Monday, March 26, 2012

Shirataki Noodles with Brocoli, Oil and Garlic Chips

 Get your Monday off to a great start with my favorite healthy go to meal- Shiratki Noodles with Brocoli, Olive oil and Garlic Chips. I first heard about the 20 calorie tofu noodles on The Dr.Oz Show. At 20 calories per serving and zero carbs I had to give the noodles a try. Don't think these noodles taste like pasta, although folks claim they're a great substitute. There's nothing like a big dish of pasta and these noodles don't come close. But.... They are a terrific alternative and easy way to incorporate healthy menu options into your lifestyle. I purchased mine on Amazon, for just $15.49 for a pack of 6.

Shiratki sauteed with garlic chips and broccoli florets
Beware, it's been claimed these noodles smell like bad fish when you open them and the claim is true. Just rinse the noodles in cold water for 3minutes to wash away the odor then toss into boiling salted water for 2 minutes, toss with your favorite sauce or veggies and a healthy meal is done in under ten minutes. I love tossing the noodles with crispy garlic chips and nothing more than some extra virgin olive oil and fresh handful of parmigiano reggiano. This is recipe is vegan too, just omit the parmigiano! Want the recipe, email me a tcouturechefs@yahoo.com

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wolfgang Steak House Park Avenue, Review

Good Morning NYC. I recently had the pleasure of dining at Wolfgang Steak House Park Avenue. A true steak house fit for a cowboy. As soon as you walk into Wolfgang's the wafting aroma of prime quality beef charring on grill immediately greets you.

 The ambiance was comfortable although do not be surprised to see lots of women walking in with furs. I enjoyed the fast and attentive service and my cut of filet mignon was quite good- tender, juicy and flavorful. In my opinion the side of mash potatoes could have been bigger and creamier I thought mine were a bit grainy. The sauteed mushrooms are mouthwatering and I really wanted to love the onions but didn't. For dessert we enjoyed chocolate mousse cake which was everything a mousse cake should be light, airy and decadent. I already have my next reservation booked.Have you been to Wolgang's, what did you think?

Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail-Fabulous (A+)

Side of Bacon- okay (B-)

Filet Mignon- (A-)

Fresh Onion Rings, neede more seasoning & crunch (B)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Spicy Shitake Eggdrop Wonton Soup with Siracha Sauce

Egg Drop soup or Wonton Soup? Decisions, Decisions... lucky for me most takeout joints now make Eggdrop-Wonton Soup (yay). It's no secret I'm not a fan of takeout so there's nothing I love more than reiniventing my favorite take dishes.

 One night last week I was starving and staring into my barren pantry (I never have time to food shop), I had eggs, dried shitake mushrooms and organic chicken/cilantro wontons in my freezer. That's when it came to me- I made the most delicious eggdrop soup filled with shitakes, my little dumplings, of course an egg and just to spice it up Siracha Sauce! The dried shtake's add so much depth and flavor to this dish you will never order take-out again. My husband likes to top off this soup with a sprinkle of parmesean cheese? If it tickles your fancy give a try!

Jen DePalma's Spicy Shitake Eggdrop wonton Soup with Siracha Sauce (serves 2)
2 cup s of water
1/2 cup of dried shitake mushrooms, chopped
12 frozen wonton dumplings (any kind will do)
1 egg, beaten
1-2 tablespoons of Siracha Sauce

Bring water to boil, add mushrooms, cook 7- minutes or until mushrooms soften
Add in wontons, cook 3 minutes
Pour beaten egg into soup and stir 1-2 minutes
Add in Siracha Sauce, taste , adjust seasonings (salt & pepper)
Serve!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Healthy Creamy Spinach Pesto & Pasta

It's March 1st and is your New Year's resolution anywhere in sight? well I have a  perfect perrsonal recipe for Creamy Spinahc Pesto and Pasta that's it delicious, healthy and nutrious. Traditonal pesto sauce is loaded with good for you foods, olive oil, garlic basil and pine nuts however if your trying to lose a few pounds it can the sauce itself can be high in fat(good fats though) but once you start tossing it with white pasta and parmesean cheese the healthy becomes the not so healthy.

Instead I opted for baby spinach, basil, a small amount of olive oil and grated cheese, I toss it all with whole wheat spaghetti and my secreat to the creamy sacue is a few heaping spoons of plain greek yogurt! The yogurt gives the creamy mouthfeel to the pesto sauce and no one will ever know it's in there!

Jen DePalma's Healthy Creamy Spinach Pesto & Pasta
2 cups of baby spinach
10 large basil leaves
5 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup of pecorino romano grated cheese
1/4 cup 2% plain greek yogurt
2 cups of whole wheat spaghetti

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, cook pasta according to direction, drain and reserve pasta water
In food processor pulse together spinach, basil and garlic
Slowly incorporate oil- reserve sauce
Toss sauce with pasta, stream in pasta water to loosen sauce, fold in greek yogurt and serve!