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Braised Lamb Shanks with Butternut Squash Puree
  • Complexity: medium

Braised Lamb Shanks with Butternut Squash Puree

A new butcher moved into town and it figures we are moving!  Glad we were able to try their American Lamb Shanks.  OMG this was an amazing dinner and we share this recipe with our friends Mike and D!

If you are in Connecticut be sure to check out the Lucky Goat!

 

Braised Short Ribs Bolognese
  • Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Braised Short Ribs Bolognese

We love short ribs and making this Bolognese was amazing.  It was hearty and real paleo comfort food.  

You really need to give this recipe a try and enjoy over pasta, spaghetti squash or roasted butternut squash.

Enjoy!

 

Braised Spring Peas
  • Complexity: medium

Braised Spring Peas

I love peas and this dish is the perfect side dish! Try my braised spring peas with your favorite Sunday Italian dinners!!

Braised Tuscan Pork Chops
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Braised Tuscan Pork Chops

This recipe has been a favorite for TV cooking segments when I share recipes from my new cookbook  Get your copy and check out the other healthy Italian recipes!

In Tuscan and Spanish cooking you will see the word sofrito in many recipes. Sofrito is the combination of tomatoes, onions, peppers, carrots, garlic and fresh herbs to create a sauce. I use a sofrito in many of my recipes and is a perfect way to enjoy this dish.

You can use some of the sauce and use over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. I love to grill vegetables and top with this sofrito.

 

Brick Chicken
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Brick Chicken

The great part of the dish is you can have your butcher do all of the work! I love making brick chicken and enjoy a nice gravy! Yup.. That is the Italian in me..

 

Brick Cornish Game Hen
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Brick Cornish Game Hen

This is the perfect romantic dinner for two!  You can use this same recipe with chicken but the Cornish game hen makes a great dish and it looks adorable.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

There is a story to the creation of this recipe.  I always have a head of cauliflower in my refrigerator (I just love it) and on Thanksgiving my friend Donna brought broccoli for her niece and we forgot to steam it up for her!  

During my normal weekly clean up the refrigerator to see what I have left from the week I took the two  out along with a few scallions I had left over and created this dish.  Of course I added all of my favorite Italian herbs and was really happy with this dish!  

I did sprinkle some freshly grated parmesan cheese on top before serving but that's the Italian in me.  You can also add in some melting cheese in the mixture if you desire.  Maybe about 3/4 cup!

I hope you enjoy this Paleo side dish!

 

 

Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin
  • Complexity: medium

Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

This is my favorite side for rack of lamb or a roasted chicken dinner! Broccoli and cauliflower Gratin just go so well together and this side dish is always a big hit. You can make in advance for company and just warm before serving!

Brooke's Paleo Vanilla Donuts with Chocolate Frosting
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Brooke's Paleo Vanilla Donuts with Chocolate Frosting

I love spending time with Brooke and we are creating memories similar to my Nana.  We love being in the kitchen together and earlier for dinner we made a sauce and chicken parmesan.  Brooke was so adorable tasting the sauce then looked at me and said - Just a little more salt.  Priceless!

Then she found my donut pan and wanted to make these yummy donuts.  I am so blessed to have Brooke in my life and I enjoy every minute.

About this recipe: Brooke and I wrote down every step as we created these donuts and had so much fun.  Then she topped a few with sprinkles (non-paleo but 8 year old approved)

 

Brussels Sprouts on the EGG®
  • Complexity: medium

Brussels Sprouts on the EGG®

Check out how we made delicious Brussels Sprouts on the EGG® below!

I like to heat the grill pan on the EGG® so it is nice and hot to start grilling the Brussels Sprouts.

  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Brussels Sprouts Slaw

We love brussels sprouts in my house! I have so many recipes and trying to get all of them up on my site. These are delicious and you can be extremely creative. You can prepare them following a paleo diet, gluten free diet or anyway that makes you happy! Enjoy…

 

Bulgar Wheat and Vegetable Cakes
  • Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Bulgar Wheat and Vegetable Cakes

As I was walking around the grocery store looking for inspirations  spotted a box of burger wheat.  I decided to grab the box and use it a few different way.  We love tobuli and I make kibbeh in the summer.

At the grocery store they had buy one get one free of grape tomatoes so I decided to roast one package with lots of garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil.  The combination went great together.

Butternut Squash Lasagna
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Butternut Squash Lasagna

The butternut squash adds amazing fall flavors to this lasagna.  If you have a mandolin, use it to create the perfect lasagna noodles.  To make this a more heartier lasagna, saute up ground beef, ground chicken or even sausage for a meatier meal.

You can also find this recipe in my cookbook: .

 

Butternut Squash Risotto
  • Complexity: medium

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut squash risotto is the perfect fall side with your favorite Italian. I love to pair it with pork or chicken.

Butternut Squash Soup
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Butternut Squash Soup

You always know fall is in the air when a pot of butternut squash soup is on the stove.  I love this one-pot soup is amazing and freezes really well.

I used my bialetti pot and niinja blender to make this comforting soup!

Butternut Squash Soup with Pear
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Butternut Squash Soup with Pear

My Butternut Squash Soup with Pear makes an annual appearance on Thanksgiving!  It has become a highly requested soup and enjoyed by all.

Enjoy!

 

Cabbage and Cauliflower Fried Rice
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Cabbage and Cauliflower Fried Rice

Doesn't eating well make you feel so good!  I know we all like to sneak something bad then you hate how you feel.   So, why do we punish our bodies.  I love cooking my own food and enjoying the flavors.

This has become a favorite and it is so easy to make!  I hope you enjoy this dish too and try my Paleo Scallion Pancakes with this!  So yummy... xo

 

Cajun Pulled Pork
  • Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Cajun Pulled Pork

Calabrian sausage, fava beans and pasta
  • Complexity: medium

Calabrian sausage, fava beans and pasta

As an Italian there is nothing better than a pasta dish full of flavor! Try my Calabrian Sausage, fava beans and pasta dish! It will be a proud pleasure and even better the next day for lunch!

I am fortunate to have the best Italian market in our area with the freshest meats and Italian food. If you are in Hartford check out my friends at D&D Market.

This is a great stove to table dinner! I love using my Le Creuset Braising Pan for this recipe! Then of course adding fresh Parmesan cheese with my Kitchen IQ grater!

I used dried herbs in this recipe because I always have them on hand. If you have fresh just chop and double the measurements.

 

Caramelized Scallops
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Caramelized Scallops

Caramelized Shallot Meatloaf Muffins
  • Complexity: medium

Caramelized Shallot Meatloaf Muffins

I decided to make this delicious caramelized shallot meatloaf muffins as individual servings. This way I can freeze the leftovers and just take out one at a time to enjoy later. You can also form this meatloaf on a baking sheet or use a loaf pan. As a bigger meatloaf I would bake for 45-55 minutes.

 

  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Cashew Parmesan Cheese

I can't believe how easy this vegan parmesan cheese is to make and it taste AMAZING!  

 

Cast Iron Pork Tenderloin with Vegetables and Bacon
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Cast Iron Pork Tenderloin with Vegetables and Bacon

It's Friday night and we are in Massachusetts for December therefore it's all about comfort food in my house. I wanted to use my favorite cast iron pan and make a one pot meal perfect for the 2 of us.  It does take a few steps but I actually served from this pan and the flavors were amazing especially the bacon!

This is a perfect dinner for 2 with maybe some left over for lunch the next day for 1 of you..   Enjoy :)

Chefs Note:  You will find below that I want you to remove the pork at 140 degrees.  You don't want it over cooked and when you continue cooking after adding in the vegetables then let rest a few minutes and slice.  The pork will continue cooking.  

 

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