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Sugar & Spice Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I found a bunch of chopped up sweet potatoes in my fridge from Thanksgiving that I knew I had to cook before they went bad. So I looked up on my go-to website Pinterest to look for an easy and tasty sweet potato recipe.

Not surprisingly it didn’t take me long to find one. I spotted this Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potato recipe. They are roasted with brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and a little cayenne pepper for a kick. It’s the perfect side dish recipe for supper or Christmas gatherings. Easy to throw together and delicious!

Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted

2 Tbsp light brown sugar packed

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Directions

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

1. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne pepper into the butter.

3. Spread the potatoes on the lined baking sheet.  Toss with the butter mixture until the potatoes are completely coated.  Bake for twenty -twenty-five minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking.

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All year around veggie casserole

I understand that this Tomato and Zucchini Casserole is not much of a fall recipe. But what inspired me to cook this dish is that it’s not only a healthy casserole, but it also has the Christmas colors red and green.

So overall I am going to have to say that this veggie casserole is packed full of fresh flavors of not just summer but also for any season of the year. It’s an excellent way to use up extra garden veggies. Topped with a crispy Parmesan and bread crumb topping, this side dish is a welcome addition to any meal.

Tomato and Zucchini Casserole

Ingredients

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 lb medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch slices (about 7 cups)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 tsp finely chopped garlic

1 C grape tomatoes, halved

1/4 C chopped fresh basil leaves

1 C shredded Italian cheese blend (4 oz)

1/2 C Progresso™ Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs

1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese

Additional chopped fresh basil leaves, optional

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.

1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, salt and pepper; cook seven to ten minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp tender. Stir in garlic; cook thirty to sixty seconds or until fragrant. Remove from heat.

3. Add tomatoes and 1/4 cup basil to zucchini mixture, stirring to combine; transfer to baking dish. Top with Italian cheese blend. In small bowl, mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and remaining one tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle on top of shredded cheese layer in baking dish. Bake thirty to thirty five minutes or until cheese is melted and vegetables are tender. Top with additional chopped fresh basil.

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Mustard Balsamic Pork Chops

I intended on making Bacon Swiss Pork Chops, but I soon discovered that I didn’t have everything that I needed, so I decided to cook Mustard Balsamic Pork Chops with Rosemary recipe. Get this: the prep time is just five minutes.

These pork chops couldn’t get any simpler; they’re so delicious and juicy, they simply melt in your mouth! Yum!

Mustard Balsamic Pork Chops with Rosemary

Ingredients

4-6 pork chops

1/4 C olive oil

2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

1/4 C balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp dry or fresh rosemary coarsely chopped

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Combine all of the ingredients (minus pork chops) into a medium bowl and whisk until the mixture begins to emulsify. Season pork chops with salt and pepper and place them into an airtight plastic container. Pour the marinade over the chops.

2. Make sure they are entirely covered in the sauce. Cover with a lid. Be sure that it’s closed tightly. Place the container in the fridge with the chops inside. You can keep them in the refrigerator for eight hours to overnight.

3. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees. Grease a 9×13 baking with cooking spray. Set aside. Grab your pork chops from the fridge and place them into the previously prepared baking dish. Then bake them for about 45-60 minutes or until done.

Court’s Cooking Notes: The cooking time depends on the thickness of your pork chops. You could prepare these the night before and bake them when you come home from work or school.

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No stovetop required green beans

Give yourself and your stovetop a day off by making these easy and delicious green beans on the counter top in your slow cooker! This is an excellent dish to prepare for the upcoming holidays.

Crockpot Green Beans

Ingredients

1 medium yellow onion diced

2 cloves garlic minced

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 lbs fresh green beans or frozen, washed and trimmed if using fresh

1 (14.5 oz) chicken broth canned

Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat saute the onions and garlic in the butter. Saute onions and garlic in butter until the onions turn translucent. About seven to ten minutes.

2. In the bottom of a 4-quart or larger slow cooker, add the green beans, sauteed onions and garlic and the chicken broth. Cover and cook on LOW for four to five hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Source Crockpot Ladies

Clean Eating Taco Soup

This is a simple, healthy, & gluten free stovetop or a slow cooker meal that uses ground turkey (bison, beef, or venison) along with tons of clean eating vegetables and other wholesome ingredients like canned beans. The option to use homemade ranch and taco seasonings take this dinner to a whole new level. This fast, skinny, and low carb recipe is easy to prepare and will quickly become a family favorite!

Clean Eating Taco Soup

Ingredients

1 lb ground meat (turkey, beef, venison)

1 onion, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1 small zucchini, diced

1 (14.5 oz) can corn

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes

1 (14.5 oz) can of Goya black beans

2 C water

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

3 Tbsp homemade taco seasoning or 1 packet

3 Tbsp of homemade ranch seasoning or 1 packet

Optional Toppings:

Sour Cream or Greek yogurt

shredded cheese

tortilla chips or crackers

avocado

lime wedges

Directions

1. In a large pot, brown the meat. Discard the fat. Add in the remaining ingredients and simmer for thirty minutes. Taste. Add more seasoning such as chili or cayanne powder, salt, or pepper if needed.

Court’s Cooking Notes

This soup is quite thick, feel free to add in more water or beef stock to “stretch” the meal further!

Crock-pot variation: Toss all ingredients including browned meat in crock-pot and cook on LOW for six hours.

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Stuffed Peppers with a small twist

This dish is similar to stuffed peppers but without all of the fuss? Prepare this incredibly simple Stuffed Pepper Explosion Casserole, all the great flavors of the traditional dish, but it’s so very easy.

Stuffed Pepper Explosion Casserole

Ingredients

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 lb ground turkey (or ground beef)

1/2 C onion, chopped

2 bell peppers, chopped

2 C cooked rice (any variety)

1 14 oz can diced tomato (any variety)

2 C shredded cheddar, divided

1 Tbsp oregano

1 tsp garlic salt

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

1/4 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9X13 baking dish with foil and grease it with cooking spray. Set aside.

1. In a large skillet sauté onion in olive oil, until translucent. Add ground turkey and cook thoroughly, approximately ten minutes. Drain any fat that is in pan.

2. Add the bell pepper to pan, turn heat to medium and cover, stirring occasionally. When pepper has softened, add spices, tomatoes and salt/pepper to taste. Continue cooking a couple additional minutes to blend flavors.

3. In large bowl combine: turkey & veggie mixture, rice and 1 1/2 cups cheese, mix thoroughly. Spoon into the previously prepared 9 x 13 casserole dish, covering with foil.

4. Cook for twenty five minutes. Remove from oven, remove foil carefully and add remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Place back into oven to broil two-three minutes to gently crisp cheese.

Source Who Needs a Cape

Sweet and Tangy Mushrooms

Today I am sharing with you a new recipe that I found. It’s called Honey Balsamic Garlic Mushrooms. Let me just tell you that every time I eat mushrooms, I love them more and more each moment I get to eat them. They are delicious!

Honey Balsamic Garlic Mushrooms are sautéed in the most wonderful honey balsamic garlic sauce.  This makes a great topping for steak or chicken or is even great as a side dish! 

Honey Balsamic Garlic Mushrooms

INGREDIENTS

1 Tbsp olive oil

16 oz whole mushrooms, you can also used sliced

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

¼ C balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp honey

4 garlic cloves minced

fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Directions

1. In a medium sized skillet over medium high heat add the olive oil. Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper. Sauté for one-two minutes until they start to become tender.

2. In a small bowl whisk balsamic vinegar, honey and minced garlic. Add the sauce to the mushrooms and continue to sauté for about two-three minutes until the sauce reduces and mushrooms are tender and coated in the sauce. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Source The Recipe Critic

Coming up next week on cooking with Court

Pioneer Woman’s Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Pesto Parmesan Pork Chops

Sautéed Mushrooms, Squash and Zucchini

Have a fantastic week y’all!

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