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Tomato and Asparagus ?Carbonara?

Tomato and Asparagus “Carbonara”

by Pam on September 30, 2012

I found this recipe in the September 2012 issue of Cooking Light and I couldn’t wait to make it.  It took very little prep or time to make and it ended up being creamy, cheesy, and totally delicious.  I loved that, even though it didn’t have bacon like a traditional carbonara has, it was still flavorful and satisfying.  My husband, son, and I all loved it.  My daughter, on the other hand, thought it was too cheesy and she didn’t like the texture.  It’s no surprise since she doesn’t like cheese.  Oh well… her loss. 

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water per instructions.

While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally for 5-6 minutes; add the asparagus and cook for 2 minutes.  Add the minced garlic and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Remove from the heat.

Mix the egg, Parmesan cheese, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, to taste until well combined.  Drain the pasta and immediately add the cheese/egg mixture to the pasta and stir until well combined and the cheese has melted.  Add the tomato and asparagus mixture to the pan and mix until evenly coated.  Place pasta into the serving bowl and sprinkle the top with the torn basil leaves.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

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Tomato and Asparagus “Carbonara”




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 12 min.

Total Time: 17 min.



Ingredients:

8 oz whole wheat penne pasta, cooked per instructions
2 tsp olive oil
1 pint of grape tomatoes
1 lb asparagus, ends removed and cut into thirds
3 cloves of garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1/2 cup of Parmesan, Asiago, Romano cheese mixture
1 large egg
Several fresh basil leaves, torn

Directions:

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water per instructions.

While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally for 5-6 minutes; add the asparagus and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the minced garlic and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

Mix the egg, Parmesan cheese, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, to taste, until well combined. Drain the pasta then place back into the cooking pot and immediately add the cheese/egg mixture to the pasta and stir until well combined and the cheese has melted. Add the tomato and asparagus mixture to the pasta and mix until evenly coated. Place pasta into the serving bowl and sprinkle the top with the torn basil leaves. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cooking Light – September 2012

References

  1. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Sesame Green Beans with Mushrooms and Chestnuts

Sesame Green Beans with Mushrooms and Chestnuts

by Pam on November 28, 2012

I wanted something light and simple to serve with an Asian inspired meal I was making for dinner.  I found this recipe on Taste of Home[1] that I adapted to suit my tastes.  It was a very quick side dish to make and it was so delicious.  I loved the combination of flavors and textures and we all thought the sauce was delicious.

Preheat the olive oil and sesame oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms to the HOT pan and let them sit for 2 minutes before flipping them to brown on the other side for 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic, green beans, and water chestnuts; season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Combine the water, soy sauce, sugar, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; mix well.  Pour the sauce into the pan and cook the green bean mixture for 3-4 minutes, or until the green beans and tender-crisp.  Remove from the heat and serve with sesame seeds sprinkled on top. Enjoy.



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Sesame Green Beans with Mushrooms and Chestnuts




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.

Total Time: 20 min.



Ingredients:

5 oz button mushrooms, sliced
2 tsp canola oil
2 tsp sesame oil
3/4 lb of green beans, ends trimmed
1 small can of sliced water chestnuts (liquid drained)
2 small cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp water
4 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Sesame seeds

Directions:

Preheat the olive oil and sesame oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms to the HOT pan and let them sit for 2 minutes before flipping them to brown on the other side for 2 minutes Add the green beans and water chestnuts; season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Combine the water, soy sauce, sugar, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; mix well. Pour the sauce into the pan and cook the green bean mixture for 3-4 minutes, or until the green beans and tender-crisp. Remove from the heat and serve with sesame seeds sprinkled on top. Enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Taste of Home

References

  1. ^ Taste of Home (www.tasteofhome.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Chicken and Andouille Sausage

A chicken and sausage stew made with skinless chicken legs and spicy andouille sausage simmered with flavors from the deep south – without the extra fat.

Today is Fat Tuesday, but any day is really a great day to enjoy this comfort dish. Traditional gumbos are made with a whole lot of fat and take hours to make. My lighter version you won’t miss the fat because there’s still tons of flavor. The stew itself is not very spicy, but the sausage is so you get a little heat each time you take a bite. If you’re not a fan of spice, a smoked turkey sausage or turkey kielbasa would taste great too.

To lighten this dish, I use lean skinless chicken on the bone (the bone adds great flavor) and lean chicken/turkey andouille sausage. It’s simmered with onions, bell pepper and celery, also known as the “holy trinity” in Cajun cuisine, and topped with scallions. This is the type of dish you may want to serve with a fork AND spoon, I served mine with 1/4 cup of cooked rice on the side, completely optional. Quinoa or farro would also work nicely.

I found the chicken a little tricky to calculate on the bone; I was getting discrepancies when I calculated it raw, vs cooked on the bone, vs cooked off the bone so I decided to weigh the meat off the bone cooked, I feel this is the most accurate. The chicken I purchased was from a small bird, so if you have really large chicken, the nutritional info will change. If you prefer white meat, be sure to use skinless breasts on the bone so your meat doesn’t dry out and you still get the great flavors from the bones.

Low carb, gluten free, and really good!

Chicken and Andouille Sausage
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 4 oz chicken, 3 oz sausage + broth • Old Pts: 8 • Points+: 9 pts
Calories: 347.5 • Fat: 13 g • Protein: 8 g • Carb: 8 g • Fiber: 2 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 490 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 14 oz (4) lean skinless chicken thighs, with bone*
  • 12 oz (4) lean skinless chicken drumsticks, with bone**
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour (rice flour for gluten-free)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 links (6 oz) andouille chicken/turkey sausage (Applegate)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallion

Directions:

Heat a large deep non-stick skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the oil, onions, peppers and celery. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring.

Push the vegetables to the edges of the skillet and add the chicken, season with salt and pepper. Brown 2 to 3 minutes on each side, then sprinkle the flour over the chicken and vegetables.

Add the water, sausage and bay leaf, adjust salt and pepper to taste, then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 30 to 35 minutes, remove bay leaf and top with scallions. Serve with rice or quinoa if desired.

*thighs were 10 oz total weight cooked, off the bone
**drumsticks were 6 oz total weight cooked, off the bone

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