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Beef Bourguignon Recipe

This easy beef bourguignon recipe is a labor of love and a soulful dinner idea. You might be intimidated to try to cook this delicious beef recipe, but it is so simple to make.

Adding an entire bottle of red wine helps to tenderize the meat until it falls apart. You can make this recipe a few days ahead and reheat it right before serving.

2 pounds boneless beef chuck
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 ounce bacon slices
2 clove garlic minced
1 bottle Pinot Noir
2 cup beef stock
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
4 ounce large carrots
4 ounce white button mushrooms
1 ounce onion
Salt and pepper to taste
6
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven and add the beef.
  4. Cook until browned on one side, about 5...
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Nutritions

Calories
241

Sodium
774mg
32% DV

Fat
15g
23% DV

Protein
15g
31% DV

Carbs
5g
2% DV

Fiber
2g
9% DV
39

Fresh Fruit Tart

Photo by Viana Boenzli

This fresh fruit tart recipe is a showstopper on any dessert table. It has everything you're looking for in a dessert…a crumbly crust, smooth pastry cream, lightly sweet fruits, and a glaze on top to make everything sparkle in the sun.

Pastry Cream:
1-3/4 c whole milk
6 Tbsp granulated sugar
3 Tbsp cornstarch
3 large egg yolks
2 Tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp flour
Sweet Tart Crust:
1-3/4 c flour
1/2 c powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c butter ( melted )
1 large egg, plus 1 yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest
Chocolate Ganache optional:
2 oz dark chocolate , 60-65% cacao ( coarsely chopped )
1/4 c heavy cream
Fruit Glaze:
1/4 c fruit jam of your choice
1 Tbsp water
12 servings
Nutritions

Calories
24479

Sodium
1692mg
70% DV

Fat
1467g
2257% DV

Protein
285g
571% DV

Carbs
2234g
759% DV

Fiber
293g
1173% DV
18

Delish Bruschetta with Mozzarella

It's always a perfect time to make this delicious bruschetta with mozzarella recipe. A delish appetizer recipe that can be put together ahead of time. An easy bruschetta with mozzarella appetizer that can be made in 10 minutes or less. A great snack, or meal starter.

1 large ripe organic heirloom tomato
1/2 small shallot, minced
4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
8 basil leaves
1 tbsp capers
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
4 slices French bread, toasted
4
  1. Dice the tomato into pea-sized cubes and place into a small bowl.
  2. Finely mince the shallot.
  3. Dice the mozzarella cheese.
  4. Chop basil leaves.
  5. Add drained capers,...
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Nutritions

Calories
236

Sodium
390mg
16% DV

Fat
12g
19% DV

Protein
10g
20% DV

Carbs
19g
6% DV

Fiber
1g
6% DV
35

Sweet and Sour Stir-Fried Beef

You'll love this yummy beef dish. If you're trying to think of some sides to go with this, a perfect suggestion would be steamed jasmine rice or this quinoa recipe. It also goes great with a bowl of cauliflower fried-rice or roasted rosemary potatoes.

1 tbsp water
1 lb beef sirloin
2 ounces Onions
1 large green bell pepper
1 large red bell pepper
3 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste
4
  1. In a very hot pan, add oil and saute the chopped onions.
  2. Add the beef sirloin that was cut into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Saute beef for 3 minutes on high heat.
  4. Add the chopped...
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Nutritions

Calories
366

Sodium
177mg
7% DV

Fat
21g
33% DV

Protein
23g
47% DV

Carbs
11g
3% DV

Fiber
2g
10% DV
19

Spiced Prune Rolls

An old-fashioned favorite that will surely bring back memories of good old home cooking. You can omit the ginger if you don't like a gingery taste and you can add other ingredients such as walnuts and almonds. You can also add a half cup of mashed squash to add a neutral sweetness to the filling. You can top the prune roll with vanilla glaze too if you're feeling fancy.

2 cups flour (for crust)
1 tsp salt (for crust)
1 tbsp baking powder (for crust)
2 cups cold water (for crust)
4 cups prunes (for filling)
2 cups sugar (for filling)
1 teaspoon nutmeg (for filling)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (for filling)
1 teaspoon ginger (for filling)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (for filling)
½ cup chopped pecans (for filling)
4 tbsp butter (for filling)
1 egg (for filling)
3
  1. Soak the prunes in hot water until they are soft. This make take 45-90 minutes.
  2. After they are soft pour off first water and add enough hot water to make a syrup.
  3. Mash the prunes,...
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Nutritions

Calories
1674

Sodium
817mg
34% DV

Fat
35g
54% DV

Protein
19g
39% DV

Carbs
354g
120% DV

Fiber
24g
98% DV
149

Seared Sea Bass with Bechamel Sauce

Seared, crispy skin fish is easier to make than you think. You can make this version in 15 minutes.

You can mix and match some herbs and spices to make this dish more special. You can add some garlic to the sauce. Dill is also a nice addition to this dish. This fish recipe is easy to doll up.

24 ounces Sea Bass fillet
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp All-purpose flour
½ tsp ground white pepper
3 tbsp butter
1 (¼ cup) milk
Parsley for garnish
Springs of Thyme
Salt and white pepper to taste
4
  1. Prepare the sauce: Melt in the 2 tbsp butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  2. Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly until the paste cooks and bubbles a little bit.
  3. Add the milk...
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Nutritions

Calories
323

Sodium
153mg
6% DV

Fat
15g
23% DV

Protein
34g
68% DV

Carbs
8g
2% DV

Fiber
2g
11% DV
28

Savory Littleneck Clams in Wine

Clams and wines are classic go-to partners. This flavor combination is well-balanced. That is why most of the clam recipes always take advantage of wine as a pairing, not just a drink, but also as one of the main components in the dish.

For additional flavor notes, you can add a stalk of lemongrass or a bunch of dill. You can also add some vegetables such as corn or potatoes to add body to the dish. A bit of cream and saffron would also be wonderful in this dish.

24 oz clams
1 cup basil leaves
5 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic
1 cup dry white wine
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 lemon
1 cup vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to taste
4
  1. Using a blender, blend the basil and vegetable stock until smooth.
  2. In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and sauté minced garlic until fragrant.
  3. Add wine and lemon...
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Nutritions

Calories
509

Sodium
426mg
17% DV

Fat
24g
37% DV

Protein
37g
74% DV

Carbs
21g
7% DV

Fiber
7g
29% DV
10

Pumpkin Soup

Everyone loves pumpkin. This is a easy, but hearty soup recipe to please the masses! There is no cinnamon in this dish, but there are savory spices that you'll love like cumin and ginger.

You can use pumpkins, but butternut squash and acorn squash are also delicious in this recipe.

Try this recipe out as a starter or just pair it with a salad. Pumpkin and apple are a classic combination. It would be lovely with this Apple Fennel salad at lunch.

1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup butter
3 cloves garlic
1 onion
1 leek
2 shallots
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 cups chopped fresh pumpkin
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup plain yogurt
salt and pepper
pumpkin seeds
sesame seeds
chives
4
  1. Dice leek and onions.
  2. Crush garlic.
  3. Cut shallots into wedges.
  4. Crush garlic.
  5. Saute garlic, onion, leek in butter in large stock pot until soft.
  6. Add...
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Nutritions

Calories
341

Sodium
1208mg
50% DV

Fat
27g
42% DV

Protein
7g
15% DV

Carbs
20g
7% DV

Fiber
5g
22% DV
785

No-Fuss Fruit Cake

You may think you don't like fruit cake. Some of the versions you get from the store are heavy, dry or gluey. This recipe is nothing like that. It will change your mind about fruit cake.

You can add additional spices if you like. A teaspoon of grated ginger or some cardamom would be great additions.

The recipe calls for sherry. So, it only makes sense that that this recipe is perfect with dessert wines!

2 pounds mixed dried fruit
2 cups Almond Milk
2 1/2 cups Almond Meal
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
2 tbsp sherry
20
  1. In a bowl, place the dried fruit and add the almond milk. Let it soak for about 24 hours in the fridge.
  2. Preheat oven to 340 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Grease and line the base of a...
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Nutritions

Calories
67

Sodium
95mg
3% DV

Fat
4g
7% DV

Protein
4g
8% DV

Carbs
1g
0% DV

Fiber
1.0g
4% DV
45

Healthy Salad Nicoise

Thinking about a French-style salad? This Salad hails from Nice in the south of France. A combination of leafy and healthy vegetables that are dressed with an olive oil- red wine vinegar combination.

You can add additional flavors such as chili flakes for some heat and some grilled chicken breast. If you want this recipe to be a meatless recipe and vegan-friendly, you can use fried tofu instead of adding eggs.

2 fluid ounces Red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
6 fluid ounces Virgin olive oil
6 ounces Fresh basil leaves
1 pound cucumber
12 ounces Green beans
3 hard-boiled eggs
1 Red bell pepper
12 ounces Romaine lettuce
18 ounces Mixed baby lettuce
12 ounces boiled Fingerling potatoes
1 pound Cherry tomatoes
3 ounces Red onion
1 pound Tuna, packed in oil
4 ounces olives
6
  1. Make a vinaigrette dressing using the red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, olive oil, and basil.
  2. Cut the cucumber in half, then into thin slices.
  3. Trim the green beans and cook al dente...
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Nutritions

Calories
426

Sodium
144mg
6% DV

Fat
29g
46% DV

Protein
22g
44% DV

Carbs
17g
6% DV

Fiber
4g
19% DV

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