sometimes its nice to cook something with a bunch of different ingredients… this was one of them… pumpkin seeds, raisins, cherries… with shrimp and kale… YUM lots of good stuff in this one
adapted from epicurious
In a small pan over high heat, toast pumpkin seeds, stirring constantly, until lightly brown, 1 to 2 minutes. In a food processor, puree raisins and 1/4 cup water 1 minute. In a large pan over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add onion; cook until translucent, 5 minutes. Stir in raisin puree, cherries, chili pepper, 1 teaspoons garlic and cumin; cook 1 minute. Add broth and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer. In a bowl, dissolve cornstarch in 1 tablespoons cold water. Gradually add cornstarch mixture to broth mixture to thicken; reduce heat and simmer 7 to 10 minutes. Add shrimp; cook until pale white, 5 minutes. Stir in zest; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. In pan, heat remaining 1 tablespoons oil. Cook kale and 3 teaspoons garlic, stirring, until kale starts to wilt, 3 to 5 minutes. Strain juices and combine with rice. Divide rice mixture, shrimp and seeds among 6 plates.
i love tuna steaks — tuna in a can not so much! this tuna was no exception… yum!
Soy-marinated grilled tuna
adapted from allparenting
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, sliced
- 2 (6 ounces each) fresh ahi tuna steaks, about 1-inch each
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- In a small bowl, whisk together the fresh lime juice, soy sauce and sesame oil. Pour the mixture into a large resealable plastic bag. Add the ginger slices.
- Season the ahi tuna steaks with pepper, transfer to the bag and seal the bag and marinate for 15 minutes. Take care not to marinate for any longer, otherwise the fish will start to “cook” in the marinade.
- Heat an oiled grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Sear the fish until the desired degree of doneness is reached, about 2 minutes per side.
- Garnish with green onions
this was a quick and easy shrimp dish… not amazing but it was tasty :)
Honey Lime Shrimp
recipe from slenderkitchen
- 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1.5 tbsp. lime juice
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1/2 tsp. lime zest
- 1 tbsp. flour
- Salt and pepper
- Toss the shrimp with the lime juice, honey, and lime zest. If you like spice you could add a pinch of cayenne pepper here as well. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
- When ready to cook, heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat.
- Toss the shrimp with the salt, pepper, and flour.
- Add to the pan in a single layer. Cook for about 2 minutes and then flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes until cooked through.
I bought pears from cost and of course there were a ton starting to turn mushy so baking them was the obvious choice! this cake was delicious. the original recipe also had a glaze for the top, but it was just fine without it! yum!
Pear Gingerbread Crumb Cake
adapted from theviewfromgreatisland
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
for the filling
- 4 ripe but still firm pears, any variety, peeled and rough chopped
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- juice of 1/2 lemon
for the dough
- 2 sticks (1/2 lb) unsalted butter at room temperature
- 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (measure after chopping)
- Set the oven to 350F
- Toss the pear chunks with the cinnamon and lemon juice and set aside.
- Cream the butter with the sugar until fluffy. Take a moment to make sure the brown sugar has been well combined and there are no large lumps. Add the salt and the spices and mix well.
- Add in the flour and mix until just combined, the dough will be crumbly.
- Spray the bottom and sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Press 2/3 of the dough mixture into the bottom of the pan. Be sure to cover the entire surface, but don’t pack it down too forcefully.
- Spread the pears out evenly over the dough.
- Mix the remaining dough with the pecans and crumble it evenly over the pears. Break apart the dough with your fingertips to make nice even crumbles. Don’t worry if some of the pear shows through.
- Bake for about 45 minutes until lightly browned.
- Cool for a few minutes before releasing the springform pan, and then let the cake cool further.
these were quick easy and delicious!
BEEF BURRITO CASSEROLE
adapted from recipegirl
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
One can black beans, rinsed
1 cup bottled chunky salsa
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Eight 8-inch tortillas
2 cups shredded cheddar or jack cheese (or mixture of both)
3 green onions, chopped
1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink. Spoon out any fat. Add the garlic, oregano, cumin and beans. Continue to heat for about 5 minutes, then stir in 1 cup of the salsa and the Parmesan cheese.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13×9-inch glass baking dish with nonstick spray.
3. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the beef/bean mixture onto the center of a tortilla. Roll up tightly and place the filled tortilla seam-side-down in the pan. Continue with remaining tortillas and filling until you have filled all 8 tortillas and have snuggled them alongside of one another in the pan. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the rolled-up tortillas and sprinkle the green onions on top of the cheese. Cover with greased foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
we hadn’t had fish in awhile – so i defrosted some tilapia — this was easy and tasty served up with some couscous..
BAKED FISH WITH SPINACH
- 1 pound prewashed spinach
- 4 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 fish fillets (6 ounces each) (sole, cod, tilapia or red snapper)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Spray a large rimmed baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- On the baking sheet, toss the spinach with 2 teaspoons of the oil and ½ teaspoon of the garlic powder.
- Place the fish fillets over the spinach and rub them with the remaining 2 teaspoons of the oil and sprinkle evenly with the remaining ½ teaspoon garlic powder and salt to taste.
- Place the pan on the bottom rack of the oven and turn the oven to 400 degrees. Bake until the fish is opaque and the spinach has wilted, 15 to 18 minutes.
- While the fish is baking, stir together the sauce.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, toasted sesame oil red pepper flakes and sugar, until it is well blended.
- Remove the fish from the oven and drizzle the sauce over the fish and spinach.
- Serve immediately.
another thanksgiving dessert! this was a different take on pecan pie… definitely not as sweet or sticky or gooey.. but delicious nonetheless… also healthier underneath the mini pecan pies are mini key lime pies yum!
Mini Pecan Phyllo Tarts
Adapted from Skinnytaste.com
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 large egg
- 4 tsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup pecans chopped
- 15 Mini Phyllo Shells (Athens)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except pecans. Mix well. Stir in chopped pecans. Arrange mini shells on a baking sheet. Fill mini shells with one heaping teaspoon of pecan mixture. If any of the mixture remains, distribute evenly between all the shells.
Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let them cool before serving.
This was actually another thanksgiving dessert! also super delicious — you could barely taste the pumpkin in it… so if you’re a big fan of pumpkin i would definitely increase the pumpkin :) otherwise YUM-O
Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake
adapted from culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody
Cinnamon Roll Batter:
2/3 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup whole milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Pumpkin Cheesecake filling:
12 oz. (1 ½ packages) cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup canned pumpkin
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 TBSP flour
2 whole eggs
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
3 TBSP cinnamon
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
3 TBSP maple syrup
milk (if needed to thin frosting)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9-inch Springform pan.
Cinnamon Roll Batter:
Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or hand mixer) cream together the butter and sugar for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
Add egg, milk, and vanilla. Beat for another minute. Scrape down bowl.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Combine the sifted and creamed ingredients together. Mix on low speed until thoroughly combined.
Spread half of the batter onto the bottom of the Springform pan. It will be sticky and thick so spray your hands with baking spray and press down. It will be a thin layer, but trust me it will rise up during baking.
For the Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling:
Using a stand mixer (and a clean bowl) fitted with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and sugar for 2 minutes on medium-high speed.
Add the pumpkin and beat for another minute until fully combined.
Add the eggs (and yolk) one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.
Add the vanilla, spices, and flour and beat for another minute.
Pour all of the cheesecake batter on top of the cinnamon roll batter that is in the prepared pan.
In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Mix until thoroughly combined.
Drop spoonfuls of the cinnamon filling over the entire top of the cheesecake.
Take the rest of the base batter and drop spoonfuls over the entire top of cheesecake. Once finished, take a knife to swirl the ingredients together. This is hard to do as the batter is pretty thick, just do what you can. :)
Bake for about 50-55 minutes, cake will be puffy and lightly browned. Let chill for 20 minutes at room temperature and then cover and move to fridge for 4 hours. Remove cake and let it warm up to room temperature just a bit. Frost with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting:
Using a stand mixer (and a clean bowl) with paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese to soften for about 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and beat until desired consistency is reached. If too thick, thin out with milk.
this is how far behind i am in posting! this was a recipe from thanksgiving! so yummy! apples and caramel with a glaze on top!
caramel apple bundt cake
adapted from insidebrucrewlife
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup applesauce
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups diced apples
1 cup caramel baking bits
1 cup powdered sugar
4-5 tsp apple cider
- In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, oil, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, eggs, and applesauce and beat again. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture until mixed in. Stir in the apples and caramel bits by hand.
- Spread the batter in a 12 inch bundt pan that has been sprayed with non stick baking spray. Bake at 350* for 55-60 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then flip out onto a plate or tray. Cool completely.
- Stir together the powdered sugar and water/cider. Spoon over the top of the cooled cake.
sometimes you just want something different for dinner… and this was it… tortilla chips, salsa, an egg :) all delicious together!
adapted from spoonforkbacon
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles, drained
2 1/2 cups prepared salsa
1 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
14-15 ounces tortilla chips
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Place oil in a heavy bottom skillet and place over medium-high heat.
3. Saute onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and continue to sauté for 2 minutes.
4. Stir in green chiles and continue to sauté for 2 minutes. Add salsa and broth and stir together.
5. Bring mixture to a boil and begin adding tortilla chips, a handful at a time, folding gently to coat every chip. Allow chips to soak up some liquid before adding more.
6. Repeat until all chips have been added and evenly mixed. Season with salt and pepper and gently fold together.
7. Crack eggs atop mixture, place in oven and bake for 12 to 15 minute or until all liquid has been absorbed and eggs have set.
8. Top with cilantro and serve immediately.