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Sopa De Fideo

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Sopa De Fideo

A super delicious Mexican tomato soup with toasted thin noodles. Oh my...


INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 tablespoons neutral oil
  • 8 ounces of uncooked Fideo Cortado, fine dry noodles (can use broken spaghetti)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 medium size onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • One 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2-3 cups chicken broth
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

For serving

  • Hot sauce
  • Fresh chopped green onions
  • Diced avocado

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium-size skillet and add the dry noodles. Cook until noodles are almost brown in color - mix in cumin and chili powder; continue to cook until noodles are toasty, remove from heat and set aside
  2. In a stock pot, heat 1 tablespoon oil and cook onion until translucent
  3. Add garlic, cook until fragrant about 30 seconds - then add tomatoes and use a hand blender until tomatoes are pureed (if you have one-can transfer tomato mixture in a regular blender at this time and return back to the pot)
  4. Next add 2 cups of broth and the toasted noodles to the tomato mixture (add more broth if you like it thinner)  season with salt and pepper - let simmer about 20 minutes or until noodles have softened
  5. Ladle soup in a serving bowl and garnish with hot sauce, green onions and/or avocado if you want, and I highly recommend you do

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Shepherd’s Pie with Tots

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Shepherd’s Pie with Tots

The crunchy deliciousness of tots instead of mashed potatoes on top of this is a most welcome change. Make it


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • ½ of yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon each Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup cut frozen vegetables (your choice, I used carrots, parsnips and beets)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 - 16 ounce bag frozen tater tots

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In an oven proof skillet (cast iron is ideal) heat oil and cook onions until translucent; then add garlic and cook until fragrant about 45 seconds or so
  3. Add in the ground beef, cook until almost done and season with salt and pepper
  4. Mix in tomato paste then sprinkle in flour, cook out flour about a minute or so then stir in broth and Worcestershire sauce; mix well - add a little more broth if it’s too thick, but you don’t want it runny
  5. Add in the frozen vegetables and parsley and mix well
  6. Add the frozen tots on top
  7. Bake in the oven 30-40 minutes then broil on high towards the last minute of cooking time until tots are a nice crispy golden color

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Hawaiian Pizza

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Hawaiian Pizza

Or at least my version - 'cuz after all I am a Canadian and it was invented by a Canadian. 

But really who cares - just make it.


Ingredients

  • 2 ready-made flatbreads - I used ones that were approximately 10” x 6”
  • ½ cup tomato sauce, see recipe or use jarred (if you don’t care about food)
  • ½ - 3/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • ¼-½  teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3-4 slices deli black forest ham, cut into thin strips
  • Approximately ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spread sauce evenly over the flatbreads and then add the pineapple
  3. Sprinkle red pepper flakes over all and top with ham and then the cheese
  4. Place flatbreads on baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes or until cheese melts and flatbreads get crispy
  5. Garnish with cilantro, slice and enjoy
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Shoestring Sweet Potato Fries

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Shoestring Sweet Potato Fries

Not to be a broken record…but these are totally simple & delicious. 


Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, rinsed (no need to peel)
  • 2 teaspoons neutral oil - like vegetable or avocado
  • ½ teaspoon each Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin  and/or curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder, optional

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spiralize sweet potato using the small noodle blade, then place the spiralized potato in a large mixing bowl
  3. Add oil, salt, pepper and cumin and/or curry powder if using (which you should be) to the potatoes and mix well so the seasonings incorporate evenly
  4. Place spiralized potatoes on a baking sheet and bake 20-30 minutes (toss fries halfway through) or until nice and golden brown

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Ginger Sesame Kale

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Ginger Sesame Kale

One of my favorite side dishes and the perfect accompaniment to any Asian main course. Not to mention a great way to learn to like kale.


Serves 4 as a side dish

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 1 bunch Tuscan kale (aka dinosaur kale), washed
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon chili sesame oil, or
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil with ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Sesame seeds for garnish 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut or pull out the thick middle stem of each kale leaf, then cut cross-wise into one inch strips
  2. Heat a large pan or wok to medium high, add neutral oil and just when it starts to smoke – add kale
  3. Cook kale, stirring a lot until wilted about 2 minutes, then add ginger & garlic – continue stirring another couple minutes
  4. Add soy, sesame oil and red pepper flakes if using and cook, stirring one more minute
  5. Plate and top with seeds
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