Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Easy (Easiest) Turkey Spaghetti Meatballs

My husband LOVES LOVES LOVES spaghetti and meatballs.  I usually use ground beef but thought that I should switch it up this time.

Didn't have all the ingredients in my other recipe on hand.  Decided to look for another recipe that fit my ingredients. It's really only mixing turkey, egg, and breadcrumbs; then spicing it up!!

Easy Turkey Meatballs
Prep Time: 15 min     Bake Time: 25 min
Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup breadcrumbs (I used Panko crumbs)
1 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400F.

In a medium sized bowl, mix all the ingredients. In a 9x13 pan (or what I do is get 8x8 pan and a loaf pan instead), line them with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Use butter, oil, or nonstick spray on the foil. Either use your hands to form meatballs about 1.5 inches in diameter or an ice cream scoop to make them more uniform.

Bake for 25 minutes.

In a pot, prepare spaghetti. In a pan, heat up spaghetti sauce.

Grab a plate, place spaghetti with meatballs on top. Add as much sauce as you wish. 

Enjoy!! 

For the meatball leftovers, I made a meatball sub.



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Party: Minnie Mouse Oreos (or Mickey Mouse)

I was helping my friend with making Minnie Mouse oreo cookies for her daughter's birthday. They were super cute. Need to share with the world.

There are many more examples all over the internet with dipping the oreo, putting more embellishments, etc. You can put them on a stick and do a flower pot of mouse ears. We did simple ones.

Minnie (or Mickey) Mouse Oreo Cookies
Prep Time: Depends on how many you are making
Ingredients:
Oreo Cookies
Mini Oreos (for the mouse ears)
frosting (any kind since it's just a little for 'glue')
toothpicks

You open the oreo. Remove some frosting so that the ears fit on both sides. After placing the ears in, sandwich back the oreo. That's it.

For embellishment, we used Wilton's Big Hearts to create a bow. Stick the hearts on with the frosting using the toothpick. Done!



Here's another fun way to decorate. I made pink chocolate bows with Wilton Candy Melt in the light pink color. Stuck these with frosting too.


You can also have Mickey and Minnie.


Be creative!! 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Langostino Tails Sandwich (Lobster Roll)

I love buying Langostino Tails from Trader Joe's. All you have to do is defrost them.


This time, I decided to eat them in a sandwich.

Langostino Tails Roll
Prep Time: 5 min      Cook Time: 6 min (if you toast the rolls, otherwise it's 0 min)

Ingredients: 
1 12 oz bag of langostino lobster tails (or about 1 lb lobster or crabmeat)
1/2 cup greek yogurt
3 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 stalk celery, chopped into small pieces
sea salt, to taste
fresh ground pepper, to taste

Directions:
Chop a stalk of celery into small pieces.

In a bowl, mix greek yogurt, mayo, celery pieces, langostino tails. Add sea salt and fresh ground pepper (or regular pepper) to taste. Filling is done! (Chill in refrigerator, if desired.)

I bought french rolls for my sandwiches. Open the roll. drizzle olive oil or butter on the inside. Heat the bun with inside side down for about three minute each side.

Take the bun off the pan.



Scoop the filling generously inside the bun.


Note: 
One bag of langostino tails makes roughly 3 sandwiches.

Here's an open-faced sandwich:


So simple and delicious!!  Enjoy!!


Friday, March 7, 2014

Paleo Fried Chicken (Almond Meal/Flour)

Believe it or not, this was my first time making fried chicken. It's probably because I'm into healthier cooking. Frying just wasn't my thing. But I have become a fan of Paleo Fried Chicken after consuming the deliciousness of my creation.



All the recipes pretty much look the same. You can use butter or oil to fry the chicken.

Paleo Fried Chicken (Note: I cook for two adults. You can alter accordingly)
Prep Time: 15 min     Cook time: 15 min
Ingredients: 
3/4 cup almond meal/flour
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
a dash of cayenne (optional)

1 egg

2 chicken thighs
6 tbsp unsalted butter

Directions: 
Whisk an egg in a bowl.

On a big plate, add almond flour and all the spices. 



Mix well.

Dip the chicken thigh, one at a time, in the bowl with the egg. Make sure it isn't dripping anymore. Then place the chicken thigh on the plate with the almond flour mixture. Bread both sides of the chicken thigh evenly. Do the same thing to the other one.



I put it in the refrigerator to set better.

In a big pan, melt the butter on medium heat. Carefully place the chicken thighs as flat as possible into the pan. Let it cook until the breading is crispy. For me, this took about 8 minutes. Flip them to crisp the other side. Finish cooking for about 7 minutes.

I paired my fried chicken with asparagus. Think I'll be making fried chicken more often...


Enjoy!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Easy Coconut Curry (Basic)

After sifting and sifting through recipe after recipe, I decided that Tina's blog, Oh Snap! Let's eat!, was that one I was going to try. This is the first, of many, curry from scratch recipes that will cook in my kitchen.

I didn't want to buy sauce packets like everyone else. So I'm experimenting. Didn't know it was that easy. Well, I still need practice to get the heat and spices correct or change my curry powder, but it was delicious.


Easy Coconut Chicken Curry (For vegetarians, substitute chicken for veggies)
Prep Time: 20 min      Cook Time: 45 minutes
Ingredients:
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp curry powder (This time, I used Trader Joe's Curry Powder)
1 can coconut milk
1 tsp salt

1 tbsp oil
1 onion, sliced
1 tbsp crushed garlic (Or use 4-5 cloves)
2 lb chicken (I used chopped chicken thighs)
3 medium potatoes, cubed
1 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
1 tsp cayenne


Directions:
In a big pot or pan with medium heat, melt butter. Swirl in curry powder. Pour the coconut milk in and stir some more. Add the salt.


In another pan, heat oil on medium heat. Cook onion slices until softened for about three minutes. Add garlic to cook with the onions. Then add the chicken to cook with the onions and garlic for about 5 minutes. Then add the potatoes to pan. Cook for another 10 minutes.


Now pour the chicken and onions into the other big pot of sauce. Simmer on low heat for half an hour. At the end, stir in some brown sugar and cayenne to your liking. That's it!!! Serve it with your favorite kind of rice (I use brown rice).

I had to add more cayenne since the Trader Joe's curry powder had no kick to it. After the cayenne, it started tasting more like curry to me. I will try many many variations of this basic curry to get the spices down.

Next time, I plan to make my own curry powder. Stay tuned!!

Enjoy!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Espresso Bourbon Chocolate Brownies with Pecans

Sweet Cravings!!!

It's time to try a new recipe just in time for Valentine's Day!!  

I LOVE BROWNIES.

Last night, I was looking at many brownie photos. But I didn't decided to bake until I saw this one from Lemon&Anchovies.

Coffee with Whiskey and Chocolate and Pecans??  
...my HUBBY'S HEAVEN!!!



Espresso Bourbon Chocolate Brownies with Pecans
Prep Time:  15 min      Bake Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients: 
1/2 cup (or 3 oz) chocolate chunks (This will be melted with the butter)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup bourbon (any Whiskey)
2 tbsp instant coffee
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions: 
Preheat oven to 350F.

In a double boiler (Create yours by getting a pot with water with a bowl on top.  Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.), melt butter and chocolate.  Remove from heat to transfer to a mixing bowl.

(In a small bowl, stir the whiskey with the instant coffee.)

Add the sugar into the mix.  Beat eggs one at a time.  Add vanilla.
Now pour the whiskey-coffee mixture.

In a separate bowl, mix flour and baking soda.

Pour the flour mixture into the same bowl as the wet ingredients.  Once everything is incorporated, stir in pecans and chocolate chips.

Use cooking spray or foil in your 8x8 pan.  Pour the batter in.  Bake for 30 minutes.

My hubby LOVED it.  First you taste chocolate with the aroma of coffee. Then you are hit with the alcohol.

WOW.  This one's a keeper -- like my hubby!!!

Happy Valentine's Week!!  

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Curried Crab Endive Boats

Many years ago, I was at an event with Gelson's (Grocery Store) catering. It was the first time I had ever consumed endive spear appetizers. They had put beef inside the spear. After that bite, I had to search for them for seconds and thirds. I've had these in the back of my mind. This recipe is with crabmeat, not beef.


With endive leaves, you can be creative with however you wish to float your boat. *pun intended*

Endives


Curried Crab Endive Appetizer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:
2 heads endive
6 oz crabmeat (canned)
2 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tsp curry powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp scallions, chopped
3 tbsp red bell peppers, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Wash and separate the endive heads into individual leaves

Mix all the other ingredients in a bowls. Scoop a generous about into each endive leaf.
Done!



You can add whatever you want in your endive boats. I actually used the leftover endive to make a small pear endive salad for the next day. Just cut endives crosswise. then top with small pieces of pear. Drizzle with dressing of your choice (I used sesame viniagrette).