Baked Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs are really simple to make and you really add any flavors you want! I’m Italian and I learned a lot from seeing my grandparents cook when I was very young and also from seeing my parents cook as well. Italian meatballs are really easy to make, there is no need to buy the store bought ones! You can put this recipe together in now time!

This recipe is a pretty basic Italian meatball recipe! I used ground beef as it was all I had but you can use a mixture of ground beef and ground pork that also comes out delicious! My grandmother use to fry the meatballs, but to make these a little healthier I bake them! You can simmer these meatballs in sauce, enjoy with pasta or eat them on their own. I personally eat them with a little drizzle of oil and some delicious shaved Italian cheese with a chunk of bread! Yum!!

Baked Italian Meatballs

Ingredients:
2lb ground meat (beef or a mixture of beef & pork)
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1/3 cup grated Romano cheese
1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
1/2 Tbsp Garlic & Herb Seasoning (See below for Amazon Link)
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
4 garlic cloves, grated
1 shallot, grated
2 tsp olive oil

Extras:
Olive oil cooking spray

My Favorite Amazon Items: https://www.amazon.com/shop/garlic_and_oliveoil_veins

Directions: Preheat oven 375°. In a medium bowl add all the ingredients above and gently mix with your hands (Yes, your hands) until everything is fully mixed together. Do not over mix the meat, this is important to keeping a moist meatball.

Next grab a few pinches of meat and form your meatballs. Don’t overly work the meat mixture. You want to just gently roll into balls. Make the meatballs any size you want. Add the meatballs to a greased cookie sheet leaving a little room in between. Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes until fully cooked through. There is no need to flip the meatballs during the cooking process. Adjust the cook time based on the size of the meatballs. Enjoy the meatballs with pasta, simmered in sauce or just on their own!

Smashed Potatoes (Air Fryer Recipe)

I’m potato lover!! I love any and all potatoes. I love cooking with potatoes because there are so many ways you can make them! Mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, gnocchi, pancakes, baked the options are endless! I’m sure you’ve seen smashed potatoes! They are so simple to make and these are even easier than normal! I actually par cooked in the microwave! I didn’t have time to boil the potatoes first so decided to cut down on the time and throw them in the microwave! If you have the time, you can definately boil the potatoes first, but honestly I’ve done it both ways and didn’t notice a differenace.

Use any seasoning of your choice! Here’s the link to some of my favorite! https://www.amazon.com/shop/garlic_and_oliveoil_veins

Give these smashed potatoes a try and let me know how they you like them!!

Smashed Potatoes (Air Fryer Recipe)

8-10 baby potatoes, (I used Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Ranch seasoning
1 Tbsp garlic & herb seasoning
salt/pepper, to taste

Directions: Rinse potatoes under water and remove any dirt. Add the potatoes to a microwave safe plate and cook on high 5-6 minutes until tender. Add the potatoes to air fryer rack. Using the bottom of a heavy glass press down smashing the potatoes. Next drizzle olive oil and season both sides of the potatoes. Preheat the air fryer. (Note: My air fryer preheats at 400° for 4 minutes.) Next add the rack to the top of the air fryer and cook at 400° for 10 minutes, flipping half way. Add or reduce time depending on your desired level of crispiness! Personally, I like these smashed potatoes nice and crisp! Remove from the air fryer and serve with sour cream for dipping or any dip of your choosing or just enjoy on their own. Enjoy!!

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Air Fryer Garlic Butter Lobster Tail

I love seafood! Recently I made a seafood feast with crab legs, lobster tails, mussels and clams and it was so delicious! I call it “working” on content but it’s a delicious way to work if you ask me! Anyway, I love lobster and I decided to try to switch up how I make it! These were cooked in the air fryer and I must say they came out phenomenal. So quick, so tender and so delicious.

The best way is to butterfly the lobster. I started doing this a while back to my tails and I love how they come out. It looks pretty professional, too but it’s so simple! Start by cutting the top of the shell, pull the shell open and using your fingers pull the meat out and lay on top of the shell. You still want the meat attached to the shell slightly to keep it in place.

This recipe has a very simple garlic butter. You can just use butter and lemon and keep very simple. Check out the recipe and cooking instructions below.

Air Fryer Garlic Butter Lobster Tails

Ingredients:
2 lobster tails, butterflied
1/2 stick salted butter, melted
1 garlic cloves, grated
1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp parsley
sprinkle salt
sprinkle pepper

Directions: Preheat the air fryer. (Mine preheats for 3 minutes at 400°) Add the lobster tails to an air fryer safe pan. Add the butter, garlic, parsley, lemon and salt & pepper to a bowl and mix well. Using a brush, brush the butter mixture over the lobster. Add into the air fryer and cook at 380° for 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, brush more butter onto the lobster and cook another 4-5 minutes until fully cooked. The tail is done when the meat turns a milky white and the shell is a bright red. Note: Cook time will vary depending on the size of the lobster tail. These lobster tails were only about 5 oz each, anything larger make take 10-12 minutes to fully cook. Avoid overcooking as the lobster will become chewy and rubbery if over cooked.

Pan Seared Chicken Breast

Chicken is one of the most used protein! Chicken unfortunately, is also one of the hardest proteins to get correct. So often the chicken come out over cooked and stringy. I will show you the best pan seared chicken breast. So juicy and tender and perfectly seared! I get a lot of questions on chicken breast so as simple as this dish is, I wanted to share it!

Pan Seared Chicken Breast

Ingredients:
3-4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless 1 inch thick
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic and herb seasoning
sprinkle salt
sprinkle pepper

Direction: Heat a medium size sauté pan on medium high heat. Add in olive oil let heat 2 minutes. (Note: You want the pan to be hot, this will be how you get that nice golden sear.) Add in chicken breasts and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side. Cook times may vary based on the thickness of the chicken breast. You need an internal temperature of 165°, make sure to check the thickest part of the breast. This is where a meat thermometer comes in handy. Remove chicken from the pan and let rest a few minutes before enjoying.

Classic Sloppy Joes

Welcome to September! I know it’s not quite fall yet, but I’m eager for the fall temperatures! Summer is actually my least favorite season unless I’m on a beach or sitting by a pool and drinking a margarita! Anyways, fall and winter are perfect season for comfort food. That’s exactly what this recipe is! Pure and simple comfort food! This meal takes most people back to their childhood, kids love an excuse to get messy!! That’s the fun part!

I love this recipe because it’s quick, delicious and case easily be spiced up! If you like heat, add some cayenne pepper and hot sauce or even some jalapeños! This recipe is a perfect freezer meal, too! Make extra and put in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months! Just thaw and add to a sauce pan and heat on low! Give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it!

Ingredients:
1.5 lb ground beef (I use 90% lean)
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 large green pepper, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbps olive oil
3 tbps tomato paste
1 tbps light brown sugar
2 tsp lite soy sauce
15 oz can tomato sauce (I use no salt added)
1 tbps Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup water, more if needed

Seasonings:
1 tbps chili powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic & herb seasoning, (optional)
1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
1 tsp salt or to taste
2 tsp salt or to taste

Or: Sloppy Joe seasoning packet

Directions: Heat a large deep skillet on high heat. Add in the olive oil and let heat 2 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook till fragrant. Next add in the pepper and onion and cook till tender and the onion is translucent. Add the ground beef to the pan and brown, breaking up while it cooks. (See Amazon items below for the best tool for breaking up ground meat) Add the seasonings above or the seasoning packet and mix well. Stir in the brown sugar. Add in the water, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce and mix well. Let simmer on medium low heat 10 minutes (this step is completely optional it just helps the flavors come through, but you can eat as soon as it’s completed.) If the sauce becomes to thick and you want a really sloppy Joe, add more water.

Spoon the Sloppy Joe mixture over a bun and either eat like a sandwich or eat it opened faced! Enjoy!

Hamburger Meat Chopper https://www.amazon.com/shop/garlic_and_oliveoil_veins

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.