Meatless Monday! Whole Wheat Linguini with Peas, Scallions and a Spicy Peanut Basil Sauce!
It was just me for Meatless Monday! today.
I was hungry for pasta, which I rarely eat, and I wanted to keep it simple and fast.
I also didn’t want to shop for any ingredients. So, Meatless Monday! was a really low carbon footprint meal.
Let me also add that the peanut butter which I use is a no sugar added, natural brand made from roasted Valencia peanuts; that’s it!
I scavanged the pantry and the freezer for what was available.
I just happen to have a basil plant on my patio.
I am sure that there is a better peanut sauce recipe but I improvised with what I had.
Whole wheat pasta
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup broccoli florets
1 Tbspn peanut butter
1 Tbsp Bragg’s Aminos
1/2 lime, juiced
1 Tbspn crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
Boil the pasta.
Chop the veggies.
Mix together the peanut butter, Bragg’s Aminos, lime juice and crushed red pepper.
Place veggies in the colander and pour linguini and water over veggies and allow to drain.
Mix the sauce and chopped basil into the pasta, mix and enjoy!
I like the idea of gently “scalding” veggies with the pasta water. It brings out the flavors of the veggies and warms everything nicely.
Just me, dining al fresco!
A cool cucumber salad with red onion complimented this meal and tamed the heat a bit.
Posted in: Green Living, Healthy, Ingredients, Recipes
Tags: basil, Bragg's Aminos, broccoli, crushed red pepper, Meatless Monday, pasta dish, peanut butter, peanut sauce, peas, scallions, vegan meal, vegan recipe, vegatarian meal, Whole wheat pasta
Pan Seared Scallops with Lemon, Thyme and Goat Cheese Gnocchi at Pier W!
Pier W never lets me down.
From the fantastic Happy Hour to the incredible views this place is a winner every time.
Not only is the happy hour a great value; 1/2 price bar food and select drinks, but the quality is first class.
These calamari must be some of the best I’ve ever tasted. Light and crispy calamari are fried to perfection with delicate fragrant dipping sauces; a spicy mayonnaise and a tamarind sauce.
This is a far cry from the usual bar food you’d find elsewhere and you get the incredible atmosphere as a bonus!
Pan seared scallops with goat cheese, thyme and lemon gnocchi with an asparagus coulis was amazing!
Sous Chef Jack Ahern was on board this night and his precision in the execution of this dish was out of this world.
The tempura fish and green beans looked yummy…
…but I couldn’t get over the flavor pairings of my scallops.
I usually feel that mushrooms with any seafood is a risk; the earthiness of the mushrooms can overpower and compete with delicate sea flavors but it was not the case tonight.
Lemon and thyme kept the gnocchi light and the mushrooms and asparagus lent smoky and bitter notes, respectively that were enhanced by the subtle creaminess of the goat cheese.
Asparagus coulis was a light sauce of everything beautiful about asparagus!
Posted in: Chefs and Restaurants, Inspirations
Tags: asparagus, chef Jack Ahern, Cleveland Chef, Cleveland happy hour, cleveland restaurants, gnocchi, goat cheese, goat cheese gnocchi, happy hour, lemon, pan seared scallops, pier w, Pier W Cleveland, scallops, Sous Chef Jack Ahern, thyme
Fruity Cocktails, Amazing Pizza, 200 Fabulous Gay Men and Me!
A dream come true!
Me in a sea of men surrounded by the most glorious pizzas, ever and tropical fruity cocktails served up by a cute bartender with attitude!
Luxe was host to the G2H2 Happy Hour event in Cleveland , Oh.
The food was amazing! I know it’s a social thing but given the “circumstances” I had plenty of time to focus on the food and drinks!
This portobello mushroom, spinach, goat cheese and balsamic reduction pizza was my favorite.
Chef Marlin Kaplan knows that a light touch of fresh potent ingredients is the way to go!
I couldn’t get enough of this pizza and made myself a fixture at the buffet!
This is definitley something that I want to try at home.
Chris was adorable and he knows the food.
This tomato basil was fantastic; fresh and delish!
The setting was elegant but casual.
Sweetheart! Jen kept the fresh hot pies coming my way
Tomato and herb.
Chicken, rosemary and goat cheese was a big hit.
What would the evening be without a spunky bartender serving up the one-liners with the best mojitos in town?!
Lee was a delight!
Posted in: Chefs and Restaurants, Indulgences, Inspirations, Parties
Tags: balsamic reduction, Chef Marlin Kaplan, chicken rosemary, Cleveland happy hour, cleveland restaurants, G2H2, Gay happy hour, goat cheese, happy hour, Luxe Cleveland, mushroom spinach pizza, pizza, portobello mushrooms
Tuna Tartare, Passion Fruit Martinis and a Magical Night at Le Colonial, Chicago!
Le Colonial, Chicago is a treat for the senses.
The exotically luxurious atmosphere is the first hint that you are in for something special.
These Passion Fruit Martinis were incredibly fresh and delicious! Floral and fruity yet light and refreshing on a warm summer night.
Tuna Tartare with wonton crisps was light and satisfying and tasted fantastic with our cocktails….round 2!
Romance was in the air so sharing an entree of vermicelli and seafood in coconut curry seemed like the right thing to do!
What put this dish over the top for me were the copious amounts of fresh basil and cilantro; a garnish, I know, but for me a side dish or side salad!
The aroma of fresh herbs and the delicacy of the spicy coconut broth made my tastebuds tingle!
The music, the martinis, the warm summer breeze…
Posted in: Chefs and Restaurants, Indulgences
Tags: asian fusion, basil, Chicago restaurants, cilantro, coconut, coconut curry, exoctic drinks, exotic restaurants, fruit cocktails, fruit martinis, Le Colonial Chicago, lobster, martini's, passion fruit, passion fruit martini, shrimp, tuna tartare, vegetarian, vermicelli, Vietnamese food, Vietnamese French fussion, Vietnamese restaurants
Taco Roll-Ups! Summertime Snack for Kids to Make and Enjoy!
This is an “easy-peasy” recipe which kids can easily make.
Not only will you be able to ply them with vegetables but you will also be able to keep them busy for a while!
All you will need is:
8-10 flour Tortillas
2 8 oz. pkgs of cream cheese, softened
2 pkgs of taco seasoning mix or make your own as we did with chili powder, garlic salt, cummin, and a little cayenne and paprika
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 8 0z. can black olives chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
You may have to chop for the younger kids but mixing can be done by even the youngest of children.
Spread evenly; roll and slice.
These can even be done “cigar style”; roll and slice just 2-3 times for easy holding for little hands.
Posted in: Food on a Budget, Ingredients, Recipes
Tags: black olives, cilantro, cream cheese, food for kids, food kids can make, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, taco roll-ups, taco seasoning, vegetarian, vegetarian snack, vegetarian snacks for kids, yellow bell pepper