Super Greens Pesto

Ingredients:

1 cup Kale

1 cup Basil

1-2 Garlic Cloves

2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese

1/8 cup Olive Oil

1/4 cup Water

Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions:

Remove stems of kale. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pulse until coarsely chopped. 

For thinner pesto, add more oil/water. 

 

Mac N' Cheese

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound – butternut squash
  • ¼ medium – onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon – olive oil
  • 8 ounce – macaroni pasta, dry
  • 2 ounce – cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoon – Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/8 cup – panko (Japanese bread crumbs)


INSTRUCTIONS
1 Preheat oven to 425°F. Wash, peel, and cut butternut squash. Chop onion.
2 Toss the butternut squash and onions with olive oil and place onto a lined cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes until slightly browned.
3 While veggies are roasting, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
4 Once veggies are done, remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Add to a blender and puree.
5 Mix together the macaroni, butternut squash puree, most of the shredded cheddar cheese, and most of the Parmesan.
6 Once fully mixed, place into an 8x8 oven-safe dish and top with remaining cheeses and Panko.
7 Bake for 10 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned.
8 Place in a freezer safe container for later use. When ready to serve warm in the oven.

Tomato Basil Soup

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
Serves: 4 servings


INGREDIENTS
1 Tbsp olive oil
1½ cups chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, chopped
¾ cup fresh basil, chopped
1 (28 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
½ cup (4 oz) ⅓-less fat cream cheese, cut into cubes
1½ cups fat-free milk
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper


INSTRUCTIONS
1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil and sauté the chopped onion for 3 minutes, until translucent. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add tomatoes and basil, bringing to a boil. Stir in cream cheese until melted.
2. Place mixture in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Return to saucepan and stir in milk, salt and pepper. Return to medium-high heat and cook for 2 minutes.
3. Place into a freezer safe container and freeze for later use.

Cranberry-Oatmeal Bars

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
Serves: 24 servings


INGREDIENTS
Crust
1 cup all-purpose flour (4 oz)
1 cup quick-cooking oats
½ cup packed brown sugar
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
6 Tbsp butter, melted
3 Tbsp orange juice
Cooking spray


Filling
1⅓ cups dried cranberries (6 oz)
¾ cup light sour cream
½ cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. grated orange rind
1 large egg white, lightly beaten


INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. To prepare crust, combine flour and the next 5 ingredients (through cinnamon) into a medium bowl. Stir well with a whisk until combined. Drizzle melted butter and orange juice over flour mixture, stirring until moistened (mixture will be crumbly). Reserve ½ cup of oat mixture. Press remaining oat mixture into the bottom of an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
3. To prepare filling, combine cranberries, sour cream, granulated sugar, and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well. Spread cranberry mixture over prepared crust and sprinkle reserved oat mixture evenly over filling.
4. Bake at 325 degrees F for 40 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool completely in a pan on a wire rack.
5. Once cool, cut into squares and place in a Ziploc freezer bag for later use.

Kale, Quinoa and Black Bean Soup with Italian Sausage

This is one of my family's favorite soups. It is a hearty soup packed with nutrient ingredients. This soup also freezes well. So, double the recipe to enjoy now and later!

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

  1 Tbsp. olive oil

 1 medium yellow onion, diced

 3 medium carrots, chopped

3 celery stalks, leaves included, chopped

 4 cloves of garlic, minced

 2 Field Roast Italian Grain Meat Sausage links, chopped

2 bunches of kale, washed, de-stemmed and chopped

 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained

 1 cup of dry quinoa

 4 cups of vegetable broth

  4 cups of water (more if needed)

 1 1/2 Tbsp. dried Italian herbs

 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed

Instructions

1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy soup pot. Add the onions, carrots, and celery. Saute for about 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile prepare the sausage, garlic and kale. Add in the sausage and brown, for about 5 minutes. Now, add the garlic and kale to the mixture, and saute for another 5 minutes, or until the kale has wilted.

3. Next, add the remaining ingredients excluding the beans and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.

4. While the soup is simmering mash half the beans with a fork, leaving the other half whole. Then, after the 20 minutes are up add them to the soup pot. Allow to simmer another 5 minutes.

5. Serve piping hot. Regarding the leftovers, more water or broth may need to be added as the veggies, beans and quinoa will soak up some of the liquid after time passes.

Recipe by Produce On Parade at http://produceonparade.com/kale-quinoa-and-black-bean-soup-with-italian-sausage/