Thursday, September 24, 2009

Israeli Couscous with Mushrooms and Sun Dried Tomatoes

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1 jar sun dried tomatoes in olive oil
1 package Israeli whole-wheat couscous
2 C water
Olive Oil
3 cloves garlic
1 bunch green onions
1/4 C each fresh basil leaves and cilantro
1/2 lemon, juiced
3 portobello mushrooms, sliced

1. Cook couscous according to package directions.
2. Heat olive oil in pan, add garlic, chopped sun dried tomatoes and onions. Cook until tender.
3. Add basil, cilantro and lemon juice
4. Add mushrooms and cook about 5 minutes.
5. Add couscous to pan to mix in the juices and serve!

This turned out pretty well, I was originally worried the sun dried tomatoes would overpower everything, but the cous cous and mushrooms balanced it pretty well. Perhaps some parmesan cheese would have been a nice touch! Will definitely make again, the whole wheat cous cous could be balanced with the regular stuff.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Things to catch up on...

I've been cooking a lot lately but no time to blog! Here's the rundown:
Bacon and Lentil Bake (Pretty good, anything with bacon is an automatic win!)
Peach and Cornmeal Upside Down Cake ( tasty, I think that the cake part didn't turn out as well, not as moist, but still yummy.
Whole Grain orzo with Tomatoes, Basil, Pine Nuts and Ricotta. (Good, a little thicker than originally anticipated, however I enjoyed it) I also added some grilled chicken.
Some other food from the Cooking Light cookbook, it has brocolli, bowtie pasta, turkey sausage and something else. That was good also, I think that it needed something else, or the real brocolli that the recipe called for.
Last but not least, Crumpets! They were amazing.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Greek Style Scampi

from Cooking Light Best of 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pizza...part 1 of many

Tonight is pizza night! The list of toppings for tonight are:
1 red onion
1 red pepper
Monterrey jack cheese
mozzarella cheese

I was also too lazy to make pizza dough, so I bought some at Hot Lips! While the dough turned out to be delicious, it was also thinner than my pizza crust. This ended up in disaster with burnt pizza crust :( and not just the "OH it's OK burnt" it was like eating carbon.
Lesson learned. It was really sad because the rest of the toppings looked delicious!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Chicken Pine Nut Orzo Salad

I created this hodge-podge of a salad that ended up being pretty yummy!

1/2 lb orzo pasta
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 package crumbled feta
1 clove garlic
2 chicken breasts marinated in balsamic vinegar salad dressing
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
dash onion powder
dash thyme
dash salt/pepper
fresh basil and parsley
pine nuts

1. Marinate chicken
2. Boil water for pasta
3. Cut cherry tomatoes in half
4. Chop fresh herbs
5. Toast pine nuts in a pan
6. Add ingredients (except pasta and chicken) to bowl and add olive oil and balsamic vinegar
7. When pasta is done, rinse in cold water and add to bowl.
8. Chop chicken and add to salad bowl.

Next time, I think I will add some red or green onion.