Pasta Chips with Ricotta DIp (Viral Recipe)

I had to jump on this band wagon and give these pasta chips a try! I never in my life thought that making pasta into a chip would be a thing but here we are. 2021 making pasta chips in an air fryer! I gave it a try to share my thoughts. They came out delicious and cripsy. I made a whipped up ricotta dip to eat these chips with. These can easily be eaten with any favorite dip! Check it out!

Pasta Chips with Whipped Ricotta Dip

Ingredients:
12 oz uncooked pasta (any pasta will work but if you plan to dip try and use slightly bigger)
1-2 bsp olive oil
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
1/2 tsp garlic salt
(Note: you can use any seasoning you like)

Whipped Ricotta

Ingredients:
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp Italian Seasoning
2 tsp lemon juice, fresh
salt/pepper to taste
chopped chives, for garnish

Directions: In a medium bowl add in all ingredients for the ricotta dip (minus the chives) and mix well till fully combined. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Cook the pasta in heavily salted water till al dente. Drain the pasta and transfer to a bowl or add back to the pot. Toss pasta with olive, seasoning and grated cheese. Preheat air fryer (note: I have an oven air fryer and mine preheats at 400° for 4 minutes) Add the pasta in a single layer to the rack and place in the air fryer at 400° for 10-13 minutes shaking halfway through. Cook in batches if needed. You are looking for a nice golden color with a perfect crunch. Remove from air fryer and serve with whipped ricotta dip or any dip of choice. (Note: You can also bake these in the oven at 400° for 20-25 minutes.

Note: Cook times may vary based on pasta size and type of air fryer. Keep an eye on the pasta towards the end of the cook time, my 2nd batch I forgot and burnt rather quick! Oops!! 🙂 Use any spices of your choice!

Cheesy Mushroom Chicken

Hi all! I just got back from an amazing vacation and I’m trying to dedicate more time to my cooking as it is such a huge passion. My new job has been super busy still, but I’m getting a new partner soon so hopefully things will get to normal and I can be more active with this blog! Don’t worry I’m cooking, I’m just not able to get the recipes shared!!

Anyways….back to the food. I made this super basic chicken recipe tonight. I say basic as it’s really got only a few ingredients and it’s great for a weeknight meal. It’s relatively healthy and can easily be turned into a low carb/keto dish. I’ve been trying to keep things a little more simple during the week so that’s where this recipe came from. Give it a try!

Cheesy Mushroom Chicken

Ingredients:
4-6 thin chicken cutlets
1/2 cup flour
16 oz sliced mushrooms (any kind)
1 cup aged white cheddar, grated (I used a rustic bigger grater)
3-4 T olive oil
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
1 t salt
1 t pepper

Directions: Heat a large sauté pan on high heat. In a medium bowl add in the flour and season with 1 t garlic powder, 1 t onion powder, half the salt and pepper. Mix well. Add the chicken and dredge in the flour and shake off excess flour and set aside. Complete with all chicken cutlets.

Once pan is heated add 1-2 T of olive oil to pan and let heat 2 minutes swirl the oil around in the pan. Add in the chicken and cook until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. About 3 minutes on each side on medium heat. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

Add in another tablespoon of oil and add in the sliced mushrooms. Season with the remainder of the spices, garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper. Cook these mushrooms till as much of the water is cooked out as possible most. TRUST ME you will be happy you did. The mushrooms will get golden brown in color and the flavors will really come through. Remove mushrooms from the pan and add the chicken back in.

Top the chicken cutlets with the golden delicious mushrooms and sprinkle over the aged white cheddar. You can use as much and as little as you like. I was trying to be a little healthier and used less cheese but honestly I should have smothered it with cheese! Turn pan on low and cover until cheese is melted.

Remove from the pan, serve and enjoy!

Notes: Adjust the cooked time based on the thickness of the chicken you are using. The chicken should be cooked to 165°. The flour can easily be omitted for low carb lifestyles.

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!