Turkey-Tortilla Soup

Turkey Tortilla soup

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 30-40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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This soup is one of the dishes I came up with leftover turkey after Thanksgiving Day, my favorite holiday of the year! And I don’t normally end up with a lot of turkey leftover on thanksgiving, my turkey is irresistible (pat myself on the back) hahahaha…

But you don’t have to wait for thanksgiving to make this dish, roasted store bought turkey breast is available all year round and all you have to do is chop it to bite size.

.3 stalks of Celery chopped

.1 large Onion chopped

.1 large green Bell Pepper chopped

.2 large Roma Tomato Chopped

.4 cups of chopped bite size leftover Turkey

.5 tbsp. Olive Oil

.4 cloves of fresh Garlic minced

.10 cups of Water or Chicken stock

.1 tbsp. Salt

.1/2 tbsp. Black Pepper

.10 Corn Tortilla cut to strips

.2 tbsp. Fresh Cilantro Chopped

.1 can 7 Oz green chili salsa Verde

.3 Lime juice

.1 fresh bay leaf

.1/2 tbsp. Red Chili powder

.1/2 tbsp. Jalapeño Pepper

In a large stock pot heat olive oil and add onion, celery, green bell pepper, bay leaf, jalapeño and cook for few minutes until all the vegetable are soft.

Add garlic, chili powder, chopped tomato and salsa Verde, mix well. Add chopped turkey, water and bring to boil lower heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Add corn tortilla strips, cilantro, fresh lime juice and cook for an additional 5 minutes remove bay leaf before serving.

Serve with additional lime juice and top with fresh chopped cilantro.

Banana Nut Bread Muffins – Sugar free

banana nut bread muffins

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 30-40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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This dessert is so easy to make!

I love making banana bread for my husband, the man would eat that every day if he could help it   :):) but this time I decided to make them as muffins instead of the usual loaf.

.1 cup of chopped walnut

.2 cups of all purpose flour

.1 1/2 cup of sugar substitutes

.1 stick room temperature margarine

.1 tbsp. banana extract

.2 tsp. baking powder

.1 tsp. baking soda

.3/4 cup buttermilk

.2 eggs room temperature

.1/8 tsp. salt

.1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

.1/8 tsp.  cinnamon

.2 medium small diced banana

.1 tbsp. vanilla extract.

Preheat oven 375

In a stand mixer add margarine, sugar and mix until smooth, add vanilla extract, banana extract and eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition.

In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon, add chopped walnut and mix well.

On low speed add the flour mixture to the eggs mixture in three addition alternating with the buttermilk, mix for few seconds.

By hand mix in the chopped bananas making sure all incorporated.

Line muffins pans with muffins paper, add the batter with an ice cream scoop.

Bake for 30 minute or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes remove and cool completely on a cooling rack!

Middle Eastern Cauliflower Omelet

Cauliflower omelet

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30-40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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This is one of many easy recipes I have for weeknight dinner after a long day at work!
I love making this dish that I grow up eating, its very easy to make and easy to eat! Served with pita bread, roasted potato and easy to prepare salad, I guarantee  your family will love it.

.11 Eggs

.1/2 minced fresh Parsley

.1/2 cup minced Onion

.1/2 cup minced Cilantro

.1 tbsp. Salt

.1/4 tbsp. Black Pepper

.4 tbsp. Flour

.1/2 cup Water

.1 tbsp. Ground Coriander

.1/2 tsp.  ground fresh Nutmeg

.1/4 tsp. Curry powder

.1/2 head steamed Cauliflower cut to small flowerets (about 1 1/2 cup)

.4 cloves fresh Garlic minced

.Butter and Vegetable oil to fry.

In a large bowl beat eggs, add the rest of the ingredients and whisk well.

Heat 1/2 tablespoon of butter and 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large sauté pan, add batter 3/4 cup at a time. Cook for 50 second or until golden brown, flip and cook on the other side.

Remove and stack on a flat plate and continue adding butter and vegetable oil to the pan and continue cooking until all the batter is used.

Served with Tomato salad

Pasta with tomato sauce

Pasta with tomato sauce

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 30-40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Stocking up your pantry is a key factor for making your life easy, making dinner after a long day at work should be effortless and that achieved by having you’re pantry well stocked up with all kind of can vegetables, tomato sauces, dry herbs, dry onion, dry garlic, all type of dry pasta. I keep all of that on hands for quick meals.

This is the last tomato sauce you will ever need, at least in my opinion 🙂 this sauce is ready in 30 minutes and it will taste like it was simmering all day long.

It’s an ideal easy fool proof for  busy moms that had a long day at work…

Granted there are great sauces that you could pickup at the store but why spend 30 minuets of your time shopping after a long day at work when you could easily make this delouses meal from scratch for the same amount of time!

.2 Cans 14.5 oz diced fire roasted tomatoes with garlic

.1 Can 8 oz of tomato sauce

.1 Can 6 oz of tomato paste

.1 Package smoked beef kielbasa sausage

.3 Tablespoon olive oil

.1/2 Tablespoon salt

.1/2 Tablespoon black pepper

.1/2 Teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

.1/2 Tablespoon dry basil

.1/2 Teaspoon dry oregano

.2 Tablespoon dry chopped onion

.1 Tablespoon dry slivered garlic

.1/2 cup water

1/2 cup of gradated Parmesan cheese

1 package of whole wheat dry spaghetti

In a large sauce pan heat olive oil, chop the sausage to small bite size; add crushed red pepper, salt, black pepper, dry onion and dry slivered garlic, sauté for a minute making sure not to burn the onion and garlic.

Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste and water, and dried herbs, stir well and cover to simmer for about 25 to 30 minutes.

Cook your pasta according to the package instructions and add to the sauce, mix well and cook together for a minute or two. Add cheese and serve.

your pasta should never wait for your sauce, the sauce should be made and ready before you boil your pasta.

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Orange Cake with Orange Glaze

orange cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 2 hr. 20mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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The best thing to do in this weather is to bake :), it save on heating the house too hehehehe, and it fills your belly with good food, baking is my favorite thing to do when its  really cold outside and I have no business being outdoors…

I came up with few recipes today and this cake is one of them, I loved the texture of this cake, moist and a little dense and that was just the perfect cake to be glazed with this delouses simple orange glaze!

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Cake

.1 3/4 cup all purpose-flour

.1 Tbsps. pure vanilla extract

.1 1/2 cups sugar substitutes

.2 Teaspoon baking powder

.1 1/2 sticks melted butter

.1/2 teaspoon salt

.1/4 teaspoon baking soda

.2 eggs at room temperature

.1/2  cup milk

.1/2 cup fresh orange juice

.1 Tbsp. orange zests

..Glaze

.1/2 cup fresh orange juice

.1 1/8 cups of powdered sugar substitutes

Preheat oven to 375

Spray 9 inch round pan with cooking spray, add parchment paper to the bottom of the pan, spray again with cooking spray, set a side.

In a small bowl sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl whisk by hand, melted butter, orange zests, vanilla, sugar and orange juice. Add eggs one at a time and whisk well after each addition.

Fold flour mixture in thirds mixing gently after each addition without over mixing the batter.

Bake the cake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes on wire rack, remove from pan and remove the parchment paper. cool for additional 30 minutes.

Prepare the Glaze by mixing the orange juice with the powder sugar until smooth without any lumps.

With a toothpick perk holes in the cake and spoon the glaze over the cake and let it soak in to the cake for 45 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!!

Coffee Cake-Grated-Mabroshi

Mabroshi

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 45mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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According to a known TV host that she read, this cake is a “Bulgarian cake”!
Untrue…
This cake is a hundred percent middle eastern!!!  its made for every occasion, every birthday, holiday, family get together and I could go on and on!
My mom made this cake hundreds of times growing up and I was 15 years old when I made this cake for the first time, it was my first year in culinary class in high school in Israel, Since then I fell in love with baking and cooking.

I made this cake for years, every time I  make it with a different filling, whatever jam I have in my pantry at that time. the reason it’s called Mabroshi because of the dough is grated with box grater.
Mabroshi is an Arabic word that means Grated in English.

Sugar Free Grape Jam

Grape Jam

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 1 hr. 20mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Sugar free jams are really hard to find at the stores these days or at least at the stores near me, even if I  find them there is not that many flavors.

The only ones I found so far that taste pretty good and feels like your eating a sweet jam with good flavor, and it does not taste like a sugar free is orange marmalade.

But Orange marmalade flavor does not go with everything if you want to use it as a filling or to bake with.

So I been making my own at home and so far they are pretty tasty, I had an extra bags of grapes in the fridge the other day that no one wanted to eat, instead of tossing them in the trash I made jam out of them! and I ended up with two jars out of 3 lbs. of green grapes and one jar of red grapes, about a 1 1/2 lbs. not bad at all!!

Tomorrow  I am baking a coffee cake and planning on using some of these tasty jam as the filling.