Category Archives: Simple Entrées

Hoisin Pork and Green Onion Pancakes

Hoisin Pork and Green Onion Pancakes

  We thought we would pay homage to our Olympic athletes in South Korea with a few Asian recipes for our next series of posts.  Asian ingredients are easily found in the international foods section of the grocery store. Tight on time?  Grill the meat and reheat before ready to serve.  Also, the pancake batter…Continue Reading

Elegant Scallops with Chive and Butter Sauce

Elegant Scallops with Chive and Butter Sauce

Scallops are elegant, delicious, and easy to prepare.  In less than 20 minutes – start to finish – you will elevate your simple celebration entrée to restaurant quality without the restaurant prices!  Next week we will publish an orzo recipe which is a perfect side to serve along with the scallops. 1 1/4-1 1/2 pound large…Continue Reading

Low Fat Chicken, Zucchini and Mozzarella Roll Ups

Low Fat Chicken, Zucchini and Mozzarella Roll Ups

This recipe was inspired by Gina Homolka’s cookbook, The Skinnytaste.  We added a few more spices to give it a little kick.  Using olive oil and lemon juice as the liquid for the breading process keeps calories down to about 200 calories per roll.  Spraying the chicken prior to cooking with cooking spray gives the breadcrumb…Continue Reading

Shrimp Pappardelle

Shrimp Pappardelle

This elegant meal is restaurant quality, but won’t break the bank!  Quite often frozen shrimp go on sale at the grocery store which helps keep the cost of this meal reasonable.  Be sure and stock up!  To defrost shrimp, simply put them in a bowl and fill with water.  In about 10 minutes, the shrimp…Continue Reading

Elegant Lobster & Shrimp Entrée

Elegant Lobster & Shrimp Entrée

Two of our favorites foods combined in one delicious meal!  If you are having a romantic dinner for two, or an intimate dinner party, this dish will impress.  And, of course, it’s simple!!! Seafood: 3-4 lobster tails (uncooked) shelled and sliced into medallions 1/2 lb shrimp, deveined with shells and tails off 1 T olive…Continue Reading

Zesty Green Olive Sauce Pasta with Shrimp

Zesty Green Olive Sauce Pasta with Shrimp

This dish has a ton of flavor and uses ingredients that are very zesty.    Don’t fear the anchovy fillets!  They are mashed and add a background of, to use Vicki’s words, a salty zing.  The sauce can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. 12 oz. fresh angel hair pasta 4 oil-packed anchovy fillets…Continue Reading

Spinach and Chicken Enchiladas – Another Make-Ahead, Delicious Recipe from The Simple Celebration!

Spinach and Chicken Enchiladas – Another Make-Ahead, Delicious Recipe from The Simple Celebration!

In Vicki’s household, chicken enchiladas are a favorite birthday dinner request.  Her original recipe was time-consuming, so she came up with a few short cuts that make this meal’s preparation a pleasure vs. a chore.  Making these in advance?  Put unbaked enchiladas in the freezer and when needed, bring to room temperature and bake.  …Continue Reading

Drunken Steak Tacos with Chipotle Salsa

Drunken Steak Tacos with Chipotle Salsa

The steak in this recipe is marinated in beer for hours, hence the “drunken” title.  We came across the recipe in the latest issue of Bon Appetite magazine and gave it a try with some Simple Celebration tweaking.  How about making tonight a taco night?  First, open a beer (off to a good start?). 1…Continue Reading

One Dish Wonder!  Orzo and Salmon Dinner

One Dish Wonder! Orzo and Salmon Dinner

Don’t be fooled by the title, this meal is all served in one dish, but there are many more dishes to wash than just one during clean up (sorry!).  Moving  on … Feel free to substitute any of the herbs and vegetables in this recipe for things you already have on hand.  By the way,…Continue Reading

Cold Shrimp Salad for a Warm Summer Night

Cold Shrimp Salad for a Warm Summer Night

Busy summer?  Here’s a dinner solution that is chock-full of fresh, summer flavors.  Throw it together before you head out the door, all the tastes will meld together, and dinner will be ready to serve when you return home! 1 lb. extra large cooked shrimp, shelled and deveined but with tails left on 1 T.…Continue Reading

St. Pete Caprese Sandwich

St. Pete Caprese Sandwich

  One of our favorite places to “do” lunch in downtown St. Pete is at the MFA Café (255 Beach Drive NE at the Museum of Fine Arts).  You can sit inside or enjoy your lunch on the patio at the rear of the museum overlooking Vinoy Basin.  A fabulous sandwich on their menu is…Continue Reading

A Vacation Feast – Shrimp, Feta & Fennel

A Vacation Feast – Shrimp, Feta & Fennel

  Cooking while on vacation?  Yes!  And it is a blast (especially when you have the men do the dishes).  We recently visited a little slice of God’s heaven, Costa Rica.  We were fortunate to have accommodations with a beautiful kitchen, so we took full advantage.  Believe it or not, we actually cancelled a dinner…Continue Reading

Saucy Pork – A Versatile Dish

Saucy Pork – A Versatile Dish

Once cooked, this pork can be used several ways.  Put it on a sesame bun and serve along with sweet potato fries, place it on rice and serve with a green salad, or put it on a wrap along with some coleslaw.  Here’s an idea – after the pork is cooked, freeze in small containers…Continue Reading

Chicken Marbella – Prunes and Olives?  Yes!

Chicken Marbella – Prunes and Olives? Yes!

Don’t let the strange ingredients fool you; this tastes fantastic!  The chicken marinades overnight, so a little advanced planning is necessary.  This is also a wonderful buffet dish! 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1 cup pitted prunes, halved 1/2 cup pitted Spanish green olives 1/2 cup capers with some juice 6 bay…Continue Reading

Low Fat Asian Rice Bowl

Low Fat Asian Rice Bowl

We were going through some old Martha Stewart cookbooks and found a great shrimp recipe that sounded light and flavorful.  We modified Martha’s original recipe and liked ours better!  Sorry Martha. 2 c. water 1 c. brown rice (see photo below) 1 lb. shrimp (about 24 count), peeled, deveined, tails left on 8 oz. snow…Continue Reading

Peanutty Moo-shu Pork

Peanutty Moo-shu Pork

The total cooking time for this Asian pork recipe is less than 15 minutes.  If you have some time during the day, you can pre-cut and pre-measure your ingredients and when it’s time to get supper on the table, it’ll happen in no time! 1 lb. pork tenderloin, sliced into thin strips 2 T. cornstarch…Continue Reading

Tangy Marinated Chicken with a Taste of India

Tangy Marinated Chicken with a Taste of India

Not just another chicken recipe, a great one!  This recipe calls for the Indian spice, garam masala, which is a unique ingredient to The Simple Celebration.  Garam masala is a Northern Indian spice which means “hot spice blend.”  It traditionally includes cinnamon, cumin, cloves, cardamom and black pepper.  When mixed with yogurt and other herbs, this…Continue Reading

Healthy Lime Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

Healthy Lime Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

  What makes this recipe healthy?  It contains no oils.  The bold flavors of lime juice, soy sauce and vegetables/herbs give it great taste.   Purchase more steak than you will use for one night’s dinner because the leftovers make great steak fajitas or quesadillas for lunch.  Hint – when marinating with lime juice, do not…Continue Reading

Cheesy Panini to Warm your Night

Cheesy Panini to Warm your Night

While Mary-Ellen is busy getting ready for her son’s wedding on Friday, Vicki is in charge of blogging: I received a panini press from Janice, my sister-in-law, for Christmas.  What a fun and wonderful gift.  It allows you to use your imagination – just open your refrigerator and design your own panini.  Don’t have a…Continue Reading