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Crispy Seared Chicken

from 2014 by Ingrid Beer  in Cozy Apron

 

 

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Eggplant Shepherd’s Pie

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

From Real Simple

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Cook eggplant, onions, and carrots, stirring, until tender and starting to brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in broth, tomato paste, parsley, pepper, and 3/4 teaspoon salt; bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, until thickened, about 15 minutes. Cover and keep warm.

 

Step 2

Preheat broiler with rack 5 inches from heat. Place potatoes in a medium pot and cover with salted water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until very tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and return potatoes to pot; mash with cheese, milk, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Step 3

Spread potatoes evenly over eggplant mixture. Broil until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Top with parsley.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 362
  • Fat 15g (5 g saturated fat)
  • Cholesterol 18mg
  • Fiber 8g
  • Protein 11g
  • Carbohydrate 47g
  • Sodium 1070mg
  • Sugar 13g

 

Turnip and Kale Gratin

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INGREDIENTS

  • 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 bunches Tuscan/Dinosaur  kale, ribs and stems removed, leaves torn
  • 4 medium turnips (about 1¾ pounds total), trimmed, peeled, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 3 large eggs, beaten to blend
  • 4 ounces Fontina cheese, grated (about 1 cup)
  • 1 ounce Parmesan, finely grated (about 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces day-old white country-style bread, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • Freshly ground black pepper

RECIPE PREPARATION

  • Bring garlic, cream, and thyme to a bare simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and let cream simmer 30 minutes. Let cool.

  • Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-low. Add onions, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally and adding a splash or two of water if onions begin to stick to pan, until caramelized and amber colored, 45–60 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool. Wipe out skillet.

  • Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. butter in same skillet. Working in batches, add kale, tossing and letting it wilt slightly before adding more; season with salt. Cook until kale is wilted and tender, 5–8 minutes; transfer to bowl with onions.

  • While kale is cooking, cook turnips in a large pot of boiling well-salted water until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes; drain. Transfer to a bowl of ice water and let cool. Drain; pat dry. Transfer to bowl with onions.

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk eggs, Fontina cheese, Parmesan, and cooled cream mixture in a large bowl to combine. Add onion mixture and bread; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a 13×9″ baking dish and press down on mixture with your hands to form a tight, even layer. Bake gratin, uncovered, until well browned, 40–50 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

  • Do Ahead: Gratin can be assembled 12 hours ahead. Cover and chill.

Calories (kcal) 470 Fat (g) 33 Saturated Fat (g) 20 Cholesterol (mg) 165 Carbohydrates (g) 33 Dietary Fiber (g) 5 Total Sugars (g) 9 Protein (g) 15 Sodium (mg) 470

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Courtesy of  Good Housekeeping

Serves 6

Ingredients
1 1/4 lb. red potatoes, cut into 1-in. chunks
2 tbsp. olive oil
lg. eggs
1/4 c. half-and-half
2 c. shredded Gruyère cheese
1/4 c. chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 c. packed fresh spinach, sliced
med. bulbs fennel, cored and thinly sliced 
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Toss potatoes with oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; arrange in single layer on rimmed baking sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together eggs, half-and-half and 1/2 teaspoon salt; stir in Gruyère, basil, parsley and garlic. In large bowl, toss potatoes, spinach and fennel with egg mixture until well combined. Transfer to 2-quart. baking dish; cover with foil.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until custard has set. Uncover; bake another 5 minutes. Garnish with additional basil and parsley, if desired

 

Cheesy Asparagus Gratin

Cheesy Asparagus Gratin

Courtesy of Antonis Achilleos     Cooking Light

Hands-On Time 25 Min     Total Time 35 Mins      Yield 8 servings

This family-friendly side dish is a delicious new take on potatoes au gratin. Yes, it’s still cheesy comfort food, but the fresh asparagus means it won’t leave you in a food coma. If you’ve ever made homemade macaroni and cheese, this technique will be familiar: you’ll make a bechamel sauce and top it with buttery breadcrumbs. In fact, you could double the sauce, toss it with pasta, stick it in the freezer and have mac and cheese ready to go whenever you need a quick dinner. For this dish, look for thick asparagus spears (not the pencil-thin ones) which will hold up better when served.

Idle Not Ground Beef and Vegetable Casserole

 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups new potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 or 2 cloves of grated garlic
  • 1/4 cup low fat sour cream
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 3 cups fresh shelled green peas
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  1. Peel and cube potatoes and place in a large pot of water; bring to a boil. Remove from heat, drain water and add fresh room temperature water. Bring potatoes to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Drain.
  2. Chop onion. Simmer ground beef, onion and 1/2 cup of water in a 3-quart pan until meat is crumbled and brown.
  3. Add potatoes, green peas, fresh grated garlic and remaining 2 cups of water to ground beef mixture. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes, until peas are tender.
  4. Mix 1/4 cup of beef broth with cornstarch and stir until cornstarch is dissolved.
  5. Add cornstarch mixture to pan along with remaining broth, and simmer until casserole is thick.
  6.  Add sour cream, stir and serve.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy!

 

Nutrients per serving

Calories 268

Protein 21 g

Carbohydrates 28 g

Fat 8 g

Cholesterol 50 mg

Sodium 154 mg

Potassium 632 mg

Phosphorus 270 mg

Calcium 44 mg

Fiber 5.2 g

Bruschetta Stuffed Zucchini Boatsfrom American Diabetes food hub

  • large zucchini
    2
  • olive oil
    2 tsp
  • black pepper
    1/8 tsp
  • jarred bruschetta
    1/2 cup
  • Parmesan cheese(grated)
    4 tsp
  1. Using a spoon, scoop out the middle of the zucchini and leave a thin base at the bottom so the “boat” can be stuffed. Place the scooped-out centers into a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Blanch the zucchini boats just until they begin to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Immediately place the zucchini boats in a bowl of iced water. Drain the zucchini and place it on a baking sheet.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle the reserved zucchini mixture with black pepper; add to the pan, and sauté about 6-8 minutes. Stir in the bruschetta; lower the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Spoon the bruschetta mixture evenly into the four zucchini boats. Sprinkle each zucchini boat with 1 Tsp. parmesan cheese.
  5. Heat the broiler. Broil the stuffed zucchini boats until slightly golden, about 2-3 minutes; watch closely to avoid burning.

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1/2 zucchini
  • Amount per servingCalories75
  • Total Fat 4.5g
    • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 220mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 9g
    • Dietary Fiber 2g
    • Total Sugars 5g
  • Protein 3g
  • Potassium 530mg

Choices/Exchanges: 2 Nonstarchy vegetable, 1/2 Fat

Chopped Mexican Salad with Lime

Courtesy of American Diabetes Food Hub

Ingredients

USMetric
  • lime juice
    1/2 cup
  • olive oil
    1/4 cup
  • crushed red pepper flakes
    1 tsp
  • garlic(minced)
    3 clove
  • honey
    1 1/2 tbsp
  • romaine lettuce(chopped)
    6 cup
  • black beans(rinsed and drained)
    15 oz
  • jicama(peeled and chopped)
    1 cup
  • corn(drained)
    15 oz
  • red bell pepper(cored, seeded, and diced)
    1
  • ripe avocados(peeled and diced)
    2
  • reduced fat monterey jack cheese
    1/2 cup

Directions

  1. To make the dressing, in a small bowl whisk together lime juice, olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic, and honey. Dressing is best served at room temperature.
  2. Spread lettuce evenly across a large serving platter. Arrange beans, jicama, corn, bell pepper, and avocados side by side on top of lettuce. Garnish with cheese. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, for at least 1 hour. Drizzle with dressing before serving.

Nutrition Facts

8 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 1/2 cups
  • Amount per serving Calories240
  • Total Fat 15g
    • Saturated Fat 3g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol less than 5mg
  • Sodium 180mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 24g
    • Dietary Fiber 8g
    • Total Sugars 7g
  • Protein 7g
  • Potassium 510mg
  • Phosphorus 130mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1/2 Carbohydrate, 1 Nonstarchy vegetable, 3 Fat

 

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Ingredients:

1 large zucchini

3 large mushrooms ( I use white button mushrooms)

4 Thai peppers

1 leaf of dinosaur kale (chopped in thin strips)

1/2 medium onion

1 small green bell pepper

2 cloves of fresh grated garlic

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 cup (leftover spaghetti sauce)

Parmesan  Cheese (fine grated)

 

Directions:

Spray skillet with Pam (I use steel skillet)

Add  all peppers, onions, and fresh grated garlic and one tablespoon olive oil, cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes on medium heat.

Add thick chunks or slices of zucchini, other tablespoon of olive oil, stir and let sit with lid on for about 3 minutes at most (I like mine a wee bit crunchy)

Add sliced mushrooms, stir for one to two minutes, then add strips of  kale and then add the leftover spaghetti sauce, stir till all is mixed,  cover for about 1 minute, then top with Parmesan cheese right before you serve

 

(I freeze leftover spaghetti sauces to use for multiple dishes, no waste and quick to thaw and use)

 

 

 

Gingersnap-Pear Cheesecake

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Courtesy of Real Simple

Total Time
30 Mins  Other Time 6 Hours
Yield Serves 8-12

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed gingersnaps (about 40 cookies)
  • 2 small ripe pears (any kind), peeled, cored, and sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
Step 1

Heat oven to 350° F.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, combine the butter and crushed gingersnaps. Press the mixture into a 9-inch springform pan, working the crumbs over the bottom and then up the sides. Bake for 20 minutes.

Step 3

In a small bowl, toss the pears and ginger. Line the cooled crust with the pears, overlapping the slices slightly. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium, beat the cream cheese for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of the sugar and beat for 2 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and mix until combined. Stir in 2 teaspoons of the vanilla. Pour the mixture over the pears. Bake until the top is barely set but still slightly wobbly, about 50 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack but leave oven on.

Step 4

In a small bowl, combine the sour cream and the remaining sugar and vanilla. Pour over the cheesecake and bake for 8 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving

Nutritional Information

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