Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lemon Dill Potato Salad.

Challenged to create a unique potato salad, I came up with this little recipe. Yum.

  • 8-10 Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • sea salt & pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
Peel potatoes and cut in half. Cook in boiling water until tender.  Cool.  Slice potatoes crosswise.  Gently toss with onion and celery.  Mix oil and lemon juice and pour over potato mixture.  Gently toss with dill. Add salt & pepper to taste. Chill before serving.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lemon Mushroom Orzo with Cilantro.

I love reading recipes. I have shelves filled with cookbooks, some of which I purchased simply to read. Lately (I think it must be the cooler weather!), I've been reading a lot of risotto and orzo recipes and was inspired by a lemon and rosemary orzo posted at Eat Yourself Skinny.  This is my twist on a lemony orzo. There was great debate in the test kitchen about the add-ins, so I left them as optional. My preference is to add the pine nuts. One of my tasters preferred the original with no add-ins and the other went for both pine nuts and prosciutto!  Enjoy.

  • 1 1/2 c orzo
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 c chicken broth
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 c water
  • 1 box sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 T cilantro, chopped
  • toasted pine nuts, optional
  • prosciutto crumbles
Saute orzo in butter for 5 minutes.  Stir almost constantly to avoid over-browning.  Add broth, lemon, water, mushrooms, and salt.  Simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and orzo is tender. Stir frequently to avoid sticking.  Stir in cilantro and, if adding, sprinkle pine nuts and prosciutto crumbs on top.

Tangy Mango & Squash Salad.

This recipe was inspired by a blog a friend shared with me. Thanks, Erika! Check out Eating Rules for a version of this recipe that uses sweet potatoes and a whole lot of great healthy eating information.

  • 4 c butternut squash, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 mango, cut into chunks larger than the squash
  • 1 c cooked edamame
  • 3 T olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 2 T agave nectar (honey works too)
  • 1 T rice vinegar
  • 3 T cilantro, chopped
Note: This step can be done ahead of time to allow time for the squash to cool. The salad is best when chilled.  Toss the squash in 2 T of olive oil.  Sprinkle generously with sea salt & pepper. Spread in a single layer on a foil-lined baking pan and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Squash should be soft but not mushy.  Cool completely.

Mix dressing: 1 T olive oil, lemon juice, agave nectar, and vinegar.

When squash is cooled, gently toss with mango and edamame.  Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and drizzle with dressing.  Toss to mix.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sausage, Tortellini & Spinach Soup.

It was another soup & bread day in my kitchen. Yum! This hearty soup is a twist on chicken noodle: it uses turkey sausage and cheese tortellini, and adds mushrooms & spinach. With both the sausage and the tortellini, it makes a filling meal. The crumbled prosciutto on top adds great flavor and texture. 

  • 1 package of turkey Italian sausage or bratwurst, cut into 1 inch pieces or smaller
  • 64 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 package fresh cheese tortellini
  • 1 box cleaned, sliced mushrooms
  • 6 large handfuls fresh spinach
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 2 slices prosciutto, cooked until crisp and crumbled
In stock pot or large soup pot, cook turkey sausage over medium heat until no longer pink. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Add mushrooms and parsley.  Cook for two minutes.  Add tortellini and cook for 5 minutes or according to package directions.  Stir in spinach and cook for 1 more minute. Ladle into bowls and serve with a sprinkling of prosciutto crumbles on top.

Prosciutto, Pear, & Lemon Stilton.

Quick and elegant, with a nice mix of flavors. Just the way a busy girl likes to cook!  I made one pear's worth for lunch (about 10 pieces) and every time I turned around, one was missing and the remaining wraps were rearranged on the plate. Rave review, indeed!

  • prosciutto
  • pear, peeled & sliced
  • Stilton cheese with lemon, sliced
Wrap a slice of pear & a slice of Stilton in a piece of prosciutto and enjoy!