To Simply Inspire https://www.tosimplyinspire.com Simple Recipes - Easy DIY & Crafts Fri, 06 Dec 2019 14:29:36 -0500 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 Cod Recipe with Tomato Basil Sauce https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/cod-tomato-basil-sauce.html https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/cod-tomato-basil-sauce.html#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2019 20:14:59 +0000 http://www.tosimplyinspire.com/?p=49994 This Italian style Cod Recipe is pan seared with a simple, fresh tomato basil sauce that’s lightly seasoned with garlic and lemon. It’s a quick, healthy dinner idea for any day of the week that ‘s ready in less than 20 minutes. You may also like:  Bang Bang Shrimp and Pasta, Pan Seared Salmon, Shrimp Zoodles […]

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This Italian style Cod Recipe is pan seared with a simple, fresh tomato basil sauce that’s lightly seasoned with garlic and lemon. It’s a quick, healthy dinner idea for any day of the week that ‘s ready in less than 20 minutes.

You may also like:  Bang Bang Shrimp and Pasta, Pan Seared Salmon, Shrimp Zoodles in Thai Coconut Sauce, Lemon Oregano Swordfish.

Cod with Tomato Basil Sauce recipe in a big silver bowl

While visiting my brother earlier this year, my sister-in-law made us a meal very similar to this cod recipe and we all fell in love with it. My mind still gets blown at how simple a recipe can be and how amazing it can taste!

When I say it’s quick and delicious, I mean super simple, novice-cook, can’t mess it up easy.

 Closeup of Cod topped with Tomato Basil Sauce

What makes this cod recipe so great?

Cod Fillets are a wonderful, mild white fish that are so easy to cook. They can be pan seared or oven baked with a variety of spices and sauces that make it so versatile each time you serve it.

This recipe features traditional Italian spices of garlic, onion and basil with the addition of olive oil and lemon juice for extra fresh flavors.

How to Make This Cod Fillet Recipe with Tomato Basil Sauce

Boil water to cook pasta.

Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.

Add onion, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper and saute for 1 minute, or until garlic is fragrant.

Then add 2 TBSP of lemon juice, 1/2 cup of water (or white wine) and cherry tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are JUST beginning to wilt, about 3 minutes.

Place the fish in the pan and spoon some of the tomato sauce over top of the fish and add the other 2 TBPS of lemon juice.

Reduce heat to medium-low.

Cover the pan and cook until fish is cooked through, approx. 6-7 minutes.

What to Serve with this Pan Seared Cod Recipe

Staying with the Italian style of this recipe, it’s absolutely wonderful to serve it over penne pasta. You can of course use any other of your favorite pasta instead. Add a simple green salad topped with this Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Cod topped with Tomato Basil Sauce in a silver bowl

Cod Recipe with Tomato Basil Sauce

This Italian style Cod Recipe is pan seared with a simple, fresh tomato basil sauce that's lightly seasoned with garlic and lemon.

  • 1 1/2 lbs. fresh cod fillet
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 sweet onion (chopped fine)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil (1 TBSP of fresh basil)
  • 4 TBSP fresh lemon juice (divided)
  • 1/2 cup of water (or white wine for extra flavor)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lb Penne Pasta (or pasta of choice)
  1. Boil water to cook pasta.
  2. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.
  3. Add onion, garlic, basil, salt and pepper and saute for 1 minute, or until garlic is fragrant.
  4. Then add 2 TBSP of lemon juice, 1/2 cup of water (or white wine) and cherry tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are JUST beginning to wilt, about 3 minutes.
  5. Place the fish in the pan and spoon some of the tomato sauce over top of the fish and add the other 2 TBPS of lemon juice.
  6. Reduce heat to medium low.
  7. Cover pan and cook until fish is cooked through, approx. 6-7 minutes.
  8. Serve over the pasta.
  9. ENJOY!!

Refrigerate cooled leftovers in an air-tight glass dish for up to 3 days.

 

 

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Peanut Butter Balls https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/peanut-butter-balls.html https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/peanut-butter-balls.html#respond Mon, 25 Nov 2019 18:26:41 +0000 https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/?p=60104 Peanut Butter Balls are an easy no-bake chocolate-covered treat that are always a hit! Just 5 ingredients make this recipe the perfect addition to your holiday cookies. I created this recipe and post as an entry in the Florida Crystals Pure Joy Recipe Challenge. I received Florida Crystals products free of charge to facilitate participation. All […]

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Peanut Butter Balls are an easy no-bake chocolate-covered treat that are always a hit! Just 5 ingredients make this recipe the perfect addition to your holiday cookies.

I created this recipe and post as an entry in the Florida Crystals Pure Joy Recipe Challenge. I received Florida Crystals products free of charge to facilitate participation. All opinions are my own.

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Even though they aren’t technically a cookie, Peanut Butter Balls, sometimes referred to as Buckeyes, make it to the list of holiday treats because they are just pure bliss. Anything peanut butter and chocolate is hard to resist and this recipe is a classic that will disappear quick.

They are a great kid friendly recipe to make together since there is no baking and fun rolling and dipping involved.

These treats are also a great little idea to give to neighbors or co-workers too!

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Florida Crystals Organic Sugars

Florida Crystals® sent me (3) of their organic sugars to try out in my baking this season.  I used Florida Crystals® Organic Powdered Raw Cane Sugar in this recipe. Florida Crystals® is the only certified organic raw cane sugar grown and harvested in the United States which I love!

package of florida crystals powdered sugar, bowl of peanut butter, bowl of rice crisps, butter and chocolate bars

How to Make Peanut Butter Balls

Mix peanut butter and butter together with spoon.

Add the sugar and rice crisps  to above and mix with spoon/hands. Mixture will be thick.

peanut butter balls dough in a glass bowl

Roll PB mixture into 1” balls and place on wax paper or parchment paper.

peanut butter balls rolled on parchment paper

Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to chill.

Melt chocolate and paraffin wax in the microwave or in double boiler.

Using a fork, dip each peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate, tapping off the excess.

Place ball back on wax paper and allow to harden and set.

Allow the chocolate to set before storing.

Store at room temperature for up to 3-4 days or refrigerated for up to a week. in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze.

stack of peanut butter balls

Tips for Making Peanut Butter Balls

Chill the rolled balls before you dip them in the melted chocolate. The chocolate will set faster.

Melt the chocolate bars or chocolate chips in the microwave stirring every 20 seconds or so to prevent the chocolate from burning.

Drag a toothpick around the melted chocolate when you place the dipped ball back onto the baking sheet to prevent the chocolate from settling at the bottom while drying.

peanut butter balls on a silver stray with a package of Florida crystal powdered sugar

Can You Freeze Peanut Butter Balls?

Yes, absolutely! They freeze very well! Allow them to completely set after dipping in the chocolate. Freeze them in an airtight container in single layers separated with parchment paper to avoid them sticking together. Store them in the freezer a month.

Try these other no-bake treats too:

Easy Oreo Balls 

Simple Peppermint Bark

Chocolate Haystacks

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Rolo Pretzel Turtles

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Balls are an easy no-bake chocolate-covered treat that are always a hit! Just 5 ingredients make this recipe the perfect addition to your holiday cookies.

  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar 16 (16 oz)
  • 3 cups rice crispy cereal
  • 2 bars semi-sweet chocolate ( to melt)
  1. Mix peanut butter and softened butter together with spoon.

  2. Add the sugar and rice crisps to above and mix with spoon/hands. Mixture will be thick.
  3. Roll PB mixture into 1″ balls and place on wax paper or parchment paper.
  4. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to chill.
  5. Melt chocolate in the microwave (stirring at 20 second intervals) or use a double boiler.

  6. Using a fork, dip each peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate, tapping off the excess.
  7. Place ball back on parchment paper and allow to harden and set.

  8. Allow the chocolate to set before storing.
  9. Store at room temperature for up to 3-4 days or refrigerated for up to a week. in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze.

Chill the rolled balls before you dip them in the melted chocolate. The chocolate will set faster.

Melt the chocolate bars or chocolate chips in the microwave stirring every 20 seconds or so to prevent the chocolate from burning.

Drag a toothpick around the melted chocolate when you place the dipped ball back onto the baking sheet to prevent the chocolate from settling at the bottom while drying.

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Snowball Cookies Recipe https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/old-fashioned-snowball-cookies.html https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/old-fashioned-snowball-cookies.html#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2019 02:56:32 +0000 http://www.tosimplyinspire.com/?p=45123 These Easy Snowball Cookies are a buttery, shortbread cookie with pecans that are baked then dipped in powdered sugar. A Holiday favorite add to your Christmas cookie list! Making these Old Fashioned Snowball Cookies is truly one of my fondest memories of my childhood Christmas traditions. I made these cookies and these Oreo Balls with […]

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These Easy Snowball Cookies are a buttery, shortbread cookie with pecans that are baked then dipped in powdered sugar. A Holiday favorite add to your Christmas cookie list!

Making these Old Fashioned Snowball Cookies is truly one of my fondest memories of my childhood Christmas traditions. I made these cookies and these Oreo Balls with my mother every single year and I felt like such a big girl rolling the dough into little balls.  It’s so great carrying on the tradition with my children as well.

closeup of Snowball Cookie

Some people know these treats as Mexican Wedding Cookies or even Russian Tea cookies.  However you may know them,  they are melt-in-your-mouth yumminess that everyone loves.

They are a simple, buttery shortbread cookie with chopped pecans in the dough. After cooking and cooling, they are rolled in powdered sugar for the finished touch.

Pro Tips:

You can used chopped walnuts in place of pecans if you prefer.

You can also swap out the nuts for mini chocolate chips if you have an allergy in your household.

How to Make Snowball Cookies

Cream the butter and sugar

Add water and vanilla.

Add flour and pecans and mix thoroughly.

Chill for 2 – 3 hours

Roll into 1 inch balls.

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 325 F for 20 minutes.

Cool slightly

Roll in confectioners sugar.

Store in an airtight container.

 Snowball Cookies shaped into a triable with a star on top

Try these other easy Holiday treats too:

Simple Peppermint Bark

Raspberry Pecan Pinwheel Cookies

Easy Oreo Balls

Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies

Old Fashioned Snowball Cookies

A holiday favorite! These Old Fashioned Snowball Cookies are a must to add to your Christmas cookie list.

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp water
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (sifted)
  • 1 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners Sugar
  1. Cream the butter and sugar
  2. Add water and vanilla.
  3. Add flour and pecans and mix thoroughly.
  4. Chill for 2 – 3 hours
  5. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  6. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 325 F for 20 minutes.
  7. Cool slightly
  8. Roll in confectioners sugar.
  9. Store in air tight container.

Use another favorite chopped nut like walnuts, pistachios or almonds.

You can swap out the pecans for mini chocolate chips if you have an allergy in your household.

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Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/sheet-pan-balsamic-chicken-and-vegetables.html https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/sheet-pan-balsamic-chicken-and-vegetables.html#comments Sat, 09 Nov 2019 16:22:36 +0000 http://www.tosimplyinspire.com/?p=49580 This healthy Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables is perfectly seasoned with basil, garlic and balsamic and oven baked. It’s a delicious all in one meal that is ready in about 20 minutes. It’s so easy to fall in love with any and all sheet pan dishes. There is something very appealing about just tossing […]

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This healthy Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables is perfectly seasoned with basil, garlic and balsamic and oven baked. It’s a delicious all in one meal that is ready in about 20 minutes.

It’s so easy to fall in love with any and all sheet pan dishes. There is something very appealing about just tossing any vegetable and meat you love in seasonings and roasting them to perfection!

Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables on a baking sheet

This is a great example of some of my favorite vegetables roasted with chicken tossed with balsamic vinegar and basil. I chose asparagus, zucchini, red bell pepper and red onions for my batch this time.

But, that’s the glory of sheet pan meals, they are so versatile! Use whatever veggies you love or have on hand. The magic is in the seasoning.

To save even more time, you can cut up all your vegetables the night before with the marinade and then just bake when you get home.

Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables on a baking sheet

If you have company coming and need something quick to make, this is a fabulous idea! Serve with rice, which you can cook while this is roasting.

I actually topped mine with a little feta cheese after cooking because anything with balsamic vinegar calls for feta cheese in my life.

Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

How to Make Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.

Season chicken with 1 tablespoon balsamic, 1/2 tablespoon oil, garlic, 2 teaspoons dried basil. Let marinade while you prepare the vegetables.

Place all the cut vegetables in a large bowl and toss with 2 tablespoon balsamic, 1 1/2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or olive oil, and 2 teaspoons of basil.

Uncooked Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables in a white bowl

Spread vegetables out onto the baking sheet.

Place thee chicken on top of the vegetables and roast for about 20-25 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

uncooked Chicken and Vegetables on a baking sheet

ENJOY!!

Try these other popular healthy chicken recipes too:

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

Curry Chicken and Chickpeas

Mexican Chicken Zucchini Skillet

Chicken Pad Thai

Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodles

Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables recipe on a baking sheet

Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

This simple, healthy Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables is packed with delicious flavor and is ready in 20 minutes.

Balsamic Vegetables

  • Coconut oil or olive oil spray
  • 1 or 2 zucchini (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1 lb bunch asparagus (cut in half or in thirds)
  • 1 large red bell pepper (cored and cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium red onion (cut into 1-inch pieces, layers separated)
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons basil (dry or fresh)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil

Chicken

  • 1 lb. boneless (skinless chicken tenderloins or breasts cut in half)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil or olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped basil
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  3. Season chicken with 1 tablespoon balsamic, 1/2 tablespoon oil, garlic, 2 teaspoons dried basil. Let marinade while you prepare the vegetables.
  4. Place all the cut vegetables in a large bowl and toss with 2 tablespoon balsamic, 1 1/2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or olive oil, and 2 teaspoons of basil.
  5. Spread vegetables out onto the baking sheet.
  6. Place thee chicken on top of the vegetables and roast for about 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

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Easy Creamy Zucchini Soup https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/quick-healthy-creamy-zucchini-and-carrot-soup.html https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/quick-healthy-creamy-zucchini-and-carrot-soup.html#comments Sat, 02 Nov 2019 11:53:53 +0000 http://www.tosimplyinspire.com/?p=47210 Perfect for cooler weather, this quick and healthy Creamy Zucchini Soup recipe will certainly hit the spot.  It’s made in just 30 minutes with no heavy cream! It was a very strange but beautiful 80 degrees here last Tuesday. That was right before the next 3 days of cold, dreary rain.  One thing that makes […]

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Perfect for cooler weather, this quick and healthy Creamy Zucchini Soup recipe will certainly hit the spot.  It’s made in just 30 minutes with no heavy cream!

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It was a very strange but beautiful 80 degrees here last Tuesday. That was right before the next 3 days of cold, dreary rain.  One thing that makes that a little better is cooking a delicious new soup recipe and cuddling up in a big comfy chair with a blanket.

This creamy zucchini soup is very quick to make and very healthy too! I love creamy soups but I don’t like using heavy cream. I get basically the exact flavors using flour, broth, and milk instead.

All you have to do to make this soup is sauté the onions and garlic in a little coconut oil. Add the flour, broth, and milk. Then add the grated veggies and seasonings. Then simmer for about 30 minutes.

Pair this zucchini soup with a favorite piece of fruit a great healthy, comforting meal.

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How to Make Creamy Zucchini Soup

In a large saucepan, saute the onion and garlic in the coconut oil on medium-high for 5-7 minutes or until the onion is tender.

Stir in the flour and mix until combined well.

Stir in the broth and milk and bring to a boil

Reduce the heat and add the zucchini, carrot, and thyme.

Cook for 30 minutes, or until veggies are tender, stirring occasionally.

ENJOY!!

Pro Tip: If you want to make it even more hearty, add a can of white northern beans or lentils.

Use other spices instead of thyme if you’d like. Basil or curry flavors are amazing too.

Creamy Zucchini Soup in a green bowl

 

Try these other great soup recipes too:

Pasta Fagioli Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

DAL, Indian Spiced Lentil Stew

Chicken Vegetable Soup

Tomato Basil Chicken Soup

Soup in a green bowl with a spoon

Quick and Healthy Creamy Zucchini and Carrot Soup

This quick & healthy Creamy Zucchini and Carrot soup will certainly hit the spot. It's made in just 30 minutes with no heavy cream!

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion (finely diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 medium zucchini (grated)
  • 10-12 baby carrots or 1 medium carrot (grated)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large saucepan, saute the onion and garlic in the coconut oil on medium high for 5-7 minutes or until the onion is tender.
  2. Stir in the flour and mix until combined well.
  3. Stir in the broth and milk and bring to a boil
  4. Reduce the heat and add the zucchini, carrot and thyme.
  5. Cook for 30 minutes or until veggies are tender, stirring occasionally .

  6. ENJOY!!

Substitute any oil you prefer for the coconut oil.

For a heartier version,  add a can of white northern beans.

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