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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.


Steak
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
Steak Seasoning
1 T-Bone Steak

Directions
If your air fryer requires preheating, preheat your air fryer.
Set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Season your steak with salt and pepper on each side.
Place the steak in your air fryer basket. Do not overlap the steaks.
Medium Steak: Set the time to 12 minutes and flip the steak at 6.
Medium Rare: For a medium-rare steak, cook the steak for 10 minutes and flip it at 5 minutes.

Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

Salt
3 ½ lbs Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ to ⅓ cup heavy cream

Directions

Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until very soft, about 20-25 minutes. Drain the potatoes and put them into a ricer and press the potatoes back into the cooking pot. Add the butter and just enough cream to moisten. Taste for salt and warm the potatoes.

Caesar Salad

2 servings

Ingredients
1/2 head Romaine lettuce, washed and finely chopped
1 cup croutons, see recipe below
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper for garnish

Dressing
1 anchovy, finely chopped or use anchovy paste
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons mayonnaise made with olive oil, if available
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions
Add the anchovy, Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce to a bowl and whisk together.
Gradually whisk in the 1/4 cup of olive oil, whisking until the dressing is emulsified.
Place the chopped lettuce in a bowl and toss it with the dressing, and croutons. Top the salad with extra cheese and freshly ground black pepper.

Croutons

Ingredients
2 cups cubed bread
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl combine the bread cubes and olive oil. Toss well to coat.
Pour the bread cubes onto a baking sheet. Spread them into a single layer. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring every five minutes to prevent burning. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container or ziplock bag.


Ingredients

Make this sauce ahead and refrigerate it. This step will save you time when you cook the meal.

Sauce
Half a medium yellow onion minced
3 cloves garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
One 28 oz can of finely chopped Italian tomatoes
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 bay leaf
Sea salt to taste
8 leaves of basil torn

Additions
8 oz Italian sausage, sliced thin
1 cup diced onions
2 cups diced green bell peppers
1 tablespoon olive oil
17.6 oz package of Calamarata Italian pasta {Large oval pasta rings, see photo} or any short pasta you like
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

In a large heavy-bottom saucepan heat the olive oil and saute the onion with a pinch of sea salt until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and let them cook only for a few seconds until you can smell them and don’t get any color on them.

Add the tomatoes and bay leaf and partially cover it with a lid. Allow the sauce to simmer away on low flame for about 1 hour until thick and concentrated in flavor. Make sure to stir often, every 10 minutes or so, making sure the sugars in the tomatoes do not burn.

Turn off the flame and season to your taste with the sea salt. Stir in the fresh basil leaves.

In a deep skillet or dutch Oven, heat the oil and saute the sausage until brown and cooked thoroughly. Agg the peppers and onions and saute until tender. Add the prepared sauce and heat the mixture until completely hot.

Cook the pasta until al dente, about 12 minutes. With a large spider, scoop the pasta up and place it in the sauce. Heat the pasta in the sauce for about 2 minutes. Stir in the cheese and spoon it into individual pasta bowls. Serve with breadsticks and a green salad.


Italian Breaded Pork Chops

Ingredients

¼ cup rice flour or All Purpose Flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
¼ cup Olive Oil
2 thin Pork Chops, about 5 oz each
Marinara Sauce, homemade or store-bought

Directions

In a shallow dish, beat together egg and mayonnaise.
In a separate bowl, place the flour mixed with salt and pepper to taste, and in another shallow dish place the bread crumbs/
Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
Dip each pork chop into flour, egg, and then into the bread crumbs, coating evenly.
Place coated pork chop in the skillet, and brown for about 4 minutes on each side.

Serve with warm Marinara sauce.

Baked Spaghetti Squash

I am not a fan of leftover spaghetti squash, so I was happy to find a small squash {about 1 ¼ lb} at my market that will be just the right size for two.

Ingredients

1 spaghetti squash
Non-fat cooking spray
Kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder

Directions

Cut the squash in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds and fibers with a spoon. Place on a baking sheet, cut side up, spray lightly with the non-fat cooking spray, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. Bake at 350° for about an hour or until the skin gives easily under pressure and the inside is tender. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes. Using a fork, scrape out the squash flesh a little at a time. It will separate into spaghetti-like strands. Place in a serving dish and serve hot. Total servings per recipe will vary depending on squash size.

Parmesan-Roasted Green Beans

Ingredients

1 pound thin green beans (haricots verts)
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Trim off the tough end of the beans and arrange the beans on a nonstick cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top and bake until the cheese melts and forms a crisp shell over the beans, about 10 minutes. Let the beans sit for a few minutes for the cheese to cool slightly. Lift the beans out onto a platter and serve.


 

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.


Ingredients

8 ounces of short pasta
3 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 1-2 heads)
3 tablespoons butter
½ yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cups cooked chicken cut into bite-size pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup flour
1 cup chicken broth, homemade recipe below, or use store-bought
2 cups milk
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then add the pasta. Once the pasta is about 4 minutes from al dente, add the broccoli and cook another 2 minutes. Drain and transfer to baking dish.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter and onion. Cook until the chicken is lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Mix in the flour and cook for another minute. While mixing, slowly pour in the chicken broth and then milk. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, until thickened to gravy consistency.

Remove the skillet from the heat and mix in the chicken, salt, pepper, parmesan, 1/2 cup cheddar, and ½ cup mozzarella cheese. Pour the pasta and broccoli into the baking dish and mix them together. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese.

Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10 minutes until the cheese is lightly golden brown and the sauce bubbles around the edges.

 

Homemade Chicken Broth

This recipe gives you plenty of chicken and broth for several recipes.

Ingredients

1 (3 1/2 to 4 pound) whole chicken
1 onion, halved across the equator
2 carrots, washed and cut in thirds
2 stalks of celery, washed and cut in thirds
1 head of garlic, cut in half across the equator
1 bay leaf
10 sprigs thyme
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns

Directions
To a large pot add the chicken, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, peppercorns, and water to cover about 14 cups. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Skim the top of the broth of any impurities that rises to the surface. Adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Simmer the broth, uncovered, for 1 hour, skimming as needed.

Remove the chicken to a plate. Continue to simmer the broth. Use tongs to handle and shred the meat of the chicken and set it aside for another use. Return the bones and skin to the broth and continue to simmer for an additional hour.
Remove from the heat and strain the broth. Discard the bones and vegetables and allow the broth to cool. Refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


 

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.

 


 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.

Potato Wedges

Scrub 1 medium baking potato and cut it in half. Cut each half into 3 wedges. Place on the baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Bake 20 minutes, then turn the wedges over and bake 20 minutes.

Crab Cakes

Ingredients

1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 cup Saltine crackers crushed
8 oz. crab meat
3 teaspoons chopped parsley

Directions

Gently combine the crab cake ingredients and shape them into 2 patties. Brush lightly with olive oil. Place the patties on the baking sheet after the potatoes have cooked for 20 minutes.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, then turn the crab cakes over, and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until nicely browned.

Spinach Stuffed Tomatoes

Ingredients

1 large tomato
½ cup cooked, chopped spinach
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 tablespoons greeted Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

Cut the tomato in half and scoop out the seeds and center flesh creating two shells. Mix the spinach with the onion and add salt and pepper to taste. Divide the mixture in half and fill the tomato halves. Top each with a tablespoon of cheese. Place on the baking sheet with the crab cakes and bake for 2o minutes.

 


2 servings

Ingredients

Cooking spray
2 salmon fillets, skin removed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 orange, peeled and cut into segments
2 sweet potatoes, peeled
1/2 cup Teriyaki sauce, store-bought or see recipe below

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Coat a large baking pan with cooking spray.

Cut the sweet potatoes into 1/4-inch slices. Place them in a single layer in the baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Season salmon with salt and pepper and place on top of the potatoes.

Spoon the teriyaki sauce over the salmon in the pan. Arrange oranges on top of the salmon.

Roast salmon for 25 to 30 minutes, until fish and potatoes are fork-tender. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Quick Teriyaki Sauce

Ingredients

¼ cup soy sauce
1 cup water
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
5 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ cup cold water

Directions

Mix all but the cornstarch and 1/4 cup of water in a saucepan and begin heating.
Whisk the cornstarch and cold water in a cup to dissolve. Add to sauce in the pan.
Heat until sauce thickens to desired thickness.

Sugar Snap Peas 

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb fresh sugar snap peas, ends trimmed
1 large garlic clove, sliced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Directions

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the snap peas and garlic, and toss to coat. Cook snap peas for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the salt, and pepper and cook an additional 3-5 minutes, until the snap peas begin to puff up and are crisp, yet tender.
Serve immediately.


 

Skillet Ravioli

Ingredients

9 oz pkg fresh deli spinach ravioli
2 cups Marinara sauce
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Heat the marinara sauce in a medium skillet. Gently place the ravioli on top of the sauce. Cover the pan, turn the heat down to low and simmer the ravioli until tender, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

Zucchini Sausage Saute

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
¼ cup finely chopped bell pepper
1 small zucchini, sliced thin
2 Italian sausage links, cooked and sliced thin
½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
¼ teaspoon salt

Directions

Heat the oil in a small skillet. Ass the onion and bell pepper. Cook until tender about 5 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the sausage slices and seasonings. Saute until all the ingredients are hot. Serve with the ravioli.



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