English Muffin Pizza with Garlic Green Beans

19 Apr

Save this recipe for a night when you really DO NOT want to cook. It is made up of ingredients I usually have on hand anyway.

English Muffin Pizza
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 English Muffins
1 (14 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 TB thyme
1 TB oregano
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 TB olive oil
1 bag (16 oz.) frozen green beans
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 ts salt
1/2 ts black pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Break your 4 english muffins in half and place them on baking sheet.
3. Top each muffin with tomato sauce, then cheese.
4. Bake in oven for 15 minutes.
5. While you pizza bakes, microwave your green beans in a bowl (w/ a little bit of water) for 3 minutes. Drain.
6. Heat skillet with 2 TB olive oil. Add green beans, stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes.

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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.

5 Recipes for $58

12 Apr

I am $8 over this week, but I feel like the recipes are worth it. There is a great mixture of hot comfort food and cool spring time fresh food. I found a new combination of flavors (mint and olives! who knew?) this week and also discovered a new cheese that tastes like bacon (not gouda, but fontina–it’s cheaper!). Have a great week and happy cooking and eating!

This week’s Recipes:
Each recipe amounts to 4 servings each.

Tortilla Chip Salad
Vegetarian Cranberry and Walnut Spring Salad
Mint and Olive Chicken over Couscous
Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Fontina Cheese
Vegetarian Collard Greens and Tomatoes with Garlic Cheese Bread

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Tortilla Chip Salad

12 Apr

The recipe sits on the line between a Taco Salad and Nachos. It is really easy to make and tastes great!

Tortilla Chip Salad
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1/2 onion, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 bag tortilla chips
1 potato, peeled and grated
2 TB taco seasoning
1 can diced chilis
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 cup sour cream

Directions:
1. Heat skillet over high heat. Add ground beef and cook. Add potato, diced chilies, taco seasoning. Cover and cook on low until potatoes are cooked.
2. Arrange chips on a plate. Sprinkle meat on top, then cheese, tomatoes. Top with sour cream.

Cranberry and Walnut Spring Salad

12 Apr

Spring is here! Time to start making salads and homemade dressing.

Cranberry and Walnut Spring Salad
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 cups spring mix salad
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/2 pound cherry tomatoes, halved

Dressing:
1/2 cup olive oil
3 TB red wine vinegar
1 TB lemon juice
1 TB honey
1/2 ts salt
1/4 ts pepper
1 shallot, minced

Directions:
1. Combine spring mix, walnuts, dried cranberries and feta, and tomato in large bowl.
2. Make the dressing by combining all of the ingredients and stir well with a whisk.
3. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve.

Mint and Olive Chicken over Couscous

12 Apr

I really never thought I would combine mint and Kalamata olives, but that day has arrived. I can’t really explain the taste other than using the word refreshing. It is as though the mint smooths out the slight tartness of the olives. They just both work really well together. And, to top it off, couscous is not only super easy to make, but it is delicious and good for you. Lots of great things to say about this recipe.

Cumin Mint Chicken over Couscous
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 TB olive oil

4 chicken breasts
2 TB cumin
2 TB tumeric
1 TB ground coriander
salt
pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup mint, chopped
1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped
3 cups couscous
1/2 pound cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions:
1. Combine olive oil, cumin, tumeric, ground coriander, salt and pepper and garlic. Rub seasoning over chicken breasts.
2. Heat large deep skillet over high heat. Add chicken and brown both sides, 5 minutes each side.
2. Add 2 cups of chicken stock to pan. Bring stock to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low; cook for 10 minutes.
3. Add mint and chopped olives to pan. Cook another 10 minutes.
4. Remove cover from pan and cook on high for 5 minutes.
5. Heat 2 cups chicken stock until it starts to boil. Add couscous and tomatoes, turn off heat, cover and let sit 5 minutes.
6. To serve, cover plate with couscous and top with chicken. Top chicken with mint/olive sauce.

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.