Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday lovebugs! Here are my favorite recipes this week!

Italian Herb Baked Cheese Tortellini
c/o Lauren's Latest
1 lb. fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
4 cubes Italian Herb Saute Express Saute Starter
1 medium onion, diced
2 small zucchini, diced
1-14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese


Bring large pot of water to boil. While waiting for water to boil, prep veggies. Heat deep skillet over medium heat and saute onion, 3 minutes. Stir in zucchini and cook another 3 minutes until onions and zucchini are tender. Salt water and cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Stir tomatoes, salt and pepper into softened veggies. Simmer lightly for 5 minutes. Stir in cooked tortellini and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle top with mozzarella cheese and place under broiler until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve hot.

Chicken Parm Burgers
  • 16 oz lean chicken burgers
  • 4 oz part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup pomodoro sauce 
  • 4 rolls such as ciabatta rolls
Heat the sauce; cook burgers 2-3 minutes on each side. Top with cheese; when melted put on a roll and top with sauce. Enjoy!

Oatmeal & Chocolate Cookie Bars
c/o Table for Two

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups dark brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk (I used 2%)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
For the filling:
1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk (I used Eagle Brand)
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking pan with parchment paper so that it overhangs on both sides for easy removal.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Then add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat for 2 more minutes. Gently pour the milk in and beat until incorporated.
  4. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until all combined and well-incorporated. With the mixer on low, add the rolled oats. The mixture will be thick so if the stand mixer can't get it all, use a spatula to get it all incorporated.
  5. In a saucepan over medium low heat, add all the ingredients of the filling to the pan. Once everything has melted together you can start assembling the bars.
  6. Spread about 2/3 of the cookie mixture in the bottom of the baking pan (I used my hands and pressed it down). Then take the chocolate mixture and pour it over top of the cookie mixture. Take the remaining cookie mixture and drop it in small dough balls over the chocolate mixture (it's ok if it's not perfect, they bake out and spread).
  7. Bake for 25 minutes. If the tops start to get overly brown, cover with foil and continue baking.
  8. Let cool in baking pan COMPLETELY before you cut them into squares. Everything will be too gooey and loose if you don't let it set up.
  9. Store in an airtight container.

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