Thursday, August 13, 2015

Rosted Squash with Potatoes

One of these days I had a mini calabaza squash at home and I wanted to make something with it. It was the first time ever I cooked this kind of squash and I gotta say it tasted delicious. It is not easy to find this kind of squash around in NY state ( at least not where I leave), but this recipe goes really well with butternut squash too if you want to substitute it.

This squash recipe goes really well with the roasted beef recipe I posted before, or if you feel like going vegetarian just have the squash as an appetizer as it is good by it self.

1 mini calabaza squash (or one small butternut squash)
2 golden potatoes
1 chili pepper (no seeds and chopped small)
3 gloves of garlic
Olive oil
Dry basil
Black pepper
Parmesan cheese

Pre-heat the oven at 350ºF.  Chop the squash and potatoes into medium cubes, and then chop the chili pepper into small pieces taking out the seeds. Add the potatoes and squash  and chili pepper into a wide pan, then add a good amount of olive oil, salt, black pepper, the gloves of garlic (without the skin), a little thyme, cumin and basil. Shake everything well so it season well the squash and potatoes.

Then put it to roast for around 15 minutes, then take it out, give it a little shake so the squash and potatoes don't stick to the pan, add some parmesan cheese over it and get it back to the oven for more 20 minutes or until the squash feels soft inside. Depending on your oven it can take a little longer for the squash feel soft.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Delicious Vindaloo Curry Chicken

Today I'm going to post one of my favorites recipes ever. I really like spicy food and even more it is Indian style. This is a curry vindaloo style, it is so full of flavor and delicious you will get addicted to it. This recipe takes a little bit longer then the usual recipes I post here in the blog, but trust me, it is worth every minute you invest in it. I love it and cook it at least 3 times in a month.

Please let me know what you guys think of it in the comments!

2 medium onions
4 garlic gloves
1 chili pepper
Fresh ginger (the size of your little finger)
Handful of Parsley
4 tomatoes
Olive oil
1 table spoon of butter
2 boneless and no skin chicken breasts
4 table spoons of curry
1 vegetable cube stock
1 table spoon of corn starch
Black pepper
5 table spoons of balsamic vinegar
1 table spoon of honey
1 1/2 cups of water

What takes longer in this recipe is to chop everything up, so get it prepared and then the rest is easy. Chop everything in small pieces, except the tomato and the chicken that you will cut in medium cubes.

In a large pan in medium heat, add the butter and a little olive oil. Cook the onion with the garlic, chilli pepper, ginger and parsley. Let it cook for around 10 minutes or until the onions get golden. Don't forget to keep steering so it doesn't burn.

Add the chicken in the pan and let it cook until it start get all white color, at this point, add the curry, vegetable cube stock, corn starch, salt and black pepper. Let it cook a little bit more, steering constantly so it doesn't burn in the bottom until golden.

Once you notice everything is well done, add the balsamic vinegar, tomatoes, honey and the water - the water should be enough to cover the chicken, in case it is not enough add a little bit more of water. Let the pan start to boil and then change the heat to low heat. and let it cook for around 45 minutes steering occasionally so the curry doesn't get stuck in the bottom of the pan and burn. In case the sauce start to dry out with the time, add more water to level it up.
Try the sauce once is done just to make sure you have enough season to it, if yu need add more pepper or salt. 

This recipe goes perfect with some good white rice. Trust me, you will cook it again in the future, it is addicting and plus leave an awesome scent in the house. <3

Monday, August 10, 2015

Carrot Salad

Feeling like having something healthy today? This is a good recipe for a healthy salad that goes really well aside of a delicious chicken recipe or a good barbecue ribs. It is super easy and fast recipe with mainly carrots, which makes it cheap and at the same time delicious. Try it out!

2 medium carrots
Fresh basil
Fresh scallion
Olive oil
Black pepper
1 table spoon of lemon juice
Fresh mozzarella

Peel the carrots and then shred it - not too small, I used the medium size on my shredder. Put the shredded carrot in a bowl, then chop the basil and scallions and add it to the bowl. Now it's time to season it with the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, black pepper. Mix everything really well.

To finish add some fresh mozzarella pieces over it! Now enjoy it!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Healthy Baked Banana

You know when you are feeling like having something sweet but want to stay on your diet? This is the best dessert you can make and eat without feeling bad and your body will say thank you! It is basically roast banana. But with the addition of cinnamon, that is a really good ingredient to reduce your craving for sweets.

This recipe is so fast with no joke, it only took me 10 minutes to have this delicious bananas ready. And it does give a extra delicious taste for the banana. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

2 bananas

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Delicious Boiled Lemon Potatoes

Did you know that lemon and potatoes goes well as a sunny day and a cold drink? This was something I learned when I made this recipe from Jamie Oliver of boil potatoes. It is very simple to do and incredible delicious and it goes just perfect with a steak.

I change the recipe a little bit from the original that you can find on his website, so this is my version of it. Oh and in the photos doesn't show but try to finalize these potatoes with some mozzarella cheese in little pieces over it, it is just perfection!

Now let's go check how potatoes and lemons are best friends! 

1lb (405g) Baby potatoes
2 table spoon of olive oil
2 table spoon of lemon juice
2 table spoon of heavy cream
Some scallion fine chopped
Black pepper
1/2 chili pepper
Water to boil the potatoes
Mozzarella cheese pieces for decoration.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Crunchy Garlic Chicken

Today's recipe I learned from Jamie Oliver's book, it is so delicious that just by remembering it's taste I feel like making some more! lol

The good thing about this recipe is that, if you want to make it healthier, instead of frying like I did, cook it in the oven for about 20min or until it looks golden and it will be delicious as the fried one =] Oh and by the way, in this recipe I only made 2 chicken breast fillet, but in case you want to make more just double the amount of everything, just stick to one egg, I think it is enough to make around 4 fillets or maybe 5 depending on the size of the fillets.

2 garlic gloves
1/2 Lemon zest (I only had lime at home when I took the photos, but the recipe tastes better with lemon)
6 cream crackers (or saltine crackers)
1 table spoon of butter
Salt and black pepper
2 table spoon of flour
1 egg
2 chicken breast fillet
Olive oil

Friday, March 27, 2015

Penne With Pesto

Today I'm going to teach you a quick golden recipe. It's really good for those who are sick of having the same old tomato sauce pasta and want to vary a little. This is a delicious recipe, but go easy on it because it is really heavy and your gym instructor will not like if you eat this too much. lol But once in a while won't hurt! =D

The good thing about this recipe is how quick it is to make it. It's not always that I have ready pesto from store at home, so when I do I like to enjoy it as much as I can with this pasta and with my other recipe Healthy Chicken with pesto which is amazing as well.

Now let's dive into some basil!

4 handful of penne cooked according to package instructions
300g of parmesan cheese
3 table spoon of pesto
A handful of fresh basil (or a little dried basil in case you don't have fresh)
Black pepper
Olive oil

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Healthy Lemon Dressing for your Salad

Today's recipe is for those who feel light and healthy. It is an awesome recipe for those who like to season their salad with lemon juice but don't know how to measure the amount of lemon and then the dressing or get too lemony strong (urgh!) or too light. With this recipe you will learn how to balance it and the best part is that you won't need to buy those dressing in the bottle, since this one is SO fast and with ingredients that you will always find in your kitchen. =]

1 lemon juice and a little of zest
6 table spoon of olive oil
Black pepper
1/2 chili pepper with no seeds chopped really small (you can use powder if that's what you have, it's only to give a little spiciness)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Brazilian Chicken Pie

This is my mom's recipe, I don't know where she got this from at first, but I know all my friends and family love this recipe and always ask for more. I'm pretty sure this recipe will please the American taste as well. 

I am calling it Brazilian chicken pie, because every chicken pie that I saw here in America always comes with some sort of crust and something more similar to a chicken stew inside. In Brazil, most of our meat pies comes in a "cake" form, with no crust, but with a fluffy delicious dough.

The awesome thing about this recipe is that it may look complicated, but in fact is really simple and easy to make. What takes longer is to chop every ingredient, but once you have that ready, it may take around 20 min to put everything together.
In case you are vegetarian, this chicken pie recipe works really well with spinach instead of chicken. Or if you feel like having fish, change the chicken for tuna, it will taste amazing just the same.

Now everybody, get prepared because this recipe have so much flavor and colors that I couldn't hold myself and took a LOT of photos! Now take your knives and let's chop all this ingredients!

1 chicken breast cooked in water and shredded
1 garlic glove
1 onion
2 tomatoes
Handful of parsley
Handful of olives
1 shredded carrot 
1 green bell pepper
1 chili pepper
Black pepper
Olive oil

2 cups of milk
1 beef bouillon in cube
3 eggs
1 cup of oil
1 cup and 1/2 of whole wheat flour
2 table spoon of baking powder
Butter to grease the pan

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

We are on Facebook!

Finally we decided to take courage and create a Facebook page for this blog. The idea is to get more and more recipes here and some cooking tips too. So add us and make sure to never miss any of our recipes  again! =D

In our facebook page we are going to not only post recipes from our blog but some news on the cooking world like diets, what is good for your body, what kind of food has the vitamin you are looking for, and all that fun stuff.

Eton Mess or Strawberry and Blueberry Merengue

If you're feeling like giving a little break from the diet, then today is the day! We are going to make a ridiculously easy recipe that is one of the most delicious thing you can make ( and of course, super fast! <3).

The good thing about this recipe is that if someday you get some visit coming in last minute call you can make it as your desert. It will look like you were prepared, and will bring the expectations up about your hosting skills! 

Oh, by the way, did I mention that you don't need to bake anything for this? It literally takes 15min to make this delicious desert.

1 lemon
16 fl oz (300g) heavy cream
4 to 5 big home made merengue
One package of blueberries
One package of strawberries
3 table spoon of sugar
1 tea spoon of vanilla essence
a little of balsamic vinegar (trust me on this! I didn't put this ingredient on mistake lol)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Grandma's Eggplant

Today's recipe is a wonderful recipe that my grandma Wilta taught me. The cool thing about this recipe is that you can cook it Sunday night - like I did - and then you can use it to though out all week using it on salads, pizzas, sandwiches, bruschetta, etc. This amount that I am cooking on this recipe was good for me for more then a week. And don't worry, the longer the eggplant stays in the fridge on a proper container, the better it taste because of the vinegar!

It is a vegan recipe but even the carnivorous will love to have some of these on their barbecue!

Let's cook!

3 Medium eggplants
3 Bell pepper (what ever color you like, I used one red, one green and one yellow)
2 Medium onions
4 Garlic gloves
1 Chili pepper
A handful of parsley
6 black olives
Olive oil
Black pepper

Monday, January 5, 2015

Healthy Chicken with Pesto

You know when you feel like having some chicken and want to do something healthy, tasty and easy but you can't stand that grilled chicken anymore. Well, when I get sick of the grilled chicken, this is what I do. It's fast, easy and is always delicious!

Next time you get visitors for dinner, you should definitely think about this option, since it is really beautiful on your plate and tasty.

1 Chicken Breast Fillet
1 Table spoon of pesto
1 Lime juice
Black pepper
Olive Oil

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Cheesy Souffle Omelette

Today I was feeling like having an omelette, but to make it more fun to post on the blog I decided to make the recipe a little bit more interesting and different then the regular omelette. I found this one in one of the books I have and decided to make it because it looked so good in the picture I had to try it out.

It may look difficult but trust me, it's easy and delicious!

3 eggs
1 cup of parmesan cheese
1 table spoon of parsley
1 table spoon of salted butter
Salt and black pepper

Friday, January 2, 2015

Mustard Dressing for Salads

I believe that for a good salad all you need is a good dressing. It doesn't matter if you get the best ingredients in the world, if the dressing is bad, it will ruin the whole salad. So, thinking about this, i decided to give to you guys this recipe for a delicious dressing made with mustard, that way you can vary a little bit more then the basic vinegar + olive oil. You have in your kitchen a lot of possibilities for great dressings, all that is stopping you is only your creativity! So let's work!

Usually when I make the dressing for my salads I don't have exact quantities for the ingredients, it varies according to the quantity of salad I have or the taste I have on that day, so even that I put the quantity here please keep tasting your dressing while seasoning it to make sure it is according to your taste.

Black pepper
Olive oil
1 table spoon of dijon mustard (in case you don't have the dijon option, you can use the regular mustard with honey and a pinch of mayonnaise)
1 garlic glove chopped really small