Szechuan Noodles

Szechuan noodlesThis fantastic recipe is from our sister site CC Palate – where every recipe is created by you, but calorie counted by me.

Ingredients:

8 oz vermicelli, broken in half
3 T rice vinegar
3 T soy sauce
2 T vegetable oil, canola oil, sunflower oil (do not use olive oil)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 to 2 t minced fresh ginger
1 t dark sesame oil
1/2 t red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
1/2 cup cilantro chopped

Garnish: 1 or 2 green onions, sliced Read More



Pork Loin Chops with Mushroom Madeira Sauce

pork mushroom madeira

Pork chops smothered with Mushrooms in Madeira Sauce

Ingredients:

1 lb button mushrooms, rinsed, dried, and thickly sliced
1 T olive oil
Twist or two of kosher salt
4 (3/4 – 1 inch thick) pork loin chops
A few twists of salt
1/4 t white pepper
1 T butter
1 T olive oil
1 large shallot, minced
3/4 cup Madeira
1 T fresh parsley, finely chopped or 1 t dried
Several shakes of ground white pepper

Optional seasonings for pork or sauce: garlic, onion powder, and thyme Read More


Pinto Bean Soup

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Ingredients:

1 lb dried pinto beans
cold water
2 T olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken stock, low sodium
2 t Mexican oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 t ground black pepper
6 slices thick meaty bacon, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 (14.5 oz) can tomatoes, diced
1 (4 oz) can mild or hot green chiles, chopped
1/4 t cayenne – or more to taste
1 T cilantro
Sea salt to taste

Garnishes: Mexican melting cheese or fresh crumbling cheese, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, and sliced green onions, pico de gallo, serranos, jalapenos Read More


Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed PeppersIngredients:

6 large bell peppers, your choice of green, red, orange, or yellow
4 slices Italian or French bread, approximately 4 cups, loosely packed, and generously measured
1/4 cup water
1 pound ground beef, 93% lean
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 T fresh parsley, chopped
2 eggs
Pinch of salt
1/4 t ground black pepper
1/4 t oregano
1 1/2 cups marinara or other tomato sauce
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
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Cauliflower and Cheese

cauliflower cheeseAs tasty as macaroni and cheese!

Ingredients:

1 large organic head of cauliflower (or 2 small)
1 1/4 cup milk (1% or whatever you have on hand)
8 oz good aged cheddar cheese
3 T butter
3 scant T flour
1/2 t good quality dried mustard such as Colman’s or Watkin’s
1/8 t nutmeg
black pepper to taste
1/2 cup breadcrumbs or Panko

Optional: a tiny touch of paprika Read More



Enchilada Pie, v1

enchilada pie low fatThis is the quick to fix lower fat variation of a seriously wonderful family Tex-Mex meal that I have made for about 30 years. Enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground turkey
1/2 onion, chopped
2 (15 oz) cans Ranch Style Beans – drain a little liquid from each can
1/2 cup salsa – use the kind you like, mild, medium, or hot.
1 T plus 1 t chili powder
2 t cumin powder
10 corn tortillas
2 T butter, softened
1 (8 oz) package 2% cheddar cheese, shredded

Optional: sliced fresh or pickled jalapenos Read More


Pepperoni Sauce

6574fb16f6e2ba420085b685b3d49b4c_3q7xIngredients:

2 T pure olive oil
1/2 a medium sweet onion, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
5 oz pepperoni, sliced in half or quartered
2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1/4 t ground black pepper
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 lb penne pasta
Serve with grated Parmigiano Reggiano Read More