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Arugula and Beets Salad with Almond and Cottage Cheese

One of the concerns I have with our family meals, is the portions of vegetables/fruits. Some say they have to be 7, others already speak about 9. Regardless, I choose to incorporate in any dish a vegetable that not only tastes good, but does well for your health.
Many of the times I end up making soup for dinner and I almost always have salad with everything. Even if only a simple grated carrot or just lettuce and tomato.
Other times the salad itself is the star of the meal, only supplemented with a protein: egg, cheese, tuna or meat.
What I particularly like in this one, are the roasted beets (great for the immune system and the blood aswell), which give a sweet and delicious touch to the salad and that contrast beautifully with the cheese.

Enjoy your healthy food!

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SERVES: 2
TIME:
45min

Ingredients:
1 Beet
1 tbsp of Olive Oil
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp of Honey
1 Green Apple
1 sprig of Thyme (optional)
1 bunch of Arugula
1 Cottage Cheese
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp of Almonds

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
Peel the beets. Cut into pieces and put them in an oven dish. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, add the honey and thyme and mix. Add 1 tbsp of of water and bake for 25 min. Reserve.
In a dish arrange the cheese cut into slices.
In the center place the rocket.
Add the pieces of beet and the chopped almonds. Add the apple strips.
To make the salad dressing, mix the liquid left over from roasting the beets with the lemon juice and drizzle the salad.
Serve immediately.

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Egg and Sausage Raviolis with Sage Butter

I could start this post by saying that I’m bringing a lighter recipe to make up for the excesses of Easter … something between a salad or a soup. But it’s not the case! In fact it’s precisely and exactly the opposite!
And why not? I thought and found no plausible reason for not sharing this delight with all of you that on that side of the computer are great foodies as myself!
Indulgent? Affirmative
Creamy? Check!
Delicious? Yeeeeaaas!
Dear Spring: Thank you for the long and discreet sweaters !

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SERVES: 4
TIME:
60MIN

Ingredients:
Dough:
100g of wheat flour
1 whole egg

Sauce:
1 Sausage
1 cup of chopped White Mushrooms
1/2 chopped onion
Chopped garlic
1 Parsley branch chopped
100g of cottage cheese
2 tbsp of Olive Oil
Salt and pepper
1 egg yolk per ravioli
1 tbsp of butter
Sage leaves

Preparation:
Dough:
Weigh the flour and put it in a surface to knead: stone or wood preference.
Make a well in the center and place the egg in it. With the aid of a fork, and circular movements, start incorporating the flour and the egg. When you get a wet sandy texture, begin kneading it by hand.
Knead until you feel the dough begins to acquire some elasticity. Form a ball and wrap it with cling film. Let it stand in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour.
After this time, roll the dough with the help of a pasta machine.
Pass it in slot 1 until it is fully uniform and smooth.
Then move to slot 5. Roll out the dough until you get a thin sheet and place it on a surface with some flour.

Filling:
In a skillet add the olive oil, garlic, chopped mushrooms and onions and let them gain some color. Add the meat of the sausage and stir. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
Place the preparation a bowl, add the cheese and mince everything (you may leave more or less texture as you prefer). Add the chopped parsley and leave it to cool.
Put salted water to boil to cook the raviolis.
On the dough sheet, place a few portions of the stuffing. Make a dimple in the center and place the egg yolk on it.
Place another sheet of dough on top and with the help of the fingers remove the air bags where the filling is. Press both dough sheets to glue the together. Cut with a cup or bowl and cook the raviolis for 2 or 3 minutes.
While cooking them, put the butter to melt in a pan and fry the sage leaves. Add the raviolis with some of the cooking water and let them gain flavor for a few moments.
Serve immediately.

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tomato and sage risotto with crispy corn bread and bacon

Increasingly I like dishes where the star is not the meat or fish. No one can convince to convert to vegetarianism forever (because I couldn’t stop eating fish), but I like dishes more focused in other ingredients!

Risottos are perfect to highlight a special ingredient: a spice, a cheese, a vegetable or a herb. They’re quite robust dishes that complement with the addition of cheese, all the proteins we need for the everyday life. And I adoooooore it’s creaminess … the perfect marriage between simplicity and indulgence.
This dish has a bit of it all: a creamy sauce, enriched with cream cheese, crispy bread’s texture and the strong flavor of the tomatoes and sage. Perfection!

SERVE: 4
TIME:
30 MIN

Ingredients:

Risotto:
1/2 minced Onion
1 cup chopped Leek
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup chopped Bacon tea
1 tbsp chopped sage
2 tbsp of Olive Oil
1 cup of Cherry Tomatoes (can use minced tomato)
150g Cottage cheese mixture Teté
200g Arborio rice
1L of vegetable broth
1 tbsp of smoked paprika

Crispy Corn Bread and Bacon:
1 clove of minced garlic
1 tbsp of olive Oil
1 cup of corn bread crumbs
1/2 cup of Bacon strips
1 tbsp of sage

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Start by preparing the risotto. Boil the water with the vegetable cube and reserve warm.
Moving on to the risotto: In a pan put the onion, bacon, leek and chopped sage and sauté with the olive oil. When the onion begins to gain color, add the tomatoes, paprika and rice. Let the rice fry for 1 minute and add a cup of broth. When the rice starts to dry gradually add a ladle of broth, stirring between additions. Repeat this process for about 13 minutes (the rice should be slightly al dente and with a thick broth). Add the cheese, stir and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

For the crispy corn bread: Put a frying pan on the stove, add the olive oil, sage leaves and bacon into strips and allow it to be gold. At this stage add the chopped garlic and the corn bread.
Season with salt and pepper and let the bread fry until crisp and golden.

In a platter arrange the risotto, and over it the crispy bread. Serve immediately.

Shrimp Tandoori Salad

Lately I’ve tried new combinations in salads: adding different fruits, spices or sauces is the ideal way to transform the ordinary into something extraordinary.
I love salads … in fact I am one of those people who always eat their food with salad (nothing to do with diets: I simply love them!).

This time I combined the warmth of Indian spices with the freshness of green leaves … and the best part is that unlike normal, this salad is seasoned with a hot sauce, getting even more poignant and delicious!

Beach, sun, delicious and colorful food … what more can you wish for summer!

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SERVES: 4
TIME:
40min

INGREDIENTS:

Shrimp:
300g of Shrimp
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp of Turmeric
1 tsp curry
1 tsp of Cinnamon (Powder)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
Ground pepper
1 tsp mustard seeds

SALAD:
1 Packaging of Mixed Salad
1 Cup of Tomatos (I used cherry tomatos)
Juice of 1 Lime
Salted peanuts

YOGURT SAUCE:
1 Natural Yogurt
1 clove of garlic
Salt and pepper
Mint leaves

Clean the prawns and give them a blow to the bulkier part, lengthwise.
Prepare the marinade: mash the mustard seeds, salt and garlic. In a frying pan slightly toste the remaining spices and add them to the shrimp, along with the garlic paste. Let it gain flavor for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare the sauce: Mix the yogurt, the chopped mint, the grated clove of garlic and season with salt and pepper. If you want a less strong taste of yogurt, add 1 tbsp of mayonnaise.

In a frying pan put oil, heat it up and fry the prawns. Remove them and keep the fat in the pan, squeeze the juice of 1 lime (with the heat turned off).

Place the salad on a platter, add the tomatoes and season with the sauce from the pan. Add the shrimp, chopped (or whole) peanuts and the yogurt sauce. Serve immediately.

Tagliatelle with clams in roasted tomato and anchovies sauce

Whoever follows me around here, knows the reasons for my absence. I’m in the first trimester of pregnancy (almost in the second) and had a lot of sickness. And it was not morning sickness contrary to what is more usual … it lasted all day, and if I wake up at night, even then I felt really bad. A small suffering compared to the great happiness of being pregnant with my first child , yet the task of cooking (or even think about food), became quite unbearable for me … is there anything worse than a food blogger felling sick? I don’t think so … and more odd is that I now hate eating stuff I used to love, such as broccoli, Azores cheese  or green beans, and I started enjoying things that I didn’t hate, but simply didn’t make me jump with joy: chicken soup or oranges. Seriously … me eating chicken soup !!

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Finally I’m feeling much better working in the culinary arts and I swear that it has given me immense joy eating (even more than before) pasta dishes! No need for great refinements, or skills … just good, honest food! This recipe is special because it teaches how to make a fantastic tomato sauce without any apparatus or work … just baked tomatoes until they reach the ideal sweetness, so smooth that the skin falls apart in a delicate and wonderful sauce! A basil branch and some anchovies … and I’m a happy girl!

tagliatelle com amêijoas e molho de anchovas e tomate assado

SERVES: 4
TIME: 45min

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 kg of tomatoes
3 garlic cloves
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
250g tagliatelle
4 anchovies
1 small glass of Port wine
1 Basil branch
1/2 kg of Clams

PREPARATION:
In a tray place the tomatoes cutted in half, face down, and seasoned with salt and pepper and half the olive oil. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 ° C for 30 minutes.
In a pan heat the remaining olive oil, the chopped garlic cloves and the anchovies. Let the garlic slightly cook, stirring with a spoon so that the anchovies melt in the sauce.
Add the tomatoes (you can add them in halves, or you can grind them first), add also a small glass of Port and salt and pepper to season.
Boil some water seasoned with salt.
Let the sauce bubble and reduce to the minimum, add the clams and let these open.
Cook the tagliatelle (for 5 minutes). Do not let it cook completely, since the goal is to finish cooking it in the tomato sauce.
When the pasta is cooked, drain it, but reserve some of the cooking water. Add it to the tomato sauce and if necessary, rectify the thickness of the sauce with some of the cooking water. Let it get al-dente and then add the basil. Stir and serve immediately.

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Chicken Wings with Chilli Jam

Two years ago, I was given a small bush of chillis, who had a reputation  despite it’s minimal size of being little bastards. The bush grew from one to five feet. Every year it loads with small but powerful spicy bags, so unpalatable that they cure sinusitis and rhinitis, so unbearable that I hardly use more than one in a meal for two.

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I often make this chilli jam, but I don’t like it very hot, so I can enjoy all the flavours of the food . Anyway this jam recipe is quite moderate and may became more spicy, just by adding more chillis. This sauce serves to flavor or marinate various dishes: burgers, chicken wings, steaks … whatever you want.

SERVE: 2 PEOPLE
TIME: 60MIN

INGREDIENTS:

Jelly:
3 red peppers
3 tbsp of chillis
3 cloves garlic
Zest of 2 lemons
1 tbsp of salt
2 and 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of vinegar

Chicken wings:
1 kg of chicken wings
2 rosemary stalks
1 tbsp of paprika
1/2 tbsp of saffron
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp of coarse salt
1 tbsp of oil
Pepper

PREPARATION:

Jelly:
In a robot or grinder, place the peppers, the chillis, garlic and the zest of the lemons and grind to a paste.
Place the paste in a pan and add the vinegar, salt and sugar. Turn on the heat and simmer until the liquid reduces to half. Place the jelly in an airtight bottle (no need to store in the refrigerator).

Chicken Wings:
Cut the wings in half, and marine them with the remaining ingredients, with at least 3 hours in advance (or overnight if you like).
Place the wings in a preheated oven (200 ° C) for 40 minutes, turning them in the middle.
Remove the wings and serve them with the jam.

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