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Crispy Pork Carnitas

Crispy Pork Carnitas

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 (4-5) pound boneless Pork Loin; trim excess fat and cut into 3″ chunks

1 1/2 cups Chicken Stock

1 medium White Onion; diced

4 gloves Garlic; peeled and minced

2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo sauce; minced

2 tsp. Cumin

1 tsp. Black Pepper

1 tsp. Chili Pepper

1 1/2 tsp. Salt

Cilantro and white onion for garnish

Fresh Lime

Corn Tortillas

Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Add pork and sear on each side until browned, then transfer pork to your slow-cooker.

Add remaining ingredients to slow-cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 6-8 hours or until  pork is completely cooked and shreds easily with fork.

When your pork is cooked; prepare baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil and preheat your oven to broil. Remove the pork with a slotted spoon and lay on foil-lined baking sheet in an even layer. (DO NOT DISCARD LIQUID FROM SLOW-COOKER!). Pop into oven for 5 minutes.

Remove pork from oven and drizzle 1/4 cup of juices from slow-cooker over pork and toss to coat. Broil again for 5 minutes. Repeat 2 more times until pork is crispy.

Heat corn tortillas and fill with pork, top with white onion, cilantro and a splash of fresh lime juice.

You can store the pork in the freezer for up to 3 months. I save any extra juice to use when I make my leftovers. Store leftover in fridge for up 3 days.

Chef’s Note: I have also used this recipe for nachos and it was amazing!

 

 

 

 


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Scallops with Linguini and Cream Sauce

Scallops with Linguini and Cream Sauce

Ingredients:

1 to 1 1/2 pound bay scallops

1/2 cup butter

3 garlic cloves; minced

juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon

1/4 cup white wine

1 cup whipping cream

1 cup Parmesan cheese; finely shredded

parsley; chopped

1 pound linguini

salt and white pepper to taste

Directions:

Prepare pasta as directed on package.

Meanwhile melt butter in large, heavy skillet on medium heat. Add 1/2 lemon juice, white wine and scallops and sauté for about 4 minutes. Add chopped parsley, cream and cheese; stir until sauce becomes thick; about 5-6 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

Drain pasta and toss into cream sauce  drizzle with lemon juice and toss again. Serve immediately.

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Hasselback Chicken

Hasselback Chicken

**Orignal Recipe as taken from Proper Tasty Facebook Page

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Splash of oil

50g Fresh Spinach

50G Ricotta Cheese

2 Chicken Breasts

20g Cheddar Cheese

Paprika

Salt

Pepper

Method: 1.) Cook the spinach on a medium heat in a splash of oil for 3-5 minutes until it is slightly wilted.

2.) Stir in the ricotta and cook for a further 30-60 seconds. Allow to cool.

3.) Cut slits into the chicken breasts about 1cm apart but don’t cut all the way through – about 75% of the way down is what you should aim for, but don’t stress over it.

4.) Stuff all of the spinach and ricotta mixture into the slits.

5.) Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

6.) Grate the cheddar and sprinkle it generously on top.

7.) Shake a good bit of ground paprika over the chicken to add some colour and flavour.

8.) Bake in the centre of a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 until the cheese has melted and the juices are clear.

9.) Have it!

Inner Chef Notes:

This was a great tasting dish. Easy to make!

  • I doubled this recipe to use for 4 chicken breasts.
  • I used Vermont White Cheddar Cheese.
  • I used 50/50 of Smoked Paprika and regular Paprika.
  • I used Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese.
  • I used Olive oil.
  • It took about 45 minutes for my chicken to finish cooking.

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BLT Pizza

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Don and I love BLT’s and we love pizza! So we decided to combine the 2 into one amazing dish. This works out great for company (I hate making toast!).

The ingredients are simple:

1 Pre-made pizza crust

Mayo or Miracle Whip

Fresh crisp bacon pieces

Lettuce and tomatoes

Toast the pizza crust, then top with mayo, bacon, lettuce and tomatoes. Easy as pizza pie!

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Rosemary Spaghetti with Roasted Asparagus

 

Rosemary Spaghetti with Roasted Asparagus

(Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce)

Here is the original recipe, as in the book. I used a lemon-infused olive oil and added diced chicken. This serves about 4-6 people.

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound asparagus, trimmed 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1⁄2 teaspoon coarse salt, such as kosher 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided use (see Cook’s Note) 1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped 5 medium cloves garlic, sliced 1 1⁄2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth 1 1⁄2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves 1 pound spaghetti, thick spaghetti preferred 1⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus cheese for optional topping Salt and freshly ground black pepper Garnish: 8 sprigs fresh rosemary

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Adjust oven rack to upper third of oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spread asparagus on rimmed baking sheet in a single layer; brush with oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast until fork-tender, about 7 to 12 minutes, shaking pan halfway through cooking to redistribute stalks (roasting time varies depending on thickness of asparagus). Cut stalks into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Set aside.
  2. In large, deep skillet melt 4 tablespoons butter on medium-low heat. Add onion and cook until nicely browned, about 15 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add chicken broth or vegetable broth and chopped rosemary; increase heat to high and reduce by half.
  3. Meanwhile, bring large pot of salted water to boil on high heat. Add spaghetti and cook according to package directions until al dente (tender with a little bite); drain, reserving 2 tablespoons pasta water.
  4. Add pasta and reserved cooking water to butter mixture. Add cheese, 1 tablespoon butter and asparagus. Gently toss. Season with salt and plenty of pepper. Garnish each serving with rosemary sprig.

Inner Chef Note: I made a homemade Roasted Garlic Butter:

Cut about 1/3 of the top of a large garlic bunch, drizzle a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the cut part and wrap garlic bunch in foil, open side up. Open foil just a bit so that the garlic can caramelize. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 35-45 minutes, until garlic is tender. remove from oven and let rest. When cool enough to handle, squeeze garlic from paper. Add to unsalted butter and enjoy.

 

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Quinoa Caprese Casserole

Quinoa Caprese Casserole       5 servings

(Better Homes & Garden 16th Edition)

Nonstick cooking spray

2 cups water

1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained

½ tsp. salt

1 ½ cups purchased marinara sauce

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

⅔ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

⅓ cup whipping cream

½ tsp. crushed red pepper

¼ tsp. black pepper

1 ½ cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz.)

¾ cup shredded fresh basil

6 oz. fresh mozzarella, cut into ½-inch cubes

Crusty Italian bread, optional

  1. PREHEAT oven to 350°. Lightly coat a 2-quart square baking dish with cooking spray, set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, quinoa and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat and simmer, covered for about 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff with a fork; set aside.
  2. COMBINE marinara sauce and tomato paste in a large saucepan. Stir over low heat until smooth. Stir in Parmesan cheese, cream, crushed red pepper and black pepper. Bring to a boil; remove from heat. Add cooked quinoa; mix gently. Using a rubber spatula, fold in ¾ cup of the tomatoes, the shredded mozzarella cheese and ¼ cup of the basil. Spoon quinoa mixture into the prepared baking dish, spreading evenly. Top with fresh mozzarella cheese.
  3. BAKE, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until heated through. Top with remaining ¾ cup tomatoes and the remaining ½ cup basil. If desired, serve with bread.
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