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Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Carrots

A simple to prepare slow cooked meal! Perfect for a fall evening meal. Great on its own, or serve with a fresh salad for a light vegetable side. 

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CL Sept 2016: Slow Cooker photographer: Jennifer Causey; food stylist: Torie Cox; prop stylist: Claire Spollen

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 tsp sherry vinegar
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
cooking spray
3/4 pound carrots, peeled & cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 pound baby bella or shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps quartered
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 fresh thyme sprigs
2 fresh oregano sprigs
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 (6-oz) bone-in pork chops
salt & black pepper, as desired
1/4 cup dry white wine
6 oz whole wheat egg noodles
2 Tbsp heavy cream
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Turkey, Kale & Oat Meatballs

A healthier take on the classic meatball. A great way to sneak in more vegetables into your diet, inside the meatball! Serve over spiralized zucchini and a homemade tomato marinara for a vegetable packed meal. 

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Ingredients:
½ cup quick-cooking rolled oats
6 oz kale, stems removed and leaves roughly chopped (about 4 cups)
1 clove garlic, finely minced
¼ cup chopped yellow onion
1 large egg
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan
¼ cup skim milk (optional)
1 tsp salt free Italian seasoning
½ tsp salt
1 pound lean ground turkey Continue reading

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Bucatini with Mushrooms

A delicious and earthy Meatless Monday entree. Serve with a fresh garden salad for a complete and filling meal. Truffle oil, while pricey, is very versatile in many dishes including drizzled in mashed potatoes or in a homemade salad dressing. 

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Ingredients:
1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms (about 1/2 ounce)
2/3 cup boiling water
8 ounces uncooked bucatini (or fettuccine or spaghetti)
3 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
2 (4-ounce) packages exotic mushroom blend, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons dry sherry
2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon truffle oil
Sage sprigs (optional) Continue reading

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Spicy Garlic Shrimp Pasta

A simple and easy summer pasta dish! Quick to throw together with bright summer flavors. Serve with some crusty bread and a fresh salad for a complete meal.

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Ingredients:
24-30 medium-large shrimp, deveined and peeled
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup white wine
5 cloves garlic, chopped small
1 cup chopped red and yellow bell peppers
1/2 tsp – 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp mixed seasoning (like Montreal Seasoning)
1 large lemon, zested and juiced
1 carton grape tomatoes, halved
4 oz fresh sugar snap peas
1/2 pack linguine Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

A basic marinara sauce that can be used in a wide variety of dishes! Freeze any leftovers for an easy weeknight meal. Perfect for a basic marinara sauce, as part of a more complex italian main dish, or even as a base for soup!

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Ingredients:
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 cups chopped onion
3/4 cup diced carrot
1/2 cup diced celery
1/4 cup minced garlic
3 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
2 Tbsp unsalted tomato paste
1/2 cup dry red wine
5 1/2 pounds plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped (or canned tomatoes, if fresh isn’t in season)
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

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Turkey Sausage Stuffed Manicotti

Make Italian night at your house a little healthier by changing up the ingredients! Try a turkey sausage instead of regular sausage and make your own thickened milk “cream” sauce by hand like this delicious recipe! Serve with a crisp salad for a complete meal.

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Ingredients:
10 uncooked manicotti
cooking spray
1 pound sweet turkey Italian sausage
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 cups fat-free milk
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce
1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese

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Sweet & Spicy Cucumber Pasta Salad

A light and fresh side dish for many different meals. Quick to prepare and delightfully delicious! Great as leftovers, too.

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Ingredients:
3 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
2 Tbsp white miso (or low-sodium soy sauce)
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp hot water
1 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tsp dark sesame oil
1/4 tsp salt
4 cups thinly sliced seeded cucumber
1 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 (9-oz) package fresh linguine pasta

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