Broccoli Cheese Bites

I won’t lie to you folks, I don’t like broccoli I know, shocking.  But while I am home working off this latest sickness I figured Id get some cooking done, this includes pushing myself out of my comfort zone, aka using broccoli.  This recipe would be great as a substitute for vegetarian meatballs or stuffed with the cheese as an appetizer.  It was surprisingly easy and quick.  With little effort and lots of flavor these are great to make for dinner tonight.

 

Ingredients:

  • raw broccoli
  • eggs
  • garlic
  • bread crumbs
  • cheese sticks
  • dried dill
  • salt and pepper

How to:

  1. In a food processor put in the raw broccoli, if it is precooked thats fine just will require more bread crumbs
  2. put one large garlic clove and mince until very fine
  3. in a large bowl combine the minced broccoli and garlic mixture with one egg and a generous sprinkle of bread crumbs
  4. also add the salt pepper and little bit of dill
  5. my mixture took two eggs and about 1/4 cup of bread crumbs if not more.  Want the mixture to be able to be formed into a ball, not too stiff not too liquidy
  6. put a glob of the mixture in your hand then take the cube of string cheese and place it in the center then move the mixture around it, enclosing the cheese.  Yes you are playing with your food, and its fun and messy
  7. then place on a sprayed baking sheet and bake at 380 for 10 minutes on each size.
  8. these are good all on there own, but could likely hold there own with sauce and pasta!

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Enchanting Enchiladas

I do apologize for the obscene amount of mexican food posts I have uploaded, I am going to do my best to mix it up a bit, but mexican is my go to favorite and comfort food and it has been especially easy to make these past few weeks.  So this is yet another one, but this recipe is important to keep in your arsenal because it is great for a crowd or single serve.  It takes no time at all and is great for what ever you may have lying around.  This will be a new go to on those lazy nights when you really don’t want to cook but can’t bare the thought of eating another box of mac and cheese.

Ingredients:

  • flour or corn tortillas, the smaller size ideally
  • precooked meat, I went with chicken but steak or veggies would work too
  • beans, black or refried
  • cottage cheese (this is optional but it gives it the creamy texture and adds some good nutrients
  • regular cheese, whatever you got
  • salsa
  • for garnish a mix of lettuce, diced onion and fresh cilantro, this makes you feel like you basically at a restaurant

How to:

  1. since everything is basically precooked just mild assembly is required
  2. heat oven to 380/400
  3. in a oven safe cooking dish, put your tortillas face up and open like a taco (they may need to be microwaved for a few seconds to make them flexible)
  4. then add in your chicken/protein, and beans and a little bit of cottage cheese.  take the two “wings” of the tortilla and bring them together tucking one under the other then rolling it over, so now the tortillas seem is on the bottom of the pan, aka it won’t open and spill on you
  5. then on top pour over a healthy dose of salsa, whatever kind you like, getting it decently wet, don’t be cheap
  6. then add a healthy dose of cheese on top and place into the oven.
  7. cook for about 10-15 minutes until the cheese is hot and melty
  8. top with your garnish and dig in!  its like your at a mexican restaurant without paying like your at a mexican restaurant!

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Black Bean Soup (a vegetarians favorite)

So recently with the beautiful weather along came with it allergies and sore throat.  When this hit I found myself searching for something to sooth my throat and unfortunately no soup was to be found in my house.  So I took it upon myself to make it.  The easiest soup that came to mind was black bean.  It uses canned black beans and not a lot of spices or ingredients.  Its quick and filling.  This is a vegetarian recipe that has potential to be vegan! So keep this in your back pocket for when that sore throat hits!!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 stalk celery
  • 1/4 onion 
  • 4 baby carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • cumin and cilantro
  • vegetable oil and butter
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • cottage cheese (optional)
  • sour cream(optional)
  • shredded cheese (optional)
  • hot sauce (optional)

How to:

  1. mince up the onion, celery, and carrot finely
  2. in a pot place about a tablespoon of vegetable oil and place on medium heat
  3. once the oil is hot, place in the minced up veggies and add salt and pepper (just a pinch of each) 
  4. continuously stir.  once smells fragrant add the minced garlic
  5. continue to cook, every time something new is added also add salt and pepper
  6. once the garlic is getting slightly golden and everything smells good, add a small pad of butter. let this cook for 3 more minutes
  7. then add the black beans and 1/4 cup of water.  
  8. add a pinch of cumin, cilantro, and red pepper flakes
  9. continuously stirring let cook for another 10 minutes
  10. if the water has almost evaporated, add a splash more to keep it wet.  this can be replaced with broth is desired.
  11. use a hand held blender or place into a blender and blend till smooth and creamy
  12. mine was thick so I used cottage cheese to thin it out. 
  13. the toppings I enjoy is hot sauce, sour cream, and cheese!  Its flavorful with a nice kick and will be just what you need!!  Great for all seasons!!

 

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Brussel Sprouts that Smell like Pizza!!!

Okay they don’t smell like an extra cheesy pizza, as a matter of fact they only smell like one type of pizza.  But it smells like my favorite kind of pizza, aka the best kind; bacon and onion!! This makes your whole house smell absolutely amazing and will make any picky eaters try it.  Even my skeptical parents enjoyed it.  This is worth trying!

Ingredients:

  • brussel sprouts
  • white onion
  • bacon
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper

How to:

  1. slice up 2 strips of uncooked bacon into bite sized pieces( you can use one strip if you want less bacon, but who wants less bacon?!) then about 1/4 of an onion more if you like then place this in a stone pan(or glass pan if you don’t have it) and into a 350 oven 
  2. slice the bottoms of the brussels sprouts then slice in half.  place in a skillet and fill with water so they are mostly if not completely covered
  3. let the brussels sprouts cook on medium high until all the water is gone and they are tender
  4. while this is going on occasionally stir your onion bacon mixture, it should be very fragrant and the bacon should be getting crispy
  5. when the brussels sprouts are done the bacon should be getting crispy and the onions translucent.  then add the brussels sprouts to the pan of bacon and onion and add a little minced dried garlic and salt and pepper and let these all cook together for about another 10-15 minutes.
  6. Then enjoy! Its bacon onion goodness.  Tastes so good you think your eating junk food 😀

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