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Yummoelicious Stuffed Bell Peppers

Sausage and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients

6 large red, orange, yellow, and/or green bell peppers

3 Tbsp. Olive oil

1 lb loose sweet Italian sausage

4 plum tomatoes, diced

2 red onions, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

Directions

1. Cut the tops off the peppers. Remove and discard the stems , then finely chop the tops; Set aside. Scoop out the seeds and as much of membranes as you can. Place the peppers in a microwave safe bowl, add 1/2 cup of water and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave until just beginning to soften, about 12 minutes, then uncover and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 450°. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, approximately six minutes. Remove to a plate.

3. Add the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Add the tomatoes, red onions, garlic, Italian seasoning, chopped pepper tops and cook stirring until tender and lightly browned, ten to twelve minutes. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and stir in the rice and sausage. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

4. Place the peppers upright in a baking dish just large enough to hold them. Fill with the rice mixture and bake for ten minutes. Sprinkle with the cheese and continue baking until the cheese is browned in spots, ten to twelve minutes.

Source The Pioneer Woman Magazine

Spring 2019

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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

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

Fun adventures and a new cookbook

A few weeks ago, I mentioned in one of my posts that my mom, grandparents and I were taking a trip to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to see The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile for my birthday. I am happy to say that we all had a wonderful time! While we there my mom also bought me one of The Pioneer Woman’s cookbooks. To start things off with this new cookbook of mine I thought I’d try and share with you her butternut squash soup recipe.

The soup was a lot of hard work neither easy or quick for me but it was very worth it and of course it was delicious!

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

2 medium butternut squash, peeled and seeded, sliced

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, finely diced

1/2 C. Heavy cream or half and half

4 C. vegetable or chicken broth

1/4 C. Maple syrup

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes, optional

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400º F. Line a baking dish with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Place butternut squash in the microwave for two-three minutes to soften squash before slicing. Slice the squash lengthwise down the center from top to bottom. Scoop out seeds from squash. Slice onion down center. Place squash halves and onion onto the previously prepared baking pan.

2. Sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil. Bake squash and onions in the oven for thirty five-forty minutes. Remove squash and onions and allow to cool down completely before peeling off the hard skin off.

3. In a large pot, cook the onion in the two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat until soft and lightly caramelized, seven to eight minutes. Add the squash and the chicken broth and cook the mixture until bubbly and the squash is tender.

4. Use an immersion blender to purée the soup in the pot until totally smooth. You can also transfer the mixture in batches to a regular blender; just don’t fill it more than halfway full since the soup is extremely hot! Carefully transfer the puréed soup back to the pot when it’s done.

5. Add the heavy cream, maple syrup, salt and red pepper flakes. Then stir it around and let it simmer for five minutes more. Give it a try and add more salt or red pepper flakes to your liking.

6. Eat! 😋

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks DinnerTime

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.

Source Plain Chicken

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.

Source The pinning mama