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Tortellini Soup

September 21, 2017

tortellini soup

It’s that time of year for fall cooking!  Yesterday it was overcast and cool most of the day, and I was craving soup.  In looking at what I had in my kitchen, I decided to make Tortellini Soup which I love.  I never met a soup I didn’t like though.  Soups are comfort food to me, and they are easy to make.

tortellini soup

I always have white cannellini beans on hand which is a staple for Italian soups, and I use them often.  Of course, it’s hard to see from the pictures that they are in the soup.

I did not have carrots in the frig, but that is something I normally would put in this soup.  It tastes just as good without them, but if you had them I would definitely add them.  The great thing about soups, is that you can almost throw anything in a soup, and it will taste good.

 

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Tortellini Soup
This Tortellini Soup is easy to make and tastes great!
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20-30 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20-30 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, cook the chopped onions and minced garlic on medium heat with a very small amount of olive oil.
  2. Add the zucchini and herbs, then cook for approximately 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  3. Add broth, diced tomatoes and white cannellini beans and the rest of the spices and stir.
  4. Add the tortellini and kale and cook at low heat covered for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese on top!
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Comfort Food, Dinner, Entrees

Slow Cooked Ribs

July 12, 2017

Slow Cooked Ribs

What do you do when it’s 100 degrees outside and you don’t want to use the grill?  Stay in doors of course!  Cooking at 200 degrees keeps the heat out of your house, and then you get ribs that just fall off the bone.  And what goes better with ribs than potatoes.  I made rosemary sweet potatoes with my ribs last night.

Sweet Potatoes seved with ribs

Sweet potatoes are my favorite because they are not as sweet at yams.  And sweet potatoes stand up well in the over for a longer period of time because they are harder than yams or regular potatoes.  I added a little chili olive oil in addition to the fresh rosemary just to experiment, and it tasted really good.  Usually I will add cayenne pepper to my dry rub, but I skipped it this time since I added some chili olive oil.  I didn’t want the potatoes to be overpowered by the heat.

Slow Cooked Ribs with Sweet Potatoes

My husband was pleasantly surprised when he got home from work and ribs were waiting for him.  Ribs are definitely one of his favorites.  The best thing about slow cooked ribs is that the meat just falls off the bone.  And as ribs go, pork ribs are the best!

 

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Slowed Cooked Ribs
These slow cooked ribs are so easy to make, and they taste so good!
Cuisine American Food
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 4 Hourse
Servings
People
Ingredients
Cuisine American Food
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 4 Hourse
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200.
  2. Take the ribs out of the packaging and pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Place ribs on a cooking sheet.
  4. Mix the sea salt, black pepper, chitpotle pepper, brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, Lowery's salt, and brown sugar in a bowl and mix well.
  5. Rub the mixed spices on both sides and then make sure the bone side is face down when you cook the ribs.
  6. Cut the sweet potatoes in cubes and place in a bowl.
  7. Mix the olive oils, freshly chopped rosemary and salt and pepper.
  8. Place the potatoes on the cooking sheet with the ribs and place in oven. The ribs should take approximately 4 hours. The last hour baste some BBQ sauce on the ribs. Note that the potatoes may be done sooner than the ribs, so make sure you are checking in on the ribs and potatoes every hour.
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Dinner, Entrees, Gluten Free, Healthy Cooking, Low-Carb

Mexican Turkey Meatloaf

June 9, 2017
Mexican Turkey Meatloaf

Mexican Turkey Meatloaf on white plate

I decided to give my normal meatloaf some Mexican flare, so here is my Mexican Turkey Meatloaf recipe I made tonight.  My husband and I tend to like things more spicy, but you can certainly tone down the spice if you want and it will be just as delicious.

Mexican Turkey Meatloaf Mix

They key to a moist meatloaf is to make sure you have enough liquid in it.  I use marinara sauce or ketchup in any type of meatloaf I make.  The marinara sauce did not impact the flavor of the Mexican Turkey Meatloaf in a negative way either.  I experimented, and it all actually worked together.

Mexican Turkey Meatloaf in a pan 2

 

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MEXICAN TURKEY MEATLOAF
This recipe is a nice change from traditional meatloaf that your family will love!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American Food
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Dinner
Cuisine American Food
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl add the ground turkey, marinara sauce or ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and mix with your hands.
  2. Whisk the 2 eggs and pour into the ground turkey mixture, along with the bread crumbs, onions, green peppers, corn and spices. Mix well with your hands.
  3. Preheat oven to 400.
  4. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray to ensure the meat doesn't stick to the bottom and sides while cooking.
  5. Add the ground turkey mixture to the loaf pan and top it off with ketchup or marinara sauce.
  6. Cook in the over for approximately 45 to 55 minutes and let cook at least 5 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

Gluten Free Options:  You can find gluten free bread crumbs at the store, or you can make them yourself.  I have also ground gluten free crackers before and used instead since I always have them on hand.

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