Friday, October 31, 2014

Sweet Potato Noodles with Roasted Red Pepper “Cream” Sauce

This recipe from Detoxinista is delicious! I made it awhile back and since Halloween is today I wanted to add a special healthy treat.

Please check out the recipe on Detoxinista page, she has lots of pictures and how she came up with this recipe. 

The recipe is two parts. It's easy and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The first part is the sauce:

Roasted Red Pepper "Cream" Sauce

ingredients:

1 cup steamed sweet potato chunks
1 cup almond milk ( if you would like to make your own almond milk check out the recipe from Nutrition Stripped)
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 cloves raw garlic 
1 roasted red pepper ( I didn't have a red pepper to roast so use one from the jar)
1/2  teaspoon sea salt ( didn't add the salt- figured the pepper from the jar had enough sodium in it)

directions:

Peel the sweet potato and cut into small chunks. 

In a medium size pot add water and the steamer basket and bring water to a boil and add the sweet potato. Depending on the size of the sweet potato will determine the time it takes to cook but when folk can be inserted easily- it's done. Just remember to be careful of the stream . 

Place the sweet potato on a plate and let it cool a bit. If you are using a blender and add the hot sweet potato the steam could make the top of the blender come off. 

The original recipe used a high power blender. I don't own one and used my food processor to make the sauce.

I added the sweet potato, milk, basil, roasted red pepper, garlic and salt (if you are using it) to the food processor.

Pulse in the food processor until smooth.

The sauce is amazing, quite frankly I'm surprised it make it to the noodles ( wink)

Sweet Potato Noodles:

Ingredients:

2 large peeled sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup chopped asparagus ( didn't have so didn't add)
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms ( added more cause I didn't add the asparagus)
1/2 cup chopped scallions ( my addition)

1- Made the sweet potato noodles with a spiralizer, which I love or you can visit this site and it shows how to make with without the spiralizer.

2- My sweet potatoes were kinda small so I used 2 but you can use one and a half if the are large.  It will give you a lot of noodles.

3-In a large saucepan saute the mushrooms and if using the asparagus in the butter.

4- Add the sweet potato noodles. Don't cook to long, you want them to have some bite to them.

5- Remove the sauce from the blender or food processor and add to the sweet potato in the saucepan.

6- Make sure all the noodles are combined with the sauce.

7- Place a lid on the saucepan and the sauce will heat up with the noodles. Don't cook longer than 2 minutes otherwise it's going to be mushy.

8- You can season it at this point- add the salt and I added the scallions.








Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mini Pumpkin Head

This made me smile when I saw it.  Leta was telling me how the squirrels are eating her shrubs. She sits on the porch with her sling shot that Ted gave her and she has a pocket full of rocks. Whenever she see's a squirrel near her bushes those rocks are a flying!

Marlene's father in law feeds the squirrels so he might be amused with the above photo.

  I posted some Halloween photos of tiny Alachua and Here is an article on three small towns, three big celebrations that you might want to read.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pasta Cordon Bleu








Another pasta dish to make a happy hubby!  I found 
this recipe on With a Cherry on Top  and I knew he would love it.

I bought a half pound of ham at the deli, it was on sale so you know that made me very happy. I had heavy cream leftover from the Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. Recipe called for a cup and a half of milk and I diluted the cream with water to make up the amount needed. It made the dish extra creamy and rich.

Ingredients:

1 lb. Pasta ( used penne)
1 cup Chicken Breasts, cooked and cubed
1 cup Ham, cooked and cubed ( cut up 1/2 pound of deli ham)
1 1/2 cups Milk ( used cream diluted with water) *
8 oz. Cream Cheese
2 Tbsp. Dried Minced Onion ( Used half of a red onion and sauteed in 1 tablespoon of butter)
2 cups Swiss Cheese, shredded
Salt
Pepper
1 cup Panko Crumbs
1/2 cup Butter, melted

Directions:

In a large pot  bring water to a boil over med-high heat. Salt it and add the pasta; cook until al dente (about 10 minutes). 

 Drain and return to the pot then add the chicken and ham. Toss to combine. Preheat the broiler.



 In a medium saucepan, combine milk, cream cheese and minced onion over low-medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until it becomes a smooth texture. Stir into the pasta mixture. Stir in the Swiss cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer pasta to a baking dish and top with the Panko crumbs. 

Pour melted butter over crumbs and broil until browned (about 3 minutes). Watch you don't want it to burn.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Alachua Halloween Decorations

Main Street Alachua  is unique this time of year. I noticed the Halloween decorations when I was visiting the library. I didn't have my camera so I went back a few days later and took these 
photos

Here are a few for those who don't want to click on the link





Monday, October 27, 2014

MM 118 Weeks

                                                                 Pumpkin Patch Pals


Coral ( nine months old) her mom Christel and Max

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Random Act Of Kidness

This is a feel good article. I love to sharing stories like this.I'm glad this delivery guy has his priorities straight. Home repair and car repair are all necessary things to keep things running and not costing more in the long run. Buying Christmas gifts for his children will be a great bonus for the kids.
He sounds like your average America working hard and got a little break along the way. I wish stuff like this happened more often, being able to help our fellow man.