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Sweet and Savory Vegetable Casserole with Rosemary Sage Dumplings – Vegetarian

19 Apr

The trick to the recipe is the SWEET POTATO and the BALSAMIC VINEGAR. I added them together on a whim and am so very happy I did. There is a tart yet sweet flavor to this dish that I have never tasted in any other.

Sweet and Savory Vegetable Casserole with Rosemary Sage Dumplings
*Vegetarian*
Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 TB olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 TB paprika
1 potato, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 (14 oz) can chopped tomatoes
1 can (14 oz) vegetable broth/stock
1 sweet potato (1 lb), peeled and chopped
1 bunch broccoli (1/2 lb), chopped
2 zucchini, chopped
1 TB balsamic vinegar
2 TB sour cream

Dumplings:
1 cup flour
2 TB chilled butter, cubed
1/2 TB fresh sage, chopped
1/2 TB fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 cup milk

Directions:
1. Heat oil in deep skillet. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes.
2. Add garlic and paprika to skillet and cook 30 seconds. Add potato, carrot, tomato and veggie stock to pan. Bring to boil, reduce heat and cook on low for 10 minutes.
3. Add sweet potato, broccoli and zucchini and simmer for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
4. Sift flour and pinch of salt into a medium sized bowl. Rub chilled butter into flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Pour milk and herbs into bowl and using a knife slice into the flour and stir until in creates a dough.
5. Move dough to table surface and form into a ball. Cut into 6 equal sized pieces. Form each piece into a ball.
6. Right before you add your cooked vegetables to your casserole dish for baking mix in the balsamic vinegar and sour cream.
7. Top vegetable mixer with herb dumplings.
8. Bake casserole for 20 minutes.

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Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Fontina Cheese

12 Apr

I think I have to vote for this one as the week’s favorite. I love comfort food and I love mac and cheese. I grew up on Kraft boxed mac and cheese. This is a bit more complicated, but a lot more tasty. If you are feeling a bit of a gourmet itch and have a bit more time in the kitchen for dinner prep, take a shot at this recipe. So worth it!

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Fontina Cheese
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes for Bechamel Sauce, 10 minutes for pasta and 30 minutes of baking

Ingredients:
1 pound macaroni pasta
4 TB butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1 ts thyme
2 cups shredded sharp cheese
2 cups shredded smoked fontina cheese
salt
black pepper
1 ts paprika

Bechamel Sauce:
4 TB unsalted butter
1 shallot, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 rib of celery, chopped
6 TB all purpose flour
4 cups milk
1 ts dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 ts salt
1/4 ts nutmeg
black pepper

Directions:
1. Make your bechamel sauce: Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over high heat. Add shallot, carrot, and celery to pan and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk and bring it all to a boil. Add thyme and bay leaf. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes in order to thicken the sauce.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. When it starts to boil add your pasta. Cook according to the packaging.

3. While your pasta cooks heat a medium sauce pan and melt butter with garlic cloves. Add the bread crumbs and thyme and mix.

4. When pasta is cooked, drain and toss with cheeses. Fold in the bechamel sauce, salt, pepper and paprika.

5. Transfer macaroni mixture to a greased baking dish. Cover top with bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Sweet Potato Ravioli in Garlic Cream Sauce

5 Apr

Make this recipe when you are throwing a dinner party or want to feel like you are eating at a gourmet restaurant. I tend to avoid ravioli because it is time consuming, but I LOVE the taste so this week I gave it a shot. You can always make your ravioli the night before and store it in your fridge over night. Then you cut your dinner cooking time to only 20 minutes or so!

Sweet Potato Ravioli in Garlic Cream Sauce

Prep. Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 lb orange sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
5 oz. ricotta cheese
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 TB Parmesan cheese
1 9 oz. package won ton wrappers
2 oz. butter
1 bunch green onions, chopped
8 oz. heavy cream

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Place sweet potatoes on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 40 minutes.
2. Transfer sweet potato to a mixing bowl. Add ricotta, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Mix and mash until smooth.
3. To make the ravioli: Place one TB of sweet potato mash in the center of one won ton wrapper. Brush edges of wrapper with water. Place another won ton wrapper on top and press all four edges together. Place on baking sheet with wax paper, cover with damp towel. Repeat this until your filling is gone.
4. Melt butter in skillet. Add green onion and garlic. Cover and cook 1 minute. Add cream and bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes until cream sauce is thickened.
5. Bring a large sauce pan of water to a boil. Cook ravioli in batches 3 minutes each. Drain and place on serving plates. Cover ravioli with hot cream sauce and serve.

Lemon Chicken

28 Mar

I was craving some lemon chicken, but could not find a recipe in any of my books so I went to my trusty Internet friends and found the perfect recipe.  yum yum yum.

Thank you Simply Recipes for providing such a delicious recipe.  Now, this isn’t the quickest recipe, but the deliciousness in the end makes up for it.

Lemon Chicken

Serves 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes PLUS 2 hours marinating

Cooking Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

3-4 pounds chicken parts (thighs and legs recommended), skin-on, bone-in, trimmed of excess fat
2 Tbsp lemon zest
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp fresh chopped thyme (or 2 teaspoons dried)
1 Tbsp fresh chopped rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2-3 Tbsp melted butter
Lemon slices for garnish

Directions

1 Place lemon juice, lemon peel, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, whisk to combine. With the tip of a sharp knife, cut into each chicken piece one or two times by about 1/2 an inch. (This will help the marinade penetrate.) Place the chicken pieces and the marinade in a gallon-sized freezer bag. Rotate the bag so that all chicken pieces are coated with the marinade. Seal the bag and place in a bowl in the refrigerator (in case of leakage). Let marinate for 2 hours.

2 Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Remove chicken from marinade and place in a single layer in a large baking dish, skin side up. Reserve the marinade. Use a pastry brush to brush a little melted butter on to each piece of chicken.

3 Bake for a total of 50 to 55 minutes, until the skins are crispy brown, and the chicken is cooked through, juices running clear. Half-way through the baking, at about the 25 minute mark, baste the chicken pieces generously with reserved marinade.

Depending on the size of the breasts, they may be ready before the thighs, so if you are cooking a mix of chicken parts, keep that in mind, you may have to take them out of the oven before the thighs.

Let rest, covered in foil, for 10 minutes before serving.

4 Pour the juices from the pan into a serving bowl. Use a tablespoon to skim the fat off the top (save the fat for cooking with later, or discard, but do not discard down the drain or it will solidify and clog your drain). Serve the chicken with the juices on the side or a little poured over the top of the chicken.

Serves 4-6. Serve alone or with steamed rice.

Broccoli Souffle

28 Mar

I am becoming a pretty big fan of adding eggs to meals to make them a bit more filling. At the same time, I have been looking for recipes that include green veggies because they are some of the most nutrient rich foods you can eat. Check out this Broccoli Souffle from Recipe Secrets.

Broccoli Souffle
Serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes

1 pound fresh broccoli
1 large minced onion
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup hot milk
2 ounces crumbled Roquefort cheese
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter baking dish; dust with dry bread crumbs; set aside.

Clean broccoli, pare any tough skin from stem and cut into pieces; place in pot of salted, boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain; squeeze dry. Transfer to food processor and pulse to chop.

In skillet, melt butter; add onion; saute until soft. Stir in flour; whisk to incorporate well.

Gradually add milk. Cook until mixture thickens, stirring constantly; remove from heat.

Stir in cheese, broccoli and Tabasco sauce.

In small bowl, beat eggs with salt. Stir eggs into cooled broccoli mixture.

Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish; bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.

Split Pea and Lentil Soup

15 Feb

Lentil and Split Pea Puree
Can be made vegetarian (remove bacon and replace chicken stock with veggie stock.)

Serves: 4
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

4 slices bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, copped
2 TB tomato paste
1/2 cup each dried brown lentils
1/2 cup split peas
3 1/2 cups chicken stock
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 TB cumin
1 ts chili powder

Directions:

1. Cook bacon in a saute pan until crisp; remove and place on paper towel to drain.
2. While saute pan is still hot, add onions and saute 3 minutes; add garlic for 30 secods, stir and add carrots and celery. Cook 5 more minutes.
3. Stir in lentils and peas; add stock, salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin.
4. Bring gentle boil, cover and lower heat. Simmer fir 40 minutes.
5. Puree mixture with food processor or hand held mixer. Reheat if necessary.
6. Top with bacon and serve.

Garnish with onion tops.

Chickpea Patties with Caramalized Onions

24 Jan

Chickpea Patties with Caramalized Onions
***I paired mine with a spinach salad with avocado, corn and a simple vinaigrette***

Serves 4
Prep. Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 TB olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 TB ground cumin
2 (10 1/2 oz.) cans chickpeas, drained
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cup chickpea flour
2 TB butter
1 onion, sliced
3 ts brown sugar

Directions:

1. Heat olive oil over high heat in saute pan. When pan and oil are hot, add onion and cook until clear.
2. Add garlic and cumin and cook 1 minute more.
3. Remove from heat.
4. In a food processor, blend chickpeas, egg and onion mixture until smooth. Fold in chickpea flour.
5. With floured hands, divide mixture into eight portions and form into patties.
6. Heat 1/2 inch of frying oil in frying pan. Fry patties in batches.
7. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and drain on paper towel. Keep patties warm in the oven.
8. When you are finished cooking the patties, melt butter in frying pan. Cook sliced onions over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the sugar and cook 1 minute more.
9. Place two patties on each plate and top with caramelized onions.