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Minestrone Soup

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week. Today, I will be sharing my recipe on Minestrone Soup. This soup is so delicious and flavorful. It makes for the perfect leftovers. All you have to do is put everything in one pot and let the stove do the work. Very simple, you can add whatever your heart desires, and not a lot of work needed! Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. First, chop all of the vegetables; chop the celery, cut the potatoes in small cubes, slice the carrots, chop the onion, chop the tomatoes, mince the garlic.FullSizeRender-2.jpgFullSizeRender.jpg
  2. Melt butter in a heavy pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, celery, and carrots; saute for a few minutes.
  3. Add beans, tomatoes, 1 spoon of tomato paste, potato, stock, and salt to the pot.FullSizeRender-3.jpg
  4. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat.
  5. Simmer for approximately 45 minutes until vegetables are barely tender.FullSizeRender-4.jpg
  6. Add pasta, and simmer for 30 minutes more.
  7. Add any additional seasoning as needed.
  8. Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-5.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This recipe serves about 5 people.
  • You can add as much seasoning as you want and make it as spicy as you want.
  • You can add any source of protein such as chicken, sausage, or even tofu.
  • You can use any broth or beans you’d like.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Spicy Noodles with Snap Peas and Mushrooms

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week.

Today, I will be sharing the Spicy Noodles recipe I tried out from Blue Apron. These Spicy Noodles have such a strong flavor and is cooked with snap peas and mushrooms. They are so delicious and definitely recommended. This recipe can be made under 40 minutes and is great for leftovers, hot or cold. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • Lo mein noodles
  • Snap peas
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Scallions
  • Peanuts
  • Rice vinegar
  • Yakiniku sauce
  • Mirin
  • Sambal Oleek

Directions:

  1. Fill a large pot with water. Add a big pinch of salt; heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. In a bowl, combine the shiitake mushrooms and 1 cup of hot water. Peel the carrots and thinly slice into rounds. Peel and roughly chop the garlic.IMG_9956.JPGIMG_9957.JPG
  2. Cut off and discard the stem end of each snap pea; pull off and discard the tough string that runs the length of each pod. Cut in half on an angle. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Cut off and discard the ends of the enoki mushrooms; gently separate.IMG_9958.JPG
  3. In a bowl, combine the green tops of the scallions, half the mirin, half the vinegar, and up to 1/4 of the sambal oelek, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Add the enoki mushrooms; stir to combine.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Reserving the mushroom water, carefully transfer the shiitake mushroomsto a cutting board; finely chop. In the same pan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the carrots; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened.IMG_9965.JPG
  6. Add the garlicand white bottoms of the scallions. Add the chopped shiitake mushrooms, reserved mushroom water, yakiniku sauce, and as much of the remaining sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be.IMG_9964.JPG
  7. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes, or until slightly thickened and reduced in volume. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. While the sauce continues to cook, to the pot of boiling water, add the noodles and snap peas. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until the noodles are heated through and the peas are slightly softened. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.
  9. To the pot of cooked snap peas and noodles, add the sauce and remaining vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly coated.
  10. Garnish with the peanuts. Plate and serve!IMG_9966.JPGIMG_9967.JPGIMG_9968.JPG

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This recipe serves about 2 people.
  • You can add as much seasoning as you want and make it as spicy as you want.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Paneer Tikka Masala

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today, I will be sharing my recipe on Paneer Tikka Masala. This dish consists of chunks of marinated grilled paneer in a creamy onion tomato masala. The process of making it from scratch can be lengthy but worth the effort. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • Paneer
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Red chili powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Fenugreek leaves

Directions:

  1. Place the cubed paneer and enough yogurt to coat each cube in a large bowl.
  2. Add red chili powder, garam masala, salt, and lemon juice. Coat and mix evenly.
  3. Set aside to marinate in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.FullSizeRender-35.jpg
  4. On a baking tray, place the coated cubed paneer evenly spaced out.FullSizeRender-38.jpg
  5. Place in oven at 400 degrees F for about 35 minutes.
  6. Set aside.FullSizeRender-33.jpg
  7. Chop a large onion, 2 tomatoes, mince garlic, and ginger.FullSizeRender-34.jpg
  8. Place in a food processor to make a puree.
  9. In a large skillet, add some minced garlic in oil. Sautee until browned.
  10. Add the puree, red chili powder, half a spoon of tomato paste, and let cook for 3 minutes.IMG_9711.JPG
  11. Add 1 cup of water and let cook for another 5 minutes.IMG_9712.JPG
  12. Add fenugreek leaves, garam masala, and half a cup of milk. Let cook for 10 minutes.IMG_9713.JPG
  13. Add the paneer tikka and stir gently.IMG_9714.JPGIMG_9715.JPGIMG_9716.JPG
  14. Plate and serve alongside naan and rice!FullSizeRender-41.jpgIMG_9718.JPG

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This recipe serves about 4 people.
  • You can add as much seasoning as you want and make it as spicy as you want.
  • You can replace the paneer with chicken. Just follow the same steps!

This is a perfect Indian recipe for a party pot luck or just for dinner. It has a  strong aroma of flavors and is super delicious!

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Honey-Ginger-Garlic Glazed Tofu

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I made Honey-Ginger-Garlic Glazed Salmon about a month ago and said I would provide the Tofu version. It’s just as delicious with all of the same flavors. It’s similar to the general tso sauce but on tofu. This is a super quick and easy recipe to make and healthy. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • Extra Firm Tofu
  • Soy Sauce
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Honey
  • Brown Sugar
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Cayenne powder

Directions:

  1. First, finely chop the garlic and grate the ginger.
  2. In a small pot over medium heat, add a splash of oil and sauté the garlic and ginger until browned.IMG_0106.JPG
  3. Turn the heat on low and add about 4 table spoons of soy sauce, 2 spoons of honey, 2 spoons of brown sugar and stir well.
  4. Add crushed red pepper and cayenne pepper to taste.
  5. Let simmer on low for about 3 minutes and stir well. Set aside.IMG_0107.JPG
  6. Place a skillet on medium heat and let it warm up for about 2 minutes.
  7. Cube the tofu.IMG_0108.JPG
  8. Add about 3 spoons of oil and then add the cubed tofu.
  9. Let the tofu cook for about 8-10 minutes.IMG_0109.JPG
  10. Carefully with tongs, flip the tofu on to it’s other side and let it cook for another 10 minutes.
  11. With the tongs, hold the salmon onto its side and let cook.IMG_0111.JPGIMG_0110.JPG
  12. Repeat with the other side.
  13. Place the skillet flat on the skillet on low heat and pour the ginger-garlic glaze over the tofu.IMG_0112.JPG
  14. Heat on low for 2 minutes.
  15. Plate and serve!IMG_0115.JPGIMG_0116.JPGIMG_0117.JPG

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • Serve alongside rice and vegetables.
  • Baking the tofu is also a healthier alternative.
  • Add as much of any of the ingredients you want according to your taste.

This is a perfect recipe if you’re craving general tso chicken but want to opt out of that breaded and deep fried chicken. Tofu is a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3-fatty acids! It seriously takes under 30 minutes to make and is great for leftovers as well!

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Pizza Night with Trash Panda Workshop

It’s pizza night! I love pizza night because the options are limitless. Any topping your heat desires would be delicious. This is such a quick, easy, and fun dinner to make. Leftover pizza makes for the perfect lunch. I used a cutting board custom made from Trash Panda Workshop and I served my pizza on it as well. It’s absolutely beautiful!

FullSizeRender-12.jpgTrash Panda Workshop custom makes cutting boards.
Check out their Instagram out at the link below!

https://www.instagram.com/trashpandaworkshop/

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Ingredients:

  • Flatbread pizza crust
  • Tomato sauce
  • Onion
  • Green pepper
  • Red pepper
  • Mushroom
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Crushed red pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
  2. While the oven is preheating, slice the onion, green pepper, red pepper, and mushrooms. Set aside.
  3. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and place the flat bread pizza on the sheet.
  4. Spread about 3 spoonfuls of tomato sauce and spread evenly on the flat bread. FullSizeRender-30.jpg
  5. Sprinkle a little bit of mozzarella cheese.
  6. Add half of the onion, green pepper, and mushrooms.FullSizeRender-27.jpg
  7. Sprinkle more mozzarella cheese.
  8. Add the remaining toppings and more mozzarella cheese.
  9. Sprinkle crushed red pepper.FullSizeRender-28.jpg
  10. Place in oven at 400 degrees F for about 15 minutes.
  11. Slice and serve!FullSizeRender-36.jpgFullSizeRender-37.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • You can add whatever toppings you want! This varies from meat to other veggies. You can even just make a plain cheese pizza!

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

-Mitz