Thursday, January 13, 2011

Weekly Recipes #48 - Jill

So I participated in a little e-mail recipe exchange a few months ago and over the holidays Nathan and I tried a few of them out. Thought we would share 2 of them for recipes for this week and then 2 new recipes that we haven't tried before. Enjoy!

Speedy Spanish Rice - We used enchilada sauce instead of tomato sauce. Tasty! Makes a pretty decent size batch of rice, but it was nice to have it throughout the week to add to burritos, snack on, eat as a side with a different meal, etc.
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2 c. raw white rice
1/4 c. olive oil
2 c. HOT water
1 tsp. sea salt (fine; optional)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 15-oz can tomato sauce
1 can black beans, drained

**Simmer veggies in olive oil. Add remaining ingredients, except the black beans. Simmer about 20-30 minutes or until rice is tender. Add black beans the last few minutes, just to heat through.

Pasta with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese - Creamy goodness with all that delicious goat cheese. You could definitely add chicken to this recipe if you prefer.

1 lb. penne pasta
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (more if you like or garden tomatoes)
6 oz. soft goat cheese
3/4 cup chopped kalamata olives
3/4 cup torn basil leaves

Toss tomatoes with salt to taste and let stand while you cook pasta until tender. When done, toss with goat cheese until melted. Then add tomatoes with juice, olives, basil, salt, and pepper.

Indian Butter Chicken w/ Basmati Rice

"The Best Meatloaf I've Ever Made"
- this is the title of the recipe :) We haven't ever made it, but sounds pretty tasty!

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