Tomato and Olive Pasta

As I’m not keen on peppers (or I should say my digestive system-especially green peppers) I omitted them from the original recipe which I have sourced at the bottom of the page. I love roasted red, orange, and yellow peppers which I make quite often.

I also didn’t have black olives so I used pimento stuffed green olives (which I always have on hand).

I was also in the mood for spaghettini therefore I made a few changes to the original recipe.

I thoroughly enjoyed this dish and it didn’t even have pasta sauce on it!

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8 oz. (250g) spaghetti
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves, garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine OR sodium-reduced chicken broth
1/4 cup (approx.) pimento stuffed green olives, chopped
3 greenhouse tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 tabspoons basil (Litehouse)
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

In large pot of lightly salted boiling water, cook pasta for 8-10 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil over med heat.  Cook peppers, garlic and onion until lightly softened, about 5 minutes.  Add wine, olives and tomatoes; increase heat and bring to simmer.  Cook uncovered until hot and bubbly, about 3 minutes.

Drain pasta; add to skillet and toss.  Stir in basil and sprinkle with cheese.

Serves 4

Source: Foodland Ontario 2016 Calendar, Greenhouse Tomato and Pepper Pasta, foodlandontario.ca

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Baked Buffalo Chicken Rolls

 

baked buffalo chicken rolls

These rolls are so easy to make and they are only a little over 100 calories each.  I modified the recipe.  See the source at the end for original recipe.

12 egg roll wrappers (4×4″ size)
1 cup cooked and shredded chicken
Sriracha sauce to taste
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 cup coleslaw (dry)
Blue cheese dressing for dipping

Preheat oven to 400F.

Lay eggroll wrappers on a clean work surface.  In a small bowl, add chicken, slaw, blue cheese, and Sriracha sauce.

Place approximately 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture at the bottom of the wrapper.  Fold  bottom up over mixture, then fold in sides, and roll to enclose mixture.  Repeat.

Place the rolls on a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet.  Lightly spray both sides of the rolls with non-stick spray.  Bake 12-15 minutes or until the rolls are crisp and starting to brown.

Remove from oven and enjoy with Blue Cheese salad dressing.

Source:  http://www.andiemitchell.com/buffalo-chicken-rolls

Note:  I made a second batch of the eggrolls as I had leftover eggroll wraps using the following ingredients:

Imitation Crab & Mushroom Rolls

4 imitation crab  pieces
3/4 – 1 cup cut up fresh mushrooms
Oyster Sauce to moisten mixture

Cut up 4 imitation crab meat pieces.  Then cut fresh mushrooms that I cut into small pieces.  I placed both in a food processor and pulsed until I got small pieces.  I added Oyster (Fish) sauce to moisten the mixture.

I placed this mixture in the eggrolls as above and baked.

P.S.  You could also beat an egg and brush on both sides of the wrap instead of non-stick spray.

 

Smoky Black Bean Dip and Baked Wonton Dippers

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1 cup dried black beans (or 1 can of black beans)
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled (I added more garlic)
1 teaspoon cumin (I used cumin powder)
1/2 lime, juiced
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

Garnish:
1 teaspoon parsley,chopped
1 lime, cut into wedges
wheat tortilla chips
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cook the black beans in water until tender. Drain and rinse.

Add the black beans, olive oil, garlic, cumin, and lime juice to the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth. Remove to a bowl and stir in Greek yogurt.

Season with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with parsley and lime wedges. Serve with whole wheat tortilla chips.

Eggroll Wrapper Dippers
I made eggroll wrapper dippers by cutting the wrappers in circles and baking in a greased muffin pan and cutting eggroll wrappers into four and baking on a greased cookie sheet at 400F after spraying with non-stick spray or brush with olive oil.  Sprinkle with a spice blend – I used Club House Greek Seasoning.  Bake until crispy and browned.

I made adaptions to the original recipe. For the original recipe see the source below.

Source: Clinton Kelly, The Chew

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Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers

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1/3 cup hot sauce, such as Frank’s Red Hot
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups of rotisserie chicken, skin and bones removed, shredded
1 rib celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles

Preheat oven to 425ºF.

Working lengthwise, slice off the top quarter of each jalapeño. Using a small spoon or paring knife, scrape the seeds and ribs out of each jalapeño.

Place a small saucepot over low heat. Add hot sauce and whisk in the butter until melted. In a medium size bowl, combine the pulled chicken, celery, Monterey Jack cheese and half of the blue cheese.

Scoop some of the chicken mixture into each of the peppers, filling them all up. Lightly mound the chicken into each pepper. Place the peppers in a baking dish and top with the remaining blue cheese.

Bake the peppers until tender and heated through, about 15 minutes. Serve warm

Yields: Serves 4 as an appetizer

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