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Grilled Aspragus and Peppers

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. asparagus (stalk tips cut off)

2 red bell peppers (sliced thin)

2 orange bell peppers (sliced thin)

2 cloves of garlic (minced)

olive oil

sea salt and black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. In a large baking pan, coat the bottom with 1 1/2 tbsp. with olive oil.
  2. Layer asparagus and peppers in pan. Scatter garlic on top.
  3. Drizzle a little olive oil on top. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
  4. Bake in oven for about 10 minutes.
  5. Stir vegetables around. Put back in the oven for another 10 minutes.                               *Vegetables should be tender when done.

Penne With Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Ingredients:
1 lb. of your favorite pasta
1 lb. broccoli rabe
1 lb. sweet sausage (sliced)
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
olive oil
salt and pepper
grated cheese
1/2 cup white wine (optional)
Directions:
1. In a skillet, put 2tbs. of olive oil. Add sliced sausage. Drizzle a little more olive oil. Cook for 15 minutes. Set to the side.
2. In a pot of boiling water, throw in broccoli rabe. Cook for 5 minutes and drain well.
3. Set up a pot of water. When water begins to boil, throw in pasta. Depending on the pasta you are using, do a taste test before it’s done.
4. In a skilet, put 2 tbs. of olive oil. Add garlic. Once garlic browns, add broccoli rabe. Drizzle a lttle olive oil and salt and pepper. After 5 minutes, add sausage. Stir together. If you decide to add white wine, add it now. Cook for additional 3 minutes on a low simmer.
5. Drain pasta well. Add sausage and broccoli rabe on top. Sprinkle your favorite grated cheese on top. Serve warm. Serves 4 people.

Pesto Tortellini

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Ingredients:

1 lb. frozen or fresh tortellini (tricolor is nice)

2 cups fresh basil leaves (no stems)

2 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts

2 large cloves garlic

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Combine basil leaves, pine nuts or walnuts and garlic in a food processor and process until very finely minced. With the machine running slowly drizzle in the oil and process until the mixture is smooth. Add the cheese and process very briefly, just long enough to combine.
  2. Boil tortellini according to directions. Drain well when done.
  3. Pour pesto sauce on top and mix well. Serve warm.

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Ingredients:

5 red peppers (cut in half, seeds removed)

2 cups flavored bread crumbs

1 can (6 oz.) pitted black olives (drained and chopped)

1 cup pignoli nuts

olive oil (1/2 cup plus extra)

2 cloves of garlic (chopped)

lemons (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  1. In a large bowl, mix bread crumbs, black olives, pignoli nuts and garlic. Mix well. Add 1/2 cup of oil. Stir. (If it’s a little dry, add a little more olive oil.)
  2. In a large baking pan, brush a little olive oil on the bottom of the pan.
  3. Stuff each pepper with bread crumb mixture.
  4. Cover pan with aluminum foil and make a hole on top. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove tin foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes. (You want peppers to be tender and bread crumbs a little crunchy.)                                                                                                                                    * Optional: You can squeeze a little lemon on top when serving.

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Ingredients:

2 large green zucchini

1 large yellow zucchini

2 large carrots

2 bulbs of garlic

1 1/2 cups vegetable stock

olive oil

1 whole lemon

sea salt and black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  1. Cut zucchini and carrots into 1/4 inch circles.
  2. Peel garlic bulbs and separate into cloves.
  3. Get a large baking pan. Coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil. (about 1 tbsp.)
  4. Put zucchini, carrots and garlic in pan. Drizzle olive oil (another tbsp) on top.
  5. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. (to your liking) Mix all together.
  6. Pour vegetable stock into pan.
  7. Bake in oven for about 40 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  8. Vegetables should be tender and easy to pick up with a fork. When done, remove from oven and squeeze a whole lemon on top.   *Makes a great side dish or meal.

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Ingredients:
1 lb. Yukon Gold Potatoes (peeled and cut into bite size pieces)
1/2 lb. spinach (rinsed, drained, chopped)
4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 tbs. olive oil
1 stick of salted butter
1 cup of heavy cream
2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
Directions:
1. In a large pot of water, boil potatoes until soft. Drain well and set to the side.
2. In a large skillet, put garlic and olive oil. Brown garlic and add spinach. When spinach is soft, remove from heat.
3. In a large bowl, add potatoes, spinach, butter, salt and pepper. Use a mixer to mix together. Gradually add heavy cream while mixing. Mix until smooth and creamy. Use judgement for less or extra heavy cream.
4. In a baking dish, put potatoes. Put in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes to heat through.
Serve hot.

Roasted Baby Carrots

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs of fresh carrots rinsed and cleaned well, patted dry (leave an inch of the green stem on)
1 large red onion (cut into small wedges)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. fresh chopped rosemary
2 cloves garlic  (peeled and crushed)
Sea salt and black pepper

Directions:
1 Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil. Place the carrots, red onion wedges, and crushed garlic cloves on the pan and sprinkle with chopped rosemary.

2. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to combine so that the carrots and onions are lightly coated. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.

3. Roast at for 30 to 40 minutes until well browned and caramelized around the edges. Remove from pan and place in a serving dish to serve.
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Greek Yogurt Sundried Tomato Dip

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Ingredients:

2 cups plain Greek yogurt

1 cup sundried tomatoes in olive oil (chopped)

2 tbsp. garlic (minced)

6 fresh basil leaves (chopped)

1 tsp. sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients.
  2. Place a few basil leaves on top.

Serve with crackers.

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Ingredients:

8 thinly sliced chicken cutlets

2 large zucchini (sliced thin)

3 cloves garlic (minced)

2 tbsp. fresh mint (chopped)

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

sea salt and black pepper

olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, add enough olive oil that fills up a 1/4 of the skillet. Fry all zucchini. Turn over. Let zucchini dry on paper towels.
  2. In a glass dish, layer zucchini. On each layer, sprinkle garlic and fresh mint. (makes about 2-3 layers.  Pour vinegar on top. Refrigerate. *It would be best if you made the zucchini a day ahead.
  3. On a grill, brush a little olive oil. Cook cutlets on both side. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
  4. Put cooked cutlets on a baking pan. Place zucchini slices on top. (See photo.)
  5. Place pan in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. (You want zucchini warmed.)

Serve hot.