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Ravioli with Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

September 27, 2016
Ravioli with Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce | Bellasapron.com
Serves 2-3 People
Prep time
10m
Cook Time
30m

You cannot go wrong with this comfort dish.  Make sure to add your choice of chicken, pork, or turkey sausage.  Pick between sweet Italian or spicy.  You can also use any type of ravioli you prefer.  I used a ricotta with spinach ravioli with a sweet Italian turkey sausage but an all cheese or mushroom ravioli would be great too.  Double the recipe if you are making it for 4.  This recipe is perfect for 2-3 people.

Have fun making this your own!

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Baked Acorn Squash With Brown Sugar and Maple

September 27, 2016
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Anyone watch Paula Deen on Food Network? If you did, then you remember that she loves butter and anything sugary.  This is basically her recipe but I reduced the sugar and added water into the pan.  Adding water into the pan allows for the acorn to steam bake for a softer flesh. Warning, this is not a fat free altered recipe but it sure does make boring acorn squash taste better.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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Instructions
  1. Wash the outside of the acorn, cut in half (be careful), and discard the seeds.
    Wash the outside of the acorn, cut in half (be careful), and discard the seeds.
  2. Line squash in a baking pan. Salt and pepper to taste.
    Line squash in a baking pan. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a small bowl, mix sugar, butter, and maple syrup. Rub or brush on the mix into the side of the acorn. ...yes it will look like a lot..but tastes good!
    In a small bowl, mix sugar, butter, and maple syrup. Rub or brush on the mix into the side of the acorn.

...yes it will look like a lot..but tastes good!
  4. Pour water into the baking pan around the acorn. Bake for 60 minutes or until flesh is tender upon piercing with a fork.
    Pour water into the baking pan around the acorn.

Bake for 60 minutes or until flesh is tender upon piercing with a fork.
  5. Scoop out the flesh and enjoy!!
    Scoop out the flesh and enjoy!!
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A Few Ways to Make Your Pasta Better

September 26, 2016
A Few Ways to Make Your Pasta Better

At my house, pasta is almost a weekly dish.  It can get very boring very quickly so these are few ways to make your standard tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce better!

  1. Add a some heavy cream into it and allow to simmer for a few minutes.
  2. Fold in some cheese into your sauce.  Add Parmesan or mozzarella.
  3. Sprinkle some thinly sliced fresh basil on top.
  4. Stir in some cream cheese or ricotta cheese for a creamier sauce.

What do you like to add?

Buttermilk Chicken Tenders

September 26, 2016
Buttermilk Chicken Tenders | Bellasapron.com
Serves 6 Servings
Equipment
Dutch Oven or Cast-iron
Prep time
4h 0m
Cook Time
10m

So when the Kentucky Fried Chicken Colonel started frying and selling chicken at a gas station, the chicken tasted like this.  Unlike the current VERY salty kind.  The kind where you find yourself binge drinking water after eating it…lol.  No offense to KFC but homemade is always better.

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.  Pretty sure you’ll like this a lot more.

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THE BEST Peanut Butter Cookies

September 20, 2016
THE BEST Peanut Butter Cookies | Bellasapron.com
Serves 48 Cookies
Equipment
Stand-Mixer
Prep time
20m
Cook Time
10m

Use either smooth or crunchy peanut butter for this recipe. Smooth peanut butter will give you a smoother consistency cookie and crunchy  peanut butter will give you some bits of peanuts throughout each bite of the cookie.

Stir in some mini chocolate chips for chocolate chip peanut butter cookies or stir in chopped peanuts for a nice crunch.

I recommend putting the dough in the fridge for at least an hour before portioning out and pressing the marks on top of the cookie.  If you don’t get a chance, no worries…but the marks won’t stand out as much.

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Curry Noodles with Shrimp

September 19, 2016
Curry Noodles with Shrimp | Bellasapron.com
Serves 4 People
Prep time
15m
Cook Time
30m

Coconut curry noodles are one my favorite.  Add a few vegetables, throw in shrimp, and good rice noodles and you have a great meal on your hands.  This is cheaper than going to a Thai restaurant and you’ll have leftovers for the following day. S&B makes a great yellow curry sauce mix that come in different heats.  This ingredient makes for a fast meal within 30 minutes.

Substitute the shrimp with toasted tofu, chicken, or additional vegetables.

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.

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Have You Started Using Turmeric?

September 19, 2016

Have you ever used turmeric in your cooking?  It can make your home-cooked dish a beautiful yellow color and costs way less than saffron.  I wouldn’t say it replaces saffron but it’s worth starting to add into your recipes.  An easy substitute is 1/4 teaspoon of saffron = 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric.  If you want to add a smoky, sweet flavor, than add another 1/2 teaspoon of Hungarian paprika to the turmeric substitute.

Still not a believer in switching over to turmeric or using turmeric?  What if I said the health benefits range from taming heartburn, helping with an upset stomach, delaying diabetes, and fighting cancer!  Please note that medical studies haven’t yet confirm that this is true but it sure is worth a try.  Sometimes it’s worth reading into something like this.

Check out what WebMD has to say about turmeric. You can be the judge.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/supplement-guide-turmeric#1