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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Garlic Shrimp Spaghettini

The boys are in Utah...on their ski trip, and Alyssa and I love shrimp.  I've been eating out way too much lately, not light stuff either!  The wine has been tasty, and being snowed in, makes you bake, eat, cook, eat, bake, eat...without much movement in between!

So, I tried something tonight.

1/2 glass of white wine and 3 garlic cloves in a frying pan.  ( I wanted to drink that wine, but forced myself to put it in!)
Sliced portabello mushroom
cherry tomatoes sliced in half
red and green pepper diced.
salt and pepper to taste

Saute... until soft, then add a bag of raw shrimp.  Cook just until they turn pink...do not over cook. Toss them the entire time. ( 2-3 min)

toss in frying pan with whole wheat al dente spaghettini to mix.
Serve with salad , garlic bread and fresh grated Parmesan.

* I would have liked to add some fresh spinach, but didn't have any. I think it would make it look pretty and add an extra element.

Healthy and good!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Food Lovers FAT FREE- WAY TOO GOOD for you, YUMMY Stew!

I was at one of our local coffee shops and ordered Cabbage Roll Soup. Although it was good, I knew it was lacking something.

So I experimented yesterday.

This is what I did, and it turned out SO good, so I had to share. Not to mention, ZERO fat, high fibre, my kids went for seconds, and we were all filled to the brim.

1 lb of extra lean minced turkey or chicken
1 onion chopped
3/4 green cabbage thinly sliced
saute  all of above in a large pot. The liquid from the meat and the onions was enough to help it saute without adding oil.

Add 2 cans of diced tomatoes with herbs
1/2 bottle of beer
1 can of tomato soup ( low sodium, and 1 can of water)
1/2 tsp dill
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt ( or to taste)

then I cleaned out my fridge and added sliced mushrooms and carrots. ( you can add any vegetable you want, the more the better)

I let it simmer most of the afternoon.

added 2 tsp of minced garlic
1 cup of minute rice.

Simmer 30 min longer...adding the rest of the beer if needed.

Dished into bowl, topped with freshly grated Parmesan Cheese.  Served with Beer Bread that I made in my bread machine. What an easy, HEALTHY meal.

 thank-fully I made enough so I can have some leftovers for lunch today...can't wait!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Eve ...Beef Wellington

I made this.

Such an excellent dish. I used local beef tenderloin and made an extra large one to share with the family. The Best I have ever had. I adore this Chef from Peller Estates.

Thought I would share the link, as it also shows a video on how to make it. They showed it as a Thanks-Giving Meal, but it was excellent for Christmas Eve.

Beef Wellington with a twist! SO good!

Christmas Eve Festivities are in the works!

Every Christmas Eve, I host a wine tasting and dinner. I get cheeses shipped from the Country of choice we are celebrating and enjoying that night.

Last year, it was Italy.  Yes, we tend to LOVE Italy...

But this year, our theme is FRANCE.

Please join us, Christmas Eve for another fun family wine tasting and menu of goodness.

This years theme is  FRANCE.

The wine tasting is
Champagne, and Sparkling Wines ....preferably the region of France.

AND a Ginger-Ale tasting for our minors and adults if they would like....

Bring your bottle for the tasting event-  We will be pairing the champagnes with  local Caviar and French Cheeses

Dinner Menu:

Escargot in garlic butter and grated cheese

Coq au Vin

I need help with a vegetable dish that would be popular in France: Al and Ellie? S'il vous plait

I also need a French Dessert: Mom and Dad? S'ilvous plait

After our delicious meal we can monitor where Santa might be on-line and then get to bed....

I realize I could just call you all, but I thought this invite was fun! Talk to you soon.

Sincèrement, le ménage Lozon

So excited!