Shared Holiday Traditions

Turkey Fruit PlatterThe holidays are approaching and it’s a great time to share some of our family traditions.

Stephanie, a member of our office team at Grampian Hills Apartments, likes to get creative with her holiday meals. Last year, she and her daughters created a healthy and fun turkey platter from fresh fruit. It was simple to make and they enjoyed time together in the kitchen. The holidays are a perfect time to make family memories!


Tasty Tuesday: Grilled Shrimp “Souvlaki”

Ingredients

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided, plus additional for brushing grill
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
3/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced and divided
2 cucumbers (about 1 pound)
Black pepper, to taste
1 pint cherry tomatoes (about 1/2 pound)
1 small red onion, cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick rings
4 whole-grain flatbreads
8 small romaine leaves (optional)

Preparation

1. Preheat grill.

2. Rinse shrimp, and pat dry. Stir together 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon oil, and 1 tablespoon each dill and oregano in a medium bowl. Add the shrimp, and toss to combine. Marinate, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.

3. Stir together 1/4 cup yogurt, half of garlic, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon dill in a serving bowl. With a vegetable peeler, cut cucumbers into lengthwise ribbons, discarding the largely seeded core. Toss cucumber ribbons with yogurt mixture and pepper, to taste.

4. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup yogurt with remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, remaining 1 tablespoon dill, and remaining garlic in a small serving bowl for raita sauce. Season with pepper, to taste.

5. Toss tomatoes and onion with remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil in a bowl. Grill shrimp with tomatoes and onion in a lightly oiled well-seasoned cast-iron skillet or grill pan, turning once, 5 minutes or until shrimp are bright pink and cooked through, tomatoes are softened, and onion is golden brown and tender. Transfer to a plate; cover and keep warm.

6. Grill flatbread until golden brown and slightly crisp. Transfer to 4 serving plates; top evenly with cucumber salad, shrimp, onions, tomatoes, and romaine, if desired. Serve with raita sauce.


Apple-Pumpkin Brown Betty

It is the time of year that yields everything pumpkin! Try this recipe to see if you want to add it to your collection.

Ingredients
1 2-to-3-pound sugar pumpkin
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup cubed bread (preferably from a baguette)
2 Gala apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon rum (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Kosher salt
Maple syrup, for drizzling

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Slice off and reserve the top 1 1/2 inches of the pumpkin. Scoop out the seeds and stringy pulp.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bread and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 4 minutes; transfer to a bowl. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, the apples, brown sugar and raisins to the skillet and cook until the apples are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in the rum, vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Return the bread to the skillet.

Put the pumpkin in a small baking dish and fill the pumpkin with the apple mixture. Cover with the pumpkin top and add 1 inch of boiling water to the baking dish. Cover loosely with foil and bake until the pumpkin is tender, 2 hours to 2 hours, 30 minutes. Remove the foil and pumpkin top and return the stuffed pumpkin to the oven. Bake until the filling is lightly browned, about 10 more minutes. Transfer to a serving plate and drizzle with maple syrup. To serve, scrape the pumpkin flesh and stir into the apple mixture.


Tasty Tuesday: Creamy Chicken on Linguine

Tender strips of chicken browned in oil, butter and garlic are arranged over hot pasta and topped with a sumptuous sauce of cream, milk, onions, scallions and Parmesan cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (16 ounce) package linguini pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 green onions, sliced diagonally into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1. In a large saute pan, heat oil, butter and garlic over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until juices run clear. Remove chicken from pan let cool and slice diagonally into long strips. Reserve oil in pan.
2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions on package. Drain.
3. Reheat oil in pan, add onion and saute, stirring often, until onion is soft but still white. Add bullion cube and water; bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for approximately 10 minutes. Stir in cream, milk, green onions and Parmesan cheese.
4. Place pasta in a bowl, layer chicken slices in a decorative pattern over pasta, pour sauce over top of chicken and around pasta. Garnish with parsley or any herbs you desire. Serve immediately.

Found at AllRecipes.com