The Perfect Dinner Recipes by Chef April

The Perfect Dinner Recipes by Chef April

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Dinner should consist of protein and vegetables. Try to avoid carbohydrates at dinner time. Here are some recipes to help get you started on a healthy lifestyle.

Eggplant and Spaghetti Squash

 1 Spaghetti squash

4 Tablespoons olive oil

1 Large eggplant, sliced in roundsDelicious!

2 Eggs, lightly scrambled

1 Cup fresh bread crumbs

32 oz. Prepared sauce

4 Oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

¼ Cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400°. Cut the squash in half, vertically and remove seeds. Place squash on a sheet pan and brush with 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Place them cut side down and bake in oven until soft, about 25- 30 minutes. Remove and cool just enough to handle. Scrape out each squash with a folk and keep warm. Reduce oven heat to 350°

Heat sauce in a sauce pan until hot. Keep warm.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat the remaining olive oil until hot but not smoking. Dredge the eggplant rounds in egg and then bread crumbs and saute until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Continue until all the rounds have been browned.

In a large baking dish, spread a small amount of sauce on the bottom and top with the golden eggplant. Apply sauce over eggplant and top with mozzarella cheese slices. Layer if you have extra rounds. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Place spaghetti squash on plate. Layer two eggplant rounds over squash and top with parmesan cheese.

Shakshuka with Swiss Chard and Chorizo

3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 Oz. chorizo

1 Medium onion, diced

4 Garlic cloves, minced

1 Large bunch Swiss chard, stems removed

Minced and leaves reservedProtein

32 Oz. (4 cups) prepared tomato sauce

1 Teaspoon dried basil

Pinch of crushed red pepper

Salt and pepper to taste

8 Large eggs

3 Tablespoons freshly grated

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

¼ Cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large oven-proof skillet, heat olive oil. Add chorizo, onion, garlic and Swiss chard stems and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until stems are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the sauce, dried basil and crushed red pepper; simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add a pinch of salt and the Swiss Chard leaves. Blanche the leaves until just wilted, about 2 minutes. Drain and cool. When cooled squeeze all the water from the leaves. Arrange the leaves in the skillet into 8 round sections.

Crack the eggs into the rings of Swiss chard. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake just until egg whites have set, about 13-15 minutes.

Remove from oven, sprinkle cheese over top and let set for 5 minutes. Sprinkle the fresh basil on and serve with crusty bread.









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