Lunch

Recipe: Roasted Italian Sausage & Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner

Have you heard of sheet pan dinners? If you haven’t, make this Roasted Italian Sausage & Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner be your introduction. Tossing everything onto one pan is literally the easiest way to make dinner. Not only are they easy to make, it makes clean up a breeze. Spoiler Alert! I’ve added a special ingredient for a hint of sunshine in this cozy dish. Can you guess what it could be?

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 Roasted Italian Sausage & Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner

This is one of my favourite meals and a great addition to meal prep days. It’s quick, easy and it fits all in one sheet pan making it perfect for busy weeknights!

 PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes
SERVINGS: 4

INGREDIENTS 

  • 4 links Italian sausages, cut into 2" pieces (you can substitute for chicken sausage)

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, halved

  • 1 pound mini potatoes, cut into quarters

  • 2 medium size carrots, peeled and cut into 2” pieces

  • 1 large parsnip, peeled and cut into 2” pieces

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin oil

  • zest of 1 lemon

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Toss the sausage, sprouts, carrots, and parsnips on the baking sheet and set aside.

  2. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper. Drizzle over the sausage and veggie mixture. Toss to combine.

  3. Place the sheet pan in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, then use a spoon to gently mix the sausage mixture and bake for another 15 minutes or until veggies are tender.

 

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Recipe: The Only Mac and Cheese Recipe You Need

This one pot recipe is so quick and easy you won’t know what to do with yourself with all the extra time you saved on dinner! On this weeks Kelly and Company I talked about Fall comfort food and shared my top picks along with a few surprising ingredients to take your dish downtown to flavour town! Topping that list is Mac and Cheese.

It’s cheese, pasta, milk, and butter which in my language means Love BUT just when you thought it couldn’t get any better try adding powered mustard. Add in a teaspoon to the cheesy sauce while it’s hot stir and add macaroni. Be prepared for a party in your mouth!

NOTE: Don’t expect to get an overwhelming mustard taste. The acidity cuts some of the creaminess of the mac and cheese and rounds out the flavour. It also adds a slight tang that I think adds a little character to the dish.

 Photo Description: whitebowl filled with creamy, cheesy, Mac and Cheese

Photo Description: whitebowl filled with creamy, cheesy, Mac and Cheese

 Stovetop Mac and Cheese

PREP TIME: 5 MINS
COOK TIME:
15 MINS
TOTAL TIME:
20 MINS
Serves:
6-8
Author:
Mary Mammoliti | Kitchen Confession


INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
3 cups water
4 cups milk
1 pound uncooked pasta (cavatappi)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
4-5 cups freshly-grated sharp white cheddar cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated parmigiano reggiano cheese (optional)


INSTRUCTIONS

  • Melt butter in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add flour, and stir until combined. Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Then pour in 1 cup of the water, and whisk until the mixture is completely smooth and begins to thicken. Gradually pour in the remaining water and milk, stirring until evenly combined.

  • Stir in the pasta, salt, garlic powder, and mustard until combined. Then continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the mixture begins to simmer.

  • Grating your cheese while the pasta cooks to save time and set aside.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for about 9-10 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente.

  • Remove from heat, and stir in the cheese until melted. Taste, and season with additional salt and black pepper, if needed.

  • Serve immediately, and enjoy hot

TIPS: Always use block cheese for this recipe, and then grate them at home.  Try not to use pre shredded bags of cheese. They have less flavour and don’t melt as nicely as grating your own.

CHEESE SWAPS: Half-cheddar, half-fontina, or gouda, or havarti if you would like a creamier mac and cheese.

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Recipe: 2 Pasta Salads You Should Make Now

It’s scorching hot in Toronto and I’m not complaining BUT the thought of spending time in front of a hot stove is making me sweat. SOOOOO, bring on the cool, bright, pasta salad! I’ve got 2 recipes for ya. Can’t decide which one to make? Try both, and leave them in the refrigerator for the week. Going to a summer potluck? Bring the Greek Pasta Salad with feta and fresh tomatoes or an Asian inspired bow tie pasta salad may be your dish of choice.

 

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Greek Pasta Salad

This recipe makes a huge batch of Greek Pasta Salad. Share this recipe with friends and bring it to your next potluck This would be great for a potluck.  I usually half the recipe when I make it. We ate this for several days with lunch and dinner. This will keep for 5 days in the refrigerator. The simple mediterranean flavours of the dressing with the creaminess of the crumbled feta and fresh cherry tomatoes is exactly what is missing on your dinner table! Have is as a side or enjoy it as the main dish. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: -
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 10 - 12
Author: Mary Mammoliti / Kitchen Confession

INGREDIENTS

1 (16-oz) box penne pasta
2/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 Tbsp greek seasoning
3/4 cup grape tomatoes, cut into halves
1-1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool.

  2. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, mayonnaise and greek seasoning in a large bowl. Add cooked pasta, tomatoes, feta cheese and basil. Toss to coat.

  3. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours before serving.

Asian Pasta Salad

This simple and light pasta salad has quickly found it's place on my summer salad list. This dish will quickly become a family favourite, and a great one to share at any potluck. It can be served as a side dish or eat on it’s own as a light lunch. This Asian Pasta Salad is completely addictive and the sesame-soy dressing will have everyone coming back for seconds!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: -
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 8
Author: Mary Mammoliti / Kitchen Confession

INGREDIENTS

SESAME-SOY DRESSING:

1/4 cup grape seed oil
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce, or tamari sauce
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

PASTA SALAD:

12 ounces bow tie pasta (about 4 cups)
2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
1 cup shredded carrot
3/4 cup roughly chopped parsley
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup slivered almonds or peanuts

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix together dressing ingredients in a jar or bowl with tight fitting lid. Shake well and set aside.

  2. Boil bow tie pasta for 10 minutes or about one minute shy of the package directions. Pour cooked pasta into a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and cool down the pasta. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl.

  3. Mix in remaining salad ingredients. Give dressing a good shake and pour over the salad. Mix well.

RECIPE NOTES
If you'd like to get some of the prep out of the way you can boil the pasta the day before. Rinse it well with cold water, drain it, and then toss it with a teaspoon or two of grape seed oil to prevent it from sticking. Transfer the cooked pasta storage container, cover and refrigerate overnight. Assemble the salad no more than an hour or two before serving for the best result and reserve nuts to add just before serving.

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Recipe: Breakfast Hash in 30 Minutes!

I thought I would bring you a little BREAKFAST HASH on this gorgeous sunny morning. Not only does it taste fantastic, this nutrient packed meal clocks in at 30 minutes total cook time! Oh YAAAASSSSSSS! AND don’t forget to include this simple and easy meal to your weekly meal prep recipe box. This recipe should take centre stage on every brunch table, and serve it directly from the baking sheet - family style. Honestly, this quick and simple meal will tantalize your tastebuds, warm your belly, and have you dancing all the way to the kitchen sink when you're done. It's THAT GOOD! 

This dish surpassed all EGG-spectations!  I'm curious, do you hate or love eggs? Sunny side up or scrambled? Comment below and let me know what makes you egg-static about eggs. You all know how much I love a good pun :) 

 Photo Description: 1 Pan dinner-large rimmed baking sheet filled with diced sweet potatoes, red bell pepper, broccoli florets, sweet corn, black beans and 6 single sunny side up eggs baked on top of the veggies

Photo Description: 1 Pan dinner-large rimmed baking sheet filled with diced sweet potatoes, red bell pepper, broccoli florets, sweet corn, black beans and 6 single sunny side up eggs baked on top of the veggies

Breakfast Hash

PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 25 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
SERVES: 3 large or 6 small
AUTHOR: Mary Mammoliti / Kitchen Confession

INGREDIENTS

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (Read Tips below for size)
1 head of broccoli, florets
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn kernels
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive Oil, to coat the sheet pan
6 large eggs

DIRECTIONS

  • Adjust your oven rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 425°F. With a little olive oil lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet.

  • Place the sweet potatoes, broccoli florets, bell pepper, black beans, and corn in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Add the 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Season with salt and pepper and gently toss to combine.

  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes stirring halfway through, until the sweet potatoes are tender. Remove the pan from the oven and create 6 wells in the vegetables. Gently crack an egg into each well, keeping the yolk intact; season the eggs with salt and pepper.

  • Return the pan to the oven and bake 7 to 9 minutes, or until the egg whites have set.

  • Enjoy!

TIPS: 

You can enjoy this dish immediately or portion it out into your to-go containers and pack it up and you have breakfast for the week. 

When chopping your veggies, try and cut them to bite size pieces and keep them roughly the same size to ensure even cooking throughout your dish. 

To make this dish even easier, buy pre-cut vegetables from you local grocery store and cut back even more on your prep time.

The olive oil can be substituted out for avocado oil or grape seed oil if you prefer. 

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 5 days.

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Recipe: Kung Pao Chickpeas and Quinoa Lunch Bowl

Recipe: Kung Pao Chickpeas and Quinoa Lunch Bowl

I love a good fridge clean out. It always produces some of my favourite meals. Opening the refrigerator door, scanning shelves and drawers for ingredients that will make up your meal.

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Rant: AVOCADOS - What You're Doing Wrong

Rant: AVOCADOS - What You're Doing Wrong

AVOCADO, often mistaken for a vegetable, this pear-shaped fruit with a hard dark green exterior, a single large seed in the centre and a soft creamy pale green pulp has been around for centuries. Consumed and known for their health benefits

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Recipe: Cranberry Eggnog Scones

Recipe: Cranberry Eggnog Scones

Today on Kelly and Company we talked about the post holiday aftermath left in our pantries and refrigerators. Dealing with the plethora of odds and ends of food occupying prime real estate in our refrigerators. Sharing with you a few ideas and recipes ….

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Recipe: Quick and Easy Mini Chickpea Patties and Tahini Sauce

Recipe: Quick and Easy Mini Chickpea Patties and Tahini Sauce

Happy Monday! Today was a whirl wind of a day. I've done so much but yet I feel like I haven't accomplished anything. With zero time to cook a full meal this is when my pre-made frozen meals come in handy.

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Recipe: Meal Prep - Rotisserie Chicken Salad Lunch Bowl

Recipe: Meal Prep - Rotisserie Chicken Salad Lunch Bowl

We’re all guilty of saying “I’m so busy” at least once a day. Has this become the new normal?  Have these three words become the scapegoat of 2017?

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Recipe: One Pan Cajun Chicken And Sweet Potatoes

Recipe: One Pan Cajun Chicken And Sweet Potatoes

Get ready to enjoy this quick and easy Sheet Pan Chicken and Sweet Potato dinner. A complete meal made in one pan and ready in 40 minutes. Not a carnivore? Fish not your thing? Go ahead and sprinkle some of this seasoning on a fresh Portobello mushroom and grill. 

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Rant: New Sandwich Shop on St Clair Avenue West

Rant: New Sandwich Shop on St Clair Avenue West

An Instagram is where I first discovered Lox + Schmear. Only 2 months old and it's quickly becoming a neighbourhood favourite.

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Recipe: Sautéed Asparagus and Peas

Recipe: Sautéed Asparagus and Peas

Music continues to surround my kitchen as Neneh Cherry fades Rihanna "werks" her way into the room with "PEAS" Don't Stop The Music. I belt out lyrics that only I understand and continue to prepare what I've decided will be a Sautéed Asparagus and Peas side dish. 

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