05/22/13

Bow Tie Pasta with Zucchini Shallot Sauce

Bow Tie Pasta with Zuke Sauce

I love zucchini!

Raw in salads or with dip, sauteed in butter or pan juices, baked in bread…just about any way you cook it, I’ll come back for seconds!

This was my first experience is shredding and saucing zucchini, and it was  a BIG winner, adding a fresh, green, garden aroma and flavor to this simple sauce.

This is one of the recipes we’ve developed for our upcoming educational outreach program for extreme low-income families. This recipe is less than $1 per serving, in season.

Oh, and if you get a heap of zucchini from an overzealous farming friend this year, shred some and freeze it in individual baggies for use in sauces like this.

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The effect that freezing had on the crispness won’t matter a stitch in a recipe like this one!

Enjoy!

Chef Perry
hautemealz.com

Bow Tie Pasta with Zucchini Sauce
Serves 4

2 cup bow-tie pasta
2 cloves garlic
2 medium zucchini
1 medium shallot, or small yellow onion.
1 Tablespoon grape-seed oil
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tsp. Better Than Bullion chicken base
1 tsp. ground black pepper

Cook pasta in salted water, according to package instructions. Prepare zucchini sauce while pasta cooks.

Peel and mince garlic, dice the shallot (or onion).

Rinse and grate zucchini.

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and minced garlic, with a dash of salt, and saute until the onion are translucent. Add zucchini, and cook until mixture softens and zucchini yields some liquid, about 5 minutes.

Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup cooking liquid, and mix in chicken base (with the liquid) to create broth.

Add 1-2 teaspoons of the broth at a time to zucchini mixture. Add drained pasta. Stir, coating pasta evenly with sauce. Add more broth as needed (I used the whole 1/2 cup).

Transfer pasta to large bowl for serving. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.

05/17/13

Simply Awesome Green Beans

simple green bean recipe

Super simple, super tasty, these are my favorite green beans!

Simply Awesome Green Beans
1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed.
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Italian seasonings
2 cloves garlic, halved
2 Tbsp. butter
1 cup chicken broth*

*I make mine with “Better than Bullion”

In a large pan, heat 3-4 inches of water to boiling. Add salt and stir.

Add green beans and simmer 3-4 minutes, turning with tongs, until they’ve just turned color but are still crunchy.

Remove beans from the water (leave 1/2 inch of water in the pan), and place the beans in a pot with enough ice water to cover. Allow to cool completely, and then drain.

Return the pan to the stove and bring the 1/2 inch of remaining water to a high simmer. Add Italian seasonings, garlic halves, butter, and chicken broth. Simmer until reduced to about 1/4 inch of liquid. Remove from heat, add green beans and toss to coat well. Cover and let sit (off heat) 3-5 minutes.

Toss again, and serve.

Enjoy!

-Chef Perry
SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com

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05/13/13

The Perfect Gift for Wedding Season

Newlyweds-CookingNewlyweds are busy folks!

What with jobs, getting settled in, school, hobbies, and…other stuff…many of us can look back on that first year or two of married bliss and admit that those wonderful memories didn’t always extend to the kitchen.

A hautemealz.com gift subscription (monthly, or a full year) is a great way to make sure those crazy kids are enjoying healthy, delicious, and easy-to-prepare meals, that fit their budgets and hectic schedules.

This is especially true if one half of the happy couple has specialized needs like diabetic-friendly, calorie-restricted, or gluten-free…creating a whole new learning curve for the cook!

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05/7/13

Mother’s Day Dinner Menu & Shopping List

Mothers Day MenuMother’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way of telling Mom how awesome she is, than with a fantastic dinner in her honor? (and doing the dishes afterwards, of course…)

We’ve put together step-by-step, fully illustrated recipes for some of our favorite hautemealz.com dishes, along with an easy-to-shop itemized grocery shopping list, so that you can focus on honoring Mom with a gourmet meal, and let us take care of the planning!Green Bean Bundles

Oh, and be sure to drop your email address into the “Subscribe” window to your right, and keep up with all of the latest nutritious, delicious recipes here on the hautemealz.com blog!

Here’s to you, Moms…Happy Mother’s Day!Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Pot de Creme

-Chef Perry
www.hautemealz.com

(Just click on the menu to download the PDF file…)

Mothers Day Menu and shopping list

05/2/13

Give the Gift of Hautemealz…for FREE!

First of all, a big Thank You to Hautemealz.com Meal Plan subscriber, Kelsey S., for this brilliant idea!

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If you are a current hautemealz.com subscriber, use the form below to sign up a friend or family member for a FREE MONTH (that’s four weekly meal plans and grocery lists) of hautmealz.com!

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05/1/13

Help Whip Cancer in May

HauteMealz.com subscriber, and Pampered Chef business owner, Wendy Love (Cooking With Wendy) asked us to share the following:

PC Cancer

I NEED YOUR HELP!! I am looking to raise money for The American Cancer Society for the Early Detection and Prevention of Breast Cancer. 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.

It is now the 4th most common form of cancer and the 2nd leading cause of death to women. Thanks to improvements in treatment and early detection, more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors are celebrating another birthday this year.

However, in the last year, 4 people close to me have developed Breast Cancer.

One of them will probably not survive.

 The Pampered Chef, in collaboration with The American Cancer Society, is raising funds for breast cancer awareness and early detection programs through our “Help Whip Cancer campaign”.

To date, we have raised over 11 million dollars. We have exclusive pink products only available in May. $1 of each item sold will be donated to ACS.

I will also be holding a fundraiser and between The Pampered Chef’s contribution and my commission up to 45% of sales will be donated. Please place your orders by May 15th. Contact me and I will send you a catalog.

How can you help?

1. You can place an order on my fundraiser. Just go to my website (www.pamperedchef.biz/wendylove) and click shop online. In the next window use Breast Cancer as the host (use both spaces).

2. Call me to host a Cooking, catalog, online or fundraiser show to help raise donations for the ACS.

3. Share this message with anybody who would like to participate, or send them to the Facebook

Wendy Love
Advanced Director & Trainer for The Pampered Chef
office: 503-691-9654
cell: 503-449-5678
wendy@oregonloves.com

Thank you!

– Wendy

We’re proud to support Wendy, and this unquestionably important cause.

If you’d like to help out but aren’t sure what you’d like to order, feel free to contact Wendy, myself, or search “Pampered Chef”, here on the blog, to see some of the products that we, your hautemealz chefs, use and love.

This post is dedicated to Ruth Alberta Wilson Perkins, my Grandmother, who fought to the end.

We can beat this!

– Chef Perry
www.hautemealz.com