Peppino’s Italian Dressing

Peppino's Italian DressingHomemade Italian Dressing

2 T. red wine vinegar
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup good olive oil
2 small cloves of garlic
3 T. 0% (fat free) Greek yogurt
freshly grated parmesan cheese

Put all ingredients in a small jar with a screw top and shake vigorously.
It’s that easy!

Note: I like to toss the dressing into a light salad of romaine lettuce, thinly sliced red onion rings, tomato wedges and grated mozzarella cheese. It reminds me of a delicious salad that we used to enjoy when the girls were young at a family restaurant called Peppino’s. The restaurant relocated years ago but I still remember the wonderful salad dressing.

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Aunt Lillian’s Crab Dip

Lillian's Crap Dip

We make this classy appetizer every holiday.  My Great Aunt Lillian Vogt gave me the recipe when I was a child. She has since passed away but I always think of her when I make this and it makes me smile.  I hope it makes you smile too.

 

Aunt Lillian’s Crab Dip

1 can cream of celery soup
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese (look for reduced fat cream cheese that is labeled Neufchatel. It is healthier)
1 cup celery, finely minced
2 small cans of crabmeat
2 small bunches of green onions (finely chopped)
1 envelope of gelatin

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Grandma’s Butter Horns

Grandma's Butter Horns
These buttery delicious crescent rolls are requested every year around the holidays by everyone in the family.  My daughters look forward to baking them with my mom every Thanksgiving.  They are irresistible right out of the oven.  Yummy!

Grandma’s Butter Horns

4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 block of cake yeast
1 cup milk
1 cup shortening
1/2 tsp. salt

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Quick Herbed Quinoa

Herbed QuinoaWhen I first started making this side dish, I used white Basmati rice instead of quinoa.  Recently I tried using quinoa due to the great health benefits that quinoa offers.  Although it is eaten like a grain, it is technically a seed.  It is a great source of protein, something that is rare in the plant world.  Quinoa is also high in iron and calcium as well as fiber.  Quinoa is also naturally gluten-free, making it a great option for those with celiac and others needing a gluten-free diet.  Oh, did I mention it’s tasty too?

Quick Herbed Quinoa

1 cup quinoa ( I like tri-color)

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. fresh rosemary, minced (1/2 tsp. if dried rosemary)

1/2 tsp. marjoram

1 tsp fresh thyme, minced (1/2 tsp. if dried thyme)

1 tsp. onion flakes

1 1/2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth if you are a vegetarian)

1 T. butter

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Soyaki Chicken

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This moist and delicious chicken is so easy to make.  I love having a few recipes that boast just five ingredients or less but are packed with flavor.  This is one of Monica’s favorites.  Enjoy!

Soyaki Chicken (aka Petaluma Chicken)Soyaki Chicken

10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

3 medium potatoes, thinly sliced

juice of half a lemon

1/2 cup Soyaki  from Trader Joe’s

Directions

Arrange chicken, onion, potatoes in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Squeeze lemon juice and Soyaki all over it. Cover with foil and bake at 425° for 40 minutes. Uncover and broil for about 10 minutes more.

Serves 5-8 people

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Chicken Tikka Masala

I love the robust flavors of indian cuisine but never have time to make the yummy sauces on my own.  I recently discovered wonderful authentic sauces made by Maya Kaimal like Tikka Masala and Vindaloo in the refrigerator section at Sprouts Market.  They are also available at Mothers and other health food stores. They are my new secret weapon to making delicious indian meals in 30 minutes or less.  Sometimes I swap out chicken for tofu to make a vegetarian meal instead. Experiment to see what you like best.

tikka-masala-chickenCHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes (sometimes I substitute extra firm tofu)
1 red pepper cut into 1 inch dice
1 container of Maya Kaimal Tikka Masala (approx 1 1/2-2 cups)
¼ cup cilantro leaves

Directions

In a medium-sized skillet heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add peppers and cook for just 2-3 minutes. Don’t let them get too limp. Remove from pan and place in small dish. Next add the cubed chicken to the skillet and brown lightly on all sides.
Add the cooked peppers to the chicken and then add the Tikka Masala sauce. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes over low heat or until chicken is cooked through. If sauce becomes too thick, add water to thin.
Garnish with cilantro and serve with basmati rice or Indian naan or other flatbread.

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Butternut Squash with Shallots and Sage

Butternut squash with shallots and sageBUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH SHALLOTS AND SAGE

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 shallots, halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices (3/4 cup)
1 (1 3/4-lb) butternut squash, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (4 cups)
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or water
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

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