I haven't been doing much cooking or baking these past few weeks (because of my classes) and have been concentrating on quick and easy recipes when I do. Below are a few of the dishes I made this week (and remembered to take pictures of!). I hope you all have a great week and enjoy the recipes - I've got to get back to my homework!
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2 cups salad blend (your choice)
1 medium-sized apple, sliced or chopped (you can also use a pear, if you like)
1 tsp. cinnamon-sugar mix
2 tbsp. pecans, rough chopped
1/2 cup cooked chicken, chopped (your choice - I used store-bought rotisserie chicken)
Apple Cider Vinaigrette (recipe below)
Spray a small saute pan with nonstick spray and warm over medium-high heat. In a small bowl, toss the pecan pieces with the cinnamon sugar and pour into the saute pan. Roast over medium-high heat until the cinnamon sugar coats the pecans. Remove from heat and set aside.
Arrange the salad greens on a plate. Add the apples and chicken. Sprinkle the pecan pieces over the salad and drizzle with the vinaigrette.
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. sugar (more if you like a sweeter vinaigrette)
salt & pepper, to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk!
2 lbs. Italian sausage or ground beef (I used a blend of mild Italian sausage & ground beef)
2 cups chopped onion
2 cups sliced mushrooms
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 - 14 1/2 oz. cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 - 29 oz. can tomato sauce
1 - 12 oz. can tomato paste
2 tbsp. dried basil leaves
1 tbsp. dried oregano leaves
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
Brown meat, onions, mushrooms, and garlic in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until meat is no longer pink. Drain. Spoon meat mixture into a 5-quart slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low heat 8-9 hours.
This sauce can be refrigerated for up to 4 days or 4 months in the freezer. To thaw frozen sauce, place container in the refrigerator about 8 hours prior to use.
Use this sauce over any type of pasta, in lasagna, or even pizza!
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Cocoa Cappuccino Mousse
1 - 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 tbsp. butter
2 tsp. powdered instant coffee or espresso, dissolved in 2 tsp. hot water
2 cups cold whipping cream
Combined sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, butter, and coffee in a medium saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter melts and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat; cool. Beat whipping cream in a large bowl until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold chocolate mixture into whipped cream. Spoon into individual dessert dishes or large bowl for family serving. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Garnish as desired.