Quinoa and Sausage Minestrone

There’s no doubt about it, the cold weather has arrived!

After a day of braving the not so nice weather it’s always good to sit down to some cozy comfort food!

Bonus if it only takes 40 minutes to make!


Our family loves this twist on classic minestrone and Frankie is always quick to point out any left overs are definitely reserved for his lunch the next day!

  • 3 Italian sausages, removed from casing
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 Carrot peeled and sliced
  • 1 Celery stalk, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Can of diced tomatoes (796 ml)
  • 1 Container of chicken broth (900 ml)
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 Cups fresh spinach
  1. In a large saucepan, crumble sausage meat and cook on medium heat, until no longer pink.
  2. Add onion,carrot,celery and garlic. Cook until onion begins to soften.
  3. Add your tomatoes, broth, Italian seasoning and quinoa. Cook at a low boil until quinoa is cooked.(about 20 mins)
  4. Stir in spinach, and cook until just wilted. (approx 1 min)

A cozy comforting meal in the middle of the week, that you don’t have to slave over the stove for!

Enjoy,

Fran

Bacon + Jalapeno Cheese Ball

Bacon jalapeno cheese ball

The Holidays are right around the corner!

I Can’t believe how quickly Christmas is sneaking up on me! As usual I haven’t even started Christmas shopping…. Although I have started to think about all the delicious holiday food I want to serve AND EAT!!! (Surprise, Surprise!)

This is one of our absolute favorite appetizers to serve, whenever we host family over the holiday season. I mean come on bacon, cream cheese, jalapeno! You definitely can’t go wrong!

On the plus side it also takes minutes to make, and with the hectic pace of this time of year, who has time to waste on food prep?

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temp
  • 1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Jalapenos diced and divided in half (remove seeds and stem)
  • 7 Pieces of bacon, cooked crumbled and divided in half
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large bowl mix together Cream cheese, cheddar cheese, parsley, garlic, Worcestershire sauce half the diced jalapenos and half your bacon. (add salt and pepper to taste)
  2. Mix the remaining jalapeno and bacon together. Spread out onto a plate.
  3. Roll your cheese mixture into a ball. (it helps to have a little olive oil on your hands to prevent the cheese from sticking to them)
  4. Roll cheese ball into your pepper and bacon mixture until completely covered
  5. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

Does it get any easier?

I Guarantee this will be the hit of your holiday party!

Enjoy!

Fran

 

 

Double Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

cake mix cookies

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Emilia’s Farm Party

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Capturing Special Moments with Bellatrix Photography

© BELLATRIX PHOTOGRAPHY | CAMILA MENDES

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Spooky Southwest Hummus

South West hummus

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Start The School Year Off Smart With The Hungry Buddha + Giveaway

coconut chips

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Jord Wood Watch Review + Giveaway

jord watch, wooden watch

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My “Replay” On Hummus. Italian Style Hummus and Re-Play !

Italian style hummus

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“Cowabunga Dudes!” Ninja Party Details (Part 2)

These next two projects were totally inspired by Pinterest! These super easy turtle shells were made out of roasting pans I found at the dollar store! The burlap ribbon is also from there!  I tried using acrylic paint, it didn’t work. We actually had to buy spray paint that worked perfectly and was way faster […]

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