Archives for the month of: September, 2012

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In my effort to eat healthy during the week, I’ve exhausted myself eating Asian dishes. Mexican dishes have a bad reputation of being greasy and unhealthy, but through a quick search through food and wines 30 day healthy meal menu, I found a delicious sounding chicken taco that was also very low in calories. Read the rest of this entry »

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Continuing my efforts to eat healthier for my big day, I followed another recipe from Food and Wine’s 30 day healthy eating menus. Today I picked a soba noodle dish served with grilled shrimp and cilantro. This dish packed in little bits of fried garlic and shallots for punches of flavor, and crushed peanuts for texture, it’s almost unbelievable how simple it is to make, and how delicious and healthy it is.

Soba is the Japanese word for buckwheat, also synonymous with the thin noodles made out of buckwheat flour. Buckwheat is naturally gluten free, Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m getting married in about 6 weeks, and like almost all brides before me, I’m trying hard to look good for the wedding. I figure the fiancĂ© and myself can indulge a little on the weekends, but during the week, we have to be more careful about what we consume.

While looking for healthy dinners on Foodandwine.com, I came across their 30 day healthy eating plan. The menus that they offer, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, do not look like diet foods at all. The common theme is fish, chicken, and vegetables with healthy grains. If I did not work, I’d absolutely want to follow every single one of their meals because they all look sooooooo tasty! But with my more and more hectic schedule, the only meal I can really plan and have time to cook is dinner.

The recipe I picked to start my healthy weekday cooking plan is a Chinese style spicy green bean and tofu stir fry. Read the rest of this entry »

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During a busy weekday, I sometimes find myself looking for recipes on my phone at the grocery store because I’ve had no time to plan dinner. Epicurious.com, which is a recipe collection from several different publications, including Bon appetit, and Gourmet, is one of my go to places to search. One link led to another and I found myself looking at a beautiful plate of perfectly pan roasted chicken with a gravy like sauce. Sometimes a nice looking photo is all it’scneeded to convince me to try the recipe. Plus, it looked very hearty and comforting, which is what I usually crave after a long day at work.

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The fresh spinach pasta sheets are a very adaptable ingredient. I went online to search for recipes that I can use on pasta sheets, and one recipe that really jumped out is a ravioli made with cauliflower and crab. Raviolis are usually sealed, however these Raviolis are just layered with a sauce made from cream, cauliflower and crab meat. It’s a beautiful dish, and pretty easy to make, especially if you have the pasta sheets made already. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rich, creamy, delicious meat and cheese sauce nestled between delicate sheets of homemade spinach pasta, the lasagne recipe that started my fresh pasta making craze. This is definitely a Sunday dinner meal, best served with a bottle of good red wine, and good company. The best way to relax is to work hard, and enjoy the fruits of your hard work with your loved ones.

The lasagne is composed of a meat based Bolognese ragu, a beciamella sauce, and fresh spinach pasta sheets. I outlined in the previous post the steps I took to make the pasta sheets, and here I will post the steps I took to complete the Lasagne Bolognese. Read the rest of this entry »

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It was another lazy Sunday and I was feeling antsy not having any plans for dinner. Mark suggested pasta bolognese, something I’ve made many times before. I did some research in my Gourmet Today cookbook, and found this awesome recipe for lasagna with bolognese sauce and fresh pasta sheets.

Making fresh pasta is definitely time consuming, and may seem a daunting task at first, but you do end up with a lot of pasta who can be kept frozen for weeks. The pasta sheet recipe is adapted from one of Mario Batali’s, and although I halved the recipe, I still ended up with enough to make two meals out of it for one week with still more left over in the freezer. Fresh pasta cooks fast, even frozen, so in effect you are saving cooking time in advance if you take a few hours to make fresh pasta. Read the rest of this entry »