Pasta Power Bowl

Pasta Power Bowl

Keep your healthy month going with this great tasting Pasta Power Bowl. High in vitamins and protein, the types of pasta we used provide 3 servings of Vegetables and 25 grams of Protein. So, the easy to make seared tomato topping is just a yummy fiber bonus!

8 ounces Ancient Harvest POW! Red Lentil Pasta
8 ounces Ronzoni Super Greens Rotini
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
4 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
4 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Following the package directions, prepare the pasta in separate saucepans. Drain and set aside.

While the pasta cooks, heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes and sauté until the skins blister. Crush the tomatoes and add the garlic, tomato paste, and salt. Cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Add the pasta to warm bowls, top with the tomatoes and sprinkle with the green onions, cheese, and parsley. Makes 4 servings

Winter Grain Bowls

Winter Grain Bowls

After an indulgent holiday, everyone is looking for a tasty way to get on a healthier track in the new year. Grain bowls are an easy and delicious way to get started. You can make them with your favorite grains or try some new ones using this simple recipe. Be sure to choose lots of veggies in different colors for flavor and nutrition. So select your favorites and assemble your grain bowl – they taste great warm, cold, or room temperature.

Choose a grain such as brown rice, quinoa, farro, barley, millet, or spelt. Following the package directions to prepare your grain, plan on cooking ½ cup per bowl, and replace the water with vegetable or chicken stock to add extra flavor. Place your cooked grains in the bowl and top with your favorites listed below. For our photos, we used brown rice, quinoa, and farro in our sample bowls.

Choose a protein such as 1/3 cup beans, 3 ounces cooked omega 3 fatty fish – like salmon, 4 ounces cooked chicken,  1-1/2 ounces of cheese, an egg, 3 ounces of tofu or 1 ounce of nuts or seeds. In our photo samples, we used salmon, chicken, black-eyed peas, cannellini beans, lentils, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and walnuts.

Choose lots of vegetables such as oven-roasted kale, sweet potatoes, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, or cauliflower. Add some raw veggies too such as radish, cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, bell pepper, fennel, cucumber, sprouts, scallions, and salad greens. For our bowls we used roasted kale, sweet potatoes, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes; plus, fresh bell peppers, carrots, cucumber, and scallions. See our vegetable roasting recipe below.

Choose a fat such as 2 tablespoons nuts or seeds, ¼ cup olives or ¼ avocado. Or add 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil or any healthy nut oil, any healthy salad dressing or use our easy lemon dressing.

Top with fresh herbs or spices for additional flavor. Sprinkle your bowl with parsley, thyme, cilantro, basil, dill, mint, or oregano. You can also add minced ginger, lemon zest, or red pepper flakes.

Easy Lemon Dressing Combine 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest with 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Whisk in 3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Toss 1 tablespoon with the grains or beans, or pour over the finished bowl. Makes 4 servings

 For oven roasted vegetables: Preheat the oven to 400˚F, toss two cups of vegetables in a tablespoon of olive oil, spread evenly over a foil-lined baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. and roast until lightly browned and tender. Thicker veggies will take 20-30 minutes. Thinner or leafy, such as Kale and asparagus, will take only 10 minutes.

Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon Chips

Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon Chips

No snickering here, just some real cookie love with these Snickerdoodles. A perfect holiday cookie, they will ignite your home with the smell of the holidays. We added some easy-to-make homemade cinnamon chips to kick the flavor up a notch.

To make the cinnamon chips:
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 200˚F. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, shortening, light corn syrup, and vanilla extract. Mix with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a dough. Spread on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and flatten into a rough square about 1/4 inch or so thick. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely, blot off any excess oil with paper towels, and then cut into small pieces. Makes approximately 2 cups.

To make the cookies:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2¾ cups plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup of Cinnamon Chips

For rolling:
½ cup granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars at high speed until light and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of the bowl. With the mixer on medium speed, add egg and vanilla, beating until well combined

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in 1 cup cinnamon chips until evenly distributed

Add the remaining granulated sugar to a bowl. Using a 2-tablespoon scoop, scoop the dough, and roll into balls. Roll balls in the sugar. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Place on a cookie sheet and bake until golden brown and puffed up, 14 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on pans then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Southern-style Chicken and Dumplings

Southern-style Chicken and Dumplings

Baby, it’s cold outside! Keep warm with a bowl of delicious southern-style Chicken and Dumplings made with light, fluffy dumplings in a rich broth loaded with chicken, vegetables, and fresh herbs. It’s pure southern comfort in a bowl.

6 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, small dice
6 medium carrots, peeled, cut crosswise into thin rounds
2 ribs of celery cut into small dice
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, divided
2 ¼ cups flour, divided
2 boxes sodium free chicken stock
Kosher salt and
freshly ground pepper
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons chilled vegetable shortening, cut into cubes
1 cup whole milk

In a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid, heat butter over medium. Add onion, carrots, celery and 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.
Add 1/4 cup flour and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add broth and bring to a boil, constantly stirring; season with salt and pepper. Nestle chicken and parsley in pot; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes.

To make the dumplings: In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining 2 cup flours, baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in the shortening into the flour until the flour is just mealy. Gradually stir in the remaining thyme and milk until the dough just holds together to form a moist and soft batter.

Drop the batter by rounded tablespoons in the simmering liquid, keeping them spaced apart. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, then cover and simmer until chicken is tender and dumplings are firm 10 minutes. Makes 10 servings.

Pumpkin Risotto with Fried Sage & Toasted Parmesan

Pumpkin Risotto with Fried Sage & Toasted Parmesan

To create a deliciously creamy and luscious fall risotto, we finish the dish with pumpkin, butter, and parmesan cheese. Then we topped it with contrasting crunchy parmesan crumbs and fried baby sage leaves.

Toasted Parmesan
2 tablespoon butter
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup grated parmesan

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the bread crumbs, toss, and cook until the crumbs are toasted. Add the parmesan, remove from the heat and set aside.

Fried Sage
12-18 small sage leaves
Olive oil

Wash and dry the sage leaves thoroughly. In a sauté pan, add 1/4” olive oil, and heat until simmering. Add the sage leaves and cook for about 1-2 minutes until just starting to turn brown. Remove and set on paper towels until ready to serve.

Pumpkin Risotto
4 cups no-salt-added chicken stock
2 teaspoon olive oil
½ large onion finely chopped
2 large clove garlic, minced
1 cup arborio rice
½ cup white wine
1 cup solid-pack canned pumpkin puree
½ cup coarsely grated Parmigiano Reggiano
2 tablespoon butter
⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Place the stock in a large saucepan, heat the stock to a simmer, and continue lightly simmering while you make the risotto.

In another large saucepan over medium heat, add oil onion and garlic. Cook until onion begins to soften, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in rice and sauté for about a minute longer. Add wine, and cook until wine has evaporated.

Add 2 cups of the stock to the rice and stir until almost absorbed. Repeat with another cup of stock, and continue stirring and adding stock until the rice is almost tender but still has some bite to it, about 20 minutes. When you have reached this stage, add the pumpkin and stir until the pumpkin is absorbed and the liquid has evaporated slightly. Stir in the cheese, butter, nutmeg, and add the salt and pepper to taste.

Add the risotto to six bowls and top with the Parmesan crumbs and fried sage.

Oven Roasted Pumpkin With Herb Butter, Grilled Steaks, and Apple Cider Creme

Oven Roasted Pumpkin With Herb Butter, Grilled Steaks, and Apple Cider Creme

Fresh pumpkins are more than jack-o-lanterns. Using thin sliced sweet pie pumpkins, the wedges are roasted, then topped with a tasty herb butter, Parmesan cheese, and a cider sour cream sauce. We added a delicious grilled steak, also topped with the same herb butter and more sauce for dipping. 

To make the pumpkin:
½ cup of butter or ghee
1 teaspoon of fresh sage
2 teaspoons of fresh rosemary
3 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium pie or sweet pumpkin cut into 16 wedges
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoons fresh cracked black pepper

Heat oven to 375˚F. In a small saucepan melt 1/4 cup the butter or ghee, then add the sage, rosemary, parsley, and garlic cloves. Cook until the herbs and garlic start to sizzle. Remove from heat and set the herb butter aside.

Melt the remaining butter or ghee in a small saucepan over medium heat. Slice the pumpkin into wedges, place the wedges on a parchment lined baking sheet, cut side down. Brush the cut side with the butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place in the oven and roast 20 minutes, turn and brush the other side with butter or ghee. Roast 10 more minutes. Remove from the oven, while still hot, brush with 1/2 of the herb butter and immediately top with grated parmesan. Reserve the remaining oil for the steaks. 

To prepare the steaks:
2 rib eye steaks, about 12 ounces each
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper

About 20 minutes before grilling, remove the steaks from the refrigerator, cover, and let sit at room temperature.

Heat the grill to high, then brush the steaks, on both sides with oil. Season with salt and pepper and place on the grill. Cook until golden brown and slightly charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the steaks over and continue to grill 3 to 5 minutes for medium-rare (an internal temperature of 135 degrees F) or 5 to 7 minutes for medium (140 degrees F) or 8 to 10 minutes for medium-well (150 degrees F).

When finished cooking to your desired consistency, transfer the steaks to a cutting board or platter and brush with the warm herb oil. Tent loosely with foil and rest for 5 minutes before cutting.

To make the Apple Cider Creme
½  cup boiled cider*
⅓ cup sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh cream
Pinch of kosher salt

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until well combined, serve with steaks and pumpkin.

*To make boiled cider, place 1/2 gallon of unfiltered cider in a saucepan and cook over medium-high until reduced to 2 cups. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.