Monday, March 26, 2012

Shrimp with Sriracha Sauce

I have been wanting to make Jenn from Peas and Crayons Sriracha deglazing sauce for some time now and I finally got around to it!

If you haven't checked out Jenn's blog yet you definitely should! She has wonderful and healthy recipes and she was my inspiration to try quinoa for the first time - which I did in this dish! It was garlic flavored and I found it in the rice aisle of my grocery store. 1 1/2 cups of water, add the quinoa mix, cover and cook on low for 15 minutes. Loved it :)

So here is my take Jenn's dish...Enjoy!


  • 1lb of shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Olive oil
  • White wine
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper

Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.

In a stainless steel skillet heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the shrimp cooking 2 minutes on each side or until the shrimp are pink throughout.

Remove the shrimp from the skillet and add another tablespoon of oil. 

Add a splash of white wine to the pan along with a 1/2 tablespoon of sriracha sauce. Whisk until all the small bits on the bottom of the pan have come up and you have a bubbling orange color sauce.

Pour the sauce over the shrimp and sprinkle with dried parsley.

I served mine over garlic flavored quinoa and some frozen broccoli I had in my freezer that I steamed. Not as good as fresh but in a pinch it did the trick. I would have loved to have this with asparagus as well!

Thanks for the great recipe Jenn!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Arugula Pesto with Walnuts and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I've been on a pesto kick lately (you wouldn't know this because I have been slacking at cooking and posting but I swear it's true!).

I just finished up some Linabella's Traditional Pesto Sauce I had at home with another meal so I was ready to make some of my own pesto. 

**If you do want to use pre-made pesto it is worth checking out Linabella's. They grow their own garlic and basil and use it to create traditional "Pesto alla Genovese" (the true green pesto). They freeze the pesto right after making it and will ship with 2nd day delivery. When you want to use it just let it sit on the counter for 20-30 minutes until you can scoop some out. Put the rest back in the freezer. I have tried the Traditional and Garlic Lovers - the Traditional has a strong garlic flavor so I felt the Garlic Lovers was a little too much for me.

I found them this past fall set up with a stand in the small farmers market right outside of South Station.**

I pretty much made up this recipe on my own and I'm happy to say it came out really good! I used arugula which is a more peppery green so if you don't like that you can always use basil, cilantro or spinach. The recipe is also quite garlicky so feel free to cut down the garlic cloves as well.

This time I made just enough for this recipe but I bought a huge bag of arugula and walnuts so I plan on making more and keeping it in the freezer. It is great to throw into dips, use on panini's, or add it to marinades.


  • 1 box whole wheat pasta  (I used farfalle)
  • 4 cups of arugula
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup walnuts  (you could toast your walnuts before, I did not)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup marinated sun-dried tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Salt and add the whole wheat pasta. Cook until al dente then drain reserving a few ladles of the pasta cooking water aside.

While the pasta is cooking put the arugula, parmesan cheese, walnuts and garlic cloves in a food processor.

Pulse until everything is chopped into little bits.

Slowly stream in olive oil until you get the consistency you like. Add the lemon juice and pulse for a few more seconds.

 Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Set aside.

After draining the pasta add the sun dried tomatoes to the pot over medium heat and saute for about a minute just to heat them. 

Add back in the cooked pasta. Top with the pesto and mix. Add a little of the pasta cooking water if you want to thin out the sauce a little. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.

Serve with a little more parmesan cheese! 

So easy!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Guest Blog Post: Roasted Cauliflower & Aged White Cheddar Soup

Jaime, one of my very best friends, asked me to guest post on her blog La vie...J'aime today and I was super excited to cook something delicious up!

Jaime and I had just purchased these Cuisinart hand blenders so I knew I was going to make a soup.

So head over to Jaime's blog and check out my recipe :)