Thursday, May 29, 2008

Olive Garden's ***Zuppa Toscana***

After a few months of not feeling well with morning (a.k.a. -- All day) sickness, I decided to get ambitious and cook dinner again.

If any of you have been to Olive Garden, this is the white soup with potatoes and kale. This recipe is so easy and yummy. ENJOY!!!

1 1/2 cups Sausage meat
3/4 cup Diced onions
6 slices Bacon
1 1/4 teaspoons Minced garlic
2 tablespoons Chicken stock
4 cups Water
2 medium Potatoes, cut in half and then into 1/4 slices
2 cups Kale, cut in half and then sliced
1/3 cup Heavy whipping cream

Directions: Cook sausage meat and set a side. Place onions and bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until onions are almost clear. Add garlic and cook an additional 1 minute. Add chicken base, water and potatoes, simmer 15 minutes. Add sausage, kale and cream. Simmer 4 minutes and serve.

***Side Note*** I used the sausage meat that isn't in formed links from Sprouts; so it looks like ground whatever.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Better Late than Never!

I said I would grade the Pizza Hut Tuscani Pasta....Sooooo?
I give the pasta a "10"! It was so so so yummy. I had it the next day and it was yummy again. Yummyness! Mmmmm!
We had to have Pizza with it, of course.
Kayla Loved the PIZZA!
and Ryleigh Loved the PASTA!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Tuscani Pasta

I've been seeing these yummy commercials about "Pizza Hut's" Tuscani pastas. I just made an order for the ?Big meat maranara? one, so I will let you all know how that turns out ASAP.
That's what's for Dinner!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Cashew Chicken

I came across this on Recipe Zaar. It looks intimidating because it has so many ingredients, but I just substituted whatever frozen or fresh veggies I had on hand.

1/2 cup ketchup
4 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt
2 T worcestershire sauce
3 T sugar
1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (more to taste)
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 T cornstarch
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tspsalt
3 whole chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces (or chicken tenders)
1/4 cup cooking oil
2 T fresh gingerroot, minced (I used dry ginger)
1 T minced garlic
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced thinly
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cups snow peas
1 1/2 cups cashew
2 cups cooked white rice

Combine ketchup, soy sauce, salt, Worcestershire Sauce, sugar, sesame oil, cayenne pepper, and chicken broth and set aside. In a bowl, combine cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Toss the chicken with cornstarch mixture. Heat a wok or frying pan to a high heat and add cooking oil. When oil is hot add chicken. Add ginger, garlic and onion. Stir fry mixture until chicken is cooked through and opaque. Add bell pepper and carrots, stir fry until tender crisp about 2-3 minutes, then add snow peas. Continue to stir fry until tender crisp. Add ketchup/soysauce mixture to chicken and vegetables and cook until it comes to a boil. Add the cashews and serve immediately over a bed of white rice.