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Fresh Acorn Squash Crostini

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This is a real treat and so simple to make. It takes less than 40 minutes in total to prepare and cook. I found it on AppetizerGirl.com and adapted the recipe to suit.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of good-quality crusty bread, cut into slices
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 package thick-cut bacon, cut into 1″ pieces and cooked until golden brown
  • 1½ cups good-quality ricotta
  • 1 bunch sage leaves
  • Honey
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Cut acorn squash in half and remove seeds and stringy guts. Place cut side of acorn squash down and slice into ½”-1″ strips. Carefully use a pairing knife to cut away the peel of the squash on each strip and then slice into bite-size pieces.
  2. Drizzle squash with about 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season generously with Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Spread in an even layer on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and roast until completely tender and easily pierced with a knife, about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat just enough olive oil to generously coat the bottom of a small fry pan over medium heat. Once hot, fry sage leaves in batches (about 6 to 8 at a time) for about 5-7 seconds and immediately remove using a fork or spider to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and set aside until ready to assemble crostini.
  4. Toast bread slices in oven or on grill/grill pan until a little crispy. Top crostini with a spoonful of ricotta, a few pieces of roasted acorn squash and bacon, drizzle with just a touch of honey, and top with a fried sage leaf.
  5. Devour immediately.

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Grapefruit & Thyme Glazed Root Vegetables with Coconut Oil

Grapefruit & Thyme Glazed Root Vegetables with Coconut Oil Photo Credit: forageddish
Grapefruit & Thyme Glazed Root Vegetables with Coconut Oil Photo Credit: forageddish

Grapefruit & Thyme Glazed Root Vegetables with Coconut Oil

Sweet potato, golden beet and carrots glazed with a grapefruit and thyme glaze and cooked to perfection. If you are vegan than this recipe is for you.

I love anything that is healthy is easy to make and tastes good, not to mention looks good.

Adapted from: forageddish

Ingredients

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 large carrots

1 golden beet

1 medium sweet potato

1 grapefruit

1 garlic clove

2 tablespoons fresh thyme, leaves only

Salt to taste

Method

1. Heat coconut oil over medium to low heat in a medium-sized skillet. Mince garlic, and once the oil is hot, add it to the pan.

2. Chop the vegetables (carrots, beets, and potatoes) into equally sized cubes, about 1/2 in by 1/2 inch. Toss them in the skillet.

3. Cook slowly, stirring on occasion, as to cook the vegetables evenly. Once potatoes are cooked through, squeeze juice from the grapefruit over the vegetables (picking out any grapefruit seeds as you do). Continue to cook, stirring every so often, until the liquid is mostly evaporated and all of the vegetables are well coated. Add in the thyme leaves, and season with salt to taste.

4. Serve warm, garnish with an extra spring of thyme.

Grapefruit & Thyme Glazed Root Vegetables with Coconut Oil Photo Credit: forageddish
Grapefruit & Thyme Glazed Root Vegetables with Coconut Oil Photo Credit: forageddish

Cream of Mushroom Soup With Chicken Broth In 15 Minutes

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An easy Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe that will make mushroom-lovers happy, especially the ones doing the cooking since it only takes 15 minutes to make. To have this soup ready in under 15 minutes, first read through the recipe. As you read gather together all of the ingredients and all of the tools, pots, pans, etc. that you will need so that everything is at your fingertips. There is no need to prep any of the ingredients though. All prep is part of the instructions and is counted in the 15 minute time.

Serves: 4-6
Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3.5 oz. shiitake mushrooms
  • 16 oz. sliced cremini (baby bella) mushrooms (buy them already sliced)
  • 6 cups low or no-sodium vegetable or chicken broth, divided
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. coarse black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
  • ¼ tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Put a large skillet over medium heat and add the butter and olive oil. Chop the onion and add it to the pot. Stir. De-stem the shiitake mushrooms. Discard stems and slice the caps. Put slices and the cremini mushrooms into the skillet. Increase heat to high. Stir occasionally until wilted and browned in places.
  2. Meanwhile, pour 5 cups of the broth into a large pot or Dutch oven. Put it on high heat. Add the salt and pepper. Cover.
  3. Mince the garlic cloves. Measure the flour and remaining 1 cup of broth into a mason jar. Put on the lid tightly and shake it really really well. Add the minced garlic to the mushrooms and stir. Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the flour mixture and stir well.
  4. Once the broth has reached a simmer remove it from the heat. Stir in the evaporated milk and then the mushroom and flour mixture. Return to heat just until it reaches a simmer. Remove from heat. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce. Pulse with an immersion blender* until most of the mushrooms are in small pieces (I like to leave some big pieces though). Serve.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Notes
*If you don’t have an immersion blender, transfer about ¾ of the mushrooms along with about half of the broth (or however much fits) into a blender or food processor. Blend until mushrooms are in small pieces. Return it to the soup pot and stir.

Roasted Garlic Bread with Smoked Black Pepper Cheddar Cheese

Roasted Garlic Bread with Smoked Black Pepper Cheddar Cheese - Photo Credit: lifesambrosia
Roasted Garlic Bread with Smoked Black Pepper Cheddar Cheese – Photo Credit: lifesambrosia

Roasted Garlic Bread with Smoked Black Pepper Cheddar Cheese

A very satisfying Roasted Garlic Bread smothered with a Smoked Black Pepper Cheddar Cheese and baked to perfection!
Serves 4
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hr

Ingredients:

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded Tillamook Smoked Black Pepper White Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 loaf of french bread (1 loaf cut in 1/2 lengthwise)
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the top 1/4 inch off the garlic, place garlic on a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle lightly with salt, wrap in aluminum foil and cook for 40 – 45 minutes or until cloves are browned and soft. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before using a fork to remove each clove.
  3. Combine roasted garlic, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and mayonnaise together in a bowl.
  4. Spread mixture over the bread. Bake in preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
Roasted Garlic Bread with Smoked Black Pepper Cheddar Cheese - Photo Credit: lifesambrosia
Roasted Garlic Bread with Smoked Black Pepper Cheddar Cheese – Photo Credit: lifesambrosia

Southern Cauliflower Tots with Cheddar Cheese

Cauliflower Tots
Cauliflower Tots – Photo Credit: kirbiecravings

Southern Cauliflower Tots with Cheddar Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups finely chopped cooked cauliflower (approximately 1 head of cauliflower)
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned panko bread crumbs (make sure you used seasoned, otherwise you’ll need to add other flavoring to these)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

1. To prepare the cauliflower, first boil florets until soft. Then either finely chop with a knife, or pulse a few times in a food processor until it resembles large course crumbs, like photo above.

2. Add the 3 cups of chopped cauliflower, breadcrumbs, cheese and eggs into a large mixing bowl. Mix with a large spoon until everything is combined.

3. Preheat oven to 400F. While oven is preheating, shape cauliflower mixture to form small cylinders, the size of tater tots (about 1 inch long). Make sure to first press the mixture together firmly between your palms before shaping, so that the ingredients hold together. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

4. Bake for about 15 minutes. Bottom of tots should be brown. Flip tots over and bake for another 10 minutes. If your tots are larger, you may need to bake longer so that they are crispy. Serve with ketchup or other dipping sauce.

Cauliflower Tots - Photo Credit: kirbiecravings
Cauliflower Tots – Photo Credit: kirbiecravings

Grilled Chicken Egg Rolls with Avocado Ranch Dressing

Southwestern Egg Rolls with Avocado Ranch Dressing - Photo Credit: all-thats-jas
Southwestern Egg Rolls with Avocado Ranch Dressing – Photo Credit: all-thats-jas

Grilled Chicken Egg Rolls with Avocado Ranch Dressing

A delicious egg roll with grilled chicken and fresh mushrooms smothered in a tasty avocado ranch dressing made with Greek yogurt, sour cream and green onions. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 1 grilled Chicken Breast
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 cup canned Corn kernels
  • 1 cup canned Black Beans
  • 1 cup fresh Spinach (or ½ cup frozen)
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper
  • 2 Green Onions
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1 cup Mushrooms (for vegetarian version)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, Parsley, Salt and Black Pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 package Tortillas (you’ll get more rolls with the smaller size tortillas)
  • ½ cup Oil, divided

Avocado Ranch Dressing:

  • 1 Avocado
  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • ½ cup Mayo
  • 2 tablespoons Greek Yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Vinegar
  • 1 Tomato
  • 2 Green Onions
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Dill
Southwestern Egg Rolls with Avocado Ranch Dressing - Photo Credit: all-thats-jas
Southwestern Egg Rolls with Avocado Ranch Dressing – Photo Credit: all-thats-jas

Directions

  1. Get started on your chicken if you’re going to use it. While the chicken is grilling, baking or cooking -whichever way you decide to make it – dice all your veggies for filling, except corn and beans of course.
  2. In a large skillet heat two tablespoons oil. Add the onions, garlic, jalapeno and red pepper. Cook and stir on medium-high heat until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in chopped chicken breast, corn, beans, spinach and spices. Simmer 10 minutes longer. Mix in shredded mozzarella and stir until cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. At this point, if you like it extra spicy, you can sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes to add heat.
  4. Place 3-4 tortillas on the microwave safe plate. Microwave on high for about 20 seconds or until warm and pliable. Spoon even amounts of the mixture into each tortilla.
  5. Fold ends of tortillas and then roll tightly around mixture. Secure with toothpicks. Repeat with remaining tortillas until the vegetable mixture is used up.
  6. Arrange rolls in a medium dish and cover. Refrigerate overnight or freeze for at least one hour. Remove toothpicks before frying!
  7. In a large, deep skillet, heat remaining oil for frying. I prefer non-fried food, but I don’t think these would get crispy if I baked them in the oven. Fry tortillas 10 minutes or until golden brown, turning once or twice. Drain on paper towels before serving.
  8. To make the dressing, in a medium size bowl mash the avocado with fork. Mix in sour cream, yogurt, mayo and vinegar. Season with salt and dill. Add chopped tomato and chopped green onions. Stir gently to combine. Serve with egg rolls.

Wild Garlic Bruschetta with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Wild Garlic Bruschetta with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese - Photo Credit: sprinkleofcinnamon
Wild Garlic Bruschetta with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese – Photo Credit: sprinkleofcinnamon

Wild Garlic Bruschetta with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Serving Size: 6 medium bruschettas

Ingredients

  • 6 medium slices of ciabatta
  • 3 large onions (white or read)
  • 250g of wild garlic
  • 100g goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Peal the onions and cut them in half. Place them cut side down on the cutting board and slice each half lengthwise on thin slices.
  2. Heat the pan on a medium low heat, coat the bottom with olive oil (about 3 table spoons) add onions and stir, spread them evenly over the pan. Sprinkle with salt and let them cook for about 20 minutes on medium low heat stirring occasionally. Lower the heat if needed to prevent them from burning or drying out. If onions become too dry add a couple tea spoons of water.
  3. Add sugar and balsamic vinegar to start the caramelization process. Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes till onions become sticky and brown. Leave to cool.
  4. Wash wild garlic and cut into smaller pieces. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over medium heat, add wild garlic and a pinch of salt, cook for a couple of minutes, stir the leaves until they are wilted. Remove from the heat.
  5. Toast slices of bread till crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. You can also put them in the preheated oven for a couple of minutes.
  6. Place toasted bread onto a board drip with olive oil top with wild garlic than add caramelized onions and sprinkle with goat cheese.
Wild Garlic Bruschetta with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese - Photo Credit: sprinkleofcinnamon
Wild Garlic Bruschetta with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese – Photo Credit: sprinkleofcinnamon