Baked Maple Mascarpone Sweet Potatoes

Baked Maple Mascarpone Sweet Potatoes

 

This dish is delicious and decadent. The perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or any special dinner. They bake in a rich butter sauce so they absorb all of the flavor with none of the fluff of the traditional Sweet Potato and marshmallow casserole. Try this as an elegant alternative this year.

Baked Maple Mascarpone Sweet Potatoes

3 large sweet potatoes peeled and sliced in 1/4 ” rounds

4 T butter

8 0z mascarpone cheese

1 t chopped rosemary

2 T maple syrup

1/2 c milk.

Preheat the oven to 350. Arrange sweet potato slices in layers in an oven proof dish ( I used a 8×8)

Baked Maple Marscapone Sweet Potatoes

 

In a sauce pan melt butter and mascarpone cheese together over medium heat. Add maple syrup, milk and rosemary and stir to combine.

Baked Maple Mascarpone Sweet Potatoes

 

Pour mixture over potatoes and cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Serve on the plate with a spoonful of the butter sauce from pan over the top.

 

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Cheesy Mashed Potatoes and Carrots

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes and Carrots

 

Mashed Potatoes are my favorite food and these are one of my favorites. These would be a perfect side for Thanksgiving, an alternative to the traditional mashed potatoes, or a weeknight meal.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes and Carrots

6 large Gold Potatoes peeled and quartered

1 1/2 c peeled baby carrots

1/2 c cream or milk

1 t salt

1/2 t pepper

4 T butter

1/2 t dried thyme

1/2 c sharp cheddar cheese

Add potatoes and carrots to a pot of boiling salted water, cook until fork tender ( your fork should be able to mash them easily). Drain and return to the pot, add cream/milk, salt, Pepper, butter, and thyme. Use and electric mixer or mash by hand until smooth. Stir in cheese and serve. These also make a great topping for Shepherds or Cottage Pie.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes and Carrots

Thanksgiving Favorites

Yes, I have been a slacker lately, I have lots of new and delicious recipes but I just haven’t gotten around to posting them, it is on my to do list this week though. Since November seems like it is flying by and I wanted to post some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes before the big Turkey Day.

Spiced Pear Sangria

Spiced Pear Sangria

 

 

Creamy Pumpkin Dip

Creamy Pumpkin Dip

 

 

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Jalapenos 

Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Jalapenos

 

Spiced Rum Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Rum Cranberry Sauce

 

Roasted Vegetable Orzo with Parmesan Cheese

Roasted Vegetable Orzo with Parmesan Cheese

 

Chipotle Maple Acorn Squash

Chipotle Maple Acorn Squash

 

Spicy Pumpkin Hummus

Spicy Pumpkin Hummus with Beer

Enjoy!

Red Thai Curry and Chicken Quinoa

Red Curry and Chicken Quinoa

Yes I am jumping on the quinoa band wagon too. Why not, it is easy to prepare, full of protein, and cholesterol and gluten-free. It even tastes better than rice. What is quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah), it is actually a seed but is easily prepared as a grain, like rice. In fact I made mine right in my rice cooker, same amount of water and time as rice too (1 part quinoa, 2 parts water).

quinoa cooked in a rice cooker

It came out, light and fluffy, like a cross between couscous and rice. I added some salt a squeeze of lime and some chopped cilantro.

Since we love curry at my house I made red curry with chicken and served over the top.

Red Thai Curry with Chicken

1 lb chicken cutlets, sliced into thin strips

2-3 T oil

2 c chopped broccoli

1 c match stick or sliced carrots

1/2 c peas

1/2 onion sliced thin

1 t chopped garlic

2 t red curry paste

1 can coconut milk

2 c quinoa

4 c water

2 t cilantro chopped

juice of 1 lime

salt

add quinoa and water to rice cooker and turn on.

Heat a large skillet over med high heat, add 2 T oil, add chicken and onion and cook until browned, add garlic, broccoli and carrots, cook 2 minutes, scoot chicken and veggies to the sides of the pan, making a well in the middle. add curry paste and cook 1 minute, add coconut milk and stir to combine. lower heat to low add peas and cover for about 3 minutes.  When quinoa is done cooking, add lime juice salt and chopped cilantro, serve curry mixture over quinoa.

Red Curry and Chicken Quinoa

Try some quinoa in place of rice or pasta in your favorite recipe.

Guinness Beef Stew: Alternative to Corned Beef and Cabbage

Guinness Beef Stew

I myself love Corned Beef and Cabbage , well if it’s cooked the right way, but I know many people who do not. So if you are planning a St. Patrick’s Day celebration and want to veer slightly from the traditional, give this recipe a try.

Guinness Beef Stew

2 lbs Beef Stew meat

1/4 c flour

1/4 t garlic powder

1/4 t salt

1/8 t black pepper

1/8 t dried thyme

1T oil

1 large onion cut into 8ths

115 oz can diced tomatoes

1 t chopped garlic

1/2 c Guinness stout  (or any stout)

1 T brown sugar

2 T Dijon mustard

3/4 c beef broth

6 carrots peeled and cut in half

10 small potatoes peeled and cut in half

1 cup baby portabella or button mushrooms

salt and pepper to taste

Add flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper and thyme to a large ziplock bag, add meat and shake until well coated. Heat oil in a large pot, add meat and onion sauté until browned. add garlic and saute 1 minute. Add beer, tomatoes, mustard, brown sugar and broth. Cover and simmer 45 minutes, add potatoes and carrots and cook 45 minutes more. Add mushrooms and cook 10 more minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Guinness Beef Stew Guinness Beef Stew

Buffalo Cauliflower

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Yes I am mean, this is what I tried to serve my husband and kids as so called wings. But guess what it was delicious, maybe not low fat but it sure is healthier than regular buffalo wings and if you don’t over think it , it tastes pretty similar. The heat and crunch are there and dip anything in blue cheese and its a winner. Mix it up this Super Bowl and try this, perfect for vegetarians and dieters.

3 T butter

2 T hot sauce

1 head cauliflower , cut into florets

blue cheese dressing (optional)

Met butter in a pan

add hot sauce and stir over med high heat. Add cauliflower and saute for about 4 minutes, until coated, but still crunchy.

Buffalo Cauliflower

Sprinkle with salt. Serve with blue cheese dressing

Buffalo  Cauliflower

Twice Baked Cauliflower Casserole

 

Cauliflower replaces the higher carb potatoes or grits in this easy cheesy casserole.

Twice Baked Cauliflower

1 1/2 heads of Cauliflower, cut  into large pieces

1/4 c water

1/4 c cream

4 oz cream cheese

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

2 T butter

1/4 t cayenne pepper, 1/4 t salt

1/8 t black pepper

2 eggs (beaten)

6 strips of cooked bacon crumbled

Place cauliflower and water in a large pot, bring to a boil reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cook for about 7-10 minute or until cauliflower is soft. Drain Water. Add cream and butter. Using a hand held blender, puree the cauliflower until smooth. (you could mash, use a blender of food processor too)

Mix in cream cheese, cheddar, salt, cayenne and pepper. Add in eggs. Pour into a large baking pan and top with cooked bacon (omit for a vegetarian option).

 

Bake at 350 for about 30 min.

 

Chicken with Creamy Corn and Basil Sauce

My kids love goopy, buttery, Alfredo sauces. They are fine every once in a while, but pretty fattening and lack any sort of vegetable or seasonal ingredient. I put this dish together using fresh summer corn and basil from the garden. It is  a lighter summer version of a white sauce with a hint of sweetness and no butter or cream.

2 ears of corn, kernels removed with a knife (or about 3 cups corn frozen of canned)

1/2 one lemon juiced

1/2 c milk

1 t salt

1/4 t pepper

2 oz cream cheese

1/4 c shredded parmesan cheese

1 t minced garlic

1.5 lbs chicken breast ( I cut mine in to bite sized pieces but you could use whole breasts)

1T oil

4 T chopped basil

Remove kernels from cob if using fresh corn.

add kernels, lemon juice, and milk to a food processor, pulse until finely chopped. Add milk salt pepper and cheeses, pulse until mixture is well combined.

Set aside and heat a large skillet over med high heat. Add oil. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. add to pan. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Add corn and cheese mixture to pan, simmer for about 5 min over low

Stir in fresh basil and serve.

Serve over, Rice, Noodles or Pasta. Sprinkle with grated parmesan if desired.

Eat Your Veggies, Mashed Broccoli and Cauliflower

Trying to get kids and some adults to eat vegetables can be tricky. Trying to limit you carbs and find hearty, comforting, side dishes can be challenging. Mixing up your week night dinners and getting out of a rut can be tiring. This recipe solves all of these problem and is quick and easy, and I even like it better than mashed potatoes.

Mashed Broccoli and Cauliflower

16 oz of broccoli and cauliflower florets (I bought them already mixed in a bag at my supermarket)

1 oz cream cheese (from the brick, not soft)

1/2 tsp salt

2T half and half or milk

Steam broccoli and cauliflower until soft, you could use a microwave steam bag or steamer ( you could even boil it in a small amount of water). Add cooked veggies, cream cheese, salt and half and half to a food processor and pulse until “mashed”, mash by hand if you don’t have a food processor, it just may be slightly chunkier. Serve, see I told you it was easy. Try doing cauliflower or broccoli solo too.