Black Bean and Turkey Stew

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I just got a crock-pot and my mother gave me this book to go with it. As I flipped through the pages I was looking for something that could cook all night while I was asleep, and be ready the next day for dinner. This recipe of stew/chili appealed to me.

Ingredients:

  • 3 15-oz Cans of Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained
  • 1.5 Cups of Chopped Onion
  • 1.5 Cups of Fat-Free Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup of Sliced Celery
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1.5 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 3/4 Teaspoon of Coriander
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper
  • 6 oz Cooked Turkey Sausage, Thinly Sliced
  • Cheddar Cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except sausage into crock-pot. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.
  2. Stir in sausage and cook on low another 10-15 mins.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was delicious and so easy. I loved it and will be making this again and again.

For more chili and soup recipes, go to Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

For more recipes, go to London Fog Fauxccino

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One Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies

Thoughts Before Cooking:

On my flipboard I follow a recipe section as I’m always looking for new things to try out. This recipe was from Teen Vogue‘s “13 High-Protein Meal Prep Recipes to Make This Sunday“. They had gotten the recipe from the blog Chelsea’s Messy ApronThis sounded like the perfect recipe for my guy and I. Meat and protein rich for him, healthy and veggie filled for me.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Carrots (About 2 Cups)
  • 2 Red Potatoes (About 2 Cups)
  • 1 Medium Zucchini (About 2 1/3 Cups)
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers (About 2 Cups)
  • 1 Head of Broccoli (About 1.5 Cups)
  • 1 lb of Italian Turkey or Chicken Sausage
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Dried Basil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Thyme
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/3 Cup of Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
  • 4.5 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, for easy clean-up, and set aside.
  3. **Prep the veggies exactly stated to ensure they all cook at the same time.** Peel and very thinly slice the carrots.
  4. Wash (and if desired peel) the red potatoes. You want the pieces quite small.
  5. Halve the zucchini and then cut them into thick “coins”.
  6. Coarsely chop the broccoli.
  7. Remove the stems and seeds from the peppers and chop them into medium-sized pieces.
  8. Chop the sausage into thick coins.
  9. Pour all the veggies and sausage onto the pan.
  10. In a small bowl combine the seasonings, salt and pepper to taste, and the olive oil.
  11. Pour the seasonings and oil mixture on top of the veggies and sausage and toss to coat.
  12.  Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and toss veggies and sausage. Return to the oven for another 10-15 mins or until veggies are crisp and tender.
  13. Remove from oven and add freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Thoughts After Cooking:

This was really good.

There was only one problem, THE POTATOES!

They took forever to cook. I don’t know why, so this actually took much longer than the 35 mins it said it would.

Next time I would cook the potatoes in the microwave first, even for a bit, so that it wouldn’t take so long.

For more healthy recipes, go to Cottage Cheese Toast

For more recipes, go to Chilaquiles

Kielbasa Bowtie Pasta

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Sometimes you need something that is fast to make, cheap, and be able to serve a large group of people. When that happens, I like to pull this recipe out.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box of Bowtie Pasta Noodles (You can substitute with any pasta noodles)
  • 1 Kielbasa Sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Green Bell Pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons of Chopped Red Onion (Can substitute with yellow onion)
  • 3 Teaspoons of Butter
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the peppers and onion in the butter, until tender.
  3. Add the sausage, salt, and pepper; cook and stir until sausage is heated through.
  4. Drain pasta and add to the skillet.
  5. Toss to coat.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I love this recipe. Delicious, fast, and great.

I recommend it!

For more pasta recipes, go to Two-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

For more recipes, go to Nature’s Own Cocktail

Ratatouille

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

Ever since I watched the movie Ratatouille, I have wanted to make Ratatouille.

I actually got this book The Wooden Spoon: Book of Home-Style Soups, Stews, Chowders, Chilis, and Gumbos for free. When I was leafing through I found Ratatouille and decided to make it.

Ratatouille is an interesting dish that can be classified as a soup, salad, and casserole.

Now you can do it two different way: layer it like Remy in Ratatouille; or cook it in a pot on the stove. I went the stove route as it was waaay to hot to be using the oven.

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Ratatouille is a marvelous all-vegetable stew, featuring eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes. It requires a rather large casserole or pot for layering the ingredients, but it cooks down to less than  half the original volume. Serve with crusty bread and a variety of cheeses. Leftovers can be served cold as a salad or side dish.”

Ingredients:

  • 5 Quart Stovetop-to-oven casserole or stockpot
  • 6 Tablespoons of  Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Yellow Onions, Thinly Sliced
  •  2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Eggplant, Peeled and Cubed
  • 3 Small or 2 Medium Zucchini, Sliced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Seeded and Cut into Strips
  • 4 Red-Ripe Tomatoes, Peeled and Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup of Coarsely Chopped Fresh Basil (Do Not Use Dried)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chopped Fresh Oregano, or 1 Teaspoon Dried
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

Directions:

Oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Warm 3 tablespoons of oil in the casserole over medium heat.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Layer the vegetables in the casserole, using half of each vegetable in each of two layers.
  5. Sprinkle layers with basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; until all are used.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over the top
  7. Cover and bake for 1 hour.
  8. Uncover the casserole and gently move the contents with a wooden spoon so that they settle.
  9. Serve in flat soup plates.

Stovetop:

  1. Warm 3 tablespoons of oil in the casserole over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Layer the vegetables in the casserole, using half of each vegetable in each of two layers.
  4. Sprinkle layers with basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; until all are used.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over the top
  6. Simmer on stovetop for 1 hour, using a wooden spoon to gently move the contents from time to time, but without actually stirring.
  7. Simmer, uncovered, on the stovetop for 10 to 15 mins to thicken the sauce.
  8. Serve in flat soup plates.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I really enjoyed it. It came out great and was delicious.

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For more soups, go to Italian Wedding Soup

For more casseroles, go to Brussels Sprouts, Turkey Sausage, & Pesto Pizza Casserole

For more salads, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

For more low-calorie dishes, go to Bulghur Salad

For more vegetarian dishes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more recipes, go to Green Tea Frappuccino

Pizza Siciliana

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Thoughts Before Reading:

This recipe comes from an old cookbook from the ’70s, Time Life’s American Cooking: The Melting Pot, and covers all kind of recipes from the different cultures in the USA.

I am Sicilian so when I saw the pizza I had to try it. I decided to not make the pizza dough with the recipe they gave but followed every other facet.

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Unlike the familar round Neopolitan pizza,  Sicilian pizza is a newcomer to the pizza-loving Americans. It’s soft, breadlike crust and rectangular shape actually make it a more practical recipe for the home. The ingredients for the garnish are flexible; you can substitue such items as sliced cooked sausage, black olives or anchovies for the mushrooms and peppers-or add any or all of them to the recipe given here.”

-Time Life, 1971

Ingredients:

Pizza Dough

  • 3 Cups of Lukewarm Water (110 to 115 degrees F)
  • 2 Packages of Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Sugar
  • 8-10 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Unsalted Butter, Softened

Directions:

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of lukewarm water into a cup and sprinkle with yeast and sugar.
  2. Let the mixture rest for 2-3 mins, then stir.
  3. Place the cup in a warm, draft-free place (such as an unlighted oven) for about 10 mins, or until the yeast bubbles and the mixture doubles in volume.
  4. Place the 8 cups of flour and the salt in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center.
  5. Pour in yeast mixture, the ret of the water, the vegetable oil; and with a large wooden spoon incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet.
  6. Continue to stir until the ingredients are well combined and can be shaped into a ball.
  7. Transfer the ball onto a floured surface and begin to knead; pressing the ball with the heel of your hand, pressing forward and folding back.
  8. Knead until dough is smooth, and an elastic medium-firm; (incorporate the 2 more cups of flour if you need to).
  9. With a pastry brush, coat the bottom and the sides of the dough with butter.
  10. Place dough in a bowl and a warm drat-free place for 1-1.5 hours, or until the dough doubles in size. Punch it down with your fists and replace in the bowl to rise again.
  11. Meanwhile, prepare the tomato sauce.
  12. When dough has completed its rising, punch it down and then cut it in half.
  13. Roll out each half to fit in a jelly-roll pan.
  14. Place the dough on the pans and then stretch it with your fingers so hat it fills the edges and corners.
  15. Drape with a towel and place in warm, draft-free place until dough has risen double.

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Ingredients:

Tomato Sauce:

  • 4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup of finely Chopped Onions
  • 1.5 Teaspoons of finely chopped Garlic
  • 3-1lb cans of solid packed Tomatoes and their liquid
  • 1 Tablespoon of Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Pepper
  • 1.5 Teaspoons of Salt
  • 6 oz can of Tomato Paste

Directions:

  1. In a 10-12 inch heavy skillet heat the olive oil, until a lught haze forms.
  2. Add the onions and garlic, stirring frequently until the onion become translucent.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and their liquid, oregano, sugar, black pepper, salt, and tomato paste.
  4. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for an hour.

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Ingredients:

Pizza Garnish:

  • 1 lb of Mozzarella Cheese, coarsely grated
  • 1/2 Cup of finely grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Cup of thinly sliced Mushrooms
  • 1 Large Green Bell Peeper; seeded, deribbed, and thinly sliced
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper; seeded, deribbed, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Cup of thinly chopped Onions
  • Chopped Sausage
  • Sliced Olives
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven tp 500 degrees F.
  2. Divide the sauce in half and coat the top of the dough.
  3. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 mintes, then sprinkle with mozzarella, Parmesan, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, olives,  and sausage.
  4. Dribble the olive oil on top and bake for 10 minutes longer.\Cut pizza into squares and serve at once.

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Thoughts After Baking:

Here is what I thought about this pizza:

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It was amazing! The sauce was the best I have ever had and the only one I will ever make for pizza again. It was just so fantastic!

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You should definitely try this out for yourself!

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For more Italian recipes, go to Italian Wedding Soup

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