Posts Tagged ‘hearty’

6th May
2009
written by Steph
Chicken Enchilads served with a side of Mexican Rice

Chicken Enchiladas served with a side of Mexican Rice

Ok, we’re a day late so today is technically the seis de mayo rather than cinco de mayo, but let’s celebrate anyway with a Mexican recipe! Ai yai!  These chicken enchiladas are adapted from a recipe of a similar ilk over at Simply Recipes, but mine involve more cheese, because come on… everything is better with more cheese!  In the process, they are probably less authentic, but given the yum factor, I think all of you can deal with it.  These enchiladas take a little bit of prep time, but there’s no real reason why you couldn’t get the whole thing put together in 30 minutes if you really wanted to (you might just slightly singe your fingers if you don’t let the chicken cool sufficiently before shredding).  Let’s get to it! Ingredients (I made this for the two of us, but we had enough for one leftover lunch) •    1 jar of salsa verde (you could make the sauce from scratch if you can get your hands on fresh tomatillos, but it’s more work, and I think using the stuff in a jar is perfectly acceptable!) •    ½ cup of chopped white/yellow onion •    2 chicken quarters, cooked, skinned, and shredded (I believe a chicken quarter purchased from the supermarket gives you a drumstick attached to a thigh, perhaps with some back → read: plenty of chicken) •    1 clove of garlic, cut into quarters •    ¼ of a whole white/yellow onion •    1 tsp of salt •    1/3 cup of cream cheese •    1/3 cup of salsa fresca (tomato based salsa, made of fresh chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro, and jalapenos… we buy ours in a big tub from Sam’s Club.  This isn’t the really soupy kind you get in a jar alongside tortilla chips.  You’ll find this in the refrigerated section of your supermarket (sometimes in the deli, sometimes by the produce)) •    6 flour tortillas (the little size) •    2 tbsp of sour cream •    1 bunch of cilantro, stems removed, coarsely chopped •    handful of shredded Mexican cheese (we use the pre-shredded Mexican blend), for garnish (more…)
22nd March
2009
written by Steph
Pasta alla Vodka

Pasta alla Vodka

Warning!  The following recipe (which I adapted from one posted over at The Pioneer Woman Cooks) is SO good that I cannot be held accountable if you should find yourself eating three times your regular portion size, simply because you can’t bear to stop tasting it, luxuriating in the tangy, creamy, slightly sweet sauce.  This recipe is quick, easy and oh so delicious… but it is quite rich, so while moderation is the key, I defy you to resist going back for seconds… or thirds!  [Simona, I fully expect you to try this recipe.  If anyone can be guaranteed to have vodka on hand, I am betting it is you! 😉 ] Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 – 3 cloves (or tablespoons!) of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of vodka
  • 1 can of tomato puree (or crushed tomatoes, or even tomato sauce)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • salt & pepper
  • pinch of red pepper flakes  (they’re HOT, so add as many shakes as your mouth can take… we’re wusses, so I tend to just shake it 2 – 3 times over the pan, and call it a day)
  • ½ tsp of dried tarragon
  • ½ tsp of dried oregano
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan/Romano/Asiago (i.e., firm Italian cheese)
  • lots of pasta… probably the entire package/box (I finished off many boxes, using penne, rigatoni (or was it rotini?), and some spinach-stuffed ravioli)
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4th March
2009
written by Steph
Penne with Roasted Vegetables

Penne with Roasted Vegetables

Do you want to cook a meal that’s not only good tasting but good for you as well?  Give this roasted veggie pasta a whirl!  It’s pretty easy to bang together, is teeming with lovely, rich flavors (it tastes better than it photographs... something I probably didn't help with my excessively liberal cheese sprinkling), and is pretty darn healthy, too!  We’re pretty omnivorous over here at Steph & Tony Investigate, but every so often I’m able to come up with a dish that is sufficiently hearty and satisfying that Tony doesn’t notice (or at least complain about) the absence of meat.  The sauce here is kind of a quickie, less effortful version of ratatouille (a recipe I will one day share here, but not just yet), and is really very delicious.  It takes about 40 minutes to pull this dish together, but I’d still say it’s worthy of weeknight status, as it’s not at all stressful or difficult. Ingredients
  • 1 white onion, cut into coarse eighths
  • 1 zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into chunks
  • 1 red pepper, cut into chunks (not slivers)
  • 3  - 4 yellow summer squash, cut into chunks
  • 1 quart of cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
  • 2 – 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 head of garlic, peeled and separated into individual cloves
  • Italian seasoning (or combination of basil, thyme, oregano)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Penne pasta (or other “robust” pasta of your choice… probably something like a spiral pasta or a rigatoni, stay away from the tangly pastas here, I think)
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24th January
2009
written by Steph

Albondigas Soup

Albondigas Soup

One thing that I've been making a lot of lately has been soups.  Nashville has been going through a bit of a cold snap, so soups make a great evening meal that is warming and soothing.  Generally I try to make hearty soups that have lots of "fixins" so that they can really serve as an entire meal in their own right.  Additionally, I've been trying to make soups that are "heart healthy", meaning I've been staying away from broths that involve a lot of cream.  I've also steered clear of soups that are too starchy, as the idea is to make a soup that is filling but doesn’t make you feel heavy afterwards.  Another great thing about soups is that they’re relatively simple to put together (even if they generally need about an hour to simmer and steep), and not all that labor intensive.  For the relatively nominal amount of effort and ingredients, we often wind up with enough food for several lunches (2 to 3 days) in addition to our supper.  All told, I’ve been trying to do one soup dinner per week. This week, I chose another recipe from Elise’s Simply Recipes site, this time for Albondigas Soup, which is essentially a Mexican meatball soup.  I chose this recipe for several reasons: 1) Elise notes on her site that this is a soup that’s meant to be eaten as a main course; 2) It’s really easy to put together; 3)All of the ingredients are ones that you should readily have on hand (with the exception of perhaps one); and finally 4) It comes together really quickly (only needs about 40 minutes)!  Once more, I encourage you to check out Elise’s original recipe, although I’ll note that I really didn’t stray too far from her guidelines this time (shocking, I know!).  Here’s what you’ll need: (more…)
22nd January
2009
written by Steph
Peanut Chicken Curry

Chicken Peanut Curry

My friend Simona is always asking me to post more recipes and cooking stuff on here, and I always try to come up with excuses and reasons for why I don’t.  Don’t get me wrong, I really like to cook – I’m one of those strange birds who finds it a stress-reliever and fun – but I also tend to be one of those people who cooks via intuition and “what feels right”, so trying to document the process is somewhat painful and counterintuitive for me.  I am not entirely sure that I could make exactly the same thing twice, because I always end up tweaking things and adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Also?  I pretty much never measure things when I cook, which is why it is generally Tony, and not me, who does the baking around here.  Oh, and generally, by the time I finish cooking, we’re hungry and just want to dig in, so we often forget to snap a picture of our meal, and I don’t know about you, but what is a recipe without a picture?  Not one that I’m going to try out, that’s for sure! But last night, I made a concerted effort to get Tony to take some nice pictures of our meal before we dug in, and I also tried to mentally keep track of what I was doing as I cooked, so that I could pass along a great weeknight recipe to all of you.  This is really a great recipe for several reasons: 1) it’s quick and easy to make; 2) the ingredients list is not that long; 3) similarly, you likely have all of the crucial ingredients on hand already in your kitchen, and if not, they’re all pretty easy to snag on your next grocery run.  So, without further ado, let’s get onto the recipe for Chicken Peanut Curry. (more…)