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Roasted Cherry Tomato Capellini Pasta Recipe

Roasted Cherry Tomato Capellini Pasta

05.14.15 by Jackie

The moms at little Aria's preschool gather weekly for lunch so the toddlers get to interact more and have fun while enjoying food together. During these lunches, I've noticed that any round-rod, long strand type of pasta is always a favorite among the little ones. Yesterday, I prepared capellini pasta with roasted tomatoes and it was a true success.

I simply sautéed the very thin noodles in butter with spinach and added pre-roasted cherry tomatoes at the end. I completed the children's meal with small-sized meatballs. It was a great, healthy way to get the children to eat their veggies.

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Beef Mac and Cheese Casserole Recipe Recipe

Beef Mac and Cheese Casserole Recipe

03.26.15 by Jackie

Little Aria's preschool classmate Mary welcomed her second baby sister two weeks ago. We thought we would prepare a homemade meal for her family. Ground beef is perfectly suited to toddlers' palates, so for the main dish, Aria and I prepared mac and cheese comfort food with a nesting beef and tomato bed of its very own. 

First, I prepared the bottom layer with a mixture of ground beef, tomatoes, thyme and onions. Then I added creamy Cheddar mac and cheese.

I've included a picture of the menu once we wrapped up the entire meal for Mary's family.


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Beef Roll Appetizers (Fusion Recipe) Recipe

Beef Roll Appetizers (Fusion Recipe)

03.25.15 by Jackie

Remember last week, when I posted a re-interpreted, fusion appetizer, maki-style? Well, this is the meat version. The dish consisted of blanched zucchini, carrot and enoki mushrooms stuffed in beef rolls, then quickly pan-seared until a crust was formed. You could also wrap the rolls in bacon or phyllo dough to secure them better, but if you're counting calories, these are just as delicious.

The idea was to create something new with ground beef instead of a good old burger. Even though the beef rolls are barely seared, the ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce help season and pre-cook the meat. So as long as you use fresh meat, you're good to go. 

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Tofu Roll Appetizers  Recipe

Tofu Roll Appetizers

03.10.15 by Jackie

Our family recently went to a Japanese sushi bar and enjoyed platters of delicious rolls. When I came home, I was inspired by the sushi and reinterpreted a new fusion appetizer, maki-style.

The appetizer consists of a tofu roll filled with shiitake mushrooms, carrots celery, insanely fragrant onions I grew myself in our garden and garlic. As I created the dish, I realized I wouldn't be able to keep the roll in place by simply rolling a sheet of pan-fried tofu. I improved and wrapped them in phyllo dough. You'll be surprised; it wasn't that complicated. Sometimes, improvisation ends up with beautiful results!

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Shrimp Risotto Recipe Recipe

Shrimp Risotto Recipe

02.17.15 by Jackie

Shrimp is a food that people who celebrate the Asian New Year's Day commonly eat during the festivities. I'm planning on making dumplings and spring rolls with shrimp this week and I bought extra so I could prepare other dishes as well. This weekend, I prepared shrimp risotto for little Aria.

I think the shrimp added a bit of pizzaz to the risotto. All I did was caramelize garlic shrimp as a first step and continued cooking the rice in the same pan. Just writing about it makes my mouth water! It may look fancy but the dish is fairly easy to make and has a wonderful flavor. So if you come across fresh shrimp at your local grocery store, be sure to give this recipe a try!

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