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Delicious Black Eyed Pea Salad

Looking for a fun summer side salad for your next family meal? Why not try this delicious black-eyed pea salad recipe. A fresh summer salad with lots of flavor that you can serve as a perfect appetizer for a meal with your friends and family.

To make your black-eyed peas more flavorful, you may also add garlic cloves, diced celery, and bay leaf. This will add a flavor contrast that will be perfect with the light tomato vinaigrette.

If you can't find marinated octopus, you can use calamari as a substitute. You can two cups of white wine as an additional flavoring for the salad during the cooking process. It will add an rich but zingy flavor to the dish.

Grains, dried beans, peas, and lentils are rich sources of nutrients, but they are difficult to digest unless properly prepared, as they contain enzyme inhibitors that keep them from germinating under dry conditions. This is the reason why you need to soak the beans overnight so that the body can easily digest the black eyed peas.

1 lb black eyed peas
1 lb marinated octopus
4 cups chicken stock
4 cups water
16 oz cherry tomatoes
4 oz green bell peppers
4 oz carrots
½ cup olive oil
1 oz shallot
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp fresh oregano
Salt to taste
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  1. Soak peas overnight in water with baking soda. They will sprout by day two.
  2. Cook peas, in chicken stock and water for 40 minutes or until beans are tender.
  3. Bring liquid to a boil,...
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Nutritions

Calories
236

Sodium
313mg
13% DV

Fat
18g
27% DV

Protein
13g
27% DV

Carbs
13g
4% DV

Fiber
4g
19% DV
563

Rich Homemade Caramel Popcorn

A homemade caramel popcorn snack idea that shockingly buttery, rich, salty, sweet, and one of the easiest popcorn recipes you can think of. A homemade popcorn that is better than any store-bought snack at a fraction of the price! A delicious afternoon snack that you can serve to your family.

There are a few common mistakes to avoid while making that popcorn you love. Many people want to be efficient when making popcorn. Hence, they tend to dump all of the kernels into one pan and let it pop. This technique causes a problem as it ends up burning the kernels that popped previously. If the recipe calls for 1 cup of corn kernels then, divide the cooking process into 2.

Oil is another essential part of the cooking process. Choosing the right oil is key to successful popcorn. Oils such as olive oil, walnut oil, and other unrefined oils are a no-no for this recipe. High smoking point oils such as almond oil, corn oil, canola oil, grapeseed oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, and vegetable oil are the best to use when making popcorn

You can add different flavors to the caramel mixture. Adding a few cinnamon sticks or a teaspoon of anise seeds to the sugar at the beginning will add a nice kick that will elevate the flavor of the caramel and the popcorn. Lavender lover? Well, throw some dried lavender into the caramel to infuse flavor and aroma. Cardamom pods are also a great addition to the caramel sauce; just make sure to strain it after infusing.

1 cup popping corn kernels
1/2 cup barley
8 tbsp vegetable oil
3 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter
¾ cup water
salt to taste
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  1. Put 1 tbsp of vegetable oil in a hot skillet.
  2. Heat until lightly smoking.
  3. Add grains by the handful to the hot skillet and cover.
  4. Let the popped grains cool.
  5. In a...
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Nutritions

Calories
602

Sodium
49mg
2% DV

Fat
33g
52% DV

Protein
2g
5% DV

Carbs
77g
26% DV

Fiber
1g
7% DV
368

Delectable Creamy Risotto

This creamy risotto is an excellent savory side dish that you can pair with braised oxtail recipes. This is a rice and cheese recipe with a taste similar to classic risotto, but with a bit more style.

Arborio rice is short-grain rice used primarily in the preparation of risotto. Arborio rice has more starch present since it undergoes less milling than medium grain rice. So, Arborio rice must be cooked slowly with a hot liquid to release its creamy starch content without becoming mushy.

Manchego cheese is made from sheep's milk. It has Spanish origins and is traditionally served with quince paste. It has a nutty, yet salty taste. If you can't find Manchego cheese at your local grocers, you can replace it with the Asiago, Muenster Cheese, or English Cheddar.

If your local grocers doesn't have arborio rice, you can use sushi rice as a substitute. To substitute sushi in this risotto, make sure you don't rinse it first, as keeping the starch in the dish will yield a greater result.

5 tbsp butter
1 (¼ cup) arborio
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups water
2 eggs
1 cup Manchego
4 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp bread crumbs
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Melt butter and mix into rice in a hot skillet.
  2. Fry the rice for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the rice to the chicken broth and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Mix eggs, herbs, cheese, bread...
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Nutritions

Calories
333

Sodium
759mg
31% DV

Fat
20g
30% DV

Protein
16g
32% DV

Carbs
29g
9% DV

Fiber
3g
14% DV
267

Savory Braised Oxtail in Wine

Transform this braised oxtail into something rich and succulent for an incredibly satisfying and delicious meal for the entire family. A flavorful and easy oxtail recipe that you can prepare in just an hour for your next family meal.

Oxtails are an underrated cut of meat. People tend to choose the cuts they are more familiar with. Cuts like oxtails are only used by chefs and other culinarians — who have ample time to develop flavor using time-consuming techniques. Oxtail can sometimes be hard to find except in specialty butcher shops. But, they are worth the effort. These cuts are gelatinous and have a full flavor and texture when cooked right.

Tomato puree would be a perfect addition to this recipe. It adds a depth of flavor that balances the acidity of the wine and the sweetness of the vegetables. If you prefer using the traditional way of cooking the oxtail without the use of a pressure cooker, then you can simmer the oxtail for 3-4 hours until tender.

Adding fresh herbs such as thyme, basil, and parsley would be a perfect addition. Roasting the oxtail for 1 hour before transferring to the pressure cooker, adds another dimension of flavor and creates a nice color on the oxtail's outer layer.

¾ cup flour
2 tbsp paprika
8 lbs oxtails
½ cup olive oil
2 cups beef stock
2 cup red wine
1 large onion
4 celery stalks
8 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp anchovy paste
3 large carrots
¼ cup chopped oregano
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Dice onion, celery, carrots
  2. Reserve celery leaves for garnish
  3. Start making a sauce with herbs, liquid, and oil
  4. Add spices and dry ingredients to begin to thicken the...
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Nutritions

Calories
272

Sodium
203mg
8% DV

Fat
15g
23% DV

Protein
4g
8% DV

Carbs
23g
7% DV

Fiber
6g
24% DV
19

Crispy Fried Vegetable Chips

Looking for some delicious vegan chips? This fried vegetable recipe is the solution for afternoon snack cravings! You can't go wrong with this vegetable snack idea that will surely captivate everyone's attention.

Forget about buying potato chips at the grocery store when you can make a delicious variation of chips in the comforts of your home. You just need simple tools to make crispy thin chips for your next snack!

You may use different flavors on these chips, from classic cheese powder to sumac to just salt. You can also dip the vegetable crisp into different sauces like this Cucumber Yogurt Dip.

No deep-fry thermometer to measure how hot is the oil? No need to worry! You can dip the handle end of a wooden spoon in the oil. If it bubbles fairly steadily, then it's ready. You may also use the popcorn method — which is placing a kernel of popcorn in the oil. It will pop when the oil reaches 350 to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Food dropped in cool oil will absorb the fat and take longer to cook. Make sure you heat the oil slowly.

1 lb sweet potatoes
1 lb plantains
1 lb carrots
1 cup Grapeseed oil
¼ cup nutritional yeast
¼ cup sumac
salt to taste
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  1. Cut vegetables using a mandolin on the thinnest setting.
  2. Soak the slices in cold water.
  3. Let the slices dry for 60 minutes, then pat the vegetables dry.
  4. Heat oil to 375...
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Nutritions

Calories
304

Sodium
24mg
1% DV

Fat
10g
15% DV

Protein
3g
6% DV

Carbs
13g
4% DV

Fiber
3g
13% DV
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Blood Orange Tart Recipe

Looking for a blood orange tart recipe? Look no further as this is the perfect dessert recipe to end an awesome family lunch or dinner. A zesty and sweet-tart recipe that compliments a summer grill party.

You can use a few different kinds of fats for the pie crust— such as butter, lard, or shortening. But, the taste of the butter is much better than any other type of fat. To make a perfect and flaky crust, make sure that your butter is cold and your water is ice water.

As for the Swiss meringue, do not separate the egg whites directly into your mixing bowl. You need to make sure that you don't get even the slightest amount of yolk on your egg whites. Yolks and water are the most common enemy of a great Swiss meringue. It will prevent aeration and will ruin the whole batch of whites.

Filling:
5 large egg yolks
6 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup blood orange juice
2 tablespoons butter
1 zest of lemon
Meringue:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup cold water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar
5 large egg whites
Crust:
2 cup AP flour
¼ tsp salt
½ cup frozen butter
1/2 cup cold water
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  1. For the crust: Sift dry ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Dice cold butter into a ½ inch cubes.
  3. Mix butter into dry ingredients until you have small clumps.
  4. Roll out the crust to fit...
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Nutritions

Calories
554

Sodium
212mg
8% DV

Fat
21g
33% DV

Protein
9g
18% DV

Carbs
91g
30% DV

Fiber
5g
20% DV

Cornbread is ancient food that originated in the Americas. Native Americans used corn for almost everything. And one of the best creations is the humble cornbread.

Over the years, the flavor of cornbread has evolved. The texture is much changed from the time when cornbread just crushed corn kernels, water and fat. One great leap forward in texture was the super-hot cast-iron skillet. It is an essential tool to create a nice crispy and well-baked cornbread.

Cornbread making has evolved from a necessity to something that people love. It is now considered a delicacy and a common side for classic southern dining.

This cornbread recipe is exactly what you want from cornbread — rich corn flavor with a hint of buttery flavor. It's absolutely perfect. But if you want to add additional flavor, you can add some cheddar cheese, pickled peppers or bacon bits to this recipe. You could even add some cranberries and nuts.

1 cup wheat flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup melted butter
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp ground nutmeg
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9-inch cast-iron skillet and set aside.
  3. Combine flour, nutmeg, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a mixing...
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Nutritions

Calories
259

Sodium
342mg
14% DV

Fat
9g
14% DV

Protein
4g
9% DV

Carbs
41g
14% DV

Fiber
3g
13% DV
638

Smoked Lamb Casserole

Lamb in a delicious casserole recipe? Yes, you heard it right! This smoked lamb casserole is a perfect treat this summer season. A fancy dinner casserole recipe that will melt in your mouth as soon as it touches your palate. This isn't your average, everyday casserole. It's a casserole fit for a feast.

Each component has to be made separately. Then, you put it all together at the end to make a delicious casserole. The component that takes the longest time is the cheese. But, most of that time is for the aging process. Then, the rest of the recipe is easy.

Marinating the lamb helps in keeping it juicy while at the same time adding a lot of flavor. You can marinate the lamb shanks overnight. This will develop a more pronounced lamb flavor profile. Lamb shanks are pretty lean, but if you use a fattier cut of lamb, you may want to trim off some of the excess fat.

Smoked Lamb:
1814 grams bone-in lamb shank
4 garlic bulb
1/4 cup thyme
1 tbsp rosemary
1 tbsp cumin
4 tbsp olive oil
Swede Pasta:
454 grams potatoes
1361 grams rutabaga
1 head garlic
1 egg
10 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp butter
Macerated tomatoes:
40 cherry tomatoes
2 cups balsamic vinegar
Cheese:
1 gallon whole milk
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 cup chopped pecans
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  1. For the Smoked Lamb: Grind the spices until paste forms.
  2. Mix the spice paste into the oil.
  3. Remove any excess fat from the lamb.
  4. Rub the oil and spices over the...
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Nutritions

Calories
1795

Sodium
465mg
19% DV

Fat
61g
94% DV

Protein
87g
175% DV

Carbs
212g
72% DV

Fiber
28g
114% DV
1260

Grilled Pork Roulade

A perfect summer treat for pork lovers! An herbaceous grilled pork roulade for an easy family meal. A delicious summer pork tenderloin that you can serve both for lunch and dinner meals. It has a fennel curry sauce and a fresh herb salad that pairs so well with the smoky and bright flavors of the pork tenderloin. This pork is stuffed with a flavorful chutney. Fennel is delicious and totally chutney worthy ingredient.

Pounding pork breaks down muscle fibers, tenderizes the meat, and decreases the cooking time. And because the pieces are thin, the meat can be chewed easily without any resistance. You can also tie the rolled pork with butcher's twine. The twine will secure the meat as it cooks down, leaving it in a perfect rolled shape.

2 lbs pork tenderloin
4 leeks
4 fennel bulbs
(1 cup) parsley
1 cup mint leaves
1/2 cup curry powder
1 tbsp sugar
2 cups ouzo
6 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp vinegar
3 cloves garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Make a deep slit along the long side of the tenderloin to butterfly it.
  2. Cover the sliced loin with plastic wrap and pound it to 1/4" thickness.
  3. Season with salt and pepper....
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Nutritions

Calories
275

Sodium
301mg
12% DV

Fat
12g
19% DV

Protein
25g
51% DV

Carbs
15g
5% DV

Fiber
5g
23% DV
200

Smoked Cream Dip & Salsify Recipe

Everybody loves dip recipes, right? I think this salsify recipe is a keeper. This dipping sauce recipe is smoky, a bit sour and creamy, and super tasty. A perfect dip for an afternoon snack idea or starter for your family meal.

Salsify is the starting point for this recipe. Yes, salsify. It's a root that tastes a bit like oysters. It'll be great in a dip with some smoked sour cream all slathered on a bit of fluffy flatbread.

A dip and bread is a classic appetizer, right? This bread course will be great with sparkling wine. Oysters and sparkling wine are a classic combo. We'll see if this oyster flavored vegetable works with these bright wines too.

2 cups diced salsify
1 cup diced red bell pepper
2 clove garlic
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tsp chopped chives
2 cups mayonnaise
2 cups sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Drain cans of salsify.
  2. Chop vegetables into chunky bits.
  3. Freeze the sour cream until you can cut it for about 20-30 minutes.
  4. Cut cream into small chunks.
  5. Set...
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Nutritions

Calories
176

Sodium
57mg
2% DV

Fat
11g
17% DV

Protein
3g
7% DV

Carbs
17g
5% DV

Fiber
5g
20% DV

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