Cajun Chicken Pasta on the Lighter Side Celebrate Mardi Gras with this colorful Cajun spiced pasta tossed with chicken strips, bell peppers, red onion, mushrooms and scallions in a creamy light sauce. One of the easiest ways to lighten up a pasta dish is to add tons of protein and vegetables to your dish which keeps the portions large and the carbs low and this dish is a perfect example. Be sure to be generous with your Cajun spices, it should have plenty of kick so don't be shy! I took a knife skills class at Sur La Table this week with my girlfriend and of course I HAD to buy a new knife and cutting board there.
Quail with Ginger-Cranberry Pilaf Here, we sear quail in a skillet and then finish them in the oven over a bed of pear- and cranberry-studded brown-rice pilaf. Although they look like they might be tricky to prepare, quail couldn’t be easier to roast. And the flavor payoff is big—rich, succulent meat that is a dark-meat lover’s delight. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 large onion, chopped 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger 3/4 cup dried cranberries 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme 1 1/2 cups long-grain brown rice 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 8 semi-boneless quail, (about 4 ounces each; see Shopping Tip) 1 teaspoon salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided 2 cups chopped peeled pears, (about 2 medium) Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, high-sided, ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add onion and ginger to the pan; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes.
Homemade Tortillas Making soft delicious tortillas at home is surprisingly easy. In fact, once I started making my own suddenly all our dinners and lunches were rolled up in fresh tortillas. The dough is made from flour, shortening, water, and salt. I had all the ingredients on hand but the shortening.. which ended up only costing two dollars and has lasted through many many batches of tortillas. Quick Chicken and Gravy — Our Life In The Kitchen It’s been a busy week, one where quick and easy is the only hope of cooking dinner instead of doing takeout. A bag of frozen chicken tenderloins pulled from the freezer, steamed rice and whatever veggie might be on hand and dinner’s ready in about 30 minutes. Chicken tenderloinsButterFlourSalt/PepperMarjoram and Thyme tonight, because I’m out of Sage.Chicken Broth Melt enough butter to generously cover the bottom of a large saute pan. Heat until it’s just barely turning brown.
Cruft: Lasagna Cupcakes When Intelligentsia Coffee opened in Pasadena recently, I was intrigued the lasagna cupcakes they served. The cupcakes are made by Heirloom LA, a catering business. About the size of a muffin, a single lasagna cupcake was a delicious meal. Easy Chicken and Couscous Skillet Dinner Okay, so I have to share this recipe with you guys! This is probably our favorite, quickest, easiest weeknight dinner. It’s definitely my go-to meal.
Pomegranate Duck Duck breasts may seem too fancy for the average weeknight, but they roast up beautifully and quickly. This preparation, with its luscious ruby-colored sauce, is definitely one that will impress. 1 pound boneless duck breast, skin removed (see Note) 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 small shallot, finely chopped 1 cup pomegranate juice 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, (see Tips for Two) 1 teaspoon cornstarch 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional) Sprinkle duck with salt. Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies with three layers of rich and decadent goodness! A rich, fudgy, deep dark chocolate brownie with a delicious peanut butter filling that is topped off with a decadent chocolate ganache. Oh yes, the classic peanut butter and chocolate combination!
make-your-own-pizza party - hollywood housewife When we have the whole extended family at the lake each July, we each take a night to provide dinner, because otherwise trying to coordinate dinner for 25 people every evening is too arduous. This year my sister-in-law did a make-your-own-pizza dinner and it was so genius that I blatantly stole the idea and had one of my own over the weekend. It's so easy, and great for groups. Here's how I did it: After rolling out a big 'ole sheet of butcher paper onto my kitchen island, I plunked all the ingredients right on top and wrote the instructions on the paper. (I actually used painters paper from Home Depot because that's what I had in the garage.) The Butter Steak: What's the Best Way to Cook a Steak? I'm not interested in carbonizing the surface of the meat. To me that ruins the flavor. - Alain Ducasse It was a bachelor weekend of sorts. My wife mercifully let me pass on attending a wedding of an old family family friend, so I had the whole weekend alone in the apartment to get work done. I had some crazy projects planned including a mad braise of a cow tongue, but the first night alone was all about pure unrestrained male gluttony. I bought a bottle of wine, a potato the size of a shoe, and an enormous rib eye.
Recipes from Kevin & Amanda This post is in partnership with French’s Sweet Yellow Mustard and Spicy Yellow Mustard. I received compensation to write this post through the Sweet and Spicy Influencer Program. All content, photos, and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting sponsors that allow me to create new content for Kevin & Amanda! Today I’m partnering with French’s Mustard to bring you this fabulous Honey Garlic Shrimp. This quick and easy dinner is SO fresh and light for summer!
Apple Turkey Picadillo This twist on the Latin American staple is made healthier with lean ground turkey and crisp apples. It doubles well. Try tucking it into whole-wheat tortillas or serve over instant brown rice for a quick and healthy supper. 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion 1 clove garlic, minced 8 ounces 99%-lean ground turkey 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1 medium tart green apple, peeled and chopped 1 cup chopped tomato 3 tablespoons chopped green olives 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup sliced scallion greens Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Garlic Knots – For Superior Garlic Breath When I was in High School, I thought garlic knots were the best things on earth. I guess I still kind of think that, but often I’m disappointed by the garlic knots I buy. I’m not sure if the quality of garlic knots has gone down in NYC or if I’ve become harder to please. These days, they are often hard and dry, probably from being left around too long. As with all bread-based goodies, the freshest way to get it is out of your own oven. These really are a reasonable amount of work, and easily doubled, tripled, or quadrupled for even more return.
Spaghetti and Meatball Pot Pie Remember those meatballs I made for a “special idea” on Friday? Here is that idea, Spaghetti and Meatball Pot Pie. I took the concept and figured if pizza was a good pot pie, then spaghetti and meat balls would be too.