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Surprisingly savory with the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, and red wine, this stew is nice when you want something unusual.

2 pounds boneless lamb stew meat (such as as shoulder), cubed
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced thin
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes
1 cup wine
1 bay leaf
a few sprigs of parsley
Place the lamb in a glass bowl or baking dish and toss with cinnamon, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cover and place in refrigerator for up to 24 hours, or cook immediately.

In a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven, sauté the pieces of lamb in the oil over medium heat. You may have to work in batches. Meat should be browned on all sides. When all of the meat is browned, add the garlic, carrots, celery and onion, and cook for about five minutes, stirring, until vegetables start to soften . Add tomatoes, wine and bay leaf. When mixture begins to bubble, reduce heat to low and cover.

Cook for 2 hours, or until meat falls apart when squeezed.

Serve over couscous or rice and garnish with chopped parsley.

Original recipe
The perfect winter meal: warm, creamy potato soup with sweet ham, corn, and bacon. Be sure to use good quality ham, thick cut.

6 c. diced potatoes
8 strips bacon
½ onion, sliced
1 c. celery, sliced
2 c. honey ham, chopped
3 tbs. butter
6 tbs. flour
2 c. milk
2 cans chicken broth
1 ½ tsp. thyme
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
¾ can corn
chives
cheese

Fry bacon. Empty most of grease. 
Sauté onion and celery until tender, slowly add broth and milk with flour to create a nice roux.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer on medium until potatoes are done.

From: Daniel
chicken_pasta_salad_sm.jpgFinally, a pasta salad I like! The bright citrus dressing and red grapes are balanced by the addition of a few toasted walnuts & chopped green onions.

3  cups  uncooked farfalle (bow tie pasta)  or rigatoni (about 8 ounces)
1/3  cup  fresh orange juice (~1 orange)
1/4  cup  fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
2  tablespoons  extravirgin olive oil
1  tablespoon  stone-ground mustard
2  teaspoons  sugar
1 1/4  teaspoons  salt
1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
2 tbs  white wine vinegar
2  cups  shredded cooked chicken breast (about 2 breasts)
1 1/2  cups  seedless red grapes, halved
1  cup  thin diagonally cut celery
1/4 c. sliced green onions
1/3  cup  coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
2  tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley
optional: lettuce or arugula to serve it on

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Cool completely.

Combine orange juice and the next 7 ingredients (orange juice through rice vinegar) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk to combine. Add pasta, chicken, grapes, celery, green onion, walnuts, olives, and parsley; toss gently to combine.


Original recipe (Cooking Light)

Ultimate crock-pot convenience: put all the ingredients in and just let it cook till you're ready to eat.

1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic
½ tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 can whole or chopped tomatoes (14.5 oz)
1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste (6 oz.)
1 ½ lb. chicken breasts, cut into 1" cubes
½ lb. sliced mushrooms
½ c. celery, chopped

Combine all ingredients, cook in crock-pot on high 4 hours. Serve with noodles.
This heavily spiced chicken soup is sweet from the apples and mango chutney, but has quite a bit of heat from the jalapeno and crushed red pepper. You can make the chutney ahead of time or use store bought. Serve the soup with a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt on top to cut the heat and fresh naan (Indian flatbread) on the side.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup chopped peeled Gala or Braeburn apple
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 c. white wine
1/3 cup mango chutney* Recipe Follows
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 c. frozen peas
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and sauté 3 minutes. Remove from pan; set aside.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in pan. Add apple and next 4 ingredients (apple through bell pepper); sauté 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the flour and next 4 ingredients (flour through salt); cook 1 minute. Stir in broth, chutney, wine and tomato paste; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; simmer 8 minutes. Return chicken to pan, add peas.Cook 2 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups
Calories:236
Fat: 4.8g (sat 0.8g,mono 1.1g,poly 2.3g)
Original Recipe (Cooking Light)


Mango Chutney

1 1/2 cups cubed peeled ripe mango (about 1 medium)
1/3 cup chopped yellow onion
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon diced jalapeño pepper
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat 30 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; mash with a potato masher until desired consistency. Cool completely. Store chutney in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.

Yield: 1 1/4 cups (serving size: 2 tablespoons)
Calories: 35
Original recipe (Cooking Light)

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