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Sep 29, 2017

Sweet Beet Treat

This side dish is truly like candy! Even those that do not like beets, like these sour cream beets! They just can’t be beat! Hee hee. Just a few simple ingredients and you have a very healthy summer/fall vegetable dish to compliment many of your meals.




Ingredients:

5 medium size beets
1 tbsp butter
1 1/2 green onions, sliced
3/4 cup sour cream
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp vinegar

Preparation:

Peel, slice and boil beets until tender.
Drain beets.
Using a small fry pan or sauce pan, melt butter.
Add green onions, sauté for 1 minute.
Whisk in sour cream, sugar and vinegar.
Just bring sauce to a simmer for 1 minute.
Pour hot sauce over beets and gently coat beets with sauce.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Eat healthy, Live Long and Mangia!

Aug 26, 2017

Italian Garlic Tomato Salad Recipe | Michele Romano Recipes

If you love fresh tomatoes, you must try this sweet, tangy, juicy and amazingly healthy Italian garlic tomato salad recipe!

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Aug 14, 2017

Cool Cucumber Salad

COOL CUCUMBER SALAD

This is my favorite salad recipe when the cucumbers are fresh off the vine! My mom, Dorothy Romano made this all the time when we were growing up. So refreshing, so easy! Delicious with any meal or even by itself!




Ingredients:

4-6 medium size fresh garden cucumbers (depends on how big you want salad)
1 or 2 green onions (again depending on how big salad is)
Sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste.
Note-Do not add salt until ready to eat as the salt draws water out of cucumbers.

Preparation:

Peel and slice cucumbers in thin rounds.
Add chopped green onions.
Add sour cream stirring just enough in to coat all the cucumbers.
Add desired amount of salt and pepper to taste.

Keep in fridge until ready to serve.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves:4

Eat healthy, Live Long and Mangia!

Jul 21, 2017

7 Super Duper detoxifyers

It is so important in this world today that we live in to continually try to rid our bodies of toxins! I know some say that this is impossible with all the toxins in the air, food and on the earth period! But we have to do our best, right? Here are seven powerful superstars for detoxification that you can try to incorporate into your diet on a regular basis.

Avocados- Mega protein and monounsturated fats help boost liver function and support cardiovascular health. Avacados are regarded as a very healthy fat!

Beets- Phenomenal phyto-chemicals and many minerals in these sweet treats! Nitrate, folate, manganese and iron help to promote healthy digestion, increased blood flow and lower blood pressure!

Blueberries- Oh yes! Jam packed full of fibre, vitamin C and flavonoids, blueberries are powerful for keeping cells healthy and happy. They also help fight heart disease and diabetes!

Ginger- High levels of antioxidants and gingerols provide anti-inflammatory relief to the gastrointestinal tract! This is very important for all of us, since many studies are showing all disease begins with inflammation!

Green Tea- The more I read about this tea, the more excited I get! It is low in caffeine yet very high in antioxidants called polyphenols. These help to destroy free radicals (those beasts that destroy our cells) stopping oxidative cell damage. Green tea also has anti-cancer and anti-inflamatory benefits! Green tea also makes refreshing ice tea with lemon added in the summer heat!

Seaweed- Yuck, not really a fan, lol, except in some sushi! But....listen to this. Seaweed contains and vitamins lots of fibre, essential amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids (necessary for the brain)Also, vitamins A,B, C and lets not forget E! The soluble fibre content promotes digestive health!

Watercress- Its spicy green leaves are chock full of nutrients and vitamins such as A, B6, C, E and K! Providing a healthy complexion and increased energy. (I am thinking where the heck can I buy some of this? Now! lol) Watercress may also reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease as well!

Jul 19, 2017

No Bake Heavenly Chocolate/Coconut Bars

These are my new addiction! I make these scrumptious bars on the stove-top all in one pot! Then I pour them in a square glass dish and into the freezer they go!

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut oil
1 cup peanut or almond butter
1 cup dark cocao powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp sea or himilayan salt
1/3 cup aquave or maple syrup or you can use coconut palm sugar or xylitol
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Optional-1/3 cup sliced almonds

Preparation:

Place on ingredients in order in a saucepan on medium heat until melted.
Do not boil.
Pour ito square dish or pan, place in freezer and cut into squares.

Eat healthy, live long and Mangia!

Note- I like to keep mine in freezer but it is personal preference.

Jul 17, 2017

Zippy Kale and Red Cabbage Salad

This salad is so delicious, it is hard to believe it is so healthy! All the ingredients in this salad pack a super, duper punch when it comes to healthy eating! This beautiful salad will stay fresh and crunchy in your fridge for 5 days in a covered bowl!




Ingredients:

1 bunch organic kale, chopped, no stems
1/2 head organic red cabbage, thinly sliced
2 green onions, chopped
1 cup organic sunflower sprouts (These can be found in some grocery stores and most health food stores)
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
21/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Himalayan pink salt
Fresh ground pepper
Options- #1) 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
Or- #2) 1/2 cup chick peas

Preparation:

Place all ingredients in a large bowl. (except blueberries or chickpeas if using)
Toss very well in oil until salad is well coated.
Add lemon juice and apple cider vinegar and toss well again.
Gently toss in blueberries or chickpeas.
Add salt to taste and fresh grated pepper.
Set in fridge and let marinate 1 hour, gently tossing occasionally.
Cover leftover salad and it stays fresh and crunchy in refrigerator for 5 days.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6
Eat Healthy, Live Long and Mangia!

Jun 02, 2017

Italian Hamburger Soup Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

Do not settle for just any hamburger soup recipe! I promise you, Michele Romano's Italian recipe for hamburger soup is the best of the best.

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Jun 01, 2017

Asparagus Pasta Primavera Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

Here is the Springtime asparagus pasta primavera recipe you have been looking for. A rich and creamy vegetarian pasta. The perfect, light and simple dish for springtime cooking.

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May 31, 2017

Italian Bruschetta Recipe with Roma Tomatoes and Avocado / Michele Romano Recipes

This yummy Italian bruschetta recipe is so fresh and juicy that every bite bursts in your mouth with flavor.

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May 13, 2017

Homemade Italian Gnocchi Recipe / How To Make Gnocchi

A rich velvety Homemade Italian Gnocchi Recipe covered with either a dreamy creamy or a zesty tomato based sauce! This is an authentic Michele Romano Italian Pasta recipe.

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Apr 15, 2017

Italian Roasted Garlic Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

Leanna Romano's Roasted Garlic Recipe is so good, so healthy, and so popular among my collection of Italian appetizer recipes!

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Apr 14, 2017

Baking Soda: Cancer Treatment Uses for Prevention and Testing

But did you know that there are baking soda uses for helping the body to prevent cancer, as well as it being a tool cancer patients can use to identify and stabilize cancer growth?

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Mar 02, 2017

Stuffed Avocado Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

Michele Romano is pleased to share this stuffed avocado recipe with Balsamic vinegar drizzle! So healthy and so good.

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Feb 21, 2017

Toscano Broccoli Salad Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

Wow! Geeg Toscano's Italian broccoli salad recipe is not only addicting but very very healhty. Broccoli packs the most nutritional punch of any vegetable.

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Jan 09, 2017

Eggplant Stacks

The pleasure was all mine over the holidays when I created these super healthy, guilt free, gluten free appetizers (except that I couldn’t stop eating them so it was more like a meal, lol) Very simple to make and simply delicious. Try them yourself and I am sure you will agree!




Ingredients:

1 medium sized eggplant
2 medium sized organic zucchinis
4 Italian Roma tomatoes
1 small bunch fresh basil leaves
1 small container Italian ricotta cheese
Extra virgin olive oil (for drizzling)
Balsamic vinegar (for drizzling)
Salt and fresh grated or course ground pepper
Fresh grated Romano, Parmesan, Grana Padana or Mozzarella cheese. (To sprinkle on top)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Prepare a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (My best friend!)
Peel and slice eggplant in 3/4 inch rounds. Lay out on cookie sheet.
Spread 1 tbsp. ricotta cheese on top of each slice of eggplant.
Drizzle olive oil overtop of ricotta cheese and sprinkle lightly with salt.
Place 1 large basil leaf on top of ricotta cheese on every slice.
Slice zucchini into 3/4 inch slices and place on top of each round.
Slice Roma tomatoes and place on top zucchini.
Generously drizzle each eggplant stack with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Sprinkle with salt and fresh grated pepper.
Next sprinkle each stack with cheese of your choice.
Add 1 small basil leaf to the top of each for a nice garnish and incredible flavour.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until eggplant is tender and cheese is golden.

Live Long and Mangia!

Dec 20, 2016

Pasta Carbonara Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

Absolutely the best pasta carbonara recipe on the web! This creamy pasta carbonara is my healthier version of the famous Italian creation, Pasta all carbonara.

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Aug 28, 2016

Italian Stuffed Zucchini Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

Michele Romano's Italian stuffed zucchini recipe. I was born to eat this!

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Apr 29, 2016

Chicken Parmesan Recipe / Recipe for Chicken Parmesan

Romano Family Top Secret Recipes Revealed for the first time! Marla's Chicken Parmesan Recipe is spectacular!

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Feb 14, 2016

Hummus Recipes / Healthy Appetizer Recipes

Michele Romano's Chickpea hummus and Black bean Hummus recipes are not only delicious but very nutritious. Quick and easy, both are Heavenly Scent Recipes!

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Feb 13, 2016

Stuffed Mushroom Recipes / Stuffed Mushrooms Royale

When you prepare one of Michele Romano's stuffed mushroom recipes, be ready for a battle royale trying to save these irresistable morsels until the guests arrive!

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Feb 08, 2016

Crispy Italian Salad with Artichoke Dressing

Compliments of Michele Romano Recipes, Luigi Toscano's top secret crispy Italian salad topped with his famous artichoke dressing!

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Feb 07, 2016

Super Bowl Chicken Wings

Image: Super Bowl Chicken WingsCrispy and Spicy chicken wings. My husband just can’t stop at 10!

NOTE: For crispy chicken wings and way less mess, it is imperative to use parchment paper!



Ingredients:

2 - lbs chicken wings and drumettes. (I get butcher to cut them this way if they are not already)
2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil

Approximately 1/3 cup Sriracha hot chili sauce (Its personal preference, how spicy you like them)
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sea salt or seasoning salt
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Pepper

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In a large bowl, coat the chicken wings with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.
In a measuring cup, mix sriracha sauce with rest of ingredients.
Pour mixture on wings and mix well coating all wings.
Place on large cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, using tongs turn wings over and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until wings are golden and desired crispiness.
Serve hot with lots of napkins!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Live Long and Mangia!

Jan 30, 2016

Italian Baked Zucchini Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

Deluxe Zucchini Egg Bake, the melt in your mouth baked zucchini recipe everyone is looking for, not just italians! When you consider the outstanding health benefits of zucchini as well, you have a definite winner.

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Jan 17, 2016

Incredible Italian Meatloaf Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

Are you ready for this incredible Italian Meatloaf Recipe? You better be! One taste and your family will be wanting you to make it everyday!

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Jan 10, 2016

The Best Tiramisu Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

The best Tiramisu recipe and one of the most sought after Italian dessert recipes on the planet! Rich and velvety this is the ultimate tiramisu recipe!

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Dec 21, 2015

Italian Apricot Cookie Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

This delicious apricot cookie recipe comes from an Old Italian cookbook handed down to my father, Joeseph Romano many years ago.

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Dec 21, 2015

Italian Pasta Fagioli Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

I have been raised on this sensational Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe all of my life! I still can't get enough of it.

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Nov 16, 2015

Joey Romano's Italian Zucchini Soup

Image: Zucchini SoupJoey's Italian zucchini soup is quick, easy and delicious! A perfect dinner idea at the end of a busy day. Timeless I might add, because it always pleases and always will! To add a little zest to this soup, simply add a pinch of chilis. Top it off with a sprinkle of Romano or Parmesan cheese.
Note- Fresh tomatoes and basil can be added when in season.

Ingredients:

2 small zucchini
1/4 cup olive oil
1 small onion, diced
4 cups canned tomatoes, chopped or blended
3 cups water
2 heaping tbsp. basil
1/4 lb. vermicelli noodles broken into 2-3 inch pieces
1 1/2 tsp salt
Fresh grated pepper

Directions:

Wash zucchini and scrape lightly with a knife.
Cut into 1 inch cubes.
Using a soup pot,saute onions in oil until lightly browned, add tomatoes,(pinch of chilis here if desired) simmer for 5-7 minutes.
Add water and bring to low boil.
Add zucchini and basil, salt and pepper.
Simmer for 7 more minutes and add vermicelli, cook on low heat, just until pasta is tender.
Serve hot, sprinkle with Romano or Parmesan cheese.
Enjoy!!Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6
Live Long and Mangia!

Sep 26, 2015

Layered Taco Dip Recipes / Michele Romano Recipes

Warning! Michele Romano's Layered Taco Dip Recipes are Addicting!

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Sep 26, 2015

Wine Garlic Prawns and Pasta / Michele Romano Recipes

This recipe for Wine Garlic Prawns and Pasta is hands down “Numero Uno”! The culinary info many people have been searching for and googling to find.

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Sep 24, 2015

Recipe for Risotto with Creamy Mushrooms and Peas

One serving is never enough of Michele Romano's incredible Recipe for Risotto! A tasty Italian side dish, Creamy Mushroom Pea Risotto will accompany any kind of meat entree you may be preparing.

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Sep 23, 2015

Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

A fabulous Italian pasta recipe! Michele Romano's Chicken tetrazzini recipe is easy to make and quite delicious.

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Aug 24, 2015

Italian Chicken Chili Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

WOW is the only word to describe this amazing Italian Chicken Chili Recipe.

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Jun 29, 2015

Sausage Kale Soup Recipe

Image: kale Sausage SoupI acquired this absolutely exceptional recipe a couple of years ago from Penny, a childhood friend of mine. Even though I have a huge soup recipe collection, this has definitely become one of my favorites! It is one of most healthy, savoury soups with so much flavour, that I have ever tasted! Good news is that many gardens are full of fresh kale right now, I know mine is. Tis the kale season, thus a good time to share this beautiful recipe with you!Note: This recipe makes a large pot of soup!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs bratwurst sausage, out of casings (We are fortunate in our little town that the local meat shop supplies this delicious sausage ground in packages without casings, if not, you can purchase from your local supermarket and remove from casings yourself.)
2 tbsp. oil (olive, coconut, grapeseed or canola)
2 900 ml. cartons organic chicken broth1 cup water
3-4 stalks organic celery, sliced
5-6 organic carrots, peeled and sliced
1 large onion, diced
1 28 oz. (796 ml) diced tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup pot barley
1 bunch organic kale, chopped
2 (398ml) cans organic pinto beans (if not available you can sub for other similar beans)
3/4 cup fresh sage, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped fine
Fresh grated pepper to taste

Preparation:
Using a large pot, scramble fry bratwurst sausage in oil.
Add in onions, celery and carrots, saute for 6 minutes.
Next, stir in, chicken broth, water, tomatoes and salt, bring to simmering.
Add in kale, barley, and simmer 10 more minutes.
Stir in pinto beans, fresh sage, rosemary and pepper.
Cover and simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes.
Mangia!!
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves: 8-10

Jun 25, 2015

Toscano Lobster Pasta Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

Ange Toscano's mouth watering Shediac lobster pasta recipe is devine.

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May 24, 2015

Cheesy Italian Pasta Shuta Recipe / Michele Romano Recipes

Geeg and Ange Toscano's Top Secret Pasta Shuta Recipe (Pasta Ascuitta) finally revealed! Bursting with flavor, this authentic cheesy Italian pasta recipe is a classic.

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