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Mixed Greens Salad with Pineapple

Mixed Greens Salad with Pineapple

When it comes to delicious salads, most of the time I go with this tasty Mixed Greens Salad with Pineapple. It is really easy and satisfying, to say the least. Nonetheless, it is healthy, and a great to eat it for dinner or even before read more

Spanish Chicken over Saffron Rice

Spanish Chicken over Saffron Rice

I was going through the Spanish cookbook and stumbled across Spanish Chicken, which was cooked slightly different than this one. I love adding my own twists on original recipes. Well, traditional recipes without losing the taste or the sense where that particular dish coming from. With that being read more

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

My version of Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo is probably one of my favorite meals. I just love the whole thing; creamy sauce, pease, and the chosen. It is such an easy meal, yet satisfying.

Anyhow, I am a visual person and I believe having a video recipe is extremely useful so I will attempt to make as many as I can.

All things considered, I made 3 different videos. Well, I must say that it was a disaster.

It was not going how I would have preferred it. I had a flour drop to the floor, like the whole bagful, pasta sauce everywhere throughout the tiles and walls that we painted a week before.

Why? Well, BECAUSE as I was recording my measuring cup magically just slipped down like I didn’t have hands at all.

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Just when I am verging on finished one of the recordings, I poured myself one tall glass of squeezed orange juice, which I knocked off the table, and do I have to say more?

I was not happy at all.

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Here and there, things do not genuinely go the way we want them to go. However, we lift ourselves up and go on.

For what is worth regardless of my crazy clumsy weekend, this fettuccine was stunning and very delicious. It brightened my day, that’s for sure!

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

I had the whole pack of store-bought grilled chicken that I usually put on my mixed greens, however, I didn’t know what to make for a supper that each of the 5 of us could appreciate together.

In this way, after a tad bit of conceptualizing, the idea was to make something that you would most likely request in the Italian eatery and pay around $15.


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I think this entire family size dinner cost me that much… $15. With that being said, you can purchase Alfredo sauce, or make my simple one.

I included a recipe beneath. It is completely up to you. Furthermore, obviously, if you would prefer not to purchase grilled chicken please pan-fry or saute, or barbecue it yourself.

When you have cooked chicken, sauce and pasta this recipe is done in 5 minutes. You can prepare ahead, place in the fridge and just mix it up together when you are ready.

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Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe
Yield: Serves 4

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

The best Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe. It makes an amazing family-style pasta dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 pound Grilled Chicken Strips store-bought/ pan sauteed or grilled works fine
  • 1 cup frozen peas slightly defrosted (you can use canned peas)
  • 1 box 1 pound Fettuccine pasta,
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • Dry Parsley
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Garnish with fresh herbs

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, add one and a half cup of Heavy Cream, and to the cream add 4 peeled and crushed garlic cloves.  Turn the heat on medium-low until the cream starts to bubble, not boil, but a bubble. Turn the heat to LOW and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. The cream will be infused with the garlic flavor and aroma. After 10 minutes take the garlic cloves out, season it with ground black pepper and salt to taste. Let it simmer for 5 more minutes and then add grated Parmesan cheese. Heavy cream is already silky smooth so no additional oils would be necessary, however, you can add 1 tablespoon of butter if you desire.
  2. In a large pot, add water with a tablespoon of salt. Let the water boil and add pasta. Cook according to the pasta box, usually 8-10 minutes. Drain the pasta and set aside.
  3. In a skillet or deeper frying pan, add Alfredo sauce, defrosted peas, and chicken strips if they are cooked, if not season the chicken with a few pinches of salt and pepper, slice into equal size strips and cook for a couple of minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink, or you can grill it yourself, just slice before adding.
  4. To the Alfredo Sauce, peas and chicken, add cooked pasta, stir and add black pepper, shredded Parm cheese and a sprinkle of dry parsley.
  5. Stir and garnish with fresh herbs. I had beautiful fresh Thyme, so that’s what I’ve used

Notes

You can buy grilled chicken from the store OR make your own. All you need 1 lb of chicken, which is usually one full chicken breast. Grill, saute, roast; just a season, cook and slice the way you want. You can add mushrooms if you like, broccoli or any other veggies that you prefer. Peas go perfectly with this dish, though. Also, you may use canned peas if you have that on hand.

YOU DO NOT have to add peas at all. You can use Alfredo sauce from the store OR try my homemade that is so easy you will never buy again.

This serves 6 if you are going to the serving size, however, depending on the appetite and the person, 4 people could be pretty full. I used grated Parm cheese because it melts better than grated, but again it’s up to you.

The Best Garlic and Herbs Flatbread {recipe}

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Could we be tired of bread recipes, or pasta recipes, oh, or potato recipes? No, I don’t think so. So, today I am sharing the best “Garlic and Herbs Flatbread”. Can I get a “Whoop-Whoop”? See, every meal in my house is served with different bread. We read more

Shrimp Stir Fry Bites

Shrimp Stir Fry Bites are insanely delicious. I was popping them in my mouth like candies. If you love these flavors, I know you will love these savory shrimp gems. They are perfect to pack it the next day for your lunch over rice or read more

Lunch Box: Stuffed Bread

Lunch Box: Stuffed Bread

Lunch Box: Stuffed Bread

Before Monday starts let me share one more yummy lunch box idea. It does take little more time to make these stuffed bread rolls, but trust me they are so worth it. 

My kids… no, to correct myself,  my whole family and friends love this and it’s one of the favorite after-school snacks, lunches or even dinners with some salad on the side. 

These are perfect, obviously, for lunch boxes for school or work, but also fantastic to take on trips, potlucks, and picnics. You can eat them hot right out of the oven (although it is too good and dangerous) or cold. 

Lunch Box: Stuffed Bread

You can, of course, pair it with anything that you have or like, but I added some radishes, English cucumber, and cherry tomatoes from my garden; And for the fruits: raspberries and blueberries that go perfectly well with a strawberry yogurt smoothie. 

As for the roll itself, I made two kinds, and again you can add what you have and like.

We all love and it is one of the top ones that my family or friends always asking for, which is stuffed with sauteed ground beef, onions, and garlic,  but you can be creative and add roast beef + cheese + peppers, ham + cheese, sauteed potatoes and onions, breakfast sausages + cheese + eggs, Nutella etc.

Possibilities are honestly endless. It is also convenient.  It stores well in the fridge, you just need to reheat and eat; OR if you going to take it the next day just make sure to preheat for few minutes in the microwave, let it cool down to a room temp., then pack. 

Lunch Box: Stuffed Bread

You can roll it and make it like a stick looking or you can make a bun out of it…it’s your call!

See how easy that is…but wait there is more, just kidding! You can also use pizza dough from the store or make your own as I do.    Check out the RECIPE WITH A VIDEO for Stuffed Bread Rolls with Ground Beef and Onions…HERE

Lunch Box: Stuffed Bread

For ham roll

1 Tbsp. Cream Cheese – room temp. (spread on the dough before adding ham)

4 slices of thinly sliced Virginia Ham or any on hand

One handful of shredded cheese such as mexican chese blend

Before I complete this post I feel that I do have to write about it in every of the lunch box posts for safety.

Q: What Box is safe for me and my child?A: Look for the boxes that have a clear written label that they are BPA FREE just in case if they are plastic-
BPA stands for bisphenol.  BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. Seeking out BPA-free products may not always be easy to do. Some manufacturers do label their products as BPA-free, but some do not. If a product isn’t labeled, keep in mind that most aluminum cans or bottles have linings that contain BPA, while steel bottles or can do not. Polycarbonate plastic is generally hard, clear, lightweight plastic. It often has the No. 7 recycling symbol on the bottom. (source Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.from Mayo-clinic)

My Bento Boxes are No. 5 PP/BMA FREE- but these cheaper ones that you can get in the grocery store are not safe to use in the microwave or to put hot meals in them, so you HAVE to let the food cool down BEFORE closing the LID. READ HERE about the difference between recycling symbols on the bottom of your lunch boxes, bottles, etc. No. 5 – PPKetchup bottle, a No. 5, may one day be a broom. Ketchup and medicine bottles, PP, or polypropylene, fall under recycling category No. 5. Recycled through many curbside programs, PP has a high melting point, so it is chosen for containers that can hold hot liquid. Polypropylene can be recycled into signal lights, brooms, brushes, rakes, bins and pallet trays. 

Lunch Box: Stuffed Bread

Makes 1 lunch box
Course LUNCH BOX
Keyword school lunch boxes, lunch box, work lunch,
Servings 1
Author Sandra | Sandra’s Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 about 10-12 inch Stuffed Bread
  • Lettuce
  • 3 Radish  sliced
  • 1/4 English cucumber sliced
  • Handful Cherry/or grape tomatoes

Fruits:

  • Raspberry
  • Blueberry

Drink:

  • Fruit Yogurt Smoothie

Recipe Notes

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Quick and Easy Pasta with Beef Sauce

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Quick and Easy Pasta with Beef Sauce is exactly how it sounds, quick and easy. It is also a go-to weeknight meal for my family. Happy September 1st and Labor Day! I am ready for some cooler weather and Fall season. Are you ready? I love read more

Marinated Baked Chicken Drumsticks

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Sautéed Beef with Onions over Creamy Polenta

Sautéed Beef with Onions over Creamy Polenta

 

 

SAUTÉED BEEF WITH ONIONS OVER CREAMY POLENTA

How’s the weather? Are you covered with a white blanket or it’s getting warmer? We had here last week brrr weather, but this week it’s actually pretty manageable, and in upper 50’s to lower 60’s. Not bad, eh?
I hope everybody is alright from a recent stomach virus that is going around, at least around here. We were all sick and still recovering from it… and let me just say “it ain’t pretty” but knock on the wood, it’s getting better!

So let me skip that part and start talking about my fab romantic dinner…

One of my favorite easy dinners is this quick marinated, then sautéed beef with red onions over creamy and delicious polenta. It is a perfect balance of flavors and warms your heart with every bite you take.
Sometimes I would marinate Calf’s liver or Pork Tenderloins, but most of the time I used beef because it has given so many compliments to the polenta. The taste is just phenomenal! There is rosemary, sage, garlic and sliced onions with a splash of beef stock which gives you an amazing aroma to start with.

As the cold weather still creeps in, besides soups and stews this is the way to warm yourself up, and like I said it is quick that your dinner will be on the table in less than 45 minutes. Easy peasy -especially after a hard day of work you deserve quick but homey and comforting meals like this. My romantic dinner is over… and we didn’t mind extra garlic nor onion, after all, 14 years of marriage do that to you! 😀

 

Quick recipe for marinated then Sautéed Beef with Onions over Creamy Polenta

Sautéed Beef with Onions over Creamy Polenta

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Marinade for 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Author Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking

Ingredients

Marinade:

  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1/2 Cup Beef Broth
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. Sugar
  • 1/2 Rosemary Spring
  • 2-3 Sage Leaf
  • Generous Squeeze of 1/2 Lemon 1-2 Tbs.
  • 12-14 oz of Beef Flank Steak 340g-400g /for 2 servings, sliced into strips

Stir Fry:

  • 2-3 Tbs. Oil
  • 1/2 Red Onion Sliced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • Marinated Beef Flank Steak
  • 4 Tbs. Marinade
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Polenta:

  • cups Water or Milk
  • 2 tsp. Salt or to taste
  • 1.5 cup Instant/Quick-Cooking Cornmeal
  • 1 Tbs. Butter
  • Cheese /sour cream or Greek yogurt *if desired

Instructions

  1. In a Large Ziploc bag, place all the ingredient for the marinade, mix, then add cut into strip flank steak. Mix the bag to code all the slices, then let it marinade for 15 minutes, but it could be in the fridge overnight *it will give you even richer and deeper flavor.

  2. While beef is marinating, start with polenta. This is a GREAT tip how to make polenta VIDEO
  3. In a medium saucepan, add water or milk, butter, and salt, then let the water/milk come close to a boil. Measure Corn Meal, then put it in a cup or small a bowl so that you will be able to add it easier in the boiling water. LOWER the HEAT. When the water is ready, slowly add the polenta while whisking quickly. Continue whisking over low heat until the polenta thickens. Turn off the heat, keep mixing and at this point you may add more butter if you wish, mix it, then add cheese if you desire/OR Sour cream/Greek yogurt etc. Set aside and cover with the lid. This is done in matters of 5 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oil over high heat for stir fry, then add garlic and onion. Lower the temperature and let the oil get infused with both garlic and onion. Don't let it burn. Take the flank steak strips out of the marinade and reserve about 4 tablespoons of the marinade for the stir-fry. Let the beef strips get slightly brown color on both sides, then add marinade, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Let it cook over medium-high and under the lid until marinade/liquid evaporate almost in half (about 5 minutes). Turn the beef few more times.
  5. Serve it over the creamy hot polenta with perhaps a spring of rosemary for the presentation.

Recipe Notes

You may use coarsely ground cornmeal, but it does take longer to cook! Chicken, pork, turkey can be used for this recipe instead of the beef. I used beef flank steak, but you can use any cut that you have, just make sure to marinade/cook according to the cut.

Grilled Glazed Salmon with Mango Salsa

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