Here is an amazing week night alternative to the usual dinner selection. What a quick and delicious option this was. It was a hit with everyone, and only took 20 minutes to prepare.Enjoy!!!
4 ounces soba buckwheat noodles or whole-wheat spaghetti or (your noodles of choice)
5 ounces asparagus, cut in thirds
1 (6-oz) salmon fillet, skin off, cut into 8 pieces
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
Zest and juice of 1-2 limes (3 TBSP juice)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh pepper
4 ounces cucumber, skin on, cut into medium pieces
1/2 small avocado, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tablespoon habanero mango sauce
1. Cook the noodles in boiling water until soft (about 6 minutes for soba, 8 for spaghetti). Transfer with tongs to a strainer. Add asparagus to same boiling water. Cook until al dente (about 2 minutes); rinse under cold water.
2. Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Coat lightly with cooking spray. Cook the salmon until cooked through, turning pieces (about 2-3 minutes per side). Reserve.
3. Make the vinaigrette: Whisk together sesame oil, habanero mango sauce, lime zest and juice, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Combine the noodles, asparagus, and vinaigrette in a medium serving bowl.
4. Add the cucumber and avocado; toss to coat. Just before serving, add salmon. Serve warm or at room temperature, or make up to 4 hours ahead and keep refrigerated in an airtight container.
Here is a quick and super easy way to make a delicious berry smoothie.
Healthy Summer Berry Smoothie RecipeFrom the Loftus Kitchen
Just add raspberries, strawberries, 1 cup watermelon, 2 cups Greek yogurt to a blender along with 1 cup soy or almond milk and 2 cups ice blend together and Voila, you have a tasty and refreshing summer beverage that everyone will enjoy!!!
In a large pot, bring water to boil. Season water with salt and cook macaroni for between 8-12 minutes. Drain pasta and place in a large bowl and while pasta is still hot add all the cheese. In a separate medium bowl, combine the sour cream, butter, eggs, salt, pepper, and milk and add to the macaroni mixture. Spray casserole dish with nonstick and pour macaroni mixture into the dish. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Top with additional cheese, if desired. To really add a little flair sprinkle a little Romano Cheese on top to present.
So Colin, being from Chicago has a craving every once in a while for something other than pizza. And it’s White Castle hamburgers. Using this recipe he made the most amazing burgers that he and the boys couldn’t get enough of.
White Castle Sliders
1 lb Ground Beef
1 2/3 cups Beef Broth
1 cup Minced White Onions
8 American Cheese Slices (optional)
16 Hamburger Dill Pickles
1 tsp Salt
½ tsp Pepper
½ tsp Onion Powder
2 pkgs Dinner Rolls (16 rolls)
Line a 10×15 pan with parchment paper.
Mix ground chuck, ⅔ cup beef broth and salt, pepper, and onion powder together until mixture is easily spreadable.
Gently spread meat mixture into prepared pan and form a thin even layer.
Using a knife, score each into 16 equal rectangles.
Use your finger to make 5 holes in each patty.
Place in freezer for at least 1 hour.
Remove frozen patties on parchment paper.
Preheat oven to 450.
Pour remaining beef broth (1 cup) into a baking sheet and spread minced onions over entire bottom of pan.
Allow to sit for 5 – 10 minutes.
Cut all dinner rolls in half to make buns.
Place frozen beef on top of onion mixture.
Place in oven for 10-20 minutes to allow burgers to steam cook (until they turn brown).
Remove and place cheese on each patty (if you are making cheese sliders).
Top each with a bun top and return to oven for 3 minutes.
Top each bun bottom with a dill pickle
Use a spatula to pick up each slider half and place on bun bottom.
If you are looking for a great smoothie shake up then look no further than this delicious frozen treat I have created. It is a great kick start to any busy day and holds enough nutrition to hold you over until lunch or your mid morning snack. This smoothie gives me a ton of energy and tastes so darn good. I am obsessed!!!
Avocado Shake Recipe from the “Loftus Kitchen”
2 ripe bananas
2 avocados mashed
1/2 cup coconut shavings or 1/2 pineapple
1/2 cup of vanilla honey Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons of your local honey (this also helps with allergies and hay fever)
1 cup of frozen raspberries and blueberries
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
This serves 4 tall shake glasses. Adjust the amount for your convenience and Enjoy!.