Advertisements

Tag Archives: Easy Weeknight dinner

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

Advertisements

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

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

Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry

Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry

Ingredients

3 chicken breast, boneless skinless

1 Tbsp. olive oil

3 C. green cabbage (shredded)

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 C. water

1 Tbsp. soy sauce, low sodium

Directions

1. Place chicken breast in a zip lock bag. Beat it with a mallet to even out thickness of chicken. Cut into strips. Heat oil in nonstick skillet. Add chicken strips and stir fry over medium-high heat, turning constantly until done. Add cabbage and bell pepper. Sauté for two minutes until cabbage is crisp-tender.

2. In a small bowl combine the cornstarch and seasonings; add water and soy sauce, and mix until smooth. Stir sauce into chicken/cabbage mixture. Cook until sauce has thickened and chicken is coated, about one minute.

Source Just A Pinch Recipes

Pork & Rice Casserole

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! Mine was wonderful! I enjoyed spending time with my family! To start the New Year off I decided to cook this Pork Chop & Rice Casserole. It was savory and delicious! I will undoubtedly make this one again!

Pork Chop & Rice Casserole

Ingredients:

2 C. rice, uncooked (I used minute rice, but any rice will work, just adjust cooking time a bit)

3 1/2 C. water

5 Tbsp. butter, cut into 1 tbsp. slices

1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup mix

4-5 pork chops (boneless or bone-in work)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

1. Spread the one tablespoon of butter all over a 9 x 13 baking dish to “grease” the pan. Place rice on bottom of pan. Add in water and gently stir around. Take remaining butter slices and place on top of rice. Place the pork chops over the rice.

2. Sprinkle Lipton onion soup mix over the entire pan. Cover pan with tin foil and place pan in preheated oven, 350. Bake for about 1 hour, or until pork chops are cooked through and liquid is absorbed in rice.

3. Enjoy!!

Source The Cookin’ Chicks

Prepare. Cook it slow. Eat.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup

Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless whole chicken breasts

1 Tsp. chili powder

1 Tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

One 28-oz can whole or diced tomatoes, with juice

3 C. low-sodium chicken broth (more if you like the soup more liquid)

One 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

One 10-oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles, such as Ro*tel

1 8-oz can tomato paste

1 medium onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 can chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, optional

1/2 lime, juiced

Fixings: avocado, sour cream, grated cheese, crushed tortilla chips and fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

1. Place the chicken in a slow cooker. Sprinkle on the chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin and some salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, black beans, tomatoes with chiles, tomato paste, onion, chipotle pepper and red and yellow peppers. Stir, place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for five hours on high or eight hours on low.

2. Stir in the lime juice. Remove the chicken to a plate and use 2 forks to break it into chunks (or shred it finely). Return the chicken to the pot, taste and add more seasoning if necessary. Serve piping hot in a bowl with avocado, sour cream, grated cheese, crushed tortilla chips and cilantro leaves on top!

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks

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

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