Tag Archive | Noodles

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

 

Guilty Pleasure: Phở Tái

Confession #1: I love Pho! It is one of my favorite things to eat.

Confession #2: In times of total insanity I have been known to eat Pho up to 5X/week! It’s good anytime of the day or night. (In chinatown you can order Pho 24 hours/day!)

What is pho? Vietnamese Noodle Soup

Although there are many varieties of Pho, I generally order  Pho Tái. This is rare beef fillets in a hot steaming beef/oxtail/onion/garlic/other delicious stuff broth, rice noodles and  onions.  One of the best parts of Pho is the garnishes and condiments that come on the side.  The garnishes generally include thai basil, bean sprouts, lime wedges and chili peppers. The condiments are often hoisin and Sriracha sauce but sometimes you score and get roasted garlic, fish oil and other fun stuff! (FYI: condiments=HUGE guilty pleasure!)

Today, I went to the Pho Train (probably not the real name but there is a picture of a train on the sign) and enjoyed a delicious bowl of  Pho Tái with Todd and Brian. Check it out! (Click on the picture for a mouthwatering closer look.)

Pho Tips:

  • Usually you have to fill in your  order number and Pho size on a piece of paper.
  • Don’t be discouraged by the description of the meat-just do it
  • Order the small trust me it will be enough!
  • Always taste the broth first before adding any condiments or garnishes.
  • Don’t over sauce your Pho ( i do this all the time but that’s because I love condiments!)
  • Eat with a spoon and chopsticks. (Slurping is not really considered rude, check out how the people next to you are eating it!)
  • Bring Cash (lot’s of places in Chinatown are cash only and generally a small Pho will run you less than $10.00, be suspect if it’s more!)
  • Go and eat one NOW!
  • Be Adventurous in your ordering!

I hope you are enjoying the new series I have been working on here at Foodventures!

Read more about PHO here!

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xo Lisa

MacCheesy

Basic, Delicious and a Great way to purge your fridge.

My friend JMurph came over for dinner this evening and I was too lazy to do any grocery shopping over the weekend. I figured that  I had enough stuff kicking around at home to make some sort of meal. Turns out, I have all the ingredients neccesary to make Mac and Cheese. In fact, I have so many ends of different kids of cheese that this is more like a 4 cheese mac and cheese.

Ingredients List:

  • 2 shallots (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp of Butter
  • 2 Cups of Noodles (cooked)
  • 2 Cups of Cheese
  • 1 1/2 Cups of light cream  (5%)
  • 2 Tbsp of Flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Dijon
  • 2 Cups of Bread  crumbs
  • 3/4 cup of kielbasa
  • salt and pepper to taste

**click on the picture for a more info about how to make MacCheesey Bake.

 

Signs of Spring are everywhere…LOVE IT! Love you.

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xo Lisa


Special Delivery!

The pasta maker attachment for my Kitchen Aid Mixer arrived in the mail today! What a great surprise on this really really cold day. I am so excited to try it out. I’m thinking dinner next week for sure. Anyone free Tuesday?

**click on the picture for a better look!

I’m still trying to figure out my organic gluten-free vegan potluck dish for tomorrow evening. Lentils anyone? Either way I’ll have my recipe posted on Sunday. Thanks to all of you who have been checking out this site. I am thrilled to say that in a little over a month Foodventures has over 1000 hits! wow. And you don’t need to wonder if you are missing a post cause you can sign up and get all the latest Foodventures to your inbox! (Check it out in the top right corner under the Howdy, Finale, La Vie.) Stay Warm and have fun! It’s Friday! woot woot!

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xo Lisa

Lucky Parm!

Last night, I had some dear friends over for dinner, these folk all LOVE LOVE LOVE to eat, drink and be merry.  I knew that i wanted to make something that was delicious, hearty (to coat our boozy stomachs!) and low maintenance. We started off with roasted garlic, naan bread, goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and martini’s. The main event was chicken parm with fettucini alfredo and some delicious wines and we ended with mixed wild berry’s in maple syrup over vanilla frozen yogurt. All of these dishes were easy  to prepare ahead of time thus allowing me time to socialize without spending too much time in the kitchen. Here is my version of the Chicken Parm with Fettucini Alfredo.


Ingredients List:

  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 31/2 cups fresh parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley (dry)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup and 1 tbsp of flour (put aside)
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 2 cans of tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of arugula
  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • 1 glove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of aged cheddar
  • 1 package fresh fettucini noodles
  • salt and pepper to taste

Serves 4

**click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make Chicken Parmesan and Fettucini Alfredo

 

A great evening with lot’s of laughter and love.

This is a perfect dish to make for a dinner party because you can coat and cover the chicken ahead of time and pop it into the oven about 30 minutes before you want to serve your meal. The alfredo sauce only takes about 10 minutes to make and the fresh pasta will cook within 3 minutes. Which means you only have to be in the kitchen for a minimal amount of time and you can spend the rest of the time hanging out with your guests.  You should make this tonight, it’s easy and it’s tasty! Let me know how it turns out. Happy Cooking!


Eat well

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Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

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Better than Chinatown Chow Mein

Toronto was covered in a blanket of snow overnight and looks beautiful from the window of my downtown condo. I’m in the mood to order in chinese and I’m feeling a little tickle in the back of my throat. All I want is something delicious and comforting to enjoy while getting cozy on the couch with a class of vino and a movie. So here’s my twist on Beef Chow Mein.  Seriously, it will take you as long to make this dish as it would to get it delivered and this is a much healthier and tasty option!

Ingredients List:

  • 1/3 cup of rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp Fresh grated ginger
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice (about half a lemon)
  • 1/2 tbsp Sriracha sauce (my favorite condiment! yummy!)
  • 1/2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of Honey
  • ground pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 portobello mushroom
  • 4 stalks celery
  • handful of baby carrots
  • half of a small red pepper
  • half a head of broccoli ( i used a little leftover cauliflower as well)
  • 3 green onions
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 steak (marinating steak or skirt steak will work perfectly)
  • 2 portions of  Rooster Brand instant noodles (any chow mein noodle will do)

Serves 2

**click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make Beef Chow Mein.

 

Happy Saturday! Enjoy the snow… ( i wish i had a backyard to make snow angels!)


Eat well

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Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

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