Lemon Risotto

This delicious recipe transforms simple rice into a wonderful dinner or side dish and it’s excellent with grilled seafood or chicken

Lemon Risotto
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Ingredients
  1. This delicious recipe transforms simple rice into a wonderful dinner or side dish. Excellent with grilled seafood or chicken.
Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  2. 1 1/2 cups sliced shitake mushrooms
  3. 2 shallots or green onions, thinly sliced
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. dash of pepper
  6. 1 cup arborio or short grain rice
  7. 2 cups chicken stock
  8. 1/2 cup dry white wine or water
  9. 1 large carrot cut into 1″ matchsticks
  10. 1 small bunch aspargus spears, cut into 1″ pieces
  11. 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  12. 2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  13. fresh basil or parsley
Instructions
  1. In large saucepan, heat oil and cook mushrooms, shallots, garlic and pepper until vegetables are tender but not brown.
  2. Add rice and cook and stir 2 minutes more. Stir broth and wine into rice mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes (do not lift cover). Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in carrots, asparagus, Parmesan and lemon zest. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Add a little additional water, if necessary for the desired consistency.
  4. Garnish with basil or parsley.
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Fresh Pear and Curry Pasta

A vegetarian dinner for 2 and because  you can never find ripe pears,  buy some a couple of days ahead and ripen in a paper bag. Enjoy the rest for dessert with Stilton cheese

Fresh Pear and Curry Pasta
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Ingredients
  1. Vegetarian dinner for 2. You can never find ripe pears! Buy some a couple of days ahead and ripen in a paper bag. Enjoy the rest for dessert with Stilton cheese!
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 small onion, chopped
  2. 2 Tbsp. oil
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 Tbsp. medium curry paste
  5. 1 tsp. tomato paste (store the rest in the freezer for future use)
  6. 2 Tbsp. honey
  7. 2 cups chicken broth
  8. 1 unpeeled ripe pear, sliced in thin wedges
  9. 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  10. 2 Tbsp. cream or milk
  11. 3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  12. pasta for 2: rotini or bow ties
Instructions
  1. In a frying pan over medium heat, saute onion in oil until soft. Add garlic and curry paste and stir 2-3 minutes. Add tomato paste and honey and stir another 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, increase heat to medium high and boil gently, reducing liquid to less than 1 cup. (This takes about 15 minutes: now is a good time to start cooking the pasta.) Add pear slices and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cream and stir another 2 minutes. Stir in chopped cilantro. Pour over pasta and toss gently. If your dinner companion insists on meat, serve with grilled chicken breast or pork tenderloin. Mixed greens and balsamic vinaigrette is perfect compliment.
Instructions
  1. In a frying pan over medium heat, saute onion in oil until soft. Add garlic and curry paste and stir 2-3 minutes. Add tomato paste and honey and stir another 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, increase heat to medium high and boil gently, reducing liquid to less than 1 cup. (This takes about 15 minutes: now is a good time to start cooking the pasta.) Add pear slices and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cream and stir another 2 minutes. Stir in chopped cilantro. Pour over pasta and toss gently. If your dinner companion insists on meat, serve with grilled chicken breast or pork tenderloin. Mixed greens and balsamic vinaigrette is perfect compliment.
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Spaghetti Skillet Dinner

You need just one pan for this incredibly delicious and convenient dinner

Spaghetti Skillet Dinner
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. lean hamburger 500 g
  2. 1 cup chopped onion 250 mL
  3. 1/2 cup chopped green pepper 125 mL
  4. 1 cup sliced mushrooms 250 mL
  5. 1 - 28 oz. can tomatoes and juice 796 mL
  6. 1 handful spaghetti, broken 1
  7. 1 cup water 250 mL
  8. 1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning 7 mL
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese 250 mL
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Instructions
  1. Brown hamburger and onions. Mix in green pepper and mushrooms and cook for a few minutes. Add tomatoes with juice, broken spaghetti and water. Stir. Add spices. Cover and cook about 15 minutes, or until spaghetti is tender, stirring occasionally. Add cheese and stir until melted. Serves 4-6.
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