Post # 1
I just realized that I make the same 4 meals every week. I am so sick of having cheeseburgers and marinated chicken.
I’m looking to spice up my cooking since I can tell FI is getting awfully bored with the usual dishes I prepare.
Whats your signature dish/favorite recipe?
Mine is penne with vodka sauce. It’s a big hit with our families…
1 box of penne pasta (We use whole wheat. It tastes the same but it’s healthier, so why not?)
½ stick of butter
¼ lb diced pancetta (Italian bacon – no substitution) – this is sold with the specialty meats in the deli section. 1 package of diced pancetta is equivalent to ¼ lb.
1 ½ cups heavy cream
1 ½ cups tomato sauce (I use Hunts. 1 average sized can is equal to 1 ½ cups)
1/3 cup of vodka
Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Add the pancetta and cook until brown (you want to make sure its super crispy or else it will be chewy in the pasta and that’s not that appetizing. I find it normally takes about 5 minutes to get good and brown). Next, add the vodka and let simmer until it doesn’t smell like alcohol anymore (3-4 minutes). Stir frequently. Next, add the tomato sauce and heavy cream. Mix well so that the sauce turns pink in color. Cook until hot (5 minutes or so) and stir frequently. Toss with al dente penne pasta and meat of your choice. We always have chicken in it but shrimp would be good too.
I normally make the sauce the day before we plan to eat it and refrigerate it over night. The sauce thickens doing it this way which coats the pasta much better. Either way it’s great but we like a thicker sauce so we do it this way.
Post # 3
I am bad about measuring things when cooking but I made this fast and easy last week and have been wanting to make it again ever since.
1 whole bratwurst or kielbasa saugauge ( I get them one it is buy one get one free and they defrost fast for a last minute meal)
Garlic finely diced
Mustard – we use the one from Ikea but any kind you like would work
Seasonings – salt, pepper, whatever else you have and like
Cut slits along the sausage about 1/2 an inch apart
Mix the breadcrumbs with the garlic and seasonings, then take that and mix it with mustard till it is crumbly but moist
Take the mixture and shove it into the slits in the sausage
Pour BBQ Sauce over the top
Bake at around 350 till hot and bubbly
I served it with baked potatoes and there was none left!
Post # 4
Easy Chicken Enchiladas
1 (8 ounce) package reduced fat cream cheese
1 cup salsa
2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast meat
1 small can green chilies
1 (15.5 ounce) can pinto beans, drained
6 (6 inch) flour tortillas
2 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese
1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
2.In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream cheese and salsa. Cook, stirring until melted and well blended. Stir in chicken and pinto beans. Fill tortillas with the mixture, roll and place into the prepared baking dish. Spread cheese over the top. Cover with aluminum foil.
3.Bake for 30 minutes, or until heated through. Garnish with your favorite toppings such as lettuce/spinach and tomatoes, or sour cream.
Post # 5
thanks for the recipes, I don’t care for meat and FI doesn’t eat vegetables. So variety is definitely lacking in our kitchen.