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Individual Chicken Pot Pies

Individual Chicken Pot Pies

Individual Chicken Pot Pies are such a delight. To be serious, it is the comfort food at its finest. I have decided to make them individually because they are portion size and they just look so adorable. I do not know about you, but I…

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

I could eat this delicious Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese probably every other day. Well, I like calling this Mac-flower and Cheese ’cause I used Cauliflower instead of macaroni. This recipe blew my Instagram account after food52 reshared my picture of Mac-flower and Cheese. Since I…

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

When you want to have a quick meal with your family, Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara is definitely the way to go.

It is just so nice with a nice bowl of mixed greens. A pretty balanced meal that my family and I really enjoy at least on a weekly bases.

You really do not need to spend hours in the kitchen to prep and cook a decent dinner. Most of our meals take less than 40 minutes from start to finish, and so many you would just pop in the oven, air fryer or slow cooker then wait until it is complete.

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Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

I don’t know why people complicate cooking. It can be therapeutic as much as economical. For my family of 5 going out is just not economical when I know that I could make far better and healthier for way less money. Wouldn’t you agree?

I am not saying do not go out and support your favorite restaurant or that we never ever go out to eat. What I am saying is that we do not go as often as perhaps average family in the USA. Well, I’m just stating the facts.

Anyhow, if you are vegetarian, or trying to cut down eating meat, these pan-fried eggplant slices are just wonderful.

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

I have so many amazing vegetarian recipes on my blog. I think you would love them. As much as I love meat, I do crave meatless meals from time to time. Yes, that includes a big beautiful bowl of mixed greens.

If you hate eggplant for whatever reasons, please give this one a try. I think that you will be pleasantly surprised at how tasty this is. My boys are not huge on eggplant either, but they actually dig this one. I don’t know why?

Maybe because they are fried and covered with sauce and tasty cheese. It is a life changer for low carb folks as well.

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

One cup of eggplants have less ta 5 carbs, so you can dip them in almond flour, for example, instead of breadcrumbs. So many options that we have to create an amazing low carb, tasty meal.

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Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara
Yield: 4

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time to prep Eggplant: 15 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

When you want to have a quick meal to have with your family, Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant, sliced (you may peel it if you wish)
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs (almond flour with Italian herbs as a sub)
  • 1-2 eggs, mixed or egg sub
  • 1/4 cup of oil for frying
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, or fresh slices of mozzarella
  • Fresh and dry herbs for garnish
  • A good drizzle of olive oil

Instructions

  1. Slice eggplant into 1/4 inch thick slices then submerges into salted cold water. I added about 1 tablespoon of table salt mixed with 6-8 cups of water. This will help eggplant become more flavorful and it will remove any bitterness. Allow it to soak for approximately 15 minutes.
  2. Remove eggplant from the water, then tap dry each slice of eggplant with a paper towel.
  3. Heat oil to medium and a plate lined with a paper towel. Keep stove temp on the medium rather than low or high.
  4. Meanwhile, add a mixed egg or egg sub into one bowl and breadcrumbs in the other. Read notes about almond flour prep.
  5. Dip each slice both sides into egg then into breadcrumbs, then drip carefully into the hot oil. Fry for a minute on each side just to get them to light golden color. Remove and place to a paper towel to soak any additional oil.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a nonstick baking sheet or line it with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  7. Place each pan-fried eggplant onto the baking sheet, and add about tablespoon or two of marinara sauce and sprinkle shredded cheese or one slice of fresh mozzarella. Sprinkle with some black pepper and dried herbs. Drizzle a bit of olive oil.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve over seasoned salad and eat immediately.

Notes

Almond flour breadcrumbs

  • Mix 1 cup of Almond flour with 1 teaspoon of blended Italian herbs, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper.
  • For a gluten-free option, cornmeal could be used.

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Hey, creamy garlic mashed potatoes topped with brown butter, lovers. Are you excited about the holiday season? I am super excited, but only because of the delicious food that e serve during the holidays. Speaking of delicious food, what do you think about my fabulous mashed…

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie has a very interesting history, and I never actually did any research on it how it was born until very recently. This tasty dish is cooked in many countries and, of course, it is loved here in the USA. What’s not to love,…

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Minerva Dairy. All opinions are entirely my own.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs in a buttery sauce are so addictive, delicious, and easy to make.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

I partnered with Minerva Dairy to show you how I create this recipe using their delicious butter.

6 generations of Butter Makers, Minerva Dairy is America’s oldest family-owned creamery. Also, this delightful butter is 85% butterfat, high-quality made from pasture-raised cow milk.

I would not only recommend this butter for sautéing, or to make your sauce richer, but for baking and just spreading on your morning toast as well. It is most definitely lusciously delicious! I must admit the Minerva Dairy Butter is one of the best.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Nonetheless, these spicy meatballs are fantastic when you serve them as an appetizer with ranch or blue cheese dressing, and some crunchy vegetables. Also, you could make the best meatball sandwich. We tried it and fell in love with each bite. Also, if you cannot find ground chicken you can substitute with ground turkey.

I tried it and it was just as good!

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 Meatballs Recipe

Anyways, I have decided to show you today how I made a fun and tasty appetizer platter these delicious meatballs.

This platter would be perfect when you have guests, of course, for potlucks or served for the big game, as well as quick and tasty bites for yourself.

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Chicken Meatballs Recipe
Yield: 16 Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs in a buttery sauce are so addictive, delicious, and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 1-pound ground chicken (or ground turkey)
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon dried parsley
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Buttery Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup buffalo wing sauce

Optional Ingredients for the platter:

  • 1 pack mini mozzarella cheese balls
  • ½ block feta cheese
  • 1 pack baby carrots
  • Bunch of celery
  • Snow peas
  • Radishes
  • English Cucumber
  • ½ cup Ranch dressing
  • ½ cup blue cheese dressing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Add onion, garlic, an egg, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, herbs,
    and seasonings to a large bowl then stir with a fork to combine.
  3. Add ground chicken then mix until combined, then drizzle a
    bit of oil – do not over-mix or meatballs will be tough. Divide chicken mixture
    into quarters, then each quarter into 4 balls, which gives you 16 meatballs.
  4. Place meatballs onto a buttered cooling rack set on top of a
    baking sheet, then bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat then add
    buffalo sauce and stir to combine.
  6. Add cooked meatballs to the skillet then turn them around to
    coat in sauce.
  7. Place a lid on top and turn heat to low to keep warm. The
    the sauce will get thicker.
  8. Serves everything on the charcuterie board, a large plate,
    or a platter.

Notes

  • Oil your hands with a bit of oil so the meatballs roll
    easier.
  • You may use grill, or air-fryer to cook meatballs. Cooking
    time may vary.


instructions

Classic Beer Battered Fried Fish

Classic Beer Battered Fried Fish

Classic Beer Battered Fried Fish is easy, simple, and satisfies all the craving for fish and chips.   You could defiantly make thicker French fries or steak fries, which reminds me the most of the British chips. My kids are mad about these air-fryer potatoes.…

Meat Lovers Egg Muffins

Meat Lovers Egg Muffins

Meat Lovers Egg Muffins are such an amazing at to feed a crowd. They are also great for meal prep. I am not big on meal prepping. Well, I do pre-pack meat into smaller containers or ziplock bags, sometimes chop vegetables and store my herbs.…

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage Meatballs

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage Meatballs

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage Meatballs is a comfort soup at its best. Perfect for cold days, but we love it all year round.

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage Meatballs

This meal definitely feeds mia famiglia very well and on the budget, if I might add.

It’s rich, comforting, satisfying, a pinch spicy and a whole lot tasty. So, I have a question for you, what’s not to like?

You got cheese pasta aka tortellini, spicy meatballs, and magical broth with spinach. Not only that you will like the taste but the fact that it is super easy to prepare.

I do not think you will need more than 30 minutes even if you are going slower to make it.

Also, you can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days without losing the taste.

However, in that case, I would add a splash of water if needed because it might get thicker.

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage Meatballs

I have made this one so many times and my family really likes it just the way it is.

Sometimes I would just saute Italian sausage ground meat or if I am feeling extra good I roll meatballs. I explained that part in the recipe below.

Now, if you do not eat meat you could replace it with mushrooms for extra umami. Perhaps a few different kinds just to have options.

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In my recipes, there is always an alternative. Not all of us like or eat everything so I understand it very well.

Mushrooms will always be an excellent meat replacement as well as beans so just experiment.

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage Meatballs

I hope you try making this tasty Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage Meatballs. If you do make it, please tag me on social media or Instagram.

@sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking.

Thank you so much for all your love and support! Let’s start this year on a sweet note! Happy Cooking!

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Recipe
Yield: SERVE 6

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage Meatballs

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Delicious and easy recipe for Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage,
  • 1/2 cup diced onion about 1/2 medium-sized onion
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 28 ounces canned tomatoes (crushed or use tomato sauce)
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 pack frozen spinach (I use cream of spinach sometimes) or 2 cups of fresh
  • 9 ounces frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. I like making smaller meatballs from Italian sausage meat, but you do not have to at all. Also, you can get one in a casing like links, just peel it off. Whatever is easier for you.
  2. Brown all the meatballs (or Italian sausage meat) then take them out on the pot. you can brown them in batches or use wide enough pot to fit all.
  3. In the same pot, add onion, celery, garlic and cook for 4-5 minutes at medium-high temperature.
  4. Add tomato (crushed or sauce), chicken broth and season it to taste. Add herbs and spinach.
  5. Cook until boils then add Italian sausage meatballs back in the soup.
  6. Add frozen tortellini and cook until the cheese tortellini are cooked. They will start to float.
  7. Add heavy cream, but it's not necessary. It tastes just as good without it. Taste and see if you need more seasoning.

Notes

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge is one of those perfect comforting foods during cooler weather. Ah, don’t you just love the smell of cooler weather approaching, beautiful Autumn scenery and comfort food? Alright, perhaps we look forward to comforting holiday food more than anything else, but fall…