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These rolls are perfect for dinner or breakfast. They are also good for small sandwiches.

Yield 8

Ingredients

2 cups water, lukewarm
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons instant yeast or active dry yeast
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 cups Unbleached Bread Flour
1 tablespoon salt

Directions

Place the dough ingredients in the large bowl on a mixer fitted with a dough hook, and mix the dough at medium speed for 8 minutes. The dough should form a ball and pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead by hand for a minute or two.

Lightly coat the mixing bowl with cooking spray or olive oil. Return the dough to the bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Allow it to rise in a draft-free place for 1 hour.

After the first rise, deflate the dough and divide it into 8 equal pieces shape each piece into a ball and cover it with greased plastic wrap.

If using a roll pan, spray each of the mold sections with cooking spray.
If you do not have a roll pan, then cover a baking sheet with parchment p[paper.

Working with one piece of dough at a time, shape it into an oval to fit the mold sections of the pan. Or shape each piece of dough into a 4-inch oval and place on the prepared baking sheet.

Cover with greased plastic wrap and let them rise for 30 minutes.

Preheat to 375°F.

Place the pan in the oven and bake them for 30 minutes, or until they’re deeply golden brown. Remove the bread from the oven and cool it on a rack.


 

Ingredients

¼ to 1/3 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, diced
1 medium white onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
4 stalks of celery, diced
2 stems fresh rosemary and 2 stems fresh thyme
1 dried bay leaf
2 cans Undrained cannellini beans, or 3 cups cooked dried white beans with cookies liquid
2 tablespoons tomato paste
15 oz can chopped Italian tomatoes
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon powder
1 lb spicy Italian sausage, cut into ½ inch slices
1/2 lb chicken tenders, each cut in thirds

Directions

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Heat the oil in a medium Dutch Oven. Brown the sausage and remove to a bowl. Add a little more oil if needed and brown the chicken. Remove to the bowl with the sausage.

 

Add the vegetables to the pot, stirring frequently, and cook until tender. Add remaining ingredients, 1 at a time. Bring to a simmer and transfer to the oven, Bake for 45 to 60 minutes until thickened slightly. Remove the herbs. Serve with crispy Ciabatta bread.


Baked Cod with Lemon and Garlic Sauce

Ingredients
2 Cod fillets
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves

Lemon Sauce
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced

Fish Coating
3 tablespoons s all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon sweet Spanish paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1:2 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, and melted butter in a shallow bowl (do not add the garlic yet). Set aside.
In another shallow bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, spices, salt, and pepper. Set next to the lemon sauce.
Pat the fish dry. Dip the fish in the lemon sauce then dip it in the flour mixture. Shake off excess flour. Reserve the lemon sauce for later.
Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the fish and sear on each side to give it some color, but do not fully cook (about 2 minutes on each side). Remove the skillet from heat.
To the remaining lemon sauce, add the minced garlic and mix. Drizzle all over the fish fillets.
Bake in the heated oven until the fish flakes easily with a fork, 8-10 minutes Remove from the heat and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

Cannellini Beans

Ingredients

¼ cup chopped onion
1celery stalk, diced
1garlic clove, minced
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper
15 oz can of cannelloni beans, drained

Directions

Saute the onion, celery, and garlic in the butter until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the beans, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Turn the heat down, cover the pan, and heat the mixture until hot.

Oven Baked Zucchini Sticks

Ingredients

1 medium zucchini, cut into 8 sticks
½ cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Place the bread crumbs, cheese, and oil in a plastic bag. Shake well. Add the zucchini and shake gently until coated. Place the zucchini on a sheet pan covered with oiled foil. Bake at 400 degrees F until light brown, about 15 minutes.


 

Herbed Italian White Beans

Ingredients

4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic, crushed, or to taste
1 teaspoon. dried sage
1 (14-oz.) can cannellini beans (Italian white beans), drained, or 2 cups homecooked
2 cups grape tomatoes cut in thirds crosswise
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons fresh basil, shredded
2 teaspoons wine vinegar or to taste

Directions

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sage. Sauté about 2 minutes.
Add drained beans and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir gently to combine. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until hot/.
Uncover the pan and remove from heat. Immediately add basil and vinegar and serve.

Greek Style Lamp Chops

Ingredients

2 loin lamb chops
2 tablespoons Greek seasoning

Marinade
1 garlic clove, mined
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt

Directions

Combine the marinade ingredients in a plastic bag. Add the lamb and refrigerate for several hours.
When ready to cook, coat chops with a tablespoon of seasoning.
You can grill the chops in a grill poa or in the broiler for about 4 minutes per side. You can cook them in an air-fryer at 400degrees F for 12 minutes or cook them in a skillet for about 4 minutes on each side

Oven Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 bunch asparagus
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Break off the woody bottoms of the asparagus and wash in cold water.
Arrange trimmed asparagus in a baking dish and drizzle with the oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and lemon.
Top with breadcrumbs and bake for 20 minutes.


 

Escarole, Bean, and Sausage Soup

Ingredients

1 lb hot Italian sausage, slice4d into thin rounds
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 heads of escarole, chopped
Salt
4 cups low-salt chicken broth for homemade broth see my recipe
2 cups home-cooked cannellini beans or 1 (15-ounce) can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 (1-ounce) piece Parmesan
Freshly ground black pepper
6 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Crusty bread for serving

Directions
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add sausage and garlic until the sausage is lightly brown. Add the escarole and saute until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt. Add the chicken broth, beans, and Parmesan cheese. Cover and simmer until the beans are heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Ladle the soup into 6 bowls. Drizzle 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil over each. Serve with crusty bread.


Beef Brisket Enchiladas

Ingredients

8 flour tortillas
2 cups shredded cooked beef brisket {or any leftover beef}
1 cup fresh corn off the con
1 cup drained canned black beans
1-10 oz package red enchilada sauce
2-8 oz packages of green enchilada sauce
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl combine the beef, corn, beans, 1 cup of cheddar cheese, and red enchilada sauce.
Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Pour one package of green enchilada sauce into the bottom of the baking dish.

Place the tortillas on kitchen towels. Evenly distribute the beef mixture onto each tortilla. Roll each tortilla up and place it in the baking dish.

Cover the tortillas with the second package of green enchilada sauce. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and cover the yop of the tortillas with the remaining shredded cheddar cheese. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

 


Cooking Dried Beans
When the beans have finished soaking, drain and rinse them with cold water. Put them in a pot large enough to fit the number of beans you are using and cover with cold water by about 3 inches. Cover the pot with the lid and turn on the heat to medium. When the water comes to a boil, adjust the heat so that the cooking water simmers gently. Cook the beans until they are tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Taste them periodically to check for doneness. Drain and set aside.

 

Pasta e Fagioli {Pqwtqa And Beans
Ingredients
1 ½ cups dried cannellini beans, precooked
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup diced carrot
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced onion
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
Two 26 oz containers of Italian chopped tomatoes
4 cups vegetable broth
1 Parmigiano-Reggiano rind
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
8 oz elbow pasta, cooked al dente
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for sprinkling
Directions
In a large Dutch oven or soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrot, celery, and onion and saute until they begin to soften, making sure not to brown them. Add in the tomatoes and remaining ingredients except for the cooked pasta and grated cheese. Adjust the heat so that the mixture simmers very gently. Cover the pot and bring to a gentle boil, adjusting the heat as necessary. Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the beans are fully tender, stirring periodically. Stir in the cooked pasta and heat for 5 minutes or until hot. Remove rind before serving.
Sprinkle each serving of soup with some grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and Italian bread.

 


Ham and Bean Soup

For this recipe, I used a ham bone I had in the freezer from my Easter ham. If you do not have a ham bone, use two ham hocks

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen

6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
6 cups water
1 large ham bone
1 pound dried navy beans, soaked overnight (see below}
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
½ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

The day before
Soak the beans in cold water for at least 8 hours (or up to 24 hours) before cooking.

Directions

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat until just smoking. Add onion, carrots, and celery and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

Stir in broth, water, hocks, and beans. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until beans are completely tender and soup is slightly thickened, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours.

Remove the ham bone from the pot to cool, then shred meat and add to soup.
Stir in thyme, pepper, and vinegar. Serve for lunch or dinner.


 

Lentil Vegetable Soup

Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 large Yukon gold potato, peeled and diced
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 celery stalks, peeled and chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon)
1 tablespoon coarse salt
2 teaspoons Greek seasoning
1 1/2 cups lentils
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
4 cups water, plus more if needed

Directions

Heat a large soup pot over high heat and swirl in the olive oil. Add the vegetables, garlic, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Reduce the heat to low and saute until the vegetables are lightly caramelized, about 5 minutes. Add broth, water, and seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, add the lentils. Stir well and cover the pan. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes u til the lentils are soft and creamy. Serve hot in soup bowls.

Spinach and Roasted Red Pepper Quiche

Ingredients

1 prepared 9-inch pie crust
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ a large sweet onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup cooked spinach
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3 large eggs
1 cup heavy creak
2 cups shredded gruyere cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Heat the oil in a small skillet and saute the onion and pepper until tender and soft/ Stir in the thyme. Set aside to cool.
In a mixing bowl combine the spinach, eggs, and cream.
Spread the pastry on a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges.
Spread 1 cup of cheese in the bottom of the crust. Top with the onion and peppers. Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Place the pie plate on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes.


 

Chicken Fajitas

For 2 servings

Ingredients
1 bone-in chicken breast
1 small red bell pepper, sliced
1 small sweet onion, sliced
1 teaspoon fajita seasoning
2 tablespoon avocado oil
4 – 6 inch tortillas
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream

Directions

Poach the chicken breast in water to cover for about 20 minutes. Cool and slice.
Heat oil in a medium skillet and saute the peppers and onions. Add seasoning and sliced chicken, Cook on low until the chicken is hot.

 


Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and heat the tortillas until beginning to get crispy about 10 minutes.
Fill tortilla shells with the chicken mixture and add toppings.

 

Refried Black Beans

Ingredients

2 cups cooked or canned Black Beans
2 tablespoons avocado oil
¼ cup minced red onion
1 tablespoon line juice
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons mild chile powder

Directions

Mash the beans coarsely and set them aside.
Heat oil in a small skillet and saute the onion over low heat for 5 minutes. Add the beans and seasoning. Cooker low until creamy, about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep the beans from sticking to the pan. Stir in lime juice.

 

Chunky Guacamole

Makes about 1cup

Ingredients
¼ cup chopped red onion
½ jalapeno pepper, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
½ an avocados pitted, peeled, and chopped
½ tomato chopped
1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Salt to taste

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a small serving bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap until serving.



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