I could probably eat pasta every single day!!! I love having pasta mixed with flavors besides traditional Italian ones.
This dish is such a great combination of flavors and the fact that it can be eaten cold makes it perfect for summer!!!
Angel hair pasta – cooked
1/3 c vegetable oil
1/3 c honey
2 T rice vinegar
2 T sesame oil (this ingredient makes the dish!!!)
2 T soy sauce
1 t ginger
1 pound shrimp
carrots, thinly sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1/2 c green onions, chopped
cilantro, minced (handful)
salted peanuts (about 1 cup)
For the dressing, whisk the oil, honey, vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger.
Combine pasta and all chopped veggies. Sprinkle peanuts on top.
Pour dressing over all and mix well. Refrigerate until serving.
This was a huge hit with the entire family – I’m sure we will have this again!!!
I think that Mediterranean flavors might be my favorite – they are so fresh and seem lighter than lots of others (like Mexican!).
When the weather is warmer I love meals that can be made on the stove without heating up the house. And, nothing says spring like salad!!!
This one was so good!!!
1 package frozen cheese tortellini
1 package polish sausage (I used beef), sliced
1 jar prepared pesto (you could make your own – I tend to go the easy route!!)
fresh baby spinach, chopped
red bell pepper, chopped
baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
black olives, sliced
1 can cannelloni beans, drained
Cook tortellini according to package directions. (BTW – so cool how much they plump up!!)
In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat for 6-7 minutes (until lightly browned).
Transfer to a large bowl. Add spinach, mushrooms, pepper, olives, beans and cheese.
Drain tortellini and stir in. Stir in pesto and enjoy!!
The entire family liked this and I have a feeling we will have this one numerous times during the next few months!!!
I think it would be a great side if you made it without the sausage, too.
First off – today is National Drink Wine Day (not to be confused with National Wine Day which is May 23)! Thank you, Google!!! Of course, I felt the need to participate! :Happy:
I used to think that making manicotti was to difficult for me!! I don’t know why I thought it would be hard!!! I do have a little cheat that I discovered the very first time I tried to make it! (see below)
Manicotti is a family favorite!! And, I’m going to go ahead and say right now, there is really nothing healthy about this particular recipe!!! Jordan loves it and since he is the only one in the family that worked (paged for a Senator, you know!) today then I told him I would make it tonight.
1 lb ground beef (we buy a side of beef – very lean and never even has to be drained)
onion, to taste
garlic, to taste (tonight I just put in a little garlic salt instead)
1 package manicotti
mozzarella cheese, shredded (1-2 cups)
cheddar (or your choice of kind – I think I used Colby Jack tonight) cheese, shredded (1-2 cups)
spaghetti sauce (I use the kind that comes out of a can cause I’m me – feel free to make your own sauce)
Heat oven to 350 and spray a 9 x 13 pan.
Bring large pot of water to a boil and then cook manicotti according to package directions. (7 minutes for the brand I used.) In a large skillet, brown the meat with onion and garlic.
Add the cheese into the meat mixture and stir until the cheese melts in. Remove from heat.
Drain the manicotti. To make the job of filling it easier, I always just slit the pasta up the side and fill it like a tortilla:So much easier than trying to stuff the filling into the shell!!! (and no one will ever know unless you tell them!)
Cover with sauce. Cover pan with foil and bake for 45 minutes – until hot and bubbly.
We like to eat this with garlic bread, corn and salad! (see, one healthy option!!)