Saturday, December 26, 2009


This is a recipe I got from my brother-in-law and sister-in-law Steve and Liz. This is so simple but so good I am sure it will become a favorite. Fantastic with a good bootle of wine and some crusty bread. I think I convinced my family this should be our traditional Christmas Eve dinner, easy to make before or after church, fast and delicious. Plus it fits in with the Feast of the Seven Fishes.


1/4 cup green pepper, diced
2 tbs onion, diced
1 clove garlic
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried basil
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup dry red wine
3 tbs fresh parsley, minced
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 lb firm white fish, I used Tilappia
1 lb mixed seafood, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, etc.

Saute peppers, onion and garlic in olive oil until tender. Add tomatoes, wines and herbs. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add thicker fish and seafood, let simmer for 5 minutes. Add the smaller pieces of seafood and let them simmer for 5 minutes or until all of the seafood is cooked.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Curried Vegetables Over Couscous

Here is a fast and easy weeknight dinner.

Curried Vegetables served over Whole Grain Couscous

1 tbs olive oil
8 oz cauliflower crowns
4 oz button mushrooms, sliced into 2 or 4 pieces depending on size
1/2 red pepper, cut into small dice
1 yellow squash, cut into 1/2 moons
1 zucchini, cut into 1/2 moons
1 can Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 tbs curry powder, more or less according to your preference
1/2 cup couscous

Heat olive oil in pan. When pan is hot add cauliflower and cook for 2 minutes, then add mushrooms. Cook until they start getting browned. Add the red pepper, squash and zucchini, cook for 2 minutes then add Chickpeas, tomatoes and curry powder. While veggies are cooking make couscous. When Cauliflower is cooked you can server over the couscous.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bistecca alla Pizzaiola

Steak prepared in the pizza style. This was a clean the refrigerator out, because we have to many leftovers and it is time to start baking for Christmas, dinner. It was pretty good but I had to much sauce and the pieces of steak disappear in the photos.

Bistecca alla Pizzaiola

For Steak:
1 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
8 oz steak, I used London Broil, cut into very thin pieces (cut while still a little frozen to get the thinnest pieces)

For Sauce:
2 tsp olive oil
2 tbs onion, diced
1/2 pepper, diced (I had mini peppers so I used 1 red, 1 yellow and 1 orange)
4 oz mushrooms, sliced thin
1 14oz can of crushed tomatoes

Heat pan over medium high heat. Add the olive oil when pan is hot, then add garlic to pan. After about 30 seconds add the steak slices. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove steak and set aside, throw away garlic.

Add additional olive oil to pan. when oil gets hot add onions and cook for a minute or 2. Then peppers and mushrooms cook until mushrooms start to brown. Add the tomatoes and turn heat down to medium. Put the steak slices back in pan. Cook until steak is warmed through.

I served this over a bed of polenta.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Salmon with Mixed Pepper and Tomato Salad

Here is a dish that I invented this weekend when I looked in the fridge and saw a couple of peppers, a handful of cherry tomatoes and the salmon my wife said she wanted for dinner. Simple, but very flavorful.

Salmon with Mixed Pepper and Tomato Salad

For the salmon:
1/2 pound of salmon
2 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

For the salad:
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 roasted red pepper, diced
1/4 roasted yellow pepper, diced
1 tbs olive oil

Heat a nonstick pan to medium high heat. Cover Salmon in olive oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat in pan until salmon gets crisp on edges then flip salmon over and heat for another minute or 2 until cooked to your desired doneness. Remove salmon from pan and set aside.

Add olive oil, tomatoes and peppers to pan. Cook until the peppers and tomatoes are heated through.

I made brown rice with this. I put brown rice in 4 oz ramekin and then inverted ramekin onto center of plate. When you lift it you will have a nice hill of rice in center of plate. Cut salmon in 1/2 and put 1 piece on the pile of rice, do this for each plate. Then spoon the tomato pepper mixture over the salmon.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Baked Penne and Cheese

One of those rainy cool days and I was in the mood for some comfort food. My wife and I decided on macaroni and cheese with a good crispy topping. I got this recipe from EatingWell, but this is the highest fat and calorie recipe I have ever seen from them.

Baked Penne and Cheese

3 tbs breadcrumbs
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp paprika
1 3/4 cups low-fat milk, divided
3 tbs all purpose flour
2 cups shredded extra sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1//4 tsp salt
8 ounces whole wheat penne or macaroni

Preparation: Put a large pot of water on to boil. Preheat oven to 450˚F. Coat an 8 inch square (2 Quart) baking dish with cooking spray.

Mix breadcrumbs, oil and paprika in a small bowl.

Heat 1 1/2 cups milk in a large heavy saucepan over medium high heat until steaming. Whisk remaining 1/4 cup of milk and flour in a small bowl until smooth. Add milk/flour mixture to milk, whisking constantly, until the sauce simmers and thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cottage cheese and whisk for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the Cheddar cheese until melted. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Cook pasta in boiling water for 4 or 5 minutes, until almost tender. The pasta will bake some more in the oven. Drain and add to the cheese and mix well. Pour the pasta into the baking dish and spread out so it is even. Sprinkle the top with the breadcrumbs.

Bake the pasta until it is golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes.

They say this serves 4, we got about 6 servings out of it.