Daily Archives: July 13th, 2012

Broccoli Bites

These little finger foods are great with a variety of dipping sauces, such as ketchup, ranch dressing, and honey mustard. Yield:  About 36 Bites Ingredients:  1 lb broccoli (fresh or frozen), chopped 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded 3 eggs, beaten 1 cup flour 1 tsp. Italian seasoning Salt & pepper to …

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Crispy Roasted Kale

Easier and less messy than homemade kale chips, this recipe is a hit with all ages. Serves 4 Ingredients:  3 Tbsp. olive oil 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. garlic salt or seasoned salt 1 1/2 pounds kale, stems removed, and torn into pieces* 2 tsp balsamic vinegar Directions: Arrange oven racks in center and lower …

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Summer Stuffed Peppers

Paired with soup and a salad, this is a perfect way to enjoy summer garden produce. Serves 4 Ingredients:   2 small bell peppers (5 to 6 ounces each), halved lengthwise through stem, seeds and ribs removed 1 heaping cup small tomatoes, such as Sungold or Cherry (about 6 ounces) 1 1/2 ounces feta cheese …

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Roasted Shrimp and Tomatoes with Feta

High quality, medium-to-large shrimp, paired with perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes make this a stand-out dish. Ingredients:   5  large tomatoes, cut into eighths 1  tablespoon olive oil 2  tablespoons  minced garlic Salt and pepper 1 1/2  pounds  medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 1/2  cup  chopped fresh herbs such as parsley or basil 2  tablespoons  lemon …

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Mountain Bike Salmon

So-named because a family friend won a cooking contest with this scrumptious recipe. Serves 4 Ingredients:   1 pound salmon fillet 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced Salt and pepper 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup soy sauce Lemon wedges for serving Directions:   Line a baking dish with foil and spray with cooking …

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Creamy Basil Roasted Chicken

Seemingly rich and indulgent, this dish is actually very light. It makes a comforting meal served with wild rice and a salad. Serves 4 Ingredients:   1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken parts 1 cup plain low or nonfat yogurt 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 1 tsp. dried) 1 1/2 …

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Creamy Broccoli Soup

Fresh or frozen broccoli work equally well in this rich, satisfying soup. Serves 4 Ingredients:   6 cups small broccoli florets 2 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 Tbsp. powdered ranch dressing mix 1/2 cup milk 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice 1/4 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt Directions:   Combine broccoli, broth, and …

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Cheddar Spinach Casserole

This makes a great brunch.  Or, paired with a salad and fresh bread, it makes a satisfying dinner.   If you use pre-shredded cheeses and prepared bacon crumbles, the hands-on time is only about 10 minutes. Ingredients:   1 tablespoon butter, melted Cooking spray 2 (6-ounce) packages fresh baby spinach 1 cup cooked, crumbled bacon (optional) 1 …

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Heavenly Figs

We have two very productive fig trees in our backyard, and towards the end of August, this is my favorite appetizer and/or dessert. Ingredients: 4 ripe figs Greek yogurt or mascarpone cheese Honey Salted nuts, any variety, chopped Directions: Slice off stems from figs, and then halve them.  Then slice a little off the rounded side so …

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Goat Cheese and Marinara Dip

Ingredients:  8 ounces goat cheese 1 to 1 1/2 cups marinara or pasta sauce Basil leaves (optional garnish) Directions: Preheat conventional oven or toaster oven to 350°F. Pour marinara sauce into a small, shallow baking dish.  Pat goat cheese into a 1/2-inch pancake and gently lower into the sauce, but do not cover the cheese …

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