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Basil, Tomato & Mozzarella Skewers

Basil Tomato Mozzarella skewers

 

Basil, Tomato & Mozzarella Skewers

  • Mozzarella balls
  • Cherry or Grape tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper

VERY simple appetizer!  Cut your mozzarella balls in half, cut your tomatoes in half, slice your basil into about 1/2-1 inch squares.  Slide basil, tomato and mozzarella onto skewers (alternating) then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste 🙂 Very yum, very fresh and lite!

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Grilled Italian Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwiches (Whole Wheat)

 

 

Grilled Italian Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwiches (Whole Wheat)

per sandwich:

Generously butter one side of a slice of bread, place butter side down in skillet over med-low heat.  Layer mozzarella to cover slice, place tomatoes on top of mozzarella, sprinkle Italian seasoning on top of tomatoes. Top with generously buttered bread, butter side up.  Cook in skillet until side down is golden brown, flip and cook until other side just as golden 😉 viola!

Serve with my Seasoned Tomato Soup from Sauce for an excellent meal!


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Healthier Seasoned Sausage Balls

  Seasoned Sausage Balls (HGN Style)

  • 5 cups of my Quick Mix Baking Mix
  • 2 1/2 lbs sausage (you can use beef, pork, turkey or chicken; I used all natural pork here)
  • 3 cups shredded raw cheddar cheese
  • 1 t minced onion
  • 2 t Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t turmeric

Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly until all ingredients are incorporated entirely and it is all sticking together…. yes, this will require your hands so remove your jewelry and scrub up ;).  Pinch off enough to roll into 1-1 1/2 inch balls and place on cookie sheet.  Bake in 350º oven for 20 minutes or until cooked thoroughly and a nice browning has taken place.  Yields approximately 85-90 sausage balls, so adjust recipe to the size you need or freeze the extra for quick breakfasts or snacks. My kids like them with ranch dressing, my bbq (you can buy that here) or maple syrup, I like them plain. ENJOY!

 


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Lasagna

I made this recipe with noodles I made following this recipe, making them from my fresh milled wheat.

     Lasagna

  •     1 batch lasagna noodles
  •     1 lb ground beef { grass fed of course }
  • ≈  1 lb Ricotta cheese
  • ≈ 1/2 lb Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ≈ 6 oz Cheddar cheese, shredded { I use raw if available or hormone/antibiotic free at least }
  •     1 jar spaghetti sauce
  •      garlic powder, italian seasoning, minced onion to taste
  •     1 1/2 T olive oil

Cook noodles in boiling water or broth for 20-25, I add about 2 Tablespoons of olive oil to it to keep them from sticking.  Brown ground beef adding garlic powder, italian seasoning and minced onion for added flavor.  Add in spaghetti sauce (if you are not cooking with grass fed/clean meat, you will need to drain first then return to skillet) and simmer for 5-10 min.  Layer noodles, then 1/3 sauce mix, then half of the ricotta and half of the mozzarella, repeat, then last layer is noodles, remaining sauce mix, and the cheddar.  Top with the olive oil drizzled across the top and sprinkle with italian seasoning.  Bake at 350º for approx 35min.  Serve with garlic bread.. yum.