Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Potato Cauliflower Cheese Casserole

Cooking spray
3-4 medium potatoes, diced
1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped into bite sized pieces
salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 c. cheddar cheese, shredded, more for sprinkling on top
2 c. sour cream (I used lite)
6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped

Preheat oven to 350 F.

 Grease a baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

Boil potatoes for 10-15 minutes, or until they are soft. Drain. At the same time, boil the cauliflower for 7-10 minutes. Drain. Mix the potatoes and cauliflower together in the greased baking dish. Season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with cilantro.

Cook the onion for 3-5 minutes over medium heat. Add to the baking dish. Toss.

Combine the cheese and sour cream in a dish. Spoon over the potato and cauliflower mixture. Stir to combine it all together.

Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle a layer of cheddar over the top. Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes. When it's done, sprinkle the cooked bacon over the top. Serve hot.

I made it with the bacon in the casserole and baked it, but I was sorely disappointed. Nice crispy bacon on the top would have been much better. That is how I will make it in the future.

Here's a link to the recipe I adapted: http://12tomatoes.com/2014/03/dinner-recipe-baked-potato-casserole.html

Monday, May 5, 2014

Pasta with Asparagus and Balsamic Vinegar

1 lb. asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
1 lb. pasta
1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. brown sugar
4 Tbsp. butter, cut into pieces
1/3 c. Parmesan, plus more for serving

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Line a baking pan with aluminum foil. In a medium sized bowl, toss the asparagus pieces with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Move to the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain. Return to cooking pot.

While the pasta is cooking and the asparagus is baking, simmer the balsamic vinegar over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, until it has reduced a little. Add in the brown sugar and a little more black pepper.

When the pasta is returned to the cooking pot, add in the butter. Pour the vinegar mixture over, then toss. Add in the baked asparagus and parmesan. You can add a little more salt if you desire. Toss again. Serve hot, with additional parmesan to each serving.

This recipe is quick, easy, and tasty!

Here's a link to the recipe I used: http://www.melskitchencafe.com/penne-with-roasted-asparagus-and-balsamic-butter/