Jul 152016

Creamy alfredo sauce, spicy and smoky? We’d have this all the time if it was healthy, too!

We do eat it with kale on the side. That helps, right? If I put the kale in it would that make it better? No? That’s okay.

We really don’t eat like this all the time, but once in awhile, a rich and creamy, smoky and spicy dish really hits the spot. Paired with garlic bread and kale lightly fried in olive oil… yum!

Spicy Creamy Smoked Sausage Bake
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  1. 16 ounces dry Rotini pasta
  2. 12 ounces cooked smoked sausage
  3. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2 cups chicken broth
  5. 2 Tablespoons Clear Gel, Flour or corn starch
  6. 2 cups half and half
  7. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  9. 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  10. 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  11. 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  12. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  13. 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook Rotini al dente according to package directions and drain.
  3. In large skillet, fry sausage over medium heat until browned on both sides.
  4. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes.
  5. Add chicken broth and stir or whisk until smooth.
  6. Combine Clear Gel, flour or corn starch and half and half. Stir slowly into skillet mixture and heat until thickened.
  7. Add pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, Parmesan cheese and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Stir until cheese melts.
  8. Add parsley. Stir until mixed.
  9. In 9x13 pan, add noddles and pour sausage mixture over pasta. Top with remaining cup of mozzarella cheese.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese on top is fully melted and as brown (or not) as you like it.
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Spicy Creamy Smoked Sausage Bake

Sep 192014

I was looking for something to do with the frozen carrots I had, when I found this recipe on Eating Well. I decided to adapt it to a slow cooker to see how it turned out and I really liked the results.

Healthier, spicy, tasty and easy! I didn’t find it hot. It had a nice bite to it and was very far from bland.

Makes a great side dish for many different meals.

Slow Cooker North African Spiced Carrots
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  1. 12oz bag frozen carrots
  2. 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  3. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2 teaspoons paprika
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  6. 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  7. 1/4 cup water
  8. 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  9. Salt, to taste (optional)
  10. 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or 2 Tablespoons dried
  1. Coat inside of 2 quart or less slow cooker with olive oil. Add all ingredients and cook on high for 45 minutes. Turn to low and cook an additional 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. My tiny 1 quart slow cooker doesn’t have a high setting, so I cook it for 4-5 hours or until the carrots are tender. Stir about once an hour.
  1. Using blanched carrots? Check a little earlier for tenderness.
  2. Using fresh carrots? Cut into 1/4 slices and add an hour to cooking time.
Adapted from EatingWell
Adapted from EatingWell
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Slow Cooker North African Spiced Carrots


Jul 162014

I wasn’t sure about this recipe. Ham just didn’t seem like the right meat. However, it turned out to be a family favorite. Hot, spicy, and full of flavor!

I’ve used pressed ham, smoked ham, smoked pork shoulder, and combinations of all three and it was good every time.

Make sure you adjust cooking time for fresh jalapenos or if you double the recipe.

Slow Cooker El Paso Ham
Serves 6
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Cook Time
2 hr
Cook Time
2 hr
  1. 3 cups chopped, cooked ham
  2. 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  3. 8 oz can tomato sauce
  4. 1/4 cup jalapenos, chopped (or 4 oz can green chili peppers)
  5. 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  6. A few drops of bottled hot pepper sauce
  7. Corn Bread
  1. In slow cooker combine ham, cheese, tomato sauce, jalapenos or green chili peppers, green onion, and hot pepper sauce. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.
  2. Use your favorite corn bread recipe. This is the one I use: http://krysonskreations.com/2014/07/16/corn-bread/
  3. To serve, split hot corn bread in half. Spoon El Paso Ham on bottom half of corn bread. Cover with corn bread top and spoon more El Paso Ham on top.
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Oct 212011
1 cup chopped green pepper 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup chopped onion 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 cup chopped parsley 1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 2 (16 ounce) cans peeled tomatoes, drained and chopped
chopped parsley for garnish chips for dipping

Over medium heat in large skillet, cook green pepper, onion, parsley and garlic in oil for 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in tomatoes, thyme and pepper cooking for 10 minutes more. Cover and chill. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired. Serve as a dip with tortilla or other desired chips.

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