Dinner, Poultry, Quick Dinner

Chicken sausage with roasted fennel and sweet potatoes

Like the previous post, with a little bit of planning you can have a week’s worth of dinner ready in 1hr flat.  All you need is a hot oven at 375F, sausage of your choice, sweet potatoes, fennel, salt, pepper, olive oil.  That’s it.  Infact you can cook this meal and the swordfish dinner all at once.  This is how I cook.  Delicious, home cooked food and all I have to do cook and clean once night a week.  Perfect for a busy graduate student !    

Fish & Seafood, Lent, Salad, Sides

Pesto Shrimp Salad with Roasted Artichokes, Fennel and White Beans

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A warm salad for a cool summer evening.  if you are not a fan of shrimp or allergic to shellfish, chicken would be a great substitute. It would be perfectly fine without any animal protein at all ! Eat it like a salad for lunch, side dish for something off the grill or toss is with pasta, this is a light and lovely meal !

Ingredients:

1lb cooked shrimp

1 package frozen artichokes, thawed and drained

2 bulbs of fennel, sliced

1 can of white beans

juice of one lemon

10 basil leaves, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

1 Tbsp of minced garlic

2 tsp of red pepper flakes

1/4 store bought basil pesto

salt and pepper to taste

Methods:

Preheat oven to 375F

Toss oil, fennel, artichokes, basil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic in a bowl and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet

Roast for 45mins till fennel and artichokes and brown.

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In a pot, heat pesto and toss in beans and shrimp.

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Add the roasted vegetables and toss to coat all the ingredients together.

Serve hot or warm !

 

 

Comfort food, Stew

Curried Lentil Stew with Chard and Garbanzo Beans

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This stew is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!!! I read the ingredient list and and it sounded  yummy but I had no idea how wonderful the flavor would be.  The original recipe does not include the fennel, sun-dried tomtoes or the veggies.  It just had the beans and the swiss chard.  I had the leftover vegetables, threw them and it was the most hearty vegetarian stew I have ever  made.  PLEASE TRY IT THIS FALL !!!!!!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 14-ounce cans vegetable broth
  • 1 large bunch or 2 small      bunches Swiss chard, tough stalks removed, coarsely chopped (about 12      cups)
  • 1 chopped zucchini or summer      squash
  • 1 bulb of fennel sliced
  • 1 pound red lentils (about 2      1/4 cups)
  • 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans      (chickpeas), drained

Preparation:

Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat.

Add onion and fennel, sauté until golden, about 13 minutes. Mix in curry and cayenne.

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Add vegetables and sun dried tomatoes and sauté for a few more minutes till the vegetables are soft.

Add broth and chard. Increase heat; bring to boil. Add lentils and garbanzos; reduce heat to medium.

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Cover; simmer until lentils are tender, stirring twice, about 10 minutes.

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Salad, Sides

Pear, Fennel,walnut, cranberry salad

Roasted fruits and nuts tossed with peppery arugula and fresh baby spinach makes for a decadent an elegant salad fit for guests and a humble lunch box ! My salad for my Autumn Brunch.

Ingredients:

8 Bartlett pears, diced

1 whole fennel bulb chopped

12 oz dried cranberries

8 oz of walnuts

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp brown sugar

8 oz baby spinach

8 oz arugula

4 tbsp balsamic vinegar.

Method:

Preheat oven to 350F

Toss butter, sugar with fruits and nuts and roast till tender and brown.

Toss with salad greens and balsamic vinegar and serve warm !

 

Italian, Poultry, Quick Dinner

Chicken with Tomatoes and Fennel

The original recipe was made with Red Snapper but I changed it to chicken since its cheaper and I had the other ingredients on hand.  It is a quick one pan meal that goes well your choice of grains ( rice, quinoa, or even some crusty bread).  It is fresh and light, perfect for a nice lunch. So here goes.

Ingredients:

1 lb chicken ( breasts or thighs)

1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved

1 fennel bulb, sliced

1 Tbsp of dried basil, thyme and tarragon. ( the original recipe called for Herbs de Provence)

salt and pepper to taste

approximately 1/2cup (or less) to white wine–use something that you would drink !

Method:

Preheat oven to 375F

Arrange the sliced fennel on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.

Top with the chicken pieces in one single layer

Next add the tomatoes.

Sprinkle the whole arrangement with the herbs and salt and pepper

Cover the bottom of the dish with white wine, the ingredients should not be submerged in it, just enough to create a liquid bath to allow the ingredients to steam in.

Cover the dish with tin foil and bake for 30 min or till the chicken is cooked through.

For the 5-10 mins, remove the tin foil broil on high.

Serve hot/warm with your choice or grains and enjoy this light and simple meal !

 

Lunch, Moroccan

Coriander Eggplant Salad

Another new recipe I tried for eggplant.  It is originally from epicurious, I just adapted it to suit what I had in the pantry.  The recipe calls for fresh mint and coriander (or cilantro leaves) I did not have them so I did not use it. However it still turned out quite well.  I would suggest that this salad tastes best when its served warm.  Try this the next time you buy an eggplant–it is a perfect late summer lunch !

Here is the link:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Coriander-Eggplant-Salad-12480

Just an example of what the spices look like

Here is the final product–fresh tomatoes and garlicky oven roasted eggplants with a warm spicy dressing-so yummy !

Classics, Comfort food, Sides

Saving Summer Vegetables !

I had a bunch of fresh vegetables in the fridge that I was planning to eat over the weekend.  But an impromptu getaway was not kind on the vegetables–well they would have gone bad, but I saved them ! All time go to solution–roast them !! Salt, Pepper, olive oil, some herby seasonings like basil and parsley and some chili flakes for an added kick and presto ! Veggies revived ! And they stay well in the fridge for about another week–so you just extended their shelf life !  I paired these veggies with a steak salad, chicken cutlets ( to be posted) or just dipped them in hummus and ate them cold.  Try roasting your favourite vegetables and open up endless possibilities !

Lunch, Salad

Grapefruit and Fennel Salad

A speedy summer salad.  Refreshing, crisp, cool and really good for the waistline (till I reach for a the plate of cookies).

Ingredients:

1 ruby red grapefruit, cut into segments and save the juice

4 ribs of celery, sliced

1 fennel bulb sliced

1 Tbsp of olive oil

Juice of half a lemon

salt, pepper and parsley to season

Method:

The only thing you really need to do for this salad and chop up the fruit and veggies.

Save the grapefruit juice and mix it with the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and parsley.

Toss and serve cold–a perfect salad for a quick lunch on a hot summer day !

 

Classics, Comfort food, Dinner, Italian, Lunch

Fennel and Sundried Tomato Chicken Burgers (freezer friendly)

I have always enjoyed the combination of Fennel and sun-dried tomato.  I had leftover shredded chicken left and I decided to make these burgers.  Also, the days are warming up and it’s always nice to have homemade burgers ready to go in the freezer.

Ingredients:

4 cups of shredded chicken, ground in a food processor

1 medium onion chopped

2 Tbsp of sun-dried tomato

1/2 Tbsp of fennel seeds, garlic powder, parsley, chilli flakes

salt and pepper to taste

1 egg

1 cup of bread crumbs (add more or less depending on the moisture of your mixture)

Method:

Grind the shredded chicken and set aside

In a food processor, blend all the ingredients other than the bread crumbs.

Pour the spice, onion, tomato, egg mixture to the chicken.  Add the breadcrumbs.

Mix to combine. DO NOT overmix.

Form into burgers ( size? well that is up to you– I made 8).  Arrange on wax paper on a cookie sheet and freeze.

Once frozen, throw them in a ziploc bag and you have burgers ready to go !

When you want to cook these, throw them frozen on a greased cookie sheet (lined with tin foil) in a 400 degree preheated oven for 40 mins turning half way.  OR ofcourse, you could grill them too.  I like to bake them and have them ready for lunches/dinners for the week.