Friday, March 20, 2015

Shrimp and Roasted Red Peppers Pasta

Another variation of one of my favorite meals . . . shrimp pasta.

I love the addition of roasted red peppers, whipping cream and white wine to make a different and delicious sauce.  Can't wait to try it!!

Although the recipe photo shows penne pasta, your favorite pasta would work as well and I think it would be awesome over garlicky white rice.

The recipe comes from the test kitchens of Better Homes and Gardens!


1 1/2 pounds fresh peeled and deveined medium shrimp
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup finely chopped onion (1 small)
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 12 ounce jar roasted red sweet peppers, drained and chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup snipped fresh basil
1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese (4 ounces)
12 ounces dried pasta, cooked and drained


Rinse shrimp and dry with paper towels. Set aside. 

Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until butter is melted. 

Add onion and garlic . . . cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes until onion is tender. 

Add shrimp and crushed red pepper . . . cook and stir for 2 minutes. 

Add roasted peppers and wine.

Bring to a boil and reduce heat. 

Simmer, uncovered, about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally (do not overcook shrimp!). 

Stir in cream. Return to boiling and reduce heat. 

Boil gently, uncovered, for 1 minute. Stir in basil.

Add shrimp mixture and cheese to cooked pasta, tossing gently to combine.

Nutrition Facts (Shrimp and Roasted Red Peppers)

Per serving:
598 kcal cal.,
26 g fat
(13 g sat. fat,
2 g polyunsaturated fat,
9 g monounsatured fat),
230 mg chol.,
461 mg sodium,
49 g carb.,
3 g fiber,
2 g sugar,
37 g pro.

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Homemade Dog Food

My Kiki, a Brussels Griffon, has developed itchy skin that has her scratching 24/7.  Her vet has suggested that it is food-related since we were feeding her a dog food that contained way too much grain that is not good for her.  We have switched her to a no-grain dog food and after a few days, she is not scratching as much.

In the meantime, I started doing some research and have found that many owners of that particular breed have opted to made their furbabies homemade dog food for many health reasons.  This recipe in particular has been recommended by a member of the BG group I belong to.  It is worth a try!

The recipe did not specify how much to feed and how often . . . I will continue to feed Kiki 1/2 cup morning and evening.  She is 17 pounds.


Original recipe makes 10 cups

6 cups water
1 pound ground turkey
2 cups brown rice
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 (16 ounce) package frozen broccoli, carrots and cauliflower combination


Place the water, ground turkey, rice, and rosemary into a large Dutch oven. 

Stir until the ground turkey is broken up and evenly distributed throughout the mixture; bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. 

Add the frozen vegetables, and cook for an additional 5 minutes. 

Remove from heat and cool. 

Refrigerate until using.

Source:  All Recipes

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole


1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 6.9 ounce package chicken-flavor rice and vermicelli mix
1 14 ounce can chicken broth
2 cups water
2 cups chopped cooked chicken (10 ounces)
1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes (2 medium)
3 tablespoons canned diced green chiles, drained
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (2 ounces)


Preheat oven 425 degrees F. 

Cook onion in hot oil over medium heat until tender n a medium saucepan. 

Stir in rice and vermicelli mix with contents of the seasoning packet. 

Cook while stirring for 2 minutes. 

Add in broth and the water. Bring to a boil . . . reduce heat. 

Simmer (covered) for 20 minutes.  Please note: liquid will not be fully absorbed

Transfer the rice mixture to a large bowl and stir in chicken, tomatoes, green chiles, chili powder, basil, cumin, and black pepper. 

Transfer to an ungreased 2-quart casserole.

Bake (covered) about 25 minutes. 

Uncover and sprinkle with cheese, let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Source:  Better Homes and Gardens (

Friday, January 30, 2015

White Chicken Chili Bake


    20 oz boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
    1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
    2 cans (19 oz each) Progresso™ chickpeas, drained, rinsed
    1 cup tomatillo salsa (from 16-oz jar) or salsa verde
    2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)


Heat oven to 350°F.

Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.

Cook chicken with salt to taste over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until browned in a 12-inch nonstick skillet.

Add remaining ingredients except cheese to the chicken mixture.

Stir and spread in baking dish, cover with foil.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes.

Top with cheese, and recover with foil.

Let rest at room temperature about 5 minutes or until cheese melts. If desired, serve over rice with favorite chili toppings: chopped fresh cilantro, sliced green onions, sour cream, yogurt, salsa, or guacamole.


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