Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Seafood Sauté

Last night, I had to work with what I had on hand since it was below zero outside and there was no way I was going out to the grocery store! Surprisingly, this meal came out wonderful! It left me feeling full and pleased! This meal yields about 2 large servings. If  you are cooking for 4, double it.


- 1/2 lb of fresh sea scallops
- 1/2 lb of fresh jumbo shrimp cocktail
- 1.5 cups of frozen shelled soy beans (edamame)
- 1 white onion
- 1 package of raw mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon of EVOO
- 1 tablespoon of fresh minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- Greek seasoning
- 1 teaspoon of beef broth base
- fresh parsley for garnish


Rinse the scallops and shrimp and drain. Pat them dry with a paper towel. Butterfly and take the tails off the shrimp. In a medium frying pan, add 1/2 tablespoon of EVOO and place on medium.Chop up the onion and mushrooms to your desired size. Place them in the frying pan and top with seasoning, stirring occasionally.

In a separate frying pan, add 1/2 tablespoon of EVOO and place on medium. Add the scallops first and top with your seasoning. Allow them to sear on one side. Once they are well seared, flip them over allowing the other side to sear. At this time, add your butterflied shrimp and season both sides.

Going back to your vegetables. They should be just about done by now. Add in the soy beans and lower the temperature to low heat.

Now for the finishing touches. Add the butter and garlic to your seafood pan and toss well. In your vegetable pan, add the beef broth base and stir, allowing the beef broth to fully incorporate into the vegetables.

Plate up the vegetables and top with your seafood. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Cajun Kielbasa Pasta

Now if you  like comfort food, this is the meal for you! It's the perfect dinner for a cold winter night!


- 1 package of turkey kielbasa (I prefer the buterball brand)
- 1/2 bag of frozen peas
- 1 purple onion
- 1 tomato
- 1 box of pasta of your choosing
- 2 cups of heavy cream
- 1/2 cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons of Cajun seasoning (less if you are sensitive to spice)
- 1 tablespoon of EVOO


Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside. Chop up the onion and place in a frying fan with the EVOO. Allow this to cook on medium heat until it is almost cooked through. Slice up the kielbasa into 1/4 inch thin slices and add to the frying pan.

Chop up the tomato.Once the kielbasa is just about browned, add the peas and chopped up tomato. continue stirring occasionally.

In a separate cooking pot, add the cream and Cajun seasoning. Allow it to boil. Once it boils, reduce heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes or until it starts to get thick. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and mix well. Feel free to add more spices for more flavor. I added some Greek seasoning to the mix. Add all of the ingredients in a large frying pan or wok and stir. Serve!