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Broken Glass Jello (or jelly) is a beautiful and impressive looking dessert. It is beautiful and mesmerizing to look at and is not complicated at all!

This gorgeous jello seems very complicated, but I assure you this Broken Glass Jello is super simple to put together, it isn’t difficult at all to make, in just a few steps you’ll have a delightful flavourful jello in no time. Plan in advance of your event as you will need to account for the time needed for the Jello to set up, but really, that is the hardest part!

It reminds a mosaic. It’s pretty, delicious, fun, eye-catching and perfect for parties, or even work potlucks …especially summer ones! 

It’s something that – I promise you – kids love and even the grown-ups do, too. You’ll surely have your guests ask how you made such a beautiful dessert. Just send them to my blog! 😉

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Colourful Broken Glass Jello Fast2eat

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Desserts
Keyword: dessert, jello
Servings: 30

Ingredients

For the Jello Cubes

  • 4-6 boxes Jelly powder (different colours/ flavours to tastei.e. Green, yellow, red, purple, orange, blue… - I used: orange, blueberry, lime, strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavours)
  • Water boiling
  • Water Cold

For the mousse

  • 1 can Sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup Whipping cream or heavy cream or thick cream
  • 1 box Jelly powder I used strawberry flavour

Instructions

Prepare all the jello boxes separately

  • Dissolve each flavour of jello separately into 150-200 ml (5-6.7 oz) of hot water each, once it’s completely dissolved, add 150-200 ml (5-6.7 oz) of cold water.
  • Notes:
    150 ml (5 oz) hot + 150 ml (5 oz) cold water if you prefer it harder, 200 ml (6.7 oz) hot + 200 ml (6.7 oz) cold water if you prefer if softer but is must be less water than box instruction, which is 250 ml (8.45 oz) hot + 250 ml (8.45 oz) cold water.
  • Make sure the Jello powder is completely dissolved in water before refrigerating or else it’ll taste grainy even after the Jello has set.
  • Pour each flavour into separate rectangular or square containers, and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Prepare the mousse

  • Dissolve strawberry flavour (or your favourite one) jello into 200 ml (6.7 oz) of hot water, then add 200 ml of cold water. Less water than box instruction (which is 250 ml (8.45 oz) hot + 250 ml (8.45 oz) cold water)
  • In a blender mix whipping/heavy/thick cream, add sweetened condensed milk, and the prepared strawberry (or your favourite one) flavour jello (it isn’t set at this point, so is liquidly).

Assembling

  • Once the jellos are set, cut them into cubes. No worries if you aren’t able to cut the jello into perfect cubes, the random shapes make the dessert look even cuter.
  • Pour half of the prepared mousse (it isn’t set at this point, so is liquidly) into a large glass serving dish (or divide them into two separate containers), and then plop in the colourful jello cubes randomly. Pour the other half of the prepared mousse over it. Gently mix everything with a silicone spatula and refrigerate until firm consistency.
  • It is jiggly and really needs to be served in a bowl.

Notes

It can last for up to seven to 10 days in Refrigerator.

You can use as many flavours of jello you want. I used six flavours: orange, blueberry, lime, strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavours.

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This is everything an omelette should be and more, with the condensed flavour of the chopping Homemade oven-dried tomatoes, Turkey deli ham, Broccoli, and lots of cheese for a little extra delicious flavour.

You will have a meal that is sure to please… trust me… Soooo yummy!

For a complete meal, serve with a green salad.

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Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Ham & Cheese Omelette Fast2eat

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast & Brunch, Main Dish
Keyword: 5 Minutes, Breakfast, Easy, easy-to-prepare, Egg yolks, Fast, Gluten-free, Grain-Free, Healthy, Homemade oven-dried tomatoes, Low carb, Nut-free, onion, oven-dried tomatoes, Quick, Smoked Ham
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 530kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Egg
  • 1 Green onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp Milk
  • Basil dried or fresh
  • Oregano dried
  • Parsley dried or fresh
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika or black pepper

Filling

  • 1/4 cup Feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Mozzarella cheese grated
  • 2 Turkey ham slices chopped – or chicken or pork ham
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes chopped – use this recipe for Homemade oven-dried tomatoes
  • Broccoli florets diced – or fresh chopped spinach
  • Onion sliced - Sauté or fresh – optional
  • Cream cheese optional

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk eggs, green onion, milk, and seasonings until blended.
  • Lightly grease a large nonstick skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
  • When hot, pour in egg mixture without stirring. Mixture should set immediately at the edge.
  • Cook, lifting the edge with a spatula and tilting pan to allow uncooked portion of the egg to run underneath the set edges, until the base is almost set.
  • When eggs are thickened and with almost no liquid egg remains, top one side with filling.
  • Slip spatula underneath omelet, tip skillet to loosen and gently fold omelette in half to form a semi-circle; continue cooking over low heat until set and cheese is melted.
  • Transfer to serving plate. If you like, drizzle with balsamic reduction (or pearl) before serving.
  • For a complete dinner, serve with a green salad.

Notes

Important: Use a nonstick pan for this recipe.

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Nutrition

Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 490mg | Sodium: 1544mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 51% | Vitamin C: 46% | Calcium: 58% | Iron: 22%

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Fat-Burning Vegetable Soup – hearty and filling vegetable soup made in the electric pressure cooker (instant Pot). Helps to detox and lose weight.*

This Vegetable Soup is also known as cabbage fat-burning soup, cabbage soup, wonder soup, weight loss soup, miracle soup, weight watcher soup… whenever you’d like. There are so many names for this soup.

This soup was rumoured, in days of old, to melt away those thighs. Keep in mind that specific ingredients for the soup may vary and this is my version of it.

The Cabbage Soup Diet is a short-term weight loss diet. Proponents of the diet say that it can help you lose up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) in a single week, but many health experts warn that the diet is unhealthy and its results unsustainable. No one knows exactly where this unique diet originated from, though it first gained popularity during the 1980s and has stuck around ever since.

The bottom line is that the Cabbage Soup Diet is likely to cause weight loss — but only because it severely reduces your calorie intake. As soon as you stop this one-week diet, you’re likely to regain the weight you lost.

That’s why I prefer eating it as a weekdays dinner, not exactly following the 7 days diet but because I like it.

This delicious vegetable soup is a healthy way to warm up during the winter. And I may lose some weight, just doing it.

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Vegetable Soup Fast2eat

It’s a foolproof recipe. This Fat-Burning Vegetable Soup comes together in minutes and is ready just as fast. It is easy, healthy and comforting! The perfect pressure cooker soup recipe to see you through the winter! Great for using up leftover vegetables.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizers & Starters, Main Dish, Side Dish
Keyword: Appetizer, Chicken, Easy, Fast, Gluten-free, Grain-Free, Healthy, Low carb, Paleo-friendly, Pressure cooker, Quick, Soup
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 200 g Chicken breast (boneless, diced, raw – do not use for a vegetarian/vegan option)
  • 300 g Carrot
  • 2 Tomato Medium
  • 0.5 cup Tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp Olive oil Extra Virgin
  • 500 g Cabbage about ¼ head
  • 2 tsp Chicken broth mix or vegetable stock mix for a vegetarian/vegan option
  • 1 tbsp Garlic minced
  • 0.5 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp Green onion and/or leek to taste
  • 1 tbsp Parsley
  • 1 tbsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 Onion large
  • 150 g Watercress or spinach
  • Water boiling to cover

Instructions

  • Roughly chop all vegetables into big cubes.

Cooking in a Pressure cooker

  • Toss all the ingredients right into the Pressure cooker (Instant Pot) - no need to sauté any vegetables. Stir to combine. Make sure the liquid is covering the veggies.
  • Lock lid and set machine to cook at high pressure for 15 minutes and let the pressure cooker do its work.
  • Allow the Pressure cooker (Instant Pot) to naturally release pressure for 5-10 minutes.
  • Carefully turn the steam valve to the venting position to release the remaining pressure.
  • Carefully open the lid, away from your face, and stir the soup.
  • Taste for seasoning and adjust with more salt, pepper, herbs or spices to taste, if necessary.

Cooking in a large straight-sided pot

  • Add everything to a large soup pot and bring to a simmer.
  • Place the lid on the pot at an angle, tilting it to allow steam to escape, and simmer for 35-45 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • The soup is done when the vegetables are soft.

Cooking in a slow cooker

  • You can also use a Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker, leave it there and forget… when you come back, it’s ready.
  • Place all the ingredients right into the crock of slow cooker and cover with water - low heat for 7 hours or high heat for 3½ hours.

Blended for a thick, hearty texture:

  • I prefer it blended and use the remaining broth as vegetal broth.
  • Puree the soup in batches in a blender until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.)

Drain and use the remaining broth as a vegetable broth:

  • When the soup is done, drain remainder broth through a Strainer or Colander into a Large Bowl.
  • Use it right away, or cool completely and store in jars in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • You can also freeze the broth in a Large Ice Cube Tray to use as flavour boosters.

Notes

Variations on this Vegetable Soup:
  • This soup is naturally gluten free and dairy free.
  • For a vegetarian or vegan version of this soup, do not use the chicken breast and replace chicken stock with vegetable stock.
  • You can turn this into a creamy vegetable soup by adding in a can of evaporated milk or serving with a splash of heavy cream.
  • Feel free to swap out any of the vegetables for ones you may need to use up in your fridge.
  • And, don’t be afraid to play around with the recipe by adding rice, beans, quinoa or even pasta. They’ll add an extra dimension to this classic soup!
    • If you decide to add pasta to the soup, I suggest using no more than 1/4 cup (1/2 cup for larger pasta), increasing the broth by at least 1 cup and adding in extra seasonings.
    • If you decide to add rice or quinoa to the soup, I suggest using about 1/4 cup, increasing the broth another 1/2 cup and adding in extra seasonings.
  • Use the remaining broth as vegetable broth.
  • Making this soup ahead of time allows the flavours to really come together enhancing the taste. May be stored in the refrigerator for several days.
  • If freezing, note that not all dairy freezes well, so keep this in mind if adjusting the recipe.
How to freeze this vegetable soup:

This Vegetable Soup is incredibly freezer friendly!

Simply let cool completely to room temperature, pour into a freezer safe container or freezer bag, seal and freeze (be sure to lay flat if using a freezer bag for easy thawing).

With soup, you need to make sure you leave room at the top if using a container of any kind as the soup will expand as it freezes.

Freeze up to 3 months.

To heat, let thaw overnight in the refrigerator or in a sink of cold water. Then reheat in the microwave or on the stove top (or throw it back in the Instant Pot on saute!).

* Eating soup might help me lose weight. One recent study showed that people who started lunch or dinner with vegetable soup ended up eating 20% less than those who skipped the soup.

Note: Nutritional info is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients I used, for convenience and as a courtesy only.

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Are you looking for a quick tasty appetizer to make for a party? Something with ingredients you probably already have at home?

This egg, onion and green olives dip is so speedy fast you will have time for makeup and hair before the party!

Your guest will rave about this easy-to-prepare dish. Try it and make a change from your usual store-bought dips – you will not be disappointed. Your guests will really like their toasts or pieces of bread covered with a zesty egg, onion and olive mixture.

The powerful and omnipresent onions, pungent salty olives cut through the richness of the mayonnaise that binds the eggs together in this take on the classic egg dip. Those ingredients ended up perfectly complimenting the other, what a great pairing!

If you love eggs as much as I do, you may also like this recipe.

This recipe has been adapted from Regina’s Remolado which everybody also loves.

As I don’t like olives, I take half of the recipe without olives, just before I incorporate the olives. It’s delicious and it is also a great dip base to throw in additional ingredients if you would like to use them, although I usually make up this basic version (with and without olives).

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Egg, Onion and Olives Dip Fast2eat

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizers & Starters
Keyword: 10 Minutes, Appetizer, dip, Easy, easy-to-prepare, Egg yolks, Fast, Gluten-free, Grain-Free, green olives, onion, Party, Quick, quick tasty appetizer, Remolado, Snack
Servings: 30 people

Ingredients

  • 1 Onion (small chopped)
  • 6 Egg (hard boiled chopped)
  • 1.5 cup Mayonnaise (fat free)
  • Oregano (optional to taste)
  • Chives (or green onions, optional to taste)
  • Basil (optional to taste)
  • Dijon mustard (optional to taste)
  • Paprika (optional to taste)
  • Black pepper (ground, optional to taste)
  • 1.5 cup Green olives (pimento stuffed chopped)

Instructions

  • Place eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with room temperature water. Bring water to a boil and and let eggs stand in boiling hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool and peel.
  • Using a food processor, process the onions, then add the eggs, mayonnaise, and any herbs and/or spices you may like. And process again. Taste and adjust if necessary.
  • As I don’t like olives I Usually take half without them. It’s also delicious and I have some friends who also don’t like.
  • Add olives and process another few seconds.
  • Chill until ready to serve.
  • Transfer to a small bowl and sprinkle with green onions (or chives) or paprika, if you like.
  • Serve cold with a side of toasts, soft rolls, bread, salty chips or crackers, with additional olives on top, if desired.

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Also called Brazilian Pão de Queijo (Cheese Puffs).

To quickly kill your craving for the Brazilian Pão de Queijo (Cheese Puffs) with a low-fat, gluten-free, low-carb, super fast, convenient, easy, nutritious, delicious and few ingredients recipe. If you love Brazilian Pão de Queijo (Cheese Puffs), but do not want to waste a lot of time preparing and want a version to eat without guilt, you won’t resist that Cheese Pancake!

My kids (and myself) love it. We always do it for breakfast, afternoon snack or dinner as well.

You can eat plain, or you can add whatever you wish.

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10 Minutes Cheese Pancake (or Brazilian Pão de Queijo) Fast2eat

The preparation is very easy, it is ready in less than 10 minutes and it is healthy: you can't ask for more than that.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizers & Starters, Breakfast & Brunch
Cuisine: Brazilian
Keyword: 10 Minutes, Appetizer, Brazilian, Bread, Breakfast, Cheese, Cheese Pancake, Cheese Puffs, Clean eating, Easy, Fast, Gluten-free, Grain-Free, Healthy, Low calories, Low carb, Pão de Queijo, Snack
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 335kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp Tapioca starch

Instructions

  • Slightly beat the egg in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Throw in a non-stick (if not, brush a little olive oil) mini skillet, cover and bake on low heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Flip only when the mixture is no longer liquid and release from the bottom.
  • Cover and bake on the other side for about 3 minutes.
  • It is ready when golden brown on both sides!
  • Couldn’t be Easier, could it? Delight yourself while warm.

Notes

Tip: You can add other ingredients to your cheese Pancakes, such as shredded chicken, turkey breast, ham, shredded beef or even arugula with carrots, oregano or other herbs or more cheese. Or reduce fat by replacing parmesan and cream cheese for 2 tablespoons fat-free cottage cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 235mg | Sodium: 410mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 20% | Calcium: 24% | Iron: 4%
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Bolognese Sauce, also known in Italian as ragù alla bolognese.

The Classic Italian Bolognese meat sauce is made with ground beef, pork, and Italian sausage, I just use ground beef as my daughter doesn’t like pork and Italian sausage. But you can add them if you and your family like.

Use it with any pasta, from spaghetti to lasagna, whole wheat, white or gluten-free, or try this Bolognese Sauce with a low-carb, healthier alternative to pasta using Spaghetti squash! It’s still amazingly delicious with half the calories! Spaghetti squash is a favorite ingredient for those seeking a lower-carb, paleo-friendly, clean eating, gluten-free alternative to pasta.

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Bolognese (Meat) Sauce Fast2eat

To make a delicious Bolognese Sauce Fast2eat just add Tomato sauce Fast2eat to Tasty Ground beef Fast2eat.
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Bolognese Sauce, Fast, Italian, Lasagna, Meat Sauce, Pasta, Sauce
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 349kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Onion large diced
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic or 3 minced cloves
  • 1 Kg Ground beef
  • 2 tsp Beef mix powder
  • 3.5 cup Tomato sauce
  • Paprika optional to taste
  • Green onion optional to taste
  • Thyme dried - optional to taste
  • Oregano dried - optional to taste
  • Parsley dried - optional to taste
  • Basil dried - optional to taste
  • Salt optional to taste
  • Black pepper optional to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large pan, over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Add the ground meat and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until meat crumbles and no longer pink and most of the juice has evaporated.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and cook until meat is browned. Use the seasonings you like the most, the important thing is to always taste and understand what was the difference that each seasoning made in the flavor.
  • Taste and add salt if desired. The ground beef has lots of water while you cook it, and you should consider that this water will dry and the avor of the seasoning will become more pronounced. So wait to taste until all the water has evaporated.

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to 3 or 4 days, or freeze any unused portions for later use for up to 1 month.

Make-Ahead tip: This sauce with pasta tastes just as good the next day! Add a splash of cream and Parmesan cheese and bake in preheated oven at 200C (400F) for about 20 minutes until cheese is golden brown.

*Whichever pasta you use, make sure to cook it al dente, then rinse it with cold water, drain it, and only then add it to the sauce. This will preserve the pasta structure and prevent it from getting mushy in a creamy sauce. Or for low carb option, with Spaghetti squash.

You can also use gluten-free brown rice penne or rice noodles (also known as rice vermicelli), gluten-free lentil penne or gluten-free quinoa pasta, or any other type of gluten-free short pasta. Cook gluten-free pasta according to package instructions. Then drain and rinse with cold water to prevent gluten-free pasta from getting mushy and sticking together.

Nutrition

Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 802mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 10% | Vitamin C: 26% | Calcium: 5% | Iron: 22%
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Spaghetti night – miss it no more. The very aptly named spaghetti squash provides a tasty, healthy substitute for regular pasta. It is actually really yummy, very interesting and may surprise you. Once ready, it can be used to prepare tasty dishes.

The coolest of all is knowing that besides you’re consuming a “vegetable noodles”, it has about 37 calories per 100 grams. A great request for those on a diet. Spaghetti squash is low in carbs and calories and is a plentiful source of beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It also contains omega 3 and half a dozen other healthy fatty acids, besides being a powerful antioxidant.

I like to make spaghetti squash about once a week because I can do so much with the roasted squash. One night I can make it with pesto, the next night as a slightly more elegant meal shrimp sauce, bolognese (meat) sauce, Shredded Chicken with Béchamel (white) Sauce, cheesy béchamel

One squash with your favourite sauce will serve up to 4 people. It’s so tasty you won’t miss the pasta!

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Spaghetti Squash Fast2eat

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Keyword: Clean eating, Easy, Fast, Gluten-free, Healthy, Low calories, Low carb, Paleo-friendly, Spaghetti Squash
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 90kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper optional to taste
  • Paprika optional to taste
  • Garlic powder optional to taste
  • Onion powder optional to taste
  • Dried herbs optional to taste - whatever the heart wants

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF-400ºF (190ºC-200ºC)
  • To make it easier to cut into the spaghetti squash, you place it in the microwave for 3 minutes or so. Some people just microwave the squash to cook it entirely, but I believe that roasting it in the oven is the best way to cook it.
  • To open up the squash you carefully cut it in half lengthwise using a large, sharp knife.
  • The seeds should be scooped out of the squash with a spoon, similar to a pumpkin. Also similar to a pumpkin, the seeds can be preserved and roasted if you like.
  • Brush the inside of both halves of the squash with olive oil.
  • Season with salt and pepper. You can also season with paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried herbs — whatever the heart wants.
  • Place the two halves cut side down on a baking sheet (or tray or casserole dish that is large enough to allow them to rest flat) lined with parchment paper or foil.
  • Roast the squash until tender, about 30* minutes.
  • You might want to wait until the squash has cooled down enough to handle.
  • Once the squash is soft and can be poked with a fork, you can shred the insides to get the spaghetti-like strands that the squash is named for.
  • Spaghetti squash does not actually taste like wheat spaghetti. It will be sweeter, with a crunchier texture.
  • Then just put your favourite sauce, a little cheese, and taste.

Notes

* Large squashes will take around 40-50 minutes to roast, but small-medium squashes will roast in less time. Check after around 30 minutes or so to make sure you don't overcook them, as this will detrimentally affect its flavor and texture, they will become really mushy in the middle and won't form many natural spaghetti-like strands. To roast a whole, uncut squash, make several small cuts in the rind and cook at 350°F (180°C) for 60 to 90 minutes.

Or you can also microwave your squash (but I believe that roasting it in the oven is the best way to cook it). Tightly cover a dish containing a half squash, cut side down and a small amount of water with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 12 minutes and check to see if the flesh is tender.

Spaghetti squash: what is it? It's just a squash, but this variety will surprise you. It looks like a lengthy melon, but when cooked, the meat of the fruit falls away from the flesh in ribbons or strands that look like spaghetti noodles, but in fact, it is just a variety of squash. Low calorie and very easy to prepare, the spaghetti squash (also known as "vegetable spaghetti") is already a mandatory presence in the low carb diets.

According to the tips I’ve researched, when buying spaghetti squash, you should choose a firm, dry, rind free of soft spots and cracks. Avoid Spaghetti squash without stems. The stem itself should be short and round, without excessive damage, which helps keep out bacteria. Pass on shiny or green spaghetti squash. This could indicate that the squash was picked before it was ready (ripe). Shininess may also indicate that a wax coating has been applied to the squash. If possible, select a squash that has not been coated in wax.

Store squash for up to three months. If you get a freshly harvested squash, it can last several months in a cool, dry location. Keep the squash out of direct sunlight or heat.

Do not refrigerate uncooked, uncut squash. Putting your spaghetti squash in the fridge will actually make it spoil more quickly. At refrigerated temps, your squash will only last a week or two. If you cut your squash and use only some of it, wrap the unused portion tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate it. Use the rest of the squash within a week or so.

Nutrition

Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 998mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 8% | Vitamin C: 15% | Calcium: 6% | Iron: 6%
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This Shrimp Sauce recipe can satisfy a number of meal occasions and is sure to impress. It’s quick and easy. It’s perfect for casual entertaining as it is packed with flavor. Use jumbo shrimp if you want to make it impressive!

Use it with Spaghetti or any short pasta such as penne, or try this Fast2eat shrimp sauce with a low-carb, healthier alternative to pasta using spaghetti squash! It’s still amazingly delicious with half the calories! Spaghetti squash is a favorite ingredient for those seeking a lower-carb, paleo-friendly, clean eating, gluten-free alternative to pasta.

If you prepare the spaghetti squash in advance, it is ready in minutes.

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Shrimp Sauce for Pasta or Spaghetti Squashi Fast2eat

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Keyword: Clean eating, Easy, Fast, Gluten-free, Low carb, Paleo-friendly, Recipe, Sauce, Shrimp, Shrimp Sauce, Shrimp Sauce for Pasta, Shrimp Sauce for Spaghetti Squash
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 406kcal

Ingredients

Shrimp stock (or Vegetable Stock)

  • Shrimp heads (optional), shells, and tails or use 1tbsp Vegetable Instant Stock Mix
  • 2 cups Water hot
  • 1 tbsp Hondashi *Bonito fish Soup Stock

Shrimp

  • 800 g Shrimp peeled and cleaned
  • ¼ cup Lemon juice or juice from 2 lemons
  • Salt to taste
  • Thyme to taste
  • Cilantro (lots to taste (also known as coriander - fresh leaves chopped or dried))
  • 1 tbsp Hondashi *Bonito fish Soup Stock
  • Paprika to taste
  • Parsley to taste
  • Green onion chopped to taste or chives
  • Black pepper optional to taste

Sauce

  • 1 tbsp Olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter or Margarine
  • 1 Onion large chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced or 1 tbsp minced Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Tomato sauce
  • 400 ml Cream (whipping cream/thick cream/heavy cream/evaporated milk)
  • 1 cup White wine optional
  • 2 tbsp Cream cheese or catupiry
  • Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Shrimp stock (or Vegetable Stock)

  • Give Shrimp heads, shells, and tails a quick rinse under cold water first.
  • Place the heads, shells, and tails in a Small Saucepan with enough cold water to just cover the shells. Add HonDashi (Bonito Fish Soup Stock) to improve the taste.
  • Simmer the whole thing uncovered until the water takes on a light orange-stock colour, about 15 minutes, then Strain all the shells out. Use the stock in your shrimp recipe for an extra boost of flavor.
  • If using Vegetable Stock just add 1 tbsp Vegetable Instant Stock Mix to 1 cup of boiling water.

Shrimp

  • Season shrimp (peeled) with salt, Lemon Juice, Thyme Leaves, Cilantro Leaves, HonDashi (Bonito Fish Soup Stock), Paprika, Parsley, chives or green onion, Black pepper (optional to taste).

Sauce

  • In a big skillet or Saucepan heat the oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil or vegetable oil), butter (or margarine) and saute the chopped onion and Minced Garlic.
  • Add the seasoned shrimp and saute the shrimp until pink.
  • Add the tomato sauce and shrimp stock (or Vegetable Stock) cook for 5 min. Be careful if overcook shrimp becomes chewy.
  • Add the cream (whipping cream/thick cream/heavy cream/evaporated milk) and remove from heat
  • Add the cream cheese (or catupiry) mixing well until forming a very creamy sauce.
  • Put the sauce on top of the pasta** and mix thoroughly until well incorporated.
  • Add parmesan cheese and bake in preheated oven at 200C (400F) for about 10 minutes until cheese is golden brown.

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to 4 days.

Make-Ahead tip: This pasta tastes just as good the next day! Add a splash of milk and reheat slowly over lower heat until very warm/hot but not simmering. Or and bake in preheated oven at 200C (400F) for about 20 minutes until cheese is golden brown.

*Hondashi® is a Bonito fish-based seasoning for those who like to make the preparations even tastier, also stimulating a balanced and flavorful diet. Hondashi® guarantees the authentic taste of fish to the preparations and can be used in the most varied recipes with fish, seafood, oriental recipes, and fish-based broths, giving a delicious and full-bodied flavor!

**Whichever pasta you use, make sure to cook it al dente, then rinse it with cold water, drain it, and only then add it to the sauce. This will preserve the pasta structure and prevent it from getting mushy in a creamy sauce. Or for low carb option, with Spaghetti squash.

You can also use gluten-free brown rice penne or rice noodles (also known as rice vermicelli), gluten-free lentil penne or gluten-free quinoa pasta, or any other type of gluten-free short pasta. Cook gluten-free pasta according to package instructions. Then drain and rinse with cold water to prevent gluten-free pasta from getting mushy and sticking together.


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Nutrition

Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1907mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 21% | Vitamin C: 19% | Calcium: 23% | Iron: 12%

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Crème caramel (French), flan, caramel pudding or Brazilian Condensed Milk Flan (Aka Pudim De Leite Condensado) is a custard dessert with a layer of soft caramel on top, as opposed to crème brûlée, which is pudding with a hard caramel top.

If you are one of those who lose an entire hour to make it in the conventional oven… This recipe is for you! Using a Pressure cooker is time saver, it’s done in just 10 minutes.

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Condensed Milk Flan Fast2eat Recipe

Making pudding in the electric pressure cooker is very easy and super Fast. The result is the same or even better than the oven.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Brazilian
Keyword: 10 Minutes, Brazilian, Easy, Fast, Grain-Free, Nut-free, Pressure cooker, Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot), Quick, Sweet
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 232kcal

Ingredients

Syrup

  • 4 tbsp Sugar

Flan

  • 3 Egg
  • 1 can Sweetened condensed milk
  • 1.5 can Milk (use the same can to measure)

Instructions

Syrup

  • In a Small Tube Cake pan melt the sugar over low heat, stirring constantly until it becomes golden brown syrup.
  • Be careful, do not let it burn and only stir once it has started to turn light brown and syrupy.
  • Let it cool.

Flan

  • Beat everything in a Blender for about 2 minutes until completely smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into the caramelized pan (after the syrup is hard) and cover with aluminum foil.
  • Add 2 glasses of hot water in a pan under the flan pan (water-bath).

Pressure cooker (it is time saver)

Oven

  • If making in the oven: Preheat an oven to 350-425 degrees F (180-220 degrees C).
  • Prepare a water bath by placing the Tube Cake pan into a larger Round Cake Pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until a knife inserted at least 1-2 inch from the edge comes out clean, 45 to 90 minutes.

To serve

  • Refrigerate overnight or at least 2 hours in a cold fridge before serving.
  • To serve, carefully run a knife around the edges, I usually put it quickly in a low heat to melt the syrup a little).
  • Place a Glass serving platter on top and turn upside down. It should just come out without too much hassle and you'll notice the caramel has doubled in volume.

Notes

Lemon: I've heard the putting a few drops of lemon helps give the aerated effect, but I have never tested.

Corn Starch: Some people say that adding a tablespoon of cornstarch and hitting the blender just for mixing is a guarantee of a smooth pudding. I don't use as I like it just light as it is.

Nutrition

Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 269mg | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 7% | Calcium: 19% | Iron: 2%

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Let’s be honest—store-bought sun-dried tomatoes tend to be a bit leathery and tough, without much flavor. They seem like a faded, desiccated memory of a tomato, rather than a fragrant, intensified taste of summer days. Homemade “sun-dried”1 tomatoes, on the other hand, are another thing entirely: fragrant and chewy but not tough, with complex, concentrated tomato flavor and a slight sweetness.

Slow baked in the oven makes these oven dried tomatoes the best. Drizzle with olive oil, toss with spices to make the perfect appetizer or side dish.

Not a labor-intensive process, but certainly a lengthy one. Of all the methods for preserving tomatoes, drying them in the oven is the least fussy. Plus, drying preserves their sweetness and flavor best. And these flavorful little gems cost so little when made at home; it’s worth the time they need to achieve that chewy, raisin-like texture.

One thing I can guarantee is the appetizing fragrance in your house of tomatoes slowly roasting to dried perfection, especially if you choose to season them with garlic and herbs.

In the meantime, think of all the tomato bread, salads, pizzas, pasta, pestos and sauces you’ll be able to make once they’re done. It’s tempting to prematurely devour those tiny little sweeties, hot, pungent, sweet & salty with good virgin olive oil as they are, spread on crackers or toasts.

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Homemade oven-dried tomatoes Fast2eat

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Keyword: Easy, Homemade oven-dried tomatoes, oven-dried tomatoes, Recipe, sun-dried tomatoes in the oven
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 153kcal

Ingredients

Step 1

  • 1 Kg Tomato firm ripe Roma*– about 10 tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt

Step 2 (seasoning)

  • ¼ cup Olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic Or sliced cloves
  • Black pepper Ground - optional – or hot pepper flakes if desired
  • Fresh herbs (**optional for seasoning: dried and/or fresh basil, dried oregano, dried thyme, sage, parsley)

Step 3 (packing)

  • Olive oil (More for packing into a jar, if desired)

Instructions

Step 1

  • Wash all whole tomatoes thoroughly under clean, running water
  • Cut out the stem and scar and the hard portion of core lying under it.
  • Cut the tomatoes in half through the equator (not through the stem).
  • Remove the seeds and gelatinous pulp.
  • If the tomato is more than about 2 inches long, cut it in quarters.
  • Make a small slit with the tip of a sharp paring knife in the back (peel side) of each tomato half to help them dry.
  • Place tomato pieces into a Strainer and toss with salt and sugar and wait about 30 minutes to drain off liquid.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C)
  • Arrange the tomatoes in a single layer, with the cut surface up, on lightly greased (drizzle with a little olive oil) non-stick baking & cookie sheets (glass, ceramic or porcelain dishes are OK.) Do not use aluminum foil or aluminum baking sheets as the acid in the tomato will react with the metal.
  • Make sure there is a bit of space around each tomato and that they're not touching so they can dry evenly.
  • Place baking sheet in the middle of the oven for 1 hour. There will be lots of water.
  • Remove from oven and place them carefully into a Strainer or colander (or directly to another clean baking sheet). Wash the baking sheet (it’s the most important step for the success of the recipe).
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 320°F (160°C).
  • Return the tomatoes to the baking sheet and Arrange them in a single layer, with the cut surface down.
  • Leave them another 1 hour and repeat the process to remove the water transferring them to a clean baking sheet.

Step 2 (seasoning)

  • Arrange the tomatoes in a single layer, with the cut surface up.
  • Blend olive oil, salt (if needed), pepper, herbs and garlic in a small bowl. Sprinkle tomatoes with the seasonings, generously.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F (150°C). Resist the temptation to use a higher temperature to speed up the process, as then you'd be cooking the tomatoes, instead of drying them.
  • Leave until the tomatoes are dehydrated and a bit leathery, but not hard, brittle, or crispy. They should still be somewhat chewy and flexible.
  • Check them every hour during drying.
  • Tip: Depends on how dry they already are, after 1 hour with the seasoning, if I don’t need them right away, I turn off the oven and let the tomatoes sit in the oven to dry in the residual heat.
  • If it is not ready, continue to dry, turning the tomatoes every hour and gently pressing flatter and flatter, until tomatoes are dry.
  • Depending on your tomatoes and oven, this can take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours, including the 2 hours from the step 1. They are done when they are dry but still pliable, when the tips are rounded. The texture is about that of a dried apricot. If dried too long, they become tough and leathery. If not dried long enough, they will mold and mildew, unless packed in oil. So watch them carefully while they dry.
  • Be aware that not all of the tomatoes will dry at the same rate. They do not all have the same amount of moisture, nor do they experience the same temperature and air circulation while they are drying. Try to remove them on an individual basis, before they become tough.

Step 3 (packing)

  • In a bowl toss the dried tomatoes with olive oil, minced garlic (if desired), salt (try it before, usually there is no need to add more), fresh and/or dried herbs and black or hot pepper flakes if desired.
  • Cool thoroughly and Store these tasty gems under olive oil in a very clean, very dry jar or container in the refrigerator for up to a week*** or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Notes

1 Sun-dried tomatoes are so named because they are, of course, dried in the sun. Although this is not difficult, the trouble with making them at home is that many of us do not have the abundant outdoor space required, or the time necessary, or perhaps we lack consistent, strong sunshine, or live in highly polluted cities or bug-infested areas where drying food outdoors is not the best idea. The solution? You can easily dry them in your oven. Oblong tomatoes like Roma, or flavorful cherry tomatoes, work best.

*I suggest using Roma or Plum tomatoes because they have thicker flesh with fewer seeds and less juice than regular tomatoes, but feel free to use any tomato for this recipe. The only difference it makes is in the drying time because naturally, bigger, thicker tomatoes take longer than small ones. Depending on the thickness of the fruit and the oven heat, you’ll need between 3 and 8 hours.

**The dried herbs in the recipe are optional; however, I recommend using them.

***Sun-Dried Tomatoes Warning: While dehydrated food does keep far longer it can still spoil, as they still have some moisture inside so they will get mouldy when stored longer without submerging them in oil. Your sun-dried tomatoes should last up to seven months when stored under proper conditions. The end product of sun-dried tomatoes must be perfectly dry but not crispy, with no inner moisture in order to avoid bacteria growth. For longer storage, place them in a jar tightly packed and cover with olive oil. Oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes with fresh herbs or garlic added must be refrigerated after opening. Do not eat sun-dried tomatoes with signs of rot or mould.

During the drying process tomatoes can lose anywhere from 88 to 93% of their original weight. The ideal is to triple the recipe because 1 kg (2 Lb) tomatoes is too little, you’ll get about 100-130 g (3.5-4.6 oz). From 4 kg (8.8 Lb) of fresh tomatoes, I’ve got 500 g  (1 Lb) of dried ones.

The Origin of Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Drying is a traditional Italian way of preserving an abundance of ripe summer tomatoes so that they can be enjoyed throughout the rest of the year; this is particularly popular in the southern Italian regions of Calabria and Puglia. Italian cooks fill sheet pans with halved tomatoes and place on the roof of their house to dry for several days in the blazing-hot Pugliese sun.

Nutrition

Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 482mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 34% | Vitamin C: 43% | Calcium: 2% | Iron: 3%
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