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Ripe Stuffed Plantains

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I personally love ripe plantains, so just the idea of having them stuffed with anything I want, sounded like a treat to me. Heres a recipe that I tried not to long ago. You can stuff it with anything really. Another great thing to try stuffing it with is chorizo and cheese. My only suggestion is if you don't want it extra soft and mushy take it out of the oven a little sooner. But all around quick and delicious recipe.

Ripe Stuffed Plantains
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 45 min
Source: Elise Jackson

Ingredients
4-6  Ripe Plantains
1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 onion diced
1 pepper diced
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
Seasonings of your choice (My suggestion: Lawrys all purpose seasoning, black pepper, salt, garlic powder)

Directions
Preheat your oven to 400F

Peel and slice your plantains in half, being careful not to slice it all the way through. You want to leave a little meat at the end and squeeze on both edges to help it open up a bit to create a gap for the fil…

Breakfast Casserole

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I learned about this recipe from a friend and tweaked it just a bit. Its absolutely genius. You throw all your favorite breakfast ingredients into one pyrex and bake it to perfection. The perfect blend of soft melt in your mouth butter biscuits, scrambled eggs, melted cheese, crispy bacon and sausage, and that perfect white gravy that brings it all together. A true American soulful Breakfast. Since first trying it I haven't had enough. Making it every chance I get. Try it for yourself. Really delicious.

Breakfast Casserole
Servings 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 1 hour
Source: Kristina

Ingredients
1 Grands Biscuits
6 eggs
little milk just to add to the eggs
1/2 cup cheese
few slices of turkey bacon and chicken sausage ( as much as you like)
salt and pepper to taste

Gravy
1 cup milk
2 tsp flour
1 tsp butter


Directions
Preheat oven to 350F

Butter a pyrex and brown your sausage and bacon in a skillet, take your entire can of biscuits and cut each biscuit into 3, Place your cut bisc…

Homemade Pizza in minutes

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Heres something practical did you know the the grocery store called 'Whole Foods' sells ready made fresh pizza dough in their pizza department. You can simply take home and create your own pizza in minutes with a fraction of the cost it would be to buy a whole pizza. Their dough costs about $3 and believe me its amazing.

If you are near a whole foods market, don't go through the hassle of making your own dough. Just grab theirs and create your own pizza masterpiece with the sauces and toppings of your choice.

But if you prefer to make your own dough, heres a great recipe to follow 'How to Make Pizza Dough' Ready in minutes.


Homemade Pizza
Servings 4
Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 20 min
Source: Elise Jackson

Ingredients
1 pack whole foods pizza dough or your homemade dough
1 Jar Tomato sauce (or sauce or your choice)
1 pack shredded mozzarella cheese
Meats of your choice: pepperoni, chicken, sausage
Veg of your choice: mushroom, corn, pepper, onion
1 tsp melted butt…

How to make Pizza Dough

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Pizza Is one of Americas favorite junk foods. Its quick to eat, has everything you want on there and is oh so delicious. I can't get enough of it.

Heres a great recipe to follow to make your own homemade Pizza Dough from scratch. Very simple.

Homemade Pizza Dough
Servings 8 slices
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 15 min
Source: Elise Jackson

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups Bread flour
One 7g packet of instant yeast (1/4 oz)
3/4 cup warm water
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
Optional Seasonings: onion powder, garlic powder, dried Italian herbs

Directions
Add all of your dry ingredients into a large bowl, then add in your warm water and olive oil mix well the dough will be thick and a little sticky, but it shouldn't be overly sticky. If you see that its too sticky add a little more flour at a time and mix it in with your hands until the dough is moldable. Form a ball and dust some flour over the ball. Lightly rub some olive oil over the entire ball and then cover ball loosely in pl…

Spinach Balls

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Prepared in about 10 min and Similar to something like a meatball, these Spinach balls are a guilt free eating, with only about 25 calories per ball you can enjoy as many as you want and not feel bad about it.  Meatless or with a few of your favorite diced meats in the mix, it is great either way. I've tried them both ways and honestly didn't  notice a difference with or without meat, they are delicious.
Great for a light dinner or afternoon snack. My sister said she tried it for breakfast and enjoyed it a lot. Goes great with naan bread on the side and with your favorite dips such as parmesan, spinach and artichoke (one of my favorites). Take a look at how its done.
Spinach Balls
Servings 3
Prep Time: 7 min
Total Time: 20 min
Source: Elise Jackson

Ingredients
1 container of fresh Spinach (16oz)
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup shredded cheese
6 eggs
Optional: Meat of your choice (must be fully cooked)  bacon, sausage, deli meat etc

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F
Roughly Dice al…

Spanish Paella

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Paella is a common dish originated in Spain and is used in Spanish, Indian and Portuguese cuisine. Your entire meal is made in one shallow pot. Not complicated at all to make. If you are in a rush or just don't feel like going through the hassle of making a bunch of different things, then try this. Very simple,  If you can boil water than you can make Paella. 
Spanish Paella Servings 6 Prep time: 10 min Total time: 30 min Source: Elise Jackson
Ingredients 3 tbsp olive oil 2 cups rice 2  cups water 1/2 cup white cooking wine 0.5g persian saffron strands mussels, shrimp, scallops, calamari 1/2 tsp crushed garlic 1/2 onion diced 1/2 green pepper diced 1/2 red pepper diced pinch salt
Directions Rince your rice, set aside. 
Wrap your saffron in aluminum foil and lightly roast it on a frying pan for a few seconds on each side, this helps to soften the taste and to allow more of the color to come out when you infuse it in the water. (Be careful because it can burn easily) 
Add saffron t…

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

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My husband fell in love with Jerk Chicken some time back, when he tried it in Jamaica. He all of a sudden had a taste for it and I can't find anywhere around me that sales it. SO I decided to try and pull it off on my own. It came out finger licking good literally. I make it at least once a week now. That ground ginger I now use on anything. It totally intensifies the flavor. Gotta try this recipe, whether you like spice or not.  No joke, very good.

I've heard of some already made store bought sauces that you can use as the marinade for the jerk chicken. Which also tastes great. But its nothing like making it from scratch.


Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 1 hour 30 min
Source: Elise Jackson

Ingredients
6 - 8 chicken thighs
1/2 lime
1 spring onion or scallions chopped
1tsp crushed garlic
1 red pepper chopped
seasonings: lawrys all purpose seasoning, salt, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground black pepper, granulated onion, ground allspice, grou…