Saturday, May 25, 2013

Potato Paprika Soup

243/365/1704 (February 9, 2013) - Potato Paprika Soup (New Dishes)

The recipe was adapted from Prevention Magazine's Hungarian Paprika- Potato Soup. This is a very easy slow cooker recipe and I liked the way it came out. Great in the winter with a crusty loaf of bread.

Ingredients (Serves 4):
2 lbs Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-2" chunks
4 cups Low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1 tbsp & 1 tsp Paprika
pinch of Red pepper (adjust to taste)
1 tsp Celery seeds
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 White onion, medium sized finely chopped (around 3/4 to 1 cup)
1/2 Red onion, finely chopped (around 1/2 cup)
1 tsp Dill, dried
1/2 tsp Black pepper
1 cup Fat-free milk

1. Place potatoes, broth, paprika, celery seeds, kosher salt, and both types of onions in slow cooker. Stir to combine.
2. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Stir soup to break up potatoes into broth for a slightly chunky consistency.
3. Add dill and black pepper and mix. Stir in milk and return the cover. Cook for 20 to 30 more minutes.

Enjoy with crusty bread!

Pan Seared Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Glaze

Balsamic Chicken

In the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, we have a great grocery store called Pan Seared Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Glaze. This really is not a difficult dish, but it has a nice elegance that seems like a dish you might get at a nice restaurant. We served it with sauteed broccoli and potatoes and it was great all around.

Ingredients (Serves 4):
4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (Pounded or cut no more than 1/2" thick)
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp Black pepper
1 tsp Thyme (dried)
1/2 tsp Parsley (dried)
1 tbsp Olive oil
2 tsp Garlic, chopped (or two cloves)
1/2 cup Balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp Brown sugar
1 tsp Butter

1. Mix kosher salt, pepper, dried thyme and dried parsley. Sprinkle half evenly over the chicken.
2. Heat olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts to pan (spice sound down) and cook for about 7 minutes. While it is cooking, sprinkle the remaining spice on the chicken. After 7 minutes, turn the chicken over and cook for 7 more. Finally, turn the chicken one last time and cook for 2 more minutes. (Note: the internal temperature should be 160°F). Remove chicken from pan, place on a clean plate and cover with foil.
3. Reduce heat to medium and remove off the heat to add the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and minced garlic to pan. Stir mixture in pan and place back over heat. Simmer mixture for about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and whisk in the butter.
4. Drizzle glaze over chicken breasts and serve.

Enjoy with vegetables and potatoes or rice!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Green and Red Beef Teriyaki

343/365/1804 (May 20, 2013) - Beef Teriyaki with Noodles

So this is the first recipe I have tried or adapted from the magazine First For Women. They used to have these recipes that would be 300 or so ways to prepare pasta - and they just calculate out the combinations that could be generated from choosing one spice from column A and one spice from column B...etc. But I saw this recipe (Teriyaki Beef and Asparagus from May 20, 2013) and it looked really good. I tweaked it a bit. I liked the way it came out - but I want to play with this and will try it again with chicken (I think). Having the noodles is nice - and I used rice noodles. In all honesty, I had the leftovers at lunch the following day with a bit of rooster sauce - and I liked it better. So the base is good to keep playing.

Ingredients (Serves 4):
8 oz Rice noodles
1 tbsp Olive oil
3/4 cup Teriyaki marinade
1/4 cup Beef broth (low-sodium if you have it)
1 tsp Chili-garlic sauce (or Hosin sauce)
1 tsp Corn starch
1 tbsp Peanut oil
1 bunch Asparagus, cut into 2" pieces (top 4-5" only)
1 Green pepper, cut into thin strips
1 Red pepper, cut into thin strips
1 lbs Sirloin steak, sliced 1/4" thick (thinner the better)

1. Prepare rice noodles. Bring a pot of water to boil. Remove from heat and add noodles until all are submerged. After around 5-6 minutes, drain in a colander and add 1 tbsp olive oil and mix (this prevents the noddles from sticking together).
2. Combine teriyaki marinade, broth, chili-garlic sauce and corn starch in a bowl - then set aside.
3. Over medium-high heat, heat 1 tbsp peanut oil and cook vegetables 4 minutes until crisp-tender.
4. Push vegetables to the outside of the pan and add the steak. Cook for 4-5 minutes until done.
5. Add marinade mixture and stir thoroughly for around 30 seconds.
6. Add noodles and cook for around 1-2 minutes.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Rosemary

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Rosemary

I have long wanted to cook with Fingerling Potatoes. They taste wonderful and look so elegant - it is a very nice twist to a roasted vegetable. I modified this Cooking Light recipe for Roasted Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes and it came out fantastic. This is easy enough for any night - though elegant enough for holidays and big family meals.

Ingredients (Serves 4-6):
1 tsp Rosemary, dried
1 tbsp Olive oil
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp Black pepper
1 Shallot (large), thinly sliced
1 1/2 lbs Fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
Cooking spray or Olive oil spray

1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, tossing to coat.
3. Lightly coat a jelly-roll pan with cooking spray or olive oil spray. Arrange potato mixture on the pan.
4. Bake for 25 minutes, tossing half way through.

Enjoy as a great side dish!