Evelyn Chartres Author

Sausage and Broccoli Casserole

An easy to prepare dish which can be done on short notice. My child refers to this meal as her favourite supper, mind you she has never asked for proper name. A combination of Italian sausage, broccoli and egg noodles it creates a read-to-serve meal which has loads of flavour.

Ingredients

  • 14 fluid ounces (410 ml) of Alfredo sauce
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of milk
  • 1 pound (450 g) of uncooked Italian sausage
  • 9 ounces (270 g) of chopped broccoli florets
  • 8 ounces (225 g) of egg noodles
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of roasted red peppers

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Prepare egg noodles as per package instructions.
  3. Oil up a large pan then place over medium heat.  Take thawed Italian sausage, slice open casing then pour the contents into the pan.  Breakup and fry until cooked, drain then set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine Alfredo, milk, sausage, broccoli, ½ cup (120 ml) of cheese and roasted red peppers.
  5. Oil a baking dish, spread contents of bowl evenly inside then sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is bubbly and the cheese is lightly browned.

French Chicken with Mushrooms

Featured_French_Chicken_With_MushroomsThere are a myriad of variations on this recipe.  Also known as Chicken à la King this recipe sometimes sports sherry, peppers and a mix of vegetables.  This is one of my go-to recipes, since I can cobble it  together in under 45 minutes.

While this meal is traditionally served on toasted garlic bread, I often serve it atop some rice as shown.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 g) of boneless chicken breast
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of butter
  • 10 fluid ounces (285 ml) of sliced mushrooms
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of cumin
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of flour
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of pepper
  • 14 fluid ounces (435 ml) of chicken broth
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of cream
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of peas

Preparation

  1. Cook chicken according to taste, I use and outdoor grill and sprinkle with a light seasoning like Mrs Dash.  When cooked, cut chicken into approximately ½ inch (1.25 cm) cubes.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan (1.4 quarts or 1.3 litres) over medium heat.
  3. Add mushrooms and cumin then sauté until browned.
  4. Stir in flour, salt and pepper.
  5. Add in chicken broth and cream then stir constantly until sauce thickens.
  6. Add chicken and peas, heat throughout.
  7. Ready to serve on rice or toasted garlic bread.

Indian-Spiced Chicken with Rice and Vegetables

featured-indian-spiced-chicken-rice-veg-redux-webA straight-forward ready-to-serve recipe.  Made with chicken breast, long-grain rice, vegetable medley and spices this meal offers it all.

Guests often opt to eat this meal with a bit of Ranch dressing to complement the spiced chicken and rice.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of curry
  • 1 pound (450 g) of boneless, skinless chicken breast (halved)
  • 1½ cups (355 ml) of frozen mixed vegetables*
  • 2 garlic cloves (3 to 5 mg) pressed
  • 6 ounces (180 ml) of long grain rice
  • 2 cups of (470 ml) of chicken broth
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of sliced almonds (roasted)

Preparation

  1. Combine first five ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Halve and pat dry chicken. Rub combined ingredients on both sides of the chicken.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  4. Oil a large skillet and over medium-heat add chicken.  Cook each side until browned. Remove chicken from heat.
  5. Place mixed vegetables on the skillet for 2 to 3 minutes.  Add garlic and rice to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes while stirring frequently.
  6. Place curry then broth into skillet.  Bring to a boil, if broth does not already boiling.
  7. Place in a large baking dish, even out the rice and vegetables.  Add in chicken, cover in aluminium foil then place in the oven for 35 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, remove aluminium foil, make sure that the meat is no longer pink at the center.
  9. Optionally top the dish with roasted sliced almonds.
  10. Can be served with a side dish of Ranch dressing to complement the chicken and rice.

* I like to use President’s Choice Bangkok-Style Vegetables.  This is a vegetable medley of broccoli florets, julienne carrots, whole green beans, cut baby corn, red bell pepper strips, onion, sliced mushrooms and sugar snap peas.

Sautéed Mushrooms and Scallops

Featured_Sauteed_Mushrooms_and_ScallopsA recipe that came out while I was out roughing it at a cabin, when one of my guests brought some scallops. Since I had some mushrooms, onions and garlic, I combined the ingredients to create this dish.  This recipe is quick and easy to make and requires only one pan to complete.  Necessity really is the mother of invention!

Dish pictured on a bed of Knorr Sidekicks – Country Mushroom, which compliments the dish nicely.

Ingredients

  • 10 fluid ounces (295 ml) of canned mushrooms (drained)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of butter
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.75 ml) of pepper
  • 1 small onion, approximately 1.5 ounces (45 g) finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic (5 g) pressed
  • 9 ounces (250 g) of scallops

Preparation

  1. Place a medium-sized pan on medium heat then melt butter.
  2. Add mushrooms, cumin and pepper. Sauté mushrooms until they brown lightly.
  3. Add in onions and garlic, continue to sauté until onions are transparent.
  4. Add scallops and sauté until they are cooked throughout.
  5. Remove from heat and ready to serve.

Spaghetti Italien

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Featured_Spag_BowlIt seems that every major North-American city has an Italian district and the city of Montréal is no different.  This recipe has been in my family for generations and serves as a base for other recipes.
For example, I used this sauce with fries and cheese curds to make an Italian poutine. It also makes an excellent base for a Lasagne.

Ingredients

  • 38 fluid ounces (1125 ml) of stewed tomatoes coarsely chopped
  • 5½ fluid ounces (160 ml) of tomato paste
  • 1 pound (450g) of lean beef
  • 1 onion (approximately 50 g) finely chopped
  • 2 cloves (5 – 10 g) of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) of butter
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (10 g) of salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) of celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) of crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) of Italian seasoning

Preparation

  1. On medium high in a large pan, melt butter and pour olive oil.
  2. Sauté onions and garlic until onions are transparent but not brown.
  3. Add beef and cook until meat is no longer pink.
  4. Sprinkle in salt, pepper, celery salt, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning and sugar to the meat.  Stir contents to ensure an even mix.
  5. Reduce heat and add in stewed tomatoes.  Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Stir in the paste to thicken sauce.  Simmer while covered for another 15 to 25 minutes until the sauce is nice and thick.