Zucchini & Onion Linguine with Olive Oil

I love making a new dish and especially when you make it and you are SO happy with the outcome.  I love sauteing zucchini and onion with a little olive oil.  That’s where this pasta dish comes in. I just turned it into a deliciously light meal.  Perfect vegetarians meal or those meatless Mondays! Give it a try. You will not be disappointed!

Zucchini & Onion Linguine with Olive Oil

Ingredients:

1 lb linguine
3 medium zucchinis, cut in half moons
1 large onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 T extra virgin olive oil
2 T butter
2 t onion powder
2 t garlic powder
2 t oregano
2 t parsley
1 t crushed red pepper, optional
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan/Romano cheese

Directions:  Cook pasta according to the package.  Set aside once done with a drizzle of olive oil.

Heat a large saute pan on medium high heat.  Add in 1 T of oil and let heat.  Next add in the garlic and onion and cook 2-3 minutes, stir often so the garlic doesn’t burn. Next add in the zucchini and let cook.  You will want to cook about 10-12 minutes over medium heat.  Stir often.  You want the zucchini to be very tender.

Season the zucchini mixture with garlic and onion powder.  Add in the pasta and season with oregano, parsley and crushed red pepper (if using.) Mix in the olive oil and butter. Let butter fully melt, completely tossing.  Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with cheese and serve!

Note: You can omit the butter, it just give it a nice smooth finish.  I prefer the zucchini to be super tender. If you want it to have a bit just cook less time.  Cooking time will depend on the heat and size of the zucchini.  You can use fresh or dried herbs. I made this last minute so I used dried, since that’s what I had on hand. Also, I know I added garlic and onion powder as well as fresh garlic and onion….I always use that! 🙂
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Coconut Cream Dessert

One of my favorite desserts growing up and to this day is a Coconut Cream Dessert my Mom use to make! It’s so light and creamy and a perfect summer dessert.  It’s really simple and just a few steps and you will have this coconut heaven!  Take a look and give it a try!

Coconut Cream Dessert

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup melted butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Filling:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup powered sugar
8 oz container cool whip
2 boxes instant coconut cream pudding
3 cups milk
2-3 cups coconut flakes

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350.  In a medium bowl mix together the flour, butter and chopped walnuts.  Once fully mixed, press into a 13×9 glass baking dish.  Bake in the oven until golden brown about 15-20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool. (Note: It’s best if the walnuts you put in the crust are smaller then mine shown, it makes the crust stick better if they are slightly smaller.)

Add 2-3 cups of coconut flakes to a baking sheet. Spread evenly.  Place in oven to toast. Keep a very close eye as coconut can burn super quickly.  You want a nice golden color.  Start with 8 minutes and watch from there.

In a mixing bowl add in 8 oz cream cheese, 1 cup of powder sugar and cool whip.  With a spoon mix until completely incorporated.  Spread evenly over cooled crust.  Sprinkle with toasted coconut.

In another mixing bowl add in 2 packages of coconut cream pudding with 3 cups cold milk. Let set slightly then spread over the toasted coconut evenly. (Note: this will look very lumpy but it’s from the coconut in the pudding.)

Top the pudding layer with the remainder of the cool whip and finish off with more toasted coconut.  Refrigerate at least 4 hours to let set. Cut into pieces and enjoy!

Note:  In my photos it’s a smaller portion.  The recipe is in fact for a 13×9 pan!  Make as much coconut as you like. I LOVE toasted coconut so I always make extra and put more then probably needed and I like to eat it! 🙂

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Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeño Slaw

This recipe for these shrimp tacos couldn’t be any simpler!!  I love using shrimp as my protein because they cook so quick!  The good thing with this dish is you can make the slaw the night before.  Once ready to eat just cook up the shrimp and heat up the tortillas and you are ready to go! This is definitely a healthier taco!! Super delicious and full of flavor.

Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeño Slaw

Ingredients:
Slaw:
8-10 oz coleslaw mix
3-4 T lite mayonnaise
1 T extra virgin olive oil
2 green onions, chopped
2 Jalapeño peppers, diced (seeds removed, leave some seeds for spicier taste)
2 t salt
2 t pepper

Shrimp:
16-20 medium shrimp, cleaned & deveined
1 t salt
1 t pepper
2 t chili powder
1/2 cayenne pepper, optional
1 T olive oil
4-6 soft tortillas

Directions: In a medium bowl mix together all slaw ingredients.  Add more mayo if needed. I prefer a less creamy slaw (watching my figure lol.) Add more salt and pepper to taste.  Once done, cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

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Fully season the shrimp with salt, pepper, chili powder and cayenne. Heat a medium sauté pan on medium high heat.  Once heated, add in olive oil and let heat for 1 minute.  Add in shrimp and cook 2-3 minutes before flipping.

Shrimp cook very fast and are cooked when they are no longer opaque and are light pink in color. Once the shrimp is cooked, remove from the pan.

Warm up the tortillas before assembling.

To assemble add 3-5 shrimp to tortilla and top with a heaping spoonful of slaw and serve. The amount of shrimp and tortillas will depend no only on size of shrimp but how many shrimp you put in each taco.

Note: Normally ALL my tacos have cheese, however, seafood and cheese don’t really go. You don’t even miss the cheese with this slaw but if you want to add cheese you definitely can.

 

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

I love prosciutto! Any way I can possibly add to a dish I will do! This is a very easy but fancier side dish!

This side dish has a nice “WOW” factor. These little asparagus bundles are wrapped with salty crisp prosciutto! Yum!

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Ingredients:
1 lb asparagus
6-8 slices prosciutto
1 T olive oil
2 t salt
2 t pepper
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder

Directions: Preheat oven 400.  Chop the bottom 2 inches off the asparagus.  Bundle 5-6 stalks of asparagus together and wrap with a slice of prosciutto. (You can make the bundles bigger or smaller)

Drizzle the bundles with olive oil and season with the salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Bake in the oven for about 12-18 minutes. (Time depends on the temp of the oven and also how you like the asparagus cooked) If you prefer the asparagus to be cruncher, cook for about 12-13 minutes, if you prefer it softer cook 17-18 minutes.  By this time the prosciutto will be crispy! Enjoy!

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Filet Mignon Crostini

This is a little bit of an upscale appetizer.  Not overly fancy, but I guess people assume it’s fancy when they see the words Filet and Mignon!  This crostini is super simple to make.  You don’t have to use a filet, you can use any steak or any left over beef you have.  It’s better for a more tender piece of meat, but anything you have will do.

Think of this for your next party or even a fancy night in!

Filet Mignon Crostini

Ingredients:

Crostini:
1 baguette (about 10 oz) sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 t pepper
2 t salt

2 filet mignon steaks, (about 8 or 9 oz total)
2 t salt
2 t pepper
2 t steak seasoning (optional)
1 T olive oil
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
3 T horseradish
salt, sprinkling

Direction: Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange slices of bread on a large baking sheet. Brush both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown about 15-20 minutes. Once done, let cool.

In a small bowl mix together the ricotta and horseradish.  Set aside.

Rub oil over the steaks on both sides.  Seasoning the steaks with salt, pepper and steak seasoning on both sides.  Cook steaks the way you prefer.  Grill for 4 minutes on each side depending on grill temperature and thickness of the filets.  Once finished cooking let rest. Once rested, thinly slice the filet.

To assemble the crostini, spread a layer of ricotta mixture on top of the crostini.  Add a slice of the filet on top and finish with a light sprinkle of coarse salt. (This step is optional, just helps bring out the flavors)  Serve immediately.
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Fresh Guacamole

I love avocados, so in turn I love guacamole!  I make it whenever I have some avocados that are getting soft.  It’s very easy to put together this recipe.  I personally do not like tomatoes in my guacamole, so this has none. 🙂  There isn’t really much else to say, just take a look and give it a try for your next snack or Taco Tuesday! Cheers!

Fresh Guacamole

Ingredients:
6 ripe avocados
2 jalapeño peppers, diced (seeds removed, unless you want it spicier)
1 medium red onion, diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 t salt (more to taste)
1 t pepper
2 t cumin
1 t cayenne pepper
1 lime, juiced

Directions: Cut fully around the avocado with a knife from top to bottom.  Twist to open and remove the pit and scoop or cut out the inside of it.  Add to a medium bowl.  Smash the avocado with a fork, making sure to remove any lumps.

Add in the jalapeño.  If you want the guacamole mild then just add in the pepper. Omit the seeds and membrane from the pepper.  If you want a little more spice, add in seeds and membrane.  Adjust to your preferred spiciness.

Next add in the red onion, garlic and cilantro.  Mix well.  Add in the lime juice.  More or less to taste.  Season with salt, pepper, cumin and cayenne pepper and mix.

Let sit either at room temperature or in the refrigerator for a while to let the flavors marry. Make sure to tightly wrap bowl with plastic wrap, pushing down the plastic wrap to cover the guacamole.

Serve on tacos or as a dip. Enjoy!

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