A friend of mine from The Pocket Area in Sacramento is having a recipe party (Becky you are amazing!). There will be about 15+ people in attendance tomorrow night and I cannot tell you how excited I am to go. Yes, to see old friends but also to SHARE RECIPE IDEAS. Rules were: it had to be something you could make without wierd ingredients and that were some what healthy. These are some of my tried and true that I just wrote up and thought I would share. They are regulars at my house. Enjoy
Asparagus or Green Bean Bundles
¼ cup bread crumbs (parmesan or Italian style taste best)
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp freshly grated lemon peel
1 Tbsp fresh grated parmesan
1 large bunch asparagus or equivalant green beans steamed to almost done
8 slices thin ham (I use thin sliced lunch meat)
Heat oven to 400. Steam vegetables until almost done (about 5 minutes) and crisp-tender.
Put 1 Tbsp olive oil in bottom of shallow baking pan. Arrange small bundle of asparagus or green beans on one piece of ham and roll up. Place in pan seam side down. Repeat until all veggies are used. Flatten bunches slightly and sprinkle with topping.
Bake for about 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated and crisp. Serve immediately!
35 minute Spaghetti Sauce
It adds to the flavor to use fresh herbs though dry herbs will still taste good. You can buy fresh basil, garlic, parsley and oregano in a paste form by the fresh stuff in the grocery store. It usually comes in a tube and will keep forever in the fridge.
3 cups tomatoes, peeled and quartered (or 3 cans of diced tomatoes)
½ medium quartered onion
6 ounce can tomato paste
1 clove garlic or equivalent paste
1 tsp Parsley
1 tsp oregano
½ tsp basil
dash of cinnamon
¼ tsp pepper
salt to taste
½ tsp sugar or honey
1 bay leaf or equivalent crushed bay leaves.
Place all ingredients except bay leaf in mixer in order listed. Mix to desired consistency. Pour into saucepan. Add bay leaf and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir frequently, remove bay leaf. Serve over cooked spaghetti or use in lasagne.
Variation: cook meat or veggies in skillet and then add meat to sauce while it simmers.
Louisiana Hot Sausage and Black Bean Soup
it sounds really weird but really….the combination will surprise you!
2 T olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 pound Kielbasa sausage (or equivalent) sliced in round pieces
2 15-ounce cans black beans, undrained
2 cups chicken broth (or water + bouillon cube equivalent)
1 cup orange juice
1) Heat a large saucepan over medium heat until hot
2) Add oil and onions. Cook until onions soften and turn slightly golden
3) Stir in Garlic and cumin. Cook briefly but do not let garlic brown.
4) Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Makes 6 servings
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
2-3 cups macaroni noodles uncooked
cheddar cheese cut into small cubes
Preheat oven to 400. Cook macaroni noodles in water till almost done, drain. Add noodles to baking/casserole dish. Stir in cheese cubes. Add garlic salt to taste (add as much as you would to salt your food, you can always add more salt later when you’re eating it). Add as much milk until noodles are almost/barely covered (my favorite is canned milk). Sprinkle with paprika. Cook in oven uncovered until milk has boiled out (about 30-45 minutes).