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Burst of Flavor

Updated on June 13, 2015

home made creative twist on recipes. most are easy to cook some may take longer. i love to come up with different ways to encourage people to eat flavorful food. the list is never ending and most of the time i end up making something just by looking in my pantry. i hope my recipes give you inspiration on making your own. and know that cooking can actually be fun and easy if you at least try.

RECIPES

Level: Easy

Summer Pasta

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: Serves six people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Cooked Shrimp
  • 1 lb Penne Pasta
  • 1 Jar of Alfredo Sauce
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 2 cups Fresh Spinich
  • 1 cup Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Instructions

  1. Boil water for your Penne Pasta. Remember to season with salt and Olive Oil. When water is boiling go ahead and toss it in. Boil the pasta in till Al Dente than strain.
  2. Prepare chopped onion, garlic, and slice cherry or grape tomatoes in halfs. In a sauce pan drizzle olive oil and throw in your onion and garlic. Once they become translucent lower your heat.
  3. Before you throw in your shrimp make sure you take the tails off. Wash your shrimp real good and put in saucepan. Add your butter and Alfredo sauce.
  4. Cook to simmer than add the following seasonings: sea salt, pepper, Vegeta (European seasoning), and dill. Season to taste. Remember you can always add more seasoning but you can never take back.
  5. Now we add are fresh basil, tomatoes, and lemon juice. Cook for only a couple of minutes than turn off. Once sauce is done add your penne pasta to sauce pan and mix.
  6. I recommend adding Parmesan cheese and a slice of lime. Enjoy!

Level: Easy

Ham & Lentil Stew

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes Ready In: 1 Hour and 20 minutes

Yields: Serves about Six People

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cooked ham
  • 2 cups lentil
  • 3 large carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1/2 of a large onion
  • 3 or 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 large can of tomato paste
  • 1 large can of tomato sauce
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Start off by sauteing your onions and garlic. Once their soft add in 2 to 3 tablespoons of flour. Than your going to drizzle in vegetable oil in till you get a good thick mixture. Once golden brown add in your red wine. Cook down for about 5 minutes than add 2 cups of water.
  2. Your going to start putting in your tomato paste and tomato sauce. Than you're gonna wanna add 2 beef bullion cubes. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Now you can add everything else. Your diced ham, lentil, celery, carrots, and potatoes. This is when you add in all your seasonings: salt, pepper vegeta (european seasoning), paprika, basil, and either hot sauce or crushed red pepper. Season to taste.
  4. Let cook on medium/high for 30 minutes. Basically when the potatoes and carrots are done.
  5. This meal is delicious with some good crusty baguette.

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      Jelena 2 years ago from Florida

      No thank you for stopping by. I got plenty more where that came from. I am just organizing them currently.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These recipes certainly sound like they have a burst of flavor! Thank you for sharing them.

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      Jelena 2 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Richard. You can find it in a european store. We happen to have one in my city. It is Croatian, basically crushed and dried vegetables. You can use it to season in soups, stews, meats, pasta, and ect. I got more recipes to come if interested.

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      Richard Delmateo 2 years ago

      Very nice posting and a good recipe. One question though, where can I buy Vegeta? Is it a specialty item like one I'd find in an ethnic grocery?

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      Blixton Blockheadington 2 years ago from Jolly ol England

      I attempted this recipe and I found the results to be both delicious and eye pleasing. My dinner guest where all thrilled to try this dish. I recommended your hub to them all and now we will be looking forword to your next post. Thank you!

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