Archive for January, 2018


Fried String Beans

Ingredients:
2 lbs. fresh string beans (ends trimmed)
2 cups bread crumbs
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 eggs (beaten)
vegetable oil
Directions:
1. Boil string beans for 3 minutes in boiling water. Drain well. Let cool.
2. Dip string beans in egg and then in bread crumbs and grated cheese. Cover completely.
3. In a deep frying pan put vegetable oil. Fill up pan half way.
4. Heat oil. When it starts to bubble on the sides, add string beans. You can fry them in batches. (Probably 4 batches.)
5. Cook for about 3-5 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove with a strainer and drain on paper towels.
Serve warm
Dipping Sauce Recommendation:
1 cup of Ranch dressing
1 tsp. fresh wasabi (2 tsp. if you like it more spicy)
Mix together in a bowl. Keep cold until serving. (You can use any favorite dipping sauce.)

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Super Bowl Chicken Wings

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Ingredients:

2 dozen chicken wings

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. paprika

salt and pepper (just a pinch)

olive oil

1/2 cup of butter or margarine

2 tsp. hot sauce

Directions:

1. In a bowl, mix flour, cayenne pepper, paprika, salt and pepper. Coat wings in flour mixture. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

2. In a skillet, put 4 tbs. of olive oil. When heated, add wings. Cook wings for 12-15 minutes. Turn wings over to cook evenly.

3. While wings are cooking, in a separate pan, add butter and hot sauce. Keep on a low heat and stir until butter is melted.

4. When wings are done, place on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Put wings in a bowl and pour butter sauce over them. Stir to coat them.

Serve hot.

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Ingredients:

2 cans red kidney beans

5 boneless chicken breasts (cut into bite size pieces)

1 green pepper (seeds removed and diced)

1 small sweet onion (chopped)

2 tbs. olive oil

1 clove of garlic (chopped)

1 tsp. chili powder

1 (28 oz). can of crushed tomatoes

1 (6 oz.) can of tomato paste

1 cup of water

1 tsp. of sugar

Directions:

1. In a deep pot, put olive oil. Cook chicken pieces on all sides. Stir frequently and cook for 4-5 minutes until cooked. Remove chicken and refrigerate. In the same pot, add another tbs. of olive oil. Cook peppers, onions and garlic until soft.

2. Add chili powder and stir. Add beans, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, water and sugar. Over a high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer. Leave pot uncovered for 25 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add the chicken. Let simmer for an additional 5 minutes for chicken to heat through.

Serve hot. Serves 4 people.

Ingredients:
6 chicken cutlets (sliced into pieces)
1/2 lb. medium size shrimp (tails removed and cleaned)
2 cups carrots (sliced thin)
2 cups zucchini (sliced thim)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
4 tbs. olive oil
salt and pepper
Directions:
1. In a skillet put 2 tbs. of olive oil. Cook chicken pieces and remove to the side.
2. Next, add 2 tbs. of olive oil to the skillet. Cook garlic for a minute and then add carrots and zucchini. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir frequently.
3. When carrots and zucchini appear tender, remove from skillet.  Add shrimp to same skillet. Stir and cook for about 3 minutes. Return chicken and vegetables to skillet and cook for an additional  minute to heat through.
*optional: add 1/4 cup of white wine when you add in cooked chicken
Serve hot.

Friday Night Shrimp and Scallop Pizza

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Ingredients:
Focaccia or Pizza Bread
1/2 lb. shrimp (uncooked)
1/2 lb. bay scallops (uncooked)
3 large red onions (sliced)
1 large vidalia onion (sliced)
2 cups fresh arugula
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3 tbsp. balsamic oil
2 tsp. white sugar
olive oil
Directions:
1. In a skillet, put 1 tbsp. olive oil. Cook shrimp and scallops. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Turn shrimp and scallops while cooking. Should take no more than 5 minutes to cook. Set to the side.
2. In a skillet, put 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Cook sliced onions. Stir frequently. When they are tender, add balsamic vinegar and sugar. Stir together. Cook an additional 2 minutes. Set onions to the side. (If it’s to oily, drain some of the excess.)
3.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a little olive oil of focaccia/pizza bread. Place on a baking sheet and place in oven, just for about 5 minutes. You want the bread to begin to get crisp.
4. Remove bread from oven. Spread cooked onions evenly on top Scatter fresh arugula on top. Place cooked shrimp and scallops evenly on top. (If the scallops are large, you can cut them into pieces.)
5.Return to the oven for about 6-8 minutes.
*Serve hot and crispy.

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Ingredients:

1 lb. piece of fresh tuna

1 cup canned chick peas (drained)

1/4 cup red onion (chopped)

1/2 cup fresh carrots (chopped)

1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes in olive oil (chopped)

sea salt and black pepper

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. white wine vinegar

Directions:

1. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt and black pepper on tuna.

2. With a little olive oil, brush a heated grill and grill tuna until desired taste.

3. In a skillet, put olive oil. Heat for a minute and add chick peas, red onions, carrots and sundries tomatoes.

4. Sprinkle with pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Mix well.

5. After 3 minutes, add white balsamic vinegar. Cook for an additional minute.

6. When serving, pour over grilled tuna and serve hot.

Serves 2.

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Ingredients:
2 cups non-fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup fresh blackberries
1/2 cup fresh strawberries (sliced)
2 tbs. granola
Directions:
1. In a bowl, place yogurt.
2. Top with berries and granola.
*Serve cold.

Arugula Tomato Salad With Fried Feta

Ingredients:

4 tomatoes (sliced)

1 small red onion (thinly sliced)

2 cups fresh arugula (rinsed/dried)

1 small can pitted black olives (drained)

8 oz. feta cheese (cut into cubes)

1 egg

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

2 tbsp. olive oil

Dressing:

3 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 lemon (juiced)

2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano

1 1/2 tbsp. honey

pinch of black pepper

Directions:

  1. Dip feta cheese cubes into egg and then bread crumbs.
  2. In a skillet, put 2 tbsp. olive oil. When heated, add feta cheese. Cook on both sides for 2 minutes each and remove from skillet.
  3. On a large platter, spread out arugula. Put tomatoes, red onions and olives on top. (See photo.)
  4. Mix salad dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over salad.
  5. Top salad with fried feta.