Sunday, April 17, 2011

Creative Cooking Italian Pasta Recipes


Tagliatelle with Smoked Salmon
Tagliatelle with Smoked Salmon is an attractive Pasta Dish using the cucumber's light texture that go hand in hand with fresh smoked salmon.
Ingredients: 350g dried tagliatelle, 75g butter, 1/2 cucumber, juice and rind of 1 orange, fresh dill, 300ml light cream, 125g smoked salmon, salt & pepper and fresh Italian parsley.
Method: Boil water in large saucepan, add pinch of salt and dried tagliatelle. Cook pasta until Al Dente. Drain. Cut cucumber in half and scoop out the seeds. Discard seeds and slice thinly. Melt butter in saucepan. Add grated orange rind, dill and cucumber - simmer for 1 minute. Add cream and orange juice, season and simmer for 1 minute. Cut smoked salmon into bite sized pieces and stir through sauce quickly to warm. Drain pasta and toss into sauce. Decorate with fresh Italian parsley and finely shaven parmesan cheese.
Spaghetti with Herb Sauce
Herbs make a wonderful Sauce for Italian Pasta Recipes - Attractive, Aromatic and Full of Flavor.
Ingredients: 50g fresh mixed herbs, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 60ml toasted pinenuts or cashews, 150ml olive oil, 350g dried spaghetti, 80ml freshly grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper for seasoning and Italian basil leaves for garnish
Method: Boil water in large saucepan, add pinch of salt and dried spaghetti. Cook pasta until Al Dente. Drain. Place herbs, crushed garlic and half of the pine nuts into a blender. Add olive oil gradually until mixture thickens. Toss pasta through pine nut mixture and add freshly grated parmesan, whole pine nuts and fresh basil leaves.
Fettuccini with Ham and Cream
Prosciutto is ideal for this dish. The richness and taste makes a Great Starter!
Ingredients: 125g prosciutto, 40g butter, 2 chopped shallots, 160ml cream, 350g dried fettuccine, 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and Italian Parsley
Method: Boil water in large saucepan, add pinch of salt and dried fettuccini. Cook pasta until Al Dente. Drain. Chop prosciutto into strips. Melt butter in a frying pan and sautee shallots quickly. Add prosciutto and cook a further 1-2 minutes or until golden. Season mixture and add cream. Toss sauce through fettuccini, season and add freshly grated parmesan and Italian Parsley.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Healthy Food Recipe Breakfast for Pregnant Women


Pregnant women have different nutritional needs to help the healthy development of the unborn baby. Below is a healthy food recipe for a pregnant woman good for breakfast, the whole-wheat buttermilk pancakes.
In preparing this recipe, allot one hour to prepare to settle the batter. The ingredients are:
1 cup of low-fat buttermilk
1 teaspoon of apple juice concentrate
3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
5 of tablespoons wheat germ
1/3 cup of nonfat dry milk
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 large egg whites
Margarine or butter
A dash of salt to taste
Ground cinnamon to taste
There are variations to garnish the pancakes. It could be with unsweetened apple sauce, unsweetened fruit, maple syrup or yogurt. The yield for this recipe is approximately 12 pancakes.
Here are the procedures:
1) Make a puree with the use of blender all the ingredients to make a buttermilk-flour mixture. Don't include the margarine, egg whites and the garnishes.
2) Beat the eggs until firm in a mixing bowl. Add the buttermilk-flour mixture into the egg whites. Let the mixture stand for one hour.
3) Using a non-stick skillet, heat it and when it's hot enough, put some margarine or butter. Mix the batter and scoop a mixture into the skillet to make at least 3" pancake. When you see bubbles on the surface of the pancake, and the sides are lightly brown, turn the pancake to the other side. It will not take you two minutes to cook one pancake. Continue brushing margarine or butter in the skillet in between batches.
4) Decorate your pancakes with your preferred garnishing.
Here are two recipes to match with the pancakes during breakfast to satisfy the sweet tooth of a pregnant woman, the milk shake and the fruity oatmeal cookies.
Milk Shake
Before doing this recipe, freeze for at least 12 to 24 hours an overripe banana. The ingredients are:
1 cup of skim or low-fat milk
¼ cup of nonfat dry milk
1 piece of frozen overripe banana, cut into chunks
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
A dash of ground cinnamon to taste
Just put all the ingredients inside the blender and make a puree. It makes one glass of milk shake.
For variations, add ½ cup of fresh strawberries or unsweetened frozen and one tablespoon of frozen apple juice concentrate before making a puree.
Fruity Oatmeal Cookies
You need the following ingredients:
Vegetable oil or vegetable cooking spray
10 pitted dates
6 tablespoons of apple juice concentrate
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 ½ cups of rolled oats or a mixture of oats and raw wheat flakes
1 cup of raisins
¼ to ½ cup of chopped nuts
1 egg white
A dash of cinnamon to taste
Here are the procedures:
1) Turn the oven to 3500F. Using the vegetable oil or vegetable cooking spray, grease lightly the nonstick baking sheet.
2) Put the dates and the apple concentrate in a saucepan. Let it simmer until the fruit has softened. Using a blender, make a puree of the mixture and pour it into a bowl. Add the nuts, raisins, oats, 2 tablespoons of oil and cinnamon.
3) Using a separate mixing bowl, beat lightly the egg white. Gently fold it into the cookie mixture.
4) Drop enough batter into the prepared baking sheet.
5) Bake up to 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
This will make about 24 pieces of 2-inch cookies.