Roasted Tomato Caprese

Roasted Tomato Caprese

Greetings, I hope this post finds you well. I am happy to share with you some more Belle-approved kitchen finds: Mutti® Double Concentrated Tomato Paste and Mutti® Finely Chopped Tomatoes available at Albertsons, which reminds me of my NaNa. She was caring, sweet, but knew how to demonstrate just the right amount of sass. My PawPaw and her had a garden every year, and she loved tomatoes. You all know we plant a garden every year as well and the one thing my husband must absolutely have is tons of tomato plants. Well, fast forward to the Louisiana heat and we have lost all our crops in record time this year. That still doesn’t stop me from craving fresh tomatoes. If you are feeling the same way, I am happy to share with you my Roasted Tomato Caprese dedicated to my NaNa and husband.

 

The Double Concentrated Tomato Paste has such a rich, intense, and sweet taste; it takes 1.5 lbs of tomatoes to make each tube. I also incorporated some of the Mutti® Cherry Tomatoes into this recipe, and they are sweet, succulent and so fresh you can taste it straight from the can. Oh, and roasting them takes the bold robust taste to another level. Mutti® tomatoes are made with just two ingredients: sun-ripened Italian tomatoes and a pinch of Mediterranean sea salt. Did you know that many other brands add Citric Acid and Calcium Chloride? Be sure to check your Albertsons app for availability and coupons. I utilized the grocery pick up and it was such a smooth and convenient process. I’m sure these tomatoes and my recipe will get me NaNa’s approval too.
Preheat the oven to 350.  Drain cans of tomatoes and place in a bowl. You can save reserved contents and make a great tomato soup base.

Mix together tomato paste, half of the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and sugar. Pour mixture over tomatoes and coat tomatoes.

Place coated tomatoes in oven and roast 20-25 minutes until tomatoes begin to burst. Meanwhile, cut fresh mozzarella into large chunk size pieces and place in a serving dish. Salt and pepper to taste.

Immediately pour roasted tomato mixture on top of mozzarella pieces and mix lightly. Top with fresh basil and serve immediately. Perfect with a crusty baguette.

Belle’s tip: Place over your favorite pasta to make this a full meal. You can also opt to serve straight out of the can and skip the roasting as they taste just as fresh.



I hope this recipe brings you as much joy as it brings my family. Don’t forget, Mutti is available at your local Albertsons. As always, thank you for following along with me as I share recipes from the soul with memories of my NaNa sprinkled throughout. Be Well-Omniley

 

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Roasted Tomato Caprese
This roasted tomato Caprese is a perfect summer treat to be served alone or as a side. The tomatoes are so fresh and earthy.
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Drain cans of tomatoes and place in a bowl and set to side.
  3. Mix together tomato paste, half of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and sugar. Pour mixture over tomatoes and coat tomatoes.
  4. Place tomatoes on a sheet pan and drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Roast 20-25 minutes until tomatoes begin to burst.
  6. Meanwhile, cut fresh mozzarella into large chunk size pieces and place in serving dish. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Immediately pour roasted tomato mixture on top of mozzarella pieces and mix lightly. Top with fresh basil and serve immediately. Perfect with a crusty baguette.
Recipe Notes

Belle’s tip: Place over your favorite pasta to make this a full meal. You can also opt to serve straight out of the can and skip the roasting they taste just as fresh.

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Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

I must admit the best Butternut Squash soup I have had in my life so far was at 5th & Taylor located in Tennessee while on a business trip. It was the perfect blend of sweet and savory and perfect for the November outing we were having at the time. I have been making it every fall since then and it will be making a lot of appearances in my home this fall, so I decided to share the recipe with you all. Typically my recipes have some memory of my NaNa and while this one is not directly from her; she used to make a stewed summer squash out of this world. I am still working on that recipe so for now, you have Belle’s Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.

Sometimes the easiest secrets are in the spices. I added a pinch of turmeric (for color and spice), cumin, and smoked paprika to elevate the taste of this dish.

Sometimes the easiest secrets are in the spices. I added a pinch of turmeric (for color and spice), cumin, and smoked paprika to elevate the taste of this dish.

You all should know by now I’m all about working smarter not harder, so I opted to use butternut squash from the frozen section already diced. If you have time and want that extra freshness you can dice up a fresh squash. And yes, this sage is from my herb garden. Add vegetable stock, garlic, carrot, apple, butternut squash, sage, onion, salt, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, and cumin to an Instant Pot pressure cooker. Toss to combine. Close lid securely and set for soup settings for 30 minutes.

Then allow pressure to vent naturally, and wait until all of the steam has released and the valve has dropped. Remove the lid. Wait for everyone to come to see what that smell is!!!

Remove and discard the sage. Stir in the coconut milk. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Taste, and season with additional salt if needed.

One of the fun things about this soup is choosing your garnishing. I’ve had it with toasted granola with pecans it was so delicious.

Serve warm, with your choice of garnishes. Topped here with pumpkin seeds and coconut milk.

This soup is perfect for a cozy meal by the fire or watching your favorite Lifetime movie. I hope it brings joy to your home this Fall. As always thank you for taking the time to follow my journey. Be Blessed-Omniley

 

 

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

This spicy butternut squash soup is smooth and creamy. It's loaded with spices for a bold and flavourful soup!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Main Dish, Side
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: butternut squash soup, soup, butternut, vegan
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Belle Omniley

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bag baby carrots cut in half
  • 1 Granny Smith apple diced
  • 24 oz Butternut Squash, frozen If you opt for fresh squash medium size 3#--peeled, seeded and diced, uncooked
  • 1 fresh sage sprig
  • 1 purple onion diced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/8 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1 pinch ground cumin
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • pinch smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

Instructions

  • Add vegetable stock, garlic, carrot, apple, butternut squash, sage, onion, salt, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, and cumin to an Instant Pot pressure cooker. Toss to combine. Close lid securely and set for soup settings for 30 minutes.
  • Then allow pressure to vent naturally, and wait until all of the steam has released and the valve has dropped. Remove the lid.
  • Remove and discard the sage. Stir in the coconut milk.
  • Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Taste, and season with additional salt if needed
  • Serve warm, with your choice of garnishes. Topped here with pumpkin seeds and coconut milk.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 516mg | Potassium: 510mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 12279IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg
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Belle’s All-Star Homemade French Fries

Belle’s All-Star Homemade French Fries

Paired here with my Southern Fried Catfish.

Greetings. I hope everyone is staying safe. I’m so ready for the fall and I am in full swing of putting up fall decor. I’m sharing with you all today my All-Star Homemade French Fries recipe. I think I have cooked these at least once a week since the pandemic and shared on my other channels. This recipe definitely deserves its own spot here on my blog. All of my family members love them when I serve them, so I am happy to be sharing with you all today. A couple of things I have changed over the years with my homemade fries is what I think is the game changer–leaving the skin on, self-rising flour, and flaky sea salt. Leaving the skin and the self-rising flour have taken the crunch factor to another level. I also love to add flaky sea salt as soon as they come out of the oil. You will see later I hand cut my fries everything is that love or just plain crazy. You tell me?

Belle’s Tip: Leave the skin on the potato; Just scrub the skin well with warm water.

 

Belle's Homemade French Fries

perfect for an appetizer or to serve with any meal. Try with my Lazy Pulled Pork
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: french fries, fries, homemade, snack
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 757kcal

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Jumbo Russet Potatoes
  • 2 C Self Rising Flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Cornstarch
  • Cayenne Pepper to taste
  • Canola Oil for frying

Instructions

  • Cut potatoes and let soak in water for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water and let drain.
  • Season cut fries with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • Mix flour and cornstarch together and then coat cut season cut potatoes with the flour mixture.
  • Fry for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oil and place on top of cooking rack on cookie sheet (place paper towel under rack. Then sprinkle with coarse sea salt lightly.

Notes

Healthier options: avoid coating with flour and fry in oil  10-15 minutes or air fryer for 30-40 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 757kcal | Carbohydrates: 165g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 2347mg | Potassium: 1704mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 5mg
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Easy Strawberry Preserves no Pectin

Easy Strawberry Preserves no Pectin

 

Greetings! I hope all is well with my readers. Have you ever had the feeling that one of your ancestors has been holding your hands? Well, I have…the past 2 weeks my family has been dealing with a few things and I’ve been feeling like my grandmother has been right by side. She has been encouraging me to be a leader, not a follower, take control when needed, and telling me when to hold. God how I miss that woman. I know PawPaw and her are shining down on us all right now!

With all that has been going on, I have been trying to keep busy and went to the garden to pick some strawberries and noticed there weren’t any. I talked with my husband and he said he didn’t want to bother me, but the cats had been having a field day with them. Mind you we don’t own any cats…they have somehow taken over our yard and since they are known for killing snakes I let them stick around. If you know me I am scared to death of snakes. So there goes making a large batch of preserves. I was instantly upset…but felt a tap on my shoulder and it said make do with what you have! So I was able to throw together an instant pot recipe that took all of 1 hour from start to finish. Thanks, NaNa!!! This lady knew how to do everything. She made tons of preserves and would give them out to everyone. FREE OF CHARGE. We had a family meeting earlier this week. Again her telling me to take charge…and my mom led the prayer. I don’t know if they felt it, but oh I felt my NaNa in the midst of it all.

Love your family members, near and far. For we don’t know our time left on this earth.

So from our family to yours! Here’s a little sweetness. 

This jam is perfect for toast, PB & J sandwiches, topping for pancakes, and strawberry shortcake.

Our plants before the cats had all their fun.

 

Instant Pot Strawberry Preserves

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern

Ingredients

  • 1 lb strawberries fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 zest of lemon

Instructions

  • Wash, hull, and slice strawberries.
  • Add the sliced strawberries and sugar to the instant pot. Stir to combine. Seal the pot with the lid. Allow them to sit at room temperature for at least 40 minutes.
  • Open the Instant Pot, add the fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and ground coriander. Stir well. Close and secure the lid to the locked position. Check to make sure the vent is turned to SEAL. Press Pressure Cook and set the timer for 1 minute, adjust the time using the up or down arrow. Pressure Cook HIGH for 1 minute( add 1 minute if using frozen berries).
  • When the timer has finished, allow the pressure; then turn the seal to VENT and remove the instant pot lid.
  • Blend the jam using an immersion blender or potato masher.
  • Press Saute and allow the mixture to boil for 12- 15 minutes or until the jam has reached a gel consistency. Take caution to avoid burning. Stir frequently. Skim off the foam.
  • Jam is ready when it is tacky on a cold plate. If it's not tacky, allow the jam to boil for another 1 -2 minutes and retest.
  • Pour the jam into a sterilized container leaving 1/4 inch from the top. Let it cool down completely before sealing the jars. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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Caramelized Onions

Caramelized Onions

Perfect for topping steaks or hamburger steaks.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramelized onions, onions, sauteed onions, steak toppings
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 192kcal
Author: Belle Omniley

Equipment

  • skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 2 yellow onions sliced
  • 1 pint mushrooms washed and sliced
  • ¼ c beef broth
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter unsalted
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add 1 Tbsp of EVOO, 2 yellow onions-sliced, salt and pepper to taste sauté on low for 10-12 minutes stir frequently.
  • Add beef broth to moisten. Once the onions are softened add 1 Tbsp of white sugar and turn up heat for 1 minutes stir constantly to avoid burning.
  • Add in remaining beef broth and cook on low-med heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add in mushrooms and cook for 2 additional minutes. Cut heat off; add in 2 Tbsp of butter additional salt and pepper if needed and stir well. Serve over meat of choice.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 950mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg
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