Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

This roast vegetables formula uses the simplest of fall vegetables; creamy sweet butternut squash, tender yukon potatoes, juicy zucchini, the sweetest carrots and crisp bell peppers. Mixture the veggies works as a result of the more durable veggies square measure roast ten minutes longer than everything else. You’ll be able to additionally modification up the veggies.

The flavor combination is lovely and the sprinkle of cheese at the end, even lovelier! Roasted vegetables would make a stunning and vibrant Thanksgiving side dish.My Mama-in-law shared this recipe with us last week and we’ve made it several times already. It’s pretty simple to make but takes a sometime to chop everything up.

Make Ahead Tip: You can chop all of your veggies a day in advance and refrigerate in ziploc bags overnight. Just be sure to keep your potatoes refrigerated in a bowl of cold water so they don’t change color.

If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers: It reheats really well on a pan for lunch the next day and you can puree it to make baby food.

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Ingredients
6 medium yellow potatoes, unpeeled and sliced into 3/4″ to 1″ thick pieces
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and sliced into 3/4″ – 1″ thick pieces *see tips below
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2″ thick rounds
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 large or 2 medium zucchini, sliced into 3/4″ thick rounds
2 red, yellow or orange bell peppers, cut into 1″ pieces
1.5 Tbsp garlic salt, or to taste
Freshly grated black pepper, to taste
Extra light olive oil, or avocado oil, or vegetable oil
1/2 cup shredded parmesan or mozzarella cheese
Instructions
1. Start with the vegetables that take longer to bake: place potatoes, butternut squash, carrots and 1/2 of chopped garlic into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with black pepper and 1 Tbsp garlic salt, or to taste. Stir to coat the veggies evenly. Divide this mixture into your two prepared baking pans and roast uncovered at 450˚F for 10 minutes.2. In the same mixing bowl, combine remaining veggies: zucchini, bell pepper, remaining chopped garlic, 1 Tbsp olive oil, black pepper and 1/2 Tbsp garlic salt, or to taste and stir well to combine. Remove roasting pans from the oven and quickly place the mixed vegetables evenly over the top. Return to the oven and roast an additional 20-25 minutes or until potatoes and squash are tender and easily pierced with a fork.
3. Sprinkle the top with shredded cheese and place under the broiler for 1-2 min or until cheese melts.

 

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Lemon Pepper Meat Rub

Lemon Pepper Meat Rub

I’m a great believer in meat rubs and marinades.  As far as I’m concerned seasoning meats, seafood, and even veggies and letting them rest for a few hours or so is what really brings out the flavors.  That’s why I mix up a variety of rubs and marinades to fit whatever flavor I want.  One of my favorites is this Lemon Pepper Meat Rub, I’ve been using it to season steaks and many other things for years!

I know if you look at the label on the jar of Lemon Pepper seasoning it says it’s recommended for chicken, seafood, and vegetables.  Yes, it’s delicious on all that but it’s also a great seasoning for beef and lamb!  Oh and don’t forget salads!  Toss your greens with some Lemon Pepper, you’ll love it!

My recipe for Lemon Pepper Rub makes enough to fill a half pint sized mason jar.  I usually make a batch so I have some on hand when I need it.  Just be sure you keep it in an airtight container placed in a cool dry spot in your pantry.  It should keep for about 3 months.

This Lemon Pepper Rub has a bit of a bite, that’s from the Cayenne Pepper I add to it.  You can adjust the spiciness by adding or reducing the amount of Cayenne in the mix.  In fact if you don’t want it to be spicy at all just omit the Cayenne, it will taste just as good.

To use the rub stir 2 tbs. of the mix into 1 tbs. of olive oil to make a paste.  Rub that on to your meat, seafood, or whatever you’re seasoning.  Cover the seasoned meat and let it rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours.  Meats can rest for up to 24 hours, seafood for not more than 3-4 hours.  Remember the longer it rests the more flavor it will absorb so try and keep it seasoning in the fridge for as long as possible.  I find that for steaks and lamb resting over night gets amazing results!

If  you’re looking for a rub to make Barbecued Chicken try my Basic Barbecued Chicken Rub.

For something more exotic try this Shawarma Rub, it’s delicious!

 

 

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1 half pint
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Servings: half pint
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl
  2. Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool dry place
  3. To use mix 2 tbs. Lemon Pepper Rub into 1 tbs. Olive Oil to make a paste. Rub past on to meat and let rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours. This will season 3 steaks. You can double or triple this to make a rub for more steaks or whatever you are seasoning.
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Basic Overnight Oats Recipe

Basic Overnight Oats Recipe

Overnight Oats!  What the heck is that?  At least that’s what my family said when I told them we’d be having them for breakfast.

Ok overnighovernight oatst oats is basically raw oatmeal that’s been soaked in a liquid and allowed to sit in the refrigerator for a minimum of 6 hours.

Overnight oats for breakfast is a great way to start your day.  You can make them a head of time, they last refrigerated for up to 5 days, they’re filling, nutritious, versatile, and heart healthy, you can have them on the go, and most importantly they’re yummy!

If you look around you’ll find like a million recipes for the best overnight oats in the world.  Some are vegan, some have fruity flavors, others have nuts, and still others include yogurt, and more.  Seriously the possibilities seem endless!  But at the end of the day no matter what flavor or topping you prefer you still have to start out with basic oats.

Yes the French Toast or Banana Nutella overnight oats recipes look delish but really those are just ingredients you can add to make your breakfast to suite your taste or your mood.  But in my case I make overnight oats for myself, my husband, and grandkids; of course everyone likes something different.  The best solution is to make a batch, ok a big batch of overnight oats, portion them in containers (they can’t even agree on the containers they want to use), then just before eating each person can “customize” it to suite their taste.

So today I’ll share with you my basic recipe for overnight oats, even then you can switch out some of the ingredients to suite your needs.  For example if you have mild allergies you can use non-dairy liquids such as soy or coconut milk.  You can change up the liquids even if you have no allergies just to get a different taste.

Also I used rolled oats as I feel they have the best texture.  Rolled oats are the ones you must cook, not the instant ones you just add water to and microwave.  If you like your oats a bit on the crunchier side you can use steel cut oats.

The 2 most important things to remember when mixing overnight oats are the proportion of liquid to oats, I like to use 1 to 1 proportions; and that pinch of salt!  Yes overnight oats must be seasoned to taste good and if you forget the salt there’s no amount of sweetener or toppings you can add that will make them taste right.  So remember the salt!

overnight oatsHaving said that here’s my recipe it makes 9 pint size mason jars (half filled) – you can portion them out in mason jars or small plastic containers with a lid.  Be sure the lids lock onto the containers.

Ingredients for oats:

6 Cups Rolled Oats

6 Cups Liquid – milk, coconut milk, soy milk, almond milk, or whatever type of milk you prefer – I use 2% milk or coconut milk

1/2 Cup Natural Sweetener – honey, molasses, maple syrup, coconut sugar, agave syrup, or whatever sweetener you like – I usually use coconut sugar or honey – try to stay away from white sugar

1/2 Cup Chia Seeds (optional)

2 Tbs. Salt

Toppings:

Fruit – fresh, dried, or frozen berries, bananas, mango, papaya

Granola

Nuts – sliced almonds, pecan pieces, etc.

Chocolate chips

Nut butters – peanut, almond, etc.

Shredded coconut

Or whatever topping you like

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients for the oats together in a large bowl.

Divide them into portions enough to fill your mason jars or plastic containers half full.

Cover tightly.

Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours.  Overnight oats can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.  The longer you refrigerate them the creamier they become.

Before serving/eating add the toppings of choice.  Mix them in the oats and enjoy!

 

 

Basic Overnight Oats
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12 jars 15 minutes
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12 jars 15 minutes
Passive Time
6+ Hours
Basic Overnight Oats
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Servings Prep Time
12 jars 15 minutes
Passive Time
6+ Hours
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12 jars 15 minutes
Passive Time
6+ Hours
Ingredients
Basic Oats
Toppings
Servings: jars
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients for the oats together in a large bowl. Divide them into portions enough to fill your mason jars or plastic containers half full. Cover tightly. Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours.  Overnight oats can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.  The longer you refrigerate them the creamier they become. Before serving/eating add the toppings of choice.  Mix them in the oats and enjoy!
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Sesame Tofu Side Dish

Sesame Tofu Side Dish

tofuWhat is Tofu and is it good for you?  Tofu is coagulated soy milk in short soy bean curd.  The curd is then pressed into a block and is used in many different Asian and Vegan dishes.

I use it in my stirfrys and egg rolls.  I feel that tofu with its soft cheese like texture makes a great protein substitute or addition.  I think the verdict is still out on whether or not Tofu or bean curd is healthy or not.

I’ve read arguments for pros and cons.  I don’t pay too much attention to them as I did grow up eating Tofu, it’s an Asian thing I guess.  Regardless of the debate I see it this way, tofu like anything can be good or bad for you depending on how much you consume regularly.  I mean babies allergic to lactose, like my grandson Jett, pretty much live off soy milk for the first year of their lives, so I’m guessing tofu made from soy milk isn’t a bad thing.  But like I always say too much of anything is bad for you so I’m thinking Tofu falls into this category.

Having said that here is a tofu side dish I make that the whole family enjoys.  It’s super easy to make and can actually be eaten as a main dish when paired with steamed rice.   By the way you can serve it hot or cold.  On hot summer days I chill it in the fridge and serve very cold.  It’s a great side dish that goes well with my Spicy Kalbi Kabobs!  The some what bland creamy tofu taste tempers the spiciness of the beef kabobs and kimchee!

Sesame Tofu

Ingredients:

1 Block Firm Tofu – sliced into 1/2″ cubes

1 Tbs. Sesame Oil

1 Tsp. Finely Minced Garlic

1/4 Cup Soy Sauce

1/4 Cup Sesame Oil

1 Tsp. White Sesame Seeds

1 Tbs. Chopped Green Onions optional

Directions:

Heat oil

Sautee garlic until they start to brown

Gently add tofu cubes

Cook until all sides turn slightly brown – gently turning cubes with a spatula – about 5 -10 minutes.

Remove cooked Tofu cubes from heat and transfer into serving bowl

In a small bowl stir together soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds until well mixed

Pour over tofu

Gently toss tofu cubes until well coated with soy sauce mixture

Sprinkle with chopped green onions before serving

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  1. Heat oil
  2. Sautee garlic until they start to brown
  3. Gently add tofu cubes
  4. Cook until all sides turn slightly brown - gently turning cubes with a spatula - about 5 -10 minutes.
  5. Remove cooked Tofu cubes from heat and transfer into serving bowl 
  6. In a small bowl stir together soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds until well mixed
  7. Pour over tofu 
  8. Gently toss tofu cubes until well coated with soy sauce mixture
  9. Sprinkle with chopped green onions before serving
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Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Here’s a new hummus flavor I whipped up for the family.  It goes great with the Beef Shawarma wraps I make.  It’s very easy to make.  You can use a food processor, but I was too lazy to take out my processor so I made it in my Ninja blender, it worked just as well.
I use sun dried tomatoes I buy in the open markets of Venice.  I store them in the freezer and soak them in water for a few hours before using them.  You can use the sun dried tomatoes they sell in jars at the produce section of your local supermarket.  As for the roasted red pepper I just use the ones in a jar I get from the supermarket.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
1/2 cup roasted red peppers
1 cup chick peas – Garbanzo Beans
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbls. sesame tahini
1 tbls. minced garlic
1 tsp. sea salt
Juice from 1 lemon
Extra Virgin olive oil (optional)
Directions:
Place tomatoes in blender or food processor – blend until finely chopped
Add red peppers – blend until finely chopped and mixed well
Add chick peas, oil, tahini, garlic, salt – blend until it becomes a soft paste

Add lemon juice – blend  until it’s absorbed

Move to serving bowl or dish.  If desired drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil before serving.

You can use this hummus as a dip or spread.

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Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Place tomatoes in blender or food processor - blend until finely chopped
  2. Add red peppers - blend until finely chopped and mixed well
  3. Add chick peas, oil, tahini, garlic, salt - blend until it becomes a soft paste
  4. Add lemon juice - blend until it's absorbed
  5. Move to serving bowl or dish. If desired drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil before serving.
  6. You can use this hummus as a dip or spread.
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7 Round-Up of Best Italian Pasta Recipes!!!

7 Round-Up of Best Italian Pasta Recipes!!!

Italy is one of the most popular countries in the world with its best place and kind people, and not only that, Italy is a home of the bests and talented chefs in the world so no wonder Italy is famous with its Amazing Cuisines.

Travelers around the world dropped by in Italy just to dig and dive –in for an Italian Cuisine.

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Now here are 7 Round-Up of Best Italian Pasta Recipes you should try when you get to Italy; credits to the owner of these images and sites.

 

Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs

This Italian pasta recipe is the best I ever tasted if pasta and meatball cooked to perfection? SUPERB!!!

You can check the recipe here:

https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/orecchiette-with-mini-chicken-meatballs-376624

 

Classic Italian Lasagna

I remember my Grandparents cooking this classic Italian lasagna taste, it’s an earthly heaven!

You can check the recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/classic-italian-lasagna-recipe-1941225

 

Pasta With Winter Squash and Tomatoes

Not just it’s mouthwatering and smells heavenly, this also a healthy and dietary dish that will satisfy your cravings without mead involve.

You can check the recipe here: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/mark-bittman/pasta-with-winter-squash-and-tomatoes-1960869

 

Shrimp Scampi With Linguini

This is one of my favorite Italian dishes, I would really love to make this dish every single day! You too can make it.

You can check the recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/shrimp-scampi-with-linguini-recipe-1942429

Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

We all love baked food, with roasted vegetables and cooked into perfection pasta? What more I can say!!!!

You can check the recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/baked-penne-with-roasted-vegetables-recipe-1916906

 

Pasta with Beans and Mussels

Pasta, beans and mussels? The smell oh my! THE TASTE? OMG!

You can check the recipe here: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1012765-pasta-with-beans-and-mussels

 

Roasted Vegetable and Sausage Lasagna

This Italian Pasta has a unique texture, the taste is awesome and it’s a drug when the seasoning is spot on! Addictive!

You can check the recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/roasted-vegetable-and-sausage-lasagna-3280053

 

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