sauce to thicken slightly.
  9. Whisk in the cheese.
  10. Stir in the fettuccine.
  11. Remove from heat and serve topped with the shrimp!

 

 

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Fresh Herb Steak Sauce

September 27, 2017

20170819 Herb Sauce 01When we made steaks for D’s birthday, we wanted a bright and fresh sauce to counter the richness of the side dishes. We decided to try our hand at a fresh herb steak sauce, and it was the perfect addition to our steaks.

You will need:

  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled
  • 1/3 c fresh mint
  • 1/3 c fresh basil
  • 1/4 c fresh chives
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 3-6 T olive oil

Then you will…

  1. In a small food processor, combine the garlic with the herbs, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  2. Pulse to begin breaking it all down.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of olive to start. Pulse to until combined into a sauce.
  4. Add more olive oil as needed, so that the sauce is slightly loose.
  5. Serve with your favorite grilled protein!
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Fresh Spinach Pasta

May 4, 2017

I love when you are talking to friends and decide it is a lovely day for a spontaneous dinner party. We decided to contribute some fresh spinach pasta to go with a friend’s amazing alfredo sauce.

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You will need:

  • 1 t olive oil
  • 12 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 3 eggs (whites and yolks)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t dried basil
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • 5 c flour
  • 4-7 T ice water

Then you will…

  1. Heat the olive oil in a nonstick skillet.
  2. Cook the spinach with the garlic power just until wilted.
  3. Remove and press between paper towels until the spinach is as dry as you can make it.
  4. Put the spinach in a blender and puree till smooth.
  5. Add the egg yolks and whites plus the salt, basil and oregano. Pulse until mixed well.
  6. Create a mound of flour on the counter with a well in the middle.
  7. Pour the spinach mixture into that well.
  8. Incorporate with your hands.
  9. Add a tablespoon of the ice water and then knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. (Add water as needed until dough comes together).
  10. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 20 minutes.
  11. Divide into portions and either use a pasta machine of your choice or roll it out and shape however you want.
  12. Gently toss the fresh pasta with cornmeal to keep it from sticking.
  13. Allow it to dry for at least an hour before cooking. (If you want to freeze some, form it into small heaps/nests. Place those on a parchment-lined baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Place in freezer until hard. Transfer from sheet into freezer ziplock bags and then cook from frozen as desired).
  14. Then add to a pot of boiling salted water and cook for 2-4 minutes, or until al dente.
  15. Toss with your favorite sauce!
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Baked Sausage and Beans

March 28, 2017

This is a play on hot dogs and beans, but we dressed it up with yummy sausage. It comes together very quickly and makes excellent leftovers.

You will need:

  • 16 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 4 T sherry vinegar
  • 2 t dried basil
  • 2 t dried parsley
  • ½ t ground pepper
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage (or your favorite sausage), each sausage cut into two pieces
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) low sodium great northern beans, drained and rinsed

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large ovenproof Dutch oven, mix together the cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, basil, parsley, pepper and salt. (You can also use a 9×13 baking dish).
  3. Mix in the sausage.
  4. Bake 35 minutes, until the sausages are roasted and cooked through. Stir once in the middle of the baking time.
  5. Stir in the beans.
  6. Return to oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes, until the beans are warmed through.
  7. Serve with crusty bread and a fresh salad!

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Turkey and Rice Stuffed Peppers

March 22, 2017

My mom made stuffed peppers for dinner when we were growing up. They are nice, since you can prep them in advance and then pop the pan in the oven after work. You could also leave them in a slow cooker while you are away…then dinner will be ready when you get home! Depending on the size of your bell peppers, you may end up with extra filling. Bake it about 15-20 minutes alongside the rest of the dish, and then use it for a quick breakfast or dinner by topping it with some fried eggs.

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You will need:

  • 6 bell peppers
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz tomato sauce (we used an arrabiata)
  • 1 t ground oregano
  • 1 t ground basil
  • 1/2 t ground pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 small bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 c cooked long-grain/wild rice
  • 2 c shredded cheese (we used our favorite cheddar)

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the tops of the bell peppers.Remove the stem and chop the tops. Set aside.
  3. De-seed the peppers and place the pepper cups in a 9×3 baking dish.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add the turkey and start to brown and crumble, cooking about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the chopped bell pepper, onion and garlic.
  7. Saute until the turkey is cooked through and starting to brown.
  8. Stir in the tomato sauce, oregano, basil, pepper, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, scallion and rice.
  9. Allow to simmer 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  10. Stir in half of the cheese.
  11. Spoon the filling into the bell pepper cups. Top with the extra cheese.
  12. Add enough water to cover the bottom of the baking dish. Cover the dish loosely with foil.
  13. Bake for 30 minutes.
  14. Remove the foil and bake another 20-25 minutes. The pepper shells should be slightly softened and the cheese melted and browned.

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Parmesan Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas

September 14, 2016

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This quadruple “p” dinner is a luscious comfort dish: the Parmesan adds creaminess, the prosciutto adds a yummy saltiness, the peas add a hint of sunshine and spring, and pasta is a favorite of D’s.

You will need:

  • 1 lb of your favorite pasta
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T butter
  • 4-6 oz prosciutto, sliced into thin ribbons
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 16 oz frozen peas
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 1 T fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 T fresh basil, chopped
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c Parmesan, grated

Then you will…

  1. Salt a large pot of water. Bring to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the instructions, stopping 1-2 minutes shy of al dente. Save 1 cup of the cooking water when you drain the pasta.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium low heat.
  3. Add the prosciutto and onion and saute until starting to turn golden and crispy, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the frozen peas and allow to saute another 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cream, mint, basil, and red pepper.
  6. Mix in the cooked pasta.
  7. Stir in the lemon zest and season with the pepper.
  8. Mix in the Parmesan, thinning the sauce with some of the reserved pasta cooking water as needed.
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Italian Chicken Tenders with Lemon

May 26, 2016

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These chicken tenders come together easily for a quick dinner. Try them on top of a salad or with your favorite side dishes! If you prefer a smoother crust, you can pulse the breadcrumb mixture in your food processor before breading the tenders.

You will need:

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 2 eggs
  • Splash of water
  • 1/2 c breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 c shredded Parmesan
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 T dried basil
  • 1 T dried oregano
  • 1 t paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Then you will…

  1. Pound each chicken tender under plastic wrap until roughly 1/2-inch thick
  2. In a large plate with a lip, whisk together the eggs with a splash of water until well combined.
  3. Season the egg wash with salt and pepper and whisk to combine.
  4. In a second large plate, mix the breadcrumbs together with the Parmesan, garlic, basil, oregano, paprika, and desired pepper.
  5. Dip each piece of chicken in the egg wash and then dredge them in the Parmesan-breadcrumb mixture.
  6. Heat several tablespoons of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  7. Cook the chicken about 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through and golden on the outside. You may need to cook them in batches depending on the size of your skillet.
  8. Serve with fresh lemon wedges.
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