It’s Fall (well maybe not so much in Orange Count), so T.W.O. is trying out new recipes that will be delicious for those cozy nights at home. In this post, we are taking one of our favorite vegetables, carrots, and spicing it up with coriander. Continue reading “Roasted Coriander Carrots”
Lamb Shanks in Red Wine Sauce
Lamb. It’s so versatile! Lamb chops, leg of lamb, lamb kabobs, ground lamb, and our most recent recipe— Lamb Shanks! It was a perfect Saturday evening to cook this delicious dish. The lamb is braised in a red wine sauce for a few hours and the results are magnificent— tender, flavorful meat, falling off the bone and into your mouth. It is just heaven! The dish went well over creamy polenta. So next time you are thinking lamb, try this recipe out!
-2 Tablespoons olive oil
-4 Lamb Shanks
-1 Sweet Onion, sliced into half crescents
-2 Shallots, chopped
-4 Garlic cloves, chopped
-1 teaspoon sugar
-1 ½ cup Dry red wine
-2/3 cup Balsamic vinegar
-2 cups Beef broth, low sodium
-2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
-Montreal Steak seasoning
Begin by seasoning the lamb shanks with the Montreal Steak seasoning.
In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium to high heat. Brown the lamb shanks on both sides until golden brown. Remove the lamb from the pan and keep the remaining “fat” juices.
Reduce the heat to medium and begin sautéing the garlic, onions, and shallots. Add in the sugar. Cook until they are golden brown and caramelized.
Turn up the heat and deglaze the pan with red wine, making sure the mix while cooking. Cook until the red wine has reduced. Next, add in the balsamic vinegar, beef broth and brown sugar and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to low and allow the lamb to simmer for about 2.5-3 hours. You will know when the lamb is done when the meat begins to fall off the bone and the sauce has reduced into a thin glaze.
T.W.O. decided to throw in some baby carrots about 10 minutes prior to the lamb shanks being done. The carrots had a great flavor after being cooked in the wine sauce.
-4 cups vegetable broth, low sodium
-2/3 cup polenta
-1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan
In a sauce pan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Reduce the heat and whisk in the polenta. Mix frequently for about 15-20 minutes until the polenta is soft and thick. At this time add the Pecorino Romano. Mix well.
Plate the lamb shank over polenta, mashed potatoes, or quinoa! Time to eat!
Asian Kale Salad
Are you a fan of Chinese Chicken Salad? Well, you are reading the right recipe! If you aren’t, that’s okay. Try it out anyways; you might be pleasantly surprised. Thanks to a co-worker, T.W.O. was introduced to Lacinato kale. It is also known as Tuscan kale, Tuscan cabbage, or Italian kale. It is lightly a little sweeter and more delicate than your traditional curly kale. The smooth leaves combined with the rice noodles, crunchy almonds and the mandarin oranges makes this salad a perfect meal!
– 1 bunch Lacinato Kale
– 1 cup mandarin oranges
– 2 cups thin rice noodles
– 1 cup carrots, shredded
– ½ cup roasted almonds, chopped
– Lemon Vinaigrette dressing (Recipe HERE)
– ¼ cup Rice Vinegar
Bring pot of water to a bowl. Once it reaches to a boil, remove from heat and add your rice noodles. Cover and let it sit for 10 minutes. Once the noodles are done, drain and add rice vinegar. Set aside.
Chop the kale and put in a big bowl. Add your rice noodles, mandarin oranges, carrots and almonds. Toss in the lemon vinaigrette dressing. Plate and serve! Feel free to add chicken or any other protein to make it a meal!
Cheers to another healthy meal!
Chicken Vegetable Soup
It’s getting colder outside, so let’s get warmer inside by making a large pot of soup! T.W.O. loves to cook soup during the chilly, winter nights- especially this Chicken Vegetable soup we grew up eating. We felt a little nostalgic and decided to cook it up one rainy night. It’s simple, tasty and makes for great leftovers! Give your tummy a little warmth and give this recipe a try! You won’t be disappointed.
-1 whole chicken, uncooked
-1 can of stewed tomatoes
-5 to 6 carrots, peeled
-2 to 3 cups spinach, chopped
-2 potatoes, cubed
-Salt & Pepper
First, wash and clean the chicken. Butterfly the chicken by cutting down the along the backbone of the chicken. Place chicken into a large pot and season chicken with some Lawry’s season, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Fill pot with enough water just to cover the chicken and bring to a boil.
Once the water is boiling, turn down to a medium-low heat. Chicken should cook for about 1-1.5 hours or until the chicken meat pulls away from the bone.
While the chicken is cooking, begin chopping the carrots, spinach, and potatoes. You also might want to cut up the tomatoes into smaller pieces if they are too large.
Once the chicken is cooked, take the chicken out of the pot and allow it to cool. Strain your broth by running it through a sieve or colander.
Next, cut up the chicken into chunks. Bring the broth to a boil and throw in the vegetables, potatoes and chicken. Once to a boil, reduce to a medium-low heat. Allow the soup to simmer for about 20-40 minutes.
Time to serve!