July 17, 2013

Lentils Rice

Lentils and rice are a good combination to serve with your meat or veggies dish.

servings: 6
time: 45 minutes

Ingredients
1 cup rice
1 cup lentils
4 cups water
1 tbs olive oil
1 chopped onion
4 chopped garlic cloves
salt to taste

Directions
1 – In high heat, heat olive oil and saute onion and garlic.
2 – Add rice, lentils and salt. Mix well and fry for about 2 minutes.
3 – Add the water and stir again. Let the heat on medium-high.
4 – Once the water dry on the surface, turn the heat to low and cover the pan.
5 – The dish will be ready as soon as all the water dry and lentils are cooked (if necessary, add more water and cook longer).

Tips and Options
  • In place of salt and water, use vegetable broth.
  • Once you turn off the heat, add 1 grated carrot and mix. It will be even tastier and extremely colorful.
  • For a different flavor, use in butter instead of olive oil.

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Arroz com Lentilha.

July 10, 2013

Butternut Squash Soup with Chicken

Nutritious and tasty!

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH CHICKEN
(servings: 6 / time: 1h30)

Ingredients
2 tbs olive oil
1 chopped onion
1 tbs ginger, grated
2 large chicken breasts (whole, no skin)
2 skinless tomatoes, chopped
1 lb butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
salt to taste
8 cups water, warm
 
Directions
1 – In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and add onion and ginger. Let it cook for about 4 minutes.
2 – Add chicken and tomatoes. Cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the chicken and cook 5 more minutes.
3 – Add pumpkin and salt. Mix well and add water slowly (2 cups at the time).
4 – Cook, with the pan covered and stirring occasionally, until the pumpkin is soft (about 40 minutes).
5 – Turn the heat off. Remove the chicken breast, shred and set aside.
6 – Blend the mixture in the pan until it is smooth.
7 – Add the shredded chicken, heat and serve.

Tips and Options
  • Before serving, sprinkle Parmesan cheese, parsley or chives.
  • Add small shaped noodles in step 7.
  • Freeze the leftovers in individual pots. It will be a great dining option for those lazy days and also to keep your diet!

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Caldo de Abóbora com Frango.

July 03, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Candy

The perfect chocolate and peanut combination!

servings: 15
time: 30 minutes


Ingredients

1 can sweetened condensed milk
6 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
1 tbs. butter
3 tbs. sugar
1 cup chopped peanuts (unsalted)

Directions
1 – In a saucepan, mix condensed milk, chocolate, butter and sugar.
2 – On medium-high heat, stir constantly, until the candy begins to unglued from the bottom of the pan.
3 – Add the peanuts and turn off the heat immediately.
4 – Continue stirring for about 3 to 4 minutes until the mixture is opaque.
5 – Pour the candy in a smooth and greased surface, let it cool down and cut into the desired shape.

Tips and Options
  • Instead of peanuts use other dried fruit, such as pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts.
  • Use a wooden spoon to mix.
  • Pour the candy in the counter or in a baking pan with foil.

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Pé de Moleque de Chocolate.
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