Dinner By Dagny

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Archive for the month “July, 2014”

Southwestern Pasta

I like black beans. I like pasta very much. I wanted to combine them together to make a delicious meal for my family. It turned being my family’s favorite meal. I even thought I had some delicious food and a nice meal to cook.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of pasta
  • 1 can  of black beans
  • 1 pack of smoked sausage
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 jars of salsa
  • corn
  • cilantro/avocado for garnish
  • queso fresco
  • salt/olive oil for pasta

Directions: Pasta

1. Cook pasta according to pasta box

2. Add salt and olive oil to water when boiling

 

Directions: Sauce

1. Cut sausage about equal sizes

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2. Cut peppers about the same size as sausage

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3. Add sausage and pepper to pan

4. Saute sausage and pepper until brown

5. Rinse beans

6. Add beans

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7. Add salsa

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8. Stir and heat through

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9. Serve

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Results

We did a bit of a pick your own assembly.  Ana served her pasta and sauce separately, while I added cheese, cilantro, avocado and corn to top it off. This was a win from a dinner perspective.  There were even secondary uses applied – you can use it to stuff mini sweet pepper and bake with some more cheese.  Cait liked that version even better.

 

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Chicken Parmesan

This week Ana asked to make chicken parmesan.  I took the easy way out and suggested we use already breaded chicken cutlets. I figured it would be easier for Ana to manage with those, given the risk of hot oil and multiple pans.  Although I did give her the option in the grocery store to get chicken breasts and carefully slice them in half.  She opted not to do it.

Ingredients

  • chicken cutlets (we had 12 cutlets for 5 people)
  • crushed tomatoes (2 28oz cans)
  • cheese (mozzarella, parmesan)
  • basil
  • oregano
  • garlic
  • pepper
  • adobo
  • spagetti
  • olive oil

 

Directions (Sauce)

1.  open crushed tomatoes

2.  pour in pot

3. heat sauce over medium heat

4. crush 4 garlic cloves into sauce

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5.add basil & oregano (cup hand to measure)

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6. heat & taste

 

Directions (Chicken)

1. open chicken

2. season chicken with adobo & pepper

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3. cook chicken on olive oil (so it doesn’t stick) until golden brown (each side)

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4. flip chicken

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5. put in pan (do not stack)

6. add sauce & cheese (we mixed the parmesan and mozzarella together)

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7. put in oven

8. broil 2-3 minutes

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Directions (Pasta)

1. add water to pot

2. add olive oil

3. wait until boiling

4. add salt & pasta

5. stir pasta 3 minutes

6. wait 3 more minutes

7. drain & eat

 

Results

We served it with a nice salad and good bread.  Ana did a really good job.  Everybody really enjoyed it and said she could make it again.  Ana was incredibly proud of herself (as she should be) and gave herself a round of applause.  She wouldn’t let me post that picture.

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