Quick and Easy Spaghetti Sauce

This is my go to sauce that pleases everyone.  When we have surprise guests or even planned quests I will usually make this sauce.
You can make a small batch or a huge batch and freeze part of it for an emergency meal.
I normally have most of the important ingredients in the pantry.  All you need to make it your own are a few fresh ingredients.
Quick and Easy Spaghetti Sauce. This is my go to sauce that pleases everyone.  When we have surprise guests or even planned quests I will usually make this sauce. You can make a small batch or a huge batch and freeze part of it for an emergency meal. I normally have most of the important ingredients in the pantry.  All you need to make it your own are a few fresh ingredients.

I always have several 28 oz cans of San Marzano Tomatoes in my pantry. I buy them when they go on sale.
You don’t have to use San Marzano, any  type of canned tomatoes will work but you will need to add about 2 tsp of sugar if you don’t use them.  The San Marzano’s tend to be a little less acidic and slightly more sweet.
This sauce can be used as spaghetti sauce, lasagna sauce, or any other Italian recipe sauce.  I have used it over eggplant, chicken breasts, etc.

1-2 onions- diced
2 stalks celery-diced
10-15 cloves of garlic-chopped- depending on your love of garlic.
2 lbs of 80% Hamburger meat
2-4 tbsp of Italian herbs-you can buy the mixture or mix you own. (thyme, basil, oregano)
1-2 tsp of dried red chili pepper-
2- 28oz cans of San Marzano tomatoes, doesn’t matter if they are whole, diced or pureed.
Couple good squirts of tomato paste.  I have a tube in the refrigerator, or use 2 tbsp of can paste.
Mushrooms
Zucchini
6oz can of black olives
salt and pepper to taste.

Start by saute’ing the onions and celery, cook for 5-7 minutes, add the hamburger-chop it up as it cooks so it ends up being very small chunks.  Cook until the burger is almost done and add the garlic, herbs and chili peppers.  Add the tomatoes and paste.  Simmer 5 minutes.
Spaghetti Sauce-Measuring Sunshine-This is my go to sauce that pleases everyone.  When we have surprise guests or even planned quests I will usually make this sauce. You can make a small batch or a huge batch and freeze part of it for an emergency meal. I normally have most of the important ingredients in the pantry.  All you need to make it your own are a few fresh ingredients.
While the sauce is simmering, you have time to chop up whatever fresh vegetable you have to add to the sauce.  I generally have mushrooms and zucchini hanging out in the refrigerator.  I chop up a can of black olives  and pour about 1/3 of the juice from the can into the sauce. Add a  little water if it looks a little thick.
Spaghetti Sauce-MeasuringSunshine-This is my go to sauce that pleases everyone.  When we have surprise guests or even planned quests I will usually make this sauce. You can make a small batch or a huge batch and freeze part of it for an emergency meal. I normally have most of the important ingredients in the pantry.  All you need to make it your own are a few fresh ingredients.

Let the sauce simmer until the vegetables are cooked.  Usually about another half hour.

Serve over any type of pasta.

This is my Spaghetti sauce that pleases everyone. You can make a small batch or a huge batch. All you need to make it your own are a few fresh ingredients.

I normally keep the sauce separate and reheat as I need it.  This is perfect to take for lunches to work.

Add a little Parmesan or mozzarella cheese- garlic bread.

Quick and Hearty Chili with Beans

Quick and hearty Chili with Beans is always a winter favorite.  This chili is fast and easy to make.
I have heard the argument that its not really chili if it has beans.  However, my family feels that its not chili without the beans.
So I guess its just where you were raised and the type of chili you grew up eating.
This is my version of quick and fast chili…………..most of the things I use are already in my cupboards.
It takes from start to finish about 1 and 1/2 hours.  This recipe is enough to feed 10-12 hungry people.
Quick and hearty Chili beans.
I will normally serve with cornbread and condiments like, chopped onions, grated cheeses, avocado’s and even sometimes with corn chips, tortilla chips and my son’s  favorite is chilidogs.
I do have to admit I cheated, I did not soak the beans, I ran by my local big box store and picked up the ready to use giant can.

Ingredients:
3lbs. ground beef ( I have also used ground turkey)
3 large onions(chopped  in a food processor)
8 cloves of garlic(chopped with the onions)
2-7 oz cans of roasted green chilies, I use mild ones.
8 oz of dried chilis- (the ones you see in packages all over the grocery store)
6lb 12 oz can  of beans, I used kidney beans but you can use pinto or navy, or a mixture of your favorites.
28oz can of diced tomatoes
salt & pepper
about 3 tablespoons of cumin
about 1/2 cup of chili powder
1 teaspoon of chili flakes
2 tablespoon of garlic powder
Quick and hearty chili with beans.
Start with the dry chili  peppers- tear the stems and take out most of the seeds.  Then simmer in pan with about 2 cups water.
In a big pot start cooking the hamburger on medium heat, when its about half way cooked, add the chopped onions and garlic……… finish cooking.
When the burger is cooked you can scoop the fat out, or not, up to you.  Depending on the % of fat in the burger you use.
Now start adding the spices, the cans of green chilies, tomatoes, and the beans(drain and wash)… have it simmer on medium low while you puree the dried chili’s in a processor.
Pull the chili’s out of the water and puree, then add to strainer and push the creamy stuff through and leave the skin and seeds. It helps to pour the water you simmered them in over the top of the leftover bits and pieces. Add this to the chili…….. this should be enough liquid for the chili to simmer for about half hour.

If you don’t want to use dried chili’s that’s okay, just add more cumin and chili powder.
Quick and easy Chili

I usually taste the chili and adjust the seasoning.  Everyone like chili a little different and so add more or less of any of the seasonings.
While the chili is simmering you can chop up some onions, grate cheese, chop olives,  find the sour cream, corn chips, make some cornbread.  Whatever you want to have with the chili.

Quick and hearty Chili with beans

Easy Wonton Soup Recipe

This wonton soup was easy to make and so delicious.  My favorite soup is Won-ton soup and I can never get enough of it.  After doing a little research……. and by research I mean that I went to my favorite Chinese restaurant and ordered the won-ton soup. I wrote down everything I could identify so I could attempt it my self.

easy wonton soup is easy and healthy . It has shrimp and homemade wonton.

This soup is better than my favorite Chinese restaurant soup, why? The ingredients are fresh and crisp and I was able to add more of my favorite ingredients. The aroma in the kitchen as you make it is so delicious your mouth will water.  This soup is so healthy and by adding more or different ingredients you can make it even more so. It turned out so amazing……..if I do say so myself.

I have to admit I was pretty scared to try this.  I’ve never made homemade won-tons before, and I was just a little nervous about it.
I went to the grocery store to decide what I wanted to put in my soup and even though I couldn’t find fresh snow peas it did turn out great.

You will need:

1 package won-ton wrappers- 12 oz.
For the won-ton filling:
2 chicken breasts- about 1 lb.
one bunch of green onions-you’ll only need 2-3 for the filling
4-6 gloves garlic-I will most likely put more in next time- but I am a garlic-oholic.
3 slices of fresh ginger- I peeled the ginger and cut 3 thin slices off of it.  (You really need to like ginger-or add less)
2 stalks of celery
2 mushrooms- any kind will work
1 tbsp of soy sauce

For the broth:
3-4 chicken broth containers(low sodium)- I used 48 oz containers.
1 bunch bok choy-wash and chop(not too small)
3 stalks of celery- sliced thin
3-5 carrots- slice thin disc’s
1 slice of ginger- this is only going into the pot until it boils-then you need to fish it out.
1/2 can of baby sweet corn-found in the oriental section of the grocery store, or you can use the whole can-up to you.
1/2 lb of shelled shrimp
3 mushrooms-sliced- I think this could use a couple more.

Okay………….. get everything out and ready to work on.

Filling:

Get the food processor and add the mushrooms, celery, green onions, garlic and ginger-chop until small but not pureed.  Chunk the chicken up and add to the processor-chop. While its whirling around-add the soy sauce.  Done.

Get a cutting board and dust with a little flour- very little.  Get a little bowl and put some cold water for dipping fingers into.
Get one wrapper- lay flat- dip fingers in water and dampen all edges- I have to admit- I was not very careful- the whole thing pretty much got damp.  Add 1/2 tsp-ish into the middle, fold in half. Squish the edges together, point the top edge toward you.
homemade chicken wontons, quick, easy and delicious
Roll towards and then fold in half into the middle.
homemade chicken wontons, easy and delicious

Not a very good picture but I had icky fingers and I was only using one hand.
Warning- do not stack on top of each other, they will all stick together.
Meanwhile- open the broth and add to a big pot- start heating on medium high.  Chop the celery, carrots,slice the mushrooms, and 1 glove garlic and slice 1 disc of ginger and add to the broth.

Finish making the won-tons, set aside while you chop all the other ingredients. Clean and prep shrimp.
healthy wonton soup ingredients, fresh, healthy and delicious.

When the broth is boiling- add the won-tons and stir gently.
Then after a couple of minutes(about 4 min.) add the other ingredients to the pot.
simmering wonton soup, healthy, easy and delicous
Bring to boil again and boil for 4-6 minutes- then turn down to simmer for a couple more minutes.

If you look really carefully at the bowl you will see one of the first won-tons I wrapped- they looked like a little envelopes.  Not pretty, but they did stick together.

Easy wor won-ton soup recipe, healthy, fresh and delicious