Dairy · Fish

Fettuccine with Salmon

This pasta dish has everything you need. The thick creamy sauce with the salty and spicy salmon really plays with your taste buds. 

WHAT YOU NEED:

Fettuccine pasta, 1/2 of the box 

1/3 Cup milk

1/4 Cup reserved pasta cooking water

16 oz Mozzarella and cheddar cheese combo

2 Heaping tablespoons cream cheese

1 Teaspoon garlic powder

2 Salmon fillet slices

Spices

Basil Parsley Oregano

Olive oil

 

Boil a pot of water and add fettuccine pasta with a drop of oil since they tend to stick together. I set the timer because I like the pasta al dente. 

While that was going, brush two pieces of salmon fillet with olive oil or you can use Pam oil spray. Before spicing it, I cut slits in the salmon so that it can cook on the skin and remain moist and it will be super easy to take apart later and add to the pasta. I used two spices together to coat the salmon. The first spice is the everyday spice from Trader Joe’s and it basically has a combination of salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder and the second one is a favorite of mine. It is the Ossie’s Louisiana Cajun spice (https://www.instagram.com/ossiesfish/ ). Coat the salmon and bake it on 350 degrees for around 25-30 minutes, uncovered.

Back to the pasta, drain the pasta and made the sauce in that same pot reserving some of the pasta cooking water. If you forget and drain it all you can also add flour to thicken the cheese sauce. To the pot I added the milk, pasta cooking water, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, cream cheese, garlic powder, sprinkle of each basil, parsley, and oregano. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well on medium low heat until there are no lumps. Add pasta to cheese and mix. When coated evenly, I put the pasta on a dish and added the salmon chunks on top. They go so well together! You can eat them separately too, but don’t be a party pooper. 😛

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Vegan

Chickpea Curry over Butternut Squash

I love Fall!!!! Everything about it, from the smell of pumpkin spice to the crunching of the leaves under my ankle boots and don’t forget Fall Clothing! *dreamy sigh* What was I saying? Oh, yes. Fall food!!!! This dish incorporates squash so obviously it’s a winner! And Vegan friendly because it’s always nice to include everyone! 

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 Butternut squash

1 Can chickpeas

1 Can coconut milk

1 8 oz Can of tomato sauce

1-2 Tablespoon curry powder

Paprika

Spices

Olive oil 

Pam

1-2 Tablespoons bourbon whiskey

2 Tablespoons maple syrup

2 Teaspoons sugar

 

Slice the butternut squash in half, remove seeds(don’t throw them out! We’ll cook them soon!), and coat in olive oil. Bake the slices facing up on 325 degrees for around an hour, depending on how big the butternut squash is. If a fork goes in easily, it’s ready! While the squash is cooking you can get the curry going. Rinse and drain one can of chickpeas. Sauté in olive oil and paprika on medium-high for a few minutes. Add one can of coconut milk, one small can of tomato sauce and one tablespoon of curry powder and you can add more if you prefer it to have an extra strong flavor. In order for the curry to get thick you need to cook it uncovered on medium-high, mixing constantly. Eventually it will thicken. I also prefer soft chickpeas so I let that go for around 30 minutes and turned it to low, covered.

I actually love using all squash or pumpkin seeds when I buy them because they are so awesome when they’re baked in different spices! So these seeds are maple bourbon flavored and they were such a great topping and snack, too! I removed the seeds, washed and dried them and then coated them in a combination of bourbon whiskey, maple syrup, and sugar. Side note: make sure to use Pam spray so that the seeds don’t stick to the pan while cooking. Cook on 300 for around 10-20 minutes and keep checking them and mixing them around because they burn easily.

Once the squash was finished cooking, I added a combination spice(salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder), scraped it around a bit and then assembled altogether (squash, chickpea curry, seeds). So easy, so delicious, and SO FALL!!!! You can also serve the curry over rice or cauliflower rice! That would be really delicious. Happy Fall!!!! That should be a thing. I can imagine myself walking around in a cozy sweater with booties and a fuzzy hat sipping pumpkin spice lattes saying “Happy Fall!” to everyone! They would all probably ignore me because I live in New York lol. Anyway, enough about me and my Fall obsession! You have some curry to make!! 😉 

 

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Fun Sides

Wonton Crisps with Pineapple Salsa

Hey friends! I know it has been a hot minute since I posted and I missed posting here!!! I have been sharing recipes on Instagram so go follow me there so you don’t miss my pics and stories! ( https://www.instagram.com/munchies.by.mindee/ ) 

Today’s recipe is so flavorful and it’s the ultimate appetizer for a Yom Tov meal or a football party. It has an excellent blend of flavors and spices. And, of course, it is super easy and your kids can even help you make them! You can also change around the ingredients if there is something you don’t like. For example, replacing teriyaki salmon for fake crab works well, too.

Salsa:
1 chopped large sweet tomato (juice left behind)
1/2 can of pineapple chunks, drained
1 chopped cucumber
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
pinch of sugar
1 teaspoon lime juice, optional
Other Ingredients:
Avocado or guacamole
4-5 sticks of fake crab, defrosted and chopped
Pam
Cumin, optional
10 wonton wrappers
Start the recipe with making the salsa, mix all of the ingredients together and set aside. Spray the wonton wrappers with pam and sprinkle with a little cumin. Bake on 250 degrees for around 10 minutes, but keep an eye on them because they burn easily. And after they cooled it’s time to arrange it all! Spread some guacamole on the crispy wontons and add the salsa with a fork so that the wontons don’t get soggy. There is nothing worse then soggy crackers! Sprinkle as much fake crab as you want on top of the salsa and add some more parsley flakes for beautification. The salsa can be made in advance and then you just need to set the ingredients on top of the wonton the day of. This is a pretty, crispy, sweet and different app that is definitely addictive! Chag Sameach from my family to yours! 
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Fun Sides

Teriyaki Veggie Salad

This is a great, easy recipe that is different from your typical simple salad. Hot veggies are where it’s at!! You can add soft-boiled eggs or teriyaki/grilled salmon and it’s a full meal! 

Sauté onions for a bit and then add the veggies you like. I added some sesame oil too, but you can skip that if you don’t like the flavor. I used zucchini, carrots and mushrooms. You can add snap peas, peppers or any fav vegetable. Add a little teriyaki sauce ( I used one with sriracha in it), a little water, salt, pepper and garlic powder. I covered it on low and let it cook for very short and I removed it from the heat while the veggies were still crunchy. I added corn right before removing from the pan. You can use any lettuce of your preference, but I used kale. This is great with hot halloumi or mozzarella cheese, as well if you want a dairy salad. Oh and duh you don’t need dressing since the teriyaki sauce is more than enough flavor!

Fish

Tuna Patties

You might ask “what is so great about this recipe?” Well, let me tell ya that this recipe that I posted on Instagram is probably my most asked about and approved recipe yet!! I don’t know what it is, but everyone seems to love it and I could not be happier to share it here! It’s so simple and kid friendly! Let me stop rambling and give it to you already!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  •  2 Cans of tuna fish
  • 1 Chopped, sautéed, small onion
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tbsp mayo
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 2 Tbsp cornflake crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese(or more. Can’t go wrong with cheese😉)
  • Sprinkle of Salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder

 

Mix all of the ingredients together. And I used the same pan that I sautéed the onion in to cook the patties in afterwards. I took a large spoonful of the mixture, flattened it a bit and fried it in a little oil until crispy. The cheese melts out a little and it’s seriously incredible! You can serve it in a bun or over salad or just eat alone. Can be frozen as well for easy dinner prep. You can bake these, too! Just spray both sides with Pam. Enjoy!

Meat

Maple-Sriracha Bacon Pulled Chicken Strudel

I can look at these pictures all day!! #yum

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WHAT YOU NEED:

BBQ Pulled Chicken:

  • Large sliced onion
  • 1-2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • Salt and Pep
  • 5 Chicken breasts on the bone
  • 1-1.5 Bottle of your fav BBQ sauce
  • 3/4 Cup of water

Maple Sriracha Bacon:

  • Sliced pastrami deli
  • BBQ Spice
  •  Maple syrup
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Sweet chili sauce

I added the sliced onion and spices to a crock pot on high temp and mixed it up. Then I added the chicken, BBQ sauce and water and mixed again. Turned to low temp and let it cook for 6-7 hours. You can also cook it on high for around 4 hours. Just make sure the chicken is covered with liquid so it doesn’t burn.

Once the chicken was cooked, I removed them from the pot and pulled it apart using two forks, disposing of bones and skin. I added the BBQ sauce and onions back into the pulled chicken for more juicy flavor. To put it in pastry dough form, I flattened out pastry dough and added some garlic mayo to the center of the dough. Then the chicken and I also added some shredded carrots and you can add whatever veggies you want. I did a pretty criss-cross design and baked on 350° for around 45 minutes, until the dough is fully cooked.

While it was cooking, I prepared the amazing bacon. First, I fried the pastrami deli in a little bit of oil and added BBQ spice. Once the pastrami was all crispy, I added equal parts of maple syrup and sweet chili sauce and half the amount of sriracha sauce. If you like it spicy, add more sriracha. (You can’t go wrong with more sriracha!!) I cooked on medium until the sauce gets really sticky and delicious! I nearly ate all of them straight from the pan. They were sooooo good! For serving, I just placed the “bacon” on top of the cooked strudel and I added some extra maple sriracha sauce on top, too. Guys, please try this because it’s so good. K. 🤪😋

Dairy

Tuna Noodle Casserole

You know the drill. Pasta+cheese+tuna=perfect easy simple dinner. Here we go!

Mix almost a whole box(3/4) of cooked pasta with 2 cans of drained tuna fish. Add 4 heaping spoons of mayo and salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste(I did about 2 teaspoons each). Add half a can of corn and half a bag of shredded mozzarella cheese. Mix it all up and spread it out evenly in an oven safe pan. Top it off with the remaining half a bag of mozzarella cheese and about half a cup of cornflake crumbs. If you’re a cheese lover like me you can always add more cheese to the recipe! (There is no such thing as too much cheese!) Spray with Pam or coat the top with melted butter so that the top gets really nice and crispy in the oven. Bake on 350 until the cheese on top starts browning up. Slice, eat, be happy and don’t think about pesach cleaning. 🤣🙊

 

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