All posts by smrecipes

Chicken Lasagna – Recipe

9 pieces lasagna pasta
2 pound of boiled in salt water and shredded chicken breast
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
5 basil leaves cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 jar marinara sauce
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup chopped white onion
4 green olives cut into small pieces
5 crushed garlic cloves
1/2 green pepper cut into thin half moon pieces
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste

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Coffee Flan – Fan de Cafe

8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup evaporated milk
2/3 cup expreso coffee
5 eggs
1/4 cup dark liquor or coffee liquor
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar

For the caramel
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

In small sauce pan make the caramel by mixing the two caramel ingredients. Cook over medium high until light brown stirring every 3 minutes. Pour caramel into a 9″ round cake pan. In a blender mix cheese, eggs and sugar. Then mix the rest of ingredients and pour into baking pan. Preheat oven 350 degrees. In a baking dish bigger than the cake pan pour 1/4 cup water and place the flan pan inside. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. Check if is done by using a knife, the flan is done if the knife is clean of mixture. Let it cool down and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Turn it upside down into a serving plate and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve with whipping cream or ice cream on the side.

*My friends from Beverly Hills will invite me for Thanksgiving with the condition that I bring this flan.

Shrimp Wonton – Healthy Recipe

1 pound ground pork
1/4 pounds shelled jumbo shrimp
3 leafs chinese cabbage
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 scallion
1 pack of wonton wrap thin

Cut jumbo shrimp into 3 pieces. Mix shrimp with pork, cabbage, salt, and sesame oil. Chop scallion and set aside.
Scoop the mix into small balls making sure each piece has a shrimp piece. Wrap each ball into a wonton wrap. In a deep pan boil water and drop the win ton until they float. Place in a a bowl and top with with soy sauce and scallions.

* Living in LA for 10 years has given me an oriental flair to my cooking

Sonia's Basil (or your favorite herb) Rice – Recipe

1 cup of jasmine or white rice
2 tablespoon butter
1 onion chopped into small pieces
3 crushed garlic heads
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup chopped basil or any other herb like, cilantro, or mint.
salt and pepper

In a thick tall pot melt the butter over medium. Add the onion and garlic stirring for 5 minutes. Grind the basil and broth in a blender. Stir the rice and add the chicken broth, salt ( Salt gets lost on the rice, put more than normal) and pepper to taste. Bring to boil then reduce to low. Cover and simmer for around 15 minutes or until done. Serves 4

*Living in Dallas has inspired me to create herb rice.

Sonia's Grilled Sea Bass Top with Pineapple or Papaya Salsa – Recipe

6 sea bass filets or any white fish
1 1/2 cups chopped pineapple or papaya
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup fresh cilantro cut into small pieces
1 crushed garlic clove
3 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground curry
1/2 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper

Preheat the grill for over medium for 15 minutes. Season sea bass with salt and pepper. In a mixing bowl combine the fruit, onion, cilantro, crushed garlic, curry, cumin and lemon juice. Season with a pinch of salt. Grill the filets on an oiled grill rack for 4 minutes each side or until flake. Place on a serving dish and top the it with fruit. Serves 6

*This recipe can transport you to any beach resort, COQUI!

Spaghetti Squash – Recipe

1 big spaghetti squash
2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup of water
garlic salt and peper to taste

Cut squash in half. Season with salt and pepper. Rub the olive oil. In a baking dish pour the water and place the squash with the inside part looking down. Bake 350d for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let it cool down for 5 minutes. Remove the seeds and shred the inside with a fork. Place it in a shallow plate. Pour just a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

Sonia's Healthy Bruschetta Recipe

4 pieces soppresatta deli quality
2 cups part skim milk mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon italian spices
1/2 teaspoon red pepper if you like spicy
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 roma tomato
4 pre-sliced Oroweat 100% whole wheat sandwich thin, they are easy to find in the bread or deli section.
1-2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
fresh basil to garnish

In a wood board cut and mix and the first 6 ingredients until small. In a cookie sheet spread 1 tablespoon olive oil and place the open sandwich bread thins with the inside part down. Put the mix evenly on top, layer with a slice of roma tomato and cook 375 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove from oven, drip the balsamic vinegar on top and garnish with basil. Serve as an appetizer or just bread with any fabu meal!

Quick Chicken Spaghettis or Salmon Recipe

2- chicken breast or 1/2 pound of smoked salmon
1- cup of your favorite spaghetti sauce, I like tomato basil, but for salmon I just add 1/2 cup of wine
1- pound of spaghettis or pasta of your choice
2- tablespoon olive oil
Garlic salt and pepper to taste
parmesan cheese

In a water pan boil chicken breast with salt and oil. Set aside until cool. For the smoked salmon just skip the boiling part. Slice chicken breast into thin stringy pieces. Cook chicken with spaghetti sauce, salt and pepper for 10 minutes. Boil spaghettis or pasta of your choice until done and drain. Mix with sauce. Top with parmesan cheese and serve

Meatballs Puertorrican style

1 pound 90% ground meat or turkey
1/2 pound ground ham or ground pork
1 onion dice into tiny pieces
1 piece of whole wheat bread
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. *This is my secret spice when I cook any ground meat.
2 teaspoon garlic salt or salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 egg
2/3 cup salt cracker crumbs
1 cup tomato sauce
olive oil

Mix all of the ingredients one by one. Preheat oven 350d. With a tablespoon make balls and place them on a cooking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until done. COQUI!

*A traditional must in every party in Puerto Rico!