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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.

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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.

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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.

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Quick & Healthy Roasted Chicken with veggies

Healthy and full of delicious flavors. Oven roasted chicken breasts and rainbow veggies are tender & moist and ready in fifteen minutes.

15 MINUTE HEALTHY ROASTED CHICKEN AND VEGGIES

Ingredients

1 lb. chicken breasts chopped

1 C. bell pepper chopped (any colors you like)

1/2 onion chopped

1 zucchini chopped

1 C. Broccoli florets

1/2 c. tomatoes chopped or plum/grape

2 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. paprika optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 500 degree F.

1. Chop all of the veggies into large pieces. In another cutting board chop the chicken into cubes.

2. Place the chicken and veggies in a medium roasting dish or sheet pan. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper, italian seasoning, and paprika. Toss to combine. Bake for fifteen minutes or until the veggies are charred and chicken is cooked through.

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Sorry that the pictures are a little dark, I’ll be posting better ones soon.😊

Healthy and delicious

Do you hesitate to eat any type of vegetable because of zero taste? Well, that’s about to change cause this saucy zucchini lasagna is your low carb solution for times when you’re hungry for some savory Italian comfort food. It’s also incredibly easy and is an excellent healthy alternative to your typical lasagna. Gluten-free and keto friendly.

I can certainly say that this is my latest favorite recipe. I love it so much that I helped myself to two servings. It’s so flavorful that your family will want more than one portion — more like two or three. This dish will quickly become a new family favorite.

Zucchini Lasagna

Ingredients

20 oz zucchini (about two large) ends sliced off and discarded

1 lb extra lean ground beef

1 tsp. garlic

2 15 oz cans tomato sauce or puree

1 C. finely chopped onion (about 1 small)

1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 C. finely grated parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp. olive oil

3 Tbsp. dried oregano

2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground cayenne

Directions

Preparing the meat sauce:

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add onion and garlic cook until softened, about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add ground beef to the pan, breaking it apart as it cooks. Cook until browned, about five-ten minutes.

2. Add the tomato sauce, stirring it in. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then gradually reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer for about five minutes to thicken the sauce, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the oregano, salt, and cayenne. Stir until well-mixed. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Assembling and baking the lasagna:

4. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

5. Slice each zucchini along its length into 1/8 inch thick strips. Arrange zucchini slices along the bottom of the baking dish so that they are slightly overlapping in a criss-cross pattern. Evenly pour about half of the meat sauce over the zucchini. Add about 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese on top of the meat sauce.

6. Repeat with another zucchini layer, a meat sauce layer, and a cheese layer. Top with remaining zucchini slices. Add another 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese on top of the zucchini.

7. Bake in the preheated oven until the lasagna is golden brown on top and bubbling, about forty-five minutes. Let cool about ten minutes to allow the lasagna to set and cease bubbling before slicing.

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Crispy Parmesan Brussel Sprouts

Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

1/2 C. flour

3 Eggs, beaten

3/4 C. Progresso bread crumbs

1 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. cayenne

Caesar dressing, for dipping (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your oven to 400. Grease a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil.

1. Pour flour into a medium shallow bowl and eggs to a separate medium shallow bowl. In a third shallow bowl, whisk together panko bread crumbs, Parmesan, olive oil, salt, garlic powder and cayenne.

2. Working in batches, use a spoon to toss brussels sprouts in the flour until fully coated then dunk in the eggs. Dredge in panko mixture then place on baking sheet. Bake until golden and crispy, about twenty five minutes. Serve immediately with caesar dressing, if using.

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Flu Fighter Chicken Noodle Soup

Help your family conquer, the crazy cold & flu season, by feeding them this chicken noodle soup. It’s incredibly savory, hearty and stuffed with good for you ingredients! I’m confident this soup will become a new favorite!

Chicken Noodle Soup

You will need

For the chicken:
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 ground black pepper

For the soup:
3 Tbsp olive oil
3 large carrots, peeled and diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 large onion, finely diced
8 cloves garlic, minced
a pinch of salt
(1) 32 oz container chicken stock
4 C water
1 bay leaf
2 C noodles of your choice, I used gluten free elbows
Juice of 1 lemon, plus more for serving
1/4 C to 1/2 C dried dill, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Line, a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper or foil and lightly, grease it with non-stick cooking spray.

1. Place chicken breast in the previously prepared large baking dish and drizzle with two tablespoons of oil and sprinkle with spices. Place in the oven and bake for twenty-five to thirty minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through cooking. Once the chicken is done cooking, pull into small pieces using two forks.

2. While the chicken is cooking, make the soup. Heat olive oil in a large, pot over medium heat. Combine the carrots, celery, and onion, and cook – occasionally stirring – for eight-nine minutes. Add the garlic and salt and cook for one minute before adding the bay leaf, water, and chicken stock. Increase heat to high, bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, stir in noodles, and simmer for ten – fifteen minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the pasta al dente. Mix in cooked chicken, dill, and lemon juice. Taste soup to adjust seasonings, then serve immediately. Yummoelicious!! 🙂

Court’s cooking notes

* You can cook the noodles in the broth (as instructed in the recipe), but if you intend to have a lot of leftovers, you may also choose to cook the noodles in a different pot, then stir them into each bowl right before serving. This helps keep the noodles fresh and not soggy.

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Here’s my veggie mason jar trick that I have mentioned a few times in some of my posts and occasionally do whenever I have to cut up various vegetables for certain recipes. Then I stick them in the fridge until I’m ready to start cooking. It’s really convenient because it makes the cooking go a little faster.

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My favorite recipes 

Chicken Buffalo Soup 

Crockpot Spaghetti & Meatballs

Insanely Addicting Pecans 

Crock pot King Ranch Chicken

Describing cooking in 1 word is difficult

For me cooking is therapeutic, relaxing, fun and much more! I love it how I can walk into the kitchen, start preparing dinner and automatically go into an entirely different world lol. It too has been an incredible learning experience. Here’s what I have learned so far and still currently improving on; being extra patient with myself when I make mistakes, try not to get discouraged when things don’t go my way, experimenting and substituting with certain ingredients that go with the appropriate recipe(s).

Here are a few examples of my experience with substituting, last week when I was cooking sloppy joes, I saw we had no tomato sauce and did a web search to see what could replace it and quickly learned that I could use tomato paste and add one cup of water. Last night when I was cooking pork chops, I discovered that we had no nutmeg and looked on google for a substitute and read that it can be replaced with ginger.

I know I’ve said this before, but I love foil packed dinners. They are so easy to prepare, clean-up is a breeze and last but definitely not least they are so very GOOD! 

Garlic Parmesan Broccoli and Potatoes in Foil

INGREDIENTS:

3 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper, to taste
24 oz broccoli florets
*16 oz baby potatoes, halved
1/4 C. freshly grated Parmesan
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, and onion powder; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cut four sheets of foil, about 12-inches long. Arrange broccoli and potatoes into four equal portions and add to the center of each foil in a single layer.

Fold up all four sides of each foil packet. Spoon the garlic mixture over the broccoli and potatoes. Fold the sides of the foil over the vegetables, covering completely and sealing the packets closed. Place foil packets in a single layer on a baking dish. Put it into the oven and bake until tender, approximately thirty-forty five minutes.*Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan and parsley, if desired.

*24 ounces broccoli florets is equal to about 5 cups.

*Cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the potatoes.

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A throw off of Tater Tots

I love tater tots! This recipe is a twist on the classical favorite!

Baked Cauli-Tots

Ingredients

3 C. (about half of the head) shredded cauliflower 
1 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 egg
¼ c breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp. salt
three grinds black pepper
½ tsp ground mustard

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 400°F. Lightly a mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.

1. Rinse and shred the cauliflower. Place it in a towel and squeeze out the extra water. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, and until mixed thoroughly.

2. Using a spoon, divide the mixture separating the muffin cups and press down firmly into the cups. Bake for fifteen-twenty minutes, or until golden brown

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Garlic Green Beans

 

I believe that cutting out recipes from Penzeys magazines will quickly become fun and an addicting habit lol. I found this recipe and much more from their magazines. Oh well. You can NEVER have too many recipes. 😀

Moreover, this recipe would make a fantastic side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Garlic Green Beans

Ingredients

1 28-oz. pkg flat green beans (Italian cut)
12 oz. chicken broth
3 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled or 2 slices deli ham
1/4 tsp. GRANULATED GARLIC POWDER

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a skillet. Cook over medium heat until heated through, about ten minutes.

Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

Coming up next week

Cream Cheese & Chicken Taquitos

Crockpot Lemon Pork Chops
Side dish of the week: Roasted Parmesan Broccoli

Cowboy Lasagna

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