I am $8 over this week, but I feel like the recipes are worth it. There is a great mixture of hot comfort food and cool spring time fresh food. I found a new combination of flavors (mint and olives! who knew?) this week and also discovered a new cheese that tastes like bacon (not gouda, but fontina–it’s cheaper!). Have a great week and happy cooking and eating!
This week’s Recipes:
Each recipe amounts to 4 servings each.
Tortilla Chip Salad
Vegetarian Cranberry and Walnut Spring Salad
Mint and Olive Chicken over Couscous
Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Fontina Cheese
Vegetarian Collard Greens and Tomatoes with Garlic Cheese Bread
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I randomly found Jersey Girl Cooks while looking for recipe ideas. I love her Tortilla Soup recipe and wanted to share it with you.
Jersey Girl Cooks Tortilla Soup Recipe
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
2 TBS olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
2 1/2 quarts chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 (28-ounce) can tomato sauce
dried arbol chili peppers, crushed (amount to your liking or another dried pepper)
2 cups frozen corn
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups cooked shredded chicken
2 TBS masa harina (fine cornmeal)
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
salt and cayenne pepper to taste
tortilla chips and sour cream for serving
In a large Dutch oven, heat oil and saute onion and garlic for a few minutes or or until it starts to brown. Add chicken stock, tomato sauce, peppers, corn, beans, chicken and masa harina. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes. Add avocado and simmer for 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with crushed tortilla chips and sour cream.
Almost every time I ask my husband what I should make for dinner his response it, “Mac and Cheese.” I am trying to come up with some unique ways to enjoy mac and cheese. This week I have decided to add Chicken and Corn to the mix.
Chicken Corn Mac and Cheese
Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
4 cups macaroni noodles
1 onion, chopped
3 ribs of celery, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 TB flour
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup milk
2 chicken breasts, chopped to bite sized pieces
1 cup frozen corn
2 cups shredded cheese
3 TB green onions
1. Start cooking your pasta according to directions.
2. While you pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet, add oil. When oil is hot add your chicken. Cook 10 minutes, then remove.
2. Bring your skillet back up to heat, add a little bit more olive oil. When oil is hot, add your onions. Cook 5 minutes, until browned. Add celery, red bell pepper and corn. Cook 5 minutes.
3 Add the flour and cook 1 minute. Add the stock, then the milk, then the spices. Stir until the milk bubbles, add the cooked chicken. Cook one more minute.
4. Transfer to large bowl. Stir in the cheese until it melts.
5. Toss the drained pasta with the cheese sauce and serve!
Lightly Creamed Black Eyed Peas
Can be Vegetarian: Remove bacon and use veggie stock
Prep. Time:Â 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 1/2 hours
1 20 oz. bag frozen black eye peas
2 slices bacon
4 cups of water or chicken or veggie stock
1 1/2 cups onions, chopped
1 TB pepper
1 TB hot spice you like (red bell pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, etc.)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
2 oz. cream cheese
1 canned chili, chopped
1. Cook black eyed peas according to directions on the bag (add bacon slices), BUT replace the water with chicken or veggie stock for more flavor.
2. Add onions, pepper, hot spice, garlic, bay leaf to black eye peas. Cover with 2 cups chicken or veggie stock. Cover and cook 30 minutes. Remove cover and cook 30 more minutes.
3. Remove bacon and bay leaf. Add diced chili and cream cheese. Stir until liquid thickens.
Pork Steak with Apple Cider Vinaigrette and Mashed Orange and Lemon Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time: 2 hours marinating + 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 TB ground cumin
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 pounds pork steak
2 ounces olive oil
1 cup chicken stock
2 yams, peeled and diced
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 TB butter
1. In a bowl, mix vinegar, water, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper. Place pork in bowl and marinate 2 hours. Remove and pat dry. Save the marinade.
2. Place yams in stock pot, pour in orange juice and lemon juice. Add enough water to cover the remainder of the yams. Bring yams to a boil and cook for 20 minutes (until yams are tender enough to mash).
3. While yams are cooking, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
4. Heat oil in saute pan. Add pork steaks and brown. Add marinade, cover and cook 5 minutes. Place pork in oven safe dish with marinade, cover, and cook 20 minutes.
5. When yams are tender, drain them. Add butter to yams and mash to your preferred taste.