My Favorite Recipes

Here's a couple of recipes I included that I haven't blogged about.  They are here both so YOU can try them and I can remember them.

Haters Gonna Hate - Tomato-less pasta for people who don't like tomatoes.
1/2 lb. pasta of your choice, cooked
1 can of garbanzo beans
1 can of white kidney Beans
1 package frozen spinach (thawed)or equivalent fresh spinach
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jar of Italian sweet cherry (or spicy) peppers - Cut them up!
garlic powder
salt & pepper
extra-virgin olive oil

Sauté the garlic in some olive oil, then add everything else.  Add more oil if you want.  Make sure the spinach goes in last.  Let it all cook until it gets warm.  Top with your favorite shredded cheese.  Serves 3-6. Reheats awesomely.

Lemon Berry Glaze Icing
Long strips of lemon peel from half a lemon
1/4-1/2 cWater
Berry Finlandia Vodka (or other flavored vodka, lemon or vanilla might work well with an orange peel, too)
Confectioner's Sugar

Add the water, and lemon peel to a small sauce pot and bring to a boil.  Add a dash or two of the vodka and boil a minute or two to cook off the alcohol.  Let this mixture cool and strain the peel out of the liquid.  It should be yellow and smell like berries and lemon.  Take a tablespoon or two of the liquid and add to about a cup of Confectioner's sugar.  When it is to desired thickness, use to glaze cookies or drizzle on lemon poppyseed cake.

Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing
Iceberg Lettuce
Fresh Cilantro
Fresh Spinach
Sliced tomatoes
Sliced onions
Sliced Strawberries
Mandarin oranges (fresh or canned)
Poppyseed dressing - you can find your own recipe or buy it by the bottle.  Mine's from Aldi's but it tastes pretty similar to a dressing served at Panera.

Combine ingredients and top with Dressing.  Almonds taste great in this as well!

Sweet Salad with Bleu Cheese
Spring Greens Salad Mix
Sliced onions
Fruit:  Mandarin Oranges, Strawberries, Apples (or any combination of the three)
Toasted Almonds or Walnuts
Bleu Cheese, crumbled
Dried Raisins

Tastes great topped with a Vinaigrette.

Heaven and Hell
Heaven and Hell is a spicy vegetable stir fry eaten over coconut basmati rice.  They are made simultaneously, so read all directions first.

Various vegetables.  (You can use frozen stir-fry mix)  Carrots, Peas, Broccoli, Mushrooms and Baby corn are all sound choices.
2 Cloves of Garlic, Crushed
1 Shallot or Red Onion, chopped
Green onion, chopped coarsely
1-2 eggs, depending on how much you like eggs
Fresh Cilantro
Lemon Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes
Huy Fong Sriracha - Its sometimes called "Cock Sauce" or "Vietnamese Ketchup"
Soy Sauce.

Add some vegetable oil to a frying pan and fry your egg.  Remove it and set it aside.  Add more oil. Now add your Vegetables, cilantro, green onion, shallot etc.  If you are using fresh vegetables you can cover the pan for a few minutes to let them steam.  If they're precooked skip that step and add soy sauce, lemon pepper, red pepper flakes and Sriracha.  Stir to combine and let it fry a little more.  Onions should be clear and vegetables should be cooked but still have a bit of "bite".  Add the cooked egg before serving.


1 14-oz can coconut milk or coconut cream
1 cup Basmati rice
extra water as needed.

Rinse and soak your rice for at least 15 minutes prior to cooking.  This keeps it from being dry in the end.  Add coconut milk and lemongrass to a pan and bring it to a boil.  Add rice and cover.  Turn the heat down and let it simmer until all the coconut milk is absorbed.  If it's still not done, add a little bit of water and re-cover it.

So good together.  Ahh!