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

February 10, 2014

Quinoa Kale Patties

Filed under: Appetizer, Food, Healthy, Prep2eat, Quinoa — Tags: , , — prep2eat @ 10:19 am

Image

My first attempt at Quinoa Kale Patties did not produce a perfect look but were so tasty I prepared them once again.

I was trying to cut down on the number of egg yolks so used only egg whites. I now realize a yolk or two would help the binding of the mixture to produce prettier patties.

Below is the link to the exact recipe:

http://www.cherylstyle.com/showcase/healthy-kale-quinoa-patties-recipe/?utm_source=facebook

I will definitely continue to make these healthy, full-flavored patties as a side dish or appetizer. Can’t wait for more, Mmm.

Easy prep, quick cook, huge flavor…try some soon!

January 20, 2014

Stuffed Peppers

Filed under: Chicken, Food, Food blog, Healthy, Meals, Peppers, Prep2eat, Quinoa, Turkey — prep2eat @ 8:17 pm

Image

 

Photo above by “The Souper” at Prep2eat

Inspired by Foodnetwork’s Guy Fieri, I followed his recipe for Turkey & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers and thought why not enhance the mixture with Chicken Sausage with Spinach & Cheese? Yes, the sausage addition put this dish over-the-top on the flavor scale. 

Here is my photo of the Chicken Sausage with Spinach & Cheese:

Image

 

Here are some more photos of the recipe process for my Stuffed Peppers. Included in the mixture is ground turkey, chicken sausage, quinoa, kale, garlic, chicken broth, red pepper flakes, Panko crumbs mixed with grated cheese.

 

Image

 

Some ingredients for my Stuffed Peppers

Image

 

Heating up Chicken Sausage with spinach & cheese already in the sausage. As the cheese melts from the sausage, it flavors the fat from the sausage therefore no additional oil is needed to brown the ground turkey.

Image

 

Adding garlic and red pepper flakes to the browning ground turkey.

 

Image

 

Above is Quinoa and fresh, chopped Kale added to the browned ground turkey. Low-sodium chicken broth (or white wine) was added to the cooked ground turkey to add liquid to the cooking mixture.

 

 

Image

 

Filled peppers are topped with a mixture of Panko crumbs & grated cheese, ready to be baked in the oven until brown on top.

 

Image

Finished peppers above. A lot of mixture was left over for the three peppers I had in the refrigerator at the time. I put the leftover cooked mixture in a container to keep in the refrigerator. The quantity of mixture from the original recipe by Guy Fieri would have filled 4-6 peppers. My recipe with the added chicken sausage made the original recipe stretch to several more peppers. 

This recipe came together easily with organization of ingredients and cooking utensils. Prepping the ingredients before beginning the cooking process made the cooking process flow with very little stress.

The presentation of this meal-in-a-pepper is an excellent buffet item for an informal gathering of family and friends.

 

Here is the link for the Stuffed Peppers by Guy Fieri of The Foodnetwork:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/turkey-and-quinoa-stuffed-peppers-recipe/index.html

November 11, 2013

Salad With Avocado and Sunflower a Seeds

Filed under: Food, Food blog, Healthy, Homemade, Prep2eat, Salad — Tags: , , , , , , — prep2eat @ 12:52 pm

Healthy salad made creamy with avocado.

Fresh salad with Avocado

Fresh salad with Avocado

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

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: