Posts Tagged ‘Tomatoes’

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Vegetable and Buffalo Soup

January 28, 2013

Hello readers,

This is my first cooking post in while, but since we have been attempting to convert to paleo, I have had a hard time finding something to blog about foodwise.  Let’s be honest: Paleo is really hard to do.  We love to eat, and in general we eat pretty well.  Paleo cuts out dairy, grains, legumes, sugar, etc.  Those are a few of my favorite things!  We have decided to start off by converting our dinners to paleo and then move into lunches and dinners.  I have attempted to cut down or remove completely oats, dairy, sugar, etc.  I know there are friends of ours out there who have mastered paleo; you impress me.

Veggie and Buffalo Soup

Veggie and Buffalo Soup

David and I headed to the store and decided we wanted to make a soup for this cold weather.  It would go a long way and be easy to make while I went to work on a weekend.  We collected a load of vegetables and decided on buffalo stew meat as our big protein.  We were both very excited to try this very lean red meat in a meal.  I am going to give the ingredients below, but without measurements because frankly I didn’t measure anything!  Add as much or as little as you’d like.  Substitute veggies.  Change the seasoning!  Make it your own.

Ingredients
-Baby Carrots
-2 small Zucchini
-1 Onion
-1 Green Bell pepper
-2 cans of Diced Tomatoes
-Kale
-Fresh garlic
-Black Pepper
-Salt
-Parsley
-2 lbs Buffalo Stew Meat
-Chicken Stock

Directions:
These are ridiculously easy.  I used a slow cooker.  Chop up all the veggies to your liking of size.  We did small cuts of everything so everything could fit on the spoon at once for a hearty bite.  Once chopped, put everything into your crock pot.  Add raw meat and seasonings.  Fill with chicken stock till covered.  I added the Kale with only about 30 minutes left to cook. Cook on high for 5 or 6 hours.

Veggie and Buffalo Soup

Veggie and Buffalo Soup

We were both very pleased with how it turned out.  I normally make a beef stew so this was different with buffalo and as a soup.  David would add a can of rotel tomatoes if he made it, but I might add a bit more garlic or pre-cook the meat after sautéing the onions, peppers and garlic to help infuse the flavors more.

I hope you try this recipe sometime and let me know what you think!

Happy cooking!
-Amanda

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Panko Crusted Salmon

April 25, 2011

 I made this meal last week for my husband and I.  I was so happy to see how easy it was to prepare, and how delicious it was to eat!  I told my husband he better not get used to eating such fancy meals!  Here are the recipes below:

Panko Crusted Salmon

Ingredients:
2/3 cup panko
2 tbsp. finely minced fresh parsley
1 tsp. lemon zest
½ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
3-4 tbsp. olive oil, divided
4 (6-8 oz.) salmon fillets, skin on
2 tbsp. Curry Mustard
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425˚ F.  In a small bowl, combine the panko, parsley, lemon zest, salt and pepper.  Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and toss with a fork until the crumbs are evenly coated; set aside.
Place the salmon fillets skin side down on a work surface.  Generously brush the top of each fillet with the mustard and then season with salt and pepper.

Heat the remaining olive oil over medium-high heat in a 12-inch oven-safe skillet.  When the oil is hot, add the salmon fillets, skin side down, and sear for 3-4 minutes without turning to brown the skin.  Transfer the salmon to a greased pan and press the panko mixture thickly on top of the mustard on each fillet to help the panko adhere.
Cook for 5-7 minutes, until the salmon is almost cooked through and the panko is browned.  Remove from the oven, cover with foil and let rest 5-10 minutes.  Serve warm with fresh lemon wedges.

Asparagus with Tomatoes and Feta

Ingredients:
1 bunch asparagus
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 shallot, finely minced
2-3 vine ripened tomatoes, seeded and diced
3 oz. crumbled feta cheese
Salt and pepper

Directions:
In a large skillet, lay the asparagus in a single layer (or as close to a single layer as you can get).  Add water just until the asparagus is covered.  Heat over medium-high heat until the water boils.  Reduce the heat and let simmer until the asparagus is tender.  Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat.  Sauté the shallot until tender, 3-4 minutes.  Add the diced tomatoes to the pan and cook 2-3 minutes, just to warm and wilt very slightly.  Once the asparagus is tender, remove from the heat and drain.  Remove the shallot-tomato mixture from the heat, stir in the feta, and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Place the warm asparagus on a serving platter (or individual plates) and top with the tomato-feta mixture.  Serve immediately.

I also made roasted potatoes, onion and garlic and added focaccia bread on the side. 

How did it go?

The meal was so easy to make, but took some time in my small kitchen.  I did adapt the salmon by substituting the dijon mustard for curry mustard my husband had just bought.  The curry mustard added a nice flavor to the salmon.  My salmon also did not have skin, so I only seared it in the hot pan for 2 minutes.

The asparagus was delicious topped with tomatoes, shallots and feta!  I was going to grill the asparagus but we were out of propane, so instead I followed this recipe exactly.  Next time I will grill the asparagus in foil with a little bit of olive oil drizzled over it.

I can’t wait to try both of these again!

Both recipes were found on: http://annies-eats.net/2011/04/13/panko-crusted-salmon/

Enjoy!

Melissa

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Spaghetti Sauce

March 28, 2011

I decided to make spaghetti today and to make it a little more special, I made the sauce from scratch.  I’ve done this one other time and liked it so I tried again.

Ingredients:
-1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
-2 garlic cloves (I’m pretty sure I put more like 9)
-1 can diced tomatoes (no salt added), undrained
-1 bottle roasted red bell peppers, undrained
-1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
-Mushrooms (optional) (I actually left them out)
-2 cans of tomato paste

The recipe I used said to put it all in a blender, but I put it in my food processor.  It worked great, although David thought the garlic was in big chunks.  I heated it up after I processed it all.  Oh, and I added some cheese to melt too. Yummy.

I think if I did it again, I would add an extra can of diced tomatoes and maybe a little more vinegar (although I doubled what it called for).  It is pretty tasty though.  I added some ground turkey, cheese, and whole wheat pasta to make a delicious dish.

Enjoy!

Happy Eating,

Amanda!