Creamy Stove Top Broccoli, Macaroni and Cheese

Yield: 8-10 servings                              Cooking Time:  30 minutes        Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box (1 lb) elbow pasta
  • 3 tbsps butter
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 bushes (4 cups) broccoli
  • 4 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups monterrey jack cheese
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups milk, whole
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable, chicken or beef broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • salt and pepper for tasting

Topping (optional):

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumb
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Cut the celery and onions into small dice and set aside.  Remove the stalks from the broccoli and break them up into small florets.
  3. In a large pot, add the butter on medium heat.  Add the onions, celery and broccoli. Let cook stirring occasionally until soft.
  4. Add the milk, broth and heavy cream, or half and half, and stir.  Then, add the cheeses, stir, and add salt and pepper for taste.
  5. Serve as is or add the breadcrumb/parmesan topping and place in oven at 350º F for 20 minutes or until golden brown (see photo below).Baked Mac and Cheese.jpg

NOTE: Most people use processed cheese to make this dish, however, I prefer to use real cheeses for a healthier meal.

 

 

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Yield: 5 servings                                        Time Cook and Prep: 1 hr 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 5 boneless chicken
  • 5 slices ham, preferrably prosciutto
  • 1/2 lb shredded mozzarella (gruyère is best)
  • 1 cup bread crumb
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  •  1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • Extra virgen olive oil

Directions:

  1. Wash the chicken and pat dry with clean paper towel.
  2. Place each piece of chicken in between two plastic wraps and begin to pound, with a mallet, each piece of chicken until nicely thin (individual plastics), about 1/4 inch.
  3. Then add a slice of ham and shredded cheese.  Begin to roll the the chicken using the plastic wrap to tighten the rolls.  Wrap each with plastic wrap and tighten the ends then place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  4. Add flour in one plate; the bread crumbs in other and the eggs in a shallow bowl and beat.  Add all of the seasonings, salt, and pepper in the flour and bread crumb.
  5. Remove the rolled the chicken and add in the flour, then egg, then bread crumb.  Repeat until all the rolled chickens are breaded.
  6. Place on sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil and let bake at 350ºF for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Goes great with vegetables, rice or garlic mashed potatoes.
  8. Yummalicous!

NOTE: After 10 minutes turn the chicken. DO NOT over bake or the chicken will end up dry.

 

Sweet Potato Garbanzo Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes (about 6 cups), small diced
  • 1 medium onion, small diced
  • 6 sticks of celery, small diced
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 4 tbsp oilve oil
  • 2 tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (15.25oz can) corn
  • 1 (280z can) diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15.5oz can) garbanzo beans (any of your choice)
  • salt and pepper for taste

Directions:

  1. Add oil and butter in pot on medium-high heat.  Then add the celery, onions, and minced garlic; let cook until onions are translucent in color and celery is tender (about 5-6 minutes).
  2. Begin to add the sweet potatoes and stir to mix all. Then add both broths and stir. 
  3. Start adding in all the spices, except the salt and pepper.  Stir well to incorporate.
  4. Then gradually add the diced tomatoes and corn.  Add salt and pepper and let cook on low-medium heat for about 25-30 minutes.
  5. Remove the bay leaves before serving.