Seafood Pasta

Hello Everyone!

 

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

 

 

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 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

Preparation

  1. In a large saucepan boil water for the pasta.
  2. When water begins to boil add salt liberally, let water return to a boil and cook pasta to al dente.
  3. Drain.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with olive oil, 3 turns of the pan.
  5. Add mushrooms, shallots and garlic, red pepper flakes and saute 5 minutes.
  6. Deglaze the pan with sherry, stir in stock and tomatoes and bring to a bubble.
  7. If using raw seafood, season with lemon zest, salt, and pepper.
  8. Raise the heat
  9. 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.

 

 

Enjoy!

 

Seafood Salad

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

Snack: Freezepops!

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.

 

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and saute shrimp until pink.
  2. Add crabmeat and cook one more minute or until heated through. Set aside.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  4. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente;
  5. drain.
  6. Transfer the shrimp and crabmeat to a large mixing bowl and let cool to room temperature.
  7. Stir in pasta, celery, bell pepper and green onion.
  8. Add mozzarella cheese, slivered toasted almonds, mayonnaise and lemon juice.
  9. Season with parsley, and old bay seasoning.
  10. Toss to mix thoroughly.
  11. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Seafood Salad

Seafood Salad

Cherry Tomato Salad

Hello Everyone!  Here is another tasty salad to enjoy for lunch.  It’s a cool treat as the summer gets a little hotter.  I hope you like it!

 

Breakfast: Orange Sticky Buns

Lunch: Cherry Tomato salad

Snack: Whole Grain Toast with Apple Butter

Dinner: Mozzarella Chicken

Dessert: Dessert Pizzas

 

Cherry Tomato Salad

Ingredients

  • 40 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup pitted and sliced green olives
  • 1 (6 ounce) can black olives, drained and sliced
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 3 ounces pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. In a big bowl, combine cherry tomatoes, green olives, back olives, and spring onion.
  2. In a dry skillet, toast pine nuts over medium heat until golden brown, turning frequently.
  3. Stir into tomato mixture.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, and oregano.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Pour over salad, and gently stir to coat.
  7. Chill for 1 hour.

Yum! Enjoy!

 

Guava Cake

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).

 

Guava Fruit

Apple Guava Fruit

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease and flour one 13×9 inch pan.
  3. Sift together flour, nutmeg, soda, cinnamon, and cloves.
  4. In another bowl, mix together guava pulp and juice.
  5. In another bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
  6. Add eggs, one at a time.
  7. Add flour mixture and guava mixture alternately to creamed mixture.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30-35 minutes.

 

Enjoy!

Asparagus and Carrot Noodles

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!

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Bring water to boil for pasta.
  2. Prepare sesame dressing in a small bowl,
  3. Whisk together tahini, oil, vinegar, 2 tbsp water, honey, crushed red pepper and salt; set aside.
  4. Add spaghetti to boiling water and cook according to package.
  5. Add two inches of water to another saucepan and fit with a steamer basket.
  6. Bring water to boil
  7. Add asparagus to basket
  8. Steam until tender, about 2 minutes.
  9. In a large bowl,
  10. Add asparagus, carrots and scallions.
  11. Add spaghetti and sesame dressing;
  12. Toss to combine.
  13. Sprinkle mixture with sesame seeds.
  14. Serve warm or chilled.

I hope you enjoy it!  Have a great day!

 

Chinese Chicken Salad

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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and brush onto chicken breasts.
  3. Arrange in a baking dish and bake until juices run clear, about 13 to15 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven,
  5. cool completely
  6. cut into 1/4-inch slices.
  7. In a large bowl, combine Napa cabbage, red cabbage, carrot, scallions, water chestnuts, Mandarin orange and sliced chicken.
  8. 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.
  9. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine.

10.  Divide among bowls and top each serving with 2 teaspoons toasted almonds

 

Bon Apetit!

Sopa de Lentejas (Cuban Lentil Soup)

Breakfast: Strawberry Melon Salad

Lunch: Cuban Lentil Soup

Snack: Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Dinner: Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Breast

Dessert: Peanut Butter Cookies

Happy Wednesday my fellow food lovers!  Today’s feature recipe is soup!  I love soup and I enjoy soup all year round.  Here is a yummy Cuban Lentil Soup for your enjoyment!

 

Cuban Lentil Soup, also known as sopa de lentejas, is delicious!  One thing I really love is having a few spoonfuls and then adding lime to the soup.  It completely changes the flavor.  Being from the Caribbean, I’m used to it being hot all the time, so soup is something we enjoy year round.  I hope you like it as much as I do.

Ingredients

1 cup lentils (rinsed)
1 tbsp vinegar
1 medium onion (chopped)
3 garlic cloves (minced)
6 cups water
1 pack Goya beef bouillon
1 celery stalk (chopped)
2 tomatoes (quartered)
1 potato (peeled, diced)
3 basil leaves
1/2 tspn oregano
1/4 cup white wine
1 bay leaf
1 tspn cumin
1 tspn salt
1/2 tspn pepper

 

Preparation

  1. Over low heat, pour the water and add the lentils in a large sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Reduce heat to low
  4. Cover and simmer for 15 mins.
  5. Add vinegar, onion, garlic, beef bouillon, celery, tomatoes, potato, bay leaf, cumin, basil and oregano.
  6. Stir ingredients well
  7. Bring to a boil
  8. Reduce the heat to medium
  9. Cover and simmer for 45 mins.
  10. Remove the bay leaf and discard.
  11. Add salt and pepper and wine and stir well.
  12. Cook an additional 5 mins.
  13. The soup should be somewhat thick and not very watery, and the potatoes tender.
  14. To thicken, let stand for several mins.
  15. Serve on soup bowls and enjoy!

I typically enjoy the soup with a side of rice, but it’s hearty enough to enjoy by itself!

 

 

 

 

 

Curried Coconut Shrimp

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the coconut until coarsely ground and transfer to a shallow bowl.
  3. Mix coconut with bread crumbs, curry powder, and salt, and set aside.
  4. Beat egg whites until slightly foamy.
  5. Dip shrimp in egg whites and coat with coconut mixture.
  6. Repeat to form a double coating.
  7. Place shrimp on rack placed within a sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.

 

Enjoy with a pina colada or a nice cool lemonade.  Have a wonderful Father’s day!

 

Ropa Vieja

 

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

Dessert: Flan

 

Tonight’s Dinner is Ropa Vieja.  Meaning “old clothes” in Spanish, Ropa Vieja is a delicious meal of shredded beef.  Belos is the menu:

 

Ropa Vieja

Ingredients

  • 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

 

Preparation

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Brown the flank steak on each side, about 4 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer beef to a slow cooker.
  4. Pour in the beef broth and tomato sauce, then add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, cilantro, olive oil and vinegar.
  5. Stir until well blended.
  6. Cover, and cook on High for 4 hours, or on Low for up to 10 hours.
  7. When ready to serve, shred meat and serve with tortillas or rice.

 

Have a wonderful Saturday and enjoy your delicious meals!

 

Apples and Honey with Cinnamon

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Preparation:

  1. In a large kettle or Dutch oven, combine the sugar, water, honey, cinnamon, food coloring, and raisins;
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Peel and core the apples;
  4. Add to the pan.
  5. Cover and simmer in the hot syrup until tender, about 20 minutes.
  6. Place apples in dish with sides,
  7. For serving, using a slotted spoon to spoon raisins in center of each apple.
  8. 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!

 

 

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