Tuesday, March 25, 2008

cauliflower-broccoli with beshamel sauce

cauliflower, 1 head
broccolli, 1 head
mozzarella shredded cheese

Beshamel sauce
2 tbsp corn oil
1/4 cup flour,
1 cup milk, salt pepper

Cook cauliflower and broccolli pieces seperately until soft. Drain water. Place in a payrex dish.
Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese.
Prepare beshamel sauce. Oil and flour on low heat and stir milk, salt and pepper slowly.
Pour sauce onto cauliflower and broccoli. Cook about 20 minutes in the oven. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

eksili köfte (meatball in sour sauce)

Balls don't seem the same size, aren't they?
Let me tell you why.
My son was in the kitchen to roll the balls for helping me ;))
1 1/2 lb ground beef
1 onion(grated)
1/3 cup rice
2 potatoes(cubed)
baby carrot
1/3 cup finely chopped tomato
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cumin, salt

juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp flour
1/4 cup milk, salt,
thyme, red pepper

(You can add egg yolks and serve the eksili köfte with sprinkled red pepper in melted butter sauce. This recipe is for traditional meatball in sour sauce)

In a large bowl, put all the ingredients together and knead with hands. Make little balls. Meanwhile bring 4 cups of water to boil in a pot. Put the köftes(meatballs) into the pot gently. Stir ocassionaly. Add potato cubes and carrots. Cook untill rice soft.
In a small bowl mix lemon juice, milk, flour and you can add a landle of juice from the pot makes mixture warm. Add the sauce into the köftes and stir. Cook 20 munites over low tempature.
Sprinkle thyme. and serve hot.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Spicy Salmon Fillet

2 pound salmon fillets
1 glove garlic
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 paprika, salt
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp light mayonnaise
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp dill(chopped)
1/2 tsp black pepper, sumac
juice of fresh lemon(freshly squeezed)

Combine all seasoning ingredients and spread over the surface of the salmon. Grill 15 munites.
Don't turn the salmon over.
Mix the sauce ingredients together.
Spoon sauce over salmon.
It goes great with green salad and baked potato!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

salad with avocado dressing

healthy lunch idea!
If you prefer to eat salad for lunch and like avocado, just try it! Avocado, reduce dietary intake of calories, fat, saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. Also may help eye health as we get older.

1 avocado(mashed)
fresh lemon and
lemon zest,cider vinegar
red crushed peper
(or chili pepper)
salt, olive oil

lettuce and spinach leaves
carrot(cut in round)
fresh brocolli
Also you can add
tomato slices or baby tomato!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Kolay Tavuk Gogsu (Easy Chicken Breast Pudding)

This dessert name means 'chicken breast'. For traditional ' tavuk gogsu', we add chiken breast(thiny sliced). But we love this fake version which calls for no chicken at all ;)
4 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp vegetable oil buttery spread(or butter)

Cinnamon, pistacchios

Put the milk, sugar, flour, vanilla extract and in a pot.
Stir and cook over medium heat until boil.

Add butter, stir and remove from the heat. Pour into the blender. Mix 10-15 minutes over medium speed. Pour a payrex dish. Let it cool and refrigerate. Garnish with pistacchios, cinnamon and vanillla ice cream before serve.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

meyva salatasi (fruit salad)

snack time!

1 orange
1 apple (cubed)
1 pear( cubed)
1 banana(sliced in half moon)
1 lemon juice
lemon zest
half orange juice
ground glove

Cut the orange in half crosswise. Peel the orange halves by cutting the skin. Cut slices crosswise from each of the orange halves.

Mix all the dressing ingredients. Refrigerate.
Put all the fruit in a bowl
Pour the dresing on all over the fruit and chill.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Mozzarella, Tomato, and Mushroom Panini Recipe

Here is a vegetarian panini recipe I love!!!

Mozzarella, Tomato, and Mushroom Panini:
In a medium skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the mushrooms and scallion(chopped) and cook stirring, until softened and lightly browned. Layer thinly sliced Mozzarella and tomato inside bread of choice(whole wheat or whole grain is a good choice). Add sauteed mushroom. Drizzle just a touch of olive oil and vinegar mixture and a sprinkle of garlic and thyme before grilling.
Mmmmm..yum!! Enjoy!

I'd like to thank Cheryl for trying the recipe.
She also took a picture of it and sent to me:))

I'm glad you liked it, Cheryl.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Hasan Pasa Koftesi (Hasan Pasa Meatball)

Here is a dinner idea! This Turkish dish takes a little time to prepare, but it's worth!
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion(grated)
2 slices bread(no crusts, soak in the water and squeeze)
1 glove garlic(minced)
1 egg
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon black pepper, salt

Mashed potato;
2 potatoes
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon buttery vegetable oil,
salt, nutmeg

1 cup tomato puree
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoon mozzarella cheese(shredded), thyme and sumac
Put the peeled potatoes in a bowl. Add salt and cold water to cover them. Cook until potatoes are tender, drain and let cool.
Put the meatball ingredient in a bowl. Knead with your hands. Shape round and make a hole with your thump in the middle of the each kofte. Cook about 20 munite.
Meanwhile, mash the potatoes by your method of choice. Add vegetable oil, milk, nutmeg and salt.
Take the koftes out. Drain on a paper towels.
Fill each koftes with mozzarella and cover mashed potatoes with a spoon.
Sprinkle thyme and sumac.
Pour the sauce with spoon on the each piece. Pour the rest of the sauce slowly into the dishes and cook over 375 F about 10 minutes more.
Serve hot. Afiyet Olsun!

You can serve with patlican salata(eggplant salad) and pilav(pilaf)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Black beans with bell pepers


I cook northern beans,
pinto beans, but this is
the first time I tried
black beans.
Beans are high in protein.

When you get your protein from black beans you also get the blood sugar stabilizing and hearth health benefits!

1 lb. black beans(canned)
1 onion(chopped)
2 gloves garlic(minced)
1 green bell pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup wine vinegar
2 cups hot water

Put the olive oil in a pan.
Saute the onion and bell pepper till tender. Add garlic and cook a few minutes.
Add remaining ingredients. Stir and add hot water slowly. Bring to a boil.
Cook about 10 minutes.
Will serve with rice and fish sticks!
Dinner is ready!!!!!! :)

A little cayenne pepper makes it tastier if you'd like:)


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