Spinach & Mushroom Ravioli

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Growing up I had the luxury of tasting deliciously fresh pasta, it was homemade and nothing compares to it at all…

I don’t own a pasta making machine, nor do I have time to really make homemade pasta. I do know of some tricks, such as using won ton wrappers to create your own pasta, such as tortellini or ravioli.

I thought this idea was genius! I love the idea of making my own filling and really. making homemade pasta. I thought I would do spinach and mushroom, they work beautifully together and accented with tomato sauce really brings it out its flavor.

Ultimately, using the wonton wrappers make for very delicate and transparent ravioli. They are much thinner, and don’t have that slight chewy bite. The flavors are there, but they are a little more difficult to work with. I would suggest making them fairly small to avoid ripping, and they shouldn’t be over stuffed of course.

These raviolis taste delicious in a tomato based sauce,they also taste nice and light on their own topped with grated cheese.

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What you need:

  • wonton wrappers
  • eggwash (1egg , beaten with 1 tbsp water)
  • 1/2 pkg frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Begin by heating oil in fry pan. Add mushrooms,spinach, and garlic heat in pan for 2-4 mins.

Pulse mushrooms and spinach in food processor until coarse.

In a large bowl, add mixture and cheeses. Combine.

On a clean work space, brush won ton wrappers with egg wash and add a dollop of mixture. Fold won ton and seal edges.Press edges with a fork.

Place raviolis in boiling water for 2-3 mins, removing carefully with spider strainer.

Serve with or without sauce and sprinkle with parmesan.

Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries

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Valentine’s day is right around the corner, so what’s sweeter than surprising your valentine with a delicious chocolate recipe you made!

February always inspires me to make a really indulgent chocolate recipe, and its guilt free because its in the name of love..

 

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This time around I chose to make a creamy, cool, chocolatey dessert. Its luscious and bold, perfect dessert for this special occasion. This particular recipe doesn’t take too long either…so don’t worry if you are a last minute person.

I combined both semi sweet chocolate squares, and cocoa (someone chose to sample the chocolate I had reserved for this recipe) none the less, I worked it out.

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What you need:

  • 3 oz semi sweet chocolate (melted)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tbsp cold water
  • 2 tbsp boiling water
  • 1 cup cold whipping cream

Begin by melting chocolate using a double boiler, or melt in microwave in 15 second intervals. Set aside

In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over cold water. Let stand for 1 minute. Add boiling water and stir, let cool slightly.

In a large bowl combine sugar and cocoa. Add whipping cream and beat until mixture stiffens.Add melted chocolate, beat until incorporated. Stir in gelatin.

Pour mixture in dessert dishes and top with berries and chocolate shavings

Simple Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Marinara and Parmesan

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I will admit, I was a skeptic about trying this recipe. Squash in place of pasta didn’t sound too appealing. After seeing many recipes of how easy and versatile spaghetti squash can be, I had to give it a try at least, and judge for myself.

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I roasted the squash with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil, when I saw how easy it was to pull out the spaghetti like strands I was truly amazed! I poured on some marinara sauce and a generous sprinkle of parmesan, it was perfect!

This was more of a trial recipe, so I kept it simple, that and the fact that this seemed like the perfect recipe that doesn’t require too much effort seeing as I am extremely tired, and possibly caught the cold, my son has so graciously decided to spread. Easy and a very hearty helping of veggies sounded perfect to me. Loading on this healthy carb alternative was great for an after the gym meal as well, and you won’t feel any guilt about having seconds.

What you need:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • marinara sauce
  • parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Cut squash in half lengthwise. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil.

Roast for 45 mins- 1 hour, until tender. Remove seeds and scrape out strands with a fork.

Top with marinara sauce or your choice of sauce and sprinkle with parmesan cheese, enjoy!

 

 

Chicken in Light Coconut Red Pepper Sauce

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This recipe was inspired in light of starting off the new year on a lighter note. When trying to eat light, it can be hard to implement healthier choices upon the entire family…not everyone can see that lighter choices can also be as tasty.

In my household, my go-to for getting everyone to eat their veggies without complaining is by making sauce! I just puree the the added veggies into the sauce, and no one knows they are there. Serve over pasta or rice, and you have a quick fix with tons of vitamin C, no veggies pushed to the side of the plate, or any “I don’t like this…”.

I’m one who loves rich sauces, like Alfredo, any cream sauce, or cheesy sauce. One of my pantry staples is also coconut milk, it makes fabulous sauces as well.

This Coconut red pepper sauce if the perfect light sauce, Continue reading

Banana Oat Squares

 

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Alright, so as much as a bake for the holidays, I’ve introduced my kids to baking as well. My daughter is especially fond of it. One weekend we found ourselves in p.js watching these really creative cake making tutorials . Seeing as the videos were about 9 mins long, my daughter has this preconceived notion that making a cake that looks like the castle from Frozen is easy and only takes 10 minutes.

Clearly thats not the case, and there was really no birthday or occasion that needed us to make a 3 tier cake,but we could still bake something… Continue reading

Turkey Chili With Savory Cheddar Biscuits

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Happy New Year! So I guess this is the time of year most of us make resolutions to do better, in that case my first resolution is to blog more.

I get consumed with everything else that I forget to think about my blog, or I ┬ájust put meals together that I feel aren’t worthy of a post. So I would really like to change that, I love food and I enjoy cooking so there is really no reason, I shouldn’t have the camera ready and practice some photography in the process. Continue reading

Weeknight Fix: Chicken Potstickers

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Ok so it has been quite a while, and taking pictures using my cellphone camera has been horrendous.

I decided to come back with a bang!…well, not really but how about I tell you that pot stickers may sound like they will take forever and use super complicated ingredients (I thought so) but they are actually pretty easy and boy do they taste delish! Continue reading