Teriyaki Pork and Cashew Stir Fry

A quick and easy meal that is on your dinner table in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights!

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Tender chunks of pork, tender-crisp onion, and bell peppers, and crunchy cashews tossed with a delectable, homemade Teriyaki Sauce. Read More

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One-Pan Mediterranean Chicken Pasta

This One-Pan Mediterranean Chicken Pasta is quick, easy and insanely delicious. Best of all, the entire meal is cooked in only one pan. Cooking all of the ingredients together in one pan = maximum flavor with very little effort.  A delicious, well-balanced meal in less than 30 minutes and only one pan to clean –  it doesn’t get any better than that!


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This is the epitome of a perfect weeknight meal. Tender chunks of chicken, perfectly cooked pasta, flavorful veggies all mingling with a light, creamy sauce. The pasta cooks right in the pan with the other ingredients so it really absorbs all of those delicious flavors, much more so than cooking pasta in water. The starch of the pasta also helps thicken the sauce, no need for heavy cream!

TIPS:

  • Have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go before beginning the recipe. In a professional kitchen, this is called mise- en- place, which translates to “put in place”. If I could give one tip to amateur cooks, this is it. This will greatly improve your cooking skills. Just trust me on this one.
  • I used boneless chicken thighs for this recipe, but boneless chicken breasts will also work.
  • It’s important to use cream cheese that has come to room temperature, for proper melting. I try to leave it out for an hour or so before beginning the recipe.
  • For perfectly cooked pasta; add the cream cheese to the pan when the pasta is slightly undercooked. It will still continue to cook while you are adding the remaining ingredients.

One- pan Mediterranean Chicken Pasta

Recipe Source: A Vintage Kitchen

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless and skinless chicken thighs,  cut in 1″ pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper, diced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups of milk
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 lb. dry rotini pasta, uncooked ( or similarly shaped pasta)
  • 4 oz. light cream cheese, cut into small cubes and room temperature 
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan
  • one small tomato, diced

Directions:

  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add olive oil to the pan. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until golden brown on all sides. Remove from pan.
  2. Melt butter in the same pan. Lower heat to medium-low. Saute the onions until softened, add garlic and cook an additional minute.
  3. Deglaze pan with chicken stock, stirring to loosen all the browned bits from the pan. Add milk, roasted peppers, chicken and uncooked pasta, along with a good pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Simmer until the pasta is al dente (firm to the tooth) about 7 to 8 minutes. Stir often.
  4. Stir in the softened cream cheese, until the cream cheese is melted into the sauce. Remove from heat. Stir in the fresh spinach and grated parmesan cheese. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Top with fresh, diced tomatoes and extra parmesan cheese. Yields: 6 servings

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Lemon- Glazed Blueberry Muffins

Bakery-worthy muffins made from scratch with real, wholesome ingredients.   Lemon- Glazed Blueberry Muffins


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I mean, how good do these look? These blueberry muffins are light, tender, not too sweet and loaded with blueberries. Best of all, they are drizzled with a tart but sweet lemon glaze. Blueberries and lemon go together beautifully. They are a match made in heaven.

Homemade muffins are super easy to make. I would almost say that they are foolproof ( did I just call you a fool?) Read More


Spaghetti Carbonara with Roasted Cauliflower

Spaghetti  Carbonara is a classic pasta dish that requires only a few basic ingredients, comes together in minutes, and is so wonderfully sinful it should be illegal.

 



 



There are only a few ingredients needed for this amazing pasta dish – pasta, eggs, cured pork such as bacon or pancetta, hard aged cheese such as Parmesan or Pecorino and plenty of freshly cracked black pepper. This dish is so much more than the sum of its parts. Steaming hot pasta is tossed with raw eggs and grated cheese, resulting in a luxuriously creamy sauce without the addition of any cream. I just love roasted cauliflower and I thought it would work beautifully in this dish. I also replaced the Parmesan with an aged Asiago cheese as that is what I had on hand.

Spaghetti Carbonara with Roasted Cauliflower
Recipe source: A Vintage Kitchen

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • olive oil
  • 3 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnishing
  • 1/2 lb. spaghetti
  • freshly ground black pepper
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 F. Toss cauliflower with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Spread on baking sheet. Roast until golden brown – about 25 minutes. In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving about 1 cup of the starchy pasta water. Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon and cook onion in the drippings until softened. Add garlic and cook 1 or 2 minutes more. In a small bowl whisk eggs, Parmesan and a splash of the pasta water. Off the heat toss the pasta with the egg mixture, tossing together until the sauce is creamy. Add the cauliflower, bacon/onion mixture and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Arrange on serving bowls and garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.