Recipe from Food and Wine

This was a quick, easy, fairly healthy weeknight meal.  It all came together within about 30 minutes, and it was very good!  This recipe involves arugula, swiss chard, scallions and marsarpone.

3/4 lb rotini (or any smaller pasta)
4 T unsalted butter
1 bunch scallions, sliced
3 garlic cloves, sliced
3/4 c dry white wine
Salt and pepper, to taste
5 ou baby arugula
6 leaves (about 1 bunch) swiss chard, stems and central ribs discarded, coarsely chopped
1/4 c marsarpone cheese (you can also substitute cream cheese)

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/4 c of pasta water, and set aside.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan.  Add scallions and garlic over low heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the white wine and cook over low heat until reduced by half, 5 more minutes.  Add 1/2 c of waterand puree the mixture in a blender until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.

Heat olive oil in pasta pot. Add arugula and Swiss Chard and cook over high heat until wilted, about 5 minutes. Add the pasta, scallion sauce and reserved pasta water and toss to mix.  Simmer, about 5 minutes, until sauce is thickened.

Stir in the marsarpone unil melted.  Season with salt and pepper, if needed, and serve.


Recipe from Cook Like a Champion

I love Indian flavors.  And so does J.  But this was a dish a bit outside of our normal comfort zone.  The big red flag for J?  No meat!  But I actually think he really liked it. 

This was an extremely simple meal to cook, although you do need about an hour to thicken.  I served it with Naan I picked up at the grocery store.

1 c dry lentils
1 (14 ou) can crushed tomatoes
1 T fresh grated ginger
1 T minced garlic
1 t cayenne
1 c water
4 T unsalted butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/3 c heavy cream
2 T minced fresh cilantro

In a large saucepan, add lentils and enough water to cover by 2 inches.  Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.  Simmer for about 10 minutes, until lentils are open and tender.  Drain and return to pot.

Stir lentils around pot, using a spoon to smash some of them against the sides.  Add tomatoes, ginger, garlic, cayenne, water, butter, salt and pepper.  Cook over medium heat for about 1 hour, until thickened.  Periodically check to make sure water has not cooked out.  If it has, add a bit more water and then cover for remaining cook time.

Stir in cream, garnish with cilantro and serve immediately.

Original Recipe

J had been getting a little sick of the same old thing for lunch every day.  Typically sandwich, fruit and some sort of chip/pretzel/crackers.  And I have to agree.  So we’ve been trying to mix it up a bit.  A few weeks ago I made a huge batch of this couscous salad for the week. 

I thought it was really good!  Easy to make, perfect for a packed lunch, healthy and filling!

1 c couscous
1 cucumber, diced
1 can corn, drained
5 small ripe tomatoes, chopped
1/2-1 c fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/2-1 c fresh basil, finely chopped
1 lemon, juice of
1 t Dijon mustard
1 t dried oregano
1 c EVOO
1 t balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste

Cook the couscous according to package directions and let cool completely.

While it cools, mix the cucumber, corn, tomato, parsley and basil in a large bowl.  In a small bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients. 

Once couscous is cool, mix it into the veggies, then pour the dressing over top and mix well.  Chill at least one hour before serving.

Recipe from Cooking Light

J recently mentioned to me that I’ve been making a lot of soups lately, especially on Sundays. I can’t help it!  Soup is such a great winter meal.  It’s a comfort food and it makes great leftovers! 

This soup was so simple to make, and it was great paired up with Havarti grilled cheese sandwiches. 🙂

1 t olive oil
1 t minced garlic
1 c chopped celery
1 c minced onion
1 t crushed red pepper
3/4 lb shredded or diced cooked chicken
1 28 ou can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 (14 ou can) chicken broth
1/2 c crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet and then add the celery, onion, garlic and pepper and saute for about 6 minutes, or until heated through.

Mix in the tomatoes and broth and bring to a simmer for about 8 minutes.  Sprinkle each serving with about 2 ou of cheese.

Recipe from Healthy Food

I love broccoli, it’s one of my favorite vegetables.  So I asked Jeremy to make this as a side dish to my tuna steak for my birthday.

I thought this was delicious!  It had a nice little bite from the mustard and vinegar and a good crunch from the walnuts.  And it was very simple to make. 🙂  You could make this with raw broccoli, but we decided to cook it for this meal.

1 head broccoli, cut into small florets
2 t whole grain mustard
3 T white wine vinegar
1 T olive oil
1/8 c chopped fresh herbs (we used cilantro)
1 T chopped walnuts

Steam broccoli for 10-15 minutes until it reaches desired tenderness.

Meanwhile, whisk together remaining ingredients, except walnuts.  Once broccoli is done, toss together in a medium bowl and serve sprinkled with walnuts!

Recipe from My Recipes – Sunset

This is what J made me for my birthday.  It was absolutely delicious!!  It’s not often I get a good piece of tuna steak, but it’s one of my faves!

This recipe combines the flavors of sake, soy, lemon juice, and cilantro into a great, flavorful combination.  And it’s so simple!

2 sushi grade tuna steaks
1 t minced garlic
Salt and pepper
2 t vegetable oil
1/4 c sake
2 T soy sauce
3/4 c finely chopped tomatoes
2 T finely chopped green onion
1 T chopped fresh cilantro
1 T lemon juice
6-8 slices peeled avocado

For the salsa, mix together the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, 1 T soy and lemon juice.

Pat tuna dry and spread garlic on both sides of steaks, then season with salt and pepper.  Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  When hot, add tuna.  Cook, turning once, until browned on both sides (about 1 minute per side).

Pour in the sake and 1 T soy sauce and remove from heat. Let cool, turning fish often.

Lift tuna from sake mixture, reserving juices.  Slice along the grain and served topped with salsa, avocado and reserved juices.

Recipe from Cinnamon ‘En’ Spice

J and I thought this recipe was good, but not great.  I just think it needed something… maybe a bit more spice to it.  I think I say that everytime I think a recipe needs something. 🙂 

2 cans chicken broth
1/2 lb potatoes, peeled and diced
1 c carrots, sliced
1 medium sized onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, sliced
1/2 t fresh thyme
1/4 t old bay seasoning
1 package frozen corn
1 sweet red pepper, seeded and diced
12 ou evaporated skim milk
1/4 t salt
2 T cornstarch
8 ou claw crab meat

Combine chicken broth, potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, thyme and old bay in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4 or low for 6 hours.

Mix together pepper, milk, corn, cornstarch and salt and stir into slow cooking, cooking on low for another hour.  Stir in crab meat until warm, then serve.