Posts Tagged ‘Organic’

I got home so late, what can I make?


So what’s in the fridge and hiding in the kitchen cabinets?  That’s what I have to do when I get home way past the planning time and there are no leftovers to re-engineer.  Today was exactly that kind of dinner time moment. So let the adventure begin:

A box of BARILLA PLUS Rotini (Multigrain Pasta)

I found FRESH Broccolini that should be used right away – so let’s just drizzle VOO with garlic (that mix I keep handy) 300F for 5 min. If it’s too crunchy-raw-for you, then leave it in the oven till you’re ready to use.

Some (if you like them, use ’em all that you find)  little PLUM type TOMATOES that I picket at our local ORGANIC farm, where I have a little plot that I bought for the growing season and Chelsea planted what I like the most.  CUT the TOMATOES up in chunks as you like – I did a big dice.

I also picked BASIL that I sliced up.

Warm up the OO & garlic mix at MED in the pan, making sure it get GOLDEN but not burned, add tomatoes & after 2 min the cooked and cut up BROCCOLINI and the BASIL last and sprinkle liberally with BLACK PEPPER and a little bit of  SALT

In the fridge, I found a box of (Sogel) Fresh Cooked MUSSELS w/ Garlic Butter from COSTCO (Optional of course).  Vegans go to next step please. For the rest, pour out TOMATO MIX & put in a casserole with a cover. Use same pan to warm up the MUSSELS – cut bag open & pour in – Please DON’T EVER cook food that comes in a bag in the bag. Take it out and warm it up instead.

Shredded Parmesan (either real & you grated it on the biggest round hole) OR VEGGIE Grated Parmesan Flavor Cheese Alternative – I use it alot. Sprinkle on top after you serve, as you like.

MOLTO BENNE, ENJOY.

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Indian Spice Asian Pear SALAD


ASIAN PEARS and AVOCADO w/GARAM MASALA and PUMPKIN SEEDS

ORGANIC WHEN POSSIBLE otherwise clean off with a vegetable wash.

For a Salad – serve atop a plate of greens – your choice, I enjoy WATERCRESS, ARUGULA, BABY SPINACH, etc. For dessert, by itself.

MANI INGREDIENTS:
ASIAN PEARS – core and slice thin -they’ll turn brown so spritz a little lemon
AVOCADO – preferably the BIG thin Skin ones – slice as thin as the Asian Pear
but not too thin so they fall apart – the lemon will help the avo stay green as well
PUMPKIN SEEDS – TOAST either in the oven/toaster oven/ on top of stove in a pan til they POP. The Toaster Oven is easy, while you’re slicing the other ingredients they can toast(BUT you have to remember they’re in there – I have burnt my share of nuts).
DRESSING:
GARAM MASALA = a blend of sweet and hot spices
1 stick of CINNAMON
1/2 c. SUGAR (raw, unprocessed if you like)
pc. of GINGER – the size of your thumb – if you like it spicier next time put more
2 tsp. of CARDAMOM PODS & CORIANDER SEEDS lightly crushed(pestle and mortar if you have or a kitchen hammer for tenderizing?)
10 whole BLACK PEPPERCORNS slightly crushed
1/4 tsp. dried hot RED PEPPER FLAKES
Put 2 c. WATER in a small pot with all the ingredients and boil and then lower to simmer for 15 min. Remove from heat and let steep. Strain and reserve the fragrant herbs and spices, then put the syrup in a bottle to cool and serve on top of this magnificent dish and then serve the Pumpkin Seeds on the side for your fellow diners to sprinkle on top. *I put them back into the jar with whatever syrup is left over and refrigerate to use later*