Ravioli and Sausage Bake

A few of my favorite things in life consists of Italian food..Raviolis is one of them.​ This is extremely easy to make and takes only a few minutes to prepare! I would say if you are in a hurry and want to make something hearty, Italian, and delicious, try this!

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Ravioli and Sausage Bake

Ravioli and Sausage Bake

Creamy ricotta filled raviolis come together with sweet Italian Sausage in this luscious bake. I guarantee you can't just have one bite of this!

Ingredients

1 lb of raviolis (I used ricotta filled Raviolis)

1 pack of Johnsonville Ground Mild Italian Sausage or just simply remove the casings

2 cloves of garlic; minced

1/2 yellow onion; diced

2 tsp olive oil

3 cups of marinara sauce (homemade is always best)

1 cup of shredded mozarella cheese

1/4 cup of parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; season with salt. Boil raviolis according to directions on package.
  2. In the meantime, bring a large frying pan or skillet to medium heat. Add olive oil, garlic, and onions. Let them sautee for about a minute, then add sausage. Continue to stir the sausage for about 5-7 minutes until it is completely cooked (not pink at all).
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, drain, and place back into pot. Add about half of the tomato sauce and stir until every single ravioi is covered in sauce. Now time to layer (almost like a lasagna)... In a baking dish, add a layer of sauce to the bottom, then a scoop of raviolis, then a large scoop of sausage, then a scoop of mozarrella cheese, parmesan cheese, and repeat until you are out of ingredients. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!
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Crunchy Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

IMG_4739Chocolate OatmealI am a granola freak. I love crunchy granola, chewy granola, granola bars, and granola that is spiced up with all kinds of yummy goodness. First off, chocolate + peanut butter= the perfect combination… ever! This granola is loaded with bursting chocolate and peanut butter flavors. There are also bits of chocolate chips that will make the granola still together for more chocolate flavor.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

Crunchy Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

Sweet, crunchy, chocolate-yyyyy, nutty, and most importantly healthy indulgence is what makes this granola extra delicious. Enjoy as a snack, or sprinkle on your favorite yogurt!

Ingredients

3 cups of old-fashioned oats

3 Tbsp unsweetend cocoa powder

1/3 cup slightly chopped almonds (or peanuts)

3/4 cup crunch or creamy peanut butter

2/3 cup of honey

1/4 cup butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4c-1 cup chocolate chips (quantity is up to your preference)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix the oats, cocoa powder, and almonds until combined.
  2. In a microwavable bowl, melt the peanut butter, honey, and butter until combined. Stir until smooth then mix in vanilla extract. Pour over oats and and stir until oats are covered in the peanut butter mixture and are moist.
  3. Place in a cookie sheet lined with foil or a silpat mat and bake for 30 minutes, and flipping every 10 minutes. Once done, sprinkle in chocolate chips. Cool for about 20 minutes and enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/04/crunchy-peanut-butter-chocolate-granola/

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French Onion Crusted Chicken

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I accidently bought a Knorr french onion mix packet one day at the grocery store and I had noooooo idea what to do with it…Opps!!  I was going to toss it out but then I discovered this simply amazing recipe on the back of the packet….Chicken can tend to be bland and boring if you don’t use the right seasonings and cook it just right.  This seasoning mix (which is seasoned just right) and chicken goes perfectly together. You will never have a bite of boring or bland chicken again–I promise!

Ingredients:
1 packet of Knorr French Onion mix
1 cup plain dry bread crumbs; or panko
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (or you can use chickne tenders)
1/2 cup mayonnaise

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large gallon-sized baggie (or bowl), combine, french onion mix, and breadcrumbs.

2. Brush chicken on all sides with mayonnaise. Add chicken, one piece at a time to baggie. Close bag and shake until chicken is evenly coated. Repeat until all pieces are done..

3. Place chicken on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Enjoy!

Baked Garlic Parmesan Fries

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OK so if you love french fries but don’t love the deep fried part–don’t worry because I have you covered! These crispy fries are perfectly seasoned with a garlicy goodness. The best part is these fries are completely baked slowly for the perfect crispiness…just the way they should be! So the next time you need to satisfy your fry craving, try this recipe!

Ingredients:
2 medium-large Idaho potatoes; peeled, washed, and cut into thin strips
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
1 garlic clove; peeled and chopped
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp finely chopped parsley

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place cut potatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a large zip lock bag. Seal and toss to coat. Spray a large baking sheet generously with cooking spray (or use a silpat mat) and spread potatoes out in a single layer on the sheet.

2. Bake 15-20 minutes. Use a spatula to carefully flip fries over. Cook other side 15-20 minutes longer—this is the trick to making them crispy 😉

3. When fries are golden/brown and crispy remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl. Sprinkle with garlic powder, garlic, parmesan cheese, and chopped parsley. Toss to coat. Serve with your favorite dip or enjoy just as they simply are!
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Cilantro & Lime Baked Shrimp

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Shrimp is one of my favorite seafood dishes and I love it prepared in so many ways. This dish is super easy to make and every bite is bursting with flavor. My favorite mexican flavors of lime and cilantro are combined with garlicky shrimp…then topped with a light and healthy crisp topping. Perfection with a healthy twist, whats better?

Ingredients:
2 lb  raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (cleaned)
4 loves garlic, minced
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1/2 tsp. chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Topping:
Cilantro and lime slices (optional)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium bowl, add shrimp, garlic, lime zest and juice, chili powder, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper and toss to combine. Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish (grease with olive oil or butter).

2. In a separate bowl, stir together the melted butter, Panko, and fresh cilantro until combined. Sprinkle the Panko mixture evenly on top of the shrimp.

3. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the shrimp are pink. Top with lime slices and chopped cilantro.