Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spinach Stuffed Shells

Spinach Stuffed Shells

1 (16 oz) box jumbo shells
2 Tbsp. oil
6 C packed baby spinach
32 oz ricotta cheese
2 C mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
1 C Parmesan cheese, divided
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 C bread crumbs
1/4 C chopped fresh parsley
salt free seasoning to taste
1 (28 oz) jar marinara sauce

Cook shells according to package directions and drain.  While shells are cooking, place oil and spinach in a skillet.  Cook spinach over medium high heat until wilted. Place spinach in a large bowl and add ricotta cheese, 1C mozzarella cheese, 1/2 C parmesan cheese, eggs, bread crumbs, parsley, and seasoning to taste.  Combine filling ingredients well.  Once shells are cooked, drained and cooled a little, spoon some of the filling into each shell and lay them in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Pour sauce over and around shells, sprinkle with remaining cheeses and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Curried Red Lentil Soup

Curried Red Lentil Soup


2 C red lentils

2 qts water plus more if needed

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

Fresh parsley to taste, chopped

1 tsp curry powder

½ tsp cumin

½ tsp turmeric

¼ tsp ground coriander

Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt for serving if desired


In a large pot place lentils and water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, adding additional water if needed. In a skillet sauté onion, celery, garlic and parsley until almost tender in the coconut oil. Add curry powder, cumin, turmeric, and coriander to the skillet and toss with the vegetables. Add vegetables to the lentils and continue to simmer for 1 hour, adding additional water if needed. Serve topped with sour cream or yogurt if desired.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos


3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

Oil as needed

Salt free seasoning to taste

1 tsp cumin

1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes

1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 C corn

1 red pepper, diced

4-8 flour tortillas
Salsa and Guacamole for serving if desired
Heat oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet toss the sweet potatoes with a small amount of oil, salt free seasoning to taste, and the cumin. Roast for 30 minutes or until soft and slightly browned. In the meantime add the tomatoes, beans, corn, and red pepper to a pot and simmer over medium low heat. When potatoes are done add to the pot and combine well. Warm tortillas and make burritos.

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata


4 chicken breasts, pounded flat

Salt free seasoning to taste

¼ C flour

3 Tbsp butter, divided

2 Tbsp oil

¼ C lemon juice

¾ C chicken broth

¼ C fresh chopped parsley


Season chicken and dredge in flour. Heat 1 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp oil in a skillet, add half the chicken and cook until browned about 3-5 minutes. Turn and cook until browned and cooked through on the other side for another 3-5 minutes. Remove and place on a plate. Repeat with the other half of the chicken. When chicken is cooked remove and place on the plate with the other chicken. Add lemon juice and broth to the skillet and bring to a boil. Cook at a boil until thickened about 3-5 minutes. Add remaining 1 Tbsp of butter and parsley. Serve sauce oer the chicken.  

Saturday, October 25, 2014



1 ½ C dry garbanzo beans

¼ C lemon juice

½ tsp asafetida powder

6 Tbsp tahini

4-6 minced garlic cloves

Salt to taste


Soak beans in water overnight. Drain beans and place in a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for an hour or until beans are tender. Drain and cool slightly. Place beans in a bowl and cover with cold water. Rub beans and remove skins, discarding skins. Place beans, lemon juice, asafetida, tahini, garlic and some salt to taste in a food processor. Process until smooth adding a couple Tbsp of water if needed to help make mixture smooth.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Crockpot Tomato Basil Soup

Crockpot Tomato Basil Soup 


2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes, undrained

1 C diced celery

1 C diced carrots

1 C diced onion

1 tsp dried oregano

1 Tbsp dried basil

4 C vegetable broth

½ C flour

1 C Parmesan cheese

½ C butter

2 C half and half

Salt free seasoning to taste

Place tomatoes, celery, carrots, vegetable broth, onion, oregano, and basil in a crockpot. Cook on low 6 hours or until all vegetables are tender. 30 minutes before serving melt the butter over low heat in a skillet and mix in flour until fairly smooth. Slowly stir in 1 C hot soup stirring until mixture is thickened. Add another 3 C of soup and stir until smooth. Pour this mixture into the crockpot. Stir well and add in the Parmesan cheese, half and half, and season to taste with the salt free seasoning.  Let warm though and serve.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Seven Layer Toatadas

Seven Layer Tostadas

1 (15oz) can vegetarian refried beans
1 container guacamole
1 C sour cream
1 Tbsp Taco Seasoning
Mexican Cheese Blend
2 chopped tomatoes
2-3 thinly sliced green onions
1 sm can sliced black olives
1 pkg tostada shells 

Heat refried beans until warm. Stir taco seasoning into the sour cream. On each tostada layer refried beans, guacamole, seasoned sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and olives. Serve.  


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