Dinner · InstaPot · PASTA · SeaFood · Side Dishes

Butternut Squash & kale Risotto with herbed shrimp

You’ll need:

1 lbs bag uncooked shrimp (thawed)

1 cups Arborio rice

3 cups vegetable or chicken stock

1 cups cubed butternut squash

3 cups uncooked kale

6 garlic cloves minced

(3 for shrimp 3 for risotto)

1 large yellow sweet onion diced

(Half for risotto half for shrimp)

1/2 cup white wine

Salt/pepper to taste

Parsley for garnishing

Lemon for freshness

First you need to thaw your shrimp and set aside. I cooked my risotto in my pressure cooker this time and it turns out great. So first chop and mince all veggies. Then in pot add diced squash, chopped kale, chicken or veggie stock, and rice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. In a skillet add olive oil to bottom of pan and add half the chopped onion and half the garlic and began to sauté until tender. Then add to pot also! Then place lid on pressure cooker and set time for 22 minutes. While that is cooking, in same sauté pan add a little more olive oil and 2 tbsp butter. Add in remaining onions and garlic and began to sauté. Then pour in shrimp and sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika, oregano and basil. (I like a little heat so I sprinkled in cayenne pepper also) mix well, pour in wine and cook shrimp until all is pink and cooked through, about 3-5 minutes. That’s is the shrimp is done!

To assemble in a large bowl pour risotto on bottom layer then add shrimp to top. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and place a few lemon slices on side of bowl for serving. I served green beans with his dish so just simple cut ends of beans off, steam for a few minutes in pan and add a little butter and Parmesan cheese! Enjoy!!!

Dinner · Lunch · Meat · PASTA

Italian Subs

Ingredients:

1 lb Italian sausage

1 lb ground beef
1 egg
1 cup Panko
3 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 lb mozzarella cheese shredded
2 240z jars marinara sauce (your choice brand)
8-10 rolls or hoagie buns your choice

(Freeze half the meatballs and sauce and reheat for a later date) 

Place everything into a large bowl and mix well. Very well so that everything is one color.
Line a baking sheet with foil and turn oven to broil setting.
Roll meat into 2 inch balls and place onto pan.
Brown in oven for 3-4 minutes on each side until they are firm and dont fall apart when rolled. 

Dinner · low carb · Low Carb Dish · Lunch · Salads & Blossom Bowls

Greek Salad

You’ll need:
1 16oz can chick peas (if making own hummus)
or
1 container pre-made hummus
1 24oz greek yogurt
1 lemon
fresh dill (bunch)
1 pack cherry tomatoes
1 jar kalmata olives
Feta cheese
red onion
1 English cucumber
2 cups orzo pasta (uncooked)
1 head Romain lettuce
1 pack pita bread wheat
(I tbsp oregano, 1 tsp garlic salt, pepper, 1 tsp dried dill) 

Salad:
Chop Romain lettuce and place in bowl.
Slice red onion in half and then into thin slices.
Slice cherry tomatoes in half.
Chop cucumber in half lengthwise and then chop into slices.
Place Romain in bowl then top with all veggies, feta cheese and olives. 

Cut pita bread into small bit size triangle pieces. 

Greek Yogurt:
2 cups greek yogurt
1 lemon squeezed
4 tbsp fresh dill chopped
1 tbsp garlic salt
(2 tsp fresh minced garlic, optional this can be potent) 

To serve:
Serve beef, salad, pita bread, hummus and greek yogurt. Dip pita bread and enjoy salad with an italian dressing. 

Chicken · Dinner

Turkey Pot pie with cheesy biscuits

You’ll need:
3 cups diced turkey
1 medium onion diced
1 cup green beans cut in thirds
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced carrots
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup flour
3 cup chicken stock
2 cups milk
For drop biscuits:
2 cups flour
2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp parsley flakes
1/2 cup chilled butter
1 1/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

First in a Dutch oven heat pan then drizzle pan with olive oil. Chop all veggies then add in the onions, carrots and celery and sauté until onions are tender and other veggies began to soften. (About 5 minutes) Then Add the flour and stir into veggies, slowly add in the chicken stock and stir. Bring to a boil. Then add in the green beans, turkey and milk bring back to a boil and let boil until sauce has thickened. While sauce is thickening mix the dry ingredients first in a bowl to make biscuits. Then add in chilled butter and cut into dry ingredients until form a crumbling dough, then add in milk and stir. Then add in 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Once the dough is formed and sauce is thick remove from heat and drop biscuits on top of sauce. Heat oven to 375 and bake for 30 minutes with lid on. Then remove lid and bake until biscuits are browned on top. Serve hot and enjoy!
Appetizers · Low Carb Dish · Low Carb treats · Lunch · Salads & Blossom Bowls · SeaFood · Side Dishes · Veggies

Crab stuffed tomatoes

You’ll need:
12- 2 inch tomatoes
3 cups imitation crab
1/2 cup miracle whip
1 cup minced celery
1/2 medium red onion diced small
2 tbsp chopped chives
2 tbsp fresh dill chopped
1 tsp dry dill
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Pinch of pepper

In a mixing bowl add the crab and shreds with fingers until they are in small shreds. Then add the rest of ingredients and mix until everything is mixed evenly and is a nice creamy texture. Taste and add more salt if needed. Then cut tops off the tomatoes and spoon out the guts. Fill the tomato and then top with a little sprig of fresh dill! That’s it enjoy! They are so hard to stop eating!

Dinner · Lunch · Side Dishes

Wild rice hotdish

You’ll need:
2 cups wild rice
1 lb hamburger
1 yellow onion diced
1 cup celery diced
1 15oz can cream of celery
1 15oz can cream of mushroom
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sour cream
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 cups water
1 tsp garlic salt

First cook rice either in insta pot in rice setting with 2 cups water & 2 cups chicken stock (you can use all water for lower sodium intake) or cook on stove top bring to a boil then lower to low and cover until rice has observed all the liquid. Meanwhile in a sauté pan brown burger and drain grease. Add in the diced onion and celery. Sauté for a few minutes until onions are soft and celery has started to soften. The. Add in the cream of celery and mushroom. Add in heavy cream, 1/2 cup chicken stock and sour cream. Bring to a boil and the. Stir in medium heat until thickens. Once rice is tender drain any remaining liquid of any. (There shouldn’t be though) the. Add rice to a 9 by 13 inch pan and pour sauce and meat over top mix mix well then cover with foil and bake in oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes remove and enjoy!!!
Side Dishes

Creamy mashed potatoes

You’ll need:
10 pounds potatoes
2 cups 2% milk or heavy cream
3 sticks butter
1 cup sour cream
2 tbsp garlic salt

First peel potatoes and wash them. Slice in half length wise and place I to a pot filled with water so all potatoes are covered. Then bring to a boil and boil until fork tender, not falling apart. About 12-15 minutes for larger potatoes. The. Drain and place back into kettle. Have all ingredients ready to go. Soften 2 sticks of butter and add to pot along with 1 cup milk and 1/3 cup sour cream. With a mixer mix until it starts to form. Then add in the other cup of milk and the sour cream blend again until creamy. If you need a little more milk add in little increments until smooth. Taste and add another half a tsp in garlic salt if needed. Then place into a baking pan and spread even. Dice the other stick of butter up into pads of butter and place around in top of potatoes. Cover with cling wrap the. Tim foil and freeze. To bake thaw the day before then remove cling wrap. Bake at 350 for an hour or until hot and creamy again. Sprinkle with fresh parsley for garnish!!
Appetizers · Grilling · low carb · Lunch · SeaFood · Uncategorized · Veggies

Herby Pesto

You’ll need:
1 bunch fresh cilantro
2 bunches fresh flat leaf parsley
1 1/2 cup fresh basil
1 cup cherry tomatoes
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp water

Throw everything into a a food processor or blender and blend. It should be well blended and a little smooth. If it is t add a little more olive oil and water as needed until becomes a nice consistency. Top into fish or chicken or eat as a side on veggies or crackers! So yummy!!!
Dinner · Lunch · Soups

Black Bean & Butternut Squash Soup

You’ll need:
1 medium whiter yellow onion chopped
3 garlic cloves minced
2 green onions chopped
1 bell pepper diced
2 cups butter nut squash diced into 1/2 inch cubes
1 -15oz can black beans drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp thyme
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 kup chopped kale
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 pinch allspice (if you don’t have that okay, but it adds just a little extra warmth to soup)
olive oil
1 cup brown rice cooked
1 avocado for topping (if you would like) 

In dutch oven drizzle with olive oil and heat. Add in chopped onions and bell peppers and cook until tender. Then add in garlic and green onions and cook another minutes to soften garlic. Add in the squash, black beans, seasonings, coconut milk, stock, allspice and cayenne pepper. Stir and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally so it doesn’t burn. Then stir in the kale and simmer another 5-7 minutes until kale is wilted. Serve over brown rice and slice avocado over top for extra creaminess! Enjoy 

Chicken · Dinner · Lunch · Salads & Blossom Bowls

Burrito Bowl

2 chicken breast diced into 1 inch cubes
1 small yellow onion diced
1 cup uncooked rice
1- 14.5 can diced tomatoes, drained
1- 15oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 cups shredded cheese
salt and pepper 

Toppings:
2 diced roma tomatoes
diced green onions
sour cream
salsa 

Directions:
Dice chicken into 1 inch cubes. In a saute pan began to saute diced onions. Then add chicken and began to brown drizzle a little olive oil on bottom of pan and add a little salt and pepper. You don’t need to cook clear through but began to brown about 4-6 minutes.
Then push to side of pan and add in uncooked rice. Brown for 2 minute. Don’t SKIP this step. This takes out some of the starch content so you dont end up with mooshy rice.
Add in black beans, canned tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic powder, chili powder and cumin.
Bring to a boil. Then cover and simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes or until rice is tender.
Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Chop veggies for topping options and serve with sour cream and salsa.
Enjoy!