Viral Baked Feta & Tomato Chicken Verison

Hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have you missed me?? I’m so sorry I’ve been so MIA. My focus is on my new job and I’ve been beyond busy haven’t really spent to much time cooking up new recipes, unfortunately. I have made a few but not as many as I’d like.

I decided to give this viral baked feta and tomatoes recipe a try! I mean it’a all over, I had to! I’m watching the carbs so decided to do a chicken version of this viral recipe. O.M.G. It came out delicious. Full of flavor. You can easily do this with chicken breast which I’ll probably use next time. I made with chicken thighs.

You need to make sure to try this dish! It’s so yummy and you don’t even miss the pasta… well maybe a little.

Baked Feta & Tomato Chicken

Ingredients:
8 chicken thighs, boneless & skinless
1 8oz block feta cheese
3 garlic cloves minced or grated
1-1 1/2 cup grape tomatoes
3 T extra virgin olive oil (Use the good stuff here)
1/2 T Italian seasoning
2 t pepper
2 T fresh basil

Directions: Preheat oven 400°. In a medium size baking dish add in the tomatoes. Make a whole in the middle and add in the block of feta cheese. Drizzle the extra virgin over the tomatoes and completely cover the top of the feta cheese. Season the tomatoes and feta with Italian seasoning and pepper and mix tomatoes to fully coat. Place in the oven for 20 minutes until the tomatoes are blistered.

Remove pan from the oven and smash the feta cheese and mix in with the tomatoes. Add in the garlic and mix well. Spoon the feta mixture over the chicken thighs and return to the oven at 375°and bake for 20-25 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked. Internal temperature needs to reach 165°.

Remove chicken from oven let rest for a few minutes and then top with basil and serve. This dish would be great served with a vegetable side, over rice or mashed potatoes.


Light Biscuits & Gravy Casserole

My Mom loves biscuits and gravy. Up until a few years ago it usually was something she’d get while out to breakfast. However, over the last few years I’ve been making it at home. I like making it as I can usually give it a little be of a lighter/healthier take! This casserole is exactly that. This recipe is definitely different than my other homemade biscuits and gravy recipe. I like this recipe because the flavors scream biscuits and gravy but the fat, not so much!

Give this recipe a try and please comment how you like it!

Cheers!

Light Biscuits & Gravy Casserole

Ingredients:
6 oz pork sausage, cooked and drained
1 1/2 cups egg beaters
3/4 cup reduced fat cheese
1 country sausage packet (I use McCormick, try and look for a reduced sodium if possible)
4 grands biscuits, cut into bite size pieces

Directions: Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Prepare the gravy with water per package, set aside. Evenly spread the biscuits on the bottom of the pan. Add the egg beaters to the pan and top with the gravy. Next sprinkle the sausage over the top and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with cheese and bake for 10 more minutes. Take out the casserole and let it sit for 5 minutes before serving. I cut a piece and add some of the sauce from the casserole right on top! Enjoy!

Notes: You can use turkey sausage for even healthier take, personally I don’t like the flavor as much. Sometimes you can even find reduce fat biscuits, those would work great as well.

Air Fryer Sausage & Cheese Egg Muffins

Hi everyone! I’m so sorry for the delays with recipes. Life has been BUSY! The new job is keeping me busy. I have recipes to share, but just trying to take some time to disconnect after the work week and enjoy life. I’ll get to post them soon!

Anyways, We all know by now there isn’t much I won’t try in my air fryer. I have been trying some egg recipes. I really am not a fan of eggs or breakfast, so I try and keep it really easy for myself and prep some healthy breakfasts! I must admit, these egg muffins are delicious. You can use any flavor combinations you like! Sausage, bacon, ham, all different cheeses, or veggies!

Give these a try and let me know how you enjoyed them!!

Cheers!

Air Fryer Sausage & Cheese Egg Muffins

Ingredients:
11 eggs
1lb ground breakfast sausage, cooked & crumbled
1 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 t salt
2 t pepper
2 T milk/water

Tools: (See Amazon Link below)
Silicone muffin cups
4 cup measuring cup

https://www.amazon.com/shop/garlic_and_oliveoil_veins

Directions: In a large measuring cup (4 cups) crack in the eggs. Completely whisk the eggs. Then whisk in the water or milk well. Season eggs with salt and pepper and set aside. Preheat the air fryer. (My oven AF preheats at 400° for 4 minutes) Add silicone muffin cups to the air fryer rack. Add cheese to bottom of the muffin cups and top with some cooked breakfast sausage evenly over the cups. Gently pour in the egg mixture into each muffin cup.

Place in the air fryer 300° for 12-13 minutes. I place mine on the middle rack for first 6 minutes and move to top rack for the rest of the time. Place a tooth pick or knife in the middle to make sure the egg is completely cooked. Let cool slightly and enjoy.

Note: These little bits of goodness are fantastic for meal prepping. I’ve never actually enjoyed them fresh except when I took a bite to try it. Usually I make on Sunday and heat up quickly in the microwave during the week. They come out delicious!

Garlic & Wine Butter Mussels

I love a nice comfy bowl of delicious goodness! This recipe is exactly that. It’s a little splurge meal because of the sauce but it’s totally worth it. Growing up my Dad use to order mussels in a red tomato sauce at pizza places in his home town of Bayonne, NJ! I can still picture him eating those mussels. Every time he’d go into town on business it was pizza and mussels for one of his meals! I definitely thought of my Dad while I was making this dinner!

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. So Delicious!

Garlic Wine Butter Mussels

Ingredients:
3-4 lbs mussels, cleaned (Fresh or frozen, partially thawed)
16 oz bay scallops (I used Magdalena), optional
1 1/2 sticks salted butter
1 cup white wine
2 shallots, diced
6 garlic cloves, chopped (I like to keep pieces a little big)
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped
1/2 T Italian seasoning
1 t salt
1 t pepper
2 T olive oil

Directions: Heat a large deep sauté pan on high heat. Add it 1 tablespoon of olive oil and let heat 2 minutes. Next add in the bay scallops and let cook 4-6 minutes mixing often. (No need to cook till they get a sear as they will be going in the sauce.) Remove the scallops from the pan and set aside.

Add the last tablespoon of oil to the pan. Next add in the shallots and garlic and cook 3-4 minutes until fragrant. Next you add in the butter and let melt fully. Add in the juice of 1 lemon and then add the lemon halves to the sauce, pour in the white wine and parsley and let cook about 6-7 minutes on medium high heat, stirring often. Discard the lemon halves from the sauce. Season the sauce with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste.

Add the bay scallops back into the pan and add in the mussels and cover with the lid. Cook the mussels about 5-7 minutes until they open. Discard any mussels that don’t open.

Spoon mussels with sauce into a deep bowl serve with crusty bread for dunking! Enjoy!

Delicious French Onion Soup

French onion soup is one of MY favorites. I feel like since the soup itself is not super fattening I can load up with crusty crostini & cheesy goodness! When I make this soup at home, I don’t get that delicious topped cheese like they do in restaurants, but this comes out tasting exactly the same. If you haven’t made French onion soup at home, you should try it. It is a little more time consuming because the onions could take a good 45 minutes to get that nice deep caramelization. Just make in an extra large pot and make 10lbs of onions and you’ll have plenty of left overs, LOL!

You need to have a little time to make this soup, but I promise you it will be worth the wait Give this recipe a try!

Delicious French Onion Soup

Ingredients:
8 large yellow onion, sliced
3 T garlic, minced
4 T butter
2 T olive oil
3 T balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup white wine
6 cups beef broth, low sodium
1 T dried thyme
1 T xanthan gum (Or 4 T flour)
salt/pepper, to taste

Extras:
Crusty bread
Italian cheese, gruyere, swiss or any other white cheese you’d like

Directions: In large soup pot add in olive oil. Let heat 2 minutes. Next add in the onions and mix well. You will want to cook these onions on medium heat for 35 minutes mixing often! Cook until the are close to being fully caramelized, then add in the balsamic vinegar and let cook another 10 minutes.

Next add in the butter and xanthan gum and the white wine and mix well. Cook for 3 minutes mixing often. Next add in the beef broth, thyme and season with salt and pepper. Cover and let cook on medium high heat 20 minutes, stirring a few times. Check the soup and make sure it’s thickened. If not to your preferred thickness, add in more xanthan gum and cook another 7-8 minutes.

Slice baguette into 1/2 inch slices, crisp up bread in the oven or air fryer.

To serve, add to a soup bowl and top with a few pieces of the baguette and top with cheese of your choice. Add to the oven or air fryer for the cheese to completely melt, serve!

Egg Roll Bowl

This dish seems to be all the rage right now. It’s a healthier low carb option to an egg roll! You can really mix this up with any ingredients you like. It’s a great dish for a weeknight because it can be put together very quick! I’ve been asked to make it and post my recipe, so here it is. I personally don’t think it’s fantastic, but it’s a good healthier meal for a weeknight! Give it a try and you be the judge!

Egg Roll Bowl

Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey/pork/chicken
16 oz bag- tri color coleslaw
1T olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 T light soy sauce
2 T Hoisin sauce
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1 t chili powder
1/2 cup water chestnuts, optional

Optional Toppings:
green onions
sriracha
avocado
sesame seeds

Directions: Heat a medium sauté pan on medium high heat. Add in the ground meat and brown the meat until fully cooked, breaking up into small pieces. Once the meat is cooked, take out and set aside. Add in the olive oil to the pan and let heat 2 minutes. Next add in the garlic, onion, and red pepper and let cook about 3-4 minutes, until slightly tender. Then add in the coleslaw and mix well. Cook until the coleslaw starts to soften. (Note: watch that it doesn’t get to soft or it will become mushy.) Cook about 7-8 minutes, mixing often. Reduce or add time depending on how fast the coleslaw is cooking. Return the meat to the pan. Lower the heat to low and add in the soy sauce and hoisin sauce, mix well. Season the mixture with salt, pepper and chili powder. If using the water chestnuts add those in and mix. Cook on low for 5 minutes until everything is heated through. To serve, add to a bowl top with green onions, siracha and avocado or any toppings of your choice and enjoy!