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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Ciambotta over Creamy Parmesan Polenta

This is such a wonderful Vegetarian Dish. Great for #Meatless Monday and is actually done in less than 30 mins. Freezes BEAUTIFULLY for a large crowd or just as a quick 1 person meal. Lots of veggies hearty veggies that stand up to any protein, pasta or creamy polenta as I like best. I love doing this dish for basically anytime of the year. Perfect and hearty with tons of great earthy flavors. STEW is ON!! 
1 can San Marzano tomatoes 

1 med sized Eggplant Diced

1 red bell pepper diced

1 green bell pepper diced

1 large onion diced

2 med zucchini diced

2 large Potatoes peeled and diced

2 carrots peeled and diced 

3 celery stalks diced 

4 gloves Garlic grated or chopped 

1 1/2 cups vegetable stock

3 fresh basil leaves ripped and torn

3 fresh oregano leaves

1/4 cup chopped fresh Parsley 

Olive oil

Salt and pepper
Polenta: ( I use Quick cooking polenta) 
2 cups Vegetable stock ( I usually use Chicken stock for polenta cooking but, this is a vegetarian dish so using veggie stock instead is perfect) 

2 cups Quick cooking Polenta 

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup grated Parmesan 

Salt and pepper

In a large pot over medium high heat, drizzle olive oil, salt and add all veggies except for potato and zucchini Cook till veggies have cooked down and are slightly soft (about 6 mins) . Add in veggie stock and canned tomatoes breaking up the the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Add in herbs potatoes and zucchini a dash of salt and pepper. Lower heat to med and over a low boil, cook till potatoes and zucchini have softened and stew has cooked down to about 3/4 of the way( (about 12 mins) . Turn off heat. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. 
Cook polenta as directed on package. Once polenta is fully cooked and smooth add Parmesan, butter and salt/pepper at the end. 
Place a mound of polenta in a bowl, press down in the middle of polenta and add Stew right in top. Garnish with ripped Basil leaves and serve. 
Prep time approx 15 mins
Cooking time approx 20-25 mins depending on big or small you dice your veggies. 
Serving size is based on 6-8 peeps 
GF,VEG,EDF

Summer Heirloom Tomato Panzanella with Mint.


This is the PERFECT warm summertime salad. Not only is it super quick and easy but, it’s delicious to enjoy just about anytime of the year. A tradition Panzanella salad is usually made with day old bread or so called “stale” bread but, I absolutely love going to the store, picking out a delicious fresh loaf of whatever kind and drying it out myself. This recipe I created just as a quick side to a hearty protein of as a quick lunch while on the go.  Beautiful too look at but even more delicious to devour. 

1 loaf Garlic infused Ciabatta bread 

2 Heirloom Tomatoes ( Sliced into 8 slices each) 

1 container fresh Baby mozzarella 

1 red onion thinly sliced

1 bushel of Fresh Mint 

1 teaspoon dry Basil 

1 teaspoon dry oregano 

1/2 of fresh Lemon

1 to 1/2 teaspoons  of crushed red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper

Olive oil 

Preheat oven at 400. Cut ciabatta bread into small cubes. Place all cubes into a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil and above seasonings including some salt and pepper. Toss together evenly and spread out on a medium sized baking sheet. Bake for roughly 5-6 mins just till the bread cubes become slightly brown. Remove and add back to your large bowl. Add sliced tomatoes, sliced red onion and fresh mozz and some of the mint leaves. Drizzle a tad bit more of the olive oil, a squeeze of half a lemon, salt and pepper and toss lightly. Add finished salad to a large platter placing the rest of your fresh mint on top and serve. 

Cooking time: approx 5-6 mins

Prep time: approx 10 mins

Serves 4 people