one pot lemon orzo shrimp

December 7, 2018

makes 4 servings       prep time: 10 minutes       cook time: 30 minutes      total time: 40 img_6604edit2minutes

ingredients
1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 T olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
16 oz orzo pasta
3 c  chicken broth
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 c frozen peas
1.5 T lemon juice
1/4 c grated parmesan cheese

directions

  1. season shrimp with salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.
  2. heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. add garlic, onion, and oregano, and cook, stirring often, until onions have become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. stir in orzo until lightly browned, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. stir in chicken broth and 1/2 cup water. bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.
  4. stir in tomatoes, peas, lemon juice and shrimp until shrimp is warm, about 1-2 minutes. sprinkle with parmesan.
  5. serve immediately.

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serves 8      prep time: 20 minutes      cook time: 1 hour      total time: 1 hour and 20 e6ae8ff1-9916-4f91-a1f1-f864c62ab50fminutes

ingredients
1 lb italian sausage
1/2 c onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper
2 c spinach
1/2-3/4 jar (26 oz.) red pasta sauce of choice
1 bag (25 oz.) frozen cheese-filled ravioli
2.5 c shredded 5-cheese italian cheese blend (10 oz.)

directions

  1. heat oven to 350 degrees. in a skillet, cook sausage, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain. stir in pasta sauce.
  2. in ungreased 13×9 inch (3-qt.) baking dish, spread 1 cup of sausage mixture. arrange half of the ravioli on top; sprinkle with 1 cup of the italian cheese. top with remaining ravioli, sausage mixture and remaining 1.5 c cheese.
  3. cover with foil; bake 45 to 50 minutes or until thoroughly heated. remove foil; bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. let stand 15 minutes before serving.
  4. to freeze baked casserole: cover baked casserole with foil, then in double layer of plastic wrap; freeze up to 3 months. to thaw and bake, thaw in refrigerator overnight or until completely thawed. remove plastic wrap; leave foil cover on. bake 50 to 65 minutes at 350 degrees until center is hot (165 degrees).

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prep time: 30 minutes      cook time: 30 minutes       total time: 1 hour       makes 4 sticky-rice-chinese-sausage-8servings

ingredients
2 cups uncooked sticky rice (aka sweet rice or glutinous rice)
1 T oyster sauce
2 T soy sauce
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1/4 c chicken stock
1/2 tsp salt
2 T oil
1/4 c dried shrimp, soaked overnight
1 medium onion, finely diced
5 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in warm water until softened and diced
3 links chinese sausage, cut into small discs
1 tsp shaoxing wine
pepper, to taste
4 scallions, chopped

directions

  1. cook the sticky rice according to the directions on the package and set aside to cool (normally cooked in the rice cooker). when in doubt, use less water to ensure you don’t come out with mushy, overcooked rice. in this case, undercooked is better than overcooked, because you will cook the rice again when stir-frying in the wok.
  2. combine the oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, chicken stock, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. heat the oil in a wok over medium heat. add the shrimp and stir-fry for 30 seconds to bring out the flavor.
  4. next add the onion, mushrooms, and chinese sausage, and stir-fry for another minute, taking care not to burn the onion. add the shaoxing wine and stir-fry for another 2 minutes. use a couple of spoonfuls of set aside sauce to flavor everything.
  5.  add all of the cooked sticky rice to the wok and break it up as much as possible. spoon half of the sauce mixture over the rice (it helps to add the sauce over any clumps of rice to help break them up).
  6. mix well, using a scooping motion to ensure the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the wok. add the rest of the sauce and stir-fry until the rice is uniform in color.
  7. season with pepper to taste and mix in about half of the scallions. you can serve it as is or if you want to get fancy, you can pack the rice into a nice round bowl rinsed in warm water and turn it over on a plate. sprinkle the rest of the scallions over the rice.

**note to self – look at the notes below on how much water to add to rice cooker

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antipasto squares

February 13, 2018

servings: 6-8       prep time: 15 minutes      cook time: 30 minutes      total time: 1 hourlandscape-1515784104-delish-antipasto-squares-pinterest-still003

ingredients
2 cans crescent dough
1/2 lb. deli ham
1/4 lb. pepperoni (could also use salami)
1/4 lb. sliced provolone
1/4 lb. sliced mozzarella
1 c. sliced pepperoncini
2 T olive oil
1/4 c. grated parmesan
1 tsp. dried oregano

directions

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. unroll one can of crescents onto greased baking sheet and pinch seams together.
  3. layer ham, provolone, pepperoni (or salami), mozzarella, and pepperoncini.
  4. unroll second crescent dough and place on top of pepperoncini. pinch crescent sheets together to seal.
  5. brush olive oil all over the top of crescent dough and then sprinkle parmesan and oregano on top.
  6. bake until crescent dough is golden and cooked through, about 30 minutes. (if the crescent dough is browning too quickly, cover with foil.)
  7. let cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing into squares.

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salmon-pasta-16prep time: 20 minutes      cook time: 30 minutes      total time: 50 minutes      serves 6-8

ingredients
1 large handful of basil (about 1 cup chopped)
1 large handful of parsley (about 1 cup chopped)
1 small handful of dill (about 1/2 c chopped)
1 small bunch of chives (about 1/2 c chopped)
2 scallions, chopped into 1-inch pieces
the leaves from 3 stalks of tarragon (stems discarded)
juice of half a lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 c extra virgin olive oil, plus 2 T
1 1/2 lb salmon fillet
1 lb dried fettucine
2 T butter
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/3 c capers, drained and roughly chopped
1 c heavy cream
2 c frozen peas
zest of a whole lemon

directions

  1. first, make the green goddess pesto. in the bowl of a food processor, add the basil, parsley, dill, chives, scallions, tarragon, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and olive oil. process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  2. next, rinse your salmon fillet, pat it dry with a paper towel, and season with salt. heat 2 T of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. sear the salmon until cooked through on both sides, approximately 5-6 minutes per side (depending on the thickness of the fish and your preference for how done you want your fish). when it’s cooked to your liking, transfer to a plate, and with two forks, flake the salmon.
  3. next, bring a pot of salted water up to a boil. boil the pasta according to package instructions until al dente.
  4. while the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. add the butter and the garlic. stir the garlic until lightly browned, and then add the capers. turn the heat all the way down to low, and stir to combine. add the heavy cream, followed by the peas. stir to warm the peas through.
  5. add the cooked pasta and stir thoroughly until the pasta is coated in the cream. next, add the pesto and stir to combine. top with the flaked salmon, additional black pepper to taste, and lemon zest.

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