Basil Pesto Without Nuts

Basil Pesto– without nuts 1 cup fresh basil leaves, washed, completely dried and base stems removed. 1 large clove garlic, cut in half 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese In a food processor, add in basil, garlic and s&p. Pulse until coarsely…

Ground Pork Tacos

This is a super quick dish to make after work, one of my favorites; and there is no way to screw it up! Also, it is a great way to enjoy tacos without using the packet of sodium that comes in a taco meal kit. Those packets bother me so much; have you ever read…

Polenta Fries

This is a fun dish to make when you have polenta left over. Polenta Fries 1 serving of instant polenta* 1/4 cup of grated Parmigiano Cheese (then an extra tablespoon or so to sprinkle on cooked fries) Salt to taste 1 tspn dried rosemary Prepare the polenta according to instructions on the package. *Usually the…

Uncomplicated 3 Cheese Lasagna

3 Cheese Lasagna 1 package of no boil lasagna pasta (if you use the pasta type to boil- follow instruction to boil prior to use) 16 oz ricotta 4 oz shredded mozzarella 1 cup grated Romano cheese 1 large egg 1 tsp salt 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper 4 quarts of Tomato Sauce: Click here…

Easy Eggplant, Zucchini and Summer Squash Panini– without a press!

This is my favorite sandwich all year round. The crunch of the bread with the warm, melted, cheesy filling… so yummy!  The combinations are endless, too.  Which I am saying there will definitely be other variations of this sandwich to come from me. This recipe yields 4 large sandwiches using a baguette, or, one large muffaletta that…

Not Your Average Guacamole

This version of guacamole is made without onion and garlic. Reason being is that my husband didn’t like the ever lasting taste of them, but loved the flavors of guacamole. So, I started working on a recipe that would eliminate that all night taste of onion and garlic, but kept their flavors.. I came up…

Peppermint Flavored Buttercream Frosting

Peppermint Flavored Frosting 3 cups of powdered sugar- confectioner’s sugar 1 stick of unsalted butter- room temperature 6 tablespoons skim milk-cold 1 tablespoon of peppermint extract Desired food dye/coloring- or none at all for white frosting Mix together the butter with the sugar. Then slowly, one tablespoon at a time, add in the milk. With…

The Perfect French Toast..and Easy!

French Toast 1 cup of skim milk 2 eggs 1 tbsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tspn ground nutmeg 1/4 tspn vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract 7-8 large pieces of day old seedless Italian bread, like scali. Fresh bread will rip when moistened with mixture, so day old or stale bread is the best. Heat a…

Chili

Beef Chili 2.5 pounds ground beef 1 15 oz can white beans, drained and rinsed 2 28 oz can tomato sauce 1/2 cup of room temperature water 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 large yellow onion, chopped 1 large red pepper, chopped 1 cup chopped carrots ¼ cup chile powder ¼ cup paprika 3 tablespoons ground…

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Hope you all had a wonderful night to kick off the new year. Really looking forward to 2013. ….. Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta 1.5 lbs Brussels sprouts (prep directions below) 1/2 lb pancetta chopped 1 shallot chopped 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tspn salt 1/2 tspn freshly ground black pepper You will need…