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Pretzel Dogs

Happy Wednesday! Who says you have to stop eating game day snacks since game days are over? Pretzel dogs make for a delicious, family-friendly snack. They are so easy to make and even more delicious to eat.IMG_4903.jpg

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of Pizza Dough
  • 10 Hot Dogs, I use veggie dogs but you can use any kind you like
  • Pinch of Baking Soda
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • Melted butter

Directions:

1) Preheat your oven to 425 degrees, line a baking sheet with some parchment paper.

2) Set aside, meanwhile in a large saucepan, add the water and baking soda and bring to a boil.IMG_4899.jpg

3) Lay the pizza crust on a lightly floured surface (you don’t want it to be sticky) and cut it into 10 strips.

4) Then roll each strip around the hot dog making sure to pinch the top and bottom end of the dough so it doesn’t unravel, place them on the prepared baking sheet while you work on the rest.

5) Place them in the boiling water (a few at a time) and cook them for about 30 seconds making sure to flip them halfway through, then place them back on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.

6) Brush them with the beaten egg, sprinkle some salt on top and pop them in the oven to bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.IMG_4901.jpgIMG_4900.jpg

7) When you take them out of the oven, brush the tops with the melted butter and serve!IMG_4902.jpgIMG_4906.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • Feel free to use any dogs you want: pork, beef, turkey

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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Tofu Veggie Blend

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week. Today, I will be sharing a one skillet wonder: a Tofu Veggie Blend! Super easy, quick, and healthy! Let’s get started:

Ingredients:

  • Extra firm tofu
  • Green bell peppers
  • Red bell peppers
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Soy sauce
  • Honey
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Chili sauce

Directions:

  1. Squeeze out excess water from tofu.
  2. Cut tofu into small bite sized cubes and set aside.
  3. Chop all of the veggies.
  4. In a small bowl, add 2 parts soy sauce, 1 part honey, and crushed red pepper, and garlic seasoning.
  5. Sautee the veggies over medium heat.
  6. Add seasoning to taste and set aside.
  7. Coat the skillet in oil and fry the tofu for about 10 minutes, flipping them halfway.
  8. When theyre golden brown, add the veggies.
  9. Add the soy sauce-honey mixture and coat evenly.
  10. Serve over rice!

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Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This serves about 3 people.
  • Substitute tofu with whatever protein you desire!

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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Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas

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Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry

Hi everyone! Today I will be sharing a great soup/curry recipe: Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry. This is great on these upcoming winter nights. Very nourishing with all of the lentils and perfect for leftovers. You can add as much flavor as you want to this fiber rich dish. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 large sweet onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 1/2 cups veg stock
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup red lentils, washed thoroughly

Directions:

  1. Add butter to a sauce pot and turn to medium heat. When butter is melted, add chopped onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until translucent and fragrant.
  2. Add garlic and curry powder, turmeric, and cumin. Sauté another minute, stirring.FullSizeRender-15.jpg
  3. Add the veg stock, cubed sweet potatoes, and lentils.FullSizeRender-13.jpg
  4. Stir everything together and turn heat to a simmer.
  5. Simmer stew for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the sweet potatoes are fork-tender.FullSizeRender-14.jpg
  6. If thickness desired- add about half a cup of the curry into a food process to make a puree. Then add back to the pot and stir.FullSizeRender.jpg
  7. Heat for an additional 10 minutes.
  8. Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-22.jpgFullSizeRender-16.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This serves about 5 people.
  • Add curry powder and salt to taste.
  • You can use chicken stock or any other stock you prefer.
  • Feel free to add whatever vegetables you like. It’s your soup!

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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Baked Mac & Cheese

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving last week and gobbled til they wobbled! Today, I will be sharing my recipe on baked mac and cheese which I indeed made for last weeks holiday. You can actually even call this a one pot wonder. It takes no time at all, easy to bake, and so delicious to eat for a large gathering or even great for leftovers. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 3 blocks (8 ounces each) sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pounds elbow macaroni
  • 4 or 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente and drain then set aside.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, cut the cheddar into small cubes.FullSizeRender-17.jpg
  4. Melt the butter in a large skillet, over low heat. Add the cubed cheddar and melt until creamy, stirring constantly. This will take about 10 minutes.FullSizeRender-20.jpgFullSizeRender-21.jpg
  5. Add the egg and stir until egg is mixed into the cheese.
  6. Add pasta to skillet and stir until combined. Stir in the milk and cream cheese, until cream cheese has melted into the pasta.FullSizeRender-18.jpg
  7. Add half of the pasta mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and top with some bread crumbs.FullSizeRender-24.jpg
  8. Add the remaining half of the pasta, followed by more bread crumbs.FullSizeRender-23.jpg
  9. Bake for 35 minutes and then broil on low for 5 minutes.
  10. Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-29.jpgFullSizeRender-27.jpgFullSizeRender-26.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This serves about 8 people.
  • Melting the cheddar requires a lot of arm strength and patience. Don’t worry- this recipe is totally worth it!
  • You can add whichever cream cheese flavor- I added jalapeño.
  • You can even top with onions, bacon, mushrooms, etc!

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