Meat Dishes/ One Dish Meals/ Soups, Stews and Chili

Beef Stew in Half the Time ! Served with Rice

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Beef Stew in Half the Time!  Beef Stew is made easily in half the time most stews take to make and it’s one of our favorite meals during the winter months.  Beef stew is the one meal you can count on that is always filling and satisfying, and when you serve it over rice or mashed potatoes to soak up that savory gravy, it’s becomes classic comfort food at its BEST!  And one the whole family will enjoy!

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Kid-Friendly Recipes/ Vegetable Sides

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese. I promise that all of your skeptical, picky eaters who turn up their noses at the mention of “Brussels Sprouts” will quickly become converts when presented with my revitalized recipe.

My healthy, modernized twist on this tired vegetable is roasting the Brussels Sprouts with bacon, onions, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, extra-virgin olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Prepared in this fashion, the unpopular Brussels sprouts flavor is camouflaged. The result is a crunchy, crispy dish with silky onions that is irresistible to pass up at the table!
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Soups, Stews and Chili

Baby Lima Bean Soup

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Baby Lima Bean Soup ~ My Sicilian husband loves his lima beans, so I flavored his favorite lima bean soup with fresh vegetables and pancetta and gave it a burst more flavor to his favorite soup.

Baby Lima Bean Soup is loaded with carrots, celery, onions, pancetta (Italian-style bacon) and baby lima beans, and simmered with some chicken broth, tomato sauce and water until the broth is reduced and thickens.

So hearty and delicious tasting!  It turned out fantastic!
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Appetizers/ Vegetable Sides

Roasted Asparagus with Prosciutto and Cheese

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Roasted Asparagus with Prosciutto and Cheese. Thin asparagus spears, wrapped in crispy prosciutto with melted Swiss cheese roasted to perfection, makes this a divine dish to serve anytime.

Using a cured meat such as prosciutto along with Swiss cheese melted inside, adds amazing flavors to the asparagus; we like to call these “asparagus rollatini.”

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Casseroles/ Kid-Friendly Recipes/ One Dish Meals/ Rice and Grains

Best Rice Ball Casserole Stuffed with Meat and Peas

Best Rice Ball Casserole Stuffed with Meat and Peas by

Best Rice Ball Casserole ~ is stuffed with a blend of chopped meat, peas, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese all into one delicious casserole, then baked until the mozzarella on top is melted.  This makes an easier alternative to making the original Italian/Sicilian rice balls which are large rice balls stuffed the same way, only they are coated with breadcrumbs then deeply fried. These rice balls are commonly known as “arancine.” And one, my husband goes bonkers for!
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Breakfast Breads and Lattes

Cheesy Mini Biscuits – Jim ‘n Nick’s Copycat

Cheesy Mini Biscuits ~ Little mini muffins loaded with shredded cheddar cheese are baked in 10 minutes and taste just like Jim ‘n Nick’s cheesy biscuits.  Light, fluffy and sweet tasting, these cheesy mini biscuits will make a wonderful addition to add to your traditional Christmas morning, Christmas brunch and even dinner.

Serve them with your favorite sweet jams and even cranberry sauce to make them more festive!
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One Dish Meals/ Soups, Stews and Chili

Easy Pasta Fagioli Soup

Easy Pasta Fagioli Soup is an Italian white bean soup made with vegetables, white beans and ditalini pasta.  Pasta Fagioli Soup is one of our popular recipes but this time I made it in half the time!  It’s one of our favorite soups and makes a delicious and hearty meal for chilly nights. This Pasta Fagioli Soup is made easily in 30 minutes and in one pot.  It’s Italian comfort food at its best!
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