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Archive | January, 2017

Guest Blog: Spaghetti Squash Boats with Sausage, Kale, and Mushrooms

Spaghetti Squash BoatsBy Corie Cameron

Guest blogger Corie Cameron cooks beautiful food at home. She’s letting us in her kitchen for great posts using Isernio’s products. Check out more from her on her site, Good Life Everyday.

Spaghetti Squash might be my favorite squash. You don’t have the tedious task of peeling it, it bakes in it’s own serving dish, it’s healthy, and it actually makes a pretty darn good replacement for pasta!

I’ve recently been working with Isernio’s to make home-cooked recipes using the locally made, delicious sausages, which are perfect for me because they have no sugar added! That’s a win-win-win in my book!

I’m getting through the Whole30 diet this month and I’ve been dreaming up the best ways to use each specific sausage variety. The first one I wanted to use was the Chicken Basil and Sundried Tomato Sausage. I was thinking big, bright, Italian flavors in a super easy, healthy recipe that I could whip up on a weeknight for the whole family.

For this stuffed spaghetti squash recipe, I decided to pinch off pieces of the sausage to create a sort of meatball, which ensures that they stay juicy and flavorful — and they’re super cute! Follow along with me and feel free to share your own variations and creations!

xo Corie

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus more to coat squash
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 oz sundried tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tbsp capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pound Isernio’s Chicken Basil & Sun Dried Tomato Sausage, casings removed (or your favorite Isernio’s chicken sausage variety, like Italian Chicken or Chicken Spinach & Feta)
  • 5 oz kale, roughly chopped (1 bunch)
  • Red pepper flakes

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 375°. Line a sheet pan with foil and set it aside. Cut your squash lengthwise and scoop out all the seeds. (I cut the ends of my squash off just so I could stand it up straight on my cutting board. I find it easiest to cut “down” the squash as it’s standing. I’ve had a few incidences of getting a knife stuck in the middle of a big squash when I’m home alone — very frustrating! This “push down” method seems much easier to me.)

Place the squash flesh-side up on the pan and drizzle with a little olive oil. Place it in the middle rack of the oven and set the timer for 50 minutes.

Spaghetti Squash halved

Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium high heat. Toss the garlic and onion in and cook until softened and aromatic.

Turn the heat to medium. Add mushrooms and sundried tomatoes. Continue to cook until the mushrooms have let out their juice and the pan is dry again.

Pinch off nickel-sized pieces of sausage, tossing into pan as you go. (If you need, stir the mixture so the sausage doesn’t end up in a big pile and stick together.)

Continue to stir until the sausage is fully cooked, about seven minutes.

Add kale to the pan. You may have to add it in two batches, depending on the size of your pan. As it cooks down, you will be able to put more in the pan.

Give everything a good stir and taste for seasoning. You shouldn’t need much salt with the capers, sausage, and tomatoes, but I did add a tiny bit.Spaghetti Squash Boats 4

Check your squash for doneness. Once done, remove from oven. Using a fork, scrape the bottom of each squash until “spaghetti strands” loosen. Do this with both squash, making sure not to scrape through the outer shell. You want to leave enough flesh to ensure it holds up as a serving vessel.

Remove strands of squash from vessel and add them to the pan.

Mix thoroughly and check for seasoning again. You may need more salt and pepper at this point.Spaghetti Squash Boats 2

Fill each squash vessel with the medley of squash, sausage, and kale. Add red pepper flakes as desired!

My kids ate theirs in a bowl with no squash shell, and a sprinkle of parmesan. I served mine with a shake or five of the red pepper flakes. I recommend keeping those nearby for immediate spice factor while eating. Delicious!Spaghetti Squash Boats 3

See the full step-by-step picture-by-picture directions on Corie’s site, Good Life Everyday!

Thanks, Corie!

Mexican Stuffed Potato Skins

Mexican Stuffed Potato SkinsBy Corie Cameron

Guest blogger Corie Cameron cooks beautiful food at home. She’s letting us in her kitchen for great posts using Isernio’s products.

Hi! I’m Corie and I think potato skins are amazing!

The skin of the potato has all the vitamins and nutrients and I love the chewy, firm texture of them. I DON’T love the unhealthy versions you see in so many restaurants, so I set out to make a healthy, delicious, guilt-free version as part of my Whole 30 plan to kick off 2017.

First, I sauteed up Isernio’s Ground Chicken with my favorite taco seasonings, added in some onion and garlic, and then used the potato skin as a base. My husband, Sean, actually refuses to call these anything other than “Po-tacos.” To top them off with creamy goodness, I made a Paleo ranch dressing and tossed some of that on as well.

These would be such a fun Super Bowl dish!

Ingredients:

  • 4 Russet potatoes, scrubbed clean
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound Isernio’s Ground Chicken
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 head romaine

Pico De Gallo:

  • 1 tomato
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion

Paleo Ranch:

  • 1 cup homemade mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped dill
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 425. Pierce the potatoes all over and set them on a baking sheet. Bake them for 50 minutes-1 hour until you can easily pierce them with a knife.

Saute the onions and garlic until softened and aromatic.

Add the ground chicken to the pan and crumble it up as it cooks. Sprinkle over the paprika, coriander, chili powder, cumin and salt.

Finely chop the lettuce and set this aside.

Stir all the ingredients for the pico de gallo and taste for seasoning.

When the potatoes are fully cooked, take them out and slice them in half lengthwise. Once they are cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh, making sure to leave 1/4 inch along the sides so they hold their shape.

Fill each potato skin with some lettuce, some chicken mixture, and the pico de gallo, in whatever order you wish.

Blend all of the ranch ingredients together and taste for seasoning. Drizzle it over the potato skins and serve with a side of this ranch and some hot sauce. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve at once! Bon Appetit!
For a full step-by-step, picture-by-picture look at this recipe, check out the original blog post by author Corie Cameron on her site, Good Life Everyday.

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Appetizers for the Birds: Seahawks vs Falcons

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After a successful win in the first round of the playoffs, our local, beloved Seahawks are heading to Atlanta on Saturday for an afternoon showdown. And what better way to celebrate the rough and rowdy game that’s sure to go down than with some bird-tastic inspired recipes. If you’re all about keeping it simple, with a little healthy choice thrown in, then starting with a package of Isernio’s Ground Chicken is the easy first step to tackle these awesome, crowd-pleasing recipes.

 

Ground Chicken Tacos with Creamy Salsa

From Food Network

A DIY taco bar is always a team favorite, and all you have to do for this recipe is cook veggies, toss in the ground chicken, season, and keep it warm in your crockpot for serve-yourself action. Get crazy with your own selection of toppings, and top it all off with a spicy, creamy salsa.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites

From AllRecipes.com

With only five ingredients, these super easy bites are the portable version of the far fancier classic entree. Ground chicken, diced ham and swiss, an egg, and breadcrumbs are all you need to class up the joint on gameday. Pro tip: Toss a little parmesan with your breadcrumbs to add a double hit of cheese.

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Chicken Kebab in Lettuce Cups

From Martha Stewart

Super healthy, super flavorful, and super easy, these kebabs can be served with or without the lettuce cups, though adding a little greenery also makes an easy holder for a little herb or onion salad on top. Don’t want to drop em in the cups? No problem, just serve the kebabs on a platter with a dipping sauce of your choice.

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Cheesy Chicken Meatballs

From AllRecipes

Cheese is the answer to so many flavor-making questions, and these are the perfect blend of ground chicken, roasted garlic cream cheese, and parmesan. They taste so luxurious but won’t put you and the team on the bench like some other, heavier meatball versions. Serve with your own marinara or other dipping sauce for a guaranteed touchdown.

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Buffalo Chicken Bites

From Martha Stewart

These meatballs come from New York City’s The Meatball Shop, but despite their restaurant pedigree, they couldn’t be easier. Whip up some Frank’s RedHot Sauce with butter, blend it with ground chicken, celery, eggs, salt, and breadcrumbs, and serve it all like classic Buffalo wings, with ranch or blue cheese dressing. That’s a recipe favorite first down.

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Look for Isernio’s all-natural ground chicken in stores near you and share your own favorite recipes with us!