Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Egg Pasta

It was a weekday morning and I didn't know what to cook, plus I didn't feel like cooking a long meal. Grocery day wasn't until the weekend so there's not much of a choice for me. I wanted a pasta dish, but no ingredients to make pasta sauce. All I had were eggs, bell pepper, cheese, and whatever that's in the pantry. I wasn't left with much, but I came up with a creative recipe. Similar to carbonara pasta, but without the meat. It's a very good, simple dish that I now enjoy with little ingredients. It's a great easy dinner meal and great for a breakfast brunch!

1 lbs pasta, bowties
5 eggs
1 cup grated parmesean cheese
1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup milk *I used coconut milk because it's all I had*
Salt and pepper
1 bell pepper, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
olive oil

Cook pasta according to package until aldente, drain and set aside. Beat eggs with milk, dill, salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup cheese. Set the other 1/2 cup cheese aside.

Heat skillet pan to medium heat with olive oil. Add the garlic and bell peppers until peppers have soften and garlic released its flavor. Turn heat down to low and add in the pasta, stirring occasionally to prevent a crust to form on the pasta. Slowly add in the egg mixture and evenly coat the pastas. Once egg mixture coats the pasta (about 1 minute), turn off heat and continue stirring until the egg mixture is no longer running. The heat from the pasta will continue cooking the egg mixture, but not over cook it. Salt and pepper to taste. Add remaining cheese at the end before serving. Can also drizzle alittle extra virgin olive oil.

Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki sauce is a greek cucumber yogurt sauce mainly used as a dip with beef or lamb kabobs or in gyros. Gyros are a greek version of a pita wrap. There's many versions of tzatziki sauce, but I made mines plain and simple with tons of flavor. I eat tzatziki sauce with anything. It's great on burgers, hot dogs, smeared on pita breads or on salads. I just fell in love with this sauce. It's cool and refreshing and just so yummy. You can definitely leave out some ingredient. Actually, you really only need 3 ingredients; greek yogurt, chopped dill, and garlic cloves with salt and pepper. Very simple, but my version is also simple with great flavors.

Beef stips with tzatziki sauce

Greek yogurt should be found in the yogurt isle of your grocery store. If you can find strained greek yogurt then that'll save you time. If not, then use a cheese cloth and strain the greek yogurt yourself. You will also want to strain your cucumber so that the sauce doesn't become liquidy.

1 cup cucumber, grated and strained
1 cup grated greek yogurt, strained
1 cup sour cream
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Combine together the strained greek yogurt with the sour cream. Add the cucumber, garlic, and chopped dill. Mix well and add the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for 1 hr and serve as a meat dip or with pita bread.

Beef Strips: oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and olive oil


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