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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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3 Sheet Pan Suppers | Dinner Made Easy

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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3 Clever Cauliflower Recipes | Dinner Made Easy

Crispy Cauliflower Bites

Cauliflower:
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 eggs, whisked
1 cup panko breadcrumbs

Honey Garlic Sauce:
1/3 cup honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp soy sauce
1/3 cup water
2 tsp cornstarch

To bread cauliflower, individually dip florets into eggs.
Next, roll cauliflower in panko breadcrumbs.
Place on a nonstick or parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 400ºF for 15-20 minutes, turning once halfway.
While cauliflower is baking, in saucepan over medium heat, add honey, garlic and soy sauce.
In a small bowl, make a cornstarch slurry by whisking water together with cornstarch.
Add cornstarch slurry to saucepan.
Cook for another 2-3 minutes or until sauce thickens.
Once cauliflower is golden and cooked to your liking, remove from oven and drizzle with honey garlic sauce.
*Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating!
Enjoy!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Crust:
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
2 tsp Italian seasoning
¼ tsp salt
1 large egg

For the pizza:
½ cup tomato sauce
1 cup mozzarella
½ cup mushrooms, sliced
½ green pepper, sliced
¼ red onion, sliced

For the crust, place cauliflower into a food processor.
Pulse until cauliflower is finely ground.
Steam crumbled cauliflower for 3-4 minutes or until tender
Using a clean kitchen towel, place cauliflower into the centre and wrap tightly so cauliflower doesn’t fall out.
Allow cauliflower to cool to avoid burning hands.
Once cooled, squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
Add cauliflower to a large bowl and add cheeses, egg, Italian seasoning and salt & pepper to taste.
Mix well.
Place mixture on an oiled nonstick or parchment lined baking sheet or pizza tray.
Press into desired shape.
Bake at 425ºF for 10-15 minutes, or until crust begins to brown.
To assemble pizza, add toppings of choice.
In this case, add tomato sauce and cheese.
Top with broccoli, tomatoes, orange pepper, corn and red onion.
Return to oven and bake until cheese has melted and crust is golden (approximately 5 minutes).
Enjoy!

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Mushroom Sauce [Vegan]

Cauliflower:
1 head cauliflower, trimmed
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

For the Creamy Mushroom Sauce:
1 small onion, finely diced
1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tbsp flour or cornstarch
1 cup mushroom or vegetable broth
1 tbsp soy sauce

Preheat oven to 375°F.
Clean cauliflower by removing core and excess leaves.
Place whole cauliflower head in a baking dish.
Drizzle with oil and season with garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.
Cover with foil and roast for 30 minutes. Uncover and roast for 20-30 minutes more or until cauliflower is crispy.
In the meantime, heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and mushrooms and sauté for about 6 minutes or until mushrooms have released their moisture.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add flour and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
Add mushroom or vegetable broth and soy sauce and cook, whisking constantly until sauce thickens.
Add soy sauce and thyme and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
Enjoy!

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Easy Steak Fajitas | Dinner Live Episode 4

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Watch this week’s episode of Dinner Live Wednesday February 8th at 5:00pm ET on YouTube!  CLICK HERE TO WATCH! 

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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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Watch this week’s episode of Dinner Live Wednesday February 1st at 5:00pm ET on YouTube!  CLICK HERE TO WATCH! 

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3 Healthy Fish Recipes | Dinner Made Easy

Tortilla-Crusted Tilapia
Servings: 4
Calories: 363

1.5 lbs tilapia, sliced into strips
3 cups tortilla chips, crushed (7oz)
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 lime, zested
3 eggs

On a large plate or a wide-mouthed bowl, whisk together flour, cumin, child flakes, smoked paprika, garlic powder and lime zest. Set aside.
In another wide-mouthed bowl, beat eggs. Set aside.
Place crushed tortillas on a large plate.
To encrust fish, take one strip at a time and lightly toss it in the flour mixture. Next, dip the fish into the eggs, then finish off my coating it with the crushed tortillas. Place fish stick on a well-greased baking sheet. Continue coating remaining fish.
Bake at 350ºF for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until fish is cooked through and tortilla crust is lightly golden.
Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
*If you prefer, you can pan fry the fish on a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Enjoy!

Maple Dijon Salmon
Servings: 4
Calories: 330

4 salmon fillets, 4-6oz
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper to taste
oil

In a large bowl, whisk together maple syrup, mustard, garlic and a drizzle of oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Coat salmon with mixture and allow to sit in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
Place fish on a lined baking sheet and bake at 400ºF for 10-12 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through.
Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Enjoy!

Cajun Mahi Mahi with Mango Salsa
Servings: 3
Calories: 390

For the Mahi Mahi:
1 tbsp oil
1.5lbs Mahi Mahi filets
2 tbsp cajun spice

For the Mango Salsa:
2 mangoes, finely diced
1/3 cup red onion, finely diced
1 jalapeño, deseeded and finely minced
1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
1 lime, juice and zest
salt and pepper to taste

Mahi Mahi:
On a large cutting board or in a large bowl, sprinkle cajun seasoning over fish. Gently rub the seasoning in.
Heat a large nonstick skillet on the stove and add some oil. Add fish and fry on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes per side, or until fish is lightly golden and cooked through. Do not overcrowd the pan. Fry fish in batches if necessary.
Serve immediately with salsa or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Salsa:
In a large bowl, toss all ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Enjoy!

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Thai Shrimp Soup Recipe

Thai Shrimp Soup

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 onion, finely sliced
1 red bell pepper, finely sliced
1 carrot, julienned
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, grated
1 red chili, finely sliced (optional)
1 tbsp Thai green curry paste
4 cup vegetable broth
1 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp fish sauce
1lb shrimp, peeled
1 package rice noodles
3 green onion, finely sliced
2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
lime wedges

In a large soup pot or Dutch oven heat coconut oil over medium-high heat.  Add onion, red bell pepper and carrot.  Cook for 4 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften. Add garlic, ginger, chili and green curry paste and cook for another minute. Add broth, coconut milk and fish sauce. Simmer mixture for 5-10 minutes.  Add shrimp and noodles. Cook for 3-4 minutes until shrimp become pink and opaque.  Add green onion and coriander.  Serve with fresh lime wedges.

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One Pot Cajun Chicken | Easy Weeknight Dinners

*This post was made in collaboration with BUSH’S Beans

One Pot Cajun Chicken Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4-6

1 tbsp olive oil
6 chicken thighs or legs
1 small yellow onion, diced
3 celery ribs, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
1⁄2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1 cup rice
1 can BUSH’S Dark Red Kidney Beans
2 cups vegetable broth
1 can diced tomatoes, 15oz
salt and pepper

1. In a large skillet heat olive oil
2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and then fry for 3-4 minutes per side, or until the chicken is golden.
3. Remove chicken from the skillet and set aside.
4. To the same skillet add onion, celery and bell pepper. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add minced garlic, Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper (if you like the heat.) Cook for an additional 30 seconds.
5. Add rice, BUSH’S Dark Red Kidney Beans, broth and diced tomatoes. Bring mixture to a simmer, return the chicken to the skillet and cover. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes.
6. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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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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