Tags: Balsamic vinegar, Cooking, CooksRecipes, Food, Gnocchi, Meatless Monday, Mozzarella Cheese, Potato Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella, recipes, Tomatoes, Vegetarian
This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Potato Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella. The name alone sounds like nothing but “delicious”. Fresh made Gnocchi topped with Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a large selection of recipes of all cuisines and tastes. Enjoy and eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html
Potato Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella
This is Italian comfort food—homemade potato gnocchi served with a tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. Recipe created by Chef Thomas Catherall, C.M.C.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
10 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced (or 1 1/2 [28 ounces each] cans Italian plum tomatoes, drained and chopped)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
Large pinch crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup dry red wine
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 to 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut in 1/4-inch cubes
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1 – For Gnocchi: Place the potatoes in a saucepan and add water just to the level of the potatoes. Salt the water. Bring to a boil and cook until very soft, 25 minutes. Drain well; let stand in the colander for 10 minutes.
2 – Spread the flour on your work surface. With a potato ricer or food mill fit with a medium disk, rice the warm potatoes evenly over the entire top of the the flour. Toss together lightly with your fingers to distribute the potatoes and flour evenly. Make a well in the center and add the egg. Knead to form a ball. Knead 1 minute to gather up all of the bits of flour and potato on the work surface. Cover with an inverted bowl and let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
3 – Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces. On a floured surface, roll each piece into a 1/2-inch-thick rope, approximately 12 inches long. Working with one rope at a time (keeping the others covered with towel), with floured hands, cut through the dough with the curved edge of a fork, every 1/2 inch. On the back edge of the fork, roll each piece forward and back, making fork indentations and shell shapes. Toss with the flour. Place on a floured baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
4 – Heat salted water in large Dutch oven.
5 – For Sauce: Heat the olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes, oregano, crushed red pepper, balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, wine, sugar, salt, and pepper. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the liquid begins to evaporate and the sauce thickens slightly. Remove from the heat. Puree in a blender or food processor. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and red wine vinegar. Return to skillet.
6 – To complete the recipe, bring salted water to a boil. Cook about half of the gnocchi until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon. Repeat with the remaining gnocchi.
7 – Add the cooked gnocchi to the sauce. Heat thoroughly. Toss in the mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with grated cheese; serve immediately.
Makes 8 servings.
Tags: Asian Style Vegetable Stir Fry, Cooking, CooksRecipes, Food, Meatless Monday, recipes, Rice, stir-fry, Vegetables, Vegetarian
This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Asian Style Vegetable Stir Fry. Makes a great side dish or main dish. It’s from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a great selection of recipes to please all tastes! Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html
Asian Style Vegetable Stir Fry
Serve as a vegetable side dish or over steamed rice or noodles for a main dish.
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup prepared stir fry sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 teaspoons peanut oil or vegetable oil
2 cups small broccoli florets
2 cups small mushrooms
1 small onion, cut into wedges, separate in 1-inch piecesFry
1 medium carrot, cut diagonally into 1/3-inch slices
1 – In small bowl, combine honey, stir fry sauce and crushed red pepper flakes; set aside.
2 – In wok or large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; add vegetables and toss while cooking, about 2 to 3 minutes.
3 – Add honey sauce, stir until all vegetables are glazed and sauce is bubbly hot, about 1 minute.
Makes 4 servings.
Note: Honey should not be fed to infants under one year of age. Honey is a safe and wholesome food for children and adults.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 157; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Total Carbs: 28g; Fiber: 3g; Protein: 3g; Sodium: 549mg.
Tags: Cheese-Filled Polish-Style Pierogi, Cooking, CooksRecipes, Food, Meatless Monday, Onions, Pierogi, recipes, Sour cream, Vegetarian
This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Cheese-Filled Polish-Style Pierogi. I’ve chosen the version of this recipe from the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a large selection of recipes to please all tastes and cuisines, check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html
Cheese-Filled Polish-Style Pierogi
Serve pierogi warm topped with sour cream and caramelized onions.
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, cut in pieces
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 egg yolk, at room temperature
1/2 cup reduced fat milk, at room temperature
2 tablespoons sour cream, at room temperature
1 – For Filling: Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to assemble pierogi.
2 – For Dough: Combine flour, salt and butter in food processor fitted with a plastic blade.
3 – In a separate bowl, blend together egg, egg yolk, milk and sour cream. Add to flour mixture and process until dough cleans sides of bowl and sticks together (it will be slightly sticky). Remove, shape into a ball, wrap in plastic and chill 3 hours or overnight.
4 – Cut dough into thirds; roll each section out on floured surface into 12 inch round. Cut each round into eight 3 inch dough circles. Moisten outer edges of each dough circle with water; place 2 teaspoons filling on each and fold dough over. Seal edges by pressing gently with the back of a fork.
5 – In large pot, bring 12 cups salted water to boil. Add 12 pierogi at a time, reducing heat to a gentle boil; cook 5 minutes, or until pierogi float to the surface. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towel and transfer to serving dish. Repeat with remaining pierogi.
6 – Serve warm topped with sour cream and onions sautéed in butter until golden brown.
Makes 4 servings.
Tags: Beer-Battered Portabella Strips with Spicy Dipping Sauce, Cayenne pepper, Cooking, Food, Meatless Monday, Mushrooms, recipes, Sauces, Vegetarian
This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Beer-Battered Portabella Strips with Spicy Dipping Sauce. Meat, what meat? You’ll never miss it with this week’s recipe! Beer – Battered Portabella Mushrooms along with a Spicy Dipping Sauce. You can find this recipe at one of my favorite recipe sites, CooksRecipes. The Cooks site has recipes that will please all tastes and cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html
Beer-Battered Portabella Strips with Spicy Dipping Sauce
3 cups beer or ale
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 quarts mayonnaise
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
24 Portabella mushrooms, slice about 3/8-inch thick (about 2.5 ounces each; stems reserved for other use)
Lemon zest, for garnish as needed
1 – Whisk together beer and flour; let sit at least 2 hour
2 – To make sauce, mix mayonnaise, zest, lemon juice, cilantro and cayenne pepper until well combined; reserve.
3 – Dip Portabella strips into reserved beer batter.
4 – Deep fry until crisp and golden brown, about 3 minutes.
5 – Serve with 1/4 cup Spicy Sauce on the side. Garnish with lemon zest, if desired.
Makes 24 servings.
Tags: Asparagus, Asparagus Pasta, Cooking, CooksRecipes, Food, Meatless Monday, Mushrooms, Pasta, recipes, Romano Cheese, Vegetarian, Wine
This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Asparagus Pasta. There’s many versions of this recipe online but I’m going with this one off the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks website has a great selection of recipes to please all tastes. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html
Sautéed mushrooms, green onions, garlic, olives, tomatoes and asparagus in a Marsala wine sauce, tossed with fusilli pasta, garnished with freshly grated Romano cheese.
1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped green onions
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup olive wedges
1 cup diced tomatoes
2 cups cooked asparagus, cut on diagonal
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup Marsala wine
Cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and water)
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
16 ounces dry fusilli pasta, cooked according to package directions
Freshly grated Romano cheese
1 – In a large skillet, over high heat, sauté the mushrooms, green onions, and garlic in the olive oil until tender. Add the olives and tomatoes. Heat thoroughly.
2 – Add cooked asparagus and dry spices, stirring constantly.
3 – Add Marsala wine to flash point, then add vegetable stock.
4 – Add cornstarch slurry to thicken.
5 – Pour over cooked pasta, mix, sprinkle with Romano cheese and serve hot.
* Makes 6 servings.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): 319 calories, 8.23 grams protein, 28.16 grams carbohydrate, 3.75 grams fiber, 18.3 grams fat, 5.59 milligrams cholesterol, 480 milligrams sodium.
Tags: Baking, Chile and Cheese Enchilada Stack, Cooking, CooksRecipes, Food, Green Chilies, Meatless Monday, Monterey Jack Cheese, recipes, Tortilla Chips, Vegetarian
This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Chile and Cheese Enchilada Stack. It’s from one of my favorite recipe sites, CooksRecipes. The Cooks site has a fantastic selection of recipes for all tastes and cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html
Chile and Cheese Enchilada Stack
This simple recipe layers typical enchilada ingredients for an easy entrée with the same great flavor. The stack is cut into wedges and may be served with sour cream and warm refried beans.
2 (10-ounce) cans enchilada sauce – divided use
3 cups shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese – divided use
1 (7-ounce) can diced green chiles
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Pour 1/4 cup enchilada sauce onto bottom of 9-inch pie plate.
2 – Combine 2 3/4 cups cheese, 1 3/4 cups enchilada sauce and chiles in medium bowl. Place one tortilla in prepared pie plate. Spread about 1/3 cup cheese mixture on tortilla; top with second tortilla. Repeat layers until all tortillas have been stacked, finishing with a tortilla on top. Spread remaining enchilada sauce over stack; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
3 – Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into wedges; serve with sour cream, if desired.
Makes 6 servings.
Tags: Baking, Cheese, Chilies, Cooking, CooksRecipes, Food, Meatless Monday, Queso Tortilla Torte, recipes, Spices, Tortillas, Vegetarian
This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week s a Queso Tortilla Torte. It’s from one of my favorite recipe sites, CooksRecipes (http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html) You’ll find a fantastic selection of recipes at Cooks site. Enjoy and Eat Healthy!
Queso Tortilla Torte
Corn tortillas stacked and filled with a seasoned mixture of mild green chiles and green onions, refried beans and three types of cheese.
1 cup green chiles, mild, diced, drained
3/4 cup green onions, chopped
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin*
24 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 1/2 cups shredded Wisconsin Cheddar cheese
3 cups shredded Wisconsin Monterey Jack Hot Pepper cheese
2 cups refried beans
3 cups shredded Wisconsin Monterey Jack cheese
3/4 cup tomatoes, diced
Suggested garnishes: sour cream, hot peppers, red or green taco sauce
1 -Mix together the green chiles, green onions and cumin.
2 – Assemble 6 tortillas on sheet pans lined with silicone paper, as follows:
3 – First Layer: Corn tortilla, 1/4 cup (about 2 ounces) green chile mixture and 2 tablespoons Wisconsin cheddar cheese.
4 – Second Layer: Corn tortilla, 1/2 cup Wisconsin Hot Pepper cheese.
5 – Third Layer: Corn tortilla, 1/3 cup (about 3 ounces) refried beans and 1/4 cup Wisconsin Monterey Jack cheese.
6 – Fourth Layer: Corn tortilla, 1/4 cup Wisconsin Monterey Jack cheese, 2 tablespoons tomato and 2 tablespoons Wisconsin cheddar cheese.
7 – Bake in oven at 375°F (190°C) for 8 to 10 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes.
8 – Cut each torta in half; serve one half atop the other. Or cut into quarters; do not stack. Garnish as desired.
Makes 12 quesadillas.
You may replace the Asadero with any of these Wisconsin cheeses: Wisconsin Monterey Jack, Queso Oaxaca, Queso Quesadilla, Muenster or Fontina.
Add cooked crumbled ground beef, pork or chorizo to potato mixture.
For spicier quesadilla, use 1 can mild and 1 can hot green chiles.
Tags: Baking, Cooking, CooksRecipes, Food, Herbs, Meatless Monday, Mushrooms, recipes, Rustic Mushroom Tart, Tarts, Vegetarian
This week’s “Meatless Monday’ Recipe of the Week is a Rustic Mushroom Tart. It’s from the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a fantastic selection of recipes to satisfy all tastes and cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html
Rustic Mushroom Tart
This tart is stunning as an appetizer when sliced and served with wine, and is hearty enough as a full meal.
1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, minced
8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
Salt and ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 refrigerated pie crust
1/4 cup prepared béchamel sauce
1 large egg, beaten
1 – For Béchamel Sauce: Into a small sauce pan add butter and melt over medium heat. Add flour and salt, and stir with a wooden spoon. Cook for approximately two minutes, stirring constantly. Add heated milk and whisk to combine. Continue cooking until mixture has thickened.
2 – For Tart: Add olive oil to a medium sauté pan. Heat over medium-high. Add onion and sauté until softened. Add mushrooms. Season with salt and ground black pepper. Reduce heat to low and cook until mushrooms are tender. Add thyme. Set aside.
3 – Place pie crust onto a rimmed cookie sheet that has been lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Place 1/4 cup Béchamel sauce into center of pie crust. Top with mushrooms. Carefully fold pie crust so that it overlaps mushrooms but does not enclose.
4 – Brush top of pie crust with beaten egg.
5 – Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until crust is golden.
6 – Serve drizzled with the remaining béchamel sauce, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.
Tags: Baking, Breakfast, Brunch, Cheese, Chilies, Cooking, CooksRecipes, Eggs, Food, Green Chile and Cheese Strata, Meatless Monday, recipes, Stratas
This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Green Chile and Cheese Strata. Put a fresh and Meatless twist on your Stratas with this week’s recipe. It’s from the CooksRecipes website which has an endless selection of recipes to please any taste or diet. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html
Green Chile and Cheese Strata
This South-of-the-Border strata will be a welcome change from other versions you may be familiar with.
6 slices thick white bread
6 thick slices Monterey Jack cheese
1 (4-ounce) can ORTEGA Diced Green Chiles
2 cups milk
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 – Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking dish.
2 – Place bread in bottom of prepared baking dish; top with Monterey Jack cheese. Sprinkle with chiles.
3 – Combine milk, eggs, green onion, hot pepper sauce and salt in small bowl. Pour over bread and cheese; sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
4 – Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean and top is golden brown.
Makes 6 servings.
Tags: Baking, Bell Peppers, Cooking, Food, Lasagna, Meatless Monday, Mushrooms, Pasta Sauce, recipes, Vegetable Lasagna, Vegetarian, Whole Grain Lasagna Noodles
This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Vegetable Lasagna. You’ll never miss the meat! Enjoy and Eat Healthy.
1 (16 ounce) package Healthy Choice/Ronzoni Whole Grain Lasagna Noodles
1 pound fresh Mushrooms, sliced
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
3/4 cup chopped Onion
3 cloves Garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil
2 (26 ounce) jars Pasta Sauce
1 teaspoon dried Basil
1 (15 ounce) container Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
4 cups Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 cup Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan cheese
* McCormick Grinder Italian Seasoning, to taste (optional)
1 – Cook the lasagna noodles in a large pot of boiling water for 10 minutes, or until al dente. Rinse with cold water, and drain.
2 – In a large saucepan, cook and stir mushrooms, green peppers, onion, and garlic in oil. Stir in pasta sauce and basil; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.
3 – Mix together ricotta, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, and eggs.
4 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread 1 cup tomato sauce into the bottom of a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer 1/2 each, lasagna noodles, ricotta mix, sauce, and Parmesan cheese. Repeat layering, and top with remaining 2 cups mozzarella cheese.
5 – Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
* Season with Italian Seasoning (optional)