Windy City Crescent Rolls

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2 tubes Pillsbury (or whatever brand) crescent rolls, 8 ct
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
4 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
3 oz fresh baby spinach (about half of a pre-washed bag), chopped
2 oz black olives, finely diced (*this ingredient is optional)
1 egg white, beaten
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
dash salt and pepper






Preheat oven to 350. Begin by chopping the spinach and olives and putting them in a large mixing bowl. Add the feta, mozzarella, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Toss thoroughly and set bowl aside.


Unroll the crescent dough and divide into triangles. Using a spoon, place tiny heaps of spinach mixture on the wide part of the dough triangle.


Roll them up! (Thanks to my mother-in-law for this demonstration. Hi Rita!)


Place on a greased cookie sheet. Before putting them in the oven lightly brush each roll with the egg white. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.



Toasted Breakfast Bagel Sandwich

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4 slices of prosciutto
1/4 cup vinegar
2 large organic eggs
1 tbsp. butter
1 cup fresh arugula
2 bagels, cut in half and toasted
sea salt and cracked pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil to drizzle






Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Line a muffin tin cup with two overlapping prosciutto slices. Place in the oven and bake for 12-15, or until crispy.

While the prosciutto is baking, bring a medium pot of water to a boil and stir in the vinegar. Crack one egg at a time into a small bowl and gentle slide the egg into the water. Repeat with the other egg.

Allow the eggs to cook for about 3 minutes and until the whites are set. The yolk should still be runny. Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs and set them on a tea towel to drain of excess water. Do the same with the second egg.

Toast the bagel halves and place on a plate. Top with a handful of fresh arugula and the prosciutto cup. Place the poached egg over top and season with sea salt and pepper and drizzle with your best extra-virgin olive oil.

Chicken Salad with Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato

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3 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
5 slices bacon
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
12 leaves romaine lettuce
1 avocado – peeled, seeded and sliced






Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside to cool.

Prepare the dressing by mixing together the mayonnaise, parsley, green onions, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

In a medium bowl, stir together the chicken breast, tomatoes and bacon. Pour dressing over chicken mixture and toss well to coat. Refrigerate until chilled; serve over lettuce leaves and garnish with avocado slices.

Cheesy Chicken Poblano Chowder

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3 poblano peppers
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 (32 ounce) cartons chicken broth
2 cups diced roasted chicken breast
2 (11 ounce) cans whole kernel corn with peppers
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups tortilla chips, for topping






Preheat the oven’s broiler and set the oven rack at about 6 inches from the heat source. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Cut the peppers in half from top to bottom; remove the stem, seeds, and ribs, then place the peppers cut-side-down onto the prepared baking sheet.
Cook under the preheated broiler until the skin of the peppers has blackened and blistered, about 5 minutes. Place the blackened peppers into a bowl, and tightly seal with plastic wrap. Allow the peppers to steam as they cool, about 20 minutes. Once cool, remove the skins and discard. Dice the roasted peppers.
While the peppers are cooling, melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, and stir until the mixture becomes paste-like and light golden brown, about 5 minutes. Gradually whisk the chicken broth into the flour mixture, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook and stir until the mixture is thick and smooth, about 10 minutes.
Stir in the diced peppers, diced chicken, corn, black beans, Cheddar cheese, and pepper jack cheese. Season with cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer, and simmer until the cheese has melted and the soup is hot, about 10 minutes. Serve sprinkled with tortilla chips.




Tortilla Roll-Ups

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flour tortillas ( corn if you want to make a gluten – free version)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
1 Chopped Jalapenos ( seeded)
2 teaspoons chopped green onion
1/2 diced green pepper
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1.5 Teaspoons of pepper
12 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1 Tablespoon of finely chopped cilantro
1 Teaspoon of lime juice and plenty of zest
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil


1. Heat oil in a pan and add green pepper, Jalapenos , and salt. Cook till tender about 10 minutes

2. In a medium-sized bowl mix – cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, onion powder, green onions, garlic powder, pepper, cilantro, lime juice; sauteed green peppers and sauteed Jalapenos.

3. Heat of the tortilla in the microwave ( just 30 seconds) it makes it easier to wrap.

4. Place a “healthy” amount of mixture on a tortilla – and spread.

5. Roll and Set aside. Keep repeating steps 4 and 5 till you run out of tortillas or mixture

6. Place your “rolls” ( covered tightly) in the fridge for at least 5 hours or overnight.
When ready to serve, cut each roll into 1/2-inch slices.

7. Sprinkle with lime zest. Serve with salsa.

8. Enjoy~!

Rainbow Veggie Chili

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2 tablespoons olive oil
1 zucchini, sliced
1 yellow squash, sliced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes, with liquid
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (15 ounce) can chili beans in spicy sauce, undrained
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste






Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Stir in zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, jalapeno, garlic, and onion. Cook 5 minutes, just until tender.
Mix tomatoes with liquid, tomato paste, black beans, corn, and chili beans in spicy sauce into the pot. Season with chili powder, oregano, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.


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Season your fish with salt, pepper, and a sprinkling of paprika for color. Toss in some fresh herbs, I used parsley and basil. Add sliced cherry tomatoes, and kalamata olives and a small handful of capers. Scatter a few lemon slices around and add some of the juice. Finish off by drizzling olive oil all over.

Place the pan on a hot grill and close the lid. The smell is intoxicating as the garlic starts cooking and infuses the fish. When your fish is firm to the touch, it’s done! This is great for a crowd, you can even use shrimp and a 1/2 sheet pan for more space. For my 4 fillets I just used a 1/4 sheet pan.

Place the quartered artichokes in a bowl, drizzle olive oil all over, place grated romano cheese between the leaves along with salt, pepper, finely chopped garlic and fresh parsley. Place them on a hot grill turning them over until the cheese gets crusty and garlic cooks, it just takes a few minutes.

Hot Spinach Dip

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2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more for baking dish
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds spinach, cleaned, trimmed, and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup milk
6 ounces reduced-fat bar cream cheese
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Baguette slices, breadsticks, or crackers, for serving






Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a Dutch oven or large pot, heat oil over medium. Add onion and garlic; cook until lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes.
Add spinach in two additions, letting the first batch wilt before adding the next; cook until completely wilted, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a colander; drain, pressing to release all excess liquid.
In the same pot, warm milk over high heat. Whisk in cream cheese until melted, about 3 minutes. Add spinach, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and 1/4 cup mozzarella; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into a lightly oiled 1 1/2-quart shallow baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella.
Bake until bubbly and golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot with accompaniments, as desired.

Hot and Sour Chicken Soup

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3 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup water
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced bamboo shoots, drained
3 slices fresh ginger root
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into thin strips
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 egg, beaten






In a saucepan, combine the chicken broth, water, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and hot pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer while you assemble the rest of the ingredients.
Place the chicken slices into a bowl and toss with the sesame oil to coat. In a separate bowl, stir together the cornstarch and vinegar, and set aside.
Increase the heat under the broth to medium-high, and return to a rolling boil. Add the chicken slices. Return to a boil, and then drizzle in the egg while stirring slowly to create long strands of egg. Stir in the vinegar and cornstarch. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and the broth has thickened slightly, about 3 minutes. Serve garnished with green onions and cilantro.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Anchovy Vinaigrette

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1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 anchovies, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 pounds assorted heirloom tomatoes—large ones sliced, small ones halved
Fleur de sel
Freshly ground pepper
Flat-leaf parsley, for serving
Marjoram leaves, for serving






In a small skillet, combine the olive oil, anchovies, garlic and lemon zest.

In a small bowl, toss the shallot with the vinegar and let stand for 10 minutes.

Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Turn the heat to low and, when the water is simmering, gently place the eggs in the water. Cook for 6 minutes, until lightly boiled. Have an ice bath ready near the stove. With a slotted spoon, plunge the eggs in the ice bath and let cool for 2 minutes. Peel the eggs.

Arrange the tomatoes on 4 plates and season with fleur de sel and pepper. Scatter the shallot and vinegar over the tomatoes.

Warm the anchovy dressing over moderate heat to a gentle simmer; pour over the tomatoes. Cut the eggs in half crosswise and place a half on each plate. Scatter the parsley and marjoram over the salad and serve.

Pesto Portabello Burgers

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Portabello mushroom caps (one per person)
Aged balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper
Provolone cheese (if desired)
Basil pesto (prepared in advance)
A fresh tomato
Ciabatta rolls
Fresh arugula (or other toppings of choice)






1 Preheat a grill to medium high (or preheat an oven to 425°F).

2 Prepare the mushrooms: Remove the stems from the portabellos. Place them in a shallow baking dish and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and a bit of olive oil. Use a brush (or your hands) to make sure the mushrooms are fully coated. Sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, and let sit for about 10 minutes while the grill heats.

3 Cook the mushrooms: Place the mushrooms on grill (or in a grill pan) and cook about 5 minutes per side, until juicy. In the last minute, place provolone cheese slices on top of each mushroom and grill until melted, then remove from the grill. (Optional – you also can grill the ciabatta rolls by brushing them with olive oil and placing them on the grill until toasted.)

Alternative method: You also can roast the mushrooms in a baking dish for about 15 minutes at 425°F, turning once. Add cheese in the last several minutes.

4 Prepare the toppings: Slice the tomato. Slice the ciabatta rolls.

5 Assemble the burgers: Place each grilled portabello on half of a roll. Top with a spoonful of pesto, a tomato slice, a handful of arugula, and the other half of the roll.

Buffalo Mozzarella with Balsamic Glazed Plums, Pine Nuts and Mint

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1 large ball buffalo mozzarella, sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds

4 ripe plums, pitted and quartered

1 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

1 splash olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste






Put vinegar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Adjust heat to low and simmer until it is reduced nearly three-quarters in volume and thickened to a syrup. About 15 minutes.

Add plums to syrup turning gently to coat and continue to cook for another 4-7 minutes more. Turn off heat and let cool.

Meanwhile assemble mozzarella slices on platter, allowing to overlap slightly and season with salt and pepper to taste. WIth a fork, remove plums from syrup and place atop cheese, then top with the remaining syrup, pine nuts and mint. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets

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16 oz (2 large) skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into even bit sized pieces
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp olive oil
6 tbsp whole wheat Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
2 tbsp panko
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
olive oil spray (I used my Misto)






Preheat oven to 425°. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray.

Put the olive oil in one bowl and the breadcrumbs, panko and parmesan cheese in another.

Season chicken with salt and pepper, then put in the bowl with the olive oil and mix well so the olive oil evenly coats all of the chicken.

Put a few chunks of chicken at a time into the breadcrumb mixture to coat, then on the baking sheet. Lightly spray the top with olive oil spray then bake 8 – 10 minutes. Turn over then cook another 4 – 5 minutes or until cooked though.

Sloppy Joes

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1 pound lean ground beef
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed chicken gumbo soup
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 1/4 cups water
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste





In large skillet over medium heat, brown meat. Drain any grease from pan.
Stir in soup, ketchup, yellow mustard, water, salt and pepper. Turn heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered for about 1 hour until liquid is absorbed and mixture is thickened.

Slammin’ Salmon

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1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 cup peanut oil
8 (4 ounce) skinless, boneless salmon fillets





Stir balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and soy sauce with salt, brown sugar, ground ginger, paprika, pepper, and red pepper flakes until the salt has dissolved. Stir in garlic, green onions, sesame oil, and peanut oil until well combined.
Pour marinade into a resealable plastic bag or glass bowl. Add salmon to marinade and gently toss to coat. Place into refrigerator and marinate 2 to 24 hours.
Prepare an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
Drain excess marinade from salmon fillets. Grill until firm and opaque, about 4 minutes per side.

Artichokes with Spaghetti

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4-6 cleaned, trimmed artichokes (stem included-optional)
2 cloves of crushed garlic
1 small red chilli finely sliced
a handful of parsley finely chopped
olive oil for frying
salt and pepper to taste
Cooked “al dente” spaghetti




Blanch your cleaned artichokes in some boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Heat up some olive oil in a pan on medium heat and once it’s heated add your artichokes. Fry on both sides for a few minutes ensuring they do not burn.
Add your garlic and chilli and give everything a good toss and stir. Season accordingly with salt and pepper.
Add the spaghetti and toss everything together. If the mixture becomes a little dry add some more olive oil and a little pasta water to loosen it up a little.
Plate the spaghetti with the artichokes and garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style

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4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 onions, quartered
2 (4 pound) whole chickens





In a small bowl, mix together salt, paprika, onion powder, thyme, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Remove and discard giblets from chicken. Rinse chicken cavity, and pat dry with paper towel. Rub each chicken inside and out with spice mixture. Place 1 onion into the cavity of each chicken. Place chickens in a resealable bag or double wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 4 to 6 hours.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
Place chickens in a roasting pan. Bake uncovered for 5 hours, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Let the chickens stand for 10 minutes before carving.

Cucumber Boats

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2 cucumbers (about 1 pound each)
2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh parsley or dill, chopped
freshly ground black pepper, to taste




Cut the cumbers lengthwise, and remove the seeds, then cut a small strip off the bottom of one side so that the cucumber half will set level, without falling over.
Use the other half of the cucumber and dice into 1/4 inch pieces. Combine the diced cucumbers with feta cheese, dill, salt and pepper. Divide the mixture between the 2 cucumber „boats”, then slice into 1 1/2 inch pieces.

Pork Chops with Cranberry Beans and Thyme

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4 pork chops, each 8 oz. and 1 inch thick
4 slices pancetta or bacon
Sea salt and ground pepper
4 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 shallot, minced
3 cups chicken stock
2 cups shelled fresh cranberry beans
1 Tbs. fresh thyme, minced
2 Tbs. tomato paste
2 Tbs. whole-grain mustard
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped

Working with 1 pork chop at a time, wrap a pancetta slice around the outer edge of each pork chop. Secure with a toothpick, season the chop with salt and pepper, and set aside. Repeat with remaining pork chops and pancetta.

In a saucepan over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add garlic and shallot and sauté until lightly golden, about 2 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Add cranberry beans and thyme and simmer until bean burst, about 10 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and mustard and season well with salt and pepper. Turn off heat, but leave saucepan on burner to keep warm.

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil until shimmering. Sauté pork chops, turning once, until they are golden brown on both sides and pancetta is crispy, 4 to 6 minutes per side. If chops are browning too fast, reduce heat to medium.

Divide warm beans among individual plates, top each plate with a pork chop and sprinkle with parsley. Drizzle with a little olive oil and serve at once. Serves 4.

Lemon Chicken

2 tbsp. lemon zest
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. fresh rosemary leaves, finely minced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2-4 lbs. of bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or drumsticks
2-3 tbsp. melted butter
Thinly sliced lemons, for garnished

Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper in a large zipper-lock plastic bag. Seal the bag and shake well to blend. Place the chicken pieces in the bag with the marinade, pressing out excess air and sealing once more. Refrigerate and let marinate for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 425˚ F. Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade and transfer to a baking dish, skin-side up, reserving the leftover marinade. Brush the top of each piece of chicken with melted butter.

Bake for 50-55 minutes, until the skins are crispy and well-browned. Halfway through baking, pour the remaining marinade over the chicken pieces in the baking dish. Once fully baked, cover loosely with foil and let rest 10 minutes before serving. Transfer to a serving platter, garnish with lemon slices and serve.

Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken

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1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger root
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
2 tablespoons hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1/2 inch strips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Mix together brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and hot sauce in a small bowl.
Lightly salt and pepper the chicken strips.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken strips and brown on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Simmer uncovered until the sauce thickens, 8 to 10 minutes.

Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

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1 lb. zucchini or squash (about 2 medium-sized)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan (heaping)
1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs (heaping)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
freshly ground pepper, to taste






Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with foil and spray lightly with vegetable spray.

Slice zucchini or squash into 1/4 inch-thick rounds. Toss rounds with oil, coating well.

In a wide bowl or plate, combine breadcrumbs, parmesan, salt and pepper.

Place rounds in parmesan-breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides of each round, pressing to adhere. The mixture will not completely cover each round, but provides a light coating on each side.

Place rounds in a single layer on baking sheets. Sprinkle any remaining breadcrumb mixture over the rounds.

Bake for about 22 to 27 minutes, until golden brown. (There is no need to flip them during baking — they crisp up on both sides as is.)

Spinach Bars

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3 tablespoons butter
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
1 small onion, chopped
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Melt butter in a 9×13 inch baking dish while the oven preheats.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, flour, salt, pepper, baking powder and garlic until well blended. Add the mushrooms, spinach and cheese, and stir to blend evenly. Tip the baking dish to coat with melted butter, then pour the spinach mixture into the pan.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm and golden. Cut into bars, and serve warm.

Slow cooker Jambalaya

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2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 2-inch slices
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes with juice
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon Cajun or Creole spice mix
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pound extralarge shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 3/4 cups long-grain rice
Parsley, optional


Combine chicken, sausage, onion, green pepper, celery, tomatoes, garlic, chicken broth, spice mix, thyme and oregano in a large (5-quart) slow cooker. Cook on low for 5 hours.
Add shrimp and rice; raise heat to high and cook for 30 minutes more. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.

Zucchini and Potato Bake

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2 medium zucchini, quartered and cut into large pieces
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, sliced
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup olive oil
paprika to taste
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
In a medium baking pan, toss together the zucchini, potatoes, red bell pepper, garlic, bread crumbs, and olive oil. Season with paprika, salt, and pepper.
Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and lightly brown.

Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing

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1 (8 ounce) package uncooked tri-color rotini pasta
6 ounces pepperoni sausage, diced
6 ounces provolone cheese, cubed
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 (6 ounce) can pitted black olives
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard seed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add rotini pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente. Drain, and rinse with cold water.
In a large bowl, mix the cooled pasta, pepperoni, provolone cheese, red onion, cucumber, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, olives, parsley, and Parmesan cheese.
In a jar with a lid, mix the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, oregano, ground mustard, salt, and pepper. Seal jar, and shake well.
Pour the dressing mixture over the pasta salad, and toss to coat. Cover, and chill 8 hours in the refrigerator

Chickpea Salad Wrap

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1 (15-oz) can chickpeas (or 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas)
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 tbsp chopped red onion
3 tbsp chopped dill pickle (~1 pickle)
1 tbsp minced fresh dill
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp regular mustard
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds (or pecans/walnuts)
salt/herbamare and pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 325F and toast the sunflower seeds for about 11 minutes.

2. Mix everything into a bowl, mashing up the chickpeas slightly with a fork, and season with salt (I used Herbamare) and pepper, to taste. Stuff into a wrap or pita, or enjoy with crackers or rice cakes.

Nutritional Info (based on 3 servings): 222 kcals, 8 grams fat, 32 grams carbs, 7 grams fibre, 1 gram sugar, 8 grams protein.

Caribbean Chicken Salad

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup teriyaki marinade sauce
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced jalapeno pepper
2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
3/4 pound mixed salad greens
1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
4 cups corn tortilla chips

Place the chicken in a bowl, and cover with the teriyaki marinade sauce. Marinate at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.
In a small bowl mix the tomatoes, onion, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro. Cover salsa, and refrigerate.
In a small bowl, mix the mustard, honey, sugar, oil, vinegar, and lime juice. Cover dressing, and refrigerate.
Preheat the grill for high heat.
Lightly oil grill grate. Place chicken on the grill, and discard marinade. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear.
Arrange mixed salad greens on plates. Spoon some of the salsa over each salad, and sprinkle with 1/4 of the pineapple chunks. Break tortilla chips into large chunks, and sprinkle over salads. Lay some of the grilled chicken strips on each salad. Finally, drizzle dressing over each salad, and serve.

World’s Best Egg Salad Sandwich

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8 hard-cooked eggs, peeled
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper
1/2 tablespoon honey mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pinch salt (optional)
8 slices bread
24 leaves baby spinach
8 slices tomato

In a medium bowl, mash the hard-cooked eggs with a fork or pastry blender. Mix in mayonnaise, honey mustard, and jalapeno. Season with black pepper, garlic powder, and salt.
Spread egg mixture on four of the bread slices. Layer with baby spinach leaves and tomato slices, and top with remaining slices of bread.