Monday, April 29, 2013

Cheesy Penne with Broccoli

  • This recipe is great for kids. My kids and I like this for a easy and light lunch, my husband needs something extra like a chicken breast.


  • 8 ounces uncooked mini penne pasta
  • 5 cups broccoli florets (about 1 medium head)
  • 1 1/3 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese 
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2.5 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2/3 cup)


  1. 1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. During the last 3 minutes of cooking, add broccoli to pan; drain. Place pasta and broccoli in a large bowl.
  2. 2. Combine milk and flour in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened; remove from heat. Add 2 tablespoons Parmesan and remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add cheese mixture to pasta mixture; toss. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fettuccine Alfredo with Bacon

My family adores bacon, so when I make this recipe I cook a whole pan of bacon and put what I don't use out for munching. My kids can't get enough of this easy pasta dish. The best part is that it tastes like you spent hours, but it only takes about 30 minutes. For a more substantial meal top with cooked chicken breast slices.

8 oz uncooked fettuccine
2 slices bacon
1 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp flour
1 cup milk
2/3 cup (about 2.5 oz) Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp fresh parsley or 2 tsp dried
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Place bacon on a baking sheet at bake at 425ยบ for about 20 minutes or until done. (Remember you can make a whole pan as easy as 2, and you can refrigerate for up to 2 weeks and have pre-cooked bacon on hand for a recipe such as this one).

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.

While pasta cooks, preheat skillet. Add bacon grease or olive oil to pan and then add garlic; saute 1 minute, stirring constantly. Sprinkle flour over garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly; cook 2 minutes or until bubbly and slightly thick, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low. Gradually add cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in salt and reserved 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Add hot pasta to pan; toss well to combine. Sprinkle with bacon, parsley, and pepper. Yield: 4 servings.

While pasta cooks,

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ethiopian Cabbage and Potatoes

1/2 cup olive oil
4 carrots, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 head cabbage, shredded
5 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the carrots and onion in the hot oil about 5 minutes. Stir in the salt, pepper, cumin, turmeric, and cabbage and cook another 15 to 20 minutes. Add the potatoes; cover. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until potatoes are soft, 20 to 30 minutes.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Sesame Salmon with Arugula, Green Onions and Lemon

This recipe just screams spring with a light citrus flavor. The best way to enjoy this is to get a little bit of everything in each bite.
4 (6-ounce) sustainable salmon fillets
Cooking spray
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups (1-inch) slices green onions
1 lemon thinly sliced and halved
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup baby arugula

1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Arrange salmon in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Combine sesame seeds and 3/8 teaspoon salt; sprinkle evenly over flesh sides of fillets, pressing gently into fish. Bake at 400° for 14 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.
3. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl. Add green onions; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add lemon slices; cook 2 minutes. Sprinkle green onion mixture with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place 1 fillet on each of 4 plates. Place arugula in a medium bowl. Add green onion mixture to bowl with arugula; toss. Divide arugula mixture evenly among servings.