Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sweet and Tangy Quick Cherry Tomato Sauce

2 T olive oil
1/2 large sweet onion (Maui or Vidalia work), chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 pints cherry tomatoes - chopped or rough minced in a food processor (don't pulverize, you want chunks)
1 14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes with liquid
1/4 cup Chianti Wine (this does add flavor, but you can skip)
2 T dried basil
1 1/2 T dried oregano

In a large pan saute garlic and onions in olive oil over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add tomatoes, herbs, salt and pepper to taste, and saute until tomatoes are broken down well and beginning to sweeten for a few minutes, then turn heat down and simmer at least 10 minutes on a low setting to let flavors mesh. Add wine and simmer a little longer to let it evaporate and leave the flavors - 10 minutes or more if you have time. The more you simmer the more the flavors blend. Taste it and see. If its too tangy you can add a pinch of sugar.

Serve over angel hair or spaghetti with a big side of garlic bread and/or salad, or use on crusty bread like bruschetta.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Spicy Sausage and Peppers

2 large links of flavored sweet/spicy sausage - cut into bite sized pieces. I like turkey sausage with mango and jalapeno from Costco.
2 red bell peppers, cut in large bite sized pieces
2 green bell peppers cut into large bite sized pieces
1/2 large sweet onion cut into large bite sized pieces
2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved, or 2 cans diced tomatoes

3 cups cooked rice - white or brown

Heat some olive oil in a pan over medium high. Crisp up the sausage and then add peppers and onions. Cook them till crisp tender. Add tomatoes and toss around a bit just to wilt them a little. Dump it all over rice. Easy and as yummy as the sausage you pick.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Yummy Healthy Colorful Open Faced Quesadillas

This one takes all of 20 minutes at most to prepare - this recipe is for 2 but you can multiply it for more.

1 large red bell pepper
1 large yellow bell pepper
1 12 oz bag of spinach
1 leftover chicken breast, cut up into bite sized pieces (optional, or if you want vegetarian you can used cooked portobello mushroom slices, or both!!
2 whole wheat tortillas
2/3 c cheddar cheese, finely shredded
Bragg's sauce, or soy sauce, or tamari
Olive oil

Preheat oven on Broil. Put tortillas on a cookie sheet and sprinkle chicken pieces and/or cooked mushrooms over top of them.

Pour enough olive oil to coat bottom of pan into a large saute pan and heat over medium high. Saute peppers and spinach, just a few minutes - 3 o4 4 to tenderize and wilt spinach. Divide evenly over quesadillas. Sprinkle half the cheese on top of each. Broil for just 1-2 minutes till cheese is bubbly and melted. Eat!! So tasty!