Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party

October 30, 2017

Apple Cider Burbon Cocktail www.TheDailySoulSessions.com

Mamas, it’s time to carve those pumpkins! Why not make it a bit more festive and add a fun fall themed cocktail and some yummy meatball paninis?

DRINK: Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktails
SNACK: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
EAT: Homemade Meatball Paninis
DO: Carve those pumpkins!

Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktails
2 parts fresh Apple Cider
2 parts Ginger Ale
1 part Bourbon
Apple Slices
*Stir all ingredients together on the rocks.
*Garnish with a slice of apple

 Roasted pumpkin seeds recipe www.thedailysoulsessions.com

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
1.) Save the seeds you dig out of your carving pumpkins.
2.) Rinse seeds well with water. Then lay seeds out to dry on a paper towel.
3.) Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees, and spread seeds evenly on a cookie sheet (or 2!)
4.) Drizzle olive oil over top of seeds. Sprinkle with sea salt (or garlic salt, or any other flavored spice!)
5.) Bake seeds for 30-45 minutes, until slightly golden in color and crunchy to the bite.

Meatball Panini Recipe www.thedailysoulsessions.com

Meatball Paninis – makes 6 paninis
Italian bread
tomato sauce
meatballs
red onion
sliced prosciutto
arugula
sliced provolone cheese
red pepper flakes

Meatballs:
1 lb ground pork
1 egg
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp dried basil
3 tbsp garlic powder
garlic salt – a few shakes
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
salt and pepper
1.) Mix all ingredients together with your hands in a mixing bowl
2.) Roll mixture into balls roughly 2 inches in diameter.
3.) Place meatballs on greased cookie sheet. Gently press into each, flatting them slightly This makes it easier to fit in the sandwich.
3.) Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, turning meatballs once.

***Either make your own tomato sauce or use a store bought version.

Paninis
1.) Using a good crunchy Italian bread or ciabatta, cut into panini size.
2.) Spread tomato sauce generously on both sides of sandwich.
3.) Slice a meatballs in half and layer on one side.
4.) Add sliced red onion, prosciutto, provolone cheese, arugula, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes on other side of bread. Put panini together.
5.) Using panini press, heat sandwich until warmed through.
6.) Serve immediately with fresh green salad.

 

Easy Pasta Bolognese Recipe

October 17, 2017

 

It’s National Pasta Day!

And in honor of National Pasta Day, I thought we needed some good for the soul, warm us up, comfort food.  One of my favorite hearty dishes in the winter is Bolognese.  It’s easy to make and has our home smelling wonderful all day long as it simmers on the stove top.  One of my favorite go to recipes is Giada De Laurentiis’ Simple Bolognese.
Easy Pasta Bolognese Recipe www.TheDailySoulSessions.com
Giada’s Simple Bolognese
 
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
1 carrot, coarsely chopped
1 pound ground beef
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped
8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano
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Directions
1.) Pour olive oil in a big pot. Sauté onion and garlic till translucent on medium high for about 3 minutes. Stir constantly so it doesn’t burn. Toss in the chopped celery and carrots and season liberally with salt and pepper. Stir occasionally until soft, about 8 minutes.

2.) Add ground beef and cook through. Season again with salt and pepper. Pour in crushed tomatoes. Stir in basil and parsley. Season again with salt and pepper. Let simmer until sauce thickens, an hour or more is best! It just gets better as it simmers.

3.) 15 minutes before serving, cook pasta in boiling, salted water according to package instructions. Either heat buttered bread in oven or toast it. Make up a salad! Romaine lettuce, peppers, tomatoes – whatever you have and toss with Italian salad dressing.

5.) Plate drained pasta with heaping spoonful of bolognese sauce on top. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve with salad and bread. Freeze leftover sauce in single serving freezer bags for next Friday’s dinner or future meals.

Easy Pasta Bolognese Recipe www.TheDailySoulSessions.com

Easy Bone Broth Recipe

October 10, 2017
Healthy and delicious bone broth recipe, it's so easy to make!
Bone Broth Recipe

‘Tis the season for bone broth!

Bone broth is literally like the nectar of the gods! It is so delicious, so healthy, and SO easy to make. I purchased an organic rotisserie chicken yesterday – to use on salads for lunch this week and also to start my 9 month old on finger foods. (Side note, HOW ON EARTH IS HE ALREADY OLD ENOUGH FOR THIS?).

Anyway, I was about to throw out the bones when it hit me – I hadn’t made bone broth in awhile, and we all love it. We drink a cup of it in the morning or use it for tortilla soup. You automatically feel healthier after drinking it 🙂

Easy Bone Broth Recipe

Ingredients:
Carcass of chicken or turkey or other meat bones (organic is best!)
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
1-2 onions
3-4 celery stalks
3-4 carrots
Salt and Peppercorns
Optional:
other veggies
Garlic cloves
parsley and other herbs

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Place bones in a big soup pot. Cover with cold water. Pour on the vinegar or lemon juice. This helps extract all of the good stuff from the bones. Toss in the rest of the ingredients (very roughly halve or chop the veggies). Bring water to a boil and add the salt and pepper and any other herbs you want to use. Bring down to a simmer. Let simmer for 12-24 hours. Strain all bones and vegetables out of broth. Drink up! Or use to make soups or rice, etc. Broth will keep in refrigerator for 5 days. After that, freeze any left over broth.

This is awesome to start after Thanksgiving…throw all the left over bones into a pot, and any vegetables not used. Simmer all night and you have a delicious and healthy broth the next day.