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Friday, August 11, 2017

Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi

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The title itself is a mouthful to say but that's nothing compared to the mouthwatering taste you'll get from this shrimp scampi. Shrimp sautéed with garlic in butter, white wine, and tossed with red pepper flakes and parsley. You can just taste it already!

Ingredients:

- 2 lb spaghetti squash
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 Tbs butter
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, depending on your desired heat
- 1/3 cup dry white wine (you can also use chicken stock)
- 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 4 to 6 saffron threads (optional)
- 1/4 cup parsley, chopped, divided

Place squash on a microwaveable plate and place in the oven for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly. Cut the ends off of the squash and cut in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and place squash back on the place, skin side up. Add 2 tablespoons of water to the plate and return it to the microwave for another 5 minutes. Remove, let cool slightly and gently scrape and separate the spaghetti squash strings with a fork. Place squash in a bowl, add parmesan cheese and combine. Cover and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add butter. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, and sauté 1 minute. Add the wine and tomatoes. Once the wine starts bubbling, add the shrimp. Cook the shrimp about 2 minutes on each side. Add the lemon juice and saffron (optional) and 2 tablespoons of the parsley. Spoon shrimp mixture over spaghetti squash and garnish with remaining parsley. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"Change nothing, and nothing changes." - Anonymous

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ham and Spinach Stuffed Manicotti

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Who doesn't love a pasta noodle filled with cheese? I bet not a lot of you have your hands up. This manicotti, stuffed with mozzarella, ham, and spinach are for those special days you get to enjoy a few more calories. Easy to make with a fantastic taste. That's what my food blog is all about! :) 

Ingredients:

- 4 oz. manicotti noodles (half of an 8 oz. box)
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 green onions, diced
- 5 oz. ham, chopped small
- 2 cup packed fresh spinach, chopped 
- 3 Tbs flour
- 2 cups 1% or 2% milk
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 2 Tbs grated parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste, optional
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup pizza sauce
- basil to garnish, optional

Cook manicotti noodles according to directions. Drain and set aside. 

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onions and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add ham and spinach. Cook until spinach starts to wilt. Add flour and coat ham mixture thoroughly with flour by stirring constantly. Pour in milk, 1 cup mozzarella, and parmesan. Stir until sauce begins to thicken. Add salt and pepper to taste if desired.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pipe ham and spinach mixture into each manicotti. Lay each filled manicotti in a baking dish, in a single layer. Top with pizza sauce and additional 1/2 cup mozzarella. Bake for 20 minutes and switch settings to broil. Broil for 5 minutes or until the cheese turns a beautiful golden brown. Remove from oven, garnish with basil, and enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"One day or day one, you decide." - Anonymous


BBQ Chicken Wings

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Another flavorful recipe that's as easy as 1, 2, 3 with my new Instant Pot

Ingredients:

- 2 lbs chicken wings
- 1 cup water
- favorite barbecue sauce

Add one cup of water to your Instant Pot. Place a steamer basket inside of the pot and add chicken wings. Select "Manual" and cook at high pressure for 5 minutes. When it's done, select cancel and use a natural release to allow steam to escape. Remove chicken wings and pat dry with a paper towel. 

Set oven temperature to 450 degrees. Cover wings in your favorite homemade or store-bought BBQ sauce. Line chicken wings in a single layer on baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and enjoy these amazing finger-licking chicken wings! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"We accept the love we think we deserve." - Anonymous