Healthy Mediterranean Cooking at Home

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2 servings

Ingredients

12 sea scallops (10 oz)washed, dried and side muscle removed
½ teaspoon dried chili flakes
2 teaspoons sesame oil
5 oz curly soba noodles
2 carrot sliced thinly on the diagonal
1 celery stalk sliced thinly on the diagonal
Half a medium onion finely diced
6 dried shiitake mushrooms
1 tablespoon peanut oil

Sauce
1 clove garlic, grated
½ cup chicken broth
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions

Cover the noodles with cold water and let sit until hydrated-30 to 45 minutes. Drain in a colander and set aside.
Cover mushrooms in hot wat and let sit for 30 minutes. Drain and slice thinly, discarding the stem.
Combine the sauce ingredients in a measuring cup and set aside.
Heat peanut oil in a medium deep skillet or wok. Add the carrot, celery, and onion. Stir-fry about 5 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Add the mushroom and sauce. Stir-fry until thickened. Add the drained noodles and mix until the noodles are completely coated in sauce. Keep warm.
Heat the sesame oil in a small skillet and add the chili flakes. Heat for a minute and add the scallops. Cook the scallops for about two minutes on each side,
Divide the noodles between two serving bowls, top each with half the scallops, and serve immediately.


Roasted Pecan Salmon Fillets

Ingredients

12-14 oz salmon filet
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons Dijon coarse mustard
1 tablespoon honey
½ cup finely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
Wedges of fresh lemon

Directions

Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Place the fillet skin-side down in a greased baking dish.

Combine the mustard and honey in a small dish and spread on top of the salmon.

Press the nuts on top of the mustard coating and sprinkle with parsley.

Bake at 400°F 15 minutes or until cooked through. Cut the fillet in half and serve with wedges of fresh lemon.

Italian Green Beans and Potatoes

Ingredients

10 oz Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into one-inch lengths
Salt and pepper
½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon red pepper chili flakes

Directions

Parboil the green beans in boiling salted water until almost tender, 3-4 minutes, Drain.

Heat oil in a medium skillet over low heat. Add the potatoes and garlic and cook covered until tender and the potatoes are turning golden brown around the edges about 5-6 minutes. Add seasonings, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir in drained beans and saute gently for about 5 minutes over low heat. Serve with the salmon.


Serves 8

For the beef
3-4 pound chuck beef roast
1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Flour for coating meat
2 tablespoons olive oil

For the sauce
1 large carrot, diced (about 1 cup)
1 large celery stalk, diced (about 1 cup)
1 bell pepper, diced (1 cup)
1 onion, diced (1 cup)
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup medium-bodied Italian red wine
2 cups low sodium beef broth
Two 28-ounce containers of chopped Italian tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 lb. pasta

Directions

Trim most of the outside fat from the meat. Pat dry with paper towels. Season generously with the salt and pepper and lightly rub with all-purpose flour.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, add the roast and brown on all sides, 10-12 minutes. Transfer the meat to a platter.

Reduce the heat to medium and heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the vegetables and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10-12 minutes. Add the tomato paste and seasoning and stir for about 1 minute.

Add the wine and stir to incorporate the vegetables. Add the beef stock, the tomatoes, the bay leaf, and the roast with any juices accumulated on the plate. Bring to a boil.

Cover the pot, reduce the heat, and simmer on very low, turning and basting the meat every half hour or so, until the meat is very tender about 4 hours. (You can also put the pot into a 300°F oven and turn the roast every hour.)

Boil the water for the pasta.

Remove the meat from the pot and place it on a cutting board, covered loosely with aluminum foil to rest for 10 minutes. Taste and adjust sauce seasoning, remove bay leaf, and keep the sauce hot.

Cook the pasta.

Cut the meat into thick slices and place them in a deep serving dish. Spoon some of the sauce over the meat and reserve the rest to add to the cooked pasta.

Toss the pasta with the remaining sauce and serve with the roast.


Hoisin & Cranberry Roasted Chicken

Ingredients

4 small chicken breasts
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 large shallot, minced
2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine
½ cup coarsely chopped cranberries, fresh or frozen (thawed)
1 ¼ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 medium acorn squash
Salt and black pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Line two baking dishes with a layer of foil. Oil the foil.

Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds. Lay the squash halves on their flat sides, and cut into 1-inch thick slices. Place the slices in one baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 15 minutes before you add the dish with the chicken,

Place 3 tablespoons flour in a shallow dish and add the salt. Dredge both sides of the chicken in the flour.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken, skinned-side down, and cook until brown on the bottom, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer the chicken, skinned-side up, to the second baking dish.

Place the dish in the prepared oven. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers 165 degrees F, 15 minutes. Continue to bake the squash for 15 minutes more.

Return the skillet to medium heat, add the shallot, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add wine and cranberries; cook until reduced by about half and the cranberries are beginning to soften about 1 minute. Add 1 cup broth; bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries are very soft, about 3 minutes more.

Combine the cornstarch and 1/4 cup broth in a small bowl. Whisk the mixture into the sauce and cook, whisking, until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; whisk in hoisin sauce and brown sugar.

Place the chicken and squash on a serving plate and pour the cranberry sauce over both and serve.

Pan-Fried Potatoes

You can also layer the ingredients in a small baking dish and bake at 400 degrees F in the oven for one hour.

Ingredients

4 large Yukon gold potatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
4 tablespoons butter
salt
pepper

Directions

Put the butter in a medium skillet and heat until melted.
Add sliced potatoes, and turn over every few minutes until brown. Not all need to be brown, but make sure they are cooked through. Usually takes about 15 minutes.
Add salt and pepper during frying time, to taste.


Make a batch of Greek Lemon Rice. Serve some with your dinner and set aside 1-2 cups for the recipe below.

Lemon Rice

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra virgin oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 large onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice, uncooked
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
1 cup of water
1 large lemon (1 teaspoon zest + 3 – 4 tablespoons lemon juice)
3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
3 tablespoons finely chopped herb (dill or parsley, oregano, basil chives, mint)
Salt and pepper

Directions

Heat oil over medium heat in a large saucepan.
Add garlic and onion. Cook for 5 minutes or until tender.
Add rice and stir until rice is coated.
Add broth and water. Place lid on, bring to simmer then turn the heat down to low.
Cook for 12 minutes or until water is evaporated.
Remove from the stove and rest for 10 minutes (keep the lid on).
Remove lid. stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, herbs, and salt and pepper to taste.

Greek Style Flounder WIithLemon Rice Stuffing

Serves 2. Double the ingredients for 4 servings

You might want to serve some crusty bread with this dish to soak up some of the tasty sauce.

Ingredients

1 lb. flounder fillets
1 cup Lemon Rice, recipe above
½ teaspoon Greek seasoning
2 plum tomatoes
Grated Pecorina Romana cheese
Sauce
1/4 extra virgin olive oil oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 small clove garlic, grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano

Directions

Combine the sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
Sprinkle the fish fillets lightly with Greek seasoning. Spread the rice evenly over the fish fillets. Roll the fillets up and secure with a toothpick, Place the fish rolls in individual baking dishes.
Cut the tomatoes in half. Place two in each baking dish and top with a sprinkle of cheese. Pour the sauce evenly over both fish rolls and tomatoes.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve in the individual baking dishes.

Tzatziki Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

2 medium cucumbers, peeled
½ teaspoon of sea salt
`/4 cup Feta Cheese
Dressing
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup sour cream
¼ of a sweet onion, finely chopped
½ tablespoon white wine vinegar
½ tablespoon olive oil
½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, grated
½ teaspoon dried dill weed
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Cut the peeled cucumber in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
Cut each half into ½ inch thick slices (half moons). Place in a colander and sprinkle with the salt. Toss gently to evenly distribute the salt.
Let the cucumbers drain while you make the dressing.
Make the dressing by combining all the ingredients in a storage bowl with a cover.
Place the salted cucumbers on several thicknesses of paper towels and squeeze gently to rid them of extra moisture.
Add them to the dressing and mix well. Cover the bowl and chill several hours before serving.


I had at least half of the ingredients in my Sunday Dinner post leftover. That means I was able to make a meat pie with mashed potato topping that my family loves.

Cottage Pie

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cups leftover beef roast, fat removed and cut into small dice
2 cups leftover pan gravy
1 cup leftover roasted carrots, diced
10 oz package frozen peas
2-3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
Butter flavored cooking spray

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Oil a 10-inch deep-dish casserole dish
Combine the diced beef, gravy peas, and carrots and pour into the prepared casserole dish.
Spread the potatoes over the mixture to the edges of the casserole dish. Spray the potatoes with the butter spray. Bake the casserole for 45 minutes. Serve hot.

 

 


 

A Tri-Tip roast is a triangular muscle cut from the bottom sirloin. The cut is lean but tender and rich in beefy flavor. Cooked right, it produces juicy slices of roast beef. You can grill or roast it whole, or cut it into individual steaks.

Tri-tip roast is best when cooked by dry-heat methods, such as roasting, grilling, or broiling. This lean cut becomes tough if overcooked. To ensure a tender result, leave the fat on so it can baste the meat while cooking, then trim it off before serving.

To achieve the doneness you want, use a meat thermometer and cook to 5 to 10 degrees below the desired temperature. Temperatures for medium-rare are 145°F (63°C), for medium 160°F (71°C), and for well done 170°F (77°C). Remove the roast from the oven or grill and let stand 10 to 15 minutes. The roast will continue cooking as it stands.

Tri-tip roast may be marinated or rubbed with a spice mixture before cooking. The purpose of rubs or marinades is not to tenderize, but to add flavoring.

Oven Roasted Tri-Tip Roast

Ingredients

1 beef Tri-Tip Roast (1-1/2 to 2 pounds)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Seasoning:
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Heat oven to 425°F. Combine seasoning ingredients and press onto the beef Tri-Tip Roast. Place roast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Roast in the preheated oven 30 to 35 minutes for medium-rare; 40 minutes for medium doneness.


Remove the roast when an instant-read thermometer registers 130°F for medium-rare; 140°F for medium. Transfer to a board; tent with foil. Let stand 20 minutes. The temperature will continue to rise.


Carve roast across the grain. Serve with pan gravy, roasted carrots, and mashed potatoes.

Pan Gravy

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup flour
2 cups beef broth
Coarse salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Small can of sliced mushrooms, optional

Directions

Remove the roast and rack. Place the pan over low heat on the stove. Add the butter to the roasting pan. Once it melts and bubbles, whisk in the flour to make a roux. Continue to whisk 1-2 minutes longer, until the paste is light brown Slowly whisk in the broth, and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow the gravy to simmer for 5-10 minutes until it thickens to your preferred consistency Stir often to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

Add a small can of sliced mushrooms, if desired. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Ingredients

2 bunches rainbow carrots, peeled and cut ln ½-inch thick sticks
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon Freshly cracked black pepper plus additional to taste, as needed
Chopped parsley for garnish, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F and oil a large baking dish.
Place carrots in the baking dish and sprinkle with the seasoning. Dot with the butter.
Bake 20 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.

Serve warm, garnished with parsley.

Garlic and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons butter
3/4-1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

Directions

In a 4-quart saucepan, combine water to cover the potatoes, potatoes, and garlic over high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover; simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain potatoes and garlic and return them to the empty pot.

Mash potatoes and garlic. Add butter, stir and then add sour cream, chives, salt, and pepper stirring until smooth.


Serve with Sausage and Peppers. Recipe follows.

Ciabatta Rolls

Starter
1 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 cup room temperature water
1/16 teaspoon instant yeast
Or you can substitute 1 3/4 cups of sourdough starter
To make the biga: Mix all of the ingredients until well blended. Cover the bowl, and let rest at room temperature for 12 to 20 hours, until the mixture is very bubbly.

Dough
All of the starter (from above)
2 teaspoons instant yeast
3 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons Baker’s Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup lukewarm water
3 tablespoons olive oil

To make the dough: Mix the biga with the remaining ingredients for 2 to 4 minutes, using an electric mixer set on slow speed. Increase the mixer speed to medium, and mix for about 4 minutes; the dough will be soft and slightly sticky.

Let the dough rise in a greased bowl, covered, for 1 to 2 hours, until very puffy.
Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface, and shape it into a 6″ x 12″ rectangle. Using a bench knife, cut out eight 3″ square rolls. Space the rolls out evenly on the board. Let them rise for about 45 minutes, covered with a thin kitchen towel until they’re puffy.
Place a baking stone in the top third of the oven, and preheat the oven to 450°F. With a wide spatula place the rolls on the hot baking stone.
Bake the rolls for 15-18 minutes, until they’re golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a rack.
Yield: 8 rolls.

 

Sausage and Peppers

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 lbs hot Italian Sausage, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large onion, diced
2 bags of mini bell peppers, stems sliced off
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 cups finely chopped Italian tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Heat the oil in a large skillet with a cover. Add the sausage and cook until lightly browned. Add the onion and peppers and stir fry for about 5 minutes. Cover the pan and let the mixture simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the tomatoes and seasoning and simmer the mixture covered for 15 minutes more.



Ingredients

1 garlic clove grated
1 tablespoon olive oil
l1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup finely chopped onion
¼ cup finely chopped celery
3 mini red sweet peppers, finely chopped
10 oz raw shrimp (about 18), peeled and chopped
6 oz firm white fish such as sea bass, chopped
8 oz lump crab meat
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning (Old Bay)
1 cup whole milk Ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded Mozzarella
1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus extra for the top
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
24 large pasta shells

White Sauce
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
3/4 teaspoon seafood seasoning

Directions

Cook the jumbo shells in boiling salted water for two minutes less than the package instructions. Drain in a colander and run cold water over them for a minute or two. Place the shells on kitchen towels while you make the filling.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.Butter a large baking dish

In a skillet, heat oil and butter over medium heat. Add in garlic, onion, celery, and mini peppers, and cook until the vegetables are softened; about 3 minutes. Add in shrimp and sea bass and season with Old Bay seasoning. Cook until the shrimp become pink and the sea bass is cooked; about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the skillet and let cool.

In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella, egg, and fresh ground black pepper. Stir in cooled shrimp mixture and crab meat.

In the same skillet, you cooked the shrimp in, bring the cream and milk to a low boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, add the seafood seasoning. Remove the skillet from the heat and whisk in the flour and parmesan cheese. Return to a simmer, and cook until the sauce thickens about 5 minutes.

Fill each pasta shell with 2 tablespoons of the seafood filling and place them in the baking dish.

Pour the sauce over the filled pasta shells in the baking dish. Sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Serve with a green mixed salad.


Roasted Lemon Chicken with Potatoes and Onions

Leftovers make a great Chicken Pot Pie.

Ingredients

1 lemon, cut into thin circles
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon. kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
11/2 lbs large Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into eighths
1 large onion, cut into eighths
2 lbs chicken parts, trimmed of excess fat and skin (I used 3 thighs and 1 large breast half cut in half.)

Directions

Place 2 tablespoons of the oil in a baking dish. Add the garlic loves, onions and potatoes. Sprinkle with half the salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Place the chicken on top of the vegetable mixture and sprinkle with the remaining seasoning. Place the lemon slices on top of the chicken. Drizzle the mixture with the remaining oil.

Cover the baking pan with aluminum foil and put it in a preheated oven at 275 degrees F (135 C) for 60 minutes. Remove the foil, turn the oven temperature to 375 degrees F (190 C) and roast the chicken and potatoes for 30 minutes more.

Roasted Broccolini

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 small bunch of broccolini

Directions

Place the oil in a baking dish and place the broccolini in the dish in a single layer. Top with the chopped garlic, chili flakes, salt, and pepper. When the oven is raised to 375 degrees F for the chicken dish, place the broccoli in the oven and let it roast for 30 minutes. Remove the broccolini from the oven and squeeze the lemon over the stalks. Serve with the chicken and potatoes.



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