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Homemade Bruschetta

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Ingredients:
2 ripe tomatoes (diced)
1/4 cup red onion (diced)
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives (chopped)
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. olive oil
pinch of sea salt
Italian bread sliced thin or thin crispy toast crackers
Directions:
In a large bowl, put tomatoes, olives, red onion, vinegar, olive oil and sea salt. Stir gently.
If you’re using Italian bread, slice it thin.
Put bread on a baking tray and rub a little olive oil on top of each slice.
In a preheated oven, 350 degrees, let bread crisp in the oven. (about 5 minutes)
Let bread cool for 5 minutes and put bruschetta on each slice.

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Ingredients:
1 (3 lb.) roasting chicken
1 large eggplant (peeled and sliced thin) *at least 8 slices
2 large tomatoes (sliced) *at least 8 slices
1 lb. piece fresh mozzarella (sliced) *you need 4 slices
1 jar of roasted peppers (drained and sliced)
2 cups of bread crumbs
2 eggs (beaten)
1 cup fresh ricotta
sea salt and black pepper
olive oil
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Sprinkle sea salt and black pepper on whole chicken. Roast chicken for one hour and 20 minutes. Chicken should be well cooked. Let cool.
2. Dip eggplant slices in egg and then bread crumbs.
3. In a large skillet put 3-4 tbsp. of olive oil. Fry eggplant on both sides until tender. (about 4-5 minutes) Let dry on paper towels.
4. Slice the roast chicken breasts into thin slices.
5. In a baking pan, coat the bottom with a little olive oil. Put a slice of eggplant. Put a slice of tomato on top. Put a slice of fresh mozzarella on top. Put a slice of chicken and then top with another slice of eggplant. Put a dollop of fresh ricotta on top. Sprinkle a little sea salt. Top with roasted peppers. (see photo)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
6. Bake in oven for about 12-15 minutes. You want mozzarella cheese melted.

New Year’s Day Penne Pomodoro

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Ingredients:
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic (chopped))
1 medium onion (diced)
3 ripe large tomatoes (chopped)
1/4 cup basil leaves (chopped)
1 lb. pasta (cooked)
parmesan cheese
sea salt
Directions:
*You will add your cooked pasta to this tasty sauce.
1. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil.
2. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for 2 minutes.
3. Add tomatoes and cook, tossing, for 5-7 minutes, until they have broken down.
4. Add a pinch of sea salt.
5. Add cooked pasta to tomato sauce skillet. Add basil and toss together.
6. Finish with an extra drizzle of olive oil and parmesan cheese.
*Double the recipe, for those who like extra sauce.

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Ingredients:

1/2 lb. turkey (8-10 slices)

8 pieces cooked bacon

2 avocados (sliced)

2 tomatoes (sliced thin)

8 slices multigrain bread (toasted)

mayonnaise (optional)

Directions:

On each sandwich (toasted bread) place 2 slices of turkey, 2 strips of cooked bacon, sliced tomato and avocado. (You can put mayonnaise on the sandwich, if you like.)
Makes 4 sandwiches.

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Roasted Parmesan Pesto Tomatoes

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Ingredients:

2 to 2 1/2 lbs large red tomatoes
3 tbs olive oil
2 tsp dried oregano
sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup pesto, store-bought or homemade (recipe follows)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Pesto:
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 tbs minced garlic
5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups olive oil
1 cup  grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 4oo degrees.
1. Core the tomatoes and then slice them across ( in 1/2 inch-thick slices)

2. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a sheet pan. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with the oregano, 1 tsp. sea salt, and black pepper.

3. Bake the tomatoes for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, spread each slice with pesto, and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.

4. Return the tomatoes to the oven and continue baking for 7 to 10 minutes, until the Parmesan is melted and begins to brown. Sprinkle with sea salt before serving.

How To Make Pesto:
Place the walnuts, pine nuts, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor . Process for 30 seconds. Add the basil, sea salt, and pepper. With food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Use immediately.  You can store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top. Makes 4 cups.

 

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Ingredients:
3 large vine tomatoes (cut up)
1/2 lb. fresh bocconcini (small mozzarella balls)
1 large cucumber (sliced very thin)
1/2 lb. small boiled cold shrimp
1 tsp. sea salt
Directions:
In a large bowl, put all ingredients.
Serves best with a Greek or Italian dressing.

Baked Feta Shrimp

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Ingredients:
1 lb. uncooked medium shrimp (about 20 pieces)
1 large can tomatoes (whole pieces)
1 cup feta cheese (crumbled)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 small shallots (chopped)
olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
Directions:
1. Open can of tomatoes. Slice tomatoes.
2. In a large skillet put 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Cook garlic and shallots for about 5 minutes.
3. Add tomatoes. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Cook for 10 minutes.
4. Make sure uncooked shrimp are dry and not wet. In a bowl put shrimp. Add a tsp. of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Mix well.
5. In a round baking casserole dish, coat the bottom with 1/2 tsp. of olive oil. Add cooked tomatoes evenly on the bottom.
6. Put uncooked shrimp on top. Sprinkle feta cheese on top. (See photo)
7. In a preheated oven of 400 degrees, bake shrimp for about 10-12 minutes.
Serve hot. Serves 2-3 people.

Shrimp and Lentil Soup With Spinach

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Ingredients:

1 lb. small shrimp (cleaned and boiled)
1 cup dry lentils
2 medium sized carrots (diced)
2 medium sized celery stalks (diced)
1 medium size onion (diced)
3/4 lb. small red potatoes (cut into 1/2 in. pieces)
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 16 oz. can of Italian Style Stewed Tomatoes
8 cups chicken broth
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 cups fresh spinach
3 cups water
olive oil
Directions:

1.   Boil shrimp for 5 minutes. Drain well and set to the side.
2.. In a 5 quart pot, add 3 tbs. of olive oil. Over a medium heat, warm oil and add carrots, celery and onion. Cook until tender and stir occasionally. Add garlic and stir until garlic browns. Add salt and pepper.
2. Stir in stewed tomatoes (with the liquid), lentils, chicken broth, potatoes, and water. Stir with spoon. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 50 minutes. While soup is simmering (about 25 minutes in) add boiled shrimp. Stir in spinach 3 minutes before done. Add a pinch of extra sea salt if needed.
Serve hot. Serves 4-6 people

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Ingredients:
1 lb. fresh escarole (rinsed, drained and chopped)
4 chicken cutlets
2 tomatoes (sliced)
1 lb. piece fresh mozzarella (sliced)
1 cup chick peas
1 cup marinated mushrooms
1 tbs. olive oil
1 lemon (juiced)
1 tsp. sea salt
Directions:
1. Marinate chicken cutlets in olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt. Let marinate for at least an hour refrigerated.
2. Grill cutlets on both sides for about 4-6 minutes. Let cool and slice into thin pieces.
3. In a large bowl place escarole. Place sliced chicken cutlets, sliced mozzarella, chick peas, marinated mushrooms and tomatoes on top.
*You can use a dressing of your choice or use a little olive oil and lemon juice on top.

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Ingredients:
8 chicken cutlets
2 cups fresh arugula
1 lb. piece fresh mozzarella ( 8 thin slices)
4 large vine tomatoes (16 thin slices)
4 tbs. olive oil
4 tbs. balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. sea salt
Directions:
1. In a Ziploc bag, put chicken cutlets, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
2. After 2 hours, grill cutlets in a skillet with a tbs. of olive oil. Sprinkle salt on both sides. Cook on both sides for about 3 minutes each. (Depends on the thickness of cutlets.) Make sure chicken is well cooked.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
3. In a large baking pan, put a little olive oil to coat the bottom.
4. Put chicken cutlet, arugula, a slice of mozzarella and 2 slices of tomatoes on top.
5. Bake in oven for 10 minutes, until cheese melts.
Serve hot. Serves 4. (2 cutlets each)