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Broccoli Farro Soup

Everyone needs a good recipe that they can make with five fresh ingredients or less. I have a few up my sleeve that I’ve never really bothered to record as I throw them together, enjoy, and don’t think much about it otherwise. A very dear friend of mine, and one of my favorite humans ever, Catherine, recently reached out and asked if I could send her my Broccoli Farro Soup Recipe. (Catherine is just getting into cooking and has challenged herself to cooking one new recipe every week- I’m so proud) Upon asking me, it took me a few moments to recall exactly what recipe she was referring to. Catherine and I used to live together in our younger years- you all know what years are in reference here: that time in one’s life where you don’t have much money, and fresh ingredients aren’t always your first priority when it comes to your food choices. This recipe was a go to considering it didn’t take much, and made us feel infinitely healthier than the 12-pack of Maruchan Chicken Flavored Ramen for $3.00 we depended on.

 

Here it is, guys. A healthy soup using only 5 FRESH ingredients and a few extra bits that everyone should have in their pantry. This ones for you, Cat.

 

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

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Grilled Lemon Dijon Chicken Caeser Salad… and hold the Anchovies

A good Caeser Salad can really hit the spot, and it’s all in the dressing. I tend to be a bit squeamish when it comes to Anchovies. If I don’t have to see them being incorporated into the dish it’s one thing- but when it’s homemade you aren’t really left with much room for the element of surprise. I’ve made it a point to recreate the recipe, leaving the slipperly school of fish out, that even Caeser Cardini himself would enjoy. To top it off, it takes only a matter of moments. Give it a try…

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

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Parmesan Panko Crusted Chicken with Arugula Walnut Pesto and Sweet Potato Wedges

Parmesan is one of those few ingredients that I believe can take many plates, and your taste buds, to an entirely different level. This dish’s extremely traditional style of breading meat dates back to many of your grandmother’s and great grandmother’s ways of cooking. Instead of using flour in the dredging process, substitute in cheap, powdered parmesan for a recipe your guests will be begging for.

Servings: 1

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

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Chicken Zucchini Pizzaiola with Charred Broccoli

For several years, I lived with an Italian friend of mine- together, Katie and I not only shared clothes and countless bottles of wine, but tons of our recipes, both old and new. One of her family recipes that I always fall back on is my version of her Chicken Pizzaiola. A traditional dish from Southern Italy, Pizzaiola is typically made with veal and pizza flavorings, where the meat is cooked in a tomato sauce. This is one of my favorite ways to cook Chicken- it’s quick, filling, and always proves to have tons of left overs. You can serve this dish with just about anything- potatoes, polenta, or pasta. Today, I chose to pair it with my favorite vegetable, broccoli. I like to serve it with broccoli so that I don’t need to feel guilty cleaning the plate with a couple slices of bread.

Servings: 2-3

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

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Panko Crusted Coconut Fried Turkey

Coconut Oil is loaded with tons of health and beauty benefits(hair care, heart disease, skin care, immunity, weight loss- the list is endless). As more people have a growing appreciation for Coconut Oil and all the wonders it does for your body, I really try to find fun new recipes to pair it with. I prefer to use it when frying food as it’s stable enough to withstand high temperatures, and offers a lovely unique flavor to whatever it is that you’re cooking with- not to mention you don’t have to feel as guilty eating something fried when it’s done in one of the earth’s most nutrient rich ingredients. To top it all off- when fed to your pets Coconut Oil offers just as many health benefits, if not more, as it does to us human folk.

Servings: 2-4 depending on the pack of Turkey

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

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Turkey Fried Brown Rice

Fried Rice has this age old stigma of being super greasy, and the furthest thing from healthy. While it does tend to live up to all of the rumors- when you break down what is actually inside you will find that it is really quite good for you. Vegetables- good… Eggs- good… Protein- good. This recipe is not only easy, filling, great to make for those meals that you prepare ahead of time… but delicious and extremely good for you.

 

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

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