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Tuna Salad with Pasta

On any given day you’re in a rush, right?  Need a very easy and quick meal that you can make from staples found in your pantry?  There is no excuse to order pizza out.  It is expensive and calorie laden.   Here is the answer – pasta salad.   Most anything added to pasta will make a  good meal.  Another good point about pasta is that most people who can boil water can do pasta.  So in the time that it will take you to boil water plus another 10 minutes dinner can then be served.    

Pasta does not always have to  come with a sauce that takes time to make.     Just a little oil, seasonings, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry,or beans in any combination will work.  You can’t get any easier than that!  Be creative!  If you don’t trust your creativity check out the recipes on the pasta boxes.  I have found most of them  very good.    

Tuna salad with pasta  is a standby in my house. Start with just a tuna salad.  I love this and often have it along side a tossed salad and Italian dressing.  The Athlete prefers a Panini which is very good with Havarti cheese with dill.  Yummy!       

Bring the water to boil and then put in pasta.  Cook according to directions on the box.  Now assemble the tuna.   This is what I use:   

Mayonnaise, Sliced green olives, Pasta shells, dill relish, Tuna, mustard

Tuna Salad with Pasta   

  • 2 cups of uncooked pasta shells ( or pasta of choice)
  • 12 oz. can of Solid White Albacore Tuna- drained
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard
  • 2 teaspoons of dill relish
  • 1/4 cup sliced green olives
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon of mayonnaise ( you could need a little more depending on amount of liquid added with pickles and olives) 
  •  2 cups of pasta shells according to directions.  Drain.

   

Mix drained tuna with the remaining ingredients and stir in the  hot pasta.  Enjoy right out of the bowl or wait and serve with crisp greens or a side salad. Serves 4   

Enjoy Cooking,   

The Teacher Cooks

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Chili in 30 minutes served with Macaroni

With all of this cold weather we have been having  it calls for a big bowl of hot chili.  I have chosen a quick and easy recipe that you can put together in about 30 minutes especially if you have some browned ground meat in the freezer.  If not it is still quick.  The recipe came from the AJC.   So if you are in a big hurry for chili and don’t want to wait around for 2 or 3 hours for the usual chili then this is for you. 

Rinse with cold water a 15 1/2 oz. can of red kidney beans

You need 3/4 cup of chopped onion

Saute onion in tablespoon of butter

Since I am using browned ground beef that I had in the freezer I am sauteing onion in a little butter.  When browning the ground meat you can cook the onion at the same time and drain on paper towel.

1 lb of browned ground beef

Add 10 oz. can of rotel tomatoes and small can of tomato sauce

Add 1 teaspoon of cumin

 Sorry blurry picture.  

Add 2 teaspoons of chili powder

Add 1 can of drained and rinsed red kidney beans

Let this simmer for about 30 minutes.  You may have to adjust the liquid by adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water.  While the chili is simmering then cook macaroni according to directions on the package.    Serve chili on top of the macaroni and top with cheddar cheese. 

Dig in!!!

Here is the recipe for you to enjoy!

Macaroni Chili

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 15 1/2 oz. red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 10 oz. can stewed tomatoes or Rotel tomatoes
  • 3/4 c. of macaroni (cook according to directions)
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheese

Brown ground meat and onion.  Stir in all ingredients except macaroni and cheese.  Simmer for 30 minutes.  Serve over cooked macaroni and top with cheese.

Serves 4

Happy cooking,

The Teacher Cooks

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Ziti with Sausage and Broccoli

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Parmesan Chicken and Pasta with Anna’s Easy Tomato Sauce

They got the most votes!

Yesterday my room was as if we were in a famous Italian restaurant.  I had teachers, administrators and students sticking their head in the door to see what we were cooking up.  Garlic in olive oil, then add oregano and  basil.  It permeated the halls making everyone hungry.  The food both classes made was the best!  All involved had really paid attention to the demo and seemed to know what they were doing.  

They had a lot of fun setting up for the photographs for the blog.  It is so funny to see some of the students wiping off the plates to make a better presentation.  The food network  has really changed the way we do a lot of things in the kitchen.   

This is a quick and easy meal to put together.  You can prepare it  and plate it up in about 45 minutes.  

Let’s get to the recipes.  The Parmesan Chicken came from Gracious Goodness  by The Junior League of Macon.  This cookbook is fantastic.   The Easy Tomato Sauce came from my best friend Anna.  She is a fantastic cook and you will be seeing more of her recipes later.  

Here are the photos to help you along and the recipes after that.  ENJOY! 

Butterfly 4 large boneless chicken breasts

Bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese

Half stick butter cubed

Dip chicken in milk

Coat with crumbs (I use a fork)

Place a cube of butter in skillet and top with a piece of chicken

 Cook for about 7 minutes on each side. Here we used an electric skillet at 325 degrees.  I like using the skillet because you can get about eight servings in at once.  Adjust the temperature according to your skillet.  Some may cook faster and you will need to turn the heat down.  If yours seems to cook slower turn it up a bit.  Peak at it before the time is up.  It should be golden brown.  Your timing is important ,too.  Chicken cooked too long will be very dry. 

Why do some want to take a bent-edge spatula and push all the juices out of  the chicken?  I don’t understand it!!  I guess they don’t realize they are pushing out all of the juice and making it dry and tasteless.  

Notice another cube of butter on chicken before turning

 Cook for another 7 minutes or until it is done.  Remember don’t overcook it.  

2 Cans of Italian Tomatoes

Before you add 2 cans of diced Italian tomatoes saute a clove of garlic diced in a little olive oil.  Forgot to take that picture.  Sorry.  Then add seasonings 

Add 1/2 teaspoon of oregano

1/2 teaspoon of Basil ( add bay leaf,too)

Simmer for about 15 minutes and serve over your favorite pasta.  Top with parmesan cheese.  So easy and so delicious.  Thanks to Anna!!! 

Second place only by 10 Votes!!

Here are the recipes for both: 

Parmesan Chicken 

  • 4 chicken breasts boneless
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or more to taste
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • milk

Mix all dry ingredients together.  Dip chicken in milk, then in bread crumb mixture to coat.  Saute in butter over medium heat until done. About 7 minutes on each side.  Chicken will be browned and crisp. 

Anna’s Easy Tomato Sauce 

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 28 oz. Italian tomatoes or 2 small cans
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cooked pasta of your choice about 14 oz.

Saute garlic in olive oil.  Add tomatoes and seasonings.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Serve over pasta.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. 

Enjoy, 

The Teacher Cooks

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Paula Deen’s Szechaun Chicken

1st Block Kitchen 5

1st Block Kitchen 5

These last two days have been really crazy for me.  Yesterday the local government station here came to film my class.  Yes, they did!!  I have never done anything quite like this.  Years ago I was on WSB radio, but you know no one can see you. All you have to worry about is what you say.  On TV you have to worry about how fat you look, or did you have a stupid grin on your face or if you have lipstick on your teeth and much much more.   I was a little scared.  No ! I was alot scared. My Tennessee friend called the day before to see if she could help with makeup and hair.  I needed some mental help…….but  I made it through without doing anything really stupid.  At least I think I did.  We’ll see when the broadcast is played for God and everyone to see .  Oh my Gosh,  I don’t know if I can stand to watch myself.  I have never watched a video of myself.  I’m too scared!!

Because there were six extra  people in my room some of which had cameras or lights it was hard for my students to concentrate on my demonstration.  At least that’s the excuse  I’m using for why some of them had no clue as to what they were doing in class today.  Now mind you 60% of them knew when to add the soy sauce or how to mince the ginger, but the other 40% were really struggling and I do mean struggling.  I will say that they all finished in time to eat,  clean their kitchens and get to the next class on time.  That is a good  thing!!! We are definitely discussing why it is important to know what you are doing before class.  It was if someone hit instant replay on my name all morning.  I must have heard it a million times!

This recipe is from Paula Deen”s  first cookbook and it is delicious.  Very Healthy!!  Very Tasty!!

I did not take pictures yesterday. Too nervous and forgot!  So today I took pictures as my students prepared their meal. Great job!!

This should make it easy for you to prepare for yourself and guests.  Let me be the first to say that this recipe is going to get you a lot of compliments.  No more Chinese takeout for you.   By the way my perfume of the day was sesame oil and hot chili paste.  I was a walking advertisement for my class.

3- 4 Boneless Chicken Breasts Butterflied

Butterfly with kitchen shears

Green Onions

Slice a bunch of green onions

Yellow Pepper

Slice a Yellow and Red Pepper

Broccoli Florets

Need a bunch of broccoli Florets

Fresh Ginger

1 1/2 tsp. minced fresh ginger

Sesame Oil

1 T Sesame Oil

Soy Sauce

1/4 cup Soy Sauce

I did not take pictures of two items.  I was busy running around putting out fires.  Not really, just helping the lost.

4 Tablespoons of Chili Paste

                                                                                   2 Minced garlic cloves

Cooking Chicken

Cooking Chicken in Sesame Oil & 2 T chili Paste

What happened to this photograph?  Oh my!!!!!!

We used an electric skillet for convenience in class.  I recommend that you use a large skillet or wok.  Do not worry about the paste turning a dark color and sticking to the pan.  I panicked the first time I prepared it, but you will deglaze the pan in the end.  The flavor will be incredible.

Take the chicken out after cooking about 4 minutes on each side.  Let it rest 5 min. and slice with the grain into long strips.  Let your husband, children, or guests do this while you finish the vegetables.

Angel Hair Pasta

Keep Angel Hair Pasta Hot

The recipe calls for 1 lb. of angel hair pasta.  I found this to be too much.  The chicken and vegetables make about 6 servings so make pasta accordingly.

Cooked Vegetables

This looks so good!

Add broccoli, onions, and peppers to the skillet as soon as you take out the chicken.  Pour soy sauce, 2 T of Chili paste, garlic, and about 1/4 cup of water and cook vegetables until just tender.

Sliced Cooked Chicken

Good job slicing the chicken!!

Add the sliced chicken to the vegetables and serve over hot angel hair pasta.  This is too good to be true.

Thanks to Paula Deen .  Here is her original recipe.

Szechuan Chicken with Angelhair Pasta

  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup chili-garlic sauce ( I found this in the vegetable section of the grocery.  It comes in a tube like toothpaste)
  • 4 boneless chicken breast ( I butterfly them so they will be thinner and cook faster)
  • 1 lb. of angelhair pasta ( I decreased the amount)
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli crowns cut into florets
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper cut into strips
  • 12 green onions thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 11/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup water ( I added this especially if the skillet is hot a lot of the liquid will evaporate and you will need more)

Heat the oil and 2 tablespoons of the chili sauce in a large skillet over medium heat: add the chicken, and cook for 4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.  Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to boil for pasta.  Add pasta to boiling water, cook as directed on package, and drain.  Remove the chicken from the pan and cut it into strips.  Add the broccoli, bell peppers, green onions, garlic, remaining chili sauce, soy sauce and ginger to the skillet.  Cook the vegetables stirring until they are crisp tender.  Add the chicken strips and cook until heated through.  Serve over the pasta.

Here is the 2nd place winner of the Iron Chef!

1st Block 3rd Kitchen

1st Block 3rd Kitchen

Happy Cooking,

The Teacher Cooks

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