Friday, January 1, 2010

Peter's Holiday Dishes

My hubby, Peter, is currently on a long holiday break. He seldom cooks for me anymore due to his work schedule so now that he is at home with me, I let him take over our kitchen and in the process, I learned how he did some of his wonderful healthy dishes:

Grilled Tofu in Onion and Mushroom BBQ sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1/8 cup vinegar
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 clove garlic, minced fine
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 200g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 packs of firm silken tofu, cut into cubes
Heat oil in a saucepan. Saute garlic until browned. Throw in onions and mushrooms. When onions are translucent, add ketchup, water and vinegar. Lower heat. Add sugar and spices. Season with salt and pepper. Thicken for about 15 minutes then remove from heat. Brush some of the sauce on the tofu. In a separate pan, brown the tofu on all sides very quickly. Serve tofu topped with sauce.

Creamy Pesto with Mushrooms
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves,
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 200g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup all purpose cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Grind up or process the basil with the olive oil and the garlic, season with salt and pepper and move to saucepan. Warm the mixture on low heat, careful not to let it boil. Mix in the cream, toss in the mushrooms. Add 250g of cooked pasta (penne or fusilli recommended.) Toss in grated cheese.

Grilled Lamb with Brown Sugar Glaze
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon dried tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 lamb chops
In a deep dish, mix the first 7 ingredients thoroughly. Rub onto the lamb chops. Cover and allow to marinade inside the fridge for at least 2 hours. Grill lamb chops for 4 minutes on each side.

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