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Pork Chops with a savory Mustard Basil sauce

A few years ago, I purchased this really neat book titled Essential Spices and Herbs. It consists of a lot of interesting information about the different types of spices and herbs. It also includes ideas on how you can use them for a variety of different things and several recipes. In the book, I spotted this Roasted Pork Chops with Mustard Basil sauce recipe that just looked incredibly quick, easy, delicious and satisfying! This dish certainly didn’t disappoint me one bit. As I helped myself to eat not just one but two pork chops.

Roasted Pork Chops with Mustard Basil sauce

Ingredients

4-6 pork chops, (boneless or bone-in)

1 Tbsp. basil

1 Tbsp. Garlic

4 Tbsp. Dijon or regular Mustard

2 Tbsp. Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Cooking Spray

Directions

1. Use a food processor to combine the basil, mustard, garlic and two tablespoons of olive oil until smooth. Place the sauce in the refrigerator.

2. Preheat the oven to 425. Lightly grease a 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Place the chops into the baking dish and cook them in the oven for thirty minutes or until they are no longer pink. Serve with the mustard basil sauce on top.

Source Essential Spices and Herbs

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Incredibly Cheesy Lasagna Rollups

Pioneer Woman Lasagna roll ups

The preparation was slightly messy, quick and easy. The lasagna rolls were very cheesy and delicious! Your whole family even your kids will love this dish!

Ingredients

20 lasagna noodles

1 Tbsp. salt

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 C. finely chopped mushrooms (about 3 ounces)

1 green bell pepper, diced (about 1 C.)

3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 1/2 Tbsps)

2 lbs. ground beef

1/2 tsp. Freshly ground pepper

1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes

1 6-oz. can tomato paste

1 30-oz. container whole-milk ricotta cheese (about 3 1/3 C.)

1 lb. mozzarella, grated (about 3 1/2 cups)

1 C. grated parmesan cheese

2-3 large eggs

Directions

1. Cook the lasagna noodles in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water to cool and lay flat on a sheet of foil. Set aside.

2. Make the sauce: In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, mushrooms, green pepper and garlic and saute for four to five minutes, until the vegetables are starting to soften. Remove the veggie mixture from the pan, then add the ground beef to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until it’s totally browned. Drain the excess fat, then add 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, the diced tomatoes, tomato paste and the veggie mixture. Let the mixture simmer over low heat, thirty minutes.

3. Make the cheese glue: Combine the ricotta, 1/2 cup mozzarella, 3/4 cup parmesan, the eggs, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

5. Assemble the lasagna: Spoon a thin layer of sauce onto the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch pan or five 6-inch disposable foil loaf pans. Spread two to three tablespoons of the ricotta filling on each lasagna noodle, then roll them up so that the cheese is on the inside of the roll.

6. Lay them sideways in the pan(s). (Four roll-ups will fit in each loaf pan, or you can fill a 9-by-13-inch pan.) Top with the remaining sauce and plenty of grated mozzarella and parmesan. If you’re making the roll-ups right away, place the pan(s) on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees F for twenty minutes, until hot and bubbly. Serve with a salad or some other vegetable. Enjoy!

Court’s Cooking Notes

FREEZE IT! Cover the pan tightly with heavy-duty foil and freeze up to 4 months. To bake, preheaet the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the foil-covered pan 1 1/2 hours (if using loaf pans, place on a baking sheet before baking); remove the foil and bake 30 minutes more, until hot and bubbly.

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Cook, eat immediately or freeze, eat later

Excuse my absence from cooking for a long while My dearest grandfather (Big Daddy) passed away last month. He was a very special person. It has been very sad for everyone in my family but we’re thankful that he’s in a much better place now. One of my fond memories of him is that he enjoyed my cooking and I know that he would have loved the king ranch chicken that I prepared the other night. The preparation was very easy, quick and packed with delicious flavors that your whole family will love.

The Pioneer Woman King Ranch Chicken

Ingredients

Cooking spray

One 10.5-ounce can cream of chicken soup

One 10.5-ounce can cream of mushroom soup

One 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with chiles, such as Rotel

2 Tbsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 C. chicken broth

16 corn tortillas, torn into pieces

1 roasted whole chicken (rotisserie chicken works great!), cooled and torn into chunks

1 large white or yellow onion, finely diced

1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 jalapeno, finely diced, optional

1 1/2 C. grated sharp Cheddar

1 1/2 C. grated Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

1. In a large bowl, combine the soups and diced tomatoes and chiles. Add the chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Line the bottom of the baking dish with half of the torn tortillas. Layer on half of the chicken.

2. Add half of the onion, bell pepper and jalapeno. Sprinkle on half the cheese and pour on half the soup mixture. Then repeat the layers, beginning with the rest of the tortillas, and ending with the rest of the tomato mixture. Cover with foil and bake for forty five minutes, then uncover and bake until bubbling, another fifteen minutes.

Court’s Cooking Notes: To make ahead and freeze: Fold foil over the unbaked casserole and freeze until solid. Then, lift the foil-topped casserole out of the pan, wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap and freeze until needed. When ready to bake, remove the plastic wrap, put the foiled-topped casserole back into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and thaw. Bake at 350 degrees F following the baking instructions above.

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Fun adventures and a new cookbook

A few weeks ago, I mentioned in one of my posts that my mom, grandparents and I were taking a trip to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to see The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile for my birthday. I am happy to say that we all had a wonderful time! While we there my mom also bought me one of The Pioneer Woman’s cookbooks. To start things off with this new cookbook of mine I thought I’d try and share with you her butternut squash soup recipe.

The soup was a lot of hard work neither easy or quick for me but it was very worth it and of course it was delicious!

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

2 medium butternut squash, peeled and seeded, sliced

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, finely diced

1/2 C. Heavy cream or half and half

4 C. vegetable or chicken broth

1/4 C. Maple syrup

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes, optional

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400º F. Line a baking dish with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Place butternut squash in the microwave for two-three minutes to soften squash before slicing. Slice the squash lengthwise down the center from top to bottom. Scoop out seeds from squash. Slice onion down center. Place squash halves and onion onto the previously prepared baking pan.

2. Sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil. Bake squash and onions in the oven for thirty five-forty minutes. Remove squash and onions and allow to cool down completely before peeling off the hard skin off.

3. In a large pot, cook the onion in the two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat until soft and lightly caramelized, seven to eight minutes. Add the squash and the chicken broth and cook the mixture until bubbly and the squash is tender.

4. Use an immersion blender to purée the soup in the pot until totally smooth. You can also transfer the mixture in batches to a regular blender; just don’t fill it more than halfway full since the soup is extremely hot! Carefully transfer the puréed soup back to the pot when it’s done.

5. Add the heavy cream, maple syrup, salt and red pepper flakes. Then stir it around and let it simmer for five minutes more. Give it a try and add more salt or red pepper flakes to your liking.

6. Eat! 😋

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks DinnerTime

Semi-healthy Roasted Red Potatoes

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes

ingredients:

14 small red potatoes

3 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 C. grated parmesan

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking pan. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes with olive oil, seasonings and parmesan. Toss until potatoes are evenly coated.

3. Spread potatoes in a single layer onto the previously prepared baking pan. Bake, uncovered, for forty five – fifty minutes or until they are tender.

Source Plain Chicken

Fancy up your tasteless broccoli

Roasted Panko Parmesan Broccoli

Ingredients

2 lb fresh broccoli florets, cleaned and separated [approximately 2 large bunches]

3 green onion, sliced, whites only

4 clove garlic, minced

1/3 C. olive oil

1/4 C. panko breadcrumbs

1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. dry Italian seasoning

1 tsp. garlic salt [more or less to your taste] black pepper or lemon pepper, optional

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grease a 9×13 baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

2. Separate the broccoli florets into bite size pieces. Place the florets into a mixing bowl, along with the sliced green onion and minced garlic. Pour the olive oil over the broccoli. Toss gently until coated. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir well.

3. Lay in a single layer on the baking sheet. Roast for twenty-twenty three minutes or until crisp tender and the crumbs are golden.

Source The pinning mama

Calling all buffalo chicken lovers

So as some of you know I am a huge fan of anything buffalo chicken. I understand that I have mentioned this before, but I can’t get over this stuff. I love it! I recently had an appetite for it, and my hunger for some buffalo sauce was driving me crazy. I finally couldn’t take it anymore and had to satisfy my craving.

I came across this Buffalo Chicken Bake. It’s quick, easy and delicious; it doesn’t get much better than this recipe. All you need are FOUR ingredients and about ten minutes to get your buffalo fix. I recommend making this for your dinner and all of the buffalo chicken lovers in your family.

Do you have some leftovers? Put some on your sandwich, in a salad, or whatever your heart desires.

Buffalo Chicken Bake

Ingredients

3-4 Chicken Breasts

6-8 Tbsp Frank’s Red hot Buffalo Sauce

3 Bell Peppers – a combination of red, orange and yellow

1 C. cheddar cheese or Mexican blend cheese, shredded

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grab and grease a 9×13 baking dish and place the chicken flat. Pour a few tablespoons of buffalo sauce over each chicken breast.

2. Layer thinly sliced bell peppers on the chicken. Spread cheese evenly over the top. Bake at 350 for thirty-forty five minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink.

Source The pinning mama

Here are some of my other favorite Buffalo flavored recipes?

Buffalo chicken Dip (Great for parties)

A twist on buffalo wings (one of my all-time favorites)

Zesty Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Crazy Addicting Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Sweet Garlic Pork loin with veggies

All you need are a few ingredients and less than an hour are all that separates you from this awesome meal with caramelized Brown Sugar Garlic Pork and roasted vegetables.

Brown Sugar Garlic Pork with carrots & potatoes

INGREDIENTS

2 lb pork loin trimmed of excess fat

4 garlic cloves minced

4 Tbsp. sugar

1 Tbsp. canola oil

2 lb peeled and sliced

2 lbs potatoes scrubbed and cut into 1 inch chunks

1/4 C. canola oil for vegetables

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a large baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl mix the 1/4 cup canola oil, salt and pepper with sliced carrots and potatoes. In a small bowl one tablespoon of canola oil, brown sugar, garlic and rub all over pork loin. On one large cookie sheet, put down some foil and add the carrots and potatoes.

3. Spread apart the vegetables to make an opening in the pan for the pork. Add the pork to the pan. Roast the pork and vegetables for forty – sixty minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers at 150 degrees in the center of the roast.

Source Dinner then dessert

Creamy spinach chicken casserole

Spinach Chicken Casserole with Cream Cheese and Mozzarella

Ingredients:

2-5 lαrge boneless skinless chicken breαsts, cut horizontαlly

8 oz. creαm cheese, softened

2 C. spinαch, rinsed

1 Tbsp. olive oil

4 oz. Mozzαrellα cheese, shredded

The mαrinαde:

3 cloves gαrlic, minced

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. red pepper flαkes, optionαl

1/2 tsp. Itαliαn seαsoning, optionαl

1 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Pepper

Directions

1. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Position α rαck in the center of the oven αnd preheαt the oven to 400ºF (200°C).

2. In a small bowl combine the olive oil, gαrlic, Itαliαn seαsoning, αnd red pepper flαkes. Stir well. Next grab a basting brush and spread the marinade all over each chicken breast and place them in a plastic container. Seal the container with a lid and place in the refrigerator for ten – fifteen minutes while you prep the remαining ingredients.

2. Quickly wilt the spinαch in α skillet with one tαblespoon of olive oil, set αside.

3. Arrange the chicken breαsts drαined from the mαrinαde in α bαking dish. Spreαd the creαm cheese mixture over the chicken αnd lαy spinαch on top of the creαm cheese. Finαlly, sprinkle mozzαrellα over the top.

4. Bαke for twenty-thirty five minutes. Chicken is done when cooked through to αn internαl temperαture of 165˚F (75°C). Serve wαrm with α side of cαuliflower rice, or bαked veggies. Enjoy!

Source Dimar’s Kitchen

Court’s cooking notes

You can also leave the chicken in the fridge for eight hours to overnight.

A vacation of a lifetime

I believe that I have mentioned this before, but as some of you know, I am a big fan of the Food Network’s The Pioneer Woman also known as Ree Drummond. I love to watch her show and try her recipes.

For my birthday gift at the end of the month my mom, grandparents and I are going to go see her store and restaurant that’s located in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. I am so very excited about this trip! I will take some pictures and post them after I get back home.

In honor of my all time favorite celebrity chef I want to share with you this delicious bow tie lasagna recipe! You totally should make this recipe. Seriously, make this now.  Even if you’ve never cooked before in your life, you can make this pasta.

PIONEER WOMAN BOWTIE LASAGNA

Ingredients

1 lb bowtie pasta

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 lb ground chuck beef

1/2 C. onion

1 jar spaghetti sauce (or 3 cups homemade)

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 heaping teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 C. shredded mozzarella

1 C. sour cream

Directions

1. Boil the pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente, drain.  In a large skillet, brown and crumble ground chuck until fully cooked, drain fat and return to the skillet.

3. Pour the cooked pasta on top of meat, then drizzle on olive oil.  Pour the jar of sauce, salt, garlic powder and Italian seasonings.  Stir.  Add cheese and sour cream.  Stir over low heat until cheese is melted and all ingredients are combined.  Taste and add salt and pepper, if necessary.  Serve with parmesan or additional mozzarella, if desired.

Source Katie Cooks Dinner

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