Sunday, July 26, 2015

Zucchini Spaghetti Recipe

A light olive oil white sauce with delicious grated cheese makes this the perfect alternative for pasta lovers. If you are watching your calorie intake this one is 60 calories for 2 small grated zucchini and the taste is just perfect! This is an easy meal or side dish to make when you are in a hurry. 

Zucchini Spaghetti Recipe

2 zucchini peeled and shredded in long strands (I used a long hand held grater to make it. I actually tried the plastic one that is used to make zucchini spaghetti and it was more work!)
2 cloves minced fresh garlic
salt, pepper to taste
cayenne pepper just a dash
2 to 3 tablespoon wide shredded Parmesan grated cheese 
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 chopped fresh basil leaf
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
optional: 2 tablespoon white wine

Place the zucchini shreds in a microwave bowl with water to cover or use a small saucepan for top of stove. Bring to boil.  Cook around 10 to 12 minutes adding a pinch of salt to the water. Check for softness.  Drain.
Saute garlic in oil for 2 minutes in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add all the spices, herbs (and wine if using) then the zucchini until blended. Mix in the cheese as much as you like. Add one or two more tablespoon of olive oil, stir.  Serve immediately.

Option: You can add fresh tomato sauce on top of the zucchini then top with more cheese,  this was a white sauce version.

Another option is to add boiled cooked shrimps on top.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Italian Style Chicken Tortilla Recipe

You've heard of Tex Mex before? Well this is an Italian tortilla combination which equals, Italian Mex. Whatever you call this, it's perfect for the lighter eater or anyone who loves salad in a sandwich. This can be served open faced or rolled up using tortilla or filled pita. Great for brunches, lunches and dinners.  Here is a great recipe filling full of flavor and a little different than what your use to. These chicken filled tortilla's are sauteed with garlic and peppers, topped with salad and vinaigrette dressing. These have a great taste bursting with freshness. 

Italian Style Chicken Filling Flour Tortilla Recipe

3 boneless Chicken breast cubed
2 bell peppers diced
1 or 2 cloves minced garlic
olive oil

Tortilla warmed or use pita bread

1/2 teaspoon oregano, parsley, garlic powder 
salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste

Saute  the chicken, peppers and garlic in a medium sized pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil. When the juices run clear in the chicken toss the seasonings in.

Tomato and Cucumber Salad Topping:

Shredded lettuce
Chopped tomatoes
Chopped cucumbers seeds removed
1/4 cup kalamata olives sliced

Italian Homemade Salad Dressing Recipe:

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon each of fresh preferred, (dried when not available) basil leaves, parsley chopped, oregano, 2 cloves garlic or 1 teaspoon powder,  dash cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper to taste, and 2 tablespoon grated Romano cheese
1/4 cup good grade Balsamic Vinegar

Mix all ingredients above for dressing in a bowl and whisk to blend together.

Place the tortilla or pita on a plate, fill with some of the chicken mixture. Then top with the salad. Drizzle with salad dressing and roll up or leave open faced. Enjoy!