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Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Tortellini Salad

Salad anyone... Well we have a special treat for you this week. Smarty Marty special recipe idea for you is a Tortellini Salad... So before we get started lets gather together the needed ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package dried spinach tortellini
  • 1 (8 ounce) package dried three-cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 (6 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 (6 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups oil and vinegar dressing
1 (8 ounce) package dried spinach tortellini 1 (8 ounce) package dried three-cheese tortellini 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved 1 (6 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 1 (6 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 1/4 cup grated carrots 1 1/2 cups oil and vinegar dressing
  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in spinach and three-cheese tortellini and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through but is still slightly firm, 10 to 11 minutes.
  2. Drain well, and allow tortellini to cool.
  3. Toss together the tortellini, grape tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, red onion, carrots, and dressing in a large bowl.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours or overnight.

Recipe Prep Time 15 mins  Cook Time is 10 min This salad is ready in 3 hours 25 mins

Tortellini Salad- Smarty Marty
Tortellini Salad- Smarty Marty .jpg

Food Styled and Prepared By Smarty Marty 

Recipe By - Allrecipes.com 

Atlanta Based Photography Elisha Akram (Kustom Kreation Photography) weekly food/recipe contributor Smarty Marty(My Older Sister) combines her love for cooking, photography and plating meals each and every Tuesday for this Segment entitled Foodie Tuesday. Join us each week for a variety of dishes prepared by Smarty Marty

Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Jamaican Chicken Soup

Smarty Marty Stirs up the pot this week with her take on delicious Jamaican Chicken Soup! 

Let's prepare ourself by gathering up the fresh ingredients needed for this Foodie Idea of the Week 

You are going to need the following ingredients 

INGREDIENTS

½ Chicken (cut in 8 pieces)
2 sprig Thyme
1 tbsp Salt
1 stalk escallion
4 Pimento Berries (Allspice)
½ lb Yellow Yam

2 Irish Potatoes
2 lb. Pumpkin (cut up into 1 inch pieces)
1 Cho-cho (Christophine) (cut up into 1 inch pieces)
1 pk Jamaican Chicken Noodle or Cock Soup
1 oz. Butter

Jamaican Chicken Soup

Preparation 

METHOD

1. In a stock pot, add three quarts of water and then add salt to taste. Bring water to a boil then add chicken, pumpkin, and cho-cho together. Boil for 30 minutes.

2. Peel the skins off the yellow yam and potatoes and wash these root vegetables in cold water to remove the dirt. 

3. Cut each vegetable into four slices and then add them to the pot.

Special tip: - You man add spinners (small dumplings) to the soup at this time if you wish.

4. The flame should be turned to high at this point and allow to boil for 15 minutes.

5. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot, turn the flame down to medium, and cook for another 10 minutes, then simmer for another 5 minutes.

6. Check the yellow yam to ensure that it is soft. If not, cook until it becomes soft but not mushy.

Cook's tip: You can speed up the time to prepare this chicken soup by slicing the yellow yam into thinner slices.

Jamaican Chicken Soup
Jamaican Chicken soup
Photos and Food Preparation and Styling  By Smarty Marty  Recipe By - http://www.jamaica-land-we-love.com   

Photos and Food Preparation and Styling  By Smarty Marty

Recipe By - http://www.jamaica-land-we-love.com

 

Foodie Tuesday by Smarty Marty - Egg Plant Parmesean

This week dinner idea is Egg Plant Parmesean! 
 

Ingredients   1 medium eggplant cut into 3/4 inch slices 1cup seasoned dried breadcrumbs 1 egg 1 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese 1 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce 2 garlic gloves 1 tablespoon of minced basil 1 tablespoon water 1/4 teaspoon red crushed pepper flakes 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Ingredients

1 medium eggplant cut into 3/4 inch slices
1cup seasoned dried breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce
2 garlic gloves
1 tablespoon of minced basil
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon red crushed pepper flakes
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a small bowl beat the egg and water together. Place the bread crumbs in shallow dish. Dip eggplant slices in egg mixture then in crumbs, being sure to coat thoroughly.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add eggplant slices and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown and tender.
While eggplant is cooking, combine spaghetti sauce and pepper flakes and minced garlic cloves in a saucepan over low heat.
Place half of the eggplant in a greased 1-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the basil and Parmesan cheese. Arrange spaghetti sauce over top; sprinkle with remaining basil and Parmesan
cheese. Layer with half of the mozzarella cheese and the remaining eggplant; top with remaining mozzarella. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 5 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted.

eggplant parmesean
Images & Food Styling By Smarty Marty!

Images & Food Styling By Smarty Marty!

Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty- Veggie Stuffed Chicken Breast! 

This week dish Foodie Tuesday Dish By Smarty Martyis Veggie Stuffed chicken Breast ! 

Pull out your ingredients and lets get ready to prepared a delicious delight!

chicken breast ingredients

Veggie Stuffed Chicken Breast Ingredient Listing

4 boneless skinless chicken breast
8 oz. Feta cheese sliced
6 oz. mozzarella cheese
1 medium white onion
3 or 4 large garlic gloves
1/2 red bell pepper
2 cups of fresh chopped spinach
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon of flaked pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Chicken Breast - stuffed

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Slice the chicken breast in half not going all the way through and spread open, lightly tap down flat with mallet.
Salt and pepper breast on both sides to taste
Heat olive oil in a frying pan and add onion, pepper, 3 garlic cloves, mushrooms and sauté until mushrooms and onions soften.
Now add spinach until spinach softens
Remove combination from frying pan and place in a bowl to add the feta cheese, the last garlic clove, salt and pepper to taste; add flaked red pepper mix completely.
Place equal amounts of mixture on the breast and roll the breast. Secure with toothpick or string.
Lightly spray a large rimmed sheet pan with olive oil (any pan will do) lined with foil or parchment paper and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until stuffing reaches internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Top chicken breast with mozzarella cheese and bake a additional 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

setting for chicken breast
chicken breast -

Food Preparation and Styling By Smarty Marty