Sunday, July 18, 2010

Triple P

I was scanning through my Vegetarian Times magazine from February and came across Rigatoni Puttanesca with Veggie Meatballs. I never had this before and frankly had no clue what it was. The first time I ever heard of this was from the movie Series of Unfortunate Events...
I used organic penne pasta..(hence the title of the post..Penne Pasta Puttanesca)
Here's the low down....

First up..get all this stuff

*Bread crumbs
*pasta of your choice
*Parmesan cheese
*black pepper
*tomato sauce
*soy sausage, such as Gimme Lean..

Cook pasta according to package instructions...

Then squeeze the tube of soysage into a bowl and dump in bread crumbs
Next up, grate some fresh Parmesean
and a bunch of garlic
chop up a handful of parsley
then get your basil leaves and lay them on top of each other like this
next roll the leaves up like a cigar..and slice into thin pieces..I believe this is called chiffonade....
Add some to the some for garnish later
Mix well with hands...
Roll into little balls like this
Throw them into a hot skillet with some olive oil and fry for like 6 or so minutes

Dump in a jar of whatever kind of sauce tickles your fancy. I used tomato basil
Add could use kalamata olives..but the mere thought of those, let alone the smell makes me wanna hurl. I used black sliced olives.Next up, top the pasta...then add some more of that basil and grate some more of the parmie.

Verdict* This was surprisingly tasty. I normally don't like AT ALL..but it went very well with the sauce. The balls were firm and delicious..( that didn't come out right..whatever, get your mind out of the gutter..we're talking food here yo!) They had a really good taste. The kids scarfed it up..The mister on the other hand was not fond of this at all. He was wondering why I didn't use real meat. Sometimes, it just feels like a vegetarian day!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saturday Stuffin'

I am so happy to be at the blog thing again..its a great outlet for me...but more importantly..I am rockin' the kitchen again. I was in a slump for a really long time. But honestly ever since we signed up with our CSA, it has inspired me to get busy doing my thang! :-)
Thursday in our box we received alot of Anaheim Peppers...
I wasn't sure what to do with them, so I decided to stuff em'.
Here's what I did:
Ground 1lb ground turkey
I used a crapload of Cumin and some all purpose seasoning. Then after washing the peppers, slice down the center..but not all the way..and remove the seeds, top and all that other junk. Then put them in a steamer basket in a large pan and steam for about 6ish minutes..or until they start to sweat.
While they are steaming, put in a bunch of tomato paste and mix thoroughly. Next I decided to add some brown rice..about a cup
I used Minute Rice (Brown Rice) and nuked it..I was too impatient to do it on the stove top..and also too lazy.
Mix well..
After this I decided it needed something else...??? Ah ha! Beans baby! I got a can or organic tri bean medley, rinsed them Dump them in the turkey mixture stuff....

Next get a long baking dish and put the peppers this..make sure they don't touch each other. I don't know why, I just don't like that. Whatever.. Moving on.
Start spooning in the filling like so....

Be generous..stuff them bad boys!Add a bunch of cheese..I used Monetary Jack...ultimately I wanted to use Manchego..or something..but didn't see it at Trader Joe's last night...Oh well.

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees...then get 2 small cans of tomato sauce and dump in a sauce pan and add all kinds of spices and herbs.. I used oregano, cumin, garlic, salt, basil..whatever you have on hand and sounds good will do just fine me thinks...
Top the peppers with the sauce and add a little more cheese..Hey the more the merrier right? Its the weekend..we're not counting calories!

Cover with foil and pop in the oven for maybe 25 minutes or so...and viola!

The verdict: These were the bomb! They are so hearty too. The filling is really good, and the peppers still have a bit of crispness to them..
The two textures were creating a taste explosion in my mouth. The only thing, next time I would add something to give them a kick..such as some chipotle and adobo or something. Other than that...two thumbs up!

Stay tuned, tomorrow is Pasta Puttanesca!

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Jellyfish and zucchini bars

Summer has finally rolled in, and ohmygod..its been hot, and the humidity makes things suck even more. Yesterday my friend and her daughter and the kids and I packed up and hit the beach. We went somewhere on her hubby is in the navy.
We arrived and there was plenty of parking and not at all.
After setting up we sat and ate some sammies we got at Subway. Jack took like 2 bites and dropped it and headed out to the surf.

We all followed suit. The water was so cold.
Ok. Fast forward, maybe 2 hours. Lily has made a new friend..(some boy nonetheless). They were acting like little freaks and throwing seaweed and wet sandLily discovers purple seaweed (or so she thinks) and brings it to the shore.
Umm.... Errr.. Yeah..
That is not pretty purple seaweed, that's a friggin' jellyfish! Shortly after..the whining sets in and then the stinging and burning. This is not the whole jellyfish either mind you. This is just a piece of the MASSIVE blob that was floating nearby. This thing was HUGE!!!
Jack notices Lily getting all the attention and everyone hoovering over her, then he doubles over..."Mommy! My legs are burning..and, thumb..yeah, my thumb is stinging ..and ahh my eyes!" Nice try kid...
Jack was never touched or was no where near the gelatinous beast for that matter.
My first thoughts were..someone has to pee on her hand! Didn't you see that Friends episode where Monica gets stung..???
No one ended up peeing on her...the sting wasn't that bad..her finger was swollen..but eventually went down. She worked it for as long as she could...
I think she learned her lesson..*fingers crossed!*


In other news...I am making some zucchini bars today.

I got the recipe from a good friend at work. These suckers rock! They are so good. I tweaked the recipe a little..
Here's the how to:

First up... Gather all this stuff

Beat together

Sugar..(I used 1/4 sugar and maybe 1/3 cup or so agave nectar)

oil..(again, I used 1/2 c oil and 1/2 c applesauce.. )

3 organic brown eggs
Next up, beat in 2 cups of flour, (I used whole wheat) ,

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 tsp of salt

2 tsp of baking powder

1/4th tsp of baking soda

1 tsp of vanilla
Beat for about 2 minutes or until smooth and creamy
Now grate up 2 cups of zucchini and one carrot...(luckily, I just got these and the zuke in last nights csa box!)

Chop up about a cup or so of walnuts..
Add in the oats and fold in the veggies....
Unfortunately it will look like a pan of vomit..but boy its smells so good Bake at 350 degrees for 40ish minutes...then let them cool completly..When they are cool, cut into small squares.

While this is going..lets get busy with the frosting....oh yeah!

Get a bowl and dump in

2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

1/2 soft butter

1/4 tsp almond extract

2 tsp of vanilla

3 ounces of softened cream cheese
Beat this for a few minutes until smooth and delicious...

Set aside..or stick in the fridge.

Then slop on the icing...

These are so good...the kids loved them. I am going to make these for Jack's birthday party.

I think they taste better cold.