Thursday, March 19, 2015

Penne Pasta with Chicken Sausage



Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to start eating somewhat healthy again. Obviously I have to ease into it because pulling a 180 on the diet would cause minor pain and panic. I’m exaggerating of course. What I find to be the easiest way to eat slightly healthier is to substitute ingredients I love for healthy alternatives.
 What I’ve done here is substitute white pasta for whole-wheat pasta. I also substituted pork sausage for chicken sausage. As you can see I still used heavy whipping cream because like I said, not pulling a 180.
 This recipe is full of flavor and packs a little heat. It’s a great leftover meal as well. Enjoy!




Penne Pasta w/ Chicken Sausage

Ingredients

3 cups Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
3 Chicken Sausage Links
1 Cup Broccoli Florets
½ cup Yellow Onion – chopped
1 Tablespoon Garlic – chopped
6 oz Tomato Paste
1 Cup Diced Tomatoes
½ Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
½ Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Basil – Chopped
1 Tablespoon Red Pepper Flakes
½ cup Pecorino Romano Cheese
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Directions

1.     Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.     Place the sausages on a baking sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes. Chop and set aside.
3.     Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package instructions. Set aside.
4.     Heat olive oil in deep skillet over medium heat. Sauté the broccoli, onion and garlic for 7 minutes.
5.     Add the diced tomatoes, heavy whipping cream, tomato paste, black pepper, salt and red pepper flakes. Stir occasionally for 8 minutes.
6.     Add the pasta, sausage, cheese and basil. Toss to coat and let simmer for another 3-5 minutes. Serve!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Brunch BLT Wontons




Bacon, egg, and cheese…a perfect breakfast combination, right? In my book it’s a perfect anytime of the day combination! Brunch has quickly become a staple in the lives of many people. You tend to see a greater menu variety. In addition, incredible combinations are created!

The classic BLT mixed with a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich…wrapped inside a fried wonton! I shall say no more. Enjoy!


Brunch BLT Wontons


Ingredients

6 Wonton Wrappers
2 Small Eggs - scrambled
3 strips Bacon – cooked and chopped
1/8 cup Cheddar Cheese - shredded
1/8 cup Lettuce – shredded
1/8 cup Tomato – finely chopped
¼  Teaspoon Salt
¼ Teaspoon Pepper
Pinch of Parsley
Vegetable Oil for frying

Dipping Sauce – Maple Mustard

¼ cup Spicy Brown Mustard
3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
1/8 cup Mayo


Directions

1.     In a medium sized bowl, combine the eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, salt, pepper and parsley.
2.     Heat about a half-inch of vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
3.     Lay the wonton wrappers out on a workstation.
4.     Brush water on two adjacent sides of the wrapper.
5.     Place about 1 tablespoon of filling into the center.
6.     Connect two opposite corners of the wrapper, creating a half moon shape with the filling inside. Pinch the edges.
7.     Fry the wontons for about 3 minutes per side.
8.     Set aside on a paper towel to dry.
9.     Wisk the dipping sauce in a bowl and set aside.

10. Serve!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Homemade Applesauce





I have been eating applesauce ever since I was a baby. There used to be a time where it was the only dessert I would eat! For some reason, I never had the urge to make applesauce homemade. Well, at least until now…
 


I wanted to put a little spin on your traditional applesauce recipe. I decided to add a little caramel sauce to the mix to deliver a unique source of sweetness. It’s delicious! Enjoy!




Homemade Applesauce


Ingredients

4 Granny Smith Apples – peeled, cored and chopped into large chunks
½ cup water
Juice of ½ Lemon
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
2 Tablespoons Caramel Sauce
1 Teaspoon Butter
Pinch of Salt


Directions

1.     In a large pot, combine the apples, water, lemon, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel sauce, butter and salt.
2.     Cook over medium heat, covered for 25 minutes. Apples should be very tender.
3.     Remove from the heat and break down the apples with a fork.
4.     Transfer the mix into a food processor and pulse until you have reached your desired consistency.
5.     Serve hot or store in the fridge for later!