Monday, September 22, 2014

Spinach and Sundried Tomato Panini

2 slices sourdough bread
1 T olive oil
2 T ricotta
2 T goat cheese, softened
1/2 t Italian seasoning
1 T sundried tomatoes, chopped
Small handful baby spinach

Heat panini press to medium high. Brush one side of one slice of bread with olive oil, place on panini press oiled side down. In small bowl, combine cheeses and seasoning and spread on bread while on press. Add tomatoes and spinach on cheese mixture. Brush second piece of bread with oil and place on top of sandwich, oiled side up. Cook until lightly golden. Yield one sandwich.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Mini Quiche Lorraine

2 refrigerated pie crusts, room temperature
3 eggs
1 c milk
1 c cream
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1/4 t fresh ground nutmeg
6 oz frozen spinach, cooked and drained
1/2 c Swiss cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 375.

Unroll pie crust. Using 2 1/2" round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out mini crusts as close together as possible. Press one cut crust into each muffin cup and up sides taking care not to tear crust. Set aside.

In medium bowl whisk together eggs, milk, cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Fold in spinach and cheese. Spoon mixture into prepared crust lined pans. Bake 15-20 minutes or until tops are set. Yield 30-40 mini quiches, depending on size of cutter.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Curried Lentils ~ adapted from Real Simple

1 1/2 c lentils, rinsed and picked
1 1/2 lb potato, peeled and diced to 1 inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 t fresh ginger, chopped
4 - 6 c low sodium chicken broth
2 t curry powder
1 t kosher salt
1/2 t fresh ground black pepper
Lime wedges
Fresh cinoantro
Plain yogurt

Place lentils, potatoes, garlic, and ginger in crock pot. Pour over chicken broth and add curry, salt, and pepper. Stir gently. Cover and cook on high 4-5 hours or on low 6-7 hours or until potatoes are cooked thru. Serve with lime wedges, chopped cilantro, and plain yogurt. Serves 6.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thai Peanut Chicken ~ adapted from Betty Crocker

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 lb egg noodles
1 T vegetable oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
2 c broccoli florets
1 c sliced carrots
1 c sliced mushrooms
1 inch knob fresh ginger, peeled
1/2 c natural peanut butter
3 T soy sauce
1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes, more to taste
1/2 t sugar
1/4 c water
1/4 c chopped peanuts

Cook chicken, cube and set aside. Boil noodles, drain, set aside. Finely grate ginger and add to soy sauce, peanut butter, sugar, and water. Whisk until completely smooth.

Heat oil in large skillet. Add bell pepper, broccoli, carrots, and mushroom. Stir fry until cooked but still crisp, approximately 4 minutes. Pour in peanut sauce, add noodles and stir to coat. Add chicken and toss. Serve immediately with chopped peanuts. Serves 6.

Chef's Note: Can be served vegetarian by omitting chicken.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Crock Pot Chicken and Rice Soup ~ adapted from Back For Seconds

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
6 c chicken broth
4 carrots, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
1 t Greek seasoning, or lemon pepper
2 bay leaves
3/4 c long grain white rice
1/2 c milk
1/3 c flour
10 oz frozen corn kernels
Salt and pepper to taste

Place chicken in bottom of crock pot. Add broth, carrots, celery, greek seasoning, and bay leaves. Cover and cook on high 3 hours. Add rice and cook 2 hours more.

Place milk and flour in a small jar with a lid and shake well, ensuring all lumps of four are incorporated. Pour flour mixture into crock pot, add frozen corn and stir well. Remove chicken from pot, shred, and return to pot. Cover and cook 1 hour more. Remove bay leaves, ladle into bowls, add salt and pepper as desired. Serves 6.

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