Creamy Mustard Pasta with Kielbasa

I very much enjoyed this pasta recipe. Derek wasn’t too sure about this one. 😉 I think what I liked best about it was how different the flavors were from your everyday pasta sauce. I’d highly recommend trying it for something different and it’s an easy and quick meal.

Creamy Mustard Pasta with Kielbasa

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 14 ounces Kielbasa, sliced
  • ½ medium red onion, sliced thin
  • ¼ cup dry white wine (I actually used ¼ cup apple vinegar instead)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces penne or other short pasta

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the sliced kielbasa and cook it until it starts to brown and crisp on each side, approximately a couple of minutes on each side. Remove it from the pan.
  3. In the same pan, add the onions. Add the wine and let it bubble. Scrape up any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the thyme and stir it until the wine has mostly evaporated.
  4. Add the butter and once it’s melted add the cream and mustard and stir. Bring it to a simmer and let it thicken for a few minutes before adding the Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Add the cooked pasta to the mustard cream sauce and stir to combine. To serve, either mix the sausage into the pasta or top each serving of pasta with some sausage.

Recipe: http://www.kiefertshome.com

Original recipe found at: https://www.girlgonegourmet.com

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Honey Garlic Baked Cauliflower

If you know me (Bobby) at all you will know I’ve never really ate vegetables other than the basic corn. Well hello recipe! Today I tried making this baked cauliflower with a honey garlic sauce on it. Super yummy! Check out the recipe below. I added in some homemade baked french fries for a side (didn’t help the healthy factor I know!)

Honey Garlic Baked Cauliflower

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small head of cauliflower, cut into bite sized florets
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, whisked

FOR THE SAUCE:

  • 6 tbsp honey
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 6 tbsp water + 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp sriracha sauce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Set whisked eggs aside in a small bowl. Set panko crumbs aside in a separate bowl. Line a large baking sheet with some foil.
  2. Dip cauliflower in egg mixture and then shake a few times so that excess egg drips off. You don’t want to dampen your breadcrumbs with excess egg because then they won’t stick to the cauliflower. (I messed up and got impatient with this step, be patient and take the time to do one-by-one and don’t get too much egg mixture into the bread crumbs. Then roll in panko a few times until fully coated and place on baking sheet. Repeat until all cauliflower is coated. About halfway through, your breadcrumbs may start to clump together from the egg coating touching it, making it harder to stick to the cauliflower. To help get these clumps to stay on the cauliflower, gently press them with on when coating the cauliflower.
  3. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until coating is a dark golden brown and crunchy.
  4. While the cauliflower is cooking, make sauce on the stove. In a small bowl, completely dissolve cornstarch in water and set aside. Add all sauce ingredients except the cornstarch + water to a small pot or saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer and stir a few times until ingredients are mixed. This should only take a few seconds. Then add cornstarch water to the sauce. Stir until sauce reaches a simmer again (make sure to stir otherwise the cornstarch will clump up) and cook until sauce thickens (about 2 minutes). Allow sauce to cool a few minutes and thicken even more. Drizzle over cauliflower or toss cauliflower in sauce. Garnish with fresh chopped scallions if desired.

Recipe: http://www.kiefertshome.com

Original recipe from: https://kirbiecravings.com

Duluth – Work & Mini Getaway

Derek and I had the chance for a little mini-getaway to Duluth this past week. It was a much needed mini vacation and at the same time I got to spend a couple days working out of our Duluth location and seeing the rest of my team.

This was my very first trip to Duluth so there was plenty to do and see. We enjoyed a ton of small local business shopping, and some great dining experiences with plenty of brewery visits as well (see our post on the breweries here). I do have to admit, I can’t wait to go back when the weather is warmer and can get to enjoy a few more of the outdoor activities though.

Honey Sriracha Turkey Meatballs

These were pretty good! We’d both subtract some of the sriracha though as it was a bit spicy for our taste! The rice helps that though!

Honey Sriracha Turkey Meatballs

For the meatballs:

  • 2 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper

For the sauce:

  • ¼ cup Sriracha
  • 3 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. toasted sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together turkey, breadcrumbs, eggs, green onions, garlic powder and salt/pepper until well combined. Shape mixture into 1½-inch balls (you’ll make roughly 40 balls) and place spaced apart on prepared baking sheets lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Bake meatballs for 20 to 25 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.
  4. While the meatballs are baking, combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking continuously. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes (the sauce will start to thicken) then toss with the meatballs.
  5. Serve immediately over brown rice and top with green onions and a few sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Recipe: http://www.kiefertshome.com

Instant Pot General Tso Chicken

YUMMY! This was another Instant Pot success. Find the recipe below!

Instant Pot General Tso Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken thighs cut into 2-3 inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 6 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

Cornstarch Slurry:

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water

Garnish:

  • Red pepper flakes
  • Sesame Seeds

Instructions

  1. Start by cutting the chicken into 2-3 inch chunks, I tend to leave them a bit larger as the pressure cooker tends to make the chicken very moist and this helps to avoid breaking the chicken pieces.
  2. Heat up your pressure cooker: press Sauté -> click on the Adjust button -> select More to get the Sauté More function, which means that the food will be sautéed over medium-high heat. Wait for the Instant Pot indicator to read HOT.
  3. Add the oil to the hot Instant Pot, wait one minute for the oil to heat up and add the chicken. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring a few times. Cook until it just starts to get golden. This step can also be done on the stove if you want, as the instant pot doesn’t really brown the chicken too well.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot: ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar and water.
  5. Stir well to combine.
  6. Close lid, select the Poultry function and adjust the time to 5 minutes.
  7. Use a 10 minute Natural Release. Turn off the heat. Release the remaining pressure. Open the lid. Gently stir not to crush the chicken.

Cornstarch Slurry:

  1. Select again the Sauté function. In a small bowl combine the cornstarch with the water, whisk until all combined with no lumps. Add the mixture to the Instant Pot and gently stir to combine. Cook on Sauté function for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens. This way you can make the sauce thicker. You can add more if you want to make the sauce even thicker, please note that it thickens as it cools too.
  2. Turn off the Instant Pot and let the General Tso Chicken stand for 5-7 minutes, the sauce will thicken more.
  3. Serve over rice with broccoli and garnish with fresh chopped green onions, red pepper flakes and sesame seeds.
  4. Enjoy!

Recipe: http://www.kiefertshome.com

Original Recipe Posted by sweetandsavorymeals.com

Baked Stuffed Chicken Rolls

Tried these for the first time on Saturday night and it was a big time winner! This is definitely being saved and put on the make again list! Was a lot simpler then I expected it to be as well!

I should have taken more photos of the finished product!!

Baked Stuffed Chicken Rolls

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts (8 4-ounce pieces)
  • 1 cup whole wheat Italian style bread crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1 clove minced garlic and olive oil for sauteeing
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup beaten egg whites (I used something similar to Egg Beaters)
  • 3 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • fresh basil for topping

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prep the chicken: Cut the chicken into 8 pieces and pound the pieces until they are thin (for quick cooking) and have expanded in surface area (for more filling). Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl with 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and set aside.
  2. Prep the filling: Chop the spinach and saute it with the garlic and just a drizzle of olive oil for 2-3 minutes or until just barely wilted. Combine the sauteed spinach with the ricotta, Parmesan cheese, and 2-3 tablespoons of the egg whites. Place the remaining egg whites in a separate shallow bowl and set aside.
  3. Assemble the chicken: Oil the bottom of a large baking dish and preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place one piece of chicken on a flat working surface. Put a spoonful of ricotta-spinach filling right in the middle and roll the chicken up so that the edges meet to form a “seam”. Dip the entire chicken roll in egg whites, and then roll it in the breadcrumbs. Place in a baking dish, seam side down. Repeat for the remaining 7 pieces of chicken. Bake for 25 minutes.
  4. Finishing touches: After 25 minutes, the chicken should be cooked through (white on the inside) and browned on the top. Cover the chicken with the marinara sauce and slices of fresh Mozzarella. Bake for another 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melting. Sprinkle with fresh basil.

Recipe: http://www.kiefertshome.com

Grilled Chicken Bacon with Creamy Garlic Sauce Pizza

I just have to start off my saying this pizza was incredible! Although we haven’t made it recently I figured being a football Sunday and Vikings game-day it’d be the perfect post to kick off our new website!

This recipe did take a little time to make and prepare but I’d highly recommend it to really get your game-day fans excited! I’ll keep this short and get to photos and the recipe! In the future I’ll try to take more photos while preparing the recipe! 🙂

 Just check out this pizza as it's being prepared! Just check out this pizza as it’s being prepared!  Ready for the grill! Ready for the grill!  Cut it and enjoy!  Cut it and enjoy!

Grilled Chicken Bacon with Creamy Garlic Sauce Pizza

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 6 slices bacon
  • pizza dough
  • salt and pepper or creole seasoning
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • ¼ cup wine, beer, or chicken broth
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • 1 cup colby jack cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Line a small pan with parchment paper. Place bacon slices on parchment and cook for 10-15 minutes our until crispy.
  3. Season and grill chicken. Set aside to cool.
  4. Create sauce (see below).
  5. Spread pizza dough onto pizza pan or stone. Prick with a fork all over.
  6. Spread sauce over dough.
  7. Top with chicken, bacon, shredded colby jack and mozzarella.
  8. Grill until crust is done to your liking.

For sauce:

  1. In a skillet, melt butter and oil.
  2. Add garlic and shallot. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add flour and cook for 1 to 2 minutes stirring frequently.
  4. Add wine (or beer or broth). Stir.
  5. Add milk slowly and stir.
  6. Season to taste.
  7. Add basil.
  8. Stir and cook for 2 more minutes over medium heat.
  9. Remove from heat.

Recipe: http://www.kiefertshome.com