Tofu Burgers, Pasta and Veggies and Tips on Marinated Chicken!

Favorite Recipe This Week: Piadine

Sunday

Pasta Primavera with Grilled Veggies

We kind of made this one up as we went along. Happy accidents! “B” grilled up some summer veggies, and we tossed it with Wegman’s Vodka Sauce (where are you dear Wegmans…we miss you!), Parmesan and fresh Linguini. Yum.
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Monday

We tried a new recipe from Cooking Light. These Tofu Burgers were filled with flavor and we enjoyed them!

Grilled Lemon-Basil Tofu Burgers

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 1 pound firm or extrafirm tofu, drained
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 6 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns
  • 6 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
    Arugula

Preparation

  1. Combine first 8 ingredients and 3 garlic cloves in a small bowl. Cut tofu crosswise into 6 slices. Pat each square dry with paper towels. Place tofu slices on a jelly-roll pan. Brush both sides of tofu slices with lemon juice mixture; reserve remaining juice mixture. Let tofu stand 1 hour.
  2. Prepare grill.
  3. Place tofu slices on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill for 3 minutes on each side. Brush tofu with the reserved juice mixture.
  4. Combine remaining 1 minced garlic clove, chopped olives, sour cream, and mayonnaise in a small bowl; stir well. Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise mixture over bottom half of each hamburger bun; top each serving with 1 tofu slice, 1 tomato slice, about 2 tablespoons arugula, and top half of bun.

Cooking Light
AUGUST 2006

Tuesday

We made the original piadine recipe from a few weeks ago. We really enjoyed that one. At least one of our friends tried the recipe and enjoyed it as well. If that doesn’t convince you to try the recipe yourself….then you’re foolish. (well not really…we still like you because you’re reading this blog!)

Wednesday

Leftovers from Monday!

Thursday

We received a basket of red potatoes in last week’s farmiemarket basket. We cubed the potatoes and tossed them with olive oil and seasoning and roasted them for 20-30 mins at 400 degrees, tossing about half way through. The crispy 20120821-111347.jpgpotatoes were served with chicken from the freezer that was marinated in spiedie sauce. Originally I was going to use the potatoes and make mashed potatoes. AH I love mashed potatoes…but NO. “B” said there would be a texture issue. pffft.

If you are making this for yourself: Purchase chicken breasts and freeze them with some marinade in individual ziploc bags. Label each bag with the number of breasts, the date, and the flavor of marinade. Take chicken out of freezer a day or two beforehand and defrost in the fridge. Only cut up as many potatoes as you will eat and roast them. One trick we use sometime is we will freeze three chicken breasts and then make all three even though there are only two of us. Then one of us will eat the third chicken breast the next day for lunch as a chicken sandwich.

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Multi-Cultural Week: Italian and Mexican

Favorite Recipe This Week: Roasted Veggie and Black Bean Burritos

Sunday

We had left over torn bread from last week’s sandwich binge so we made a bread soup.

Papa al Pomodoro adapted from Rachael Ray

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 3 turns of the pan, plus some for drizzling
4 to 6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
Salt and pepper
1 quart chicken or veggie stock
4 cups, about 1/2 pound, chopped or torn stale bread
2 (15-ounce) cans small white beans, such as Goya brand (smaller than cannellini beans) (optional)
shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano – use fresh and use a peeler to shave it
10 fresh basil leaves, torn
Heat a medium soup pot over medium heat. Add 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, garlic and onion. Cook 7 to 8 minutes, then add tomatoes and crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Add stock and raise heat to make the soup bubble. Reduce heat to simmer and add bread and beans. Stir soup as it simmers until it thickens to a stew-like consistency. Turn off heat, adjust seasonings, add basil and ladle into shallow bowls. Top with shaved cheese and additional drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Bnote: leftovers are good with queso fresco, fried eggs and pesto as shown below 🙂

Monday

C&C came over and made ME dinner in my OWN kitchen! How sweet! I have never really experimented with spaghetti squash, so they came and made me a spaghetti squash al fredo! Yum!

Tuesday

This week I was mainly alone for dinner as “B” was traveling here there and everywhere. I have a good friend, “Bef” who eats alone often. She is the one who hooked me on Hungry Girl for many of the inspirations for nights when I’m alone. So I texted her and asked what her favorite “single” person meal is…and not surprisingly (if you know Bef), she answered Tacos. So I thought about tacos and recalled my other good friend KT talking about a burrito recipe that she enjoyed. In the past I went on a burrito kick where I would make tons of burritos on a sunday and freeze them and then take them for work. By the time lunch came around the burrito would be unfrozen and ready for a little microwave action. So I figured if there were extra, I could just do the same with this recipe from KT. I wound up making it on Tuesday night (one of the nights “B” was actually home). Ok, let me rewind… My PLAN was to roast the veggies Tuesday night and make the burritos for myself on Wednesday…but when “B” came home and smelled the veggies, he opted for burritos instead of leftovers from Sunday.

So here’s the burrito recipe (instead of the spices suggested, I used Arizona no Salt spice from Penzy’s and I was out of cilantro and I don’t always love it so I left it out):

Roasted Veggie and Black Bean Burritos

2 whole Sweet Potatoes, Peeled And Cubed Small
2 whole Jalapenos Diced (I used one after KT warned me they were spicy)
1 whole Red Pepper, Diced Small
1 whole Red Onion, Diced Small
2 teaspoons Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Chili Powder
1 pinch Salt And Pepper
1 can Black Beans, Rinsed And Drained (15 Ounce Can)
½ cups Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
2 teaspoons Fresh Lime Juice
2 cups Shredded Cheddar
1 package Burrito-Sized Wheat Tortillas Or Wraps (6-10 Count)
In a bowl, toss your raw veggies in olive oil and season with spices. Place in a large baking dish and roast in 425 degree oven for 20 minutes, tossing around halfway through.

Let cool. Add your roasted veggies to a can of rinsed black beans. Add cilantro and squirt of lime juice. Combine gently. At this point, mixture can be stored for later use.

Warm your wheat tortillas or wraps in microwave according to directions on package. Spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray or olive oil spray.

Add two heaping tablespoons of vegetable and bean mixture to center of wrap. Top with shredded cheese. Fold over, fold in sides, place in pan and continue to roll the others. Place into your baking dish, seam side down so that they stay together.

Bake in 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Baking this way will make the tortilla wrap crisp. For a softer burrito, spray burrito with nonstick spray, then wrap in aluminum foil and bake for same amount of time.

Serve with locally made sour cream and tomato/salsa purée (recipe in prior posts) if available and desired.

Makes about 6 burritos.

The rest of the week:
Leftovers of Soup and Burritos! This is also the week that Chocolate Chobani found its way into our life permanently!

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Monday


Favorite Meal This week: Farfalle with Creamy Wild Mushroom Sauce! We’ve made this dish many times before. It’s a good meal to make for guests as it makes A LOT (Leftovers here we come!). For some reason we hadn’t made this dish in awhile, but I was trying to figure out what to do with the leftover mushrooms I had from last weekend’s quiche and this was perfect! I pretty much just had to go to the store to purchase pasta and whipping cream (“B” will use the leftover whipping cream to make fresh whipped cream later in the week.).

Farfalle with Creamy Wild Mushroom Sauce

  • 1 pound uncooked farfalle (bow tie pasta)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 12 ounces pre-sliced exotic mushroom blend (We used 8oz of mushroom blend and whatever I had leftover of portabellos)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (we use dried)
  • Minced fresh parsley (optional)

Preparation

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
  2. Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, onion, shallots, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper; cook 12 minutes or until liquid evaporates and mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally. Add wine; cook 2 minutes or until liquid evaporates, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  3. Add the cooked pasta, whipping cream, cheese, and 2 tablespoons parsley, tossing gently to coat. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Garnish with minced fresh parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.

Krista Montgomery, M.S., R.D., Cooking Light
DECEMBER 2006

Tuesday

This is a new recipe I saw online that looked quick and easy! A side note first about vinegar and olive oil. We have a store nearby that sells just vinegar and olive oil (Saratoga Olive Oil Company). We often stock up on interesting flavors that we use for salad dressings and to cook with. We really think these unique flavors really MAKE the dish. So if you can, find some good quality olive oil and vinegar, but if not, we’re sure the recipes will taste good as is.

The great thing about pizzas is that you can be extremely creative and do pretty much anything to them and they will still taste great! This would be a good healthy dish for those nights when you’re just cooking for yourself because you could just make as little or as much as you want! We really enjoyed this dish!

Insalata Pizzas

4 (7-inch) pitas
2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
1 cup (4 ounces) part-skim Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup thinly sliced Vidalia or other sweet onion
1 tablespoon cider vinegar (we used Saratoga’s pomegranate balsamic vinegar)
2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 cup quartered grape tomatoes (used leftover from the quiche the other day)
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped basil leaves
4 cups packaged gourmet salad greens

Preparation
Preheat oven to 475°.
Place pitas on a baking sheet. Salt, Pepper and oil the pitas. Spread 1/2 teaspoon garlic on each pita. Sprinkle each pita with 1/4 cup cheese, and divide onion evenly among pitas. Bake at 475° for 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cheese is bubbly.
While pitas bake, combine vinegar, oil, and pepper in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in tomatoes, olives, and basil. Add salad greens, and toss gently to coat.
Place 1 pita on each of 4 plates; top each pita with about 1 cup salad. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Cooking Light
MAY 2004

Wednesday

A typical go-to dish: Marinated Chicken.
We will purchase chicken breasts (thin sliced and only the breast because “F” has a thing about meat looking like actual animals…ick) and then place 2-4 breasts in a ziploc bag with some spiedie (or other type) of marinade and freeze them. Just be sure to label each ziploc with the number of breasts, the type of marinade and the date you placed them in the freezer. (If you’re just making food for one, just place 1 breast per ziploc baggie!) Take the chicken out of the freezer and place in the fridge on a plate about two days before you are going to cook it so it can defrost. SO EASY. We usually serve with couscous or quinoa, a salad and a slice of toast.

Thursday

Salmon time! This dish is designed to serve one, so we just double it about to serve the both of us. PLUS it’s EASY to make and EASY TO CLEAN UP!!
HungryGirl’s Teriyaki Salmon in a Foil Pack

For One:
One 5oz salmon filet
1/2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
1/2 tablespoon sweet Asian Chili sauce
2 Pineapple rings
Cayenne Pepper

Preheat oven to 375. Mix together the teriyaki and chili sauce. Lay a large piece of foil (recommend non-stick) on a baking sheet. Place salmon in center and top with the sauce. Top the fish with the pineapple and sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Fold foil together to make a sealed packet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork.

Friday

We had friends over. “F” went out with some Girlfriends to dinner and “B” stayed in with two guy friends and a baby. They made Fish Tacos and I heard it was YUM.

3 Men and a Baby Grilled Fish Tacos with Grilled Tomato Puree
Tomato Puree (has other great uses beyond this recipe, generally use in place of tomato sauce)
-4 garden ripe tomatoes
-1 small red onion
-as much garlic as humanly possible
-1 large jalepeno
-handful of fresh cilantro
-1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce
-kosher salt
-evoo
Directions
-cut tomatoes in half a place in large mixing bowl
-cut onions in large chunks and place in bowl
-cut jalepeno in half lengthwise (do not take out seeds or membranes) place in bowl
-remove skins on garlic place on greased piece of aluminum foil
-mix 1-2 tbsps of evoo and kosher salt to taste in bowl with veggies
-grill veggies until tender and dark grill marks appear (place foil with garlic and small pieces of onion directly on grill with other veggies)
-place all ingredients (including cilantro and chipotle chile) into a large saucepan and use a hand blender to puree (the sauce pan should be over low heat)
-cook over low heat for about 2 minutes
Fish
-1-1.5 pounds of Tilapia
-Nantucket Off-Shore Bayou Rub (all natural, no salt, no sugar)
-kosher salt
Directions
-salt Tilapia to taste
-liberally applying rub
-grill on medium/high for 2 min. on each side
-place on platter and cover with foil until ready to serve
Serving
-grill your fav. fresh tortillas (I like Mission – Artisan Style Tortillas) for a min or two on one side
-serve fish in tortillas with the tomato puree, sour cream, fresh guac. (I suppose the recipe will appear on here at some point), coleslaw, grilled pineapple, cheddar cheese or whatever else you want
-ENJOY!

Saturday

We had a date night… dinner and a play. A fantastic play about sex therapist, Dr. Ruth. Seriously I loved it!

Sunday

“B” had extra sauce from his fish tacos and was inspired to make more sauce and incorporate it in to a sloppy turkey joe type dish. He browned ground turkey with onions and garlic then mixed in 1/4 cup of brown sugar and just enough of the sauce from the fish tacos to make it moist enough. We served it over two pieces of toasted/grilled bread.

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