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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

The holidays are over. Finally!
I mean, I love the festive season, but it always seems to cause such a big blip in life. Everything gets put on hold and you forget how to get back going on as usual. Plus I feel like I need to sleep and sleep and sleep, although I’ve gotten more sleep lately than usual. Maybe that’s the problem…

Ok let’s get back to it shall we? It’s been a tad long since I’ve posted anything! {except for a Merry Christmas wish which attracted a few more followers!}

Hubby picked up the biggest tube of extra lean ground beef from Costco before Christmas and like the sweetheart he is, he divided it up in ziplock bags and froze it. Now I open up the freezer to find all the new bags and 4 from October. That’s a lot of beef! Soooooo, a ground beef, easy peasy, recipe from me to you.
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MOZZARELLA STUFFED MEATBALLS
INGREDIENTS
2lbs extra lean GROUBD BEEF
1 cup BREADCRUMBS
3 EGGS
1 Tbsp ITALIAN SEASONING
1 PREMADE HOMEMADE GARLIC BALL {or 4 cloves, minced}
SALT & PEPPER
OLIVE OIL
3 sticks MOZZARELLA STRING CHEESE
PASTA SAUCE
COOKED SPAGHETTI
PARMESAN CHEESE

DIRECTIONS
1. Mix the beef, crumbs, eggs, seasoning, garlic, s&p together. Hands work best!
2. Form into 12 balls, approximately 2″
3. Cut the cheese sticks into 4 pieces each. Should have 12 cubes
4. Press a cheese cube into the middle of each meatball and seal the ball closed again. Work them good so you don’t spring a leak!
5. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and brown the balls on all sides.
6. In a separate pan heat the pasta sauce, then add in the browned meatballs.
7. Simmer the stuffed meatballs in the sauce until they are cooked through. Don’t have the heat too high. It’s hard to stir and you don’t want the sauce to burn.
8. Serve over the spaghetti and top with Parmesan cheese.
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Grilled Bruschetta Chicken & Pasta

I was very excited to try tonight’s menu out.

(Tomorrow I promise I will post something other than food. My blog was not meant to just be about food but these days it seems to be. Sorry about that.)

Ok, so tonight I tried something new. Now I’ve never even had bruschetta let alone make it so this was interesting for me. First of all I wasn’t even sure I was going to like it. I am not opposed to balsamic vinegar, I just have never tried it. Remember it was only a couple of years ago that I started liking flavors of foods. Also, I have never cooked with basil or rather fresh basil. And do I like tomatoes. Cooked yes, but fresh…. I’m still not sure yet.

Basically… this ought to be interesting hey? But I wanted to try something new and more importantly, something fresh!!!

Here we go!!

Grilled Bruschetta Chicken & Pasta
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Ingredients:

    Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied, see pictures below
salt & pepper
1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil or as Rachael Ray calls it, EVOO. *gaaa*
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
mozzarella cheese in slices
fresh grated parmesan cheese
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    Topping

2 roma tomatoes, finely diced
handful of grape or cherry tomatoes, finely diced
4 or 5 cloves of minced garlic
1 T. balsamic vinegar
10 fresh basil leaves, rolled and sliced thin
fresh grated parmesan cheese
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Instructions:

    Chicken

Season chicken with S & P
Mix vinegar and oil and brush on both sides of chicken breast
BBQ the seasoned chicken breasts
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Once cooked, cover with mozza slices and a sprinkle of parm
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    Topping

Mix tomatoes, garlic & vinegar in a bowl
Top the cheesy chicken with the tomato mixture
Then sprinkle with fresh basil & parm
Place topped chicken back on the BBQ or in a hot oven for a few minutes
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I served this with pasta.
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I used Farfalle pasta, better known as bowtie pasta
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I made a mozza parm cheese sauce with chicken stock, tomatoes, basil & garlic for the pasta
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Mmm THICK n CHUNKY ~ Spaghetti My Way

Last night I had a sudden urge to go out at 9:00pm to buy a slow cooker.  I’d say ‘Crock Pot’ but that’s a brand like BandAid.  So I came home with a really nice slow cooker and today I wanted to put it to use.  I had a bunch of vegetables in my fridge (‘had’ being the key word as the fridge is void if vegetables now) and needed to get rid of them do I decided…. my Thick  n Chunky Spaghetti would be excellent!

Hubby and I like our spaghetti a certain way… think n chunky of course and filled mostly with yummy veggies.

For my spaghetti (can I even call it spaghetti when the pasta I use is Penne?), anyways, for my spaghetti I start it off with a giant stock pot on my stovetop.  Heat a small drizzle of olive oil in the bottom and add 1 diced onion, and 5 or 6 cloves of Red Russian garlic (or more or less depending on your taste buds, and if course u don’t have to use the Red Russian variety of garlic, that’s just the yummy goodness I had kickin round these parts LOL!) Sauté until the onions are translucent.  Then I removed them from the pit and set aside.

Then I browned my ground beef.  I think I started with 2 kgs?  What is that, like 4.5 lbs? Just under?  Once the beef is cooked thoroughly I drained most of the remaining liquids and added back in the sautéed onion and garlic and let it cook together for about 5 minutes.  Seasoning it with crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne, oregano and of course salt and pepper.

Ok next comes all the veggies…  I use approximately 2 cups chopped celery, 2 cups chopped carrots, 4 cups sliced mushrooms, 1 diced red pepper, 1 diced green pepper, 4 cups chopped broccoli and 2 cups chopped zucchini.  Add it all to the stockpot into the beef and onion mixture.  I cook this on low for about 10 minutes.  I want the veggies to get a bit seasoned and get em hot!

Next I add in 5-6 large cans of crushed tomatoes,  I like my sauce fairly thick and the veggies will produce a bit of liquid as well so make your best judgement.  Just don’t open all your cans of tomatoes until you know what you need.  Taste your sauce… usually it’s a bit acidic… add a pinch or two of sugar to cut down the acids.

Finally I add ½ cup of parmesan cheese.  It adds a nice bold flavor and helps everything bind together for a richer thicker sauce.

I put all this in my slow cooker and and it cooked for about 4 hours and then warmed for an hour.  I like it best after it’s cooled a bit and the flavours have blended.

It made about 7 quarts… I couldn’t even fit all of it into the slow cooker….  LOLOL  We will have spaghetti tonight and tomorrow and I will freeze the rest for a nice easy quick meal some other day.  Or share with a friend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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He always makes me smile

Last night hubby and I went downtown.  It’s a bit of a trek for us as we DO NOT drink and drive… therefore we always have to leave a few hours earlier than the event time.  We walk, then bus, then skytrain, then walk or cab some more.  It’s fun though.  Well it’s always fun when were together.  Road Soda’s are a must to fight the long trip.  Start the night out right.  We were on our way to a buddy’s birthday dinner.  The venue was The Italian Kitchen on 1037 Alberni Street in Vancouver.  I had a delicious pasta, Linguini Carbonara and Hubby had a spicy, super tasty Chicken Parmesan.  It was a very nice place and everyones food seemed to be of great quality.  I would hope so as the prices were not that low.

When dinner was done and we said our goodbyes, we started walking… it was a wonderful warm evening, I was in a summer dress, and Vancouver has seen alot of rain lately…. so we walked.  and walked and walked.  We stopped on the gallery steps and people watched…. We enjoyed a bunch of hip hoppers practicing in the below ground Robson arena and found ourselves on Granville, walking the opposite way of the skytrain.  $4 highballs out on the patio of Olympia Bar & Grill…. I think we shall.  Oh and you’ve run out of crappy whiskey so you will substitue with Crown…. sounds great to me!  We talked and drinked and talked and drinked more and decided since it was close to midnight we should head back… althought neither of us wanted to….    It was such a nice and pleasant evening and I just love my man.

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