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Italian Gnocchi with Sausage

August 29, 2016
Italian Gnocchi with Sausage | Bellasapron.com
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Serves 4 People
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
30m

Italian sausage is so delicious whether grilled, roasted, or added into a pasta dish.  There’s hot Italian, sweet Italian and mild Italian.  My favorite is the hot Italian turkey sausage.  It has a lot of flavor, a great add to any pasta dish, and about 65% less fat than pork sausages.  Most of them are gluten free too!

Swap out the gnocchi for pasta or tortellini for variation!

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Slow Cooker Turkey Legs

August 28, 2016
Slow Cooker Turkey Legs | Bellasapron.com
Serves 4 Servings
Equipment
Slow-Cooker
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
4h 0m

Is it too early for turkey?  These turkey legs are delicious, easy, and falls apart because its so tender.  I used store bought Italian zesty dressing for this recipe but you are welcome to use a homemade one.

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Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

August 25, 2016
Raisin Oatmeal Cookies | Bellasapron.com
Serves 24 Cookies
Equipment
Stand-Mixer
Prep time
15m
Cook Time
20m

The America’s Test Kitchen has a great base recipe for raisin oatmeal cookies.  I’ve made a few versions of this now over the years but the following variation seemed to get the most compliments.

The secret of good cookies is using good ingredients.  Buy good organic raisins instead of cheap off brands kind.  If you don’t like eating it out of the container, why cook or bake with it?

There is no cinnamon in this recipe.  I agree with America’s Test Kitchen, adding cinnamon cancels out the nutmeg.  Adding nutmeg enhances the flavor of the oats.  If you are a die hard fan of cinnamon, skip the nutmeg into this recipe and add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.

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Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies

August 23, 2016
Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies | Bellasapron.com
Serves 24 Cookies
Prep time
15m
Cook Time
1h 0m

These cookies will go great with a cup of tea!  They are easy to make with simple ingredients.

Lots of recipes add vanilla extract into the dough but it takes away from the original taste.  Enjoy the smell of these cookies while you bake!

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Healthy Vegetable Chowder

August 23, 2016
Healthy Vegetable Chowder | Bellasapron.com
Serves 8 People
Prep time
15m
Cook Time
50m

I love broccoli cheddar soup from Panera but more liquid to veggie ratio tastes better (to me).  I also like adding more vegetables.  I find their soup to be too thick and too cheesy.  This is my version of their soup.  I love this style of soup more but I am bias.  Make this soup and let me know what you think.

..by the way, this was toddler approved!

Also, I like using Not-Chick’n Natural Bouillon Cubes.  Its gluten free, vegan, GMO free, and you can find it in the organic aisles at grocery stores.  Since you are using a bouillon cube, you can reduce the amount of salt and other seasonings in the chowder.

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Chicken Piccata with Artichokes

August 22, 2016
Chicken Piccata with Artichokes | Bellasapron.com
Serves 6 People
Prep time
15m
Cook Time
30m

Feel free to use veal or chicken for this recipe.  The classic Italian version uses veal.  I was inspired to make this after I had it at a restaurant recently.  You can assume that this is a healthier version than the one I had…but it’s still more on the comfort food side.

Be careful with the lemon, a little lemon can go a long way.  If you add too much lemon, even it out by adding more broth or cream.

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Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms

August 20, 2016
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Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms | Bellasapron.com
Serves 4 People
Prep time
15m
Cook Time
40m

Salisbury steak is a classic comfort dish.  Serve over rice, polenta, or creamy mashed potatoes.

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Ricotta Pancakes

August 20, 2016
Ricotta Pancakes | Bellasapron.com
Serves 6 People
Prep time
10m
Cook Time
30m

These ricotta pancakes are light and fluffy with a great lemon flavor.  If you love pancakes, then you need to try it with ricotta!  Hope you love this recipe.

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Cheesy Polenta

August 20, 2016
Cheesy Polenta | Bellasapron.com
Serves 6 People
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
10m

Polenta is basically cooked cornmeal.  It’s great and easy to make.  You can add cheese to it, herbs, bake it, grill it, or fry it.  It’s very versatile.

Add any cheese you like into this recipe.  Hope you like it!

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Apricot Swirl Buttermilk Pound Cake

August 19, 2016
Apricot Swirl Buttermilk Pound Cake | Bellasapron.com
Serves 12 Slices
Prep time
15m
Cook Time
1h 0m

This pound cake is soft in the middle and has a great crust on the outer.  So delicious and even better with apricot preserves swirled in the middle.

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