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Red Caramelized Peppers

Red Jimmy Nardello Peppers

Jimmy Nardello are the greatest pepper find of the season These peppers  are super sweet. Plus as you roast them in the oven they get sweeter to the point of caramelization. Peppers do not require peeling after the roasting process as many other peppers do. This makes them my favorite pepper. Look for heirloom sweet red Jimmy Nardello peppers right now at your local Farmers’ Market.  Buy as many peppers as you can they are easily stored on your counter as a condiment.

Ingredients:

2 roasting pans
2-3 lbs Jimmy Nardello Peppers
1 Tbsp. coarse sea salt
1 Tbsp. garlic powder

½ cup fruity olive oil
Fresh ground pepper

Instructions:

Preheat over to 350.

Lay peppers in a single layer in both roasting pans.

Pour oil over the peppers. Add salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Cook for exactly one hour and turn oven off.
Leave peppers in the oven for next 5 hours as peppers caramelizes (be sure your oven is off).

Start this simple recipe in the morning and when you get home from work you will have a sweet snack or side dish with your dinner.
Leave on the counter versus storing it in the refrigerator.

Roasted Yellow Zucchini with Garlic Aioli

One of the most delicious squashes is this yellow squash. If you are not a fan of vegetables, the way this is prepared will change your mind. The roasted garlic Aioli sauce and the pesto give these vegetable an added boost of flavor.  Enjoy this special preparation as yellow squash is plentiful most of the year.

Ingredients:

3  yellow squash sliced approx 1/4 inch slices
½ large onion sliced thin
¼ tsp coconut oil to coat bottom of roasting pan
1 Tbsp. olive oil 2 Tbl. Roasted Garlic Aioli- Stonewall Kitchen
2 Tbsp. Pesto sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp oregano

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Grease roasting pan with coconut oil.

Add yellow squash to roasting pan.

Add pesto and garlic sauce, mix with a large spoon until squash is evenly coated.

Season squash with garlic powder, salt, pepper and oregano. Spread out evenly in the roasting pan. Add olive oil over top. Do not toss.

Bake 35 minutes or until it is nicely browned.

Enjoy!!!

Egg in a Basket

“Egg In A Basket”

One of my really great friends came over to show me how to run my new steamer oven. She showed me this great egg recipe. Since then I have been eating my “egg in a basket” for breakfast. I love cooking for people so you know this is my go to for morning guests. I can make this in less than 10 minutes. Everyone loves the presentation of their egg but most of all they love the flavor with the pesto and cheese .

You can pop it in steamer basket, take a shower and have a great breakfast with out the fuss. Great family morning breakfast, make it for your valentine or even for Easter brunch.

Ingredients:

Four 2″ ceramic flan dishes
4 eggs
4 tsp. pesto sauce
4 tsp.  Parmesan  cheese or other cheese (cheddar)
1 Tbsp. butter
1 colander
1 pot that fits the colander with lid
Black pepper to taste

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Begin by putting the colander in the pot and filling the bottom with 4 inches of water (enough to barely touch the colander).  Bring to a simmer. While pot is warming, start assembling your egg baskets of love.  Coat each ceramic dish with a little butter (using a paper towel) to prevent egg from sticking.  Add a layer of Parmesan cheese on bottom then add layer of pesto. Next crack the egg into the dish.  Sprinkle pepper. Top with more pesto and a little more Parmesan.

Place in the steam bath colander and cook for exactly 8.5 minutes, cover to keep the eggs slightly loose.  Steam for 9.5 minutes for medium cooked eggs.

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7 Layer Italian Dip Recipe

7 Layer Italian Dip

 “SETTE STRATA”

7 Layer Italian Dip Recipe

Great appetizer dip for any party, especially Superbowl! Can be prepared and assembled the day before.

Pans:

9 x 12 glass for baking dish

Roasting pan to crisp beans

Ingredients:

6 oz. shredded Asiago Cheese
6 oz. shredded Parmesan Cheese
5 Tbsp. Pesto Sauce
3 cans Canellini Beans (white beans)
1 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp kosher salt
½  cup Sherry or Marsala wine
1- jar Harissa Sauce
1- jar Artichoke Tapenade (Trader Joe’s)

Harissa, artichoke paste, beans, bruschetta, roasted red peppers

Preparation time: 1.5 hour

Instructions:

Total baking time:  1 hour

Baked Cannelini Beans Layer

3 cans Cannelini beans or white beans – drained n rinsed
½ cup olive oil
(¼ cup olive oil bottom of roasting pan)
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. garlic powder

Add ¼ oil to beans and spices. Place in roasting pan and in the oven.

  Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes pour another ¼ olive oil on beans and continue baking for another 30 minutes.

   *(These beans are great as a snack also. You can toss over a salad and add lemon juice over the top.

While, beans are baking caramelize your onions.

Caramelize Onions Ingredients:

3 large onion diced
4 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup Sherry or Marsala wine

Caramelize Onions Layer:

 Add oil to saute pan and heat well. Then add onions, sea salt, ? garlic powder and cook over medium heat for approx. 10 to 15 minutes. When well browned, add ¼ cup of Sherry wine and ?simmer for approx. 3 minutes longer to absorb the Sherry flavor.  Cool off onion mixture.

 Roasted Red Pepper Marscapone Cheese Layer

  ½ jar of roasted pepper -8 oz jar  drained
16 oz.  marscapone cheese (may substitute cream cheese)
2 Tbsp. pesto sauce
2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. salt
Add all ingredients in food processor and blend well for a minute.

Turkey/Sausage Layer

  2 Tbsp. of oil
1- lb of turkey meat or pork sausage meat
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
¼ lb. red crushed pepper
½ cup Marsala wine

    Sauté meat in oil. Add meat and spices.  After all cooked, add Marsala wine and let simmer for 3 minutes. Cool off for dip.

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 Assemble Layers:

1st Start with layer of Red Pepper Marscapone

2nd sprinkle a layer of Parmesan / Asiago cheeses

3rd layer crispy beans

4th drizzle pesto & cheeses

5th layer carmelized onions

6th spread artichoke tapenade & sprinkle cheeses

7th layer harissa or bruschetta

  Top it off with shredded cheeses and drizzle pesto on the top.  Bake it in pre-heated oven for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

Place in the oven 30 minutes before half time. You and your team will truly be a winner with this new famous Italian “7 layer strata tuffo.”  This is great to reheated later in the week.

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Veggie Pasta with Pesto Sauce *Gluten Free*

We all love pasta, especially us Italians!  Pasta is one of my favorite foods in the world.  Most people haven’t tried their pasta with pesto which means their missing out on an amazing flavorful experience. This healthy recipe is a great runner up to a traditional pasta pesto dish.

I decided to make this strictly vegetarian. When I saw the already spiralized noodles at Whole Foods Market staring at me in all it’s colorful grandeur, I knew I had to do something yummy with them. I mean the vibrant orange of the butternut squash, and the green of the zucchini and the orange of the carrots, were calling my name. I knew my pesto pasta was the best way to decorate these vegetables. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. All the work is done already for you, it’s a matter of assembling these ingredients.

Ingredients:

2 cups of spiralized vegetables
(Spiralized zucchini, carrot and butternut squash  *Whole Foods*)

6 cups water

2 Tbsp. olive oil (divided)

1 tsp. Pistachio Oil or other nut Oil

2 cloves fresh garlic

½ tsp. red crushed pepper flakes

4 Tbsp. pesto sauce (*Whole Foods*)

2 Tbsp. Pignoli nuts

½ cup of organic vegetable broth

1 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. garlic powder

½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

½ cup hemp seeds

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Directions:

Combine 6 cups of water in a sauce pan with a drop of olive oil and a pinch of salt. When water reaches a rapid boil, add spiralized vegetables for 5 minutes ONLY (just long enough to blanch, be carful not to over cook). Remove, drain and set aside.

pignoli nut recipe

In a large sauté pan add: chopped garlic, red crushed pepper, pignoil nuts & salt, stirring constantly over medium heat for approx. 2 minutes. Make sure the garlic only slightly toasts. Add cooked spiralized vegetable. Toss for 2 minutes to blend all the oil flavors with the vegetable “pasta”.  Add pistachio oil. Stir for 1 minute longer then add the pesto sauce along with the vegetable broth and let it cook for 4 minutes longer. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and finish it off with a topping of hemp seeds. These add a nice texture.

healthy veggie pasta with pesto sauce

ENJOY!

caliente chili chicken wings recipe

Caliente Chili Chicken Wings *SUPER BOWL FAVORITE*

Ingredients:
3 lbs. mini chicken drummers n wings

3 Tbsp. Hot Chili Garlic Sauce (Vietnamese)
1/4 cup Sriracha hot chili sauce
1/2 cup Sweet Chili Sauce – Mae Plow
1/2 cup sherry or vermouth
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 Tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp sea salt sea
1 roasting pan

Directions:

Run chicken drummers n wings under cold water.
Rinse well. Dry off with paper towels.

Combine chicken, 1 Tbsp. garlic powder, salt and honey. Bake at 450 degrees for approx 1 hour.

After roasting chicken for one hour chicken it should have a light brown glaze over them.
Take out of oven and immediately pour sherry over the chicken. (Chicken will absorb the flavor of the sherry)

Marinade Ingredients:

3 Tbsp. Hot Chili Garlic Sauce
1/4 cup Sriracha hot chili sauce
1/2 cup Sweet Chili Sauce
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. garlic powder

Marinade Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Pour mixture over chicken wings; bake at 400 degrees for approx 1/2 hour.

Wings can be served either warm or cold. If you prefer them not as spicy, DO NOT use the hot spicy Sriracha sauce (use mild) and replace Hot Chili Garlic Sauce with regular Chili Garlic Sauce. The flavors will be the same but less intense heat.

Share you comments below if you plan to make these for the upcoming Super Bowl! Let us know how your party guests like these amazing wings!

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Roasted Garlic String Beans

The oven is already going with your a turkey; don’t waste the gas/electricity! Get out your roasting pan and throw in your string beans.
Some interesting vinegar’s could make string beans a lot more interesting. This dish takes less than 5 minutes to put together . If you don’t have maple cider vinegar, mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with 2 Tbsp. of organic maple syrup.
Your string beans will never taste like anyone else’s!

Ingredients:

1- lb. of organic string beans
1 cloves fresh garlic
1 tsp. Roasted Garlic Aioli Sauce

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3 Tbsp.  Olive oil
¼ tsp. Red crushed pepper
1 tsp.  Himalayan Salt
1 Tbsp. Garlic powder
¼ cup maple cider vinegar

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees with roasting pan in oven for 15 minutes. This will begin the roasting process as as soon as string beans are in the pan. Place string beans in hot roasting pan. Add olive oil first. Add rest of ingredients except for maple cider vinegar. Roast at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Take out of oven add vinegar while still hot. Serve immediately.

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Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

This will be the tastiest mock mashed potatoes you will ever have and is a great alternative to the more complex carbohydrate of potatoes.

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower
1/4 cup olive oil
½ tsp salt – kosher
½ tsp garlic powder
Pinch red crushed pepper
1 clove garlic raw
Fresh basil (chopped)
2 Tbsp.  Roasted Garlic Aioli
1/2 cup hemp seeds

Roasted Garlic Aioli Stonewall Kitchen

Directions:

Place cauliflower in a pot covered with water and a lid.  Boil for 20 minutes to soften. Drain. Put in food processor with rest of ingredients listed above. Blend all ingredients well. Sprinkle hemp seed on top.

If you want a little more flavor add one more clove of garlic and another ½ tsp of garlic powder . This will kick the flavor up quite a bit.

Hemp Seed Crusted Halibut with Garlic Aioli Pesto Sauce

Hemp Seed Crusted Halibut with Pesto Aioli Garic Sauce

Ingredients:

Two 6 oz. fillet of Halibut
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup dry vermouth
1 Tbsp. pesto sauce
1 Tbsp. hemp seed
1 Tbsp. Roasted Aioli Garlic Sauce
from Stonewall Kitchen

Hemp Seed, Dry Vermouth, Garlic Aioli Sauce

Directions:

Make sure halibut is well chilled.
Season halibut with salt. Put Garlic Aioli sauce over top and layer the pesto sauce over Aioli.
Top with hemp seed.
Place in fridge for 15 minutes to infuse flavors. (This can be done in morning and cooked when ready).
Place under broiler for 15 minutes, then add vermouth and let top brown for 5 minutes longer.

This pairs nicely with our Garlic Mashed Cauliflower.  Using cauliflower instead of potatoes is a nice replacement for a low carb lifestyle.

According to Shape Magazine, hemp seeds give you the complete nutritional power of hemp with their blend of omega-3 and omega-6 fats, high fiber content, and quality amino acid profile. Hemp seeds are also high in magnesium, a mineral that helps with relaxation, blood sugar control, blood pressure, and potentially osteoporosis, and that is generally low in women. Three tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds gives you 10 grams (g) of protein, 14g fat (mostly coming from omega-3 and omega-6 fats), and 2g fiber.
Best uses: Hemp seeds are very versatile and can be sprinkled on salad, mixed in with yogurt, or added to a smoothie.

Another hemp seed resource I found interesting.  Read more >>

Turkey/Chicken Sausage and Peppers

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:
1 -2 packages of All-Natural spicy Italian uncured sausage – or organic turkey/chicken sausage or turkey sausage sliced ½ inch
(you can wait and slice after cooked).

Applegate Organic Turkey Sausage Recipe

3 (red, yellow, orange) bell peppers
2 Anaheim peppers for variety
(sliced peppers lengthwise approx 1/2 inch)
1 jalapeno remove seeds – sliced thinly
1 large onion sliced

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2 Tbsp. Roasted Garlic Aioli
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Roasted Garlic Aioli Stonewall Kitchen

2 Tbsp. oilve oil
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp salt kosher
1 Tbsp. fennel seed
1 tsp red crushed pepper
½ cup Marsala Wine

Directions:

Slice onions and add to the bottom of a roasting pan. Layer sliced peppers on top of onions. Place turkey sausage on top of vegetables. Add all other ingredients.
DO NOT STIR.

Cook in Preheated oven 350 degrees for 1 hour. DO NOT STIR YET. Cook an additional 10 minutes at 450 degrees to roast turkey sausage and vegetables for more crispness. STIR at the very end to infuse all flavors together.

This dish takes 5 minutes to prepare and is great to bring to parties or leave in refrigerator as a healthy go to meal or snack.