Zuppa Toscana

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Zuppa Toscana


I modified a recipe from Cafe Delites

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound mild Italian Sausage casings removed

  • 4 oz (125 g) diced bacon

  • 1 large onion chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic minced

  • 1 1/2 quarts (1.5 litres) low-sodium chicken broth

  • 5 Russet potatoes scrubbed, rinsed and sliced into 1/4-inch slices*

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel

  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper— adjust to your taste

  • 1 1/2 cups half and half or heavy/thickened cream

  • 3 cups chopped kale hard stems removed (substitute with baby spinach leaves or Swiss chard)

  • Fresh shredded parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions

  1. Fry the sausage in a heavy based pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat while breaking up the meat with the end of your wooden spoon. When browned, and cooked through (about 10 minutes), drain most of the oil, leaving about 1 teaspoon of drippings in the pot. Transfer sausage meat to a plate.

  2. Cook the bacon in the same pot/Dutch oven over medium heat until crispy (about 10 minutes). Drain, leaving about 2 teaspoons of drippings in the pot. Transfer cooked bacon to the plate with the sausage meat.

  3. Sauté onions in the pot and cook until soft and translucent (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.

  4. Increase heat to high, pour in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Season broth with crushed bouillon, salt, pepper, fennel and chili flakes. Add the potatoes and boil until fork tender (about 10 minutes).

  5. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in the heavy cream, cooked sausage, bacon and kale. Let simmer for 2 minutes, until kale leaves have softened.

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French Toast with Sautéed Apples

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French Toast with Sautéed Apples

I am always down for a sweet breakfast if I can help it. I made this super easy French toast and hope you love it! I made this one for myself, so you may need to double the recipe if you plan on sharing!

  • 2 Slices of whole wheat bread

  • One egg

  • 1/4 cup of milk

  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar

  • One large Apple

  • Butter to cook

Beat egg and milk in a bowl. On a separate place, mix sugars and cinnamon until well blended. Dip slices of bread into egg and milk mix and then cover with sugars on the plate. Add to a skillet or pan where butter has been melting and cook for 1 minute on each side or until browned.

Apples: Peel the apple and slice it. Cook in a skillet with butter and a dash of cinnamon.

Add apples to cooked French toast and drown in syrup. Sprinkle with Super Seed and Ancient Grain blend and FEAST.

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Turkey & White Bean Chili

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Turkey & White Bean Chili

I made some turkey & white bean chili and it truly made my whole week. I had no idea the weather was going to hit such ungodly lows. But a big ol bowl of chili definitely made it not so bad. Make this healthy meal and feast on it all week!

I used a recipe from Taste of Home as my base and then deviated from there.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground turkey

  • 2 medium onions, chopped

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 3 cups beef broth

  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 3 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven or large soup kettle, cook the turkey and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add oregano and cumin; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes, broth, tomato sauce, chili powder, honey, salt and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Add beans; heat through.

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Crunchy Banana Bread

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Crunchy Banana Bread

I usually make my banana bread the same way every time! This time I was craving a little extra crunch so I decided to add Trader Joes Super Seed and Ancient Grain Blend! I was so surprised by how great the bread tasted with a little crunch on the top. Plus, its a great way to add in some nutrients!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 to 3 very ripe bananas, peeled

  • 1/3 cup melted butter

  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda

  • Pinch of salt

  • 3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup if you would like it less sweet, 1 cup if more sweet)

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

METHOD

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4x8-inch loaf pan.

2 In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.

3 Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.

4 Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle Grain blend on top of batter. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F (175°C), or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

5 Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then remove the banana bread from the pan and let cool completely before serving. Slice and serve. (A bread knife helps to make slices that aren't crumbly.)

Recipe from Simply Recipes.

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Sausage and Mushroom Quiche

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Sausage and Mushroom Quiche

Oh man! You know I love a good quiche. I tried out a new recipe and modified it to make it, in my opinion, even better!

ingredients

  • 5 eggs

  • 1/2 tsp of thyme

  • Pepper

  • Salt

  • Two andouille sausage links

  • Probably about half a cup of chopped mushrooms

  • Half a small onion diced

Instructions

  • Sauté the diced onion until light brown. Add the sausage and then the mushrooms. Remove from heat when sausage is done. Dump the seasoning in. In a separate bowl, whisk 3/4 cup of milk and 1.5 tablespoons of flour. Add in 5 eggs and beat until well blended. Add cheese to the bottom of the crust and then add some into the egg mixture. Add the sausage mixture into the egg mix and then pour over cheese in pie crust. Bake on 400 for 45. FEAST

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Holiday Cocktail & Appetizer

Holiday Cocktail & Appetizer

Oh man, I sure do love the holidays and all the fun things we can make! #sponsored

I tried out a delicious new recipe from Corks & Cheers and I just HAVE to share it with you.

First things first, you gotta prep your appetizer. Mainly so you have something to munch on while you are whipping up your new favorite cocktail.

Ingredients: Almonds, Apricot Preserve, and Manchego Cheese. Slice the cheese and spread the preserves on top and then place almonds on top. You have yourself a fancy little dish that took you no more than five minutes. #yourewelcome

Now, on to the fun stuff! Blackberry Mint Cocktails!

Ingredients:

  • 8tbsp Blackberry-mint muddle

  • Ogio Prosecco

  • garnish

  • 4 blackberries

  • 4 mint sprigs

  • 4 1/4 limes

  • 4 toothpicks

Blackberry-mint muddle:

  • 1 cup of blckberries

  • 6 mint leaves

  • 1 tbsp of sugar

  • 1/4 cup of Cherry 7UP

  • 1 lime, juiced

Method:

Muddle together all the ingredients at the bottom of a mixing glass. Divide 2 tbsp each between serving glasses. Then add the muddle to the bottom of glass, add ice. Top with Ogio Prosecco, stir and garnish with a blackberry, lime and mint!

What are your favorite things to make for the holidays? Comment and let me know!

Easy Spinach & Tomato Flat Bread

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Easy Spinach & Tomato Flat Bread

Looking for something quick and easy to make for dinner or for guests? This gluten free flat bread is so easy and a guaranteed hit!.

  • 1 Cauliflower Crust

  • One Large Tomato

  • Handfull of spinach

  • Garlic Salt

  • Pepper

  • Mozzarella

Prepare crust as package describes and then add tomato, spinach, seasonings and then cheese. Bake for 10 minutes and DEVOUR!

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Honey Sriracha Chicken

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Honey Sriracha Chicken

Are you a fan of sweet and spicy? SAME. This quickie marinade is now my go to for anything chicken. This time I tried it out on Chicken thighs!

  • 2 tablespoons of honey

  • 2 tablespoons of Sriracha (less if you want less spice)

  • 2 teaspoons of soy sauce

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • 1 tsp garlic salt

  • 1tsp onion salt

  • a dash of seasoning salt

  • a little water if it needs to be thinned out.

Whisk ingredients together until a barbecue like texture forms. Add water if needed. I recommend marinading over night if you can but if not, take your chicken of choice (I used thighs) and coat it throughly in the sauce. Drop it in a hot pan with some olive oil over medium heat and cook until done. Serve with…ANYTHING.

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Gluten Free Fig & Prosciutto Flat Bread

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Gluten Free Fig & Prosciutto Flat Bread

Looking for something quick and easy to make for yourself or for company? This flatbread is my new go to!

  • One cauliflower crust (make your own or grab one from trader joes!)

  • 3-5 fresh figs

  • one bag of arugula

  • one package of prosciutto

  • Olive oil or balsamic vinegar

  • Goat Cheese

Prepare cauliflower crust according to package instructions. Layer crust with goat cheese and prosciutto and bake for 5 minutes on 350. Add arugula, oil or vinegar, and sliced fresh figs on top. Serve immediately!

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Loaded Avocado Toast

Loaded Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is one of the easiest breakfast dishes you can make! I found a way to get some extra veggies in and still maintain the ease and the flavor.

  • One slice of bread

  • Half a ripe avocado

  • Mushrooms

  • Tomatoes

  • Spinach

  • One scrambled egg

  • Sriracha

Toast the bread and spread the avocado on the toast. Top with scrambled eggs. Cut up tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms and sautéed briefly in olive oil with salt and pepper, onion salt, a little garlic and whatever else you want! Cayenne pepper may be nice too ;) Add to the top of the scrambled egg and then FEAST. Add some sriracha on top if you want some spice!

Sweet Potato Wedges

Sweet Potato Wedges

Cut one whole sweet potato into wedges. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder and a little seasoning salt. Drizzle with olive oil and bake on 400 for 20 minutes. If you want an extra crunch- broil for a few but watch them closely!

Sprinkle parsley on top and serve with a sriracha and ketchup combo!

Sweetgreen

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Sweetgreen

Like everyone else who has ever tried it, I am obsessed with sweetgreen. They have sponsored an event of mine, welcomed me into their community and their food is truly SO good. I use their app pretty often to grab a quick lunch on the go.

 

If you download the app you will get $3 to spend! (and then I get $3 too and everyone wins!)

 

Happy feasting!

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Lemon Herb Chicken

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Lemon Herb Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Thighs
  • Brown Rice
  • One Lemon
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion salt
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Trader Joes Seasoning Salt 
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of flour (optional)

 

Instructions

  • Season chicken with garlic powder, onion salt, salt, pepper, and seasoning salt to your liking. I forgot to measure so let the holy spirit guide you ;). Add chicken to a skillet with olive oil on medium heat for about 10-12 minutes. Add lemons when thighs are almost done and let simmer on low heat for an additional few minutes. Prepare brown rice according to the package. If you would like to thicken sauce, remove chicken thighs, and 1-2tablespoons of sauce and place it into a bowl. Mix with flour and then add back to sauce with a whisk. This will thicken the sauce. Serve chicken over rice and FEAST!

 

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Easy Breakfast Bagel

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Easy Breakfast Bagel

This easy breakfast bagel makes for a hearty breakfast treat!

 

Ingredients

  • One bagel- toasted 
  • one tablespoon of cream cheese
  • one slice of a large tomato
  • half a ripe avocado
  • one fried egg (seasoned with salt, pepper, and onion powder)
  • Meat of your choice!

Toast your bagel and load it up with these goodies and FEAST. I loved how full it kept me throughout the day and also just how amazing it was. I called my sister halfway through just so she could know how amazing it was. 

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Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce

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Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce

Dairy and I do not get along. But recently I was craving Chicken alfredo and realized I could make some with Cauliflower!

 

I based my recipe on this one from a Pinch of Yum and varied it based on what I had in the kitchen!

  • 1 Tbsp of Garlic Powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5-6 cups cauliflower florets
  • 6-7 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup milk (more to taste)

I sautéed the cauliflower florets in the olive oil and the garlic powder, salt, pepper, and onion salt and added them into boiling water for one minute. Then I added the the milk, one cup of water, and the cauliflower to a blender. I blended until creamy and served with sautéed chicken, broccoli and whole wheat noodles. BOWL LICKIN' GOOD!

Have you tried a vegan alfredo sauce before? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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Brown Sugar Pork Tacos

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Brown Sugar Pork Tacos

Ingredients

  • 2 Corn tortillas
  • one porkchop
  • one half of an avocado
  • 2 teaspoons of brownsugar
  • 1 table spoon of olive oil or avocado oil
  • Half of a large sweet potato (diced)
  • One small handful of Kale

 

Season pork chop with seasoning salt, salt, pepper and garlic power. cook and then sauté in olive oil and brown sugar. (you can combine these steps but I just used leftover pork chops!) Remove cooked pork and swap out with diced sweet potatoes and cook until potatoes are soft. Add in kale until kale gets greener. Place contents in a warm corn tortilla and top with avocado. 

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Pink Smoothie Bowl

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Pink Smoothie Bowl

I love a good smoothie bowl. And I also love anything sugar and dairy free.

Ingredients

  • One frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk
  • 1 scoop of protein (vanilla or flavorless)

Blend on low until smooth but thick. Pour into a bowl and top with fruit of your choice. I used sliced bananas, a spoonful of sunflower seed butter, Chicago seeds, flax seeds and sliced almonds. 

 

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Black Bean Breakfast Tacos

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Black Bean Breakfast Tacos

I have finally begun to like begins. Well, Like is a stretch but I less than hate them. I had some left over from another recipe and am trying to stop wasting food! So I made some tacos!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 corn tortillas
  • One half a chicken breast OR one boneless chicken thigh
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of black beans
  • small handful of fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup of diced tomatoes 
  • 1 Tablespoon of diced onions
  • 1 table spoon of avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder

Instructions

  • Warm tortillas
  • Saute onions in a skillet and then add seasoned chicken chicken.
  • When chicken is almost done, add diced tomatoes and beans. You are welcome to do everything separately or all together.
  • Add spinach until wilted and dump in taco shells
  • Drizzle with sriracha and devour! 

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Sunflower Seed Butter Toast

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Sunflower Seed Butter Toast

I recently became obsessed with sunflower seed butter! I, naturally, needed to make some toast with it so here is my favorite recipe so far!

 

  • Sliced Bread of your Choice slightly toasted
  • 2 tsp of sunflower seed butter
  • Raw Sunflower seeds
  • Sliced almonds
  • 1sp of Organic Honey
  • 1/2 tsp of hemp seeds

Toast bread and then top with sliced apples! Spring with raw sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and sliced almonds. Drizzle with honey and devour.

 

Fun fact: Sunflower seed butter is a great alternative to peanut butter with lots of protein! 

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