Easy Pasta Sauce Recipe

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Easy Pasta Sauce Recipe

While I am not above ready to go pasta sauce from a jar or can to top my pasta. Sometimes I want a more complex homemade flavor, but I do not want to spend hours cooking down fresh tomatoes. This is my compromise, it definitely  tastes fresher than the jar but can be ready in as little as 20 minutes (but the longer you cook it the more the flavors blend and develop). This easy pasta sauce recipe is simple to make from items that are probably already sitting in your pantry.  Making a meal without meat also makes for a frugal dish as well.

Ingredients:

2-1 4 oz. cans of diced tomatoes (garlic, basil flavored is best)

4 Tbsp. olive oil

2 cloves crushed garlic

1/2 cup grated parmesan

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

easy pasta sauce recipe

Directions:

Lightly brown garlic with olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Stir in diced tomatoes, grated Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning.

easy pasta sauce recipe

Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-45 minutes.

If you want your sauce smoother you can puree it until desired  consistency is reached in a blender, processor, or with an immersion blender.

Remember to vent the blender when using hot liquids or you will have a kitchen  covered in red sauce and some significant burns.

Serve over your favorite pasta.

Like easy recipes?  Try these Easy Chicken and Dumplings!

Easy Pasta Sauce Recipe
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Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 4 oz. cans of diced tomatoes (garlic, basil flavored is best)
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
Instructions
  1. Lightly brown garlic with olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir in diced tomatoes, grated Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-45 minutes.
  4. If you want your sauce smoother you can puree it until desired consistency is reached in a blender, processor, or with an immersion blender.
  5. Remember to vent the blender when using hot liquids or you will have a kitchen covered in red sauce and some significant burns.
  6. Serve over your favorite pasta.
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Veggie Stir Fry Recipe

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Veggie Stir Fry Recipe

Stir Fry is a great choice for a quick and easy meal.  If you choose veggies that can also give you a great break on your grocery bill (meatless is often cheaper).

One of the best  things about a stir fry is that you can use whatever you have on hand and change your oil or sauce to create a completely different flavor.

Use fresh veggies, frozen or a combination of both to create a bowlful of your favorite vegetables.

Ingredients:

3 cups fresh or 1 bag frozen stir fry blend-any combination of  bell peppers, onions, broccoli florets, mushrooms, carrots, snow peas, and water chestnuts.

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. fresh or dried ginger

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/2 cup water

Sesame or Canola oil to coat pan

Directions:

Heat oil over medium high heat on stove top.

Toss in vegetables and sauté about 5-6 minutes

Veggie Stir Fry Recipe

Stir in soy sauce, cornstarch, water, and ginger, simmer for 2 additional minutes to thicken.

Veggie Stir Fry Recipe

Serve over rice, sprinkle with sesame seeds.

 Like stir fry?  Check out this Healthy Beef Stir Fry!

Veggie Stir Fry Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups fresh or 1 bag frozen stir fry blend-any combination of bell peppers, onions, broccoli florets, mushrooms, carrots, snow peas, and water chestnuts.
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. fresh or dried ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • ½ cup water
  • sesame or canola oil to coat pan
Instructions
  1. Heat oil over medium high heat on stove top.
  2. Toss in vegetables and sauté about 5-6 minutes
  3. Stir in soy sauce, cornstarch, water and ginger, simmer for 2 additional minutes to thicken.
  4. Serve over rice.
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Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe Easy

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Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe Easy

This Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe is decadent and rich without being overly sweet, made with bittersweet chocolate it provides  just the right amount of sweetness.  While it looks difficult to make it is really simple with a hand or stand mixer. The cake remains moist even after a long cooking time, almost like a molten cake, with slightly crisp edges. Ideal for those looking for gluten free deserts but delicious for anyone, I think the texture without  the flour is much better than a recipe with.

Ingredients:

6 eggs, separated

6 Tbsp. butter

10 oz. bag bittersweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp. Almond extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Butter a 9 inch springform pan, on bottom and sides.

Combine chocolate chips and butter in microwave safe dish, cook in 30 second increments, stirring each time until chocolate is melted thoroughly.

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Whisk in egg yolks until well blended.

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Using a hand or stand mixer, whip eggs until soft peaks form-mixture will be slightly  thickened and fluffy.

Gradually add in sugar and mix until stiff peaks are formed.  They are ready when you lift the mixer and  eggs mixture maintains its shape on the whisk.

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Fold in ( this is done by using the spatula to fold mixture over onto itself gently) chocolate mixture a little at a time until all of it has been incorporated.

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Spoon into prepared pan, smoothing top with spatula.

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Bake for 40-45 minutes until edges of cake pull away from sides of pan.

Sprinkle top with powdered sugar if desired to dress it up.

chocolate cake

If you are looking for something before the cake try this Bourbon Glazed Salmon!

 

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe Easy
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 10 oz. bag bittersweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. Almond extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Butter a 9 inch springform pan, on bottom and sides.
  3. Combine chocolate chips and butter in microwave safe dish, cook in 30 second increments, stirring each time until chocolate is melted thoroughly.
  4. Whisk in egg yolks until well blended.
  5. Using a hand or stand mixer, whip eggs until soft peaks form-mixture will be slightly thickened and fluffy.
  6. Gradually add in sugar and mix until stiff peaks are formed. They are ready when you lift the mixer and eggs mixture maintains its shape on the whisk.
  7. Fold in ( this is done by using the spatula to fold mixture over onto itself gently) chocolate mixture a little at a time until all of it has been incorporated.
  8. Spoon into prepared pan, smoothing top with spatula.
  9. Bake for 40-45 minutes until edges of cake pull away from sides of pan

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TWIX Stuffed Cookie Recipe #EatMoreBites #CollectiveBias

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TWIX Stuffed Cookie Recipe

Back in college I was sent a care package filled with various kinds of cookies. My favorite in the tin was a TWIX stuffed cookie that was soft, chewy, crunchy  and chocolaty all at the same time.

10 years later I still remember that cookie and how scrumptious it was but  have never attempted to replicate it. My main reason for not attempting was because the thought of unwrapping all of the mini TWIX bars was daunting.

Yesterday I was grocery shopping at Wal Mart for Memorial Day party supplies and a gentleman was doing a demo on TWIX Bites #EatMoreBites #CollectiveBias

TWIX Stuffed Cookie Recipe

I should have taken a selfie so you could have seen how excited I was but knew that would have made me look even crazier.

TWIX Stuffed Cookie Recipe

 

I headed down the candy and juice isle to grab a bag and found it right where the gentleman said it would be.

I bought one bag simply because I love TWIX and was trying to show self-control.  Plus, when you have three kiddos shopping with you you have to say no to junk food a lot so I was trying to set a good example.

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Recipe For Salisbury Steak

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Recipe for Salisbury Steak

I used to love eating Salisbury Steak from the box in the frozen section, but as I have gotten older my tastes have changed and I would much rather have homemade over prepackaged any day.  But homemade oftentimes means a long list of ingredients and a lot of work.  But this Homemade Salisbury Steak truly is simple and quick to pull together- just 5 ingredients, less than 30 minutes start to finish, and dinner is ready to set on the table. Serve with mashed potatoes or butter noodles.

Ingredients:

1-1 1/2 lbs. of lean ground beef

1 egg

1 medium onion

1 10 1/2  oz. can of beef gravy

Pepper and garlic salt to taste

Recipe for Salisbury Steak

Directions:

Slice onion in half and then cut into strips.

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Healthy Beef Stir Fry

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Healthy Beef Stir Fry

This Healthy Beef Stir Fry makes for a quick meal, perfect for the end to a busy work day. This recipe is better than take out with far fewer unpronounceable additives, preservative, and who knows what else. Just  5 ingredients work together to create a dish that is light in fat but heavy in flavor.

To keep it healthy use lean cuts of beef-top or bottom round, sirloin, tenderloin, etc.  Using a nonstick pan will mean you use less oil, cutting back on even more fat. Serve over brown rice for an even healthier dinner with added fiber.

Ingredients

1 lb. beef strips, lean cut

1 head of broccoli or add as many veggies and you like!

2 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

1 cup low sodium beef broth

canola or vegetable oil to coat pan

Directions:

Whisk beef broth, soy sauce, and cornstarch together in a small bowl.

Healthy Beef Stir Fry

Wash broccoli and chop into small florets.

beef broccoli stir fry

Drizzle just enough oil to coat pan.

Heat oil over high heat.

Add broccoli and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Stir in beef and soy sauce mixture.

Healthy Beef Stir Fry

Continue to cook for an additional 7- 8 minutes until beef is thoroughly cooked, broccoli softened, and most liquid has been absorbed.

Serve over rice or noodles.

 Looking for another healthy option?  Try this Bourbon Glazed Salmon!

 

Healthy Beef Stir Fry
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. beef strips, lean cut
  • 1 head of broccoli or add as many veggies and you like!
  • 2 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
  • Canola or Vegetable Oil to coat pan
Instructions
  1. Whisk beef broth, soy sauce, and cornstarch together in a small bowl.
  2. Wash broccoli and chop into small florets.
  3. Drizzle just enough oil to coat pan.
  4. Heat oil over high heat.
  5. Add broccoli and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Stir in beef and soy sauce mixture.
  7. Continue to cook for an additional 7- 8 minutes until beef is thoroughly cooked, broccoli softened, and most liquid has been absorbed.
  8. Serve over rice or noodles.

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Philadelphia Cream Cheese Buffalo Dip



Philadelphia Cream Cheese Buffalo Dip

This Philadelphia Cream Cheese Buffalo Dip recipe is creamy, rich, and just a little bit sassy.  A great way to amp up your veggie platters,  spice up your crackers, and rev up your plain drumettes.  It makes a perfect dish to bring to potlucks, parties, and work gatherings.

Ingredients:

8 oz. block cream cheese, softened

4-5 Tbsp. Buffalo sauce

3 Tbsp. butter

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 tsp. celery salt

Directions:

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese Buffalo Dip

Stir in cream cheese and mix until melted.

Add Buffalo sauce, mayonnaise, and celery salt stir to combine and remove from heat.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese Buffalo Dip

Can be made ahead of time, refrigerate and reheat to serve.

 Check out this Simple Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Recipe!

Buffalo Cheese Dip Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. block cream cheese, softened
  • 4-5 Tbsp. Buffalo sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. celery salt
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir in cream cheese and mix until melted.
  3. Add Buffalo sauce, mayonnaise, and celery salt stir to combine and remove from heat.
  4. Serve with crackers, pretzels, or plain chicken drumettes.
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Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler Recipe

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Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler Recipe

Serve this Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler recipe as is or topped with a generous helping of vanilla ice cream for a delicious taste of summer.  Sweet and tart with a golden brown topping this recipe is perfect for summer picnics, BBQ’s, potlucks, or any other gathering.  (If you are going to travel with it consider this Portable Travel Casserole Tote to help with transport- I LOVE mine.)  So simple to pull  together it’s hard to believe it’s homemade. You can very easily reduce the amount of sugar called for if you prefer a less sweet version- 1/2 cup in the filling and reduce to 1 Tbsp. in the topping.  Fresh or frozen strawberries or rhubarb will work if you aren’t able to find any in season.

Ingredients:

Filling:
4 cups rhubarb, chopped
2 cups strawberries sliced
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/8 tsp. salt

Topping:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 stick (4 Tbsp. cold butter)
1/8 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/4 cup milk

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Chicken Marsala With Mushrooms Recipe

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Chicken Marsala With Mushrooms Recipe

Chicken Marsala is a popular dish at Italian restaurants but it is so simple that you can stay home  and recreate it for an evening in.  Masala wine and mushrooms compliment one another to create the amazing  sauce that makes up Chicken Marsala, with a creamy and rich twist on the original.

If you want a lighter sauce simple leave the cream off at the end of the recipe. Just a few simple steps will have you sitting down to a restaurant worthy dinner-high in flavor, low in cost, effort, and time.

Ingredients:

4  boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup Marsala wine
1 cup fresh, sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
1/2  tsp. dried Oregano
1-2 Tbsp. Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Slice chicken breasts in half  or to 1/2″ thickness.

Saute chicken and olive oil in a large skillet for 15-20 minutes until no longer pink/juices run clear.

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Stir in mushrooms and sauté until tender.

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Add in wine, scrapping up all the little flavor bits in the pan as you stir.

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Cover and simmer for 3-4 minutes.

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Add in Oregano, salt and pepper taste.

Whisk in cream and simmer until heated through.

chicken marsala

 

 Need a good deal on the chicken?  Check out Zaycon Foods!

Chicken Marsala
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
 
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless. skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup Marsala wine
  • 1 cup fresh, sliced mushrooms
  • ½ cup heavy cream or half and half
  • ½ tsp. dried Oregano
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Slice chicken breasts in half or to ½" thickness
  2. Saute chicken and olive oil in a large skillet for 15-20 minutes until no longer pink/juices run clear.
  3. Stir in mushrooms and sauté until tender.
  4. Add in wine, scrapping up all the little flavor bits in the pan as you stir.
  5. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add in Oregano, salt and pepper taste.
  7. Whisk in cream and simmer until heated through
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Cookie Dough Dip Recipe

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Cookie Dough Dip Recipe

I am always looking for something unique to take to parties and this Cookie Dough Dip Recipe is perfect.  Sweet and rich- just like you are eating cookie dough, and  minus the flour and eggs!  Graham Crackers, Nila Wafers, fruit, or shortbread cookies make the perfect vehicle for moving this yummy dip into your mouth. Or you can just use a spoon and keep it all to yourself!

Ingredients:

1 stick Butter (8 Tbsp.) softened

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

1  8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 cup milk or semi sweet chocolate chips

1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.

 Whisk in brown sugar until it  is dissolved and mixture is bubbling.

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Remove from heat and set aside, allow to cool to room temp.

In a hand or stand mixer combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.

Cookie Dough Dip Recipe

Blend in butter mixture.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Cookie Dough Dip Recipe

Refrigerate until ready to serve, allow to come to room temperature.

Serve with graham crackers, animal crackers, pretzel sticks or rods, or fruit.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 1 stick Butter (8 Tbsp.) softened
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup milk or semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in brown sugar until it is dissolved and mixture is bubbling.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside, allow to cool to room temp.
  4. In a hand or stand mixer combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  5. Blend in butter mixture.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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