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!

London Broil Quesadilla

I love a recipe I can get 2 meals out of! I’m not a huge left over fan, unless it taste delicious. Well that’s where this recipe came in. I’m going to give you my Air Fryer London Broil recipe as well as how I made the quesadilla in the air fryer as well. Perfectly Quick meal for a busy week night! Better than take out!

London Broil Quesadilla

London Broil Ingredients:
1 London broil, 2 lbs
1 T olive oil
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1 t steak seasoning
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper

London Broil Directions: Preheat air fryer at 400°. Rub the London broil with the oil and season with above seasonings on both sides. Add the London broil to the Air Fryer rack or basket. (Note: I have an air fryer oven with a rack.) Cook the mean at 400° for 13-15 minutes flipping half way. Check the temp with an instant read thermometer. 135° for medium rare and 145° for medium to well. Let the mean rest at least 5-7 minutes before slicing.

Quesadilla Ingredients:
2 medium- large flour tortillas
8-12oz shredded cheese (I used a reduced fat Colby Jack)
olive oil spray

Optional Additions:
onion, diced or sliced
fresh jalapeños
beans, black or refried
bell peppers
chopped cilantro
olives

Serving ingredients:
sour cream
hot sauce
salsa
guacamole

Quesadilla Directions: Thinly slice freshly cooked London broil or left over London broil. Assemble the quesadilla by placing cheese on half the tortilla. Top with the sliced meat and whatever else you are using. Top with more cheese. Fold over the tortilla. Complete with 2nd tortilla. Spray with cooking spray. Place in the air fryer at 400° for 8 minutes, flipping half way. You will need to place something on top of the quesadillas when you first start cooking the quesadilla. The tortilla may fly open before the cheese is melted. Once you flip it over it won’t be needed. I use an oven safe aluminum pan. Cook till your desired crispiness. Remove and serve with your favorite toppings!



Air Fryer London Broil

I love my air fryer. I’ve been experimenting with all different recipes. One I’ve done a few times already is London Broil. London Broil roast is like a big lean steak, that’s how I see it. It’s got very little fat. It’s usually about 12 inches long and 2 inches thick. When it’s cooked properly it can come out delicious. It’s a great lean protein. It’s perfect on it’s own, or used in a salad, quesadilla, tacos you name it!

The meat can get a little tough, so you want to try and cook it to a lower temperature and then watch it from there. Give this London Broil a try and you won’t regret it!

Air Fryer London Broil

Ingredients:
1 London broil, 2 lbs
1 T olive oil
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1 t steak seasoning
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper

Directions: Preheat air fryer at 400°. Rub the London broil with the oil and season with above seasonings on both sides. Add the London broil to the Air Fryer rack or basket. (Note: I have an air fryer oven with a rack.)

Cook the mean at 400° for 13-15 minutes flipping half way. Check the temp with an instant read thermometer. 135° for medium rare and 145° for medium to well. Let the mean rest at least 5-7 minutes before slicing. Serve with horseradish sauce if you’d like and your favorite sides. Great for leftovers!

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Baked Lump Crab Dip

This lump crab meat dip is a huge hit at gatherings or just making for the family at home for game day. It’s made with real lump crab meat and is full of delicious flavors. It’s one of my favorite go to recipes!

Give this recipe a try!

Baked Lump Crab Meat Dip

Ingredients:
8 oz lump crab meat
2 green onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 T fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup mayonnaise
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Romano cheese, finely grated
2 t dried parsley
salt, sprinkle
pepper, sprinkle
1 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
1/2 T olive oil

Directions: In a medium bowl add in the cream cheese and mash completely with a fork. Next add in the mayo, lump crab meat, green onions, Romano cheese, garlic, lemon and seasoning and mix well until everything is blended.

Add dip into an oven safe bowl. Top the dip with the panko breadcrumbs and drizzle with olive oil.

Bake at 375° for 25-35 minutes until dip is hot and bubbly. Remove from oven and let set for 5 minutes. This dip is great to make ahead of time, just bake about another 10 minutes if the dip is refrigerator cold. Serve the dip with crackers, pita chips, pita bread or veggies!