Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

I love brussels sprouts. I will eat them all year round! I also love balsamic vinegar, I put it in a lot of things (including chili). I saw this recipe and knew I had to try it. I added shallots because I wanted to add a depth of flavor and love the sweetness of the shallots and knew it would balance out the vinegar.

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

sauteed brussels sprouts

Ingredients

1 (10 ounce) package shredded Brussels sprouts (you can buy them at Trader Joes)
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large (12-inch) saute pan and heat it over medium heat. Add the sliced shallots until soft and tender. Add the butter and the remaining olive oil. Add the sliced Brussels sprouts, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and saute them, stirring frequently, for about 4 to 5 minutes, until tender but still bright green. It might look like a lot of Brussels sprouts when you add them in the pan, but just like spinach, they will cook down. Once tender, turn off the heat and stir in the balsamic vinegar, season to taste, and serve hot.

Recipe Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/sauteed-shredded-brussels-sprouts.html

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Savory Waffle: Cheddar & Scallion Waffle with Mustard Syrup

sweet and savory waffles

After an impromptu waffle iron buy last night, we decided to make waffles this morning! This savory waffle is delicious with the mustard syrup! And the best part is, it is so easy to make!

Cheddar & Scallion Waffles with Mustard Syrup

cheddar and scallion waffle

Ingredients (Makes 4-6 waffles, or 1 Belgium waffle)
Waffles:
1 cup flour
1/8 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 egg
3/4 cup of milk
3/4 of 1 stick of butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup of shredded cheddar (I used monterey jack)
3-4 tablespoons of scallions, chopped

Mustard Syrup:
1/2 cup syrup
1/8 cup dijon mustard
1/2 tsp salt

Directions
Waffles:
1. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
2. Whisk the milk, the cooled melted butter and 1 egg in a separate bowl until combined; pour into the flour mixture and stir until just combined. (A few small lumps are fine.)
3. Preheat a waffle iron; lightly brush with vegetable oil, then fill with batter three-quarters full and cook until the waffles are golden and crisp.

Mustard Syrup:
1. Combine the syrup, mustard and salt in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. When the mixture begins to bubble, turn the heat to low. Stir until well combined.
3. Pour into a serving container and serve immediately.

Pour the syrup over the waffles to serve and enjoy!

Recipe source: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/haylie-duff/mustard-maple-syrup.html and http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/top-notch-waffles.html

Sweet Waffle: Cinnamon Waffle with Blackberry & Basil Sauce

sweet and savory waffles

After an impromptu waffle iron buy last night, we decided to make waffles this morning! This sweet waffle is delectable with the blackberry and basil sauce. And the best part is, it is so easy to make!

Cinnamon Waffles with Blackberry & Basil Sauce

cinnamon waffle

Ingredients (Makes 4-6 waffles, or 1 Belgium waffle)
Waffles:
1 cup flour
1/8 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 egg
3/4 cup of milk
3/4 of 1 stick of butter, melted and cooled
1 tbsp of cinnamon

Blackberry and Basil Sauce:
6oz fresh blackberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp of basil, chopped

Directions
Waffles:
1. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
2. Whisk the milk, the cooled melted butter, and egg in a separate bowl until combined; pour into the flour mixture and stir until just combined. (A few small lumps are fine.)
3. Preheat a waffle iron; lightly brush with vegetable oil, then fill with batter three-quarters full and cook until the waffles are golden and crisp.

Blackberry and Basil sauce:
1. Combine the blackberries, sugar, and water in a small saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil and cook at a boil for 5 minutes, scraping the bottom as needed to keep from burning.
3. Reduce heat to low; simmer the mixture until thick, about 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Drizzle the sauce over the waffles to serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/top-notch-waffles.html and http://allrecipes.com/recipe/214834/blueberry-and-raspberry-pancake-topping/

Pasta alla Formiana

Although this dish takes a bit of time in the oven, it is really easy to assemble and you don’t even have to pre-cook the pasta! Its a great twist on a simple pasta with red sauce recipe by adding fresh tomatoes!

Pasta alla Formiana

pasta alla formiana

Ingredients

  • Butter, for greasing dish
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 pound (8 ounces) mezze penne or other small pasta
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 to 5 very ripe, extra-large or beefsteak tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 8-inch glass baking dish. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, blend together the crushed tomatoes and garlic. Pour into a medium bowl and add the uncooked pasta, 1/3 cup olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Toss until all the ingredients are coated.
  • Line the bottom and sides of the baking dish with tomato slices. Pour the pasta mixture into the dish and spread evenly. Arrange the remaining tomato slices in an overlapping layer on top of the pasta mixture, making sure the mixture is completely covered.
  • Drizzle with olive oil. Bake until the tomatoes are slightly crispy and the pasta is cooked, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/pasta-alla-formiana-recipe.html

Spicy Red Wine Spaghetti

Talk about an “adult” spaghetti. This takes a simple pasta dish and elevates to a level that is so elegant and yet so easy to make! This dish is bound to make a great impression on anyone you make it for!

Spicy Red Wine Spaghetti

spicy red wine spaghetti

Ingredients

Kosher salt
1 pound spaghetti (I recommend not using whole wheat to get that great purple color)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 large shallot, halved, thinly sliced into strips
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (add more for more of a kick)
One 750ml bottle zinfandel (I recommend using a red wine that you really enjoy to drink)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
4 ounces coarsely crumbled goat cheese

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook for 6 minutes, stirring pasta occasionally, until par-cooked. Drain and reserve the pasta water.

In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, shallots, crushed red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until the garlic becomes fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the wine and tomato paste. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer gently for 3 minutes.

Add the pasta to the skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until almost all of the wine is absorbed and the pasta is tender but still firm to the bite, about 5 minutes (if the pasta mixture is too dry, add pasta cooking water 1/4 cup at a time).

Stir in the butter and 1 teaspoon salt. Increase the heat, and toss until the wine sauce thickens enough to coat the pasta, about 1 minute. Toss to blend.

Add the parsley and goat cheese and serve.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/spicy-red-wine-spaghetti-recipe.html

Quinoa and Spinach Un-Mac n’ Cheese

This recipe takes my favorite mac and cheese to a whole new level. Instead of pasta, it uses quinoa which adds protein and cuts back on the carbs. Adding the spinach adds a little vegetable to the dish making it that much more healthy! This recipe has been added to my list of favorite comfort foods!

Quinoa and Spinach Un-Mac n’ Cheese

quinoa and spinach unmac n cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 3 tablespoons Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk
  • Freshly Grated Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Shallot (minced)
  • 8 ounces Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese (divided)
  • 1 bag Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 4 tablespoons Butter (melted)
  • 3/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Cook the quinoa according to the package instructions.

In a sauce pan over medium heat, add 3 tablespoons of butter and the shallot. Cook until the shallot is slightly soft then whisk in flour. Continue to whisk until a paste forms and becomes light golden in color.

Whisk in the milk and increase the heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil while whisking. Stir in nutmeg and salt along with the cheddar cheese. When the cheese sauce is smooth, remove from heat.

In a large bowl, mix cooked quinoa, cheese sauce, spinach and half of the parmesan cheese. Transfer mixture to the casserole dish. Top with the remaining parmesan.

In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter and panko breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over the casserole and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Recipe source: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/quinoa-spinach-un-mac-n-cheese-dana-urbinati

Popcorn Treats

By far the best way to get rid of your left over Halloween candy! With only 2 main ingredients, you can add any candy toppings you like. These no-bake marshmallow popcorn treats will be a hit at any party!

Popcorn Treats

popcorn treats

Ingredients
Vegetable cooking spray
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 cups (12-ounces) mini marshmallows
Reese’s Pieces
Mini Chocolate Chips
Heath Bars
Orange Sprinkles

Directions
Spray the inside of a large mixing bowl with vegetable cooking spray, and lightly spray a baking sheet. Set aside.

Pop popcorn in the microwave, about 2 bags worth.

In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over low heat. Add the vanilla extract and marshmallows. Stir constantly until the marshmallows have melted and the mixture is smooth, about 5 minutes. Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the popcorn. Using a spatula, sprayed with cooking spray, stir until the popcorn is coated. Spread the mixture over the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with the reese’s pieces, mini chocolate chips, heath bar bits and sprinkles. Using a spatula, gently press the toppings into the popcorn. Allow the mixture to dry for 1 hour.

Roll into balls of various sizes and store airtight in a plastic container.

Recipe Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/halloween-popcorn-treats-recipe.html

Quinoa with Cheese and Herbs

This is my new favorite comfort food. It’s healthy, it’s cheesy, but most importantly its easy and delicious! The original recipe called for farro, but I couldn’t find that in my grocery store so I substituted it for quinoa, which is great and adds protein to this simple dish. Call it an adult mac and cheese if you must!

Quinoa with Cheese and Herbs

Quinoa with Cheese and Herbs

 

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked quinoa, with 2 cups water
2 cups (8 ounces) grated extra-sharp Cheddar
2 cups (8 ounces) grated mozzarella
1 cup whole milk
3 tablespoons herbes de Provence
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (about 5 ounces) 1/2-inch thick slices multi-grain or whole-grain bread, preferably 1 day old, torn into 1/2-inch pieces
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Butter, for baking dish

Directions

Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13 by 2-inch glass baking dish. Set aside.

Quinoa: In a pot, bring the quinoa, water and salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer until the quinoa is cooked, about 10-15 minutes. Fluff once the water has evaporated.

Filling: In a large bowl mix together the cheeses, milk, herbes de Provence, salt, and pepper. Add the cooked quinoa and stir until coated. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Topping: Arrange the bread pieces on top of the farro mixture and drizzle liberally with olive oil.

Bake for 15 minutes until the topping is golden. Cool for 5 minutes and serve.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/farro-with-cheese-and-herbs-recipe.html

Whitefish with Garlic Butter

This recipe is packed with flavor! It takes a simple whitefish and elevates it with this awesome garlic butter! It is a unique and easy dish, and if there is any garlic butter left over it is great to use on other dishes!

Whitefish with Garlic Butter

whitefish with garlic butter

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallots
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced prosciutto di Parma
  • 1 tablespoon almond, rice, or all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 (7-ounce) skinless cod fillets
  • Garnish: lemon wedges

Directions

1. Stir together first 10 ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in a wide, deep, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season the cod fillets with salt and pepper, and cook 4 minutes. Turn fillets over; cook 1 minute.

3. Spoon 1 tablespoon butter mixture over the top of each fillet; transfer skillet to oven, and bake at 450° for 2 minutes or until fish is just cooked through and opaque in the center.

4. Add any remaining butter to pan, and let melt, stirring with juices in pan; spoon over fish, and garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.

Recipe Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/roast-cod-with-garlic-butter-10000001973668/

Buffalo Cauliflower

Talk about a healthy and spicy snack! This take on anything buffalo style takes cauliflower to the next level! These little bites of goodness are also baked and not fried which makes them that much healthier!

Buffalo Cauliflower

buffalo cauliflower

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower (or 1 bag of cauliflower florets)

For the batter
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup water
dash of Frank’s Wing Sauce or Frank’s Original Hot Sauce (or any hot sauce of your choice…I am partial to Sambal chili sauce)
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon dried onion

For the buffalo sauce
1/4 cup Frank’s Wing Sauce (or any hot sauce of your choice…still partial to Sambal)
3 Tablespoons salted butter, melted
pinch of salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with non-stick spray and set aside.

Wash your head of cauliflower and cut into florets. You can make a variety of sizes. Or buy your cauliflower already cut into florets.

In a medium bowl, mix together the batter ingredients. It will be fairly thick.

Dip each piece of cauliflower into the batter until fully and evenly coated. Place onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 15 minutes until the batter just hardens.

In a small bowl, mix together the buffalo sauce ingredients.

Once the cauliflower are done, remove from the oven and brush them with the buffalo sauce. Again, fully and evenly coat each piece.

Put back into the oven and bake for a few more minutes (5-7 minutes), until the sauce has mostly dried and the cauliflower is crispy.

Remove from the oven, let cool, then enjoy!

Recipe source: http://www.persnicketyplates.com/2013/04/buffalo-cauliflower.html