This super simple recipe takes so little time to make and packs so much punch in flavor and satisfaction. It is perfect for my dietary needs because it is full of protein and flavor. Great as a meal or for parties! This travels well for lunch boxes, picnics, camping, etc. as long as you can keep it cool.
From A Taste of Italy (1996) by The American Cooking Guild:
"Peppers came to Italy from the New World. The special flavor of roasted peppers, especially ripe sweet red ones, will enhance your sauces, salads, or pasta dishes. Enjoy them on slices of grilled garlic bread. Peppers roasted over a hardwood charcoal fire lend a smoky nuance to your favorite dishes."
Cook and prep times are approximate.
David came up with this recipe yesterday for our oldest son's return from Band Camp. Our son said the camp food was something akin to packing materials and was nothing but sheer torture! In honor of our son the family burger fiend and since David was making pita pizzas anyway, he decided to combine the two into this recipe. Needless to say, our son absolutely devoured the cheeseburger pita and asked for more the next day. We hope you all enjoy it as much as he did! (But do try to eat it a little more slowly, okay? ;D)
This recipe is great any time but is adapted from Everyday Food, Thanksgiving With All The Trimmings, November 2005: "These tender muffins, studded with cranberries and nuts and scented with orange, are 100% whole-grain; and they taste great! This traditional Thanksgiving flavor combination in muffin form makes a delicious, healthy start to your day of feasting."
From A Taste of Italy (1996) by The American Cooking Guild:
"A combination of dazzling colors, the bell pepper topping turns this cheese torta into a spectacular party appetizer!"
Cook time is marinating time.
This recipe is adapted from the November 2005 issue, which recommends using the freeze-wrap-freeze method: "Before wrapping individually, freeze burritos on a baking sheet so they don't come apart in the process; then put back in freezer."
This has been a long-time family favorite and richly deserves to be its own food group! My daughter inherited the cheese-lover gene and at age 3 dubbed this dip "Grandma's Cheeseball Cream" much to our delight. :-) I have seen a few incarnations of this dip, but the added cheese flavors and seasonings are what make this one stand out. This is a large recipe for a large family. Don't be afraid to halve it, but you might be sorry you did when it's gone! ;-)
From A Taste of Italy (1996) by The American Cooking Guild: "Make this dish with plump, juicy tomatoes picked right off the vine. You know the kind: with every bite, the juice drips exquisitely down your chin." Cook time is marinating time.
Adapted from Kittencal's "Crispy Oven-Fried Cod Fish" #155754, this outstanding fish dish will become a fast favorite in your house, too. Even my pickiest eaters were coming back for 2nds, 3rds, 4ths... :-)
One night, David made chicken breast w/ roasted potatoes, parsnips, carrots, and onions for dinner. The chicken was gone in minutes, but we had plenty of veggies left over. I needed a quick and healthful breakfast for the kids, and David suggested a breakfast casserole. I baked it the night before and reheated individual servings in the microwave the next morning. One of my sons put slices between two pieces of toast for breakfast-on-the-go. Pretty clever family I've got here, eh? :D Feel free to substitute whatever works for you--hashbrowns, tater tots, waffle fries, multi-colored carrots (my fave!), sweet potatoes, etc.
From A Taste of Italy (1996) by The American Cooking Guild: "Minestrone is a soup specialty of central and northern Italy. The soup might be ladled over slices of grilled country-style bread. The roots of this practice may stem from medieval times when castle servants made soup from wild herbs and recycled trenchers, which were large pieces of bread used as serving plates."
From the August 2007 edition of Sunset magazine: "Valerie likes to make this refreshing version of the classic Italian salad at the height of summer, 'when everyone is sick of tomatoes.' If your plates aren't white, she says, start your layering with the mozzarella--its creamy paleness will look pretty against a color." Nutrition facts: 481 cal, 342 fat cal, 21g protein, 38g fat, 22g sat, 10g carb, 1.7g fiber, 922mg sodium, 80mg chol.
From the August 2007 edition of Sunset magazine: "This is a main course built for summer: substantial but light, with a refreshing salad beneath. If you'd prefer skinless fillets, by all means use them, but be aware that the delicate edges may break up a bit. 'For serving,' says Valerie, 'I do a final drizzle of olive oil,' which creates an appetizing shine." Nutrition facts: 510 cal, 234 fat cal, 46g protein, 26g fat, 3g sat fat, 20g carb, 3g fiber, 916mg sodium, 73mg chol.
From A Taste of Italy (1996) by The American Cooking Guild: "Wild mushrooms are a specialty of northern Italy; golden brown porcini is the undisputed favorite. Rehydrate dried mushrooms with a 30-minute soak in hot water. Rinse well; trim off the tough parts. Strain soaking liquid through a coffee filter; save for pasta sauces or soups. At a fancy restaurant, an appetizer of sauteed wild mushrooms on bruschetta costs a king's ransom! Try it at home; embellish the top with shaved Parmesan cheese."
I have been a long-time disliker of sweet potatoes. David (being Southern) loves them. However, all that butter and sugar aren't overly conducive to a heart-healthy diet. Then, my MIL saved the day with this recipe. She showed me how to prepare this naturally heart-healthy veggie so that they would candy themselves. Incredible! I just had to try them on her last visit, and they were just to die for--or live for! Fat-free, sugar-free, and GUILT-free; and they couldn't be any easier to make! I can't wait to see if y'all like them as much as our family does.
From A Taste of Italy (1996) by The American Cooking Guild: "BATTUTO: This is the first step of many dishes. Finely chopped garlic and onion are lightly sauteed in olive oil, butter, pancetta (bacon), or lard. When lightly colored and aromatic, these ingredients are called a soffritto. INSAPORIRE: This technique adds real flavor to vegetable dishes. Insaporire means 'to make more tasty.' Vegetables are added to sauteed onions and garlic and cooked to 'make tasty.' The vegetable is used for soup, sauce, or pasta. This step creates a flavor-depth that otherwise might be missing."
This simple-to-make dish is great for any meal. It's power packed with protein and flavor for spicy food lovers! Don't be thrown by the finished product's appearance. They are as tasty as they are UGLY!