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Somewhat Healthy Creamy Tortellini Soup

The Pioneer Woman’s Creamy Tortellini Soup

Ingredients

8 C. Low sodium chicken or vegetable broth

1 1-lb bag frozen peas and carrots

10 oz cheese tortellini

1/2 C heavy whipping cream

Salt and pepper, to taste

Shaved Parmesan cheese and croutons, for topping.

Directions

1. Bring the broth to a gentle boil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add the frozen veggies to the pot and return to a gentle boil. Add the tortellini and cook until tender, three to five minutes.

2. Add the heavy cream and cook for about two minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and top with shaved Parmesan cheese or whatever your heart desires. Enjoy!

Source The Pioneer Woman Magazine Spring 2019

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Crunchy Creamy Chicken Casserole

Crunchy Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

3 C. cooked rotisserie chicken, shredded

3 C. rotini noodles, cooked

2 10 oz. cans cream of chicken soup

1/2 C. chicken broth

1/2 C. milk

1/2 C. Pork Rinds, crushed, divided

1 C. shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1 C. frozen peas

1 C. canned corn

2 Tbsps. garlic powder

Fresh parsley for garnish, optional

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350° degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish. Set aside.

2. In a very large bowl, combine together the veggies, chicken, cooked noodles, soup, chicken broth, 1/2 of the cheddar cheese, 1/2 of the pork rinds, milk and garlic powder. Stir well.

3. Pour into the previously prepared baking 9×13″ dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake covered at 350 degrees for thirty minutes. Uncover and top with remaining pork rinds and bake for five minutes more. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Source Bitz N Giggles

Lo-Carb alternative to sub sandwiches

Bell Pepper Meatball Subs

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. ground beef

1/3 C. bread crumbs

1/4 C. chopped parsley

1/4 C. grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish

1 egg

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided

1 (15-oz) jar marinara sauce

4 bell peppers, cored and halved

4 slices mozzarella

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine beef, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, egg, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes. Mix until just combined and form into sixteen balls.

2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until seared on all sides, about ten minutes. Add marinara sauce to skillet and toss to combine. Cover skillet with lid and simmer until meatballs have cooked through completely, about ten minutes more.

3. Place bell peppers cut side up on a large rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with remaining olive oil. Top 4 halves with mozzarella slices. Bake until cheese has melted and bell peppers are just warmed through. Add meatballs on top of the bell pepper halves with cheese and sprinkle with more Parmesan, if using. Place remaining bell pepper halves on top and serve.

Source Delish

Guinness Beer Pork Chops

Slow Cooker Beer Pork Chops

Ingredients

6 – 8 Boneless or bone-in pork chops

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil (optional)

½ C. ketchup

1 bottle Guinness beer

4 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

2 Tbsp. water

Directions

1. Season pork chops with salt, black pepper and garlic powder. In the slow cooker or a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; brown chops on both sides. If you are short of time you can skip this step.

2. Place pork chops in your slow cooker. Combine the ketchup, beer and brown sugar in a small bowl. Pour this mixture over the pork chops in the slow cooker and cover. Cook on HIGH heat setting for three hours or on LOW for six hours, or until fork-tender.

3. Remove pork chops from slow cooker, and place on a plate; cover to keep warm. In a small bowl, stir cornstarch and water until well blended; stir into sauce in slow cooker. Return pork chops to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH heat setting for fifteen minutes or until thickened. Serve pork chops with the sauce.

Source Mommy’s Home Cooking

Cooking is my therapy

I recently have decided that I would consider cooking as my second workout. Although it’s not just any exercise I am going to call it my occupational therapy. The main reason why I chose to do this is because the right side of my body is not as strong as my left due to my Cerebral Palsy. With that said I am going to try really hard to practice using my right hand more often when I’m cooking. I recently discovered that I can use it to cut certain things with a knife. I was pretty proud of myself for conquering this new obstacle.

Anyway back to the recipe!

This Keto Chicken Parmesan Casserole is an incredibly easy dinner that’s bursting with savory, delicious, cheesy, tomatoey flavor! Your whole family will love it, and you’ll love how simple it is to prepare…

Keto Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Ingredients

5 C. cubed cooked chicken

1 C. Marinara sauce

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 C. Parmesan cheese, grated

1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

1 C. pork rinds, crushed

1/2 tsp. crushed dried basil

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Spread the chicken in the greased dish and pour the tomato sauce over it.

2. Sprinkle with the red pepper flakes. Top with the Parmesan and then the mozzarella. Lightly sprinkle the crushed pork rinds and basil over the top. Bake for twenty five minutes, until the cheese, is melted and bubbly.

Source 33Recipe

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

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

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

Poultry soup

Turkey or Chicken soup

Ingredients

4-6 C. Shredded turkey or chicken, cooked

4 C. Low-sodium Chicken broth (more if you like the soup more liquidity) 

1 tsp. Garlic

1 Tbsp. Olive oil

1/2 C. onion

1 C. Carrots

1 C. Celery

1/2 C. Turnips

1 tsp. Garlic

1 (14.5 oz) diced Tomatoes

1 tsp. Parsley

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. Pepper

1/4 tsp. Paprika

Optional: Potatoes, Rice, Egg noodles, gravy or crackers

Directions

1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion and saute for two to three minutes or until they start to soften. Next add the remaining ingredients. Stir and cook for thirty minutes or until the veggies are tender.

Court’s Cooking Notes: Add more seasoning if needed and or adjust the soup according to your liking.

Recipe adapted from: The Joy of Cooking: Wartime Edition

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