Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Chicken and Mushroom Cream Pasta

This is a dish I made with what I needed to use up in the fridge. Fresh peas, crimini mushrooms and chicken combined with garlic cream sauce and whole grain pasta make a nicely rounded meal.

This dish can easily be made into a vegetarian meal by simply omitting the chicken

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite size chunks

  • 1 pound crimini mushrooms, sliced

  • 1to 2 tablespoons butter

  • garlic, minced

  • 1 cup fresh peas

  • 1 cup cream

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 box whole grain pasta

  • 1 cup pasta water, reserved from cooking the pasta.

  • fresh herbs such as basil

  • pepper

  • salt

Cook the pasta following the directions on the box. While the pasta is cooking brown the chicken in a pan with a little butter. Once chicken is brown place the chicken pieces in a bowl and set aside. In the same pan add the rest of the butter and the mushrooms, cook the mushrooms until soft and a little browned.

Place the chicken back in the pan with the mushrooms and garlic. stir the garlic through the dish and then add the peas and pasta. stir a little and then add the cream and if needed a little pasta water and 1/3 cup of the cheese.

Stir until all is well mixed and bubbly. turn off the heat and add the herbs. season with salt and pepper if needed. top with the rest of the cheese

Monday, April 4, 2011

Shrimp Tacos

While looking trough food blogs I came across this post of Shrimp Tacos. The tacos looks like a great idea and the fact that is was a quick make made the draw of the recipe even greater.

1 pound cleaned shrimp, well dried

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

salt and pepper

1/3 cup corn starch

2 tablespoons oil

2 mangos, cut into little chunks

1 avocado, cut into little chunks

onion, chopped

tomato, cut into little chunks

flour or corn tortillas
1 lime cut into wedges

place the dry shrimp in a bowl and sprinkle with the spices then cover with the corn starch, stirring to get a good thin coat on the shrimp then put in a colander and shack off extra corn starch.

Heat a cast iron pan, add the oil and then fry the shrimp for about 3 minutes on each side until browned on each side and done trough. remove the shrimp and place on a paper towel lined place to absorb any grease.

Heat tortilla shells (we like corn) and then place some shrimp and toppings on the tortilla, a squeeze of lime and enjoy.