Showing posts from August, 2014

Peanut Noodles

What is it about peanut butter that improves a dish?  I am not a big fan of peanuts but I do love peanut butter.  I was glad that separate peanuts were not included in the recipe.  The peanut butter did its job and even hubby who supposedly hates peanut butter (and loves peanuts) gave a top rating to this dish.  Halfway through, he asked what was in it and I cringed a little but he accepted the peanut butter with grace.

Peanut Noodles  (adapted from AllRecipes magazine)


8 ounces Gluten-free spaghetti
1 bunch green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon  ginger
1/3 cup peanut butter (smooth)
1/4 cup GF soy sauce
1/4 cup hot water
1 tablespoon GF vinegar
1 teaspoon white sugar  (This can be omitted for a healthier result)
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until done. Drain.

Meanwhile, combine oil and onions in a small skillet. Saute over low heat until tender. 
Mix in peanut butter, soy sauce, water, vinegar, sugar, ging…

Double Sesame Broccoli

Broccoli is a favorite food in our home. It is rewarding to eat food, we enjoy and know we are getting health benefits from it. It is high in fiber, calcium rich and has Vitamins A and C. It is a fighter of cancer and other health hazards. It seems to me that the vegetables from the cabbage family such as broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy are quite a variety and from all of these, broccoli wins in the benefits department.

Broccoli is another versatile vegetable. Broccoli does beautifully in a stir fry. It is delicious plain or with a little garlic and butter. I make a kugel out of it, sometimes mixing in cauliflower. I think broccoli is pretty and I love to steam it and add it to a salad. I make a mean broccoli cheese soup.

I decided to make it simple although, just his week, I used broccoli in a number of dishes including a pasta dish, a salad and a stir fry. There is something about roasting vegetables that make them better than with any sauce.

Double Sesame Broccoli 


Peanut Butter Maple Cookies

This recipe from intrigued me with the unusual combination of ingredients. Maple syrup and peanut butter are new to me but they sounded as if they would "mate" well. Actually, I think the cookie would be better without the maple syrup and I am a big fan of maple flavor. Whatever the reason, it did not appeal to me.  It might very well be perfect for you though.

Peanut Butter Maple Cookies (adapted)


1 cup margarine, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter, smooth
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 egg beaters
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups gluten-free flour
3/4 cup GF oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugars.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. 

Beat in syrup and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
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Melon-Goat Cheese Salad

Summer is almost over and I am cramming in some delicious salads which can be served alone for lunch. This was a totally refreshing salad thanks to the cantelope.  Everything blended together and there was a subtle sweet taste.  Hubby had a gluten-free bagel with it but I ate it alone and it was enough.

School will be starting soon so time together is a priority.  No matter how much I have to do, in the summer, it is still leisurely compared to the work year.  This dish goes along with the attitude.

Melon-Goat Cheese Salad

Ingredients :

3 cups romaine lettuce, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup cantelope, cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons dried cranberries
1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
2 - 3 ounces aged goat cheese, crumbled
1 teaspoon  honey

1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon basil, chopped
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Place romaine, cantelope, cranberries, red onion and goat cheese in large bowl.
Sprinkle lemon juice and honey mixture on top and season with black pepper.  Mix together.  A…

Apple, Date and Cinnamon Muffins with Maple Oats - Gluten Free - WWDH

This week the Wednesday With Donna Hay group had a real treat.  We made Apple, Date and Cinnamon Muffins with Maple Oats.  Hubby is already asking me to make them again and I just made a batch.  The maple syrup added a nice touch and made these really classy.  The oats worked well in the batter.  Apples and dates are a winning combination.  This is a fabulous muffin.

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Zucchini Pancakes

When Allrecipes came out with a new magazine, about a year ago, I was excited to see what it was going to be like and immediately subscribed.  I was not disappointed.  I have found several dishes to make in each edition.

When I look for a recipe online, I tend to end up in Allrecipes despite the plethora of sites with tons of recipes.  I am not sure if it is because they have such a great variety of recipes or that their recipes tend to be doable.  I am not sure that there is a time, I could not fine, what I was looking for.

This month, one of the themes was zucchini and each zucchini dish looked better than the one before.  I plan to make almost every one of them, particulalry the zucchini cornbread casserole and the stuffed zucchini.

There were several topics of interest and the one that was the most fun was, "A Day at the Fair", with its Deep Fried Oreos, Fried Cheese Curds, and Funnel Cakes, just as starters.  OK, you know, I don't usually fry foods and I am going to pa…

Almost no Meat Week - Menu Plan Monday

It is time to plan the week and post at Menu Plan Mondays where you will find many cooks posting their plans for the week.  Last week, we barbecued almost every night and this week, we want to make up for all that meat with veggies and fish.  When I make the Italian Sausage Soup, I plan to cut down on the amount of sausage,busing enough to give it flavor.

Sunday - leftovers

For Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I decided to use recipes from the Allrecipes magazine which I enjoy very much.     All images are from Bing Images.

Monday - Zucchini Pancakes with Roasted Tomatoes

Tuesday -  Italian Sausage Soup with Oat Muffins

Wednesday - Peanut Noodles

                                                                            Thursday - Thai Salmon

Friday - Lemon Chicken Breasts with Sweet Potatoes and Zucchini Kugel

Saturday - Chulent

A smile

I saw this on The Happy Whisk,  Made me chuckle.

Roasted Tomatoes - Ina Fridays

I know, we are not alone in having an abundance of tomatoes from our garden.  Many of us have this terrific problem.  For a foodie, this is a challenge and what we do with the tomatoes is the game.  Since we are doing on side dishes from Ina Garten, this month, what better crop to use than tomatoes.

I chose this roasted tomato because of our love for roasted vegetables.  It would seem than any roasted vegetable is better than the original.  With some balsamic and something sweet added, this was a joy to eat.

Roasted Tomatoes  (adapted from Ina Garten)


4 large round tomatoes, sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon basil leaves, chopped
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

olive oil cooking spray


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Arrange the tomatoes on a sheet pan, cut sides up, in a single layer.

Drizzle with  balsamic vinegar. 

Sprinkle the garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper over the tomatoes. 

Spray tops with olive o…

Spinach Potato Salad

I don't usually make potato salad.  I don't really like it very much.   I do eat it when served and it is fine but I don't elaborate on its wonderful qualities.  For the past few weeks, hubby has been asking for potato salad for the Sabbath and I have been making it.

I admit to giving the dish very little thought and simply looking in my refrigerator to find something to add to the boiled and chopped potatoes.  I haven't even tasted it until today.  I liked what I tasted today and decided to share it with you.

This is an easy potato salad to make but it seems to have nice flavors to it.

Spinach Potato Salad


4 medium large potatoes, rough chopped
2 eggs, grated
2 - 3 cups spinach, rough chopped
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon fresh chives,chopped
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
2 teaspoons sweet relish


Mix mayonnaise, mustard, relish and chives together in a small bowl.

Place potatoes in a medium bowl.  Add the spinach.

Add the mayonnaise mixture to the potatoes and …

Red Pepper Veggies

It wasn't that long ago that I discovered sweet red pepper dip.  It was so good that I did not even try to recreate it.  I usually buy a container every two weeks and add it to a variety of dishes.  This particular dish was supposed to be spinach stuffed zucchini until I saw that two of the zucchini did not look good enough to use whole.

We were going to my daughter's later in the day and I was bringing a side dish.  Fortunately, they are healthy eaters and vegetables were the way to go.  I made stuffed zucchini not that long ago and it was a great success so I decided to take that path. When I disapproved of the zucchini, I had to come up with a different recipes using both zucchini and spinach. This is what I ended up doing.

Red Pepper Veggies


1 pound spinach
2 zucchini, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2/3 cup red pepper dip


Heat oil in large skillet.

Add chopped onion and cook for about 5 minutes.

Add the yellow pepper …

Roasted Chick Peas

This is a great snack or a side dish for dinner or lunch. It is easy to make, needs little in terms of ingredients and it is scrumptious. I took it out of the oven and started popping these, in my mouth. They can become addictive.

I am not a chip person although I like all kinds of chips and could easily start munching on them. I choose not to. On the other hand, I finally realized, I like savory snacks more than sweet ones. I love chocolate and could indulge with ease but if I grab a cracker, I can happily stop there. These chickpeas are terrific to satisfy that desire to snack.

I hope you give these a try.

Roasted Chick peas
1 container of marinated chickpeas (16 ounce)
olive oil spray
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
On a cookie sheet, place chickpeas.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper, lightly.
Spray with olive oil.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, shaking pan, twice.
I like these warm but they are just as good cold. It is up to you. Take a bi…

Spinni Minis

There is something very special about making dishes in separate servings.  I think, the food looks better.  It is a lot easier to take a small dish rather than cutting something up.
Of course, there is the "Cute" element.  The minute, something becomes a mini, it also seems to become cute.   The smaller the better.....  The name for this dish is based on "Cute" or perhaps, plain ole silliness. 
As a result, we now have these little delightful dishes of cheese, spinach and eggs.  Spinach is a last minute addition but as far as I am concerned, it is a star of the dish.
A side on minis.....I think, almost anything can be turned into a miniature of the original.  We already have in the mainstream, tarts, cupcakes, ice cream cups and the likes.  I have indulged in mini-meatloaves, mac and cheese, lasagnas and I think, you get the idea.
Have fun.  Be creative.  Make minis.

Spinni Minis


Spray olive oil

salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup frozen spinach, drained and squee…

Polenta and Vegetable Bake

Since I bought two rolls of polenta, I want to use them but I want to do something, I know we will like, with them. Since, we are vegetable aficionados, I decided vegetables of some kind, had to be involved. "Eating Well" comes through time and again with good, solid, healthy recipes so that is where I turned for an idea. With a name like, "Polenta and Vegetable Bake", I couldn't go wrong.

If you have not made polenta or bought the rolls, I suggest you give them a try. They are versatile and I have a feeling, as I am more comfortable cooking with polenta, my imagination is going to be the drive that determines the recipes.

Polenta and Vegetable Bake (adapted from Eating Well)


2 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups broccoli florets
1 small zucchini, finely diced
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil or oregano or cilantro
4 slices prepared polenta
1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 450 degree…

Zucchini Cabbage Kugel

This is truly one of those dishes that resulted from what I could find in the kitchen.  I took a long look and realized that both hubby and I brought home zucchini, leaving me with 8 of them.  I had bought the cole slaw mix to make cole slaw but didn't get to doing it so I threw it into the mix. I scoured the refrigerator and found part of all three dips and I had no plans for them so in they went.  The rest  of the ingredients are usually in the house.  Putting all this together ended up with a great flavored dish despite how random, my choices were.

Zucchini Cabbage Kugel


1 tablespoon olive oil
3 zucchini, shredded
1 large onion, diced
1 bag coleslaw mix
1 tablespoon fresh basil
3 eggs
1/4 cup dill dip
1/4 cup spinach dip
1/4 cup red pepper dip


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat oil in a medium sized skillet.

Add onions and cook for ten minutes, stirring every once in the while.

In large bowl, mix zucchini, sauteed onion, coleslaw mix and basil.

Add 3 eggs and combine.

Add the…

Grilled Chili Chicken Cutlets

I realized, I have put up only a few of the wonderful chicken recipes, I have made over the year.  I thought it was time to add at least one of them.  This is from the present summer and it took advantage of our barbecue.

Hubby brought home a new outside grill a few weeks ago.   Despite this, we have only barbecued a few times and this is one of them.  I think it is due to our busy lives.  

Hubby was excited about getting a new grill and brought it home and immediately set it up in anticipation of using it.  He doesn't usually talk about "things" but this time, he did.  A new grill was definitely a good addition.........even though we did not use it right away.

This recipe came out nicely on the grill.  In a pan, I made the onions and yellow peppers which I served with the cutlets on top.  

Grilled Chili Chicken Cutlets


2 pounds chicken cutlets
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chili sauce
1 yellow pepper
1 large onion


Mix all the ingredients, exce…