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Roasted Vegetables with Herbs De Provencal

March 5, 2017
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Roasted Vegetables with Herbs De Provencal
Instead of sauteing the veggies, roast the veggies on a sheet pan for a quick side next to any protein. Enjoy!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wash, peel, and cut all vegetables into 1/2 inch slices, place on a sheet pan.
  2. Drizzle olive oil and seasoning on top. Mix well and bake for 30 minutes or until veggies are tender.
    Drizzle olive oil and seasoning on top.  Mix well and bake for 30 minutes or until veggies are tender.
  3. Serve while hot. Enjoy!
    Serve while hot.

Enjoy!
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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

February 6, 2017
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I love creamy mashed potatoes.  Mashed potatoes are a great side next to most proteins and it is easy to make.  There’s so many ways to make mashed potatoes and there’s so many different potatoes to choose from.  I prefer Yukon gold potatoes for their natural creaminess and their beautiful golden color.  Yukon potatoes are also best for gratin dishes and potato salads.  You can swap this potato recipe with Russell if you like a more starchy potato.

Add heavy cream instead of milk if you prefer a creamier mashed potato.  Add sauteed onions or garlic for a kick or variation.

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Easy, creamy mashed potatoes. Great as a side next to any protein. ...perfect comfort food!
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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  1. Place diced potatoes into a pot of cold water. Make sure water covers all the potatoes. Add salt and let it cook on medium heat for 20-25 minutes until potatoes are tender. Test the tenderness by poking a potato with a fork. A fully cooked potato will break upon poking it.
    Place diced potatoes into a pot of cold water. Make sure water covers all the potatoes. Add salt and let it cook on medium heat for 20-25 minutes until potatoes are tender.

Test the tenderness by poking a potato with a fork. A fully cooked potato will break upon poking it.
  2. Add butter and milk. Mash to desired creaminess.
    Add butter and milk. Mash to desired creaminess.
  3. Add additional salt to taste. Serve while hot!
    Add additional salt to taste. Serve while hot!
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Quick Pasta Salad

January 17, 2017
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Quick Pasta Salad
This is an quick and refreshing pasta salad with a little zing to it. Make it with any vegetables or dressing you  like.  Serve it at your next BBQ or last minute dinner.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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  1. Prepare pasta according to directions on box. Drain and set aside to cool. While pasta is cooking, prepare the veggies and cheese.
    Prepare pasta according to directions on box. Drain and set aside to cool.

While pasta is cooking, prepare the veggies and cheese.
  2. Combine chopped vegetables and mix in pasta.
    Combine chopped vegetables and mix in pasta.
  3. Pour on salad dressing and mix well. Add more dressing if desired.
    Pour on salad dressing and mix well. Add more dressing if desired.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
    Serve and enjoy!
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Classic Coleslaw

January 17, 2017
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Classic Coleslaw
Coleslaw is a great add at any BBQ, potluck, or side dish.  I made this coleslaw to add it on top of a BBQ pulled chicken sandwich. Anyhow, I like mayonnaise based coleslaw but there's sour cream and buttermilk kinds too.  I won't claim this is be best coleslaw, but it's my favorite type.  It's more vinegar-ie than sweet. If you don't have it white wine vinegar, swap it with apple cider vinegar. ...BTW, I shredded my own cabbage and carrots for this.  If you don't have enough time for it, buy the shredded coleslaw from the store.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
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  1. Shred the cabbage and carrots. You can grate or use a food processor.
    Shred the cabbage and carrots. You can grate or use a food processor.
  2. Transfer slaw to a large bowl and mix with salt.
    Transfer slaw to a large bowl and mix with salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix mayo, vinegar, sugar, and poppy seeds. Mix well.
    In a medium bowl, mix mayo, vinegar, sugar, and poppy seeds. Mix well.
  4. Toss mayo mix and slaw together.
    Toss mayo mix and slaw together.
  5. Chill slaw for 30 mins-1 hours before serving. Enjoy!
    Chill slaw for 30 mins-1 hours before serving.

Enjoy!
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Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup

January 10, 2017
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Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup
It's getting cold out and that means warm soups. Try this butternut squash with red lentils soup. Serve with croutons or pita chips.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Add onions. Cook for about 5 minutes until onions are translucent. Add garlic. Cook for another minute.
    Heat oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat.

Add onions. Cook for about 5 minutes until onions are translucent.

Add garlic. Cook for another minute.
  2. Add butternut squash, red lentils, and broth.
    Add butternut squash, red lentils, and broth.
  3. Use an emulsion blender or pour contents of soup into a food process. Pulse until soup is velvety and smooth. Pour back into pot.
    Use an emulsion blender or pour contents of soup into a food process. Pulse until soup is velvety and smooth.

Pour back into pot.
  4. Stir in ginger and cumin. Add salt and pepper as desired.
    Stir in ginger and cumin.

Add salt and pepper as desired.
  5. Stir while hot. Top with pita chips or croutons.
    Stir while hot. Top with pita chips or croutons.
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Roasted Tomato Soup

October 28, 2016
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Roasted Tomato Soup
Did you try the roasted tomato recipe?  If you did, make it again and turn it into soup! http://www.bellasapron.com/recipe/roasted-tomatoes/
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
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  1. Roast two pounds of tomatoes or use store bought roasted tomatoes. Note: After the tomatoes have cooled, peel the skin off and threw it away.
    Roast two pounds of tomatoes or use store bought roasted tomatoes.

Note: After the tomatoes have cooled, peel the skin off and threw it away.
  2. Over medium-high heat, saute onions until translucent with oil. Cook about 5 minutes. Add in garlic. Cook another 2 minutes.
    Over medium-high heat, saute onions until translucent with oil. Cook about 5 minutes.

Add in garlic. Cook another 2 minutes.
  3. Add in tomatoes.
    Add in tomatoes.
  4. Add in broth, water, and basil. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove from heat and use a blender or an immersion blender. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle in some sugar to make it sweeter.
    Add in broth, water, and basil. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, remove from heat and use a blender or an immersion blender. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle in some sugar to make it sweeter.
  5. Serve with grilled cheese and with sliced up fresh basil. Enjoy!
    Serve with grilled cheese and with sliced up fresh basil.

Enjoy!
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Roasted Tomatoes

October 23, 2016
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Serves 6-8 People
Prep time
15m
Cook Time
1h 0m

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Roasted Tomatoes
Great as a side dish, throw it on a salad as a topping, or use the tomatoes for a homemade tomato soup. Here's a few more ways to enjoy roasted tomatoes. http://www.finecooking.com/articles/how-to/slow-roasted-tomatoes.aspx
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Slice tomatoes and line on a baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread garlic evenly (optional).
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Slice tomatoes and line on a baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread garlic evenly (optional).
  2. Bake in oven for 60 minutes.
    Bake in oven for 60 minutes.
  3. Serve while hot or cold (as desired).
    Serve while hot or cold (as desired).
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Garlic Bread

October 16, 2016
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Garlic Bread
Italian food means you need garlic bread.  Make sure everyone eats the garlic bread with you.  That way you all will smell of garlic lol! Note: If you want a garlic cheese bread, sprinkle some cheese before baking.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix butter, oil, garlic, and parsley together.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, mix butter, oil, garlic, and parsley together.
  2. Slice the bread in half.
    Slice the bread in half.
  3. Spread butter mix all over the sliced loaf evenly. Transfer onto a baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until all the butter melts and edges begin to turn a golden brown. Note: if you want it be more toasted, turn on the broil option and broil for a few minutes as desired.
    Spread butter mix all over the sliced loaf evenly. Transfer onto a baking sheet.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until all the butter melts and edges begin to turn a golden brown.

Note: if you want it be more toasted, turn on the broil option and broil for a few minutes as desired.
  4. Allow to cool and slice it up. Note: sprinkle with cheese if you like!
    Allow to cool and slice it up.

Note: sprinkle with cheese if you like!
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Chicken Lemon Rice

October 9, 2016
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Chicken Lemon Rice
Chicken lemon rice is an iconic comfort soup found at most coney islands or Greek restaurants.  It's the perfect soup for the days when you have a cold and/or need something warm and comforting. Fun fact, did you know the Greek name for this soup is Avgolemono meaning egg-lemon sauce?
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil and toss in chopped onions. Cook about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
    In a large soup pot, heat oil and toss in chopped onions. Cook about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  2. Add in broth, rice, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes or until rice is cooked and tender.
    Add in broth, rice, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes or until rice is cooked and tender.
  3. While rice is cooking, in a small bowl, beat the egg. Mix in lemon and lemon zest. Ladle some soup into the small bowl and stir well. Pour mixture into the pot and stir well. You will notice the soup will thicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add shredded chicken.
    Add shredded chicken.
  5. Add in parsley and stir in more salt, pepper, or lemon if desired. Serve while hot. Enjoy!
    Add in parsley and stir in more salt, pepper, or lemon if desired.

Serve while hot. Enjoy!
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Baked Acorn Squash With Brown Sugar and Maple

September 27, 2016
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Baked Acorn Squash With Brown Sugar and Maple
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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  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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