Spinach Vegetable Soup Recipe

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I don't make many all vegetable soups recipes with the meat lovers in my home but this is one we love because of it's hearty bold flavor. It you love beans this one is for you!  It's also much lower in fat and will be favorable on your waistline!

Spinach Vegetable Soup Recipe

1 cup finger carrots
1 can drained corn
4 cups fresh spinach
1 small can tomato sauce 4 ounces
1 lb diced fresh tomatoes or use a 28 ounce can
3 tablespoons chopped celery
1 can kidney beans or black beans
1 can great white northern beans
1 can drained peas
1 can chick peas drained and rinsed
1 cleaned and cubed potato
1- 8 ounce package fresh mushrooms
1 medium zucchini chopped in chunks
Optional: 2 cups finely sliced cabbage and 1 minced onion

8 quarts of water or more if needed while cooking and evaporates
2 teaspoons granulated garlic, basil, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper or more to taste

In a 5 quart of larger saucepan, saute garlic in 4 tablespoons oil then add all ingredients. Simmer on low for at least 3 hours until all vegetables are soft and cooked.

You can boil and cook your favorite noodles in a pan and add the drained pasta to this pot after this soup is cooked,  if desired.

+claudia lamascolo  Author

Blueberry Muffins with a Cake Mix

Monday, February 23, 2015
These blueberry muffins made with a cake mix are shockingly delicious, why?

Because they're semi-homemade and so easy to fool everyone they're not from a local bakery!

Sometimes if you're in a hurry, these little gems can be the perfect solution to a quick breakfast or company brunch!

Blueberry Muffins with a Cake Mix is the easiest muffin no-fail ever!

I love muffins for breakfast, don't you?

Not a blueberry muffin lover, well I tried these with red raspberries, chopped peaches, apples, and fresh cherries chopped too and they are equally delicious!

Of course, when I do have the time, I certainly like my mom's homemade blueberry muffins, grilled blueberry muffins, and blueberry summertime homemade banana muffins or try something from my roundup of quick bread.

It kind of makes me feel like I am having dessert served for breakfast, but I like to tell myself they healthy because fruits are in them ( just joking)!

Scroll down to print this off this easy muffin recipe.


Greek Roasted Eggplant Recipe

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Full of flavor and not the fat! Eggplant roasted with herbs, spices and topped with feta cheese. Here is one dish I make often and even great in a sandwich with pita bread! 

Here is all you need:

Eggplant sliced thick lengthwise
Sliced plum tomatoes
Sliced bell peppers
Feta Cheese
Granulated garlic
Oregano dried
Salt, Pepper to taste
Olive oil
Lemon slices

Of course you can add what you like in spices. I usually add a little cayenne pepper for some heat.

Lay the eggplant on a prepared cookie sheet lined with foil, parchment or silpat mat.
Place sliced tomatoes, peppers and feta on top of the eggplant. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings to taste. Roast at 375  degree hot oven until the vegetables get soft around 20 minutes. Drizzle with freshly squeezed lemon.

Serve warm. This also taste great in pita bread.


Japanese Steakhouse Mushroom Soup Recipe

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Often referred to as clear Japanese soup in restaurants. I just love the taste of this. Mine has a little more flavor of soy, ginger and garlic. A great tasting soup with lots of mushrooms in it. If you like this soup it isn't exactly the same as those steakhouses but sure to satisfy in a pinch. Very easy to make and takes no time.


Slow Cooker Asian Style Beef Recipe

Thursday, February 12, 2015
First thing that you need to buy is your favorite meat. Whether it is a melt in your mouth beef, pork or chicken this recipe will make you and your family and friends the perfect sandwich. This recipe will be the best way you'll ever cook meat and to perfection every time. I use either a 5 to 7 quart crock pot, some great seasoning ingredients and then this special Asian sauce that makes a perfect blend of flavors so let's get started.

Slow Cooker Asian Style Beef Recipe
You will need your choice of:
4 pound boneless roast rump or eye of round or 4 pounds boneless chicken breast or 4 pounds pork tenderloin
1/2 cup bourbon
1/2 cup beef broth or chicken broth
4 cloves finely minced garlic

Toasted Hard Rolls
Note: you can use all beef broth, chicken broth instead of bourbon

In a 5 or 7 quart crock pot place the meat of choice, garlic, bourbon and broth in the pot and cook until tender around 4 or 5 hours on high or 6 to 8 on high. Shred with two forks. Use a slotted spoon to drain the juice then add to a toasted hard roll. Add the sauce over the top and serve.

In the mean time get the sauce recipe below ready.

Asian Sauce:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons ketchup
4 tablespoon hot chili sauce or chili sauce mild
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons grated and peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese 5 spice powder
2 teaspoons sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste
In a small saucepan combine all ingredients, simmer around 10 minutes.
Place the shredded beef, chicken or pork on the bun, add the sauce and serve.


Cheesy Frankfurters Potatoes and Peppers Recipe

Saturday, February 7, 2015

We use to go nuts for potatoes and hot dogs when I was a kid. My dad would always make them for us. Then when I had kids and we were on a strict budget I would make them. The kids went nuts when I added the blends of cheddar over the top. Easy throw together meal and they were over the moon for this one!

Small cubes of potatoes 
Hotdogs cut up you decide how many per family
Cheddar shredded cheese to cover the top
Bell pepper slices 
Olive oil for drizzling
Garlic powder
Cayenne pepper
Chili powder
 Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional:  Add  1 cup of sauerkraut on top with 4 tablespoons of Thousand Island dressing for a Reuben style casserole. Substitute swiss cheese instead of cheddar.

In a bowl add the cubed potatoes, cut up hot dogs, slices of bell pepper, salt, pepper and cayenne to taste.
Arrange in your greased baking pan to fit. Drizzle the top with olive oil and sprinkle with chili powder.
Bake on 400 degrees until the potatoes are browned on top and hot dogs begin to brown. Top with shredded cheese and bake till melted. ( add the sauerkraut before the cheese and dressing if using and  top with  swiss cheese last.)


Italian Style Poached Egg Recipe

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Italian style poached eggs are a little spice in life!

There aren't many foods I make that don't have garlic in the recipe or hot red pepper spice sprinkled on top.

These eggs just take them to another level.

Poached eggs are one of my favorites with these simple herbs and spices to give them a little kick!

We love eggs, mom made them so many favorites.

Frittata, deviled eggs, baked eggs souffle cups, zucchini and tomato tart, mushroom quiche and an Italian staple all year long for breakfast or dinner was her famous potato and egg meal.

These spicy eggs were reserved for Sunday nights or brunch!

Isn't it funny to have foods stuck in our minds that we grew up with, you may not have been fond of then crave them the rest of your life?

Now my kids all grown love poached eggs like mom use to make as I carried on her tradition.

Scroll down to my easy instructions on how to make poached eggs Italian style.


Braciole Italian Stuffed Meat Rolls and Video

Sunday, February 1, 2015
We love Braciole Italian Stuffed Meat Rolls. It's always a treat to get that on Traditional Sunday morning dinner in an Italian household.

Stuffed meat rolls with boiled egg bread crumbs, cheese and spices in Italian tomato sauce on a plate ready to serve with pasta


No Bake Chocolate Chip Mascarpone Cheesecake

If you love easy desserts here this creamy no-bake Chocolate Chip Mascarpone cheesecake is ridiculously decadent!

It's a rich delicious dessert that comes together in minutes!

Anytime I am in a hurry this is my go-to dessert.

This filling is so versatile, you can even add fruits on top, whipped, chocolate fudge sauce and so many other creative options!

This is a versatile recipe you will make again

this is how to make a no bake cheese pie that are mini sized with mascarpone cheese