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Chickpea and Tomato Soup with Dumplings

14 Mar

I have never made dumplings before, so this was a treat!  I feel like it went really well.  The dumplings were a lot easier to prepare than I figured they would be.  Dumplings are a great way to add some filler to a vegetable soup (instead of meat).

Chickpea and Tomato Soup with Dumplings

***Vegetarian Recipe***

Serves 4

Prep. Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 TB olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 ts garam masala

1/2 ts chili powder

2 cans (15 oz. each) chickpeas, drained

2 cups vegetable stock

1 15 oz. can tomato sauce

1 15 oz. can chopped tomatoes

1 cup all purpose flour

1 TB butter

2 TB parmesan cheese

2 TB chopped herbs

1/2 cup milk

Directions:

1.  Heat the oil in a saucepan.  When the oil is hot, add the onions.  Cook them for 3 minutes, then add garlic, garam masala, and chili powder.  Cook another minute.

2.  Add the chickpeas, stock, tomato sauce and chopped tomatoes.  Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes.

3.  While the soup cooks, make your dumplings.  Sift the flour into a bowl and add the chopped butter.  Rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until it becomes like breadcrumbs.  Stir in the cheese and herbs.

4.  Make a well in the center of the bowl.  Pour milk into center.  Use a knife to mix the milk and flour mixture together.  Roll the dough into 8 balls.

5.  Drop the dumplings into your soup and cook for another 20 minutes.  Dumplings are finished when a toothpick comes out clean.

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Chana Masala and Rice

21 Feb

My husband is perfecting the art of cooking Indian food. I love it. It gives me a night off from cooking and Indian food is my favorite! This week he made Chana Masala for the first time. So delicious!

Chana Masala
***Vegetarian Recipe***

Serves 4
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

2 TB butter
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves
1 TB ground coriander
1 TB ground cumin
1 ts ground cayenne pepper
1 ts ground turmeric
2 15-ounce cans chopped tomatoes
2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 ts paprika
1 ts garam masala
1 ts salt
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
2 ts ginger, grated

Directions:
1. Cook 2 cups rice as normal, just add 2 TB of tumeric to the rice.
2. Heat large skillet over medium heat; add butter and melt. When melted, add the onion and cook 5 minutes until soft and beginning to brown. Add the garlic, ginger and jalepeno and cook for another minute.
3. Add the coriander, cumin, cayenne, and turmeric. Stir until combined and cook for 30 seconds or so, or until it is very fragrant.
4. Stir in the canned tomatoes. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Add the chickpeas; stir until combined and then bring mixture to a boil.
6. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add the paprika, garam masala, salt, and lemon juice. Cover and cook at a simmer for 10 minutes.
7. Serve over rice.

Balsamic Chicken with Spinach and Quinoa

21 Feb

The sauce for this recipe is so outstanding. It is really easy to make and consists of ingredients that I usually have on hand, so I can make it whenever I feel like it!

Balsamic Chicken with Spinach and Quinoa
Serves 4
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
4 TB olive oil
4 chicken breasts, sliced
1/4 ts salt
1/4 ts black pepper
3 garlic cloves, chopped
3 TB balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 package frozen spinach
1 cup quinoa, cooked
2 cups of water

Directions:
1. Heat saute pan over high heat; when pan is hot, add 2 TB olive oil. When oil is hot add chicken; season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken for 10 minutes, flipping them over half way through. Remove and set aside.
2. Cook frozen spinach according to directions. When spinach is cooked add 1 TB balsamic vinegar and mix well. At the same time, place quinoa in a microwavable bowl with 2 cups of water. Cook in microwave for 9 minutes.
3. Heat a saute pan over medium heat; when pan is hot, add 2 TB olive oil. When oil is hot add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add canned tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and chicken broth. Cook for 5 minutes. Add chicken slices and cook 5 minutes more.
4. To serve: Spead quinoa on the bottom of a plate. Top half with spinach. Place sliced chicken on the other half and pour tomato sauce over the chicken.

Colache – TexMex Butternut Squash

17 Jan

Colache – TexMex Butternut Squash

Serves 4
Prep. Time:  15 miutes
Cooking Time:  20 minutes

I found this recipe in Tex-Mex Recipes

Ingredients:

2 TB vegetable oil
1 Butternut squash (2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and diced
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can 14 1/2 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 can (14 1/2 oz) whole kernel corn, drained
1 canned green chili, diced
salt and pepper

Directions:

1.  Heat oil in large deep skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and cook until transparent (about 3 minutes).  Add garlic, let cook 30 seconds, then add squash.  Cook 5 minutes.

2.  Add canned tomatoes and bell pepper to skillet.  Bring to boil, turn down heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes.

3.  Add corn, chili, sat and pepper.  Simmer, covered, 5 minutes.  Uncover, increase heat, and cook until juices have evaporated.

4.  Serve with crispy corn tortillas or tortilla chips.