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Chicken Parmesan With Pasta and Air-Fryer Broccoli

2 servings

Ingredients

1 large boneless chicken breast
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
½ cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
Salt and black pepper to taste
Olive oil
4 fresh mozzarella cheese slices
For Marinara Sauce, see the recipe below
3 oz fettuccine noodles

Directions

Slice the chicken breast into two thin cutlets. Pound lightly between the plastic to even out the slices. Brush with cutlets with mayonnaise and dredge in bread crumbs. Refrigerate until ready to cook,
Boil salted water in a large saucepan and cook the noodles al dente. Drain

Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a 10-inch skillet. Brown the chicken cutlets on both sides. Cover with sauce. Cover the skillet and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the cover and top each cutlet with 2 slices of cheese. Cover the pan and cook over low until the cheese melts about 2 minutes.

Divide the pasta onto 2 individual plates, and top with some salt sauce. Place the chicken parmesan next to the pasta.

Marinara Sauce

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ cup chopped onion
14 oz container of finely diced Italian tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
½ teaspoon salt
Directions
Simmer the ingredients in a medium saucepan for 30 minutes over low heat.

Air- Fryer Broccoli

Ingredients

1 pound broccoli florets cut into evenly sized pieces (about 4 to 5 cups florets,]
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar optional; helps with caramelization
2 tablespoons water
Lemon wedges

Directions

Place the florets in a mixing bowl and top with the olive oil, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and sugar. Toss to coat, making sure to rub the florets evenly with the oil and spices to prevent burning.

Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
Add the water to the bottom of the air fryer (it will hiss and splatter). Add the broccoli (if adding toppings, keep the bowl handy and don’t wash it yet). Let cook for 5 minutes.

My air-fryer has an open weave basket, so I place an air-fryer parchment sheet in the basket to help with clean-up.

Remove the basket and with tongs, toss the broccoli. Return it to the air fryer and continue cooking for 5 additional minutes, until crispy outside and tender when pieced with a fork. The cook time will vary based on your air fryer, so keep an eye on it and toss the broccoli every few minutes to promote even crisping.

Serve immediately, or if adding toppings, transfer the broccoli back to the mixing bowl. Top with any other topping suggestions: lemon zest, lemon juice, Parmesan, and/or red pepper flakes.


Salmon Cakes

Ingredients

One 6-8 oz skinless salmon fillet
¼ cup chopped onion
¼ cup chopped celery1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
½ teaspoon seafood seasoning
⅓ cup bread crumbs
1 tank; teaspoon coarse Dijon mustard
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup panko crumbs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Lemon wedges for serving

Directions

Poach the salmon in one inch of simmering water for 3-4 minutes. Drain and flake.
Combine the salmon with the vegetables, seasoning, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, mustard, and lemon juice until well mixed.

Divide the mixture in half and form two patties. Coat the patties in panko. Refrigerate for several hours before cooking, if you can.
Heat the oil in a skillet and cook the patties until golden brown on both sides, about

Serve with lemon wedges.

 

Creamy Vegetable Pasta

Ingredients

14 oz pkg of vegetable-flavored noodles
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons cream cheese
2 tablespoon butter
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Cook pasta about 2 minutes less than al-dente – the time listed on the package. Drain.


In the pasta pot, add the cream, cream cheese, and butter. Heat over low until the cheese and butter melt. Add the pasta and simmer for several minutes in the sauce. Add the Parmesan and parsley and pour into a pasta serving bowl/

Green Bean Salad

Ingredients

1 lb of very thin green beans
Salt to taste
½ cup Italian salad dressing

Directions

Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling. Add the green beans and blanch for 3 minutes. Drain.
Place in a bowl, drizzle with the dressing, cover the bowl and refrigerate until serving time. Toss gently before serving.


 

Pork Seasoning

2 teaspoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced dried onions

Combine all ingredients in a jar and stir well. Store in an airtight container.
To use: Stir 4 teaspoons of seasoning into 1 pound of lean ground pork and set aside for the recipe below. Save the remaining seasoning for another recipe.

 

Pasta Sauce

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 lb seasoned pork, see recipe above
2 tablespoons tomato paste
28 oz can of whole cherry tomatoes {Cento}
28 oz can fire roasted red pepper strips, undrained
5 fresh basil leaves,
2 pinches of sea salt

Pasta
1 lb bucatini pasta
Parmesan cheese

Directions
For the sauce
Melt the butter and olive oil in a large, deep skillet with a cover.
Add the seasoned pork to the pan and cook until lightly brown. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook 1 mi ute. Add the remaining sauce ingredients.

Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, with the cover ajar cover cook the mixture until it thickens for 2 hours.

For the pasta
Cook the pasta according to package directions to just the al dente stage. Using tongs transfer the pasta from the cooking water to the pan with the sauce and cook gently for 2 minutes Serve in pasta bowls topped with grated Parmesan. add a green salad and bread if you want a fuller meal.

 


 

Spiced Tuna Fillets

2 servings

Spice Blend:
1/2 tablespoon coriander seeds
1/2 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon black peppercorns

Tuna:
2 tuna fillets 1/2 inches thick
2 teaspoons olive oil
Salt to taste
Lemon wedges

Directions

To prepare the spice blend, grind all spices in a mini-food processor or spice grinder until they are powdery. Spread the spice mixture evenly on a large plate.

Rinse the tuna fillets and pat dry. Place one side of each piece of tuna into the spice mixture. Shake off any excess.

 

In a 10-inch non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat until almost smoking. Carefully place the tuna fillets, spiced side down, into the skillet. A spice crust should form within 1 minute. Cook another minute. Using kitchen tongs, turn over the tuna, lower the heat to medium, sprinkle with salt, and cook for 2-3 minutes to the desired doneness. Swerve with lemon wedges.

 


Easy Three Cheese Mac & Cheese

You can prepare this dish early in the day and refrigerate covered with plastic wrap without the breadcrumb topping. Remove from the refrigerator one hour before baking and add the breadcrumb topping.

Ingredients

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces fusille pasta
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup grated Gruyère cheese
1 cup grated sharp cheddar
1 cup diced Velveeta cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
1 cup panko breadcrumbs

Directions

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Butter an 8-inch baking dish.

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water for about 5 minutes, 3 minutes less than the package instructions. Drain.

In the empty pot, combine the cream, Gruyère, cheddar, Velveeta, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Add the hot pasta and stir well. Turn the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
Combine the panko crumbs with the butter and sprinkle over the top of the casserole. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

Baked Zucchini

Ingredients

2 medium zucchini trimmed and cut into ½- inch cycles
2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1! 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Directions

Oil a baking dish. Bake the zucchini in a 400-degree F oven with the dish of macaroni and cheese.
Combine the zucchini slices with the seasonings. Mix well. Arrange the slices overlapping each other in the prepared baking dish. Drizzle with the oil. Place the dish in the oven after the macaroni has baked for 15 minutes. Bake the zucchini for 15 minutes/

 

 


 

Ingredients

2 16-20 ounce skin-on, bone-in split chicken breasts
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
`/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1- 9 oz package of fresh butternut squash ravioli
1 medium zucchini
Sauce
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup chicken stock or chicken broth
1 cup heavy whipping cream
4 ounces parmesan cheese, shredded or grated

Directions

Preheat your oven to 400°F. In a small bowl, combine the oil, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Place the breasts in an oiled baking dish, Rub seasoning all over the chicken on both sides. Bake for 20 minutes.

In a 9-inch pie plate, alienate the ravioli and zucchini slices. Combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl and pour over the ravioli;i. Place the side in the oven with the chicken and bake both dishes for 20 minutes.


 

Ingredients

5 cloves garlic
1 medium or 2 small shallots
1 lemon, juiced
½ cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup dry white wine
2 (10-ounce) or 3 (6.5-ounce) cans of chopped clams in juice
8 ounces of dried linguine pasta
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions

Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce.
Finely chop the garlic and shallots (about 1/4 cup), and place both in the same small bowl.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a deep 12-inch frying pan over medium-low heat until shimmering. Add the garlic and shallot and cook for 2 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute more.

Increase the heat to medium-high. Add 1 cup dry white wine and cook until the liquid is reduced by half about 3 minutes.

Using a strainer over a bowl, empty the cans of clams. Add the liquid to the skillet.

Reserve the clams for later. Bring the liquid to a simmer. Drizzle in the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and stir with a wooden spoon to incorporate the oil into the broth fully. Reduce the heat to maintain a bare simmer while you cook the pasta.

Add 8 ounces of dried linguine pasta to the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes less than the package directions for al dente, about 7 minutes.

Using a skinner or tongs, transfer the linguine directly into the skillet. Add 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, tossing the pasta often, for 4 minutes. If the pan is dry, add the pasta water a tablespoon at a time as needed. Add the reserved clams and gently toss until fully combined and the clams are just warmed through (do not overcook), about 2 minutes more.

 

Remove the pan from the heat. Squeeze the juice from the lemon over the pasta. Add 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and the parsley. Stir and toss vigorously until the butter is melted and the parsley is evenly distributed.

Serve this dish with a salad made of mixed greens, shaved Parmesan cheese, and Italian dressing.


Ingredients

For 2 servings

1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 8 to 9 oz.), cut in half horizontally and pounded to 1/4 inch thick
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup flour
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil juice of 1 fresh lemon
1/2 cup homemade or store-bought chicken stock
2 tablespoons drained capers
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Fettuccini- 2 servings according to package

Directions

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Combine the almond flour and arrowroot flour on a shallow plate.
Dredge the chicken in the almond flour and shake off excess.
In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons of ghee with the olive oil, over medium to high heat.
Cook the chicken in batches, if necessary, until golden and cooked through, 3 to 4 min per side.
Transfer the chicken to a platter.

Cook the pasta according to package instructions for al dente. Drain and reserve.
In the same skillet add the lemon juice, chicken stock, and capers, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.

Cook over medium heat until the liquid is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.
Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Add the remaining ghee and whisk for about a minute.

Return the chicken and any juices to the skillet and simmer for about 1 minute.
Sprinkle with parsley. Place a serving of pasta on each of the two dinner plates. Top with chicken breast. Pour sauce over the chicken.

Swiss Chard

Ingredients

2 bunches of Swiss Chard
4 garlic cloves, smashed
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste

Directions
Cut the thick stems of the chard. Cut the leaves into strips. Wash well and drain slightly. Place the washed chard in a large pot and cook over low heat until completely wilted. Drain well.

In the same pot heat the olive oil and garlic over low heat, add the chard and salt to taste, and simmer until tender and hot about 5-6 minutes.


TI cut the recipe in half because the full recipe is too much for two people. The full recipe is good for entertaining I make the entire sauce recipe and save half for another time and I used an 8×8 inch baking dish. Serve the pasta with some cooked sausage and a salad.

Ingredients

For the sauce:
1 lb Italian sausage links
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
5 cups canned, finely diced tomatoes (about 46 ounces)
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper

For assembly:
1 pound dried ziti or penne pasta
1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (about 2 cups), divided

Directions

For the sauce:
Heat the oil in a large pot and lightly brown the sauce links. Add the garlic and onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add the remaining sauce ingredients, stir well and bring to a simmer. Partially cover the pan and cook the sauce until thickened, about 1 hour.

Heat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray

Cook the pasta al dente and drain.

Cook the pasta. When the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook until just tender. While the pasta is cooking, make the ricotta filling.

Make the ricotta filling. Stir the ricotta, egg, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan,1/2 of the mozzarella cheese, and salt together in a small bowl; set aside.

Return the pasta to the now-empty pot. Add half of the sauce (about 3 cups) and stir until the pasta is well-coated. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

Transfer half of the pasta into a 9×13-inch baking dish and spread it into an even layer. Spread the ricotta filling over the pasta.

Top with the remaining pasta in an even layer.

Pour the remaining sauce over the pasta and spread it into an even layer. Sprinkle the surface evenly with the remaining mozzarella and the remaining Parmesan.

Bake uncovered until the edges are bubbling and the cheese is completely melted and browned in spots, about 30 minutes.


 

Prosciutto-Wrapped HFish fillets with Lemon Herb Butter

Ingredients

Lemon Garlic Butter
1 stick unsalted butter softened
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Zest of 1 small lemon
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic minced
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Fish fillets
2 (6-8 ounce) white fish fillets such as haddock, halibut, cod, etc. fillets skin removed
1 jarred roasted red bell pepper, cut in half
4 slices of thinly sliced prosciutto
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

Combine the Lemon garlic butter ingredients in a small bowl.
Spread a piece of plastic wrap out on the counter or on a cutting board.
Place the butter in the center and roll it into a cylinder. Refrigerate until needed.

Season the fish with salt and black pepper.
Place a slice of roasted red pepper on each fillet.
Place 2 slices of prosciutto over each fillet and wrap around the fish.

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet or saute pan.
Place the fish, top down in the skillet.
Reduce heat to medium. Cook for 4 minutes or until you can see the edges of the fish turn opaque.

Carefully turn the fish and continue cooking for another 3 minutes or until the fish is cooked through. Place the fish on serving plates
Add 4 tablespoons of the butter sauce to the skillet. Heat until melted. Pour the sauce over the fish fillets and serve with Basil Pesto spaghetti and sliced tomatoes.

 


 

Ingredients

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 ounces of guanciale, pancetta or thick-cut bacon), diced
1 whole clove of garlic, smashed lightly
1 pound of spaghetti
4 large eggs
1 cup of grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 tablespoon of black peppercorns, crushed
Additional grated cheese for serving

Directions

Beat the eggs and cheese together in a mixing bowl.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add in the pasta and cook according to package directions until firm (al dente). Reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta water to thin the sauce. Drain the pasta well.

At the same time, heat the olive oil in the large skillet over medium heat. Add in the diced meat and the whole clove of garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pancetta is browned and the fat is rendered. Remove the garlic clove. Add the crushed black pepper.

Immediately add the hot, drained pasta to the pancetta/garlic sauce. Toss to coat the pasta with the reserved pasta cooking water.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the egg mixture tossing quickly so the eggs thicken but do not scramble. (It is very important to do this off the heat.) Serve the pasta with lots of extra cheese

 



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