Category Archives: Main Course

Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup oil

Mix everything! Use a cup to pour into waffle maker.


Oatmeal

oatmeal

I get very tired of eating cereal every morning, which meant that I tended to skip breakfast since I was either too lazy to make something better or didn’t have enough time. But recently when I don’t have to work in the mornings, I like having an bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. This is good for several reasons: oatmeal is good for the heart, I am having breakfast and it is an easy and short recipe.

  • 1/2 of oatmeal
  • 1 cup of water
  • Heat in microwave for 90 seconds.
  • Add extra (I add a spoonful of brown sugar and a few spoonful of raisins and sliced almonds)

Crepes

crepes

When I didn’t cook, this was the only thing I did cook. I knew this recipe by heart. The great thing is that the ingredients are very common.

Ingredients: serves 2-3

  • eggs: 3
  • milk: 2 cups
  • flour: 1 1/2 cups
  • sugar: 3 tablespoons
  • butter: 2 teaspoons
  • salt: 1/2 teaspoon

1. Blend everything together until it has a liquid consistency.
2. Heat pan to high heat and spray with cooking oil.
3. Pour just enough to fill the bottom of the pan. I move the batter around so it disperses evenly.
4. Cook until you start to see bubbles (less than a minute) and then flip.  
5. Repeat (2-4) until batter is used.
6. Eat the crepes by filling them down the center with jam and them rolling them up.


Stuff Shells and Garlic Bread

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Ingredients: serves 4

  • spinach: 10 oz frozen package, thawed
  • ricotta cheese: 15 oz container
  • egg: 1, lightly beaten
  • parmesan cheese: 1 cup
  • garlic: 3 cloves, minced
  • basil: 1 teaspoon
  • thyme: 1 teaspoon
  • oregano: 1 teaspoon
  • salt: 1/4 teaspoon
  • pepper: 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1 jar of tomato sauce
  • 1 box of large pasta shells

1. Cook pasta as directed on box.
2. In a large bowl, mix ricotta, spinach, egg and cheese. Mix well. Then mix in the spices.
3. Preheat oven to 350 and spread 1/4 sauce over the bottom of the baking pan.
4. Fill the cook shells with about a spoonful of the mix.
5. Line the stuffed shells in the pan.
6. Pour the remaining sauce over the shells.
7. Cook in oven uncovered for 25-30 minutes.

For the garlic bread:
1. Slice it in half, then sliced the two pieces longwise, so you end up with 4 large pieces. (I used a long french loaf)
2. Mix 3 cloves of minced garlic with melted butter.
3. Slather the butter on the bread.
4. Bake for 10 minutes.
5. Optional: spices added on top (chives, red pepper, lemon zest, etc.)


Fried Rice

fried rice

Ingredients: serves 4

  • white rice: 3 cups, one to three day old cooked rice
  • sesame oil: 3 tablespoons
  • frozen peas and carrot mix: 1 cup
  • small onion: 1, chopped
  • minced garlic: 2 teaspoons
  • 2 eggs
  • soy sauce: 1/2 cup

1. In a wok heat sesame oil. Add peas, carrots, onion, garlic and stir fry until tender.
2. Lower the heat and add the eggs and stir fry until scrambled.
3. Add rice and soy sauce and blend well. Stir fry a few seconds or until heated thoroughly.

*note: you can add any other ingredients that you want, such as: chicken, green beans, water chestnuts, etc.


Pasta Salad

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I love pasta salad and this is a very good recipe. It is also an easy one to change the ingredients to your own tastes.

Ingredients: serves 4

  • rotini pasta: 8 oz
  • olive oil: 1/4 cup
  • lemon juice: 3 tablespoons
  • snipped oregano: 3 teaspoons
  • snipped rosemary: 1 teaspoon
  • pepper: 1/8 teaspoon
  • minced garlic: 1 clove
  • sliced or whole black olives: 1/2 cup
  • grape or cherry tomatoes: 1 cup
  • feta cheese: 1 cup
  • sliced green pepper: 1
  • sliced yellow pepper: 1

Cook the pasta as directed and let cool. In a bowl combine oil, lemon juice, pepper, garlic, oregano and rosemary. Mix the pasta with olives, tomatoes, green pepper, yellow pepper and feta cheese. Pour dressing over the salad and mix.


Pad Thai

Pad Thai

The noodles and sauce comes from a box (Annie Chun’s) that Sara bought at a health food store. I was a bit unsure how good it was going to be since I have had this from scratch. We bought the extra items that doesn’t come in the box: tofu, chicken, egg, green onion, bean sprouts. 

It takes about 15 minutes to make and the recipe is on the box. The sauce could be a bit stronger, but I really enjoyed it. Not as good as the recipe I have from scratch (which takes much longer to make though), but I would make this again.