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Italian Sausage Shells
12-14 large pasta shells, cooked and rinsed with cold water
1 lb Italian sausage, removed from casings
½ cup onion, diced
2 cups kale, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ tsp red pepper flakes
2 ½ cups tomato sauce
1 cup ricotta cheese
½ cup mozzarella, shredded
¼ cup parmesan, grated
Fresh basil for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. Add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes and add garlic. Add sausage and cook until no longer pink. Season with Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant. Add kale and cook until wilted. Add half of the tomato sauce and mix well. Remove from heat and stir in ricotta. Spread half of the remaining tomato sauce on an oven-safe baking dish. Stuff shells with sausage mixture and place into tomato sauce lined baking dish. Top with remaining sauce and mozzarella and parmesan and bake at 350ºF for 15-20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Garnish with fresh basil.
Enjoy!
*If cooking from frozen, add on 25-35 minutes to cooking time. If shells are browning too quickly, top with aluminum foil. If possible, to reduce cooking time, allow to completely thaw before baking.

Taco Stuffed Shells
12-14 large pasta shells, cooked and rinsed with cold water
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp taco seasoning
1 cup salsa
1 cup diced tomatoes
½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tbsp green onion for garnish
oil

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add onion and bell peppers. Cook for 3-4 minutes and add garlic. Once fragrant, add beef. Continue to cook until beef is no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper to taste and taco seasoning. Add black beans. Mix well and remove from heat. Spread half of the salsa on an oven-safe baking dish. Stuff shells with beef mixture and place into baking dish. Top with remaining salsa and sprinkle over cheddar cheese. Bake at 350ºF for 15-20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Garnish with fresh green onions.
Enjoy!
*If cooking from frozen, add on 25-35 minutes to cooking time. If shells are browning too quickly, top with aluminum foil. If possible, to reduce cooking time, allow to completely thaw before baking.

Chicken Alfredo with Spinach
Alfredo Sauce:
2 tbsp butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups heavy cream
½ cup cream cheese
1 cup parmesan, grated
Pinch of nutmeg
½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Stuffed Shells:
12-14 large pasta shells, cooked and rinsed with cold water
2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
1 cup frozen spinach, excess water squeezed out
1 cup mozzarella, shredded
Parmesan for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste

To make alfredo sauce, add butter to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant and softened. Reduce heat and add cream and cream cheese. Bring to a simmer while stirring. Once smooth, add parmesan, nutmeg and season with salt and pepper to taste. If using, add red pepper flakes. Mix well. Set aside ⅓ of the sauce. Spread a layer of the sauce into an oven safe baking dish and set the rest aside.

To make filling, mix together chicken, spinach mozzarella and half of alfredo remaining sauce. Stuff shells with chicken mixture and place in the sauce lined baking dish. Top with remaining alfredo sauce and sprinkle over mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350ºF for 20-25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
Enjoy!
*If cooking from frozen, add on 25-35 minutes to cooking time. If shells are browning too quickly, top with aluminum foil. If possible, to reduce cooking time, allow to completely thaw before baking.

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3 EASY Budget Meals | Dinner Made Easy

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Mushroom Frittata
6 eggs
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp butter
1 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup spinach, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside. In a medium sized oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, add butter. Add mushrooms and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and spinach and cook until wilted. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Pour over egg mixture and mix well. Bake at 350ºF for 8-10 minutes, or until the egg is cooked through. Garnish with parsley.
Enjoy!

Baked Chicken Thighs
8 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
3 potatoes, cut into wedges
½ red onion, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
Oil
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large baking dish, toss all ingredients together. Bake at 400ºF for 35-40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes have softened.
Enjoy!

Tuscan Rice Skillet
1lb Italian sausage, casings removed
½ cup onion, finely diced
3 cups spinach, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup rice
1 can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 ½ cups chicken broth
2 tsp Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil

In a medium size pot or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. Add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and sausage. Break meat up with the side of a spoon and cook until no longer pink. Add rice and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add beans, diced tomatoes, chicken broth and Italian seasoning. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the liquid is mostly absorbed. Stir in spinach and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until wilted.
Enjoy!

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Angel Hair Shrimp Scampi
3 cups angel hair pasta, cooked and drained
2 tbsp butter
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp chili flakes
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
½ cup white wine
1 bunch asparagus, chopped into 2” pieces
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook your pasta according to the instructions on the box. While it’s cooking, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add garlic, shrimp, asparagus, wine and chili flakes. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through. Add parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss well.
Enjoy!

Cashew Chicken
Sauce:
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp brown sugar
¾ cup chicken broth
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp ginger, freshly grated
1 tbsp cornstarch

Stir Fry:
2 chicken breasts, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 cup unsalted cashews
¼ cup green onion
¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Oil
Salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until no longer pink and add green pepper and cook for another minute. Add sauce and cashews and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until peppers have softened and sauce has thickened. Add green onions and mix well.
Enjoy!

Halibut Packets
3 halibut fillets
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup sugar snap peas
½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp dill, chopped (or tarragon)
1 lemon, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil

Cut out 3 large parchment paper squares. Into the centre of each square, add snap peas, red pepper and red onion. Top with lemon slices and halibut. Season with salt and pepper to taste, garlic and dill. Top with another slice of lemon. Fold packets to seal edges, leaving an air pocket inside to help steam fish. Bake at 400ºF for 13-14 minutes, or until vegetables and fish are cooked through.
Enjoy!
*Be careful when opening packets! They are extremely hot and filled with steam!

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3 Delicious Eggplant Recipes | Dinner Made Easy

Warm Eggplant & Mushroom Salad

Roasted Veg:
1 eggplant, diced
2 cups mushrooms, quartered
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp honey
Oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Salad:
4 cups kale, roughly chopped
¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup goat cheese, crumbled
¼ cup walnuts, chopped

In a large bowl, toss together eggplant, mushrooms, garlic powder, herbs and oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Evenly spread eggplant mixture onto a large nonstick or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 400ºF for 20-25 minutes, tossing occasionally.
In another bowl, toss kale in oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Massage until wilted and place into serving dish of choice.
Once roasted vegetables are cooked through and begin to caramelize, drizzle them with balsamic and honey.
Assemble salad by topping kale, roasted vegetables, red onion, goat cheese and walnuts.
Enjoy!

Lasagna Stuffed Eggplant

2 medium eggplants
1lb Italian sausage, casings removed
3 cups tomato sauce
1/2 cup ricotta
½ cup mozzarella, grated
½ cup parmesan, grated
¼ cup basil, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large oven safe baking dish, spread 1 cup of tomato sauce evenly to coat the bottom. Set aside.
Cut eggplant in half lengthwise and scoop out the centre. Roughly chop the scooped out eggplant pieces and set aside. Place eggplant “boats” into baking dish, cut side up.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add sausage. Break up meat with the back of a spoon and cook until golden. Add scooped out eggplant pieces and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Drain off excess oil from sausage if necessary and add 2 cups tomato sauce and ricotta. Mix well.
Scoop mixture into eggplant “boats” and top with mozzarella and parmesan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375ºF for 15-20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until eggplant is fork tender and cheese is golden.
Garnish with fresh basil and enjoy!

Eggplant Pomodoro

1lb spaghetti
1 large eggplant, diced
1 onion, diced
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup kalamata olives, pitted
1 tsp chili flakes
¼ cup parsley, chopped
Parmesan to serve
Oil
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. Add eggplant and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook tossing occasionally for 2-3 minutes. Add onions and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until onions have softened. Add tomatoes, garlic, olives and chili flakes. Cook for another 5-6 minutes or until tomatoes have softened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cook pasta according to package instructions.
Toss pasta with sauce and top with freshly chopped parsley and parmesan.
Enjoy!

 

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Chicken Parmesan with Roasted Zucchini
For the chicken:
3 chicken breasts, boneless skinless
Salt and pepper to taste
oil

Chicken Topping:
1 cup tomato sauce
½ cup mozzarella, shredded
¼ cup parmesan, grated
Basil for garnish

Zucchini:
3 zucchini, sliced
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
Oil
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl drizzle zucchini with oil and season with salt & pepper and Italian seasoning to taste.
Transfer zucchini to a nonstick or parchment lined baking sheet, leaving space for the chicken.
Season chicken with oil, salt & pepper and Italian seasoning to taste.
Bake at 400ºF for 15 minutes or until chicken is almost cooked through.
Top with tomato sauce and cheese and return to oven for another 5-10 minutes or until cheese has melted and chicken is cooked through.
Garnish with freshly chopped basil.
Enjoy!

Maple Glazed Pork Chops with Apples, Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts

4 pork chops, centre loin cut
1 apple, diced
2 cups butternut squash, diced
1 cup Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
Oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Glaze:
½ cup maple syrup
3 tbsp grainy or Dijon mustard
1 tbsp thyme
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tbsp oil
Salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl, whisk together glaze ingredients and set aside.
Place pork into a large zipper bag and pour over glaze.
Evenly spread glaze over pork and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, toss together apple, Brussels sprouts and squash.
Season with salt & pepper and drizzle with oil.
Spread squash mixture on a nonstick or parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 400ºF for 10-15 minutes.
Push vegetables to the side and add pork chops.
Pour remaining glaze over vegetables and toss to evenly coat.
Return to oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until pork is cooked through.
Enjoy!

Oven Seared Steak & Asparagus

1 large bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
2 8oz ribeye steaks
1 tsp garlic powder
Oil
Salt and pepper to taste

On a large nonstick or parchment lined baking sheet, spread out asparagus.
Sprinkle over garlic powder, oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss well.
For steaks, season on both sides with salt and pepper and a drizzle of oil.
Place steak on an oven safe baking rack over the asparagus.
Bake at 450ºF for 10 minutes, flipping the steak once halfway through.
Continue baking until steak is cooked to your liking.
Enjoy!

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Easy Steak Fajitas | Dinner Live Episode 4

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3 Delicious Tofu Recipes | Dinner Made Easy

Tofu Stir-fry

Tofu:
1 block extra firm tofu
3 tbsp cornstarch
salt and pepper to taste
oil

Stir fry:
1 carrot, thinly sliced
2 cups broccoli florets
1 red pepper, sliced
1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced or shredded
1 cup snap peas or snow peas
oil

Sauce:
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tbsp brown sugar
3 green onions, sliced

In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, ginger, garlic,  brown sugar, green onions and cornstarch. Set aside.
To remove excess moisture from tofu, place tofu on a paper towel lined plate or cutting board. Weigh tofu down with a heavy skillet. Let sit for at least 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, pat the tofu dry and dice it into cubes.
Place tofu in a large zipper bag and toss with cornstarch and salt and pepper to taste.
To cook, heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add tofu and cook until golden brown.
Once cooked, remove from heat and set aside.
In the same skillet or wok, add a little more oil and add carrots, broccoli and red pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add cabbage and snap peas. Cool for another minutes and add sauce. Cook for another 1-2 minutes then add tofu. Cook until completely heated through then enjoy!

BBQ Tofu Pizza

Tofu:
1 block extra firm tofu
3 tbsp cornstarch
½ tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
oil

Pizza:
1lb pizza dough
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
2 cups mozzarella, shredded
2/3c diced pineapple
1/4 cup red onion, finely sliced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

To remove excess moisture from tofu, place tofu on a paper towel lined plate or cutting board. Weigh tofu down with a heavy skillet. Let sit for at least 15 minutes (overnight is ideal). Pat tofu dry and dice into cubes.
Toss tofu in cornstarch, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
In a large pan over medium-high heat, add oil.
Add tofu, and cook for approximately 10 minutes, turning occasionally until tofu is golden.
Once cooked, remove from heat and pour over barbecue sauce to evenly coat.

To assemble the pizza, roll the dough into desired thickness and shape.
Place on large pizza pan.
Spread remaining barbecue sauce over pizza in a thin layer.
Top with tofu, pineapple, red onion and finish with cheese.
Bake at 400ºF for approximately 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted.
Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!

Tofu Lasagna

4 cups tomato sauce
3 cups baby spinach, chopped
1 block firm tofu, crumbled
1/2 cup basil, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp chili flakes
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups mozzarella, shredded
1/2 cup parmesan, shredded
8-10 fresh lasagna sheets

In large bowl, combine tomato sauce and baby spinach. Set aside.
In another bowl, combine tofu, basil, garlic, chili flakes, 1 tbsp Italian seasoning. Set aside.
To assemble lasagna, add a small amount of tomato sauce mixture to the bottom of the baking dish. Top with pasta sheets. Layer on tofu mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Repeat layers until baking dish is full, finishing with a layer of cheese.
Bake at 350ºF for 40-50 minutes, or until pasta is cooked and cheese is melted and bubbly.
Enjoy!

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Healthy Chicken Recipes | Dinner Made Easy

Pineapple Baked Chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 233

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts), cut into strips (600g)
2 cups pineapple, diced
1 red pepper, roughly chopped
1 red onion, roughly chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 lime, juice and zest
1/8 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp chili flakes
salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp cilantro (for garnish)
oil

In a large baking dish, toss together all the ingredients. Wrap dish and place in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours (overnight is ideal). Bake chicken at 400ºF for 30-40 minutes, stirring once or twice until chicken is cooked through and pineapple begins to caramelize. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Sweet & Spicy Chicken with Rice Noodles
Servings: 4
Calories: 344

Honey Sriracha Sauce:
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp Sriracha
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp garlic powder
2 chicken breasts, sliced into strips (300g)

Stir Fry:
1 red pepper, finely sliced
1 green pepper, finely sliced
2 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
1 cup julienned carrots

To plate:
4 green onions, finely sliced
2 cups rice noodles, cooked
cilantro (for garnish)

In a large bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients and add chicken strips. Allow to marinate for at least 1 hour (overnight is best).
Once chicken has marinated, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Add chicken, discarding the marinade and fry chicken until almost cooked through. Add peppers, cabbage and carrots and cook for another 2 minutes, or until chicken is completely cooked and vegetables are to your liking. Serve stir fry over hot rice noodles and garnish with cilantro and green onions. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Healthy Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard Sauce
Servings: 6
Calories: 296

Chicken Fingers:
4 chicken breasts, sliced into strips
3/4 cup flour
3 tbsp cajun or chili seasoning
3 eggs
2 cups, cooked and cooled quinoa

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a wide bowl, mix together flour and seasoning. Set aside. In a second bowl, beat eggs. Set aside. Place quinoa in a large dish. Set aside. To bread chicken fingers, one strip at a time, lightly coat in flour mixture. Dip into beaten eggs and finish off by pressing into quinoa. Place on a large parchment-lined baking sheet and continue to bread remaining chicken strips. Bake at 375°F for 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa coating is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. For best results, flip once during cooking to ensure even browning. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Honey Mustard Sauce:
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
lemon juice to taste
salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl, whisk together honey, mustard and yogurt. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Enjoy!

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Balsamic Glazed Chicken | Dinner Live Episode 3

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One Pot Garlic Shrimp & Asparagus | Easy Weeknight Dinners

One Pot Garlic Shrimp & Asparagus
2 tbsp butter or olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1½ cups quinoa
2½ cups chicken broth
½ tsp red chili flakes
½ cup white wine (optional)
1lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 bunch asparagus, cut in thirds
1 lemon, zested and juiced
¼ cup fresh parsley
salt and pepper

In a large skillet melt butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.  Add quinoa, chicken broth and white wine and bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Add shrimp and asparagus, cover and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until shrimp is fully cooked. Finish with lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, red chili flakes, salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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