Sausage with Fennel & Peppers

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Another one sheet meal that was healthy and delicious!

Ingredients:

1 fennel bulb, cored and sliced into thin slices

1 red pepper, sliced

1 green pepper, sliced

1/2 c. yellow onion, diced

1 T. garlic, minced

1 T. balsamic vinegar

2 t. Dijon mustard

Olive oil

Red pepper flakes

3/4 lb. cooked Italian sausage, cut into slices

3 T. Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 425.

Combine the fennel, peppers, onion and garlic in a large bowl. In another small bowl, combine 4 t. olive oil, vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir well. Pour this mixture into the vegetable bowl and mix well. Add the sausage and stir to combine. Lay this out on a sheet pan in a single layer.

Roast, covered, for 15 minutes. Uncover and roast for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle evenly with the Parmesan cheese. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes, making sure the vegetables are soft and slightly brown.

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Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower

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This was absolutely delicious. I prepped it a day ahead of time and the flavors melded together wonderfully.

Ingredients:

4 boneless and skinless chicken thighs

Balsamic glaze (from Trader Joe’s)

1 t. Fresh thyme, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets

2 medium shallots, sliced thin

16 Kalamata olives, sliced

1 lemon

Fresh parsley for garnish

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450.

Place the chicken in a Ziploc bag. Season with some salt and pepper. Add the balsamic glaze, thume, and garlic. Mix well and allow to marinate for awhile.

Combine the cauliflower and shallots in a large sheet pan. Toss with 4 t. olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread the vegetables out in a single layer. Bake until the cauliflower starts to brown (about 25 min).

Remove pan from the oven. Toss the vegetables. Clear 4 spaces on the pan. Add the chicken, making sure each piece has contact with the pan. Return the pan to the oven and cook until the chicken is done and the cauliflower are tender (about 20 min).

Remove from the oven. Toss in the olives. Grate some lemon zest over the pan. Squeeze the lemon juice to taste. Toss altogether. Sprinkle parsley over the top.

If you’re following Weight Watchers, this was 6 Smart Points.

 

Italian Chicken Thighs

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This was so delicious – exactly the kind of flavors that I grew up with.

Ingredients:

Chicken pieces – skinned (enough to lay flat in a pan) – boneless would work, too

3 cloves of garlic, minced

Rosemary sprigs

3 T. tomato paste

White wine

Directions:

Dry all the chicken pieces. Heat some oil and butter in a pan. Add the chicken and brown well on all sides, seasoning with salt and pepper.

Pour in a splash of white wine and the tomato paste. Add the garlic and the rosemary. Cover and cook until the chicken is done, turning many times. If the liquid starts to evaporate, add a little water.

Pasta filling

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This is a great filling for raviolis, cannelloni, etc. It’s nice and moist and very tasty.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bag baby spinach

1 egg

1/3 c. beshamel sauce

Grated parmesan cheese

Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

Chop the spinach in a food processor and set aside.

Saute the onion and garlic in some olive oil until tender. Add the meat, spinach, egg, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

Cook until the meat is done. Add in the beschamel sauce and combine well.

Easy Beschamel Sauce

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A lot of people say they have trouble getting a beschamel, but with this method, I’ve never had a problem.

Ingredients:

1 cube butter

1 T. flour

1 c. milk

Salt and pepper to taste

Cheese (optional) – Parmesan, Monterey jack, mozzarella, or anything the melts well

Directions:

Melt the butter slowly in a saucepan. Add the flour and whisk until smooth and incorporated. Cook the sauce on low heat for a few minutes, always whisking.

Add the milk and continue stirring until it begins to thicken. Season with salt and pepper. Voila! Done!

Veggie Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

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This was absolutely delicious and perfect for the pizza oven.

Ingredients:

1/2 red pepper, sliced

1/2 yellow pepper, sliced

1/2 onion, sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 pork tenderloin, butterflied and pounded flat

1 1/2 c. spinach leaves

1/3 c. shredded mozzarella

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Saute the peppers and onions in some olive oil. Add the garlic and cook until the peppers are tender. Season with salt and pepper.

Season the pork tenderloin with salt and pepper on both sides.

Lay the spinach leaves evenly over the pork.

Top with the pepper mixture.

Add the mozzarella cheese.

Roll up the pork tightly. Skewer the roll with toothpicks about 1 1/2 inches apart so the roll will hold its shape.

Slice between the toothpicks to create individual pork rolls.

Heat a pan and place some olive oil. Sear the pork rolls until browned, about 2 minutes per side.

Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until done.

Let the steak rest before removing the toothpicks.

Portuguese Chicken

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This is great cooked in a cast iron skillet.

Ingredients:

2 lb chicken thigh, bone and skin on

4 lemon slices

1 1/2 c. diced zucchini

1/3 c. diced red pepper

Marinade:

1/4 olive oil

3 T. lime juice

1 T. red wine vinegar

3 cloves minced garlic

1/4 t. red pepper flakes

2 t. paprika

1 t. dried thyme

1/2 t. salt

1/4 t. pepper

Directions:

Place all marinade ingredients in a bowl. Mix well until blended. Add the chicken thighs into a large zip loc bag. Add the marinade and mix well. Refrigerated for 2 to 4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400.

Heat a large cast iron pot. Add some olive oil. Remove the chicken from the bag, reserving the marinade. Add the chicken to the hot pan and brown well on both sides.

Add the zucchini and red peppers and arrange them around the chicken. Pour any extra marinade over the chicken and vegetables. Top with the lemon slices.

Place the skillet in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken registers 165.

Remove and serve!