Italian Meatloaf

My TOP favorite dinner…. it is so moist and juicy and the glaze is just awesome! ❤

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 kilos of ground beef
  • 1 tbspn of Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, finely choppes
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 2 bread slices
  • ¼ cup of Milk
  • ¼ cup of Chopped Parsley
  • 1 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Dash of Worcesteshire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

FOR GLAZE

  • ¾ cup of Ketchup
  • 2 tbspns of Tomato Paste
  • ¼ cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp of Dried Mustard
  • 1 tsp of Paprika
  • 1 tsp of Granulated Garlic
  • 1 tsp of Granulated Onion

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  • In a sauté pan over medium heat, cook the onion and garlic in the olive oil for about 6 to 8 minutes or until soft and translucent, allow to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, put the slices of bread and pour the milk over them, let them sit for a few minutes or until the bread soaks up all the milk.
  • In a large bowl, combine the beef, the milk soaked bread, cooked onion and garlic, parsley, parmiggiano, worchesteshire sauce, eggs, salt and pepper. Mix until everything is well combined but don’t over mix and compact the mixture too much otherwise your meatloaf will be tough.
  • Place a cooling rack over a baking sheet (or use a broiler pan) and place the meat mixture onto it and form it into a loaf, set aside.

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  • In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the glaze. Smear half of it evenly over the top and reserve the rest.
  • Bake the meatloaf for 50 minutes, then smear the rest of the sauce on top and put it back in the oven to bake for another 15 minutes.

Grilled Salmon with Pickles & Salad

Surprise your loved one this NYE! ….Going to city with friends and watching fireworks, drinking all night and doing stupid activities cannot match an outdoor dinner with your loved one, candles, flowers, chocolates, chilled champagne or wine and a lovely home made dinner followed by a sexy, indulging dessert while watching the stars, kissing each other at midnight and making a promise to be together next year and rest of the life…..

Its just amazing….. I am giving you the dinner idea, for rest use your own creativity…….. 🙂 but do make them feel special, you dont know what next year brings……

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon cutlets (lrg size)
  • Some salt and cracked pepper
  • 1 tbspn lemon juice
  • ½ tspn mustard
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped fine)
  • 1 tspn chopped dill
  • 1 tbspn olive oil
  • A splash of olive oil (for cooking)

FOR PICKLES

  • Any garden salad
  • Lemon wedges (very important)
  • Gerkins
  • Olives
  • Pickled chillies
  • Pickled turnips

Procedure:

-Pat the fillets dry with the paper towel.

-In a bowl, mix lemon juice, salt, pepper, oil, garlic, dill and mustard, apply on the fillets and keep aside for 30 mins.

-Meanwhile you can arrange some pickles and greens onto the serving dish.

-Now heat the grill pan, drizzle some oil and place the fillets on it. After 1 minute reduce the heat to medium. Cook 5 – 7 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the fillet. Flip the side only once.

-Now as the fish is cooked, it will be flaky as well so lift it out of the pan very carefully and put it on the plate you just decorated with greens and pickles.

-Serve immediately.

Chicken BBQ Tenderloins

Good for busy chefs …….

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 8 tenderloins
  • Some salt
  • Some red chilli flakes
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice
  • ½ cup smokey BBQ sauce
  • 1 tspn butter/ oil/ any non-stick spray

Procedure:

-Mix all the ingredients in a bowl except butter and tenderloins.

-Heat a non-stick grill pan and grease it with some butter or oil.

-Place the tenderloins on the hot grill pan. Apply the marinade and after 3 minutes flip the side and apply the marinade on the other side as well.

-After 3 minutes flip again and cook for 1 minute on each side.

-Dish them out and serve hot with salad.

Grilled Salmon with Sauteed Mushrooms and Baby Spinach

A good choice for lite, healthy, quick, easy and full filling dinner …..

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillets with skin
  • Some salt
  • Some red chilli flakes
  • 1 tbspn lemon juice
  • Some olive oil

FOR SAUTEED MUSHROOMS AND BABY SPINACH

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tomatoes chopped with seeds
  • 2 tspns oil/ some butter
  • 1 tspn Italian herb mix (parsley, oregano, thyme, onion powder & garlic powder)

Procedure:

-Combine chilli flakes, salt and lemon juice and apply on salmon fillets. Keep aside for 10 minutes.

-Heat grill pan and grill the salmon for about 4 minutes per side on medium heat.

-Take it out onto your serving dish.

-Heat oil in a skillet and fry mushrooms until they are a bit cooked.

-Add spinach and tomatoes along with the herbs. Mix, toss and stir.

-Serve on the side of salmon fillets.

Salmon with Apple Caper Salad

This is my favorite recipe for lite dinner, I like the flavor of Salmon, its different from other fish plus capers add an extra hit to it and olives of course, makes it more rich in flavor and health………

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon tail fillets
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes
  • Some salt
  • ½ lemon squeezed
  • 2 tbspns olive oil

FOR SALAD

  • 1 cup green stuffed olives
  • 1 tbspn baby capers
  • 1 cup sliced cabbage
  • 1 cup julienned apple
  • 1 cucumber sliced
  • Some red chilli flakes
  • ½ lemon squeezed

Procedure:

-Heat the grill pan and place the fillets on it with the skin side down.

-Let it freckle and crackle on low heat for about 5 minutes.

-Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix lemon juice, olive oil, salt and red chilli flakes together.

-Now turn the side of the fish and apply the lemon mixture with silicon brush.

-Let it cook for 5 minutes. Then flip and apply rest of the mixture on the other side with the silicon brush.

-Take it out onto the plate with apple cabbage salad.

FOR SALAD

-Combine all the vegetables in a salad mixer and mix. Take it out in a bowl and prepare the dressing by combining red chilli flakes and lemon juice.

-Pour the dressing on the salad and serve with any grilled fish (specially Salmon).

Crisp Skinned Salmon with Greek Salad

A healthy and nutritious idea for dinner …..

 

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen


Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillets (with skin)
  • Some salt
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice
  • 1 tbspn olive oil

FOR GREEK SALAD

Greek Salad Recipe

Procedure:

-Place salmon fillets on a plate and season with some salt. Make a mixture of oil and lemon juice and apply on the fillets.

-Take a grilled pan, place the fillets on it and then turn on the flame. (place the fillets, skin down, on a cold grill pan)

-Let the fillets warm up with the pan, this will stop the skin from bubbling and cracking.

-Cook for 2 minutes per side.

-Take a serving plate, put a generous serving of Greek Salad and place the fillet on the side with your greens.

-Serve.

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