Sunday, May 17, 2009

Summer Vegetable Pasta


1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta
1/3 pound green bell peppers
1/3 pound red bell peppers
1/3 pound yellow bell peppers
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 zucchini, sliced
1 yellow squash, sliced
6 ounces mushrooms, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 medium tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped
Salt and ground black pepper to taste


In a large pot cook penne pasta in boiling salted water until al dente;drain.
While pasta is cooking, wash the bell peppers and cut them into 1/4-inch strips.
For sauce, in a large skillet over medium heat saute peppers in olive oil until soft. Do not allow peppers to brown. To the skillet, add the sliced zucchini and yellow squash and saute for 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and garlic and saute an additional 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the chopped tomatoes and remove from heat.
Spoon pasta onto warm plates; top with sauce. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
I tended to add a little more olive oil over it to get more of a "sauce"- I am also thinking a light pesto would taste good- I'll try that next time.

Soy ginger chicken salad


1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. peeled and grated fresh ginger
salt and pepper
1 C. thinly sliced cooked chicken breast
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced lengthwise
1/2 cup snow peas
1 medium carrot, thinly sliced


In a small bowl, combine oil, lime juice, soy sauce, and ginger; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a small airtight container; set aside.

Combine chicken, bell pepper, snow peas, and carrotr in a separate airtight container.

Regrigerate chicken salad and dressing separately until ready to serve, up to overnight. Just before serving, toss salad with dressing.

*1 serving

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Picture coming!


2 teaspoons olive oil
3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (10 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup salsa
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons butter, divided
8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided


1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion, and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in beans and corn, then add sugar, salsa, and pepper flakes; mix well. Cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.
2. Melt 2 teaspoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place a tortilla in the skillet, sprinkle evenly with cheese, then top with some of the bean mixture. Place another tortilla on top, cook until golden, then flip and cook on the other side. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.