christmas dinner 2014

for christmas m & i collaborated on our family dinner. i made the side dishes, m made the main dish and i decorated a cute fruity dessert with family bringing chocolate and cake. we a barely felt the limitations of feeding … Continue reading christmas dinner 2014

pasta with chicken marengo

i have probably thrown together a pasta dish with chicken, mushroom and spinach in tomato sauce before but this recipe shows how additional spices and ingredients can surprise your taste buds.

i wouldn’t have imagined adding thyme, orange juice and orange zest to a pasta dish but it definitely ups your flavor palette without adding much cooking time.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole wheat fusilli, penne or your favorite pasta shape
  • 6 ounces or 1/3 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces organic baby spinach
  • sea salt, to taste
  • crushed red pepper, to taste

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tofu stir-fry

this was a very quick and easy vegetarian dish – so easy to prepare and so quick to cook. just a little spice and a lot of flavor. for some heat, add red chili powder!

enjoy with rice or on its own. it’s good either way!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 color bell pepper, cut into 1/8 strips
  • 2 ounce sliced mushrooms
  • 1 block (16 ounces) firm tofu, drained and cubed
  • 1/4 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder ~ optional for some heat
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped

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