Roasted Eggplant and Vegetable Ragout

Easy to make in your crock pot all day! Just have to roast the eggplant first to bring out the delicious flavors of the eggplant.Add whatever veggies you have on hand.  Serve it up with whole wheat pasta..or stay all veggie and make Spaghetti Squash instead of the pasta! 🙂

1 eggplant, sliced in half. Sprinkle with sea salt and let sit on counter for 10 min. Pre heat oven to 400. Place on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 25 min. Set aside to cool.then dice it up!

2 zucchini diced

2 yellow squash dices

1 small yellow onion diced

1 small package of portabella mushrooms sliced

3 plum tomatoes diced

4 cloves of garlic diced

3 carrots peeled and a quick whirl in food processor…so its smaller than diced

1 large can of tomato sauce

1 tsp oregano

1 tbsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp paprika

salt and pepper

1 tsp red pepper flakes

Set crock pot on low. Add in all vegetables. Pour sauce in pot with seasonings. Mix well. cover and cook for 6 hours on low. Serve with whole wheat pasta and Parmesan cheese

Dinner Tonite: Chicken Vegetable Pot Pie

I found a pastry dough crust in my freezer this morning and I instantly thought Chicken Vegetable Pot Pie! Much like my Leek and Mushroom Chicken Pot Pie..but just lots of veggies and chicken of course. Make a wonderful meal that has been one of my husbands favorites for years..Plus the aroma that fills your kitchen is so comforting; to me its just heaven!

1 lb thin cut chicken breast cut into cubes, season with salt and pepper

1 package of white mushrooms cleaned and sliced

1 small onion diced

2 stalk of celery chopped

1 large sweet potato peeled and diced

2 carrots chopped

1 zucchini diced

1 yellow squash diced

4-5 garlic cloves diced

1/2 cup fat free creamer

1 cup fat free chicken broth

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 tbsp thyme

1 tbsp Italian seasoning

salt and pepper (lots of pepper)

1tsp red pepper flakes 🙂

2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 tbsp reduced fat Parmesan cheese

1 fresh roll of pastry dough

Pre heat oven to 350. In a large pan on the stove top and medium high, heat 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp unsalted butter..add onion and garlic. Heat 2-3 minutes then add chicken. Brown chicken on both sides and add vegetables and herbs  . Cook about 5 minutes, add in chicken broth and simmer. Slowly add in fat free creamer and mix well. Add cornstarch, stir in so that the mixture is slightly thicker ( add more if you want it really thick!) Season with salt,pepper and red pepper flakes Pour ingredients into large and deep casserole dish. Roll out pastry dough on top of the pie, and brush with olive oil and sprinkle reduced fat Parmesan cheese on top! Bake 35-40 minutes…Until pastry dough is cooked and browned. Serve in big bowls and Enjoy!

Meatballs and Chicken Sausage

Mix together 1lb of lean ground pork and lean ground sirloin, 1 egg, 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper, 1.3 cup fresh grated Parmesan, 1 tsp nutmeg, 2 slices of whole wheat bread picked into small pieces, 3 cloves of garlic minced..Form into meatballs and place on broiler pan, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 30 min at 350 degrees. Place in slow cooker with sauce, cover and cook low for about 4 hours.

I bought these beautiful italian Chicken Sausages with Fennel at Joesph’s Classic Market ( where I buy all my meats, fish and produce..so fresh and inexpensive) , that I also placed in a separate baking dish, pierced with a knife and baking along with the meatballs. When sausages done cooking slice into 1-2 inch pieces and throw them into the sauce.

I am “semi” baking the meatballs and chicken sausage, so that I can put them in a Slow Cooker or Crock Pot with sauce and cook on low for about 4 hours to incorporate all the flavors….

I also bought these nests of whole wheat linguine, which i will just add to boiling water later to cook the rest of the way..And of course extra Parmesan cheese.

Sugar and Spice Salmon

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Very excited to make this Salmon tonite for a friend of mine who loves Salmon! Adding a little sugar and spice to make it fun!

2 servings of Salmon

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp chili powder

salt and pepper

agave or honey

Mix ingredients in bowl except for agave or honey. Pre heat oven to 375. Rub in seasoning on each Salmon.. place in prepared baking dish and Bake for 35minutes. Drizzle agave nectar or honey over each fillet.

Serve with baked Arugula Stuffed Sweet Potatoes drizzled with balsamic glaze and olive oil.

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Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers

A favorite of mine, that is both sweet and spicy! 🙂  Pre heat oven 375 Use  5-6 large Cubanelle peppers and throw them in pan with olive oil on high heat and sear all over. Set aside to cool off…..Chop up one onion , 4 garlic cloves and olive oil…Cook 4 min. Add in ground chicken, cook until almost cooked thru. Add in 1 cup brown rice, 1/2 black beans, and 1 can of Rotelle tomatos. Heat thru and set aside. Cut thu peppers on one side and clean out the seeds. Spread 1-2 tbsp of low fat – fat free cream cheese. Stuff the stuffing in 🙂 Place in baking dish. Top with reduced fat cheddar cheese. Bake for 20 min. Top with low fat sour cream and enjoy! I think I might use the leftover stuffing to make burritos another nite this week.

Before the cheese 🙂

Dinner is served!

Dinner Tonite Vegetarian Style

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The Monday rush is over! Wanted to make a vegetarian dish tonight to give my body a break. I could eat like a vegetarian every day ( with the exception of eggs) and not miss the meat. Its nice to give the body a break, it reduces inflammation and really allows your digestive system to regulate… Well any whoo..I used my  Spaghetti Squash Casserole recipe in mind..but you know minus the meat. I have a ton of veggies from the weekend when making my Turkey Vegetable Soup…So I cooked down the tomatoes first with onions and garlic, italian seasoning , salt and pepper for about 10 mins. and then  threw it into the food processor and gave it a good whirl. I let it sit there for a bit while I chopped up zucchini, squash, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and carrots. I cut some corners by cooking the spaghetti squash in the microwave, sliced in half and face down with a 1/2 cup of water. Nuked it for about 12 -15 minutes. When done removed the water and scooped out the squash int o the baking dish I used to cook it in. While it was cooking, I cooked the vegetable mixture that I chopped up and added in some Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, and 1 tsp red pepper flakes. I also had a bag of Soy crumbles on hand that I added to the mix.Cooked on the stove top for about 8 min. Then I poured on the tomato sauce I made in the food processor. Added it to the top of the spaghetti squash in the baking dish and  topped with 2% Mozzarella cheese.  Baked for 20 min at 375…Very good and filling with all the vegetables! I just love clean and fresh eating! It makes awesome leftovers too 🙂

Its much like my recipe for Italian Style Spaghetti Squash Casserole that I use often, but this time I pretty much used ” everything but the kitchen sink” recipe! 🙂

Leftover Turkey Wrap

Thanksgiving leftovers…And this one is delicious, healthy and easy to make!

Whole wheat wrap, 3-4 oz turkey, 2 tbsp cranberry sauce and 2 oz of crumbled goat cheese..All wrapped up to make a yummy meal! 🙂

A Happy Thanksgiving Breakfast

So easy to make for a big day in the kitchen! And a great way to start the Thanksgiving feast!! Sooo yummy! The kids will love it too! 🙂

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My Thanksgiving Menu 2010

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So after the “Mock” Thanksgiving dinner, now I have decided what to cook tomorrow! Whew! So I did go with the whole turkey instead of the split turkey breasts because I’m going to utilize the rest of the cooked turkey to make a fabulous Turkey Vegetable Rice Soup this weekend…( stay tuned for that recipe) So here’s the list! ….and always subject to change due to inspiration and experimentation that always seems to occur in my kitchen!

Fresh Cranberry and Blackberry Preserves ( yes there are still leftovers, and they were so divine with my lunch this week on the Turkey Goat Cheese and Cranberry Wrap..you’ve got to try it! )

Green Bean Almondine.. I Just love the way it sounds! So basic, but so yummy too! Just boil fresh clean  and cut green beans and then saute in pan with olive oil and sliced almonds! Season with salt and pepper. add a little dash of nutmeg too 🙂

Sweet Potato Casserole with a Praline & Marshmallow Crust an experiment in the works combing two ideas I have in mind…will share with you tomorrow!

Apple and Chicken Sausage Stuffing~ 2 fresh Granny Smith apples diced with browned mild Italian chicken sausage (minus the casings) blended with herb stuffing and fresh mushrooms…MMMMmmmmm! So yummy!

And so that leaves the bird….I’m thinking Brown Sugar and Honey Glazed Turkey…..with a little soy sauce to offset all the yummy sweetness 🙂

“To stuff or not to stuff the Turkey that is the question…what will you do?”

And for the finale…Cranberry Praline Crumble..I saw this recipe for a Nantucket Cranberry Pie on Food Press and was immediately inspired and thought how could I turn it to something we would all enjoy..Crumble it is!

And I’m also thinking I’ll make with Gracie some kid approved Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies~ just add 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree to a chocolate chip cookie  mix , 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 tsp pumpkin spice, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon…Sure to make any child smile!

Roasted Orange Spiced Butternut Squash with Raisins

Using an orange zester to zest an orange.

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I made this little side dish tonight while looking for something to go along with the chicken I thawed and pounded out into 3 servings ..I peeled and cubed a  large butternut squash..In the meantime, I put 1 cup of mixed raisins in a cup of warm water to soften them up. I had this large and ripe orange leftover from last weeks Crock Pot Orange Marmalade Sesame Chicken..So I couldn’t let it go to waste 🙂 And actually the kids benefited to because they got to enjoy Orange smile slices too.

Pre heat oven to 375~

On baking sheet lined with foil, place butternut squash on pan and drizzle with 2-3 tbsp olive oil. I had a large orange which I cut in half  and zested over the squash. I added sea salt, pepper, 1 tsp all spice, 1 tbsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp basil, 1 tsp ginger. I mixed in the raisins and all the spices together. Baked for about 25-35 min, giving it a good shake and stir half way 🙂 Once I plated them I drizzled them with Balsamic glaze to add a little pizazz.

After I placed the chicken into the baking dish I decided to incorporate the flavors from the butternut squash…So I juiced the orange over the chicken, cut the orange peel into little sections.. Seasoned chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Then added 1 tsp of dried mustard, 1tsp basil, and 1 tsp ginger. I placed to orange peels on each chicken breast and baked it at 375 with the squash for 20-25 mins.

These two ideas from the items I found on hand actually came out excellent! And the aromas while cooking were just so comforting. I love the smell of spices and oranges together. I often will add in small orange peels that I used and dried out to oil infusers and just fill my kitchen with this beautiful smell. (good to do after you’ve cooked seafood to FYI 🙂

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