Pasta with Spinach and Gruyere

Nothing beats pasta for quick weeknight meal!

  • 8 oz pasta
  • 1/2 c creme fraiche
  • 8 oz gruyere, grated
  • 16 oz baby spinach
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pine nuts

Cook pasta according to package.

In a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat, add creme fraiche and cook until heated through, stir in cheese – whisk until melted. Add pasta and baby spinach and cook until wilted then stir in garam masala. Season with salt and pepper. Top with pine nuts.

Serves 4.

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Shakshuka

I can’t believe I’ve never made this dish before – I have at least 3 cookbooks with similar recipes – it is a great weeknight meal. I made a few tweaks.

  • Olive oil
  • 3 – 4 jarred roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1 onion sliced thin
  • Salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 lbs ripe tomatoes or canned tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 oz goat cheese, sliced
  • 6 eggs
  • Pita bread or flatbread

Heat oven to 375.

Heat oil in an oven proof 12 inch skillet. Add peppers and onions with a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to medium and cook stirring until the veggies are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in spices and cook 1 minute.

Stir in tomatoes, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Cook partially covers until tomatoes are very soft and form a thick sauce, about 15 minutes. Stir in goat cheese. Crack eggs over the surface and bake for 7 – 10 minutes until eggs are just set. Serve with pita.

Serves 4.

Seared Tofu with Spinach and Proscuitto

If you leave out the Pancetta, this one is vegan.

  • Peanut oil
  • 1 – 16 oz extra firm tofu, sliced into thin strips
  • Salt
  • 8 oz shiitake Mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 8 oz crimini Mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 4 oz Pancetta, cubed
  • 4 scallions, sliced thin
  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • 1/4 c stock – chicken or veggie
  • 2 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp mirin
  • Chives sliced thin

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet, over medium high heat and cook tofu until brown on both sides, 2 – 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

Combine stock, soy sauce and mirin.

Add mushrooms and pancetta to the pan, cook over medium high heat for 3 – 5 minutes until golden. Stir in the stock mixture, and reduce. Stir in the spinach and cook until just wilted, add tofu to warm. Top with scallions and chives.

Serves 4.

Veggie Tacos

This is from Nopalito – it is amazing! Going to put these into regular rotation for taco Tuesday! You can pretty much use any hearty veggies. You’ll have leftover oil, it will keep in the fridge for several weeks.

  • 3 c diced broccoli
  • 2 c carrots diced
  • 2 c white onions, sliced
  • 2 c butternut squash, cubed
  • 3 c potatoes, cubed
  • 6 tbsp cascabel oil

Cascabel Oil

  • 6 Cascabel chiles, stemmed
  • 2 guajillo chiles, stemmed
  • 1 c grape seed oil
  • 1 clove garlic

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.

Preheat oven to 400. Toss veggies with oil and roast, stirring several times, for 15 – 20 minutes until veggies start to char.

Serve with warmed tortillas and cheese.

Halloumi and Brussels Sprout

I had no idea what I was going to make for dinner and came out with this – so good!

  • 1 lb Brussels sprout, trimmed and halved
  • 2 slices sourdough bread, cubed
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted
  • 8 oz halloumi cheese, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Aleppo pepper

Preheat oven to 425.

Combine Brussels sprouts and bread in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, toss to coat. Roast for 15 – 20 minutes sitting several times.

Grill cheese in a non stick pan until browned on both side.

Toss bread and sprouts with salt, pepper, lemon juice and Aleppo pepper. Divide among bowl and top with cheese.

Serves 4.

Eggplant Gratin

Another healthy late summer dish!

1 1/4 lb eggplant, sliced thin

1 lb tomato, sliced thin

Zest of one lemon

1 tsp Thyme

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp salt

Pepper

1/4 c olive oil

4 oz goat cheese

1/2 c Panko

Preheat oven to 400.

In a large bowl combine eggplant, tomatoes, zest, thyme, garlic 1 tsp salt, pepper and 1/4 c olive oil.

Spray a gratin dish with olive oil. Layer veggies, dropping goat cheese as you go, make sure to end with veggies on top. Sprinkle with panko and drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil.

Bake for 45 min until golden brown.

Serves 4.

Zuk Pasta with Uncooked Tomato Sauce

Super fresh and healthy!

12 oz tomatoes, chopped

1/4 c olive oil

1 tsp salt

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1 lb Zucchini cut into spirals

5 oz ricotta

1/4 c pine nuts

In a 12 inch skillet, add olive oil and zuks, cook for 5 – 7 minutes until soft add tomatoes, olive oil, salt, red pepper flakes and garlic. Divide among bowls and top with ricotta.

Serves 4.

Grilled Okra with Curried Yogurt Dip


This goes great with Chicken Curry with Mangos.

1/2 lb small okra
Olive oil
1/2 c Greek yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp curry paste
1/2 tsp salt

Heat grill on high heat.

Snip okra from the bottom about half way up (vertically). Toss with a little olive oil and grill until nicely charred on all sides.

Stir together yogurt, lemon juice, curry paste and salt.

Toss okra with a little salt and serve with yogurt.

Green Beans and Cucumber with Miso Dressing

The Miso really makes this dish magical. I served it with salmon bowl – so good.

Ingredients:
3 persian cucumbers
1 lb green beans, trimmed
1 inch piece ginger, grated
1 jalapeno, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 c rice vinegar
1/4 c white miso
1/4 c olive oil
1/2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Lightly smash cucumber and beans with a rolling pin. Cut cucumber into bite size pieces and place in a bowl, toss with a pinch of salt and set aside.

Whisk together the ginger, garlic, vinegar, jalapeƱo, Miso, olive oil and sesame seeds. 

Drain cucumber, add beans to the bowl and toss to coat with the dressing. 

Serves 4.

Zucchini and Ricotta Cheese

This spiralized Zucchini dish is quick and easy! Perfect for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:
1 c ricotta cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
1/4 c choppee basil
1/2 tap pepper
6 – 8 small zucchini
Olive oil spray
Salt
1/4 c pine nuts

Preheat broiler on high and spray a baking pan.

Combine the ricotta, parmesan, garlic, basil and 1/4 tsp pepper in a bowl.

Cut the Zucchini into ribbons with a veggie peeler or a spiralizer. Shape them into 4 nests and place on the baking sheet, spray with a little olive oil. Place 1/4 the cheese mixture on top of the Zucchini nests.

Broil for 6-8 minutes until browned in spots. Keep a close eye on them. Lower the rack if needed. Scatter a few pine nuts over the top.

Serves 4.