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Italian Filled Braciole
  • Time: 4-6 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Italian Filled Braciole

Braciole is a popular Italian dish. Using flank steak works the best as it becomes very tender after slow cooking all day.  You can roll the meat with your favorite filling.  I had frozen kale handy along with the other ingredients.  I picked up the flank steak at Joseph's Classic Market.  

Enjoy this Italian specialty!  

PS  If you don't have kitchen twine at home just ask your butcher! They will be more than happy to provide some for you. 

 

 

  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Italian Meatball Soup with Escarole

We love soup and especially with meatballs.  You can add other vegetables such as zucchini, cauliflower, carrots and even pasta.  So yummy!  

 

Italian Paleo Chop Suey
  • Time: 1 Hour
  • Complexity: easy

Italian Paleo Chop Suey

I grew up eating American Chop Suey but I am not sure why we called it that when we made our Italian sauce with lots of garlic and herbs. So, I am calling this my Italian Paleo Chop Suey and I made it in the slow cooker!

Don’t you just love Italian Paleo Recipes!

 

Italian Romesco with Red Snapper
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Italian Romesco with Red Snapper

When I decided to make a Romesco sauce with the red snapper it was a big hit for a little dinner party we hosted during the week.   This entire dish was very easy to prepare yet it looked as if I spent hours getting ready for the dinner! 

Italian Vegetable Soup
  • Time: 30 mintues
  • Complexity: easy

Italian Vegetable Soup

It's very cold here in Massachusetts in December.  I love soup and so does my granddaughter Brooke.  No matter what time of the year it is wr love to make soup.

Since I keep many vegetables in the refrigerator, in the pantry and in the freezer.  Frozen vegetables are so handy.  Don't you get so mad when you buy fresh vegetables and you don't use them for a few days then when you grab them - they are bad!  I HATE wasting food and money.  That's why I keep vegetables I don't use everyday in the freezer.

Now I am not advertising for Bush's but I do love their chili starter beans.  You also use the juice in the can to add extra flavor to your soups or chilis.  If you use "regular" canned beans please drain and rinse before adding to your soups and chilis.

This soup is amazing!  If I may say so myself.  Enjoy xo Cindy

P.S.  Since I haven't been feeling good and sipping on green tea with fresh ginger and tumeric.  I decided to shred some tumeric into the soup as well.  #tumeric

Lamb Pops Wrapped with Prosciutto
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Lamb Pops Wrapped with Prosciutto

These make a perfect appetizer for any occasion. This is a quick yet gourmet appetizer to really dazzle your guests! If you can't find lamb chops ask your butcher to cut up a rack of lamb into individual chops. They will gladly do it for you! You can assemble the chops in advance and keep refrigerated until ready to grill. 

Lemon Cream Cheese Bars
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

Don't these look yummy!  We loved them here at Cindy's Table and had to share.  For the original recipe go here!

 

 

Lemon Zucchini Spaghetti with Shrimp
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Lemon Zucchini Spaghetti with Shrimp

We just love our zucchini pasta at home.  I go every Sunday to our farmers market and stock up!  Today I even had some left over fresh spinach from the week and decided to add it in as well. You can omit but if you have spinach or any other left over veggies - Go ahead and add them in!  Enjoy

 

Meatball and Kale Soup
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Meatball and Kale Soup

I am using ground turkey in this soup. It makes it so light and perfect! As an Italian family we love meatballs anyway we can get them! They are amazing in soup...  

Chefs Note:  Freeze in individual containers and just warm up when you are looking for something to enjoy next week!

 

Meatloaf Sliders with Spicy Ketchup
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Meatloaf Sliders with Spicy Ketchup

Making these gourmet meatloaf sliders were a big hit at a party I was hired as the Chef for an engagement party.  I didn't use those standard slider buns!  On No...  I used a gourmet french loaf then added my homemade ketchup and roasted red peppers.  

We couldn't keep the platter full.  Go ahead and give them a try at your next dinner party.

 

Meaty Italian Frittata

Meaty Italian Frittata

A frittata is a flat style Italian omelet that is normally made in a cast iron pan on the stove, then finished in the oven. When ready to serve, just slice into wedges. In most Italian families we don't like to throw away any food. A frittata is a great way to enjoy your favorite meat and vegetables. You can even top with your left over Sunday sauce.

We loved this frittata while in Tuscany and each day was prepared with different fresh ingredients.

Enjoy xo

 

Mexican Chicken Fajitas
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Mexican Chicken Fajitas

You can buy the packet of fajita seasoning but it's so easy to make your own. Click here for my recipe. 

Mexican Spice Blend
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Mexican Spice Blend

The best part of having an entire inventory of spices I can make anything...  I had a piece of flanks steak and decided to make a Mexican feast for us!  I love Mexican food and made my own spice rub to let the steak sit it for an entire day! All we had to do was grill each side for about 4 minutes and it was perfect!  

If you have any left over just store in a sealed jar!

We made soft tacos and had all of the fixin's..  Enjoy

 

  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Mini Whoopie Pies

Don't we all just love whoopie pies!  I made them mini to limit the guilty pleasure.  Enjoy

 

Mixed Grill with Anchovy Sauce
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Mixed Grill with Anchovy Sauce

Many restaurants offer a mixed grill in Tuscany.  My husband and I would order 2 meals and share to try more food.  We always loved to experiment with the mix grill and the anchovy sauce adds so much flavor. 

Mussels with Herbs and a Red Sauce
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Mussels with Herbs and a Red Sauce

Mussels are common for an appetizer or a snack.  My Nana would make a pan of mussels for a late afternoon meal.  Most Italian homes have food going all day and this easy dish is perfect for friends around the table.

Orange Shrimp Appetizer
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Orange Shrimp Appetizer

I was looking for a recipe to prepare and serve for a dinner party.  I found this while seeking a shrimp appetizer and it seemed perfect!  Everyone just loved them.  

(Recipe from Martha Stuart)

 

Paleo
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo "Riced" Turkey Stuffed Cabbage

I have a few Stuffed Cabbage recipes and links are provided below.  This recipe was inspired by the lonely cabbage left on the shelf at the farmers market, ground turkey I already had in my freezer and the 2 cups I reserved from this recipe.

When I make a baked dish like this I always take a moment to decide how I want to serve it.  I just love my Emile Henry baking pans.  They are great from oven to table!  Just wanted you to know that!  xo

 

Paleo Chicken Cordon Bleu with a Dijon Gravy
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo Chicken Cordon Bleu with a Dijon Gravy

Chicken Cordon Bleu is a thin breaded cutlet with ham and cheese rolled inside.  I love this dish because it's perfect for 2 or 6 or 8.  You can get these prepped in advance, store in the refrigerator and when you are 35 minutes to eat just bake and serve.

Enjoy our Paleo version of Chicken Cordon Bleu.  

 

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

Paleo Chocolate Chip Bars

Looking for a Paleo dessert to feed a crowd. I made these for a house party we had and Paleo OMG everyone just loved them!  Enjoy xo

 

Paleo Double Chocolate Brownies
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo Double Chocolate Brownies

Sometimes you just want some chocolate!  These were amazing....  

Enjoy!

 

Paleo Mushroom Arancini
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Paleo Mushroom Arancini

Every Italian gets excited when Arancini's are being served.  I used to make them with my Nana and dip them in tomato sauce.  Or we would serve with sauce at the bottom of a bowl then the arancini on top.  

You can add you favorite filling such as peas, meat, or your favorite combination.  Using wild or cultivated mushrooms really makes these arancini's even more amazing!

If you want to make my homemade Paleo Italian Breadcrumbs - Go here for the recipe!

Enjoy

 

 

 

Paleo Pumpkin Bundt Cake with a Maple Glaze
  • Time: 1 Hour
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo Pumpkin Bundt Cake with a Maple Glaze

Yes this bundt cake is delicious! Enjoy xo

 

Pasta, Sausage and Peas
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Pasta, Sausage and Peas

I love my one-pot recipes and even though I needed a pan to boil the pasta there was no need for a colander nor a platter or bowl to serve the dish.  My beautiful pan served as a perfect serving dish! All of my dried herbs are from Simply Organic!

I used 2 hot and 2 sweet chicken sausage which added amazing flavor to the sauce!  You can also just add the frozen peas into the hot sauce!  This is a 30 minute meal perfect for a family of 4.  

When we enjoy pasta from a box there is only one I will serve my family (and myself). It has to be DeCecco Pasta!  

Tip: You can add in onion, peppers, zucchini or any other vegetables you have handy in the refrigerator.  Go ahead clean out that crisper draw and make this a hearty family meal!

If you love this recipe but don't want to use pasta!  Take a spaghetti squash and poke about 10 holes using a long metal skewer.  Put in the microwave for 10 minutes.  Let cool, slice, remove seeds then take a fork and add strands into the sauce.  Paleo dinner served... 

 

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