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Monthly Archives: February 2019

Olive Garden copycat Capellini Pomodoro

Capellini Pomodoro 

Ingredients

1/3 C. extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic (minced)

2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes (or about 2 pounds fresh peeled and diced tomatoes)

1/4 Tsp. black pepper

1/4 Tsp. salt (to taste)

12 oz raw angel hair pasta (capellini)

2 C. chopped basil leaves (loosely packed)

1 C. Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)

Directions

1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet or in a saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook for about two minutes, or until tender. Add tomatoes and pepper and heat through, stirring constantly, about two to three minutes. Remove from the heat. Meanwhile, cook the angel hair pasta (capellini) in salted boiling water following the package directions. Drain well.

2. Transfer the hot, drained pasta to a large serving bowl. Toss the pasta gently with tomato mixture, the fresh chopped basil, and half of the Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately and offer the remaining Parmesan cheese at the table.

Source The Spruce Eats

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Cheesy Goodness Brussel Sprouts

Cheesy Garlic Brussels Sprouts with a variety of different melted cheese is the best side dish to any meal! Low Carb, Keto AND the excellent way to get your veggies in! Even non-sprouts fans will ENJOY this recipe! Tastes so amazing that the whole family gets behind this one.

Cheesy Garlic Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients

24 oz (700 g) brussels sprouts trimmed and cut in half lengthways

2-3 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

6 cloves garlic, minced (1 tablespoon)

3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper

1 1/2 C. shredded cheese (I used mild cheddar)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Lightly grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking oil spray. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat until hot. Toss in sprouts, season with salt and pepper. Once hot, add your brussels sprouts and shake pan so sprouts land cut side down in a single layer. Let them cook, undisturbed, until slightly charred and caramelized (approximately six-eight minutes). Melt the butter in the pan. Stir the butter through the sprouts, then add the garlic and sauté until fragrant (about thirty seconds), stirring through the sprouts.

3. Transfer sprouts to the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for eight-ten minutes, or until just fork tender.
Remove from oven and top with the cheese. Return to oven and broil (or grill) until the cheese melts and becomes golden approximately four-five minutes.
Adjust salt and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately

Court’s Cooking Notes

FOR OVEN ONLY METHOD:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Lightly grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking oil spray. 

2. Arrange sprouts on baking sheet in a single layer. Set aside.

3. In a small bowl mix together olive oil, melted butter, garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle the oil/butter mixture over the brussels sprouts and toss to evenly coat.

4. Bake for twenty – twenty-five minutes until vibrant and just fork tender.

5. Remove from oven and top with the cheese. Return to oven and broil (or grill) until the cheese melts and becomes golden (about 4-5 minutes). Adjust salt and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately

Source Cafe Delites

Fancy up your taco Tuesday

SLOW COOKER PORK TACOS

Ingredients

Pork

3 – 3.5 pound pork shoulder

2 ½ tsp. salt

¾ tsp. black pepper

¾ tsp.onion powder

¾ tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. dried oregano leaves

1 ½ tsp. chili powder

¼ tsp. cumin

¼ tsp. smoked paprika

⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper (add more if you like spice!)

Sour Cream Avocado Sauce

• ¼ C. sour cream

• ½ avocado

• juice from half of a lime

• 1/8 tsp. of salt

Other Ingredients

• Salsa

• Cilantro

• Cotija cheese

• Corn tortillas

• 1 Tbsp. olive oil

Directions

1. In a bowl, combine all of the pork spices together. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork shoulder. Add olive oil to the bottom of your slow cooker and place the pork shoulder on top. Cook on low for eight hours. Pork will fall apart and be easy to shred.

2. To make the sauce, add all of the ingredients to a mini food processor and pulse until smooth. Assemble tacos as desired and drizzle the sour cream avocado sauce on top.

Source Stuck on sweet

Seasonal Produce Guide for February

As winter comes to a close we will start seeing more cruciferous veggies like brussels sprout, broccoli, and cauliflower showing up at the grocery store.  Be sure you are eating the freshest foods available.  That means buying as many things seasonal as you can.

February

Brussel Sprouts

Crispy Parmesan Brussel sprouts

Bang Bang Brussel sprouts

Pistachios with Brussel Sprouts

Broccoli

Fancy up your tasteless broccoli

Roasted broccoli & savory mustard sauce

Cauliflower

A twist on Chicken Wings

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Fennel

Grapefruit

Greens

Leeks

Lemons

Oranges

Parsnips

Potatoes

Semi-healthy Roasted Red Potatoes

SLOW COOKER DIJON PORK CHOPS & POTATOES

Radishes

Sunchokes

Tangelos

Tangerines

Turnips

Winter Squash

Spaghetti Squash and meatballs

Yellow Squash is the new Zucchini

Skinny Butternut Squash Soup

GARLIC PARMESAN CHICKEN TENDERS

Flavorful chicken tenders breaded in a garlic parmesan panko mixture and baked to crispy perfection!  This is a meal that your entire family will love! 

GARLIC PARMESAN CHICKEN TENDERS

Ingredients

1 and ¼ pounds boneless skinless chicken tenders

½ C. white flour

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/4 tsp. Pepper

6 Tbsp. olive oil or melted butter

3 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. dried basil

¼ tsp. paprika

1 C Panko breadcrumbs

⅔ C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. Set out three bowls. Fill one with the white flour, about ¼ teaspoon of pepper, & about ½ teaspoon of salt. Stir. Fill the next bowl with the olive oil or butter and minced garlic. Stir. Place the basil, paprika, Panko, and parmesan cheese in the last. Stir.

3. Place the tenders in the flour mixture, then the garlic oil, then the panko mixture making sure to evenly and thoroughly coat each piece. Place the tenders onto the previously prepared baking dish and then place in the oven.

4. Cook for fifteen minutes and then flip the tenders and cook for another five-eight minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F.

Source The Recipe Critic

Pork Chops wrapped in Bacon

If it’s wrapped in bacon it has to be delicious! Your family will certainly enjoy this recipe.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops

4-6 Boneless or bone-in Pork Chops

8 Slices of Bacon

4 Cloves of garlic, mince

2/3 C. Brown Sugar

1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper 

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking pan with non stick spray. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and the garlic. In another bowl,mix the cheeses. Set the cheeses aside.

3. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Then place the chops in the previously prepared pan, being careful to leave to room between the chops.

4. Distribute garlic/sugar mix evenly over the top of each pork chop. Lay slice of two bacon diagonally on top of each pork chop; tuck each ends of bacon under each chop.

5. Bake for thirty five-forty minutes or internal temperature is 160°. Top with cheeses and bake an additional five minutes to melt cheese.

Source Peachy Mee