What I’ve been cooking

 

Tortellini with Pesto & Roasted veggies

I found this via Pinterest on Cooking Classy

Tortellini with roasted veggies & pesto

Ingredients: 

  • zucchini
  • squash
  • bell pepper
  • red onion
  • mushrooms
  • grape tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • tortellini w/ cheese
  • spinach
  • pesto ( homemade or bought)

PESTO

  •  I used about an 8-10 oz bag of spinach
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • juice 2 lemons lemon juice
  • basil

Blend well . When  adding lemon juice , taste it as you add


Cook tortellini – add to big bowl

Cut and drizzle oil on veggie ( zucchini, squash, bell pepper, onion and mushrooms) on a baking sheet . Bake on 425 for 10 minutes

Add tomatoes & garlic . Bake another 10 minutes

Add spinach for one minute.

Add roasted vegetables too tortellini. Pour pesto on top. Mix.

 

Chicken, broccoli, & grape tomatoes

Chicken & Veggies

 

  • Chicken
  • grape tomatoes
  • broccoli
  • Mccormicks garlic herb & wine marinade

Place in oven, cook until  done

Pepper taco bowl

Taco Pepper

  • Bell Pepper ( your choice)
  • ground beef, turkey, chicken ( your choice)
  • cheese
  • black beans
  • tomatoes
  • taco seasoning

I mix the meat, tomatoes, black beans, taco seasoning and cook until done.

Scoop mixture into bell pepper , sprinkle with cheese.  Cook in oven . You can even put the pepper in the oven beforehand to get it started.

 

Baked artichoke & Sun-dried chicken

 

I lost the site I found this on but here is what I can see/remember

  • 15oz artichoke
  • Chicken
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • spinach
  • mozzarella cheese
  • zucchini
  • tomatoes
  • garlic

Chicken stir ( a go to for me)

Stir fry

Chicken Feta Spinach Meatballs with Zucchini

 

I received a new kitchen tool and wanted to use it. I messed up a little bit because I realized the tool is mostly for shredding. I thought I could use it to get zucchini noofles but got shreds instead. Oops! lol Still tasted great though. Will be making these again.

FetaChickenMeatballs

Ingredients:

  • Spinach
  • garlic 3 minced
  • olive oil
  • feta cheese about 4-5 oz
  • 1lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • panko bread crumbs
  • salt & pepper 1/4 teaspoon
  • oregano 2-3 tablespoons
  • 1 lemon ( squeezed)
  • butter ( 1 tablespoon)
  • red pepper flakes ( just a pinch or more if you love it)
  • zucchini ( made into zoodles)

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Add parchment paper to baking sheet.

Combine ground chicken, garlic, salt , pepper, olive oil,  feta, spinach,panko, oregano, egg. Mix well and form small meatballs. Place on sheet ad bake until done 20-25 minutes.

Make zoodles. In pan low-medium heat add butter & olive oil.  Add red pepper flakes & garlic for 1 minute.  Stir in lemon juice. Toss in zoodles and coat. Cook until tender. ( 5 minutes)

Add zoodles to plate/ bowl . Place meatballs on top. Sprinkle with more feta if desired. lemon, feta, red pepper flakes…  Loved the flavor. It was filling, refreshing, light. I brought some for lunch .

 

Zucchini Tomato Italian Sausage Soup

Zucchini Tomato Soup

 

Found this recipe on AFamilyFeast . 

It was delicious! I love it because its filled with lots of veggies. Will definitely make this again. Who else loves soup?

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sweet sausage, removed from casings
  • 2 cups onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 2 cups red bell pepper, diced (about one large pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 5 fresh plum tomatoes, diced
  • 2 pounds zucchini cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 quarts  vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped

Place oil in pot. Add sausage and brown over medium heat.

Once the meat has browned, add onion, celery, carrots and bell pepper and sauté for four minutes.

Move the vegetables to the sides and lower heat to medium. Add garlic, pepper flakes and tomato paste to center and cook for two minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, zucchini, salt, pepper, broth, Parmesan cheese and Parmesan rinds along with fresh basil and fresh oregano and stir to combine.

Bring to a medium simmer and cook just long enough until the vegetables are tender, about 10-15 minutes.

Chicken & Sweet potato meatball poppers

I’ve been on the hunt for new recipes to try.

I really loved this one I found from Unbound Wellness . I brought some for luch to work the next day and everyone who came in the back room said it smelled great and wanted to know what I was eating.

They were filling and tasted great.

  • 1 lb ground chicken (sub turkey)
  • 2 cups sweet potato, shredded (using a grater or food processor)
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped  *** ( I used dried)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • Juice of 1/2 lime

 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and thoroughly mix until well combined.
  3. Scoop the poppers (you should have 20-25) out using a small scoop, or just your hand, and place them evenly spaced on the baking sheet. Slightly flatten them by pushing them down with your hand.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, flipping once. Remove from the baking sheet and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.

Serve with guacamole, salsa, etc.

I mashed up 2 avocado, added garlic powder, the juice from the other half of lime, pepper.

 

I made some Zucchini Bacon Fritters to go with my meatballs. I found these on PaleoRunningMomma .

You need:

  • Shredded Zucchini
  • salt
  • bacon
  • coconut flour
  • egg
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 black pepper
  • bacon fat or coconut oil

 

 

Dinner Inspo

I feel like I haven’t shared many recipes on my blog in awhile. I do share on instagram.

I’ve tried a few new dishes and liked them all. I feel like I sometimes get in a rut when it comes to dinners. I end up making the same stuff .

 

Dinner one :  Spinach Chicken Avocado burgers

Ground chicken, avocado cut into chunks, spinach, sliced ( about 1/2 cup) , lemon, 2tbsp  oatmeal, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, salt, pepper,  oil

I mixed the ingredients and formed patties. Cook until done.

Mash avocado , lemon, salt, pepper and make into a spread for the top of your burger.

  • You can also use a lime instead of lemon

 

Dinner 2 : Chicken, Roasted potatoes, & green beans

Roastedchickenpotatogreenbeans

This one was very simple.

Chicken, red potatoes (diced) , & green beans ( fresh, frozen , or canned)

Mix in Italian dressing mix. Cover with foil.  Put in over at 350 until done.

 

Dinner 3- Creamy dill chicken

CreamyDillChicken

I received this in my hellofresh box.  < Use my link & get $40 & Ill get $30 🙂

Chicken, Dill, Yukon gold potatoes, green beans, chicken stock concentrate, sour cream, salt & pepper.

Dice potatoes, discard dill from stems. Preheat over to 450.

Toss potatoes on baking sheet with oil, salt & pepper. Bake until golden brown.

Heat oil in pan. Pat chicken dry. Season with salt & pepper. Cook until done. Remove and plate to the side.

Add green beans to baking sheet with oil, salt , & pepper. Bake for 15 minutes

In same pan add dill , sour cream, 2 tbsp of water, chicken stock concentrate. Scrap bottom & stir. Add salt & pepper. ( it also called for 1 tsp of mustard but I dont like it)

Slice chicken, add potatoes, green beans. Drizzle sauce over everything. Add dill to taste.

This was flavorful & easy!

Dinner 4- Vegetable Polenta Casserole

I found this recipe on BudgetBytes .   

cornmeal, zucchini, squash, onion, mozzarella, spinach, salt, pepper, paprika, basil, vegetable broth. – Easy simple, delicious. Great vegetarian or vegan meal.

Dinner 5- Quinoa Crusted Chicken

QuinoaCrustedChicken

This was very filling.  Great alone, on salad, cut into bite size pieces for nuggets.

Chicken, cooked quinoa, your favorite spices, egg, salt pepper

. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

cook quinoa, mix in spices

Mix egg, salt , & pepper. Dip chicken in egg then quinoa, place on baking sheet.

Dinner 6 – Chicken , Bacon, & avocado quesadilla

ChickenAvoBaconQuesadilla

Dinner 7 – Burrito Bowl

BurritoBowl

Baked Biscuit Wreath Dip & Apple Pie

For Thanksgiving I wanted to make an appetizer and came across this yummy dip from Delish – You can find the recipe here >> http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a45181/baked-biscuit-wreath-dip-recipe/

 

It was  flavorful & cheesy. The biscuits were cooked perfectly and the dip was bubbly. I will definitely be making this again. I mean you can’t go wrong with bread & cheese!! Am I right?

Baked Biscuit Dip

  •  1 can refrigerated biscuits
  • Olive oil, for brushing biscuits
  • 1/2 c. plus 1 Tbsp. crumbled Parmesan
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella
  • 1 c. ricotta
  • 3/4 c. frozen spinach, defrosted and chopped
  • 1/4 c. mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Halve biscuits and flatten each one out, then roll into a ball and place in an oven-proof skillet seam side down. Arrange in a ring around the skillet. Brush biscuits with olive oil and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine mozzarella, ricotta, spinach, Parmesan, mayonnaise, garlic powder, and salt and mix until combined.
  3. Spoon dip into center of skillet and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
  4. Bake until warmed through, bubbly, and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot.

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

( I cheat a little by not making crust )

  • make your own crust/ or refrigerated/ frozen pie crust.
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon & nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups of thinly sliced apple. I like using granny smith. ( 6-8 apples)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

 

  • Heat oven to 425
  • Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, & salt in a bowl.
  • Stir in apples until coated
  • Dump the mixture into the pie crust
  • Distribute butter on top in small pieces
  • Use the extra pie crust to apply on top. You can do a design like me or just apply it on top and cut slits  ( cut off additional crust on edges) Whatever your heart desires.
  • Cover edges with aluminum foil. ( take off the last 10-15minutes)
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes.
Did you make any new dishes this year?

Chicken & Veggie stir-fry bowl

One of my go to meals is this chicken  & veggie “stir fry” . Its easy, simple, and all goes in one pan!

Chicken Stir fry

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Broth
  • Chicken (diced)
  • onion ( diced)
  • garlic ( minced)
  • mushrooms ( diced)
  • green beans or snap peas
  • carrots ( diced)
  • salt & pepper
  • quinoa or rice
  • soy sauce

 

Add some chicken broth to pan on medium-high. Once hot add carrots & onion. Stir.

Make rice / quinoa according to package. Im a fan of Success boil in a bag tri colored quinoa!

After a couple of minutes add chicken . Stir.  Turn down to medium

Add salt & pepper

Once chicken is pretty much done. Add garlic. Stir for a minute.

Add snap peas or green beans & mushrooms. Stir until tender.

Turn off burner.

Add some quinoa/rice. Add chicken & veggie mixture. Top with soy sauce.

Yum!