Sunday, December 30, 2012

Bit of Flavor Curry Noodle Soup

Bit of Flavor Curry Noodle Soup
Ingedient List is at the end

Doesn't this look delicious??  It was, and it was very easy to make!

Start out with a few fresh veggies. 
I used one white onion, one zucchini, one yellow squash, and
a bit of a butternut squash I had left from an earlier recipe.
You could also use a sweet potato, or whatever you enjoy and have on hand.

Chop your onion well.
Dice or chop your other veggies to your preferred size.

Heat some Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a large heavy pot over medium high heat.

As the onion begins to cook, add your other veggies.
I chopped up my zucchini first, so it went in first.
Continue adding your veggies.

Heat all until somewhat softened.

Reduce heat to medium. 
Add your broth.
I used some of my homemade turkey broth, which is my Day-after Thanksgiving tradition.
I also did not get my frozen turkey broth out a day early, so it was still slightly frozen. 
No worries, though - I just plopped it into the pot and let it thaw over the heat.

Next, add your curry powder and other favorite seasonings.
I added my usual - Sea salt, black pepper, garlic, and Butt Rub -
along with two types of curry powder.

Add one can of Coconut Milk and one can of Diced Tomotoes.
Stir well, and continue heating over medium.

Optional: Add some chopped pre-cooked chicken.

While the soup is heating and blending, cook some noodles.
A nice choice is to use rice noodles. 
I was out of these, so I used spaghetti noodles,
which I broke in half before adding to the pot of boiling water.

I'd also recommend prepping some toppings.
I offered green onion, cilantro, and sour cream.

When everything is ready, offer bowls and let everyone fix their own!
Scoop some noodles into the bowl, and spoon the soup over top.
Add toppings as desired, and enjoy!!

Feel free to slurp if you want to!
(This is my nephew and niece, visiting from Tallahassee the night I made the soup)

Ingredient List:
1 white onion
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
1/2 butternut squash
32 oz broth (veggie or chicken)
1 can Coconut Milk
1 can Diced Tomatoes
1 cup chopped cooked chicken (optional)
Seasonings - curry powder, sea salt, black pepper,
garlic, etc.
Toppings - green onion, cilantro, sour cream...

Remember ~ Life tastes better with a bit of flavor!

Bit of Flavor Baked Mahi

Bit of Flavor Easy Baked Mahi

Ingredient List is at the end...

I picked up some lovely fresh mahi the other day, and decided to try my own simple recipe for preparing it.


I grabbed my usual assortment of favored spices:
black pepper, garlic with seasonings, italian mix,
and the family favorite - Butt Rub.


Next, I mixed up some grapefruit juice and some Wish Bone Bruschetta Italian dressing, and added the above noted spices.
Note: I did not measure any of this - I used about equal amounts of the juice and the dressing, and just shook in some of each spice.


I placed the fish into a sealable container, poured the marinade over it,
sealed it up, and popped it in the fridge for a bit.


As I already had the grapefruit juice out, I poured some over ice
and added a little vodka and a little cranberry juice. 

After marinating for 30-45 minutes, I pulled the fish out from the fridge.
I placed it in my glass baking dish, and poured the marinade over it.
Next, I topped it with some panko, and sprinkled on more seasonings.

Into the oven it went - 350 degrees, for maybe 25-30 minutes.


While the fish was baking, I boiled some elbow noodles and made my own Mac 'N Cheese.
(See my Bit of Mac and Cheese recipe)


This is the roux for the Mac and Cheese, in process...

Here is the almost final product.  I wish I had some right now!

I also made a simple tossed salad. 
For a nice touch, serve with the same salad dressing you used in the marinade!

Here is the fish, finishing up in the oven. 
Sadly, I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture of the finished dish!

Ingredient List
1/2 lb fresh mahi or swordfish per person
1 cup grapefruit juice (approx.)
1 cup salad dressing (approx.)
Assorted seasonings
1 cup Panko or breadcrumbs (approx.)

 Remember ~ Life tastes better with a bit of flavor!