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Toasted Couscous

July 31, 2016
Toasted Couscous
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Serves 4 People
Cook Time
10m

 

 

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Toasted Couscous
Toasted couscous has move flavor than regular couscous.  It's a perfect side with stews like chicken tagine.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan and add in couscous. Stir around until couscous starts to smell fragrant and toasty. About 2 minutes.
    Melt butter in a saucepan and add in couscous. Stir around until couscous starts to smell fragrant and toasty. About 2 minutes.
  2. Add broth, cover the pan, remove from heat. Let it sit for 10 minutes or until all the broth has been absorbed by couscous.
    Add broth, cover the pan, remove from heat.

Let it sit for 10 minutes or until all the broth has been absorbed by couscous.
  3. Fluff with a fork and serve while hot.
    Fluff with a fork and serve while hot.
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Skillet Chicken Tagine

July 31, 2016
Skillet Chicken Tagine | Bellasapron.com
Serves 6 People
Prep time
10m
Cook Time
40m

Chicken tagine (stew) is a classic Moroccan dish.  Normally tagine is made with beef, lamb, or chicken with fruits and vegetables and loaded with lots of spices.

Normally this recipe has olives it but my husband doesn’t like olive so I substitute with salt or capers. If you use capers, use 2 tablespoons.

Serve over hot couscous. Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine
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Boiled Potatoes

July 31, 2016
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Boiled Potatoes
Boiled potatoes are simple and a great alternative to mashed potatoes as a side.  In Norway, all they serve are these boiled potatoes next to the best Salmon you'll ever eat. Adding the salt into pot in the first step is key.  Make sure not to forget that step!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot, combine potatoes and salt. Make sure you add enough water into pot to cover potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook potatoes for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender upon fork perching.
    In a medium pot, combine potatoes and salt. Make sure you add enough water into pot to cover potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook potatoes for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender upon fork perching.
  2. Drain water off of potatoes and return to heat. Add butter and allow to melt.
    Drain water off of potatoes and return to heat. Add butter and allow to melt.
  3. Once all butter is melted, toss potatoes with parsley, salt, and pepper. Serve while hot.
    Once all butter is melted, toss potatoes with parsley, salt, and pepper. Serve while hot.
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Sauteed Broccolini

July 31, 2016
Sauteed Broccolini | Bellasapron.com
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Sauteed Broccolini
This is a quick and easy broccolini recipe.  Enjoy it as a side next to any protein.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Trim about 1/2 inch off of the broccolini and slice them lengthwise. Make sure all the pieces are equal sizes.
    Trim about 1/2 inch off of the broccolini and slice them lengthwise.

Make sure all the pieces are equal sizes.
  2. Melt butter and olive oil. Add broccolini into the pan and allow to saute for 5 minutes.
    Melt butter and olive oil. Add broccolini into the pan and allow to saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour water into pan, cover, and allow to cook another 5 minutes. Water will evaporate and broccolini will be tender at the end of cooking. Serve while hot!
    Pour water into pan, cover, and allow to cook another 5 minutes. Water will evaporate and broccolini will be tender at the end of cooking.

Serve while hot!
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Balsamic Mushrooms

July 31, 2016
Balsamic Mushrooms | Bellasapron.com
Serves 4 People
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
10m

Mushrooms are a great side next to a steak, chicken, or on an antipasto platter.  Add balsamic to the mushrooms to make them more flavorful, but only add at the end of cooking. Balsamic vinegar isn’t intended to cook with, cooking it kills the distinctive flavorful taste it has.

Also, before you use the balsamic, make sure you bought a good balsamic vinegar.

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Egg Muffins

July 30, 2016
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Egg Muffins | Bellasapron.com
Serves 3 People
Prep time
10m
Cook Time
15m

I love eggs for breakfast.  Whoever came up with the idea of baking eggs in a muffin pan was genius!  Hope you like my version of eggs baked in a muffin pan.

I used bell peppers, tomatoes, cheese, with mini hash browns on the bottom but the sky is the limit with this one.  You can scramble the egg, use only egg whites, or crack a whole egg straight into the pan.  Make sure to saute the veggies before adding them. Have fun!

I made a 3 person portion.  Double or triple the recipe as needed.

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Crumb Cake

July 29, 2016
Pumpkin Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies | Bellasapron.com
Serves 10 Servings
Equipment
Stand mixer
Prep time
20m
Cook Time
35m

Most crumb cakes are made with a sour cream but I prefer the buttermilk kind.  Using buttermilk is healthier since sour cream is high in fat.  This makes eating a sweet dessert better…at least for me!

 

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Pumpkin Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

July 25, 2016
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Pumpkin Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies | Bellasapron.com
Serves 36 Cookies
Equipment
Hand Mixer or Kitchen Aid
Prep time
20m
Cook Time
15m

Pumpkin is good anytime of year…why not! I found this recipe online a few years ago and I have made my own variation of it over the years.  Adding oats into this cookie makes it more hardy and less cakey. I don’t know about you but I like my cake cakey and my cookie more sweet and hardy.  The oats also help the cookie keep its shape.  Add “good” semi sweet chocolate chips with “good” milk chocolate chips for a better flavor.  Omit the walnuts if you don’t like or if you are allergic.

Enjoy!

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Ravioli Vegetable Soup

July 24, 2016
Ravioli Vegetable Soup | Bellasapron.com
Serves 5 People
Prep time
10m
Cook Time
20m

I have never been a big fan of chicken noodle soups.  Most of them are so bland and boring but that’s my opinion….

My favorite soups have tons of vegetables in them with homemade noodles my mom used to make. This soup is not a childhood soup but it makes me feel better when I’m under the weather and need a healthy, comforting soup.  Adding mushroom ravioli makes it more delicious and unique.  Pick a different ravioli or tortellini if you’d like. Add parsnips for another healthy kick.  I ate a ton of parsnips when I was pregnant for all it’s health benefits. Hope this soups is a favorite for you too…super easy and delicious!

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Ravioli Vegetable Soup
Course entree, Side Dish
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Course entree, Side Dish
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Stove Top Stuffing Turkey Meatloaf

July 22, 2016
Stove Top Stuffing Turkey Meatloaf | Bellasapron.com
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Serves 6-8 People
Prep time
15m
Cook Time
50m

This is an easy meatloaf to make and I love adding stove top stuffing mix to add flavor.  Stove top stuffing isn’t just for thanksgiving anymore!  Ground turkey tends to be on the bland side so adding the stuffing makes the difference.  Buy one package low fat turkey and one that’s has more fat.  And…

…Add ketchup to the top for a classic type meatloaf or add BBQ sauce.

You can layer bacon on the bottom to add more flavor but then you are adding more fat into the recipe.

Add sauteed green bell peppers with the onions for extra flavor or put the onions into the food processor and pulse if you don’t like small bits of onions in your meatloaf.  Skip the sauteing if you are putting the onions into the food processor. Add chopped mushrooms to make it more moist!

The options are endless…Feel free to alter this recipe to your liking.

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Turkey Meatloaf
Course Main Course
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Course Main Course
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