Prep2eat

January 13, 2016

Pizza Soup

Filed under: Cook, Food, foodblogs, Healthy, Homemade, Prep2eat, Soup, vegetables — Tags: , — prep2eat @ 4:23 pm
Happy New Year 2016

My blog has been a place for me to archive my recipes and food photos for the past four years.

It is my intention to save favorite recipes here as well as inspire and share the passion of homecooking with you. It gives me pleasure to prepare and serve a flavorful meal to my family and friends. The process of choosing quality produce, meats and grains is the start of a magical dining experience. Building textures and flavors round out a multi-sensational taste-bud awakening. The cooking process is total involvement, in-the-moment pleasure for me. Paying attention to details and timing is the creative flow of preparation.

Now cooler weather has finally arrived in New England, so I am returning to my hot soup creations. Just after the new year celebration, I wanted to “cook from the refrigerator” also known as using the leftovers from earlier meals. This is how my Pizza Soup was created. I had small amounts of Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese left over from a delicious Chicken Parmesan with Rigatoni meal. Oh my, the basic tomato-based vegetable soup was elevated to “The Pizza Level.” A genuine upgrade to an already favorite soup that I have posted in my blog previously.

Did I tell you how fast this soup is prepared? Oh, about under one hour. Please treat yourself and others to this foodie experience.

image

What you will need:
cutting board
kitchen knife
vegetable peeler
can opener
large pot with matching lid
wooden spoon
cheese grater or box grater
measuring spoons
measuring cup
small spoon for tasting
soup ladle
serving bowl
soup spoon

Ingredients:
canola oil, 2-4 tablespoons. Amount depends on quantity of vegetables using.
onion, small or half of large, peeled and cut into small pieces
celery, one stalk, washed, peeled and cut into small pieces
carrots, two large or three small, washed, peeled and cut into thin slices like discs.
optional: zucchini, washed, cut into small pieces
canned crushed tomatoes size 28 oz. low sodium
box of chicken broth, low sodium, (4 cups)
cold water, 1-2 cups (personal consistency and flavor)
assorted spices and seasonings of choice:
kosher salt, a tablespoon or more depending on personal taste and flavor of canned tomatoes.
crushed black pepper, one teaspoon or more for personal taste.
cinnamon, one teaspoon ground
turmeric, one teaspoon ground
sage, one teaspoon dry ground
thyme, one teaspoon dry ground
optional: sugar, a teaspoonful at a time to correct for bitter tomato flavor at end of cooking the soup.
mozzarella cheese, sliced
parmesan cheese, grated
optional: pasta of choice for serving in bowl of soup.

Cooking process:
In the large pot, heat canola oil on the stove top, medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
Add onions, celery, carrots, zucchini to the heated oil and stir with wooden spoon until vegetables are softened, about 4-5 minutes.
Add the canned tomatoes to the cooking vegetable mixture in the pot. Continue to stir the mixture until it bubbles, about 3-5 minutes.
Add the four cups of chicken broth and the water, continue to stir until soup bubbles, about 3-5 minutes.
Add the salt, pepper and seasonings, continue to stir.
Lower temperature under the pot to low setting, cover slightly to continue cooking for approximately 30 minutes.
With tasting spoon carefully taste the soup, adjust flavor by adding additional salt and pepper to taste.
Add sugar to adjust soup flavor of tomato base of soup.

Serve the soup in a bowl with a slice of Mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese. Another add-in is a pasta noodle of choice.

image

October 10, 2014

New Cookbook – UniChef

Filed under: Cook, Food — Tags: , , , , — prep2eat @ 3:57 pm

IMG_3717.JPG

Top Chefs Unite in Support of The World’s Children by Hilary Gumbel

“100% of the royalties to go directly to The U.S. fund for UNICEF”

Great gift for the Foodie in your life 😀

November 12, 2013

Chicken and Rice Soup

Filed under: Brown rice, Chicken, Cook, Food, Food blog, Homemade, Soup — Tags: , , , , — prep2eat @ 2:04 pm
Chicken and Rice Soup

Chicken and Rice Soup

We saw our first flurry of snowflakes this morning in Boston. Not a major snow storm, just a visual of what is to come our way this winter. In November, the autumn leaves drop from the trees leaving colorful piles of mixed yellow, orange and red crunchy carpets on lawns and sidewalks. Trees are left bare showing their skeleton branches.

The sun was not shining brightly this morning, the wintery chill was in the air and our heating needed to be turned on in our home. Looking out the front window was a picture in grey. Grey empty tree branches against cloudy, grey sky. This was a very cold start to the day.

Fortunately I had chicken parts in my freezer to defrost. I knew I could prepare home made chicken soup easily with a few carrots, a stalk of celery and a whole onion. In a couple of hours I had a steaming mug of warmth to comfort the gloom of today.

November 8, 2013

Baked Turkey Balls with Sides

Filed under: Brown rice, Cook, Food, Food blog, Healthy, Homemade, Meals, Turkey — Tags: , , , , , , — prep2eat @ 7:38 pm

Good basic dinner

Good basic dinner


Photo by Prep2eat

Our meal tonight is a basic go-to healthy, no fuss dinner. We are trying to eat simply just before the big eating holidays. Lean protein, vegetables and brown rice.

My ground turkey balls recipe has been posted on this blog. One special ingredient is horseradish mustard among other mix-ins. These rounds are baked to keep calorie count down, less fat.

The brown rice is a good grain, no white flour as in a pasta. It is easy to prepare by following directions on package or jar of Organic Texmati Brown Rice.

The salad of baby spinach and assorted cut vegetables is dressed with my go-to simple fresh dressing made right in the bowl: juice of one half lemon, sprinkle Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the salad, add a bit of Kosher salt, ground black pepper and optional pinch of sugar. Toss salad to coat all greens.

The simplicity of this meal is providing a well-rounded nutritional offering, not too heavy in any food group. There is balance eating this way.

November 6, 2013

Baked Haddock

Filed under: Cook, Fish, Food, Healthy, Meals — Tags: , , , , , — prep2eat @ 9:05 am
Fresh fish, Haddock

Fresh fish, Haddock

Preparing fresh fish is truly stress-free. Knowing where to purchase fresh fish is important, trusting the source and knowing it got to market as soon as possible. As a consumer, ask questions about where the fish came from, how long has it been in the food display and ask to smell the piece of fish you intend to purchase. A fresh piece of fish has no smell, it should not smell like fish!!! Hint: if you smell an odor like ammonia just around the fish counter, walk away, don’t bother buying fish there.

The simplicity of preparing this healthy fish meal is a relief, knowing I can quickly serve a lean protein meal for my family and be satisfying to our taste buds.

What you will need:
Fresh haddock, about one pound for two to three people.
Medium baking dish
Olive oil, about 3 tbs. or (butter for enhanced flavor, more calories)
Panko crumbs or plain bread crumbs, about 1/4 cup
Salt and crushed black pepper, enough to sprinkle over fish
Pot holders
Large spatula

How to prepare this recipe:
Baking rack should be in the middle of the oven. Preheat setting of the oven should be 400 degrees F.

Put the fresh haddock in a baking dish
Put a little olive oil down the top center of the fish
Sprinkle Panko crumbs (or bread crumbs) on top of the olive oil
Salt and ground pepper on top of the fish (optional)

Put the baking dish with the prepared fish into the oven at 400 degrees F. for about 15-20 minutes or until fish looks white, browned on top and flakes easily.

Serving time

Serving time

March 17, 2013

Spicy Turkey Balls

Filed under: Cook, Food, Homemade, Meals, Prep2eat — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — prep2eat @ 10:08 am

Cooked Ground Turkey Balls Fav Ingredients for Turkey Balls

How do you make a favorite comfort food a little healthier? Without losing texture and flavor, all you have to do is switch from using ground beef to a good quality ground turkey, of course! That said, you will need to spice the turkey balls up with add-ins or cooking them in a flavored sauce. Update to this recipe: A wonderful pairing of flavor is to add White Horseradish and Sweet Pepper Relish. Yum. Note: I use Gluten-free Horseradish.

To cook a very simple, tasty version of turkey balls, I prepared fresh ground turkey with ingredients as if preparing a meatloaf. Everyone has their own version of meatloaf, but I find using Panko Bread Crumbs to be an ingredient giving a meat or turkey mixture some body so the compacted meat does not become too dense. By baking the seasoned ground turkey balls, one saves some calories by avoiding a frying process for cooking.

These baked ground turkey balls can be served as an appetizer with a favorite dipping sauce or served as a main dish along side of a healthy carb and a side salad. Either way, these tiny balls of comfort are satisfying to the palate and are fun to eat.

What you will need:
Lage mixing bowl
Small mixing bowl
Fork or Whisk
Wooden spoon
Lage baking sheet
Parchment paper
Spatula or cooking tongs
Pot holders
Large serving platter or large serving bowl

Ingredients:
Fresh ground turkey, one pound
One whole egg OR Two eggwhites
Ketchup, 1/4 cup
Worcestshire Sauce, 1/4 cup
Kosher salt, one teaspoon
Black pepper, one teaspoon, crushed
Smoked Paprika, one teaspoon
Panko Bread Crumbs, 3/4 cups or more for consistancy to form balls
Optional: add an herb of choice or vegetable such as chopped, fresh spinach or chopped fresh kale.
Update to recipe:
Horseradish, white, 1/4 cup (or more for personal taste.)
Sweet Pepper Relish, 1/4 cup (or more for personal taste.)

The Cooking Process:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook turkey balls for about 20-30 minutes until they are slightly browned. Do not overcook or they will be too dry.

With the fresh ground turkey in a large bowl, add a well-mixed egg (or only eggwhites) from the small bowl that has been mixed with the fork or whisk.
To the turkey egg mixture in the large bowl, add the remaining ingredients and mix with the wooden spoon to a consistancy to form a small ball with clean hands.
Continue to form balls of mixture and put them on a lined baking sheet with parchment paper.
Put the baking sheet into the preheated oven to bake.
Check often to make sure the turkey balls are not browning too much.
When the turkey balls look browned on the top, shut the oven off and remove the baking sheet from the oven.
Remove the turkey balls on to a clean platter.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: