Green Curry with Shrimp and Tofu with Brown Rice

Green CurryThis curry dish is simple and delicious. I added a whole jalapeno (seeds included!) and it gave it just enough heat. This is a kind of recipe that you can change up and use chicken, salmon, scallops, ground pork – you can do anything to your liking. Enjoy and have a glass of milk ready if you can’t stand the heat!

INGREDIENTS

Zest and juice of 1 lime

1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tbsp green curry paste

1 can light coconut milk

1 – 1 ½ tsp brown sugar

½ lb shrimp

4 oz extra firm tofu, cut into cubes

1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 jalapeno, diced

½ cup chopped fresh basil

DIRECTIONS

Zest and juice lime, separate and set aside. Heat oil in a wok or a heavy skillet. Add paste and cook 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add coconut milk, lime juice, and brown sugar, whisk until smooth. Add shrimp and tofu and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add bell pepper, jalapeno, and lime zest. Simmer an additional 4 minutes and toss in ½ of fresh basil. Serve in bowls over brown rice and top with additional fresh basil.

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Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

Happy Friday! Today I brought in this delicious recipe to share with my co-workers. This bread is so easy to make and it smells divine. Trust me, you’ll enjoy the aroma of cinnamon and vanilla throughout your home. I truly love that this quick bread is moist and not overly sweet, and has the right amount of cinnamon in it. When the bread comes out of the oven there should be a cinnamon sugar crust on top. The recipe also calls for buttermilk. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can easily make it by adding 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to a “1 cup” measuring cup and fill the rest of the cup with milk. Let it sit for 10-12 minutes and you’ll see it start to curdle. Voila, there you go. Instant buttermilk. The recipe is for 1 loaf, but you can double it to make 2 loaves.

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

CINNAMON SUGAR

1/3 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, beat butter, 3/4 cup sugar, and egg

3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt

4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, alternating with the buttermilk

5. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and 1/3 cup sugar to make cinnamon sugar

6. Pour a third of the batter into a greased (use baking spray or butter generously bottom and sides) 9×5-inch loaf pan (TIP: Use a measuring cup to evenly distribute batter)

7. Sprinkle a third of the cinnamon sugar on top of batter

8. Repeat layers twice

9. Bake 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean

10. Cool in pan for 10 minutes

11. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely

 

 

Jalapeno Turkey Burgers

I came up with this idea for turkey burgers while I was driving home from work. It’s simple and easy to put together. There’s no real measurements for any of the ingredients. That’s one of the things I do love about cooking. You can play around with ingredients and add a little bit of this or a little bit of that. Just eye it and try it.The burgers came out juicy and very tasty and had a little spice to them.

INGREDIENTS

1 pound ground turkey

1/2 of a medium-sized red bell pepper, chopped finely

2 medium-sized jalapenos (1 seeded, 1 with seeds), chopped finely

1 egg

3-4 dashes Worcestershire sauce

fresh ground black pepper and sea salt for seasoning

1/4 cup shredded Pepper Jack or Monterey Jack Cheese

DIRECTIONS

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl until well blended. Shape into 4-5 patties.

2. Grill until done. About 8-10 minutes per side (depends on thickness of burgers and the heat of your grill)

 

Quick and Easy Meatloaf with a Spicy Glaze

I’m back. Sorry it’s been quite a while since I last updated my blog. I’ve been fairly busy, but that hasn’t stopped me from doing baking or cooking. To kick off my return, I wanted to share this quick and easy meatloaf recipe that has a kickin’ glaze made of Sriracha (you know, that bottle with a rooster on it) and ketchup.

INGREDIENTS

3/4 lb-1 1lb ground round beef (or turkey for a healthier version)

1/2 cup of chunky salsa

3 tablespoons quick cook oatmeal

1/4 cup shredded carrots

1/4 cup chopped mushrooms

For GLAZE

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup Sriracha

DIRECTIONS

1. Set oven to 350 degrees

2. Combine all meatloaf ingredients and place into a sprayed loaf pan.

3. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Combine ingredients for glaze. Spread the glaze onto meatloaf and let it bake for another 15 minutes.

ENJOY!