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tags: tilapia asparagus potatoes capers

Finally!  It has been a long time of not doing much cooking, for me!  Trying hard to get back in the swing of things.

Broiled tilapia with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and smokey paprika.

Broiled asparagus with a little olive oil, salt, pepper.

Boiled potatoes until tender, then seasoned with a vinaigrette made of olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, capers, salt, pepper and oregano, and then finished with parsley.

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Pearl couscous, chickpeas, pine nuts, raisins, fresh mint, fresh basil, red onion, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.  (We loved this!)

tags: erin chickpeas couscous red onion basil mint lemon juice rasins pine nuts

Corn and Fresh Asparagus Salad

We had just a small handful of asparagus from our garden, so I decided to toss it with some corn.  I roughly chopped the asparagus, added fresh basil, finely minced sweet onion, olive oil, salt and white balsamic vinegar.

tags: corn, erin asparagus basil

Orzo with fresh asparagus, grape tomatoes, basil and chives

Orzo pasta with lightly blanched asparagus, raw grape tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh chives, lemon juice, olive oil (or chili oil), salt and pepper.

tags: pasta, erin asparagus tomatoes basil chives

Perfect Pork Tenderloin, Cauliflower Salad, and Fresh Fruit

Pork tenderloin, cut into evenly sized “chunks”, marinated in olive oil, worchestershire sauce, yellow mustard, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and chives; then roasted over an open fire.

Chopped salad with fresh cauliflower, salad greens, bacon, cashews, red onion.  Dressing is mayonnaise, lemon juice and sugar, with a bit of water to thin.

Fresh fruit with mint, lemon juice and agave nectar.

tags: josh erin pork cauliflower salad bacon cashews fruit mint

Tortilla Encrusted Tilapia with Bell Pepper and Pine Nut Pasta

Pre-made Tortilla Encrusted Tilapia (that our family loves!).

Whole wheat spaghetti pasta with lightly sauteed red bell peppers and pine nuts, seasoned with parsley, basil, chili oil, salt and pepper.

tags: erin, red pepper, tilapia pine nuts pasta

Sausage with Black Beans, Corn and Rice

1 package Chicken Andouille Sausage and 1 package Chicken Apple Gouda Sausage, cut into bit sized pieces and sauteed in cast iron skillet until browned and hot.  Rice, beans and corn were seasoned with chili powder, lime juice, olive oil and salt and pepper.   (This would have been great with cilantro, but I didn’t have any on hand!)

tags: black beans, erin sausage corn rice

Pasta with Roasted Chicken, Bacon and Broccoli

In addition to the bow tie pasta, rotisserie chicken, bacon and broccoli, I added a bit of lemon juice, a small splash of white wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.

tags: erin pasta chicken bacon broccoli

Shredded Chicken Gravy on Rice

- Boil two large chicken breasts and then shred.
- Chop one half of a medium onion coarsely and a few garlic cloves and sweat them in chili oil.
- Soak dried wild mushrooms in hot water, dice and add mushrooms and water to onions and garlic.
- Add two teaspoons of chicken bouillon
- Add one can of Cream of Mushroom Soup (I cheated a little)
- Add one half of a cup of sour cream
- Add chopped kale leaves and shredded chicken
- Season with thyme/salt/pepper
- Serve on rice 

tags: josh chicken rice kale mushrooms gravy

Tomato, Fresh Basil and Pine Nut Pasta Salad

Whole wheat pasta, grape tomatoes, fresh basil, 1/4 cup finely minced sweet onion, 10-12 cloves roughly chopped roasted garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

tags: erin, basil, pasta tomatoes pine nuts

Tuscan Style Soup

Italian Sausage, Bacon, Kale, Russet Potatoes, Roasted Garlic, Ground Fennel Seed, Chicken Broth, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt and Pepper

Roasted garlic separately and set aside.

Browned bacon (8 oz package) and set aside.  

Two quarts chicken broth into stock pot.  Added 5 small russets, with skin on, cubed, with 3/4 of one of the potatoes minced finely to break down and add thickness.  Roughly chopped kale (about 2 cups?) and added to stock pot.

Browned 2 links of sausage (out of casings) and added to stock pot.

Added bacon and roughly chopped roasted garlic (lots! probably 10-12 cloves.  Is it really strange that I can eat roasted garlic cloves like candy?) to stock pot.  Seasoned all with 2 tsp freshly ground fennel seeds, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes.

Brought stock pot to boil, reduced to simmer, until potatoes and kale were tender, about 12-15 minutes.

tags: bacon, roasted garlic, erin sausage kale potatoes fennel

Tortilla Encrusted Tilapia, Roasted Butternut Squash, Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Mint

I may not do a whole lot of pre-prepared food, but these Tortilla and Lime Encrusted Tilapia Fillets from Costco are really good and incredibly easy.  Right out of the freezer, onto a baking sheet, into the oven, and still done in 15 minutes!

Roasted butternut squash with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Spinach and mixed greens salad with strawberries, fresh mint, fresh basil, pecans, pear infused vinegar and olive oil. 

tags: erin tilapia butternut squash spinach strawberries mint

Chickpea Salad and Fresh Fruit, Veggies and Nuts

Chickpea Salad:  chickpeas, finely chopped cucumber, fresh mint, fresh basil, green onions, white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Avocado with lime juice, cilantro and salt.

tags: erin chickpeas avocado cilantro red peppers

Steamed Cod with Ginger Marinade, Asian Rice Noodles and Lima Beans

Cod and Marinade:  2-3T minced fresh ginger, 2-3T finely chopped white parts of green onion, 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, 1/4 cup peanut oil, 1T sugar, red pepper flakes, salt.  Pour marinade into pan for baking fish and let fish marinade, turning a couple of times, for 20-30 minutes. Bake, covered, at 450 degrees until fish flakes easily, about 18 minutes.

Rice noodle sauce:  small amounts of lime juice, fish sauce, agave nectar for a bit of sweetness, and a bit more liberal amount of soy sauce.  Chopped green onions, fresh basil, cilantro, peanuts.  Also added a bit of the marinade for the fish after that came out of the oven.

Lima beans:  butter and soy sauce

tags: erin cod fish ginger green onions rice noodles lima beans

Italian Sausage, Sundried Tomato and Artichoke Heart Pasta

Whole wheat penne pasta, italian sausage, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, garlic, 1/2 cup beef broth, parsley.