Butternut Squash-Apricot Chicken Noodle Curry

Pasta and chicken makes the perfect combination for this Butternut Squash-Apricot Chicken Noodle Curry posted by Country Living. Pretty soon it will be warm enough for soup, but until then, this pasta dish will work wonderfully. Creamy and filling, this dish will for sure be a crowd pleaser. The presentation will look like it took hours to prepare, when in fact, it will only take about an hour to make. Carbs and protein make a pretty balanced meal.

Ingredients for Chicken Noodle Curry

To begin the chicken noodle curry you’ll need a dutch oven or large part to start.

The first step is to cook the noodles. Make sure to follow the packaging directions because this is the base of the recipe and the noodles need to be cooked perfectly. Double check that you are buying rice noodles. The next step is to season the chicken. Take the freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt, seasoning the chicken on both sides.

Place the Dutch oven or large pot on the burner with the heat on medium-high. Heat the oil in the pan and add the chicken. Once the chicken is added to the pot/oven add the onion and garlic. This will need to be cooked for about 7 to 9 minutes, making sure to stir it occasionally . Once it is browned add the chili powder, cinnamon and curry powder. This will need to be stirred constantly for about 1 minute.

After stirring, add the chickpeas, apricots, and chicken stock. This needs to be brought to a boil. Once the stock begins to boil, reduce the heat. It needs to be set on low to allow the ingredients to simmer for 20 minutes, uncovered. Stir the ingredients occasionally. Once the 20 minutes is up add the butternut squash. Cook for about 8 to10 minutes. This is to allow the soup to thicken and allow the butternut squash time to soften up.

After the 8-10 minutes, add the coconut milk into the soup, Continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes, remove the pot or oven from the heat. Once you place the pot/oven down, add the lime juice and scallions. Stir during this process so everything mixes equally. Season the soup with more freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt.

Take the noodles that were cooked earlier and serve them in bowls. Pour the soup over the rice noodles. The last step is the use the cilantro to garnish the pasta.

This recipe serves about 8 people.

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Pork Carnitas Recipe Anyone Can Try

Looking for something for dinner, but want a little extra to freeze later? We have the perfect Pork Carnitas recipe for you posted by Recipetineats. This recipe could be used for a whole mexican fiesta or just for a quick meal. Use tortillas to make soft tacos or use hard shells to add a little crunchiness. The best part? This recipe is perfect for freezing, so have a meal for tonight and eat it again next week without having to recook it!

INGREDIENTS FOR PORK CARNITAS

  • 4 pounds of boneless, skinless pork shoulder (or butt)
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3-4 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 8 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • ¾ cup of coke (original)
  • 1 large white or brown onion, cut up into wedges
  • 2 large oranges, juiced, or ¾ cup of natural orange juice
  • Tortillas or taco shells

UTENSILS

  • 6-quart slow cooker
  • Baking sheet

DIRECTIONS TO PREPARE PORK CARNITAS

The first step is to rinse the pork and pat it dry. Place the pork into the slow cooker. Add: bay leaves, orange juice, coke, garlic, lime juice, cumin, onion, oregano, salt, and pepper. Making sure that the pork is evenly covered in all of the dry spices. Set the slow cooker to the low heat setting and cook the pork for about 8 to 10 hours. If you want it to be done quicker set the slow cooker to high heat for 5 to 6 hours. Make sure the meat is falling apart, that’s how you know it’s done.

TO CRISP ON THE OVEN

Once the pork is falling apart, remove it and shred it with two forks. Make sure to leave the liquid in the slow cooker because you will need it later on! Once the pork is pulled apart, place it on the baking sheet. Remember to spray the baking sheet with non stick spray or line the sheet with aluminium foil. Pour about 1 cup of the liquid from the slow cooker over the pork on the baking sheet.

Broil the pork for about 5 to 10 minutes on the highest heat. The meat should be golden brown and crispy on the edges.

TO CRISP ON THE STOVE TOP

In a non stick pan, add about 1 tablespoon of oil. Heat the pan on high heat and once it is hot enough, start adding the pork in batches and begin to sear it. Just before the pork starts to crisp, pour about ½ of a cup of the liquid from the slow cooker on top of the pork in the skillet. Cook until the liquid begins to reduce and the meat starts to crisp.

Remove the pork from the skillet and serve!

If you want to prepare extra to freeze for the future, make sure you stop once you pull apart the pork. Store the pork in a separate container/bag and store the juice from the slow cooker in a separate bag/container. The pork and juice can stay in the fridge for up to 3 days and it can stay in the freezer or up to 3 months.

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Beef Bourguignon Anyone Can Make

Looking for the perfect hearty meal? Martha Stewart has given the perfect recipe for a filling Beef Bourguignon. The total preparation and cooking time takes about 3 hours and 15 minutes. But the preparation itself only takes 40 minutes. This meal will serve about 8 people, which is perfect for larger families or dinner parties.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 pounds of boneless beef rump roast. They need to be cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces of button mushrooms.  They need to be trimmed and quartered if they are too large
  • 4 carrots, cut and peeled into 1-inch pieces
  • 10 ounces of pearl onions.  They need to be peeled
  • 5 strips of bacon.  It needs to be cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of butter, cut up
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove.  It needs to be smashed and peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Ground pepper
  • Coarse salt
  • 3 cups of dry red cooking wine

UTENSILS

DIRECTIONS

The first step to this delicious beef bourguignon is to preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take the large dutch oven or pot and place the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in. Turn the burner on to medium-high heat. Once the oil is slightly heated, add the mushrooms to the pot. They need to be browned, which will take about 10 minutes. Once the mushrooms are done, take them out of the pot and place them onto the plate.

The next step is to season the beef. Use the salt and pepper to generously season the meat. Once you are done, add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pot that you cooked mushrooms in. Begin to brown the beef, doing it in batches. It will take about 2 to 3 minutes each batch. If the oil starts to run out add up to 1 tablespoon of oil per batch. Make sure to watch the pot to know when to add the oil.

Once the beef is done cooking transfer it to the other plate. Save 1 tablespoon of fat in the pot and pour the rest of it out. This is when the bacon needs to be cooked. Add the bacon to the pot and cook for about 5 minutes or until the bacon is browned.

The tomato paste needs to be added next. Stir the bacon and tomato paste for about 30 seconds and then add the flour. Also stirring for 30 seconds to cook. Take the plate of beef and add it back to the pot. Add the wine, bay leaf, garlic, and broth. Bring the pot to a boil. Place the top on top of the pot and place the pot into the oven. This should be cooked for 1 ½ hours. Once the timer goes off, add the carrots and onions.

Continue to cook for another hour to an hour and a half (until the meat is tender). 15 minutes before the time is done, add the mushrooms to the pot. Once it is done cooking, remove the pot from the oven and stir the butter into the stew. Top it with parsley, serve and enjoy a delicious bowl of beef bourguignon.

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Fourth of July Recipes To Make

This hot weather has everyone craving some Fourth of July, fulfilling recipes.  We could not miss out on these delicious recipes that Southern Living recently provided. This slideshow of 50 Fourth of July Recipes for An All-American Cookout will for sure make your mouth water. So we picked our favorite punch recipe and Macaroni and cheese recipe to share!

Fourth of July Punch

The secret to this punch is that the longer it chills, the better it will get.

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 cups of seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1 cup of pineapple juice, chilled
  • 1 can of club soda (12oz), chilled
  • ½ cup of fresh lime juice
  • ¾ cup of granulated sugar

DIRECTIONS

Take half of the cubed watermelon and blend the cubed pieces until it becomes smooth. This will take about 45 seconds. Once it is smooth, pour the watermelon juice through a strainer. Allowing the juice to drain through into a pitcher. Throw away the solid parts that stay in the strainer. Repeat the process until all of the watermelon cubes are blended.

In a small bowl, add the ginger, sugar, and lime juice; you want to whisk this mixture until the sugar dissolves. Pour this mixture into the watermelon juice that is in the pitcher. Mix it together, then add the chilled pineapple juice. The punch should be chilled for at least 2 hours, or let it chill for up to 2 days.

When serving, fill the glass with ice and pour the punch in. Top it off with the club soda and serve. The perfect drink for a hot day.

Fourth of July Macaroni Pie

Who doesn’t like a warm, full bowl of Macaroni and cheese? Now imagine it in a buttery, flaky crust.

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 ounces of elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 ½ cups of whole milk
  • 2 ounces of fontina cheese, shredded
  • 2 ounces of extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces of Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • ½ package of refrigerated pie crust
  • ⅓ cup of all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 3 thyme sprigs

UTENSILS

  • 9-inch pie plate
  • Small bowl
  • Blender
  • Medium saucepan

DIRECTIONS

The oven needs to be preheated to 350 degrees. Take the 9-inch pie plate and press the crust into it. Make sure to crimp the edges. Place the plate into the freezer for about 15 minutes, it needs to be firm. Place aluminum foil on top of the crust and place dried beans or pie weights on top. Bake the pie crust for about 20 minutes or until it is a golden brown color.

Remove the pie from the oven and also remove the weights and the foil holding it down. Place the pie back in the oven and bake until the bottom dries up. This should take about 5 minutes. The pie will need to cool for about 10 minutes.

While the pie crust is in the oven, cook the macaroni. Once it is cooked drain the pasta, rise it, and place it on the side.

The thyme sprigs and butter needs to be cooked in a medium saucepan. Once the butter is melted, add the flower. This needs to be stirred constantly until it starts to get thick and produce a light golden color. Slowly add the milk while whisking, once the mixture is fully combined remove the thyme sprigs.

Add the salt, pepper and mustard while continuing to whisk. The next step is to start adding the cheeses. Making sure it melts before adding more. Continue to whisk until the mixture is fully melted. Then gentle add the pasta into the mixture. Place the pasta into the pie crust by using a spoon. Bake the pie at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, take the pie out and let it cool before serving.

Wether you try one or both, your Fourth of July is sure to be more enjoyable with these additions to your backyard cookout.

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Venison Roast Recipe: Simple, Easy, Delicious

 

As stated by Outdoorchannel.com, “Venison roasts are often labeled tough and boring, which usually leads them to the meat grinder. With the right recipe, these overlooked cuts of venison can be tender and very good table fare.”

So what are you waiting for!? Save these disregarded slabs of meat for a delicious slow cooker recipe that will be ready for you by the end of a long work day. You can find the recipe here as well as 9 other scrumptious deer recipes here.

Also, don’t forget this amazing recipe can be served over buttered noodles, cooked rice, mashed potatoes or bread slices.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Spray a large crock pot with vegetable oil. Add the cream soup, onion soup mix, beef broth, garlic powder, onion powder and parsley together; whisking until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Fold in the mushrooms.

Place the venison roast into the crock pot and spoon some of the mixture over the roast. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours (8 hours on low). If the roast is frozen, cook on high for 8 to 10 hours; or until meat falls apart.

If you don’t have a slow cooker, just bake the roast at 275 degrees for 4 to 5 hours or until tender.