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One Pot Pasta

I created this dish for dinner last night. It was an easy and tasty meal and quite healthy although it tasted very rich. I tried the yoke less egg noodles for the first time and they are delicious and a healthy pasta alternative. This dish is ready in less than 30 minutes and is probably one of the simplest thing I’ve made to date. Have it for dinner tonight!

Ingredients List:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion sliced
  • 2 cups mushrooms sliced (i used a mixture of white sliced and portobello)
  • 1 lb  extra lean turkey
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 jalapeño sliced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 4 cups  chicken broth
  • 1 pkg  broad yokeless egg noodles
  • 1 container of Philadelphia Cooking Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup  loosely chopped fresh basil

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In a large pan add your olive oil and cook the onion, jalapeño and mushrooms on medium high heat until softened. Add the turkey and cook until browned and no liquid remains-about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and wine cook for about 5 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the Pasta to the pot and cook (stirring occasionally) until pasta is al dente about 8 minutes. Add cream cheese,parm cheese and basil and stir into the mixture. Serve immediately.

Happy Friday!

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xo Lisa

Sausage and Roasted Tomato Penne in a Mustard Cream Sauce

I  recently enjoyed an amazing pasta at the Kit Kat Club that was served in a Mustard Cream Sauce. This sauce blew my mind and so I decided to re create it at home with my own Foodventure twist. The result is delicious and really simple. This dish takes about 10 minutes to make (minus the time to slow roast the tomatoes) and you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients List:

  • 2 cups of slow roasted tomatoes (click here for a link to my recipe)
  • 4 shallots loosely chopped to roast with the tomatoes
  • 3 Italian sausages, meat removed from casings and crumbled (i used 2 hot and 1 mild)
  • 3/4 cup of dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup of 5% cream
  • 3 tablespoons of dijon mustard
  • 2 cups of penne
  • 1 1/2  cups of arugula
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet. Add the sausage meat and brown over moderately high heat, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and simmer, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom, until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the cream and mustard and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat, In a bowl combine  the pasta, roasted tomatoes and sausage. Toss to coat. Top with fresh arugula and fresh grated parm cheese. Serve at once.

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xo Lisa

 

Moroccan Stew

I am totally addicted to Hall’s Kitchen’s Moroccan Stew. Today instead of buying it at the local supermarket I decided to purge my cupboards and fridge to make my own version of this delicious Moroccan Stew. (The combo of spices is what makes this dish so killer!)

Ingredients List:

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • olive oil
  • 2 cups sweet onion and red onion combined chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 2 cups finely shredded kale
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 large sweet potato chopped
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with spicy red peppers
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can mixed beans
  • 1 tbsp of chili flakes
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
Click on the picture for a step by step look at how to make Moroccan Stew: Word Press is working out some kinks and the format of the photo descriptions has changed. For the moment you can still access the attachment pages with the descriptions if you click “Permalink” under each image. This will bring you to the old format and you can get the step by step look you love!  Hopefully this will be resolved soon. xo
Thanks for your ongoing support and feedback and I am taking your advice as of right NOW! I am going to start publishing the recipe steps on the main page so that you don’t have to keep clicking back and forth between pictures every time you want to check out the next step in the recipe. You can still click on the pix for a quick reference if need be. Let me know how this new format works for you.
The Steps:
  1.  In a large pot add olive oil (about 2 turns round the pot) and cook onions and celery until tender and soft.
  2. In a bowl combine cinnamon, ginger, curry powder, nutmeg, cumin and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Once your celery and onions are soft add kale and half of your spice mixture and mix into your pot. Once the kale has wilted add your vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Add beans, tomato, broccoli, sweet potato, raisins, peanuts and chili flakes to the pot and  boil until the sweet potatoes are soft.
  5. Cover and let simmer. The stew will thicken and the flavours will become more complex the longer you let it sit.
  6. Enjoy with rice, quinoa or as is. (also delicious with lamb and chicken!)

This is the first time blogging with my new stove. Thanks to Todd and Brian for the awesome hook up!

Eat Well

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xo Lisa


Meatless Mondays: Roasted Beet and Sweet Onion Salad

On Saturday evening I had a delicious dinner at The Academy of Spherical Arts and one of the items on the menu inspired the creation of this salad. Roasting beets in my new favourite thing, it takes a while but it is so worth it. This dish is simple and so so so delicious.

  • 2 Large Beets
  • 1 Medium Size Sweet Onion
  • 4 cups of mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup of cheddar maple loosely chopped

Vinaigrette:

  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp of Dijon Mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

Click on the picture for a step by step look at how to make this salad: Word Press is working out some kinks and the format of the photo descriptions has changed. For the moment you can still access the attachment pages with the descriptions if you click “Permalink” under each image. This will bring you to the old format and you can get the step by step look you love!  Hopefully this will be resolved soon. xo

I love this salad and I guarantee that you will as well. These days I’m really busy working a production in Toronto opening Feb 10th, 2012 called War Horse. This is one show that you will not want to miss! Find out more about War Horse here.

Eat Well

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xo Lisa


Jerk yer Chicken

I am finally back in my own kitchen after a summer on the road and I am loving being back in Toronto. Nothing beats walking the streets, hitting my fav shops and markets and generally enjoying the energy of the city. Today is a glorious day, a perfect way to ring in the first day of fall.

Tonight, I am hosting some very good friends for dinner and I am totally stoked to catch up with these peeps since I haven’t seen them in months. I spent a while cruising the farmer’s market at Nathan Phillips Square and bought 95% of the ingredients for this feast from Ontario Farmers. On the menu tonight….Jerk Chicken, Peach Salsa, Roasted Yams, Corn on the Cob and a mixed carrot salad!

Ingredients List:  Makes about 3 Cups of Jerk Marinade (enough for 8+ Chicken Breast)

  • 1 Bunch of Green Onions
  • 7 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Hot Peppers-to taste (I used 2 chili peppers and 3 small Jalapeno’s seeded)
  • 4 small cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 large sweet onion
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/3 cup of  soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  •  2 tsp of ground allspice
  • 1 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 x Chicken Breasts

****Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make Jerk Marinade:

Thanks for Reading and Bon Appetit!

Eat well

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xo Lisa

P.S. I’m hosting a mixer on Sunday! Will let you know how it went unless of course you show up!

September Scones Take 2

As I sit here and type this blog, all I smell is delicious pork…that’s because i just took some Ham and Cheese Scones out of the oven. The blueberry scones that I baked a few weeks ago turned out to be so easy and such a hit that I decided I wanted to try and make a savory scone. You will noticed that the photo’s of the savory scones start with the addition of the ham and onions. You can read more about the basics of Scone Making here from my previous post featuring blueberry scones.

Ingredients List:  Makes 10 servings.

  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup combined of  caramalized onion and  cooked ham
  • 3/4 cup of Smoked Gouda Grated
  • 1 Tbsp of Dijon Mustard

*Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make Ham and Cheese Scones:

Before you start…Preheat your Oven to 425 degree’s and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cook your onions on low heat for about 20 minutes and add your ham to the mixture once the onions are nice and soft. Once you are ready to go: Mix your dry ingredients into a bowl and then….


I prefer these scones over the blueberry ones but that’s only because of my love affair with pork and cheese. After a month away from home, I leave Ottawa 0n Sunday. I cannot wait to get back and enjoy the fall! Thanks for reading! Enjoy your scones.

Eat well

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xo Lisa

Lime and Black Pepper BBQ’ed Corn

Sunday in Toronto….33 degree’s! What better way to enjoy the heat than to have a sizzling summer soiree with friends.

I’m prepping a whole BBQ menu but the Lime and Black Pepper BBQed Corn is going to be the dish that everyone is going to want to make themselves! It’s so easy and it’s a really delicious and unique way to serve your grilled corn. Trust me you will not be disappointed.

Ingredients List:  Makes 8 servings.

  • 4 cobs of corn cut in half
  • 3 limes
  • A healthy amount of pepper

*Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make Lime & Black Peppers BBQ Corn:

Along with the corn. I served 3 different types of Cheese that I got while I was in The County. I am totally in love with Fifth Town’s Petal Luna Hard Goat Cheese. It is incredible!

Anyway, I hope you get to jump in a lake, a pool, in a sprinkler…something to beat the heat.

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa