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Recipe: Chicken Posole

Posole or Pozole is a traditional soup or stew from Mexico. It’s the perfect dish for the cooler months as it warms you from the inside out. This Chicken Posole recipe is the perfect family meal!

4-6 servings

6 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
1 tbsp dried, ground mild Chimayo pepper
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp chopped, fresh oregano
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken or turkey
1 can (15 oz) hominy, rinsed and drained
salt and pepper to taste
–toppings can include
lime wedges
sliced avocado
sliced jalapeno
shredded cheese or crumbled Queso Fresco
freshly chopped cilantro
diced tomato
chopped radish
thinly sliced cabbage

In a medium sized soup pot, bring the broth to a boil. Add in the Chimayo spice, lime juice and oregano, reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
Add in the chicken and hominy. Continue to cook for about 5-10 more minutes or until everything is warmed though. Season to taste with salt & pepper.
Ladle into serving bowls and top with any and all ingredients on the ingredient list.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Champagne Cranberry Sauce

Try this easy and delicious Champagne Cranberry Sauce recipe, it’s extra festive for the holidays! Champagne makes everything special, so why not in this fruity sauce!

8-10 servings

1 cup Champagne
2 bags fresh cranberries
1 1/2 – 2 cups white or brown sugar (depends on how sweet you like your sauce)
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
pinch of ground cinnamon
pinch of ground ginger
1 tablespoon orange zest

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, bring the Champagne and sugar to a low boil until sugar is dissolved.
Add the cranberries and bring to a simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the berries start to pop. Mash them against the sides of the pan so they can release juices.
Once the cranberries are cooked down, add the orange juice, cinnamon & ginger.
You can blend this if you want a smoother sauce or not if you like your cranberry sauce a bit chunky. Pulse a few times until you get the consistency you like best.
Garnish with the orange zest.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi

We love this easy and delicious Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi recipe. Top with melted butter and crispy shallots for a healthy anytime meal. Serve as a main course, appetizer or side dish.

4-6 servings

1 (10 ounce) package chopped frozen spinach
15 oz part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
2 large egg yolks
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
–topping
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1 shallot, minced (about 1/2 cup)
shaved Parmesan
freshly chopped Italian parsley

Thaw the spinach and squeeze out any additional water.
In a large bowl combine the spinach and the ricotta cheese with a spatula.
Mix in the Parmesan, flour, egg yolks, salt and pepper until well combined.
Dust a baking sheet and work surface with flour. Roll 1/4 cup of the dough into a 5 inch long log. Cut into 1 inch pieces and form ovals with your fingers.
Transfer the gnocchi to the prepared baking sheet. Continue this process until you are done with all the dough.
Place some of the gnocchi into a large pot of boiling water. Cook until they rise to the surface and then for four minutes longer. Transfer each batch to a serving bowl with a slotted spoon.
Make the shallot butter sauce: melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. When it’s bubbling add the shallots and cook until just golden brown about 8 minutes.
Pour the butter shallot sauce over the cooked gnocchi, top with shave parmesan, parsley and serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Maple Cinnamon Skillet Roasted Sweet Potatoes

A favorite side dish for fall & winter, this Maple Cinnamon Skillet Roasted Sweet Potatoes recipes is simple, healthy and delicious!

4 servings

2 sweet potatoes (should yield 4 cups cubed)
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp black pepper
fresh parsley for topping

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit.
Rinse, pat dry and chop the sweet potatoes into 1 inch cubes.
Place in a 12 inch cast iron skillet in a single layer. Toss with the oil, maple syrup, garlic salt, cinnamon and pepper.
Bake for 25 minutes, toss with tongs. Bake for another 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven, top with parsley & serve.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: One-Pot Beef Stroganoff Soup

This healthy and delicious One-Pot Beef Stroganoff Soup is everything you need for a warming family meal that comes together in just 30 minutes.

2 tbsp olive oil
1 pound beef sirloin, trimmed of fat, thinly sliced into 1 inch cubes
pinches of salt and pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1 medium sweet onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
8 ounces sliced baby bella mushrooms
5 cups low-sodium mushroom or beef stock
2 cups dried wide egg noodles
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
chopped fresh parsley

In a large soup pot heat the oil over medium high heat. Season the meat with a few pinches of salt and pepper. Add the meat to the pan and cook about 5 minutes, browning on all sides. With a slotted spoon, transfer the meat to a bowl.
Reduce the heat to medium, using the same pot, add the onions and garlic. Cook 5 minutes until softened and fragrant. Mix in the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and mushrooms. Cook 2 minutes.
Turn the heat to high, add in the broth, bring to a boil. Add in the noodles and simmer about 7 minutes until softened.
In a bowl, mix together the sour cream and flour. Whisk in one cup of the hot soup broth. Stir this mixture back into the pot and let the soup thicken about two minutes. Season to taste with more salt and pepper if desired.
Add the meat back in, cook just until the meat is warmed through.
Divide soup into bowls and top with freshly chopped parsley.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Patatas Bravas

These hash brown style, aioli drenched potatoes hail from Spain. They are traditionally served as bar snacks.

3 russet potatoes
olive oil
1/2 red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
3/4 cup full fat mayonnaise
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp smoked paprika
a few dashes Tabasco
splash of sherry vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Italian parsley, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pierce holes in the potatoes with a sharp knife. Place on a plate and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes to soften. Cut into 1 inch pieces. Set aside.
In a 12 inch cast iron skillet heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. When it’s hot add the onion, cook 3 minutes. Add the garlic cook another minute. Add the tomatoes and cook a few minutes until they begin to burst, stirring to soften them quicker.
In the bowl of a food processor add the mayonnaise, tomato paste, smoked paprika, Tabasco and sherry vinegar. Add the tomato mixture. Pulse until well combined.
In the same pot you cooked the onions in (do not rinse) add another 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook the potatoes for 5 minutes until golden brown. Toss with tongs to make sure all sides cook. Transfer the potatoes to a baking sheet, place in a single layer and bake for about 10 minutes until crispy.
Place the potatoes back in the skillet, over low heat mix in the aioli. Continue to cook until warmed through.
Serve immediately topped with fresh parsley.

I like to leave the skin on, I feel it adds more flavor. You can peel the potatoes if you prefer.

~ Marla Meridith

The Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup

Nothing says winter more than a comforting bowl of delicious chicken noodle soup. This recipe will become your go-to favorite as soon as you try it!

6 servings

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil + another splash
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 zucchini, cute into 1/2 inch cubes
2 medium carrots, cut into thin rounds
2 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
2 quarts low sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp dried thyme or leaves from 4 fresh thyme sprigs
8 oz dried egg noodles (use the shape you like the best)
1 1/2 cups shredded roasted chicken
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Roast the chicken with this recipe: https://newmm2019.wpengine.com/perfect-roast-chicken/
Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, cook for a few minutes until fragrant and translucent. Add another splash of olive oil, the zucchini, carrots and celery. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring throughout. Once the veggies have softened a bit stir in the broth, lemon juice and thyme. Raise the heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until it’s soft. Add the chicken (*see notes) and continue to cook until it’s warmed through. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Sprinkle with the parsley before serving.

When shredding the roasted chicken allow some of the skin into the mix, this will add so much extra flavor to your soup!

~ Marla Meridith

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