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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

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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.

Source The pinning mama

Healthy Italian Inspired Pasta Bake

Enjoy Italian fare at the comfort of your own home with this Creamy Zucchini and Spinach Pasta Bake! You’ll love the deliciousness of this spinach pasta bake and how quick and easy it is to prepare.

Creamy Zucchini and Spinach Pasta Bake

Ingredients

1 16 oz package of pasta, uncooked (any variety)

1 onion, chopped

2 Tbsp. Olive oil

2 zucchini, cut lengthwise in half, then sliced crosswise

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

1 pkg. (6 oz.) baby spinach leaves

1 jar (24 oz.) CLASSICO Marinara with Plum Tomatoes & Olive Oil Pasta Sauce

1 container (15 oz.) BREAKSTONE’S Ricotta Cheese

1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA, divided

Directions

Heat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Cook pasta in a large pot as directed on the package. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet then stir in the onion. Cook it for three to four minutes or until crisp-tender. Add zucchini and mushrooms; cook for three to four minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender, stirring frequently.

2. Add half of the spinach; cook for two to three minutes or just until wilted. Repeat with remaining spinach. Remove from heat. Drain the pasta.

3. Carefully add the vegetable mixture in the skillet along with the pasta sauce, pasta, ricotta, Italian seasoning and one cup of mozzarella into the previously prepared baking dish and stir gently until well combined.

4. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for twenty to twenty-five minutes or until casserole is heated through and mozzarella is melted.

Source Kraft Recipes

A Healthier Alternative to French Fries

Delicious, Healthy and nutritious fries that you can eat and enjoy guilt-free. And they’re baked to absolute crisp-perfection! Not to mention these fries are super addicting! After removing them from the oven I immediately helped myself to about three servings.

Baked Green Bean Fries

INGREDIENTS:

1 C. Italian seasoned Progresso Breadcrumbs

1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese

1/8 tsp. Pinch of cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. black pepper, to taste

1 1/2 green beans, trimmed

1/2 C. all-purpose flour

2-3 large eggs, beaten

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

1. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. In one large shallow bowl, stir together Panko, Parmesan and cayenne pepper; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside. In a second bowl add the flour and in a third bowl add the eggs

2. Working in batches, dredge green beans in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in Panko mixture, pressing to coat. Place green beans in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for ten-twelve minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.

Source Damn Delicious

A Tater Tot Alternative

These incredibly tasty tots are packed with shredded zucchini, bread crumbs, and cheese!! It makes for the perfect appetizer served with marinara sauce or ranch, or use it as a side dish!

Zucchini tots

INGREDIENTS

1 medium zucchini,

2 eggs

¼ C. Progresso Italian Seasoned breadcrumbs

¼ C. plain bread crumbs

1 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

¾ tsp. garlic powder

1 C. shredded cheddar cheese

marinara or ranch for dipping

Directions

Preheat your oven to 400.

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or grease it with cooking spray. Grate the zucchini into a clean dish towel. Wrap the towel up and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

3. In a large bowl, stir together the zucchini, eggs, panko, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cheese.

4. Scoop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for twenty – twenty five minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with marinara sauce or ranch dressing for dipping.

Source Lil’ Luna

Roasted broccoli & savory mustard sauce

Crispy roasted broccoli with a creamy mustard sauce. Easy 15-minute side dish for chicken, steak, or pork chops. It’s naturally dairy-free.

Roasted Broccoli with Creamy Mustard Sauce

INGREDIENTS

For the sauce (makes 1 1/4 cups):

1 C. raw unsalted cashews

1/2 C. water

1/4 C. fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp French’s Dijon mustard

1 tsp Bragg’s apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

For the broccoli:

1 lb broccoli

3 1/2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste

1/8 tsp. freshly ground black

2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh garlic

1/2 C. sliced raw almonds

1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest,

Directions

1. Soak the cashews for the sauce: Soak the cashews for two hours in a bowl covered with filtered water, then drain. Alternatively, quick-soak the cashews by covering them with boiled water and soaking for ten minutes, then drain.

Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Roast the broccoli: Toss the broccoli with two tablespoons of the olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and the pepper. Roast for ten to fifteen minutes or until tender and slightly crispy.

3. While the broccoli is roasting, make the dressing. Throw the soaked and drained cashews, water, lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and red pepper flakes into your blender. Blast on high for thirty to sixty seconds until smooth and creamy.

5. Prepare the garlic and almonds: In a small pan over medium-low heat, warm the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook the garlic for one to two minutes until fragrant and just starting to brown. Add the almonds, and stir for about one minute, or until just warmed. Stir in the lemon juice and zest. Remove the pan from heat.

6. Top the broccoli and serve: Remove the roasted broccoli from the oven and transfer to a platter. Sprinkle the almond mixture over the top of the broccoli and season with additional lemon juice, zest, salt, and pepper to taste. Drizzle with a small amount of the sauce, and pass the remaining sauce at the table. Serve warm.

Source Simply Recipes

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.

Source Delish

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.

Source Pillsbury

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

Sautéed Mushrooms & Galore

Sautéed Mushrooms, Squash and Zucchini

INGREDIENTS

1 zucchini, diced

1 squash, diced

½ C mushrooms, sliced or diced

3 Tbsp olive oil

2 tsp black pepper

2½ tsp McCormick Southwest Seasoning

Directions

1. In a large size mixing bowl combine together the olive oil, pepper and McCormick Southwest Seasoning until well blended. Add veggies and toss until all veggies are coated.

2. Heat medium size non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add veggies and sauteed five-seven minutes; be sure to stir often,

3. Once veggies are tender crisp turn heat off. Let sit for two-three minutes.

4. Serve and enjoy!

Source Stock Pilling Moms