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Slow Cooker Ginger Orange Glazed Root Vegetables with Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Parsnips are an often overlooked and underappreciated vegetable (most kids think they’re just white carrots). Parsnips are, in fact, closely related to carrots and have a sweet, nutty flavor. Paired with the orange root vegetable we all know and love, this versatile side dish comes together quickly and makes a colorful and fragrant addition to any meal.

Slow Cooker Ginger Orange Glazed Root Vegetables with Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Using the slow cooker to roast root vegetables may be a new idea for you, but take full advantage of your slow cooker and free up oven space. The spiciness of ginger plus subtle heat from red pepper flakes offsets the sweetness of orange marmalade. This veggie combination is a welcome change from the traditional cooked carrots with brown sugar. Fresh squeezed orange juice and adds just the right amount of citrus flavor to this easy side dish.

Tip: Cutting the pieces the same size ensures even cooking.

Slow Cooker Ginger Orange Glazed Root Vegetables with Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Ginger Orange Glazed Root Vegetables
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons orange marmalade
3 Tablespoons fresh orange juice (about 1 navel orange)
2 Tablespoons water
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
Place vegetables in lightly greased slow cooker crock and toss with salt.
In a small bowl, whisk together marmalade, orange juice, water, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes and pour over vegetables. Top with butter.
Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 to 4 1/2 hours or LOW for 7 hours.
Sprinkle with parsley.
Notes
If you prefer a thicker sauce, remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and transfer sauce to a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Then, pour over the vegetables.
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Slow Cooker Veggie Chili from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeachMy daughter is the first of five children to head off to college (sniff, sniff). My husband and I were recently discussing the changes this has brought to our family dynamic (aka bank account) and we came to the shocking realization we have been eating out way too much. I defended such behavior with the classic mother quote, “I am WAY too busy to cook.” In all honesty, between sports tournaments every weekend, college applications, graduations and work travel, we had become lazy, but seven (now six) of us eating out is a real blow to the family budget.

Slow Cooker Veggie Chili from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

After eye rolling and some tense discussion, I agreed to go back to my pre-“too busy” mode and plan out our weekly meals. The savior of all active, crazy-scheduled families is the slow cooker. I am on a constant mission to have our kids eat healthy without actually knowing they are. This chili is both healthy and super easy.

Upon serving this chili for dinner, my husband slipped and referred to this dish as “vegetarian,” which made our three boys turn their heads so fast I thought they’d snap off. But I quickly exclaimed it was NOT vegetarian (it contains chicken broth) and they resumed eating. It is meatless, but adding sausage or ground beef would be easy. It makes great use of all the veggies that are still abundant this time of year. And the best part for me? I prepped it the night before, dumped everything in the crock and just added beans in the morning before heading off to work. This slow cooker veggie chili (If you have boys like mine, call it something like Cowboy Chili so you won’t let on it’s healthy) makes a big batch, so it is perfect for freezing or to make for a crowd. And if you do want it to be vegetarian, just substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock. It doesn’t get easier than this.

Slow Cooker Veggie Chili from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Veggie Chili
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
3 cups chopped onion, divided
3 cups chopped red and yellow bell pepper, divided
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro stems
1 1/2 Tablespoons dried thyme
6 garlic cloves
2 jalapeños – rough chop
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 bay leaf
4 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 (16-ounce) package dried navy beans
1 (26.46-ounce) container tomato puree
1 (12-ounce) bottle stout beer
4 cups chopped squash (about 2 medium)
1 (15-ounce) can RO*TEL Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chiles
sour cream (for serving)
crushed tortilla chips (for serving)
Instructions
Combine 1 cup onion, 1 cup bell pepper, cilantro, thyme, garlic, and jalapeño in a food processor; process until almost smooth. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mixture to pan; cook 8 minutes or until liquid nearly evaporates, stirring frequently. Add cumin and next 6 ingredients (through bay leaf); cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
Transfer mixture to a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Stir in remaining 2 cups onion, 1 cup bell pepper, broth, tomato puree, and beer. Place crock insert in the refrigerator. In the morning add the beans, cover and cook on LOW 8-9 hours.
Stir in remaining 1 cup bell pepper, squash, and RO*TEL tomatoes; cook on LOW 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf. Top chili with sour cream and crushed tortilla chips.
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Food Focus: Zucchini (and a recipe for Cheesy Zucchini Casserole!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

One of the most ubiquitous summer fruits, the zucchini (cucurbita pepo) is a long, green summer squash of Italian origin with many culinary uses. It’s usually prepared as a vegetable in savory dishes like ratatouille, casseroles and fritters, but it can also be shredded and used in sweeter dishes like zucchini bread. The best zucchini to purchase (or pick, if you have a garden of your own) are less than 8 inches long. This means the squash is immature and the seeds are still soft. Larger zucchini (They can grow up to a few feet in length!) tend to be more fibrous and woody than their smaller and more tender counterparts.

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Zucchini is a healthful, low-calorie fruit containing folate, potassium and vitamin A. Like many other fruits and vegetables, much of the nutritional value is found in the peel, so keep it on to get all the nutrients you can. One whole zucchini is only 16 calories!

Zucchini squash blossoms are also edible. These grow directly on the plant and can be eaten raw or cooked. They are commonly stuffed with soft cheeses and fried. If you can find them, the flowers are a beautiful summer treat.

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Cheesy Zucchini and Squash Casserole
SERVES: 12

Ingredients
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 pound zucchini, thinly sliced
1 pound yellow squash, thinly sliced
1 large egg
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup seasoned Panko crumbs
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook 2 minutes. Stir in squash, cooking an additional 4 minutes or until squash is tender.
Beat egg and sour cream in large bowl until well blended. Stir in cheeses, thyme, salt and pepper. Pour into 8x8-inch baking dish.
Stir crumbs and butter in small bowl. Sprinkle over squash mixture.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown and mixture is heated through.
Notes
If using a countertop oven, use middle rack for baking.
To speed food prep, use a food processor to chop, mince, slice and shred.
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Center Stage: Slow Cooker Chocolate Fudge Brownies from Completely Delicious on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Annalise Sandberg writes the blog Completely Delicious from her home in Utah, where she lives with her husband Steve, son John and dog Pi. She is a passionate baker who is almost completely self taught, learning from trial and error. Like us, she believes that life is usually a little better with sugar and butter. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Completely Delicious used the @hamiltonbeach Searing Grill to make these awesome Grilled Veggie Sandwiches with Goat Cheese Spread on everydaygoodthinking.com #grillit  @completedelish

Summer is all about grilling, am I right? Sure, summer has a lot of other fun things going on, but if I had to choose my favorite thing about summer it would be the fast, easy and fresh food I get to enjoy thanks to my garden and grill.

With Hamilton Beach’s searing grill I can now take my grilling year-round, rain or shine. It’s small and sits right on my countertop, but grills like a pro!

Completely Delicious used the @hamiltonbeach Searing Grill to make these awesome Grilled Veggie Sandwiches with Goat Cheese Spread on everydaygoodthinking.com #grillit  @completedelish

My garden isn’t quite brimming with fresh produce just yet, but my grocery store and local farmers markets are. And these sandwiches are the perfect way to enjoy them. Here, I’ve used zucchini, mushrooms, red peppers and onions, but feel free to get creative. And while the grilled vegetables shine enough on their own, you could certainly add a grilled chicken breast or a few slices of crispy bacon if you just gotta have some meat.

Completely Delicious used the @hamiltonbeach Searing Grill to make these awesome Grilled Veggie Sandwiches with Goat Cheese Spread on everydaygoodthinking.com #grillit  @completedelish

The grilled veggies may be the star, but the herb goat cheese spread almost steals the show. Don’t skimp; it brings the whole thing together into one delicious summery sandwich. Perfect for lunch or an easy dinner, these grilled veggie sandwiches are sure to be a favorite all summer long.

Completely Delicious used the @hamiltonbeach Searing Grill to make these awesome Grilled Veggie Sandwiches with Goat Cheese Spread on everydaygoodthinking.com #grillit  @completedelish


Grilled Veggie Sandwiches with Herb Goat Cheese Spread
SERVES: 2

For the spread
5 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
2 teaspoons fresh basil, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh chives, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
For the sandwiches
1 small zucchini, sliced
1 portobello mushroom, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced and seeds removed
1 small red onion, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 slices ciabatta bread (or 2 ciabatta rolls, sliced)
Goat cheese spread
Instructions
To make the goat cheese spread, combine the goat cheese, basil, chives, lemon zest, garlic and olive oil in a small bowl.
Toss together the zucchini, mushrooms, red pepper and onion in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper.
Place the veggies directly on a grill preheated to medium high. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes until grill marks are present and veggies are softened. Remove from heat.
Spread the goat cheese on the bottom slice of bread for each sandwich. Stack veggies on top. Serve immediately.
Notes
Be sure to slice veggies into large pieces so they rest easily on the grill without falling through. You may have leftover goat cheese spread. You can store it in the fridge for up to one week.
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Food Focus: Basil

Dearest basil,

How do I love thee? Oh, let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height…

Just kidding, we don’t need to quote Elizabeth Barrett Browning to prove how much we love basil, but it does seem appropriate for an herb with which the world is so smitten. It is fragrant, refreshing and light, and its beautiful green color adds visual interest as well as flavor to almost any dish. Basil is also known as Sweet Basil, the common name for Ocimum Basilicum. The sweet basil we use here is the most commonly found variety and it is used a lot in Italian cuisine. There are many other types of basil (look into Thai basil, lemon basil and holy basil if you are interested in Asian cuisines.) Today, we will focus on sweet basil, which you can find fresh in almost any grocery store, but is also fairly easy to grow at home in a windowsill, porch container or garden.

To select basil, choose bright, sturdy leaves that do not sag. If you grow your own basil, trim the stem just above a grouping of leaves. This encourages the leaves to grow out, rather than up, resulting in a more robust plant and less risk of flowering. Flowers that do grow need to be picked, as flowering indicates that the plant is entering reproduction mode instead of growth mode, so it will stop producing leaves while the flowers are there. Basil can be stored in a plastic bag with a paper towel for a few days or it can be blanched and frozen. Drying basil is not recommended as dried basil loses most of its flavor, and the flavor that is retained tastes much different.


Wash basil only when you are ready to use it by rinsing gently under cold running water. Tenderly pluck the leaves from the stem and dry between layers of paper towels. If you are not gentle with the leaves, they will bruise. Basil is most commonly used in pesto, caprese salad and as a last-minute additive (any earlier and the flavor will disintegrate) to sauces.

 


Traditional Basil Pesto
YIELDS: 2 servings

Ingredients
4 cups fresh basil leaves
1 cup (about 5 oz.) pine nuts
4 garlic cloves
1 cup olive oil
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
Place basil, pine nuts and garlic in food processor bowl.
Process until almost a puree.
Add oil, Parmesan cheese and salt. Process until mixture is well blended.
Toss with hot pasta, spread on grilled chicken or use as a sandwich spread.
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Test Kitchen Tip: Divide Traditional Basil Pesto Sauce between two ice cube trays; cover with plastic wrap and freeze. When the pesto sauce is frozen solid, pop the pesto cubes out and place in a resealable plastic freezer bag. Remove pesto cubes from bag, as needed. For an individual serving, defrost one pesto cube and toss with hot cooked pasta or spread on your favorite sandwich or wrap.

 

 


Pasta with Pesto Sauce
YIELDS: 4 servings

Ingredients
1 package (12 oz.) pasta
Traditional Basil Pesto (recipe above)
Instructions
Cook pasta following package directions; drain.
Toss with Traditional Basil Pesto.
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Grilled Vegetables and Pesto Wraps

 


Grilled Vegetables and Pesto Wraps
YIELDS: 4 servings

Ingredients
Grilled Vegetables with Balsamic Marinade
Traditional Basil Pesto
8 (10-inch) flour tortillas
Instructions
Prepare and grill vegetables as directed for Grilled Vegetables with Balsamic Marinade.
Prepare pesto as directed using Traditional Basil Pesto.
Spread tortillas with about 2 Tablespoons pesto.
Arrange vegetables in center of tortillas. Fold up bottom of tortilla and roll up sides.
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Test Kitchen Tip: For easy carrying at a picnic, serve the wraps in small buckets or cups with chips.

Want more pesto dishes? We thought so.

Chicken Pesto Panini

Grilled Chicken with Basil Pesto

Pesto with Sundried Tomato, Mozzarella and Egg Breakfast Sandwich