Wednesday, January 29, 2014

White Wine and Lemon Scallops

Scallops were on sale at the grocery store this week, so I picked some up (yay sales!) and decided to make them in a white wine lemon sauce.  I was going to make a specific recipe, but then decided to make up my own recipe instead... it turned out delicious!  

White Wine and Lemon Scallops

White Wine and Lemon Scallops

2 Tbsp. butter
1 lb. bay scallops
1 1/2 cups white wine
1 lemon, squeezed
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 lb. pasta (I used angel hair, but use what you like)

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
Cook pasta to package directions.  Set aside.
Add butter to pan over medium high heat.
When melted, add garlic and red pepper flakes.  Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add wine, lemon, and parsley.
Add scallops and sprinkle with salt. Cook until scallops are slightly firm to touch, but still have give.  (They will cook fast!  They're little!)
Remove scallops and add bring wine to a boil.
Cook until reduced by about a half cup.
Add scallops to warm.
Serve over pasta.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Coconut Curry Halibut

Today I decided to make fish because Alyssa wasn't going to be home until after dinner.  I was looking through an issue of Cooking Light and landed on Coconut Curry Halibut.  It sounded good, and I had all the ingredients, so I decided to give it a try.  
It ended up being awesome!  Matt loved it, and had thirds!  He also told me that the sauce was so good that I should make it without the fish as a dipping sauce for everything.  Success!

Coconut Curry Halibut
Coconut Curry Halibut

1 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. Thai red curry paste
1 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1 (14 oz.) can coconut milk
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 /2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
4 halibut filets
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. salt

Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium saucepan over high heat, whisking until smooth.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until reduced to 3/4 cup (about 25 minutes).  Remove from heat. Stir in lime juice and cilantro; let stand 5 minutes.  Strain to remove solids. 
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add oil; swirl to coat the pan. 
Sprinkle fish evenly with salt and pepper. 
Add fish to pan; cook 4 minutes  on each side, or until done.  
Serve fish with sauce.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Chicken and Vegetable Casserole

This dinner totally came about because I had dibs and dabs of vegetables left and I had to use them up before they went bad. After looking online to get basic cook times of a chicken casserole, I came up with this variation, and I must say that it was pretty delicious!  This recipe can also be a jumping off point based on what veggies you have to use up in your house.

Chicken and Vegetable Casserole
Chicken and Vegetable Casserole

1 tsp. olive oil
2 chicken breasts, cubed
2 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup corn kernels
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (10 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350.
Heat olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat.  Add chicken when hot.  Season with salt and pepper.
Cook until not pink anymore.  (Don't worry if it's not completely done, you're going to cook it longer.)
Combine chicken, celery, carrots, garlic, cream of chicken soup, Greek yogurt, cheese, and parsley in a greased casserole dish.
In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs and butter.  Spread over the top of the casserole.
Cook for 30-35 minutes, or until breadcrumbs are golden brown.