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Simple Potato Au Gratin

September 19, 2017

D loves steak and potatoes. For his birthday, we decided a simple potato au gratin would be an excellent side dish for some freshly grilled steaks. These were so yummy!

You will need:

  • 1 lb gold-skinned new potatoes or russet potatoes, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut in half (root to top) and then roughly chopped
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 T butter
  • 4 T flour
  • 2 c whole milk
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Create a layer of potato slices in the baking dish, using about 1/3 of the slices.
  4. Sprinkle with about 1/3 of the onions.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Repeat two more times with the remaining potatoes and onions.
  7. Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
  8. Whisk in the flour and allow to cook for about one minute, whisking constantly.
  9. Whisk in the milk gradually to avoid clumps.
  10. Allow to thicken, whisking periodically, about 5-10 minutes or until it reaches a pudding-like consistency.
  11. Whisk in the garlic powder and paprika.
  12. Whisk in the cheese and stir until smooth.
  13. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  14. Pour over the potatoes.
  15. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 90 minutes. (I lined a baking sheet with foil and placed the baking dish on that for easier transfer in and out of the oven).
  16. Remove the foil and allow to bake another 15 minutes.
  17. Let cool at least 5-10 minutes before serving, as the cheese will be very hot and bubbly!

 

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Pasta with Sausage, Peas and Ricotta

September 3, 2017

We are always looking for new ways to build a pasta dinner. This is combination of sausage and tender peas with spice from crushed red pepper flakes is excellent with the creamy and bright whipped lemon ricotta. Just add your favorite dried or fresh pasta for a lovely dinner. We used our fresh arugula pasta, and it was an great pairing.

You will need:

  • 1/4 c pine nuts
  • 1 c ricotta cheese
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/3 c + 3 T grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage, out of its casing
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 c frozen peas
  • 1/2 c favorite stock (I used beef because it was on hand)
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 lb pasta
  • Pepper to taste

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Then you will…

  1. Toast the pine nuts in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring often, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ricotta with the lemon zest, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan, and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Set aside.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Add the sausage and saute 5-6 minutes until starting to brown, breaking it up as you stir.
  5. Add the onion and garlic. Saute until the onion softens and turning golden, 3-5 minutes.
  6. Add the peas, stock, red pepper flakes, and salt. Mix together.
  7. Lower the heat to medium-low and allow the sauce to simmer and reduce, while you cook the pasta.
  8. Cook the pasta in salted water according to its instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water for the sauce when you strain the pasta.
  9. Stir the pasta and Parmesan into the sauce.
  10. Add the pasta water, a little at a time, until your sauce is the desired consistency and coats the pasta.
  11. Season with fresh pepper to taste.
  12. Serve the pasta and sauce topped with some of the ricotta and pine nuts.
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Slow Cooked Shredded Pepper Beef

June 9, 2017

I love using the slow cooker during all seasons. As it’s getting warmer out, it is nice not to add to the heat with the oven. This main dish is incredibly simple and the results are versatile. We had it alongside roasted potatoes the first night, and then had it in sandwiches for lunch several other days that week. It would also be a yummy taco or enchilada filling. Mmmmm….

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 lb pot roast
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, halved and sliced
  • 1 1/2 c beef stock
  • 6 oz hot banana pepper rings (we used jarred)
  • 1/4 c of the liquid from the hot banana pepper jar
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

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Then you will…

  1. Season the pot roast with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Sear the pot roast, 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Place your onions in your slow cooker.
  5. Add the pot roast.
  6. Add the stock, banana peppers and their liquid, and the garlic.
  7. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  8. Remove the roast from the slow cooker and shred.
  9. Return and mix with the sauce. Allow to cook another 15 minutes or so to give the sauce time to soak into the meat.
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Slow Cooker Chili Mac

April 19, 2017

Slow cooked dinners are magical. You add everything to the crock pot and turn it on. Hours later….BAM! Dinner is done! D loves chili and noodles. This combines the best of both. We used ground turkey, but you could substitute lean ground beef. You can also check out this alternative that we tried right after R was born.

You will need:

 

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (30 oz) chili beans in chili sauce
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 c low sodium beef broth
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t cumin
  • 2 T of pickling spices in a tea ball
  • Salt and pepper ,to taste
  • 8 oz favorite shaped pasta, uncooked (e.g., elbows, cavatappi)
  • 2 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • Small bunch of scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • Sour cream for serving (optional)

 

Then you will…

  1. Put the ground turkey in the bottom of your slow cooker and break into smaller pieces. (Optional: if you wanted, you could brown it lightly in a skillet with a few tablespoons of olive oil first).
  2. Add in the onion, garlic, beans, tomatoes, beef broth, chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin.
  3. Stir together.
  4. Add the tea ball of pickling spices.
  5. Cover and cook for 8-10 hours on LOW.
  6. Fifteen minutes before serving, taste test.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Stir in the pasta and shredded cheese. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Turn slow cooker off.
  9. Top with scallions and serve with sour cream, if desired.
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Baked Sausage and Beans

March 28, 2017

This is a play on hot dogs and beans, but we dressed it up with yummy sausage. It comes together very quickly and makes excellent leftovers.

You will need:

  • 16 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 4 T sherry vinegar
  • 2 t dried basil
  • 2 t dried parsley
  • ½ t ground pepper
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage (or your favorite sausage), each sausage cut into two pieces
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) low sodium great northern beans, drained and rinsed

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large ovenproof Dutch oven, mix together the cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, basil, parsley, pepper and salt. (You can also use a 9×13 baking dish).
  3. Mix in the sausage.
  4. Bake 35 minutes, until the sausages are roasted and cooked through. Stir once in the middle of the baking time.
  5. Stir in the beans.
  6. Return to oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes, until the beans are warmed through.
  7. Serve with crusty bread and a fresh salad!

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Puff Pastry Quiche with Spinach and Cheese

February 27, 2017

There are many great things about this recipe. First, you get to use puff pastry, which is flaky and buttery. Then you get to make quiche that is portable and easily customized, which makes this perfect for brunch or households where tastes vary. You can always mix up the egg base and set out a “filling bar” so hungry diners can choose-their-own meal adventure.

This recipe will give you a dozen muffin-sized quiches and a dozen mini quiches. You will likely have some extra filling mixture at the end too, which is perfect for making a quick egg scramble!

You will need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 c fat-free half and half
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 c frozen chopped spinach, thawed with the extra water squeezed out
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 c shredded cheese (I used a cheddar-jack blend)
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed according to the directions

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Set a regular and a mini-sized muffin tin on the counter to the side. Lightly grease the tins.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the eggs together with the half and half, garlic powder, pepper, paprika, salt, and red pepper flakes until light and airy.
  3. Stir in the spinach, onion and cheese (or whatever fillings you want…be creative!).
  4. Set aside.
  5. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry and cut into 9 pieces (3×3). Gently stretch each piece slightly and press each piece into a regular sized muffin tin well.
  6. Unfold the second piece of puff pastry. Cut one-third of it into 3 pieces; these should be roughly equal in size to what you just cut. Gently stretch each piece slightly and press each piece into a regular muffin tin well.
  7. At this point you should have a dozen regular-sized muffin tin wells lined with puff pastry. The next step will line a dozen mini-sized muffin tin wells.
  8. Cut the remaining puff pastry into 12 pieces (3×4). Gently stretch each piece slightly and press into the mini muffin tin wells.
  9. Pour a little water into any unused mini muffin tin wells to protect them while baking.
  10. Gently spoon the egg mixture into each lined muffin tin well. The egg will rise a little, so you do not need to fill it to the top of the well. I recommend filling to about 2/3 full.
  11. Bake until the egg center is not wet/jiggly in the middle and the puff pastry is golden. It will take about 12-17 minutes for the mini quiches and another 5 or so for the regular muffin-sized ones. Check frequently near the end.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before removing. Finish cooling on a wire rack until they are cool enough to eat.

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Sloppy Joe Casserole

January 23, 2017

This is lighter version of a sloppy joe casserole: I substituted spaghetti squash for noodles or potato and then swapped ground turkey for the ground beef. It is also excellent as leftovers!

You will need:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t dry mustard
  • 2 t chili powder
  • 1/2 c ketchup
  • 4 T tomato paste
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 c water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c shredded cheese (we used colby jack)

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an edged baking sheet with foil. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
  3. Place the two halves face-down on the lined baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, warm the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat.
  5. Add the ground turkey and saute until crumbled and starting to brown.
  6. Add the peppers, onions, garlic, dry mustard and chili powder. Saute for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the ketchup, tomato paste, Worcestershire, and water. Allow to simmer and reduce by half.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  9. After removing the spaghetti squash from the oven, scrape the inside with a fork to form the noodles.
  10. Transfer the squash noodles to the prepared baking dish.
  11. Mix in the sloppy joe mixture.
  12. Stir in the cheese.
  13. Bake for 45 minutes or until bubbly.

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