This is a Columbian recipe from Ingrid Hoffmann.These saucy beans are hearty and homey. If you don't feel like chopping the veggies, just pulse the onion, scalliions, carrots and garlic in a food processor until they are finely chopped, then add the tomatoes and pulse two or three times until chopped. Also, if you opt to use canned beans, simply add the bacon and veggies after they have been sauteed. *Time does not include overnight soaking and bean cooking*
This is a Hawaiian variation of your typical fried chicken. The coating is so good with the macadamia nuts! I have adapted this recipe from the Hali'imaile General Store Cookbook. This is one of Maui's most celebrated restaurants. The rice is amazing and, in my opinion, well worth the time. The mango chutney actually reminds me of an ambrosia taste.The recipe includes a lot of steps and is somewhat time-intensive. Make it on a day when you have the time to enjoy your time cooking. Enjoy!
This recipe, from Gwyneth Paltrow, is a very basic and yummy chicken milanese, which is made special with the addition of the roasted cherry tomatoes and arugula salad. Arugula is like a super food. It's so healthy for you! The chicken couldn't be easier and the salad topping is such a nice complement. Simple and satisfying!
Leeks as a side dish. Who knew? These leeks benefit from the slow cooking to bring out their natural sugars. Don't cook them too fast or over heat them so they'll burn. Slow, gentle heat will produce soft and sweet leeks that you can twirl on your fork like spaghetti! The recipe calls for a sweet balsamic reduction. I've included the directions for that. Recipe courtesy of Eva Longoria.
This is an African version of beef tacos. Recipe courstesy of chef Keith Famie. I've added some optional ingredients for topping these tacos that aren't true to the African way, but might be tasty! P.S. I can never seem to find red chilies in our markets, so I sub jalapenos.
This is a staff favorite from Food and Wine Magazine. This is special enough to serve to guests. It does take some prep, but it is comletely worth all the steps. I suggest making the Hollandaise sauce first and keeping it warm over the hot water bath, while preparing the sanwiches. Enjoy!
If you're looking for a quicker, more economical version of boeuf bourguignon, this is it! This recipe is by Ina Garten. She uses beef chuck which makes this a more affordable meal; and it cooks in only an hour and a half. This tastes even better the next day, so you can make ahead if you prefer. Enjoy!
A yummy recipe from Beyond Parsley cookbook. This makes 2 strudel rolls. If you're not familiar with phyllo dough. It can be delicate. I unroll the phyllo sheets and keep them covered with a slightly damp, clean kitchen towel - taking out 1 sheet at a time to work with. This keeps your phyllo from drying out. Use a pastry brush to spread the melted butter on the phyllo sheets.
Another recipe from Ingrid Hoffman's Latin kitchen. She keeps this in her fridge to always be ready to add a little something extra to recipes such as: chicken, beef, pork, potatoes, beans and lentils. You can also use it as a base for soups. It will keep for up to a week in an airtight container in your refrigerator - or you can freeze it in an ice cube tray and use the cubes like bouillon! *For a spicy sofrito, add a chopped jalapeno!
This was probably the inspiration for the filling to the sweet pototo pies found in America these days. Although not low-fat by any means, it is simple and satisfying. Recipe by Angela Self Medearis. *Cook time does not include refreigeration time.
And now for something completely different.... This one takes a bit of forethought since the recipe calls for roasting garlic cloves, but once that's done the recipe is a breeze. I love making paninis. This is a nice combination of flavors, that I think complement each other very well. From Food and Wine Magazine. Please note the directions for roasting garlic, which can be done in advance of preparing the paninis. The cook time does not include roasting the garlic, which takes 30 minutes to an hour depending on how much garlic you choose to roast. The roasted garlic really makes this recipe special. Enjoy! *Note: you can used regular canned tuna in oil instead of the more expensive jarred version. You could also used tuna in water and sub olive oil for the tuna oil.
A Williams-Sonoma recipe that is quick, delicious and has an Asian twist! I like to serve this with rice and a steamed veggie. This is a great method for any white fish, with or without the sauce. Enjoy. :)
This gem comes from the Food Network Kitchens. It's simple, very quick to prepare and has the authentic flavors of Thai cooking. I hope you enjoy this simple, flavorful soup!
*For the lemongrass stalk: Remove the tough outer layers of the lemongrass stalk (usually 2 or 3 pieces) ; cut off the root end; place your knife flat against the root end and trim stalk; slice the stalk starting at the bottom and moving up until it becomes too tough and woody.*
This is a great alternative when you want to impress guests but don't want to spend a fortune on a meal. Using ground beef is faster and easier on the pocketbook. The recipe makes one large beef wellington that you slice up into portions. This would be great with a homemade gravy. A Jamie Oliver recipe.
This is a simple vegetarian recipe from Cooking Light. I am including directions for making your own tortilla chips but you could certainly use store-bought. I love the homemade tortilla chips, though! You can make or use more tortilla chips if you would like more than 8 tortilla chips per serving - there is plently of bean mixture if you want to do that. These nachos are different because you aren't melting the cheese over the chips. This recipe utilizes crumbled queso fresco instead. I really love the flavor of the beans with the cumin, chili powder and garlic. You may substitute black beans for the pinto beans, if you prefer. Enjoy!
Here is a Southwestern inspired dish from Tyler Florence. Bacon-wrapped shrimp is a delicious combination as it is, but pairing it with the salsa and vinaigrette puts this recipe over-the-top! This shrimp recipe also works well on the grill. Serving it with margaritas and/or beer wouldn't be a bad idea!
Note: You can make the salsa and vinaigrette ahead of time and keep refrigerated. You could also prep the shrimp and wrap with bacon ahead of time. That way, it will be a breeze when it comes time for dinner.