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Minestrone Soup

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week. Today, I will be sharing my recipe on Minestrone Soup. This soup is so delicious and flavorful. It makes for the perfect leftovers. All you have to do is put everything in one pot and let the stove do the work. Very simple, you can add whatever your heart desires, and not a lot of work needed! Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. First, chop all of the vegetables; chop the celery, cut the potatoes in small cubes, slice the carrots, chop the onion, chop the tomatoes, mince the garlic.FullSizeRender-2.jpgFullSizeRender.jpg
  2. Melt butter in a heavy pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, celery, and carrots; saute for a few minutes.
  3. Add beans, tomatoes, 1 spoon of tomato paste, potato, stock, and salt to the pot.FullSizeRender-3.jpg
  4. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat.
  5. Simmer for approximately 45 minutes until vegetables are barely tender.FullSizeRender-4.jpg
  6. Add pasta, and simmer for 30 minutes more.
  7. Add any additional seasoning as needed.
  8. Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-5.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This recipe serves about 5 people.
  • You can add as much seasoning as you want and make it as spicy as you want.
  • You can add any source of protein such as chicken, sausage, or even tofu.
  • You can use any broth or beans you’d like.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Better Dessert with Better Together Baking

Now you can indulge in dessert without having to feel bad about it! With the brownies at Better Together Baking, it’s impossible to skip out on dessert after a meal.FullSizeRender-3.jpg

Better Together Baking decided to take this classic American treat and make it better. Each flavor uniquely its own and handcrafted with ingredients chosen purposefully. No junk, no preservatives, no trans-fats, just pure simple ingredients to make a most awesome brownie. The result a classic treat made grand again.

About Better Together Baking: Planning was never Todd’s strong suit. He never planned on starting a baking company. As it turns out when you want to follow your dream sometimes it is best to not have a plan. Sitting in his cube one day buried in spreadsheets he knew it was time for change. Later that day he turned to his wife(Kes) and told her he wanted to start a baking company. It was scary yet exciting, but such as it is when you follow your dream. So they both quit their jobs in D.C. and moved to Philly.  Their mission was simple; to make classic American treats (like the brownie) and make them better, together.FullSizeRender-11 2.jpg

These brownies are made with a purpose, with love, like your mom might do. This is why we say around here they are heartfelt good.

Go get some Better Together Baking at the links below!

http://www.btbaking.com

https://www.instagram.com/bettertogether_baking/

https://www.facebook.com/bettertogetherbakeshop/

 

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Spicy Noodles with Snap Peas and Mushrooms

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week.

Today, I will be sharing the Spicy Noodles recipe I tried out from Blue Apron. These Spicy Noodles have such a strong flavor and is cooked with snap peas and mushrooms. They are so delicious and definitely recommended. This recipe can be made under 40 minutes and is great for leftovers, hot or cold. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • Lo mein noodles
  • Snap peas
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Scallions
  • Peanuts
  • Rice vinegar
  • Yakiniku sauce
  • Mirin
  • Sambal Oleek

Directions:

  1. Fill a large pot with water. Add a big pinch of salt; heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. In a bowl, combine the shiitake mushrooms and 1 cup of hot water. Peel the carrots and thinly slice into rounds. Peel and roughly chop the garlic.IMG_9956.JPGIMG_9957.JPG
  2. Cut off and discard the stem end of each snap pea; pull off and discard the tough string that runs the length of each pod. Cut in half on an angle. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Cut off and discard the ends of the enoki mushrooms; gently separate.IMG_9958.JPG
  3. In a bowl, combine the green tops of the scallions, half the mirin, half the vinegar, and up to 1/4 of the sambal oelek, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Add the enoki mushrooms; stir to combine.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Reserving the mushroom water, carefully transfer the shiitake mushroomsto a cutting board; finely chop. In the same pan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the carrots; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened.IMG_9965.JPG
  6. Add the garlicand white bottoms of the scallions. Add the chopped shiitake mushrooms, reserved mushroom water, yakiniku sauce, and as much of the remaining sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be.IMG_9964.JPG
  7. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes, or until slightly thickened and reduced in volume. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. While the sauce continues to cook, to the pot of boiling water, add the noodles and snap peas. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until the noodles are heated through and the peas are slightly softened. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.
  9. To the pot of cooked snap peas and noodles, add the sauce and remaining vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly coated.
  10. Garnish with the peanuts. Plate and serve!IMG_9966.JPGIMG_9967.JPGIMG_9968.JPG

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This recipe serves about 2 people.
  • You can add as much seasoning as you want and make it as spicy as you want.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Delicious Zing Bars

OMG Zing Bars! I truly cannot taste the difference between a candy bar and a Zing Bar. FullSizeRender-4.jpg

At Zing, they know what we put in our body has a direct impact on our minds, moods and bodies. As professionals, they dedicated theirselves to the life-changing benefits of nutrition and it’s this passion that created Zing Bars.

Intelligent nutrition is the tangible, practical solution to reclaiming our energy. To thrive, we need good protein to build muscle tone, good carbs to regulate blood sugar, good fats to support cell, brain and heart function, and good fiber to promote digestive health.FullSizeRender-3.jpg

Zing Bars have 10 grams of high quality plant-based vegan protein that delivers 10% of the recommended daily value. For digestive health, 6 grams of dietary fiber meet 24% of the recommended daily value. For brain and heart health, 4.5 grams of monounsaturated fats from almonds.FullSizeRender-1.jpgFullSizeRender-2.jpg

Go get your Zing Bars at the links below!

https://zingbars.com

https://www.facebook.com/zingbars/

https://www.instagram.com/zingbars/?hl=en

 

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Indulge with Fuel Fudge

I cannot say enough great things about Fuel Fudge! These fudge packets are so addicting and so delicious. Fuel Fudge is a fierce team dedicated to bringing you all-natural products that we wholeheartedly stand behind. Fuel Fudge is the embodiment of hard work and vision to bring customers a much needed product that not only fuels their daily quest for adventure, but also provides a source of beneficial nutrients that taste amazing.

The Original Fuel Fudge isn’t that tooth-melting sugar block that you buy from the corner candy store. No. This is fuel for those who are living life to the fullest. A delicious blend of essential fats and nutrient-rich superfoods to help you power through your next challenge. Whether you need the extra energy reserves for you early morning run or you’re preparing to dominate the competition, this is the natural advantage.
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It’s All Natural – It comes in a packet and is a liquid above 76ºF. Inside that packet is a delicious blend of essential fats and nutrient-rich superfoods that help provide you with sustained energy
Contains 5 Superfoods – Cacao, Turmeric, Maca, Raw Honey and Coconut Oil. But what is a superfood you ask? It’s a nutrient-rich food especially beneficial for health and well-being. They each bring their own unique list of benefits and come together to taste amazing!
Source of essential fats – Did you know that your brain is 60% fat? Without essential fats you’d have a severe lack of energy, and Coconut Oil provides an essential fat that is hard to find from any other source!
Delicious Treat, No Guilt – Instead of grabbing a sugar-packed candy bar to satisfy that sweet tooth, you can feel full and enjoy the benefits of the many nutrients when you grab a packet of Fuel Fudge.

Check out the links below to see where you can get your Fuel Fudge!

http://fuelfudge.com

https://www.instagram.com/fuel.fudge/

https://www.facebook.com/fuelfudge/

Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

-Mitz