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Tuscan Tortellini Salad

Tuscan Tortellini Salad

INGREDIENTS 20 oz package of three cheese tortellini 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 small yellow onion 2 medium carrots 4 Roma tomatoes 1 bunch of kale 4 cloves of garlic 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary 15.5 oz cannellini beans 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 Tbsp minced fresh rosemary 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley 1/2 Tbsp minced fresh thyme Salt INSTRUCTIONS Cook tortellini according to […]

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Corn Salad

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Corn Salad

INGREDIENTS 12 hard boiled eggs 3 jalapeno peppers seeded 1 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese salt 2 tbsp sour cream 1/3 cup mayo (1/2 cup if you like it creamier) Optional: 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder INSTRUCTIONS Peel and dice hard boiled eggs. Add them to a large mixing bowl. Seed and dice jalapenos and add […]

Sun Dried Tomato Lemon Baked Salmon and Asparagus

Sun Dried Tomato Lemon Baked Salmon and Asparagus

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb salmon fillets skin on
  • 10 oz asparagus
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp dry white wine
  • 3 oz diced sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil just tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dry crushed basil
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • Salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. I like to create a border with parchment paper edges so the sauce and juices stay inside.
  2. Rub salmon skin with some oil and place salmon fillets on the parchment paper, skin down.
  3. Season salmon with a little salt and pepper.
  4. Cut the white edges of the asparagus off and cut the stalks in half, to create shorter pieces.
  5. Add asparagus to the baking sheet, around salmon. Try to place asparagus in one layer so it bakes evenly.
  6. In a small bowl, combine lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, wine, sun-dried tomatoes, pressed garlic, dry basil, salt, and pepper. Whisk well and spoon the sauce mixture over salmon and asparagus.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of salmon fillets.
Shrimp Scampi Meatballs

Shrimp Scampi Meatballs

INGREDIENTS Shrimp Meatballs 1 lb raw shrimp 4.5 oz yellow bell pepper (1 medium pepper) 1 small yellow onion 2 garlic cloves 1 lemon ZEST 2 Tbsp minced chives 1/2 Tbsp Tuscan herb seasoning ** see notes 1 egg 1/2 cup bread crumbs 3 Tbsp mayo Salt Sauce Saved juice from straining veggie mixture to add to sauce 3 garlic cloves pressed 1/4 cup dry white wine 4 Tbsp butter […]

Summer Berry Cheesecake Milkshake

Summer Berry Cheesecake Milkshake

INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream (3 scoops) 3/4 cup skim milk (any other milk can be used) 1/4 cup blueberries 1/2 cup strawberries halved 1/3 cup blackberries 2 oz cream cheese INSTRUCTIONS Cut the stems off strawberries. Wash and dry all berries. Combine all ingredients in the blender and pulse until all mixed and smooth. Divide between two […]

Vanilla Blueberry Muffins

Vanilla Blueberry Muffins

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 Tbsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 4 tbs melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups of blueberries

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a muffin pan with some baking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk egg, sugar, melted butter and buttermilk.
  3. Sift in the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Whisk together until smooth.
  4. Whisk in vanilla paste.
  5. Fold in blueberries.
  6. Fill the muffin pan cups 3/4 full with muffin batter and bake for 30-35 minutes (Do a toothpick test around 30 minutes to check if they are done. Tip: insert the toothpick in the batter part and try not to hit the blueberry).
Cherry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast

Cherry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast

INGREDIENTS Filling: 4 oz cream cheese 1 Tbsp sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream French Toast: 8 oz French baguette (6 1 1/2-inch thick slices) 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 Tbsp sugar 2 Tbsp whole milk Topping: 15 oz can of whole dark cherries in syrup (set aside about a tbsp of syrup) 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup brandy 1 Tbsp corn starch INSTRUCTIONS Beat cream […]

Christmas Cheesecake (Cranberry Jam White Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake)

Christmas Cheesecake (Cranberry Jam White Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake)

INGREDIENTS Cranberry Jam: 16 oz fresh cranberries 1 cup of sugar 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract Crust: 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs ¼ cup brown sugar 5 Tbsp butter melted 1 tsp vanilla Cheesecake Filling: 3 8- oz cream cheese packs ¾ cup of heavy cream 2 Tbsp sour cream 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 Tbsp corn starch ½ cup of white granulated sugar 1 vanilla bean White Chocolate Mousse: 8 oz 2 bars white […]

Roasted Bell Pepper Tortellini Soup

Roasted Bell Pepper Tortellini Soup

INGREDIENTS

  • Cookie Crust:
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp. apple pie spice
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • Apple Pie Filling:
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 2.5 lbs gala apples
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 Tbsp. apple pie spice
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • Streusel Topping:[/b]
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • 3/4 cup flour
  •  Tbsp unsalted melted butter
  • Additional Topping:
  • 6-7 oz Dulce de leche divided in two

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Apple Pie Filling:
  2. Apple pie filling can be done ahead of time. You can make it a couple of days before or a few hours before you need it.
  3. Peel, core and dice the apples.
  4. In a medium pot, over medium heat, melt butter. Add diced apples and stir well.
  5. Sprinkle flour over apples and stir well.
  6. Add brown sugar, apple pie spice, and vanilla, stir and cover with a lid.
  7. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are soft.
  8. Set aside until ready to use.
  9. Cookie crust:
  10. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a pie dish with butter or non-stick baking spray.
  11. Beat butter and sugars for a couple of minutes, until light and fluffy.
  12. Beat in egg until incorporated.
  13. Add vanilla extract, flour, apple pie spice, baking soda, and salt. Beat on low until mixed and then finish mixing with a rubber spatula until smooth.
  14. Spread cookie dough all over the bottom and up the sides of the pie dish by patting it gently.
  15. Pre-bake the cookie crust for 10 minutes. If some of the cookie dough settled down on the sides of the pie dish, you can gently push it back up with your hands (be careful, it will be hot).
  16. Drizzle about 3 oz of dulce the leche over the cookie crust.
  17. Spread apple pie filling in the cookie crust. Press it down gently.
  18. Streusel Topping:
  19. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, white granulated sugar, apple pie spice, and flour. Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated evenly.
  20. Pour in melted butter and carefully fold it in with a large fork. You will want to be careful so you don’t over-mix. Streusel should look like large crumbs and not paste.
  21. Spread streusel topping over the apple pie filling.
  22. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  23. Take the pie out of the oven and drizzle remaining dulce de leche over the top.
  24. Let the pie rest for about 30 minutes before serving.
Roasted Bell Pepper Tortellini Soup

Roasted Bell Pepper Tortellini Soup

INGREDIENTS 4 large red bell peppers 4 large garlic cloves 2 Tbsp olive oil 1/2 medium yellow onion 1 large carrot 3 cups of vegetable broth 1/2 tsp fresh thyme 1/2 tsp cumin Salt Fresh cracked pepper 1/4 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese more for topping 12 oz three cheese tortellini INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 400. On a baking sheet […]