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Crockpot Cheese Tortellini

Crockpot Cheese Tortellini

Ingredients

  • 1 (19oz) bag of frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 small bag of fresh spinach (I used about half of a 5 oz package, but more is better!)
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans of Italian style diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 block (8 oz) of cream cheese or neufchatel (less fat)
  • 1 lb. of ground sausage or chicken/turkey sausage
  • 4 cups of chicken broth

Instructions

  • Brown the sausage and put all ingredients in crockpot,
  • chunking up the cream cheese.
  • Cook on low for 4-6 hrs.

Serves 4-6

*Keep an eye on your tortellini, it may be done sooner.
*If still soupy, leave lid off for the last half hour or so of cooking.
*For a vegetarian version, omit sausage and use vegetable broth instead.
**If you use neufachtel (1/3 fat of cream cheese) be prepared that it doesn’t melt as well and leaves little curds.

 

Crescent Pepperoni Roll-ups

Crescent Pepperoni Roll-ups

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 4 cheese sticks, halved
  • 1 (3.5 ounce) package sliced pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Take each triangle of crencent roll dough and place about 6 pepperoni on the bottom of the triangle. Place half of a cheese stick on top and roll up. Place seam side down on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. While rolls are cooking, combine the melted butter, Italian seasonings, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl.
  4. When rolls are done remove from the oven and brush with the garlic butter glaze. Serve with marinara or ranch for dipping.
 

Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala

Ingredients

  • 1¼ lb. chicken cutlets, pounded until ¼” thick (about 8)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 tbsp. flour
  • 5 tbsp. olive oil
  • 5 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 8 oz. white button mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. minced shallots
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup dry Marsala wine
  • ⅓ cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in ⅓ cup flour. Heat 2 tbsp. oil and 1 tbsp. butter in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add chicken, and cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate, and set aside. Add 2 tbsp. oil and 1 tbsp. butter, and then add mushrooms; cook until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer to plate with chicken, and set aside.
  2. Heat remaining oil in skillet, and then add shallots and garlic; cook, stirring, until soft, about 1 minute. Stir in remaining 1 tbsp. flour; cook for 2 minutes. Add Marsala and stock; cook, stirring and scraping bottom of pan until slightly thick, about 2 minutes. Return chicken and mushrooms to skillet, and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in remaining butter. Season with salt and pepper; garnish with parsley, if you like.
 
in Pizza.

SKINNY AVOCADO PIZZA

SKINNY AVOCADO PIZZA

INGREDIENTS
Pizza Toppings
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry (I used Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets from 17.3 oz/1.1 lbs. pkg. which has two sheets but I only used one), thawed out overnight in refrigerator
  • 1½ firm-ripe avocados, cubed ½ inch
  • 2 med. tomatoes, seeded, cored and diced ½ inch
  • ½ med. red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1⅓ cups shredded Italian Five Cheese blend
Pizza Pesto
  • 3 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. honey
  • ⅛ tsp. turmeric
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ cup chopped cashews
  • ⅔ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 green onions, roughly chopped
  • ½ Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ cup olive oil
Avocado Sauce
  • ½ cup mayo
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 green onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 avocado
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
Pizza Pesto
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor until throughly mixed.
Avocado Sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor until throughly mixed. You may need to stop the food processor and scrape the sides to blend all ingredients well.
Assembling Pizza
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Roll out puff pastry on a floured surface ¼” thick (it does not have to be perfectly round). Pierce the puff pasty with a fork to prevent bubbling and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet or pizza stone.
  3. Spread the pizza pesto evenly over the puff pasty and sprinkle with cheese. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden crisp around the edges.
  4. Remove the puff pasty from the oven and place the prepared tomatoes, red onions, and avocado on top.
  5. Drizzle with Avocado Sauce as much or as little as you like and enjoy!
NOTES
The ingredients listed are for one pizza, except for Pizza Pesto and Avocado Sauce, which yields enough for a second pizza. Double up the pizza topping ingredients to make a second pizza and use the second sheet of puff pasty.