Tuesday, October 4, 2011

bacon wrapped dates & jalapenos!

This is one of my all time favorite appetizers! The sweetness of the dates along with the saltiness of the bacon and cheese & the spiciness of the jalapeno with the saltiness of the bacon and cheese!
So fast and simple. I normally make 2 of each per person, so you can make as many or few as you like!!

8 dates - pitted
8 jalapenos - with the seeds removed
6 slices of bacon, cut into 3 ( I use the nitrate free Applewood one from Trader Joe's)
Parmesan cheese cut into chunks (you can use any kind you like but I like parmesan)

Preheat the oven to 350.

Remove the seeds from the jalapeno by putting a slit on the longside of it and carefully scrapping out the seeds. Stuff with cheese and wrap bacon around it securing with a toothpick. Place on baking sheet.

Put a slit on the longside of the date, stuff with cheese and wrap bacon around it securing with a toothpick. Place on the same baking sheet as jalapeno's.

Bake for about 25-30mins. until the bacon gets crispy!! Warning - sometimes the jalapenos can be SPICY!

Monday, September 19, 2011

What's cooking for dinner tonight? Zucchini Lasagna without the Noodles!

And tonight's dinner is....zucchini lasagna without the noodles! So fast & easy to make.

5 zucchinis sliced long ways
1 pound ground beef (I used 93/7)
1 white onion chopped
2 cups marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe's)
shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
olive oil
4 canned artichoke hearts quartered (optional)

Preheat oven to 400, lightly oil a baking sheet and line up zucchini on it. Bake for about 20 mins.

In a pan, saute onion and ground beef until ground beef is no longer pink. Add salt, pepper, basil, oregano & marinara sauce and let simmer for 20 mins.

In a 8x8 pyrex, begin to layer. Apply a very thin layer of the ground beef sauce then layer zucchini, ground beef sauce, cheese (if you are using it) and repeat the layers one more time. On the last layer, place the artichoke hearts.  Bake on 350 for 20 minutes.

 Hope you enjoy!

Friday, August 12, 2011

What's cooking tonight? Flank Steak with Chimchurri Sauce & Grilled Mushrooms

Tonight on our dinner menu is a very simple yet tasty meal. Grilled flank steak marinated in chimchurri sauce along with some grilled green beans & mushrooms! Perfect for a hot summer evening.

Chimchurri Sauce:
1/3 bunch cilantro
1/3 bunch parsley
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil + 1 tablespoon
S & P to taste

Place cilantro, parsley, garlic and red wine vinegar in food processor. Pulse for about 15 seconds. Slowly start adding in the olive oil and blend until it becomes liquid form. Add salt & pepper to taste. Should make about 3/4 cups.

Steak & Mushroom Marinade:

2 lbs. flank steak or flap meat
8 button mushrooms

Wash & dry steak and place in ziploc bag. Add about 1/2 cup chimchurri sauce to it and put it in the fridge for about 6 hours. Remove steak from ziploc & grill to your desired wellness. Top with some chimchurri sauce.

Wash & dry the mushrooms. Place them in a ziploc bag. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil & 1 tablespoon chimchurri sauce. Mix well. Grill for about 8 minutes.

Enjoy with a nice glass of Merlot or Zinfandel!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Egg Cupcakes, so easy to make, so good to eat!

This is the perfect breakfast for people on the go like myself. I make about 2 dozen at a time and they last a couple of days.

4 slices canadian bacon chopped
3 mushrooms chopped
1 small sweet potato chopped
1/2 jalapeno chopped
9 eggs
1 cupcake tray for 12 cupcakes
organic butter

Saute the first 4 ingredients in butter until the sweet potato is soft. Put in a bowl to cool. In a seperate bowl crack the 9 eggs and whisk til scrambled. Add the sauteed mixture to the egg mixture and mix with a spoon. Lightly grease the cupcake tray with butter. Pour the egg mixture a little more than halfway full in each cupcake compartment. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 mins., or until the eggs look firm. Remove, cool and enjoy. This can be made with so many different ingredients, this just happens to be my favorite combination. Let me know how creative you can get!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Salmon Cakes & Cabbage Slaw

The weather is hot & I don't feel like cooking. After contemplating for about an hour or so, I decided to make a quick & simple dinner.

Salmon Cakes:
2 cans wild caught salmon from trader joe's
3 green onions chopped
3 roasted peppers chopped ( i buy it from trader joe's in the olive section)
1/4 cup fresh dill chopped
2 eggs
Turn on the oven to 350 degrees and grease a pyrex or baking sheet with olive oil or coconut oil. Drain the salmon and put in a bowl, add all the other ingredients and mix with hands forming into patties (about 6) then bake for about 20 - 25 mins., until the tops of the patties are slightly browned.

Cabbage Slaw:
1/2 bag shredded cabbage from trader joe's
1/2 bag shredded carrots from trader joe's
1 mango cut into cubes
1 cup cucumber diced
1/2 cup chopped parsley
splash of olive oil, lemon juice & balsamic vinegar and salt & cayenne pepper
Put all ingredients in a bowl & mix well.

Monday, June 20, 2011

It's too hot to cook, so let's have some shrimp ceviche!

Summer is almost here and it is too hot to cook. I have decided to make some shrimp ceviche for dinner tonight. Quick, easy & refreshing.

1 lb. cooked, peeled, deveined & tail off shrimp
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped (optional)
1 lemon
2 lime
salt & pepper
tapatio (optional)

Add the first 5 ingredients in a bowl, juice the lime & lemon, add salt, pepper & tapatio. Mix well, put in refrigerator for about 30 mins to 1 hour so all the flavors marinade. I served mine with gluten free crackers thanks to Elana's Pantry. You can serve with chips if you like! Enjoy.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Ghormeh Sabzi - my ultimate favorite persian dish!

Every since I was a little girl, I loved this dish. I always thought it was so hard to make until a couple of years ago. Now every chance I get to make it, I do. Hope you enjoy!

2lbs. stew meat
2 onions, chopped
1 tablespoon turmeric
5 cups parsley, chopped
1 cup chives, chopped
1/4 cup fresh fenugreek or 2 tablespoon dried
4 dried lemons
4 cups water
1 can kidney beans

Saute meat & onions in olive oil until meat is cooked. Add turmeric, water and dried lemons. Put everything in crock pot.
In another pan, saute the parsley, fenugreek & chives in olive oil til they are kind of burnt. Put the greens in the crock pot with the meat, add salt & pepper to taste. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. In the last 1/2 hour add the drained can of kidney beans. Serve with rice or by itself! Caution: the house may smell very fragrant for a couple of days :)

Monday, May 9, 2011


Meatloaf - an all time favorite.

1 lb. ground grassfed beef
1/2 zucchini cuts into chunks
1 cup shredded carrots
2 cloves garlic
1/2 white onion cut into chunks
3 oz. tomato paste
1 egg
2 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl put the ground beef. In a food processor, combine the zucchini, carrots, onions and garlic and pulse a couple of times until everything becomes finely chopped but NOT pureed! Put the veggie mixture into the bowl with the ground beef and add the egg, tomato paste, dried parsley and salt and mix well with your hands.
After everything is mixed, shape the meat into a log or loaf and put in a 8 x 8 pyrex. Bake at 350 degrees for 1hr 15mins.
I will be serving mine with some roasted sweet potatoes and salad!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

"Kitchen Sink" Frittata

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals. I must say I do get bored of eating the same ol hard boiled or poached eggs. So today I thought I should change it up a bit. I made a frittata with whatever I had in the refrigerator.
1/2 jalapeno chopped
1/2 white onion chopped
1 small sweet potato chopped
6 slices canadian bacon chopped
4 mushrooms chopped
2 slices roasted bellpeppers (from Trader Joe's) chopped
6 eggs
2 slices cooked bacon crumbled

Saute the onion and sweet potato in butter until the onions become translucent and potatoes a little soft. Add in the mushrooms, jalapenos, bellpeppers and canadian bacon and cook for about 3 mins mixing frequently.
Crack the eggs into the pan spacing them out. Add the bacon and put the lid on the pan and lower the heat. Let it cook on low for about 10 mins., take the lid off and make sure the eggs are not runny. Sprinkle with chesse if you wish and enjoy!

everything sauteed before adding the eggs!

after eggs have been added and cooked.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chicken Stefanatorre

This is my version of chicken cacciatore. It is quick & easy to make, yet very healthy.

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (boiled)
1 small onion - diced or chopped
6 large mushrooms - sliced
6 artichoke hearts, sliced - (canned not marinated)
2 cups of your favorite spaghtetti sauce - ( I used crushed tomatoes from Trader Joe's since they are gluten free)
olive oil

Cube the chicken and put it in a pyrex (or any other kind of dish that can be put in the oven). Saute the onions & mushrooms in olive oil until they are pretty soft. Add them to the chicken dish along with the artichoke hearts and sauce. Give it a quick toss, and if you like add some mozzarella cheese to the top (not shown in the picture since I don't eat dairy). Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25 mins or until the sauce starts to bubble. Enjoy!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Shrimp Scampi

My all time favorite shrimp dish is shrimp scampi. So fast & easy to make and also so delicious.
1lb. uncooked tail on shrimp rinsed under cold water, (if frozen - defrost)
4 garlic cloves
2 tablespoon sundried tomatoes in oil
6 artichoke hearst (i used the canned ones)
olive oil
salt & pepper
Drizzle some olive oil in saute pan, saute garlic for about 1 min., add the sundried tomatoes to the pan, cooked for about 2 mins., add shrimp and cook til they turn pink about 3 mins., lastly add the artichoke hearts, salt & pepper to taste. Mix well and serve with a salad or veggies!! Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Steak & Veggies

Want a quick and easy dinner but don't know what to make? Sounds like me on a daily basis.
Marinate (2) Ribeye steaks with some salt, pepper, garlic powder, rosemary & olive oil. Let sit for atleast an hour. Then make some roasted veggies. Blanch some brussel sprouts, green beans & carrots for about 3 mins., then transfer them to a pyrex and drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and a couple of cloves of fresh garlic. Grill the steaks to perfection and put the veggies in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 30 mins.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Got Granola??

Want a quick snack but don't know what to have? Try this: slice 2 strawberries, add a handful of your favorite granola (pictured is oatless granola) and a splash or coconut milk! So fast & easy. Enjoy.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Today's Recipe - Tabulie - It's great to eat but messy with your teeth!

Tabulie is great to eat, but messy with your teeth.
2 bunches of parsley finely chopped
4 green onions chopped
3 ripe tomatoes chopped
1/2 cup bulghur #1
3 persian cucumbers chopped
After measuring bulghur, pour it into a bowl. Add the tomatoes and let them become friends for about 30 mins. After 30 mins., combine the rest of the ingredients together to the bulghur and tomatoe mixture. Add some olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper to taste. Mix well and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Butternut Squash Soup

today's recipe:
dice 1 small white onion and saute in olive oil until translucent, add 1 package cubed butternut squash from Trader Joes and let it brown a little bit with the onions. add half a carton of chicken broth, i use the organic one from TJ's. let it simmer for about 30 mins or until the squash is very soft. let the soup cool for about 15 mins., put all of it in the blender and blend until it is pureed. transfer it back to the pot, add the remaining chicken broth, salt & pepper to taste & a pinch of nutmeg (if you like) and let it cook on low for about 20 mins.
So I figured it was about time to start blogging. I have the love and desire to cook all kinds of food...from simple to complicated, unhealthy to healthy and so on...I frequently get asked for recipes for all the delish foods we create and I thought posting them on a blog would be the perfect spot for them! Check back often for some of my favorite recipes!
Hope you all enjoy the hamov food..