Cooking with Alisa
Butternut Squash SoupWhen I think of Fall I think of Butternut Squash Soup. I kick it up a notch by adding extra thyme and fresh rosemary. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Alisa's Chicken Enchilada SoupThere is nothing like a great bowl of soup on a cold day! This is one I created and enjoy when the weather starts to get cooler.
Alisa's Chicken and Vegetable SoupThis is a spin off of my Nana's Chicken Soup. Instead of using barley or noodles I use sweet potatoes and canned tomatoes which gives it a different flavor. It's definitely more vegetable based. If you are a vegetarian you can cook the vegetables in water by themselves and omit the chicken. Also if you have fresh herbs and not dried herbs available, those work perfect!
Chicken and Dumpling SoupThis is just good old fashioned chicken and dumpling soup. In the winter we like hardy food, and this definitely hits the spot. I try and use organic ingredients and fresh herbs and I think that makes a difference in the way it tastes.
Chicken Pot PieMost people who know me, know that I love to cook and entertain. I also love making made from scratch meals as often as I can. This is one where left overs have dibs on them!
Alisa's Apple CobblerI love using in season fruits and vegetables. This recipe is using Apples; however you can use any type of fruit such as blueberry's, peaches, raspberries or blackberries.
Hardy Beef StewMy Nana was one of the best cooks around. As soon as we approached her house we could smell the roast, stew or soup emanating from the stove or oven. This one would have hopefully made her proud!
Nanas Blind Pigeons-Lithuanian Stuffed CabbageMy Nana was Lithuanian and along with Pierogis, Blinis and Bonduki's this was a staple in the Lycoff household...
Shrimp, Scallops and Angel Hair PastaWhen I decided this past January to go vegetarian I had to come up with different meals that my family would enjoy. Since we love seafood this is one that you can whip up relatively quickly, using in season vegetables...
Sweet Potato Pancakes with Avocado Dipping SauceI saw a version of this in a magazine years and years ago and decided to put my own twist on it... I enjoy these and can eat them as a meal. Nothing else is needed!
Breakfast FrittataI love eggs on a Sunday morning, especially any type of omelet or quiche with lots of veggies. Frittatas are great because they are high protein and low carb, and are especially good if you are gluten intolerant.
Curried Vegetables with Coconut Lime RiceI am a big fan of Indian Food and Spices. I believe there is a holistic approach to health by how and what we eat. Turmeric is a key spice in this dish. Not only does it have a ton of medicinal properties, it is also believed to be one of the most powerful herbs on the planet for fighting and reversing disease. I say use more Turmeric! With this dish you can use any type of vegetables: cauliflower, potatoes, string beans, peas, you name it. You can also add chicken or shrimp for added protein.
Leli's Spaghetti Squash Soup with Goat Cheese and BasilWe have a local organic restaurant in the area called Leli's. All of their food is organic and made in house. One night one of their specials was this soup; I loved it so much I had to go home and re-create it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did...
Farmer's Market Pesto SandwichWhen summer rolls around we always want to know what to do with in season veggies. This is the perfect solution! Do not feel like you have to make the pesto from scratch. Especially if you are pressed for time. Stores such as Trader Joe's and Costco offer pre made pesto with the same ingredients.
Mussels in Tomato Sauce with Fresh BasilMussels have to be one of the most inexpensive types of seafood to make, and the easiest. Barring no one is allergic to shellfish, you can feed a lot of people with this recipe and still feel satiated. Pair with a nice red bottle of wine, and Italian bread, and it's the perfect meal!
Alisa's Gluten Free Macaroni and CheeseThis is a favorite amongst my running group. A lot of us are vegetarian or gluten free, and so this one is always requested at pot lucks.
Saute'd Vegetables and FettucineWhen I became a Pescatarian in January I needed to come up with meals that were healthy and that the family would enjoy. This is SO easy. You will find that a lot of my meals include garlic. I totally believe that garlic has a lot of healing powers and proven health benefits. You will also find that I use a lot of the same vegetables in my meals. Sautéing vegetables takes all of 7 minutes. You will find that it is easy to add them to pasta, quinoa, salad, or just eat them plain. Either way you can't go wrong. For a Vegan meal substitute or omit the cheese.
Healthy Collard GreensWhen you grow up in the South, Collards are a Southern staple. I didn't like them growing up, but as an adult I appreciate their unique flavor and have grown to love them. You can add bacon to this recipe and use the drippings for extra flavor, or keep it light and omit the bacon.
Nana's Lithuanian SaladThis was a favorite when I was younger. Not only is it easy, its tasty and is a great accompaniment to any meal or gathering.
Marintated Pork TenderloinThis is perfect for grilling! A main dish for a barbecue or get together!
Coconut Curried Shrimp and VegetablesSomeone asked me, 'where do I come up with recipe's?" I love going to new restaurants and trying to figure out which spices and ingredients they use. I went to a local Thai restaurant a few weeks ago and wanted to see if I could duplicate their dish. I did!
Potatoes with Poached EggsI love breakfast, especially on Sunday mornings. This is a great breakfast to make when you have company because, who doesn't love potatoes and eggs?
Eli's Egg RollsWe love egg rolls. Plain and simple. I knew they couldn't be that hard to make so I thought I would give it a go. It worked, and now they are on Eli's request list.
No Carb Shrimp ScampiFor anyone on a low carb or no carb diet this is a great dish that goes a long way!
Vegeterian ChiliThere is nothing better than a nice bowl of Chili on a Cool Fall or Winter's night. I hope you find this version is just as hearty using only vegetables.
Easy Pad ThaiPad Thai is one of my favorites and it is also very easy to make! The key is having all of the ingredients...
My Favorite BologneseI think Bolognese is one of my absolute favorite dishes to make. It pairs well with a big glass of red wine, and is perfect to make when you have company. Also a lot of people ask me why I add small amounts of sugar to my tomato based sauces. It is because my grandmother was Sicilian and she used to use honey. It helps prevent the tomato sauce from becoming too acidic. So you can add honey, brown sugar or a sugar substitute if you are on a low sugar or no sugar diet.
Zucchini FrittersIn the Summertime our garden produces an abundance of zucchini. Even giving it away we have way more than we can use, so I decided to put it to good use and make some fritters. They are always a hit!
Some of the recipe's in this book have been in my family for years, and have always been a staple in our household. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
This book is dedicated to my Nana, Margaret Lycoff.. I can still smell your roasts cooking in the oven ... xoxo