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My Husband’s Shrimp and Pork Stirfry!!

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My husband makes this dish quite often and it is a family favourite.  Serve with steamed rice.  You can mix the Stirfry and rice and place it in a fresh lettuce leaf to eat it…delicious.

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Shrimp and Pork Stirfry

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 pound ground pork

1 onion chopped fine

4 cloves garlic chopped fine

thumb sized piece of fresh ginger peeled and minced fine

1 red pepper chopped

1 hot red pepper minced fine

3 cups snow peas cleaned and cut in half

1 pound cooked shrimp, peeled and cut in half

2 tbsp sherry or Chinese cooking wine

2 tbsp oyster sauce

2 tbsp soya sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp black pepper

salt to taste

2 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 cup fresh bean sprouts

In a deep sauté pan or wok, heat the oil over medium high heat.  Add the pork, onions, and ginger and cook til no more pink is showing in the meat.  Turn the heat under the pan down to medium and add the garlic, hot red pepper, sherry, oyster sauce, soya sauce and sesame oil.  Cook and stir to coat the meat with the sauce for 3-5 minutes.  Add the sweet red pepper, snow peas and shrimp and cook for 5 more minutes.  Top with the fresh cilantro and bean sprouts and cook 1 minute more. Serve in lettuce leaves with steamed rice.  You can add a little extra oyster sauce in the lettuce leaf package if you like.  Enjoy.  Cheers, Michele

Pork And Chorizo Stew!! Spicy And Delicious!

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The cooler days are inspiring me to cook more hearty comfort foods which still keep within our healthy eating guidelines.  This Pork and Chorizo stew is a perfect example of a hearty and delicious dish which warms your stomach and your soul.  I was inspired by a recipe from the BBC Good Food website and of course tweaked it to my taste.

Image courtesy of BBC Good Food.
Image courtesy of BBC Good Food.

Pork And Chorizo Stew

2 Tbsps olive oil

1 pound of pork tender loin or pork chops cut into 1 inch cubes

2 chorizo sausages

1 onion chopped

1 large carrot chopped

4 stalks of celery chopped

1 red pepper chopped

1 yellow pepper chopped

1 orange pepper chopped

1 tsp crushed dried oregano

1 large pinch hot chilli flakes

2 tsps smoked paprika

2 tsp chilli powder (I used Ancho Chilli pepper powder)

4 bay leaves

1 small can of tomato puree

1 large can of chopped tomatoes

3 Tbsp balsamic or red wine vinegar

1/2 cup red wine

2 cups of chicken or beef broth

1 large can of chickpeas or white beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups of baby potatoes, halved

1 large sweet potato peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes

salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium high heat.  Cook the pork until browned all over and remove to a bowl.  Add sausages and cook until well browned, remove to cutting board and slice into thin slices.  Place onion, carrot, peppers, herbs and spices in pot and saute until onion is translucent.  Return the pork and chorizo to the pot and add tomato purée, chopped tomatoes, vinegar, wine and broth.  Cook til bubbling.  If too thick, add some water or more chicken stock.  Cover and allow to cook for 45 minutes over low heat, or in a 350 degree F oven. Add peppers, beans and potatoes and return to oven.  Cook for 45 minutes more and check periodically and add liquid if the stew is too thick.  Taste the stew and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve.

I hope you try out this recipe inspired by the BBC Good Food website.  Cheers, Michele

Spaghetti Bolognese!! A Delicious Gluten-Free Recipe!

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My husband chose that we have this for supper tonight, so I am going to share this recipe with you.  It is delicious and so easy.  It is better if it is allowed to simmer so make it earlier in the day to be enjoyed for dinner. Enjoy.

Michele’s Spaghetti Bolognese

2 Tbsp olive oil

5 slices of bacon finely sliced

1 pound ground beef

1 pound ground pork

1 onion chopped

4 carrots finely chopped

5 stalks of celery finely chopped

1 pound of mushrooms sliced

1 red pepper chopped

5 cloves of garlic finely minced

1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp dried basil

2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried thyme

3 bay leaves

1/2 cup red wine

2 bottles of tomato sauce

1 pound gluten-free spaghetti

Parmesan cheese

In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add bacon and cook til softened and render out a bit of the fat.  Add beef and pork, cook until no pink remains.  Remove meats from pan and place in a bowl.

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Place carrots, onions and celery in pot and cook til softened, add meat back into pot.  Add chopped peppers, mushrooms and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes.

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Add rest of ingredients and simmer over low heat for 1 hour until sauce has reduced a bit or place cover on pot and put in a 325 degree oven and cook for 2 hours. Once sauce is well cooked, boil salted water and add pasta.  Cook according to package directions.  Serve pasta and sauce and sprinkle cheese over top.  The longer the sauce cooks the better it is.  Hope you enjoy.  Try this recipe out and let me know how it is.  Cheers, Michele

Mouth-watering Meatloaf!! Two Comfort Food Recipes For the Price of One!

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I made this meatloaf not so long ago and it was voted by my family as the best I have ever made.  I thought it was pretty amazing too.  I served it with garlic and horseradish mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. The cold winter days are a perfect time to make this yummy comfort food.  The secret to keeping the meatloaf moist is the milk soaked oatmeal and eggs.  This meatloaf is great cold on a sandwich as left overs.  Mmmmm meatloaf sandwich!  Enjoy.

imagePhoto courtesy of www.MarthaStewart.com

Michele’s Mouth-watering Meatloaf

1 pound each of ground turkey, lean ground beef and ground pork

2 Tbsp olive oil or butter

1 onion finely chopped

2 carrots finely chopped

1 cup finely chopped mushrooms

5 cloves of garlic finely minced

2 eggs beaten

1 cup oatmeal with enough milk to cover it

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tsp black pepper

2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp dried mustard

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1 Tbsp Worsteshire sauce

2 tsp dried oregano

2 tsp dried basil

1/2 cup ketchup for topping

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Oil a large loaf pan with olive oil.  Place oatmeal in bowl and cover with milk.  Allow the oatmeal to soak up all the milk, about 10 minutes.

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Place all ground meats in a large bowl, add eggs, pepper, salt, dried mustard, tomato sauce, herbs, Worsteshire sauce and Parmesan cheese.  In a medium sauce pan over medium high heat, add olive oil.  When oil is hot, add onions, carrots and mushrooms.  Cook for 5 minutes or until onions are softened and mushrooms have reduced down.  Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes more.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.  By now the oatmeal should be well soaked.  If it looks dry, add a little more milk just to cover.  Let sit 5 minutes more.  Place cooked vegetables and oatmeal in bowl with meats and mix well til all combined.

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Using the same saucepan from the onion mixture over medium high heat, take a small amount of the mixture and make a patty and cook til done.  Taste this small portion and adjust the seasonings of the meatloaf mixture for spices and herbs.
Place meatloaf mixture into oiled pan and cover with tinfoil.  Bake for 40 minutes.  Then turn oven up to 400 degrees F, remove tinfoil, pour ketchup over top and bake for 10 – 15 minutes more until the internal temperature reads 170 degrees F.  Remove from oven.  Let sit, covered with the tinfoil for 10 minutes to allow juices to re-absorb into meatloaf.  Serve with mashed potatoes cooked with garlic and horseradish.  Here is the recipe.

imagePhoto courtesy of www.taste.com.au

Garlic, Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

1 pound of yellow-skinned potatoes peeled and chopped

2 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped

1 tsp horseradish

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1/3 cup of plain yogurt or sour cream

3 Tbsp butter

2 tbsp finely minced green onion

Boil the potatoes and garlic in salted water until fork tender.  Drain the potatoes, place them back in the pot and cover the potatoes with a clean dry dish cloth off the heat.  This will allow them to steam and fluff up.  After 5 minutes, remove dish cloth and mash the potatoes.  Add all other ingredients and mash til smooth.  Enjoy.

Hope you enjoy these ultimate in comfort food recipes.  Try them out and let me know how they were.  Adjust the seasonings to suit your own taste.  Cheers, Michele