Evelyn Chartres Author

Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

Lasagna and the multitude of variants seems to be a staple for many families. While this variant does not have feature a meat layer, it makes up for it with flavour. The sautéed mushrooms, spinach and Ricotta cheese come together to create a delicious ready-to-serve meal!

This recipe feeds 4 to 6 people.

Ingredients

  • 8 to 12 of Lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of shredded mozzarella cheese

Sauce Layer

  • 10 fluid ounces (285 ml) of canned mushrooms (drained)
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of cumin
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of chopped roasted red pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic (5-10 g) pressed
  • 22 fluid ounces (640 ml) of diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 8 fluid ounces (250 ml) of tomato sauce (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Italian seasoning

Cheese Layer

  • 16 ounces (450 g) of Ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 4 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
  • 5 ounces (140 mg) of chopped spinach.

Instructions

  1. Prepare noodles according to package instructions. Drain and rinse before setting aside.

Sauce Layer

  1. Using a well-oiled skillet add mushrooms and cumin. Sauté under medium-heat until mushrooms begin to brown.
  2. Add onions, red pepper and garlic to the skillet. Sauté until onions are transparent.
  3. Add diced tomatoes and tomato sauce to the skillet. Save 2 teaspoons (30 ml) for later.
  4. Add Italian Seasoning and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Remove from heat and set aside.

Cheese Layer

  1. Carefully drain spinach and add to a large bowl.
  2. Add ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, egg whites, bread crumbs to the bowl.
  3. Mix until you have a consistent finish at set aside.
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Use remaining two tablespoons (30 ml) of tomato sauce to coat the bottom of stoneware casserole dish or pan.
  3. Layer three noodles at the bottom making sure they overlap slightly. Cover with half of the cheese layer.
  4. Layers three noodles to they run perpendicular to the earlier layer, ensuring they overlap. Cover with half of the sauce layer.
  5. Repeat previous two steps to make up remaining layers.
  6. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese then place in the oven.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes, remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes.
  8. Cut into appropriately sized slices. Ready-to-serve.

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.

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.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Featured_Grilled_Corn_on_the_CobThis is one of my favourite side dishes that uses an outdoor grill.  I individually wrap the corn, so they stay warm while guests eat their meals, so this recipe shows how to prepare one.  For more, just repeat this recipe for each ear of corn.

While they can cooked together, I find they will not keep warm as long once they are removed from the foil wrap.

Ingredients

  • 1 ear of corn (also known as maize)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of pepper
  • 1 sheet of aluminium foil approximately 12 x 12 inches (30 x 30 cm)

Preparation

  1. Shuck then rinse the corn.
  2. Cut off a sheet of tin foil, should be big enough the completely envelop the ear of corn.
  3. Place corn over aluminium foil for the following steps.
  4. Using a fork apply butter directly on the cob, spreading over its entire surface.
  5. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the corn.  Otherwise substitute salt with an alternative like Mrs. Dash.
  6. Wrap the corn in aluminium foil.  To avoid leaks, be sure to twist the ends prior to folding in.  Otherwise there is risk flare-ups on an outdoor grill.
  7. Place on a grill set to high-flame for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Set flame to low then rotate corn ever 2-3 minutes for about 18 minutes.  When ready the corn will audibly sizzle even when removed from grill.
  9. Keep wrapped to stay warm.  To serve, unwrap and enjoy!

Fondue Chinoise

Featured_Fondue_ChinoiseA Fondue Chinoise is a French Canadian meal which features a communal pot filled with beef broth. Guests will place thinly sliced beef that is wrapped around a fondue fork.

Once cooked the meat is placed on the plate then dipped in various sauces covered below.  This allows guests to savour the meat while another slice is being cooked.

Ingredients

Fondue Chinoise

  • 1 quart (950 ml) of reduced sodium beef broth
  • 1 package (40 g) of French Onion soup mix
  • ½ pound (225 g) of thin (1/16” or 1.5 mm) sliced eye-round cut of beef (per person)

Sauce au Cognac

  • ½ cup (120 ml) of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Cognac
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of ketchup
  • 1 clove (5 – 10 g) of garlic

Sauce a L’Ail

  • ½ cup (120 ml) of mayonnaise
  • 5 cloves (15 to 20 g) of garlic
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.75 ml) of Italian seasoning

Sauce Dijon au Miel

  • ½ cup (120 ml) of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of honey
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of Worcestershire sauce or Balsamic vinegar

Preparation

Fondue Chinoise

  1. Pour beef broth into fondue pot then mix in package of French Onion soup.
  2. Heat until broth comes to a boil then lower heat to maintain a slow boil.
  3. Cover a sheet of wax paper with sliced meat (make sure they do not touch).  Cover with a fresh sheet of wax paper continue covering with meat until stock depleted. This will make picking up individual slices easier.
  4. Using a fondue fork, pierce a slice of beef then wrap around the fork.  To avoid losing the slice, pierce the overlapping end back over the fork then submerge in the broth until cooked.

Sauce au Cognac

  1. Mix mayonnaise and ketchup together until sauce takes on a pinkish hue.
  2. Press one clove of garlic then stir into the sauce.
  3. Pour in Cognac and stir until you have a consistent finish.  Ready to serve.

Sauce a L’Ail

  1. In a pan sauté pressed garlic.
  2. Mix garlic, mayonnaise and Italian seasoning together.  Ready to serve.

Sauce Dijon au Miel

  1. Mix mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and honey in a bowl.
  2. Pour in Worcestershire or Balsamic vinegar for taste, then stir contents.  Ready to serve.