Archive for the ‘Entree’ Category

Penne with White Beans and Spinach

Adapted from Eat, Live, Run

serves 4

  • 3/4 lb whole wheat dry penne pasta
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of one lemons
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (or more to taste)

1. Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions in boiling salted water. Set aside.

2. In a large skillet or dutch oven, heat the olive oil. Add the minced garlic and saute for two minutes, until toasted and fragrant (be careful not to burn!). Add the cooked pasta, beans, sundried tomatoes and spinach and cook until spinach wilts. Add the lemon zest, juice, salt, cayenne and cheese and toss well. Add a little more olive oil to coat if pasta seems dry.


CrockPot Santa Fe Chicken

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce + 2 Tbsp adobo sauce
  • 15 oz can black beans
  • 15 oz can corn, drained
  • 14.4 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 14.4 oz can fat free chicken broth
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • salt to taste

1. Combine chicken broth, beans, corn, chilis, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt in the crockpot.

2. Season chicken breast with salt and lay on top. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours.

3. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Adjust salt and seasoning. Serve over rice.

Channa Masala

2 15 ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 inch knob ginger, peeled and chopped
1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
3 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 lemon
1 tbsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp tumeric
2 tbsp butter
1. In a large cast iron skillet, heat the butter. Once melted, add the onions and cook for about 15 minutes on medium low heat, or until golden brown.
2. Once the onions have caramelized, add the garlic, ginger and jalapeno and stir well. Cook for about two minutes.
3. Add the tomato paste and cook on medium high until a crust is formed. This is very important and if you don’t do it right your dish is pretty much doomed. No pressure.
4. Add the coriander, cumin, cayenne and tumeric and stir well. Then add the diced tomatoes, chickpeas and garam masala.
5. Cook for about five minutes or until the chickpeas have heated through.
6. Finish with a squeeze of lemon and top with plain yogurt and cilantro if desired!

Quick Chicken Cacciatore

2 bell peppers, cut into pieces
1 small onion, diced
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, diced
2 chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
Salt & pepper
1 jar of tomato sauce (or an equivalent amount of homemade)

1. In a large skillet combine the olive oil, onions, pepper, and garlic. Heat until the peppers are slightly short of tender- about 4-5 minutes.
2. Add the chicken. Allow to brown, then flip. Cook until almost cooked through.
3. Add the jar of tomato sauce. Simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes, or until sauce is heated and chicken is cooked.
4. Season with salt and pepper and Italian seasoning.
5. Serve over pasta.

Sesame Tofu Stir-fry

1 cup brown rice, dry
1 block extra-firm tofu, drained and cubed
6 cups broccoli florets
2 cups carrots, peeled, and sliced into thin, 4″ long pieces
1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp nut butter (almond, cashew, peanut, etc.)
1″ piece ginger, peeled and diced
6 cloves garlic, chopped
3 Tbsp cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
3 Tbsp water
1 T  sesame seeds


Preheat oven to 475° F.

Cook 1 cup of brown rice according to directions.

Meanwhile, cube tofu. Spray a ceramic or glass 9×13 dish with non-stick spray. Arrange tofu in a single layer in the dish. Spray tofu with non-stick spray. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Bake tofu for 30 minutes, stirring and rotating tofu every 10 minutes.

In a food processor, mix together nut butter, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sugar, oil, vinegar, and water. Set aside.

With 5 minutes left to cook on the rice and tofu, steam vegetables in a steamer bag, or place into a large dish and cover. Microwave for 4-4 1/2 minutes or until cooked al dente.

When rice is cooked, stir in half of the nut sauce. Plate rice and top with tofu and veggies. Drizzle with an additional 1-2 tablespoons of nut sauce and sesame seeds. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 565 calories; 25 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 642 mg. sodium; 52.5 g. carbohydrate; 10 g. fiber; 16 g. sugar; 24.8 g. protein


Mushroom and Onion Pot Roast

3 pounds pork butt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
5 large cloves of garlic minced
2 pounds mushrooms, cleaned and sliced (I used button mushrooms)
3 very large onions, sliced thin
3 tablespoons of butter
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into big chunks
1 pound baby Yukon Gold Potatoes
2 tablespoons of kosher salt (halve if using table salt)
6 sprigs of thyme
1 pound Cipollini Onions, trimmed and peeled
1/3 cup heavy cream

Generously salt and pepper the pork butt on all sides. Heat a 5-quart Dutch oven over medium high heat until hot. Add the oil, and then put the roast in the pot. Leave undisturbed for a few minutes or until the meat is uniformly browned on that side. Turn the roast, browning the other sides in the same manner. When the pork is browned, transfer it to a bowl and set aside.

Add the garlic and mushrooms, and sauté until there is no mushroom liquid left and they are browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to the bowl with the meat.

Turn down the heat to medium low and add the butter to the pot. Add the onions and sauté until sticky and medium brown (about 1 hour). Towards the end, you will need to stir frequently otherwise the onions will burn. When the onions are sticky, glossy and brown, add the wine and scrape all the browned bits off the bottom and sides of the pan. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

When all the liquid has evaporated, add the stock, and return the meat and mushrooms to the pot along with the carrots, potatoes, salt and thyme. Cover with a tight fitting lid then place the pot in the oven.

After 3 hours, add the Cipollini Onions. Cover and braise for another 3 hours or until a fork effortlessly goes through the meat. Remove the meat and vegetables from the pot. If the sauce seems watery, you can reduce it by boiling. When it’s the right consistency, whisk in the cream.

Carve the roast and serve it with the vegetables, covered in the mushroom onion sauce.

***** If you are using a crock-pot, just put the meat and mushrooms into the crock-pot when they are done. Then, pour the onion/wine/stock mixture into the crock-pot along with the thyme, salt, and vegetables. Set it to low and let it do it’s thing for 6-8 hours.


Quinoa, black beans and tomatoes


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 can vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Spinach – couple of large handfuls


  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned.
  2. Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with broth and tomatoes. Season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until quinoa is cooked.
  3. Mix in the black beans and spinach