Ratatouille with Chicken Recipe

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What a great time of year for recipes that utilize the use of fresh produce. This Ratatouille with Chicken Recipe is delicious and is a great way to use some of that summer squash and eggplant. This is simple recipe that is easy to prepare and cooks fairly quickly so you can have supper on the table in less than an hour. Enjoy

Ratatouille with Chicken Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken leg quarters
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 small eggplant (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 medium zucchini (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 medium summer squash (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • Grated Parmesan for serving
Instructions
  1. Pat chicken dry and season generously with salt and pepper. Using the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat cook chicken skin side down until well browned. Flip and continue cooking until other side is browned; remove chicken to a platter and set aside.
  2. Place onion in the now empty skillet, add a pinch of salt, and cook until onion starts to brown. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, and then mix in the eggplant, and squash.
  3. Add the tomatoes and broth to the mixture and work the chicken into the sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, on simmer until chicken is done. (185F)
  4. Serve hot garnished with Parmesan cheese.
  5. (I served over spaghetti)

 

Blueberry Crumbles for Two

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I love the fresh berry season and blueberries are one of my favorites. This Blueberry Crumbles for Two recipe is just right for two people. This recipe requires very little prep time and bakes in less than a half an hour. Serve it warm with ice cream and it is a delicious desert.

Blueberry Crumbles for Two
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • Salt
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup old fashion rolled oats
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 4 pieces and chilled)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium bowl gently mix together the blueberries with the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Divide blueberries between 2 - 12 ounce ramekins.
  3. In another medium size bowl mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Using your hands work the butter into the mixture until dime size clumps form; sprinkle the mixture over the top of the blueberries.
  4. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake until bubbly around the edges and topping is a deep golden brown.
  5. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two Cookbook

Slow Cooker Spicy Beans with Smoked Turkey Sausage

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This is a great one dish recipe if you want to free up some time. There is very little prep time and once it’s in the slow cooker it will take care of itself until supper time.

This recipe uses salsa as one of the ingredients, I used mild, but if you want to turn up the heat a little bit use medium or hot.

Slow Cooker Spicy Beans with Smoked Turkey Sausage
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 package smoked turkey sausage (12-16 ounces cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 can kidney beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can black beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can great northern beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn
  • 1 ½ cups salsa
  • 1 large green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Teaspoon ground cumin
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are done and sausage is cooked through.
  2. Serve hot.

Adapted from tasteofhome Slow Cooker cookbook

Skillet Ravioli with Meat Sauce for Two

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Here is another simple one dish recipe that is just the right amount for serving 2 people. It uses store bought ravioli witch reduces the prep time considerably and cooks fairly quickly.

Skillet Ravioli with Meat Sauce for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 ounces of mushrooms (cleaned and quartered)
  • 8 ounces bulk Italian sausage
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 package cheese ravioli (fresh or frozen-frozen will take a little longer to cook)
  • ½ tablespoon dried basil
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. using the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat cook the onion and mushrooms until onions start to brown; stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  2. Add the sausage to the meat mixture and cook while breaking up the sausage. Cook until sausage is no longer pink inside. Stir in ⅛ teaspoon pepper and the dried basil, continue cooking until mixture is slightly thicken.
  3. Add the water and ravioli to the mixture and cook at a high simmer until ravioli is done. (if cooking from frozen you might have to add some extra water if the sauce gets to thick)
  4. Serve topped with the Parmesan cheese.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe for Two

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This Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe for Two has very little prep time and doesn’t require many ingredients.

You can have the pork in the slow cooker , ready to cook, in a matter of minutes.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pound boneless county style ribs
  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour the broth into the slow cooker and add the bacon.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Rub the seasoning mixture into the ribs and arrange them into the broth in the slow cooker.
  4. Cook until pork is tender. 5-6 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.
  5. Remove pork from the slow cooker, let cool slightly, and pull apart into bite size pieces using a fork.
  6. Pour broth into a fat separator and reserve ½ cup of the broth. Mix together the broth and the BBQ sauce. Place the pork back into the slow cooker and gradually mix in the BBQ sauce mixture to desired consistency. (I used all the sauce with a little over a pound of pork)

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two Cookbook.

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

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I needed a quick and simple recipe for supper so I decided to give this Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole recipe a try. Looking at the recipe I felt there was some room for improvement, but I decided to keep it simple and prepared the dish as written.

This would be a great one dish supper to put together for the kids after school – it’s the type of recipe I’m sure they would love.

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices of bacon (cooked crispy and crumbled)
  • 4 cups tater tots
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet cook bacon until crispy; drain and cool on paper towels; crumble and set aside reserving about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the skillet.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F.
  3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook over medium high heat until onion starts to brown. While cooking scrap any dripping off the bottom of the pan. Add the burger and continue cooking breaking up burger, and cooking until no longer pink inside; drain any excess fat. Add the ketchup and mustard and mix until combined. Spoon the meat mixture into a 9x9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Sprinkle the bacon on top of the burger and ½ of the cheese. Arrange the tater tots over the top and bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until tater tots are nicely browned.
  5. Remove the casserole from the oven and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted – serve hot.

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Adapted from Kraft Recipies

Grilled Sausages with Bell Peppers and Onions

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Fire up the grill and give this Grilled Sausages with Bell Peppers and Onions recipe a try. The red bell peppers and sweet onion give this sausage sandwich a delicious flavor.

There are a lot of flare-ups from the sausage so keep a close eye on the grill when grilling them.

Grilled Sausages with Bell Peppers and Onions
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 3 red bell peppers (cut into ¼ inch strips)
  • 1 large sweet onion (cut in half and sliced into ¼ inch thick)
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1- 13 x 9 inch disposable pan
  • 2 pound sweet Italian sausage links
  • 12- 6 inch sub roles (I used brat buns)
Instructions
  1. In a large microwavable bowl mix together the peppers, onion, vinegar, sugar, vegetable oil, salt and pepper. Microwave for 7 minutes or until vegetables are just tender.
  2. Preheat and prepare grill on med high heat. Place vegetables in the pan and place on the grill, cover, and grill for 20 minutes maintaining a grill temperature of 375 to 400F. Turn of all burners except 1 and move pan of vegetables to the hot side of the grill and stir the vegetable mixture.
  3. Place the Italian sausage on the cool side of the grill, cover, and grill for 8 minutes. Flip sausage, stir vegetables, and cook for another 8 minutes. Places sausage in pan, move pan to cool side of grill and then place the sausages on the hot side. Grill turning as needed until sausages are done. (160F) return sausages to the pan, remove pan from grill, and cover with aluminum foil; let rest 5 minutes before serving.
  4. Serve with bun, sausage, and cover with the vegetables.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Garlic Mashed Potato Bake Recipe

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This is a simple and delicious side dish recipe. Basically mashed potatoes fancied up a little bit with garlic, cheese, and sour cream.

This recipe is simple and fairly quick to prepare. If you looking for a good side dish give this Garlic Mashed Potato Bake Recipe a try.

Garlic Mashed Potato Bake Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 medium potatoes (peeled and quartered)
  • 3 garlic clove (peeled)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives (chopped)
  • 1 ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup French fried onions
Instructions
  1. Place the garlic and potatoes in a 3 quart sauce pan and cover with water; cook until fork tender and drain.
  2. While potatoes are cooking preheat oven to 325F and lightly spray a 1 ½ quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Add butter and sour cream to the potatoes and mash using a potato masher or electric mixer, and then fold in the chives. Spoon the mashed potatoes into the casserole dish and bake for about 20 minutes or until hot. Top with the cheese and French fried onions and continue to bake until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve Hot

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Adapted from blogchef.net

 

Korean Style Pork Chops Recipe

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It has been awhile since I put Asian food on the supper menu. I ran across this recipe on my sons blog; Blogchef.net. It looked really good so I decided to give it a try.

This is a simple recipe and fairly quick to put together. The pork chops turn out juicy and tender with a delicious combination of flavors.

The next time you’re in the mood for Asian food give these Korean Style Pork Chops a try; they are really good!

Korean Style Pork Chops Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl mix together the soy sauce, honey, garlic, sesame oil, ginger, and Sriracha sauce. Work the chops into the mixture, refrigerate, and marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. While chops are marinating preheat oven to 400F.
  3. Remove chops from marinade; reserve the marinade. In a large skillet over medium high heat using the olive oil, cook the chops on one side for 5 minutes. Flip chops and add the marinade to the skillet and continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until chops done. (145F.)
  4. Serve hot with sauce over the chops.

 

Chicken Florentine for Two

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This Chicken Florentine for Two recipe has a delicious combination of flavors, and the health benefits of fresh spinach. This recipe is the perfect amount for serving two people.

The recipe calls for Parmesan cheese mixed in the sauce and then used again as a garnish – I just used it in the sauce because I did not want to overpower the recipe with the Parmesan cheese. However I did include that step in the recipe.

Chicken Florentine for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1 small shallot (minced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese (divided)
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Pound chicken down to ½ inch thickness; pat dry with paper toweling and salt and pepper on both sides; set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Place the spinach in the skillet with ⅛ teaspoon salt. Cook stirring occasionally until spinach has wilted; set spinach aside in a colander to drain any excess liquid.
  3. Wipe skillet clean with paper towels and place 1 tablespoon of oil in the now empty skillet. Cook chicken over medium high heat until nicely browned and chicken registers 160F on an instant read thermometer. Set chicken aside on a plate and tent with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  4. Place the garlic and shallot into the oil and cook until fragrant, and then mix in the broth and cream. Cook until reduced to about ⅔ cup (about 7 minutes on medium heat). Off heat and mix in two tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste and then mix in the spinach. Let set long enough for the spinach to get warmed through.
  5. Serve chicken topped with the spinach and sauce, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.

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Adapted from Cooking for Two CookBook