Mexican Casserole and Sliced Avocados

You can use either boneless chicken breasts, beans, or other meat substitute for the protein

Ingredients

  • Additional protein: choose from one of the following
    • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • Equivalent mass of cooked chick peas or vegetarian meat substitute
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 4 green onions
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 4-ounce can diced green chilies
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans – rinsed and drained
  • 2 ripe avocados
Continue reading “Mexican Casserole and Sliced Avocados”

Spaghetti Squash, Spinach and Turkey Sausage Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 2 small or 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 4 TB olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup onions, diced
  • 1 cup red peppers, diced
  • 8 oz fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 lb. ground mild Italian turkey sausage, or vegetarian sausage
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • Red pepper flakes, use amount based on desired spice/heat level
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425° and line a large baking sheet with
Continue reading “Spaghetti Squash, Spinach and Turkey Sausage Lasagna”

Pepperoni Pizza Twist

Ingredients

  • 1 package (3.5 ounces) pepperoni slices, diced
  • 1 can (3.24 ounces) pitted, ripe olives, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 2 packages (11 ounces each) refrigerated French bread dough
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning mix
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 3750 F
  2. Dice pepperoni and chop olives and prep the parsley
  3. Combine
Continue reading “Pepperoni Pizza Twist”

Dumplings

A simple recipe for classic dumplings that can be added to any stew or soup that you would like.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Sift flour
  2. Mix together dry ingredients
  3. Mix milk and oil into dry ingredients just enough for them to be combined. Over mixing will make the dumplings dense and tough
  4. Drop tablespoons worth of dough into simmering soup or stew and cook covered for about 10
Continue reading “Dumplings”

Baked Tofu Cubes

This is not as much a recipe for a mean in and of itself, but a recipe for how to prepare tofu cubes for a number of different dishes.

Ingredients

  • N number of packages of extra firm tofu
  • Seasonings of your choice
  • A couple of teaspoons of vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 375 F.
  2. Drain and remove the tofu from its packaging and wrap in a clean kitchen towel. Place under a cutting board to remove
Continue reading “Baked Tofu Cubes”

Snickerdoodle Cookies

My wife made these cookies and they were, by far, the best snickerdoodle cookies I’ve every had. The original recipe can be found here.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture

  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter
Continue reading “Snickerdoodle Cookies”

Fluffy Waffles

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 eggs – separated
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Sift dry ingredients in a bowl
  2. Add egg yolks, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla to dry ingredients – using a mixer, beat thoroughly
  3. Beat egg whites until stiff and gently fold egg whites into batter
  4. For use in waffle iron – Follow manufacturer directions! Makes
Continue reading “Fluffy Waffles”

Black Bean Cupcakes

Makes about 12 cupcakes.

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cups black beans cooked and drained
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted melted butter
  • 1/2 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant cofee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup of chopped dark chocolate

Glaze

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat seep to 350F
  2. In a blender add all at the ingredients
Continue reading “Black Bean Cupcakes”

Sheet Pan Mushroom and Gnocchi

Ingredients

  • 1 pound mixed wild mushrooms
  • 2 medium shallots
  • 1 pound fresh, shelf-stable, or frozen potato gnocchi
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh thyme leaves, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Slice mushrooms, chop shallots
  3. Place mushroom, shallots, and gnocchi in a mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add seasoning and toss to coat oil and seasonings.
  4. Turn out onto baking sheet in an even layer
  5. Roast for about
Continue reading “Sheet Pan Mushroom and Gnocchi”

Apple Pie

A recipe for a double-crust pie. See this post for the pie crust recipe.

  • About 7 or 8 cups of chopped apples (I like to use sweet ones and then I can use less sugar)
  • 1 cup sugar (or 1/2 if you have sweet apples)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, or regular white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup citrus juice (apple, orange, etc).
Continue reading “Apple Pie”