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Cindy's Recipes

Cindy has organized her recipe collection into easy-to-navigate categories, to make it simple to find the perfect dish. Take a look below at the collection of recipes, and let us know which one is your favorite!

Pots De Crème with Red Wine Cherries
  • Time: 3-4 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Pots De Crème with Red Wine Cherries

These wine-infused pots of custard are the perfect ending for a rich winter meal. For convenience, keep some poached cherries in a jar so you can quickly pull together this dessert.

Pressure Cooker French Onion Soup
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Pressure Cooker French Onion Soup

I just love using my pressure cooker! I make french onion soup often because it's so good...   I never made it in the pressure cooker and it was really easy and perfect.  

Go ahead and try it.  Now I used the smaller pan because I was just making enough for 4 as an appetizer serving but feel free to use the larger pot.

Also, I like the combination of chicken or vegetable and beef broth because it's a lighter broth but feel free to use all beef.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

I was looking in my pantry and it's a l little chilly in Massachusetts so baking sounded good to me.  I don't do a lot of baking but I was looking at a can of pumpkin puree and grabbed it and these bars were made!

I brought 1/2 of the bars to my son's house and everyone loved them!  

These are really yummy...  

#notpaleo

 

Quinoa and Kale Meatballs
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Quinoa and Kale Meatballs

I love quinoa and I know many Paleo followers will say that it's not allowed but I love it!  We don't have it often but I think it's really good for us to eat.  I served these over a quinoa salad full of vegetables then drizzled with EVOO and Balsamic.  Perfect to bring to a summer outing.  That is what I did and everyone loved it.  It went great with my friends Lisa's ribs!

Enjoy

 

(PS - I didn't need the entire bunch of kale for the meatballs.  I cooked it all up and added the rest in the quinoa salad.)

 

Quinoa, Carrot and Parsley Meatballs
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Quinoa, Carrot and Parsley Meatballs

I love quinoa and am really enjoying creating amazing recipes that even my family is enjoying!  These are so good.  

Cindy's Note:  I have different size melon scoops and ice cream scoops.  They are great to keep your meatballs all the same size. You can make these from mini-meatballs to larger sized.  You decide...

 

Really Big Loaded Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Really Big Loaded Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

My disclaimer for this recipe! I am Italian and during the holidays especially I make everything BIG!  What if unexpected guests stop by!  What if family brings a friend!  What if I ran into someone at the grocery store and they are home alone for a holiday (that has really happened).  

These are some of the reasons there is always an extra dish waiting in the refrigerator on stand-by or when I make a dish - It's really BIG and LOADED with lots of good stuff.

Note!

  • You can make this really big lasagna and left overs are amazing!
  • You can cut ingredients in half to make an 8x10 size pan.
  • You can omit the ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan to make it dairy free
  • You can make the meat sauce, cut the recipe in half and freeze the remaining sauce for another time.

 

Red Martgarita
  • Time: 1 Hour
  • Complexity: easy

Red Martgarita

Rice Pudding
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Rice Pudding

This is my nana's recipe and we used to make this all the time. It is perfect warm or cold.  I love how my baby sister Annmarie gets so excited when we make rice pudding.  It brings back so many wonderful memories.

 

Ricotta Cheese Cake
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Ricotta Cheese Cake

This was a "just because" new recipe!  I love ricotta and we don't indulge often but since we are entertaining tonight it seemed right!  Not to mention it's amazing!

 

Ricotta, Kale and Artichoke Baked Frittata
  • Time: 1 Hour
  • Complexity: easy

Ricotta, Kale and Artichoke Baked Frittata

I have been named the "queen" of frittata's. I love using up all of my leftovers and making a frittata! Growing up in an Italian family most of our meals included ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and artichokes. When you add eggs and fresh greens your world is complete! I used kale but you can include spinach or any other greens or even zucchini! YUM.

 

Risotto Primavera
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Risotto Primavera

Primavera is normally a pasta dish with spring vegetables.  I was at the farmers market this morning and picked up red peppers and had frozen peas and porcini mushrooms at home.  

This side dish was perfect with my leg of lamb roast I made for our Sunday dinner!

Enjoy

  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sausage
  • Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sausage

Rosted Vegetables in a Creamy Pesto Sauce
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Rosted Vegetables in a Creamy Pesto Sauce

The real inspiration for this recipe was using up my leftover vegetables from the week with more pizzaz.  

I threw them all if the pan and warmed them then made the Pesto.  I will list out the recipe to roast for your enjoyment. xo

 

 

Rustic Apple Tart
  • Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Rustic Apple Tart

I just love apple season!  I was using my stand mixer and making Raviolis and thought since it was out and being used how about a tart!  This was a big hit for our guests and went perfect with vanilla bean gelato.  

 

Salmon with lemon, capers, and thyme
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Salmon with lemon, capers, and thyme

Italians love lemon and capers.  Salmon goes great with these flavors and you can have this on the table in no time at all.  You can cook the salmon in the 1 pound piece of slice for individual servings and the cooking time will be about 5 minutes less.

Sangria
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Sangria

I love having my girlfriends over for an afternoon of laughing and eating yummy food. I normally have a couple of sangria's ready! You do not need to use an expensive wine to make a delicious sangria.

 

Sausage Bundles
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Sausage Bundles

This is a recipe I created a few years ago for my husband. I make these for all of our dinner parties, but always have a few in the freezer to pull out for an amazing and delicious appetizer.

These are made ahead—it does take a few hours to make these little bundles, but making plenty in advance means less work later! Separate into portion sizes and freeze. You bake these without defrosting.

 

Sauté White Fish and Greens
  • Time: 30 mintues

Sauté White Fish and Greens

Meal preparation is easy if you are organized.  I love to make a few meals for the week and have them ready to pull out of the freezer in the morning and just warm to enjoy for dinner.

This recipe is perfect.  I just lightly brown both sides of the fish and slightly cook my greens.  I store in the refrigerator to enjoy within a day or 2 them just warm up in the pan for an easy dinner.  

It's really fun to be healthy!

Enjoy xo

 

  • Time: 30 minutes

Sautéed Cauliflower with Tofu and Vegetables

This recipe was created as I pulled out ingredients from the refrigerator.  It was surprisingly really good so I wanted to share with you!  xo

Seasonal Vegetable Casserole
  • Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Seasonal Vegetable Casserole

A great way to enjoy seasonal vegetables is to layer in a casserole.  All of the flavors make an amazing dish.  

Enjoy xo

 

Shrimp with Orzo and Vegetables
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Shrimp with Orzo and Vegetables

Shrimp is great because you can get it fresh or frozen (keep handy frozen) and it cooks up super fast. I love enjoying with orzo and vegetables for a quick family dinner.

You can sauté up any vegetables you have handy for this delicious dish.

Enjoy xo Cindy

 

Sirloin Bites with Mediterranean Farro Salad
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Sirloin Bites with Mediterranean Farro Salad

This is a perfect make ahead meal for your weekly prepping.  This steak is great cold or make the farro salad ahead of time then grill your steak up!  

Enjoy this amazing dish!

xo Cindy

 

Smoked Salmon Crustini

Smoked Salmon Crustini

This recipe was created when my husband and I were having a holiday party a few years ago. Most of our dishes had some sort of meat, and we have a friend that is a vegetarian (actually a pescatarian). I had all of the ingredients in the house, and I put it together last minute. It was the first platter to be completely empty! My husband didn’t get his lox and bagels the next morning, but all of our guests enjoyed this appetizer.

You can use fresh baguette bread or toasted crostini.

This appetizer can be prepared in advance, then assembled 30 minutes prior to your guests arriving. It is always a hit at our house!

 

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