I hope you had a lovely 4th of July Holiday filled with fun, water and fireworks! Today we will be having Seafood Pasta! Full of different textures and tastes, Seafood pasta is surely a light summer dish that everyone can love!
Breakfast: Nuttella, Toast and Fruit
Lunch: Meatball Parmesan Sub
Snack: Kid Friendly Sushi
Dinner: Seafood Pasta
Dessert: Apple Crisp
- 1 1/2 pound penne rigate or bow tie pasta
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
- 2 large shallots, chopped
- 3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
- A pinch or 2 crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup dry sherry
- 1/2 cup chicken stock or seafood stock
- 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 pound shelled, cooked or raw bulk lobster pieces
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup cream
- A handful chopped chives or parsley or both
- In a large saucepan boil water for the pasta.
- When water begins to boil add salt liberally, let water return to a boil and cook pasta to al dente.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat with olive oil, 3 turns of the pan.
- Add mushrooms, shallots and garlic, red pepper flakes and saute 5 minutes.
- Deglaze the pan with sherry, stir in stock and tomatoes and bring to a bubble.
- If using raw seafood, season with lemon zest, salt, and pepper.
- Raise the heat
- Add the seasoned seafood and heat through or cook until just about firm and opaque, a couple of minutes.
10. If using cooked seafood, season the seafood when you add it to skillet with lemon zest, salt and pepper.
11. Stir in heavy cream and toss hot pasta with sauce and chives and/or parsley,
12. Adjust seasoning and serve.
Happy fourth of July! I hope you’re enjoying your day of Family fun! Here is today’s menu.
Breakfast: Fruit and Granola
Lunch: Seafood Salad
Dinner: Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwich
Dessert: White Cake with Berry Toppings
Seafood Salad is a perfect dish for a beach day. Just make sure to keep it in a well chilled cooler! Its a nice cool down treat and easy to handle with the kids running in and out of the house, pool or water at the beach.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 pound crabmeat
- 1 (8 ounce) package seashell pasta
- 2 strips celery, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup slivered, toasted almonds
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning TM
- In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and saute shrimp until pink.
- Add crabmeat and cook one more minute or until heated through. Set aside.
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
- Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente;
- Transfer the shrimp and crabmeat to a large mixing bowl and let cool to room temperature.
- Stir in pasta, celery, bell pepper and green onion.
- Add mozzarella cheese, slivered toasted almonds, mayonnaise and lemon juice.
- Season with parsley, and old bay seasoning.
- Toss to mix thoroughly.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you had a great evening. Today’s recipe is Guava cake! I love guava and cheese pastelitos from my local bakery back home in Miami. It’s a huge Cuban treat to have with breakfast or even for a snack. I was homesick and intrigued when I came upon this recipe and it was quite a treat! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Breakfast: Fab Fruit Salad
Lunch: Spaghetti with Artichoke
Snack: Graham Crackers
Dinner: Ropa Vieja
Dessert: Guava Cake
Guava is a tropical fruit. The word Guava means “pomegranate” in Latin. Guava tastes sweet and gives off a scent less faint than a lemon rind but still pleasant. It is considered a super fruit due to it being rich in dietary fiber. it typically grows in tropic climates (like Florida).
Apple Guava Fruit
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup guava pulp
- 1/2 cup guava nectar
- 3 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Grease and flour one 13×9 inch pan.
- Sift together flour, nutmeg, soda, cinnamon, and cloves.
- In another bowl, mix together guava pulp and juice.
- In another bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
- Add eggs, one at a time.
- Add flour mixture and guava mixture alternately to creamed mixture.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30-35 minutes.
Hi everyone and happy Monday. Today’s menu will be featuring Asparagus and Carrot Noodles which is an absolutely delicious recipe!
Breakfast: Fruit Smoothie
Lunch: Asparagus and Carrot Noodles
Snack: Mango Slices
Dinner: Chicken Stuffing Casserole
Dessert: Vanilla Cake
Yum! Yum! Enjoy!
- Bring water to boil for pasta.
- Prepare sesame dressing in a small bowl,
- Whisk together tahini, oil, vinegar, 2 tbsp water, honey, crushed red pepper and salt; set aside.
- Add spaghetti to boiling water and cook according to package.
- Add two inches of water to another saucepan and fit with a steamer basket.
- Bring water to boil
- Add asparagus to basket
- Steam until tender, about 2 minutes.
- In a large bowl,
- Add asparagus, carrots and scallions.
- Add spaghetti and sesame dressing;
- Toss to combine.
- Sprinkle mixture with sesame seeds.
- Serve warm or chilled.
I hope you enjoy it! Have a great day!
Happy Saturday everyone! Here is today’s menu
Breakfast: Fluffy Pancakes
Lunch: Chinese Chicken Salad
Snack: Sweet Potato Potstickers
Dinner: Vaca Frita
Dessert: Pumpkin Pie
Chinese Chicken Salad is my absolute fave salad! It has a lot of really unique tastes blending together to create a really lovely. I hope you enjoy it!
- 4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided
- 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 1/2 head napa cabbage, thinly shredded (about 6 cups)
- 1/4 head red cabbage, shredded (about 2 cups)
- 1 large carrot, shredded (about 2 cups)
- 3 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced, greens included (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts
- 1 (11-ounce) can Mandarin oranges in water, drained
- 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce or chili sauce
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and brush onto chicken breasts.
- Arrange in a baking dish and bake until juices run clear, about 13 to15 minutes.
- Remove from oven,
- cool completely
- cut into 1/4-inch slices.
- In a large bowl, combine Napa cabbage, red cabbage, carrot, scallions, water chestnuts, Mandarin orange and sliced chicken.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil, brown sugar and chili sauce.
- Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine.
10. Divide among bowls and top each serving with 2 teaspoons toasted almonds
Happy Friday! As the Rain continues to fall in the Capital District, I hope this fun salad will help bring some pep into your day. It combines a number of delicious flavors that really pleases the palate. Plus it’s pretty healthy! I hope you enjoy it.
Breakfast: Mint and Cilantro Melon Salad
Lunch: Bartlett Pear Salad
Snack: Crispy Fried Tofu
Dinner: Cuban Paella
Dessert: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
1 (10-oz.) package washed and ready-to-eat fresh spinach
2 to 3 large, ripe California Bartlett pears, cored, quartered and sliced
1 avocado, peeled and diced
3 to 4 strips bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1/2 cup pine nuts or other nut, toasted
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup fresh mushrooms, optional
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
1 to 2 tsp. Dijon mustard, to taste
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp. salt
- Combine spinach, pears, avocado, bacon, pine nuts, cranberries and mushrooms in salad bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk all dressing ingredients and drizzle over salad.
- Toss before serving.
Short and sweet. Enjoy!
Happy Father’s Day! I hope you have all taken the time to honor the important men in your life. Today we will be having Curried Coconut Shrimp, a yummy treat to enjoy by the pool or on the patio.
Breakfast: Pumpkin Bread
Lunch: Curried Coconut Shrimp
Snack: Yogurt and Graham Crackers
Dinner: Honey Baked Ham
Dessert: Fruit with Sorbet
Curried Coconut Shrimp
- 1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 egg whites
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Lime wedges, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a food processor, pulse the coconut until coarsely ground and transfer to a shallow bowl.
- Mix coconut with bread crumbs, curry powder, and salt, and set aside.
- Beat egg whites until slightly foamy.
- Dip shrimp in egg whites and coat with coconut mixture.
- Repeat to form a double coating.
- Place shrimp on rack placed within a sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes.
- Garnish with lime wedges and serve.
Enjoy with a pina colada or a nice cool lemonade. Have a wonderful Father’s day!
Happy Sabrosa Saturday! Head over to twitter and post your favorite Hispanic recipes using the hashtag #sabrosasaturday. Share and learn with an amazing community of people who love cooking just like you!
Breakfast: Cereal with Milk
Lunch: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Snack: Fruit and String Cheese
Dinner: Ropa Vieja
Tonight’s Dinner is Ropa Vieja. Meaning “old clothes” in Spanish, Ropa Vieja is a delicious meal of shredded beef. Belos is the menu:
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 pounds beef flank steak
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Brown the flank steak on each side, about 4 minutes per side.
- Transfer beef to a slow cooker.
- Pour in the beef broth and tomato sauce, then add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, cilantro, olive oil and vinegar.
- Stir until well blended.
- Cover, and cook on High for 4 hours, or on Low for up to 10 hours.
- When ready to serve, shred meat and serve with tortillas or rice.
Have a wonderful Saturday and enjoy your delicious meals!
Breakfast: White Chocolate Chip Raspberry Waffles
Lunch: Rice Bake
Snack: Yogurt Covered Pretzels
Dinner: Black Bean and Salmon Tostada
Dessert: Apples and Honey with Cinnamon
I feel like I’ve been giving pretty complicated recipes this week, so I figure I’d make it nice and simple for this lovely Friday. Apples and honey with cinnamon is and honey is beyond delicious. An apple sweetened with honey is a great sweet treat the kids will love and it is low calorie too!
Apples and Honey with Cinnamon
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- a few drops red food coloring, optional
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 6 apples
- In a large kettle or Dutch oven, combine the sugar, water, honey, cinnamon, food coloring, and raisins;
- Bring to a boil.
- Peel and core the apples;
- Add to the pan.
- Cover and simmer in the hot syrup until tender, about 20 minutes.
- Place apples in dish with sides,
- For serving, using a slotted spoon to spoon raisins in center of each apple.
- Pour syrup over all.
I hope you enjoy this tasty Friday night treat! Try adding ice cream or whipped cream for an extra sugar rush. Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you tomorrow!
Happy Friday, everyone. It’s Berry season! So a raspberry pie with vanilla ice cream is the perfect treat for a summer day. Have you considered starting a berry garden? It’s a lovely afterschool activity to do with the kiddies to wind down from the day and you will literally get to enjoy the fruits of your labor! Go to your local florist for startup plants. Here is the menu!
Breakfast: Banana Crumb Muffins
Lunch: Cuban Chicken Soup
Snack: Whole Grain Toast with Nutella
Dinner: Pinapple Glazed Chicken
Dessert: Raspberry Pie
- 1 quart fresh raspberries
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar
- 8 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
- 6 tablespoons water
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
- Mix together raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, minute tapioca and water
- Mix and let sit while you make your pie crust
- Put berries in bottom crust,
- Put 4 – 1 tablespoon pats of butter on top.
- Put on top crust and crimp edges.
- Make slits in the crust to allow the steam to escape.
- Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 15 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake for 45 minutes.
Enjoy your evening and your weekend!
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