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Cream Cheese & Parmesan Asparagus Spears Recipe

Fresh asparagus is one of the finest treats of spring. While my favorite way to eat asparagus is an easy roast in the oven, these Cream Cheese & Parmesan Asparagus Spears make a lovely treat for a more formal table.Asparagus Spears with Cream Cheese & Parmesan

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Cream Cheese & Parmesan Asparagus Spears

ingredients for cream cheese and parmesan asparagus spears

Puff pastry, fresh asparagus, cream cheese, Parmesan, and egg are all the ingredients you need to make this crowd pleaser. If helps if the cream cheese is at room temperature, but the puff pastry rolls out better if it’s cold.

prepping the asparagus spears

To make these delicious little spears, roll out the puff pastry, spread cream cheese on it, and cut it into thin strips. Trim the bottom of the asparagus, and peel a little bit if the spears are really fat.  Then, simple roll one sprig of asparagus around the puff pastry. Once all of the pasty is used, brush a little egg on the spears, and then sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown. By the way, if you need a nice baking sheet, I love these half baking sheets from Nordic Ware! I use them for everything – love them for sheet pan dinners. My favorite micro-plane also comes in very handy, as does this pizza cutter.asparagus spears

Your guests will love this easy recipe. It makes a great side dish or a nice appetizer too. Here’s your printable recipe for this delicious side dish or appetizer.

cream cheese and parmesan aspargus cigars

Yields 4-6 side dish servings

Serves 2 -3 spears per person

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Cream Cheese & Parmesan Asparagus Cigars Recipe

This fun recipe is a delicious way to eat asparagus. It makes a fun side dish or a great appetizer as well.

10 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

22 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 5 ounces puff pastry sheets
  • flour for dusting
  • 10 pieces asparagus
  • 1-2 ounces cream cheese
  • one egg, beaten
  • 2 TBS parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Roll the puff pastry sheet out into a 10" x 6" rectangle.
  3. Cover with cream cheese.
  4. Cut the sheet into 10 thin strips.
  5. Roll each strip around one spear of asparagus.
  6. Brush with egg and top with parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
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Like this recipe for Cream Cheese & Parmesan Asparagus Spears? You might also like these fun spring recipes as well.

Strawberry & Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberry Yogurt Cupcakes

My Grandmas’s Secret Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Homemade Fruit Popsicles – Fla-vor-ice healthified

What’s your favorite way to eat asparagus? Enjoy this recipe!

Cream Cheese & Parmesan Asparagus Spears

 

How to Cook Dried Beans in the Instant Pot {Soaked or Unsoaked!}

Do you know how to cook Instant Pot Beans? Beans are tricky in the Instant Pot, but this post will teach you how to cook both soaked and unsoaked beans in the Instant Pot. Both ways are totally doable with these useful tips.

How to Cook Dried Beans in the Instant Pot {Soaked or Unsoaked!}

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How to Cook Dried Beans in the Instant Pot

One of the things I love the most about my Instant Pot is the ability to cook unsoaked dried beans relatively quickly. My Instant Pot has transformed the way I cook dried beans. I never remember to soak beans the night before and the ability to simply omit that step is so lovely!

We eat a lot of beans here at SimplifyLiveLove. I add them to taco meat to stretch the meat, they’re a staple in my kids’ favorite taco soup, and we make a lot of refried beans for bean burritos, nachos, and more. Dried beans are frugal, healthy, and easy to make and we love them!

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Cooking Time for Dried Beans in the Instant Pot

I primarily cook three different types of beans: pinto beans, black beans, and kidney beans. But I have all types of beans in my pantry and so I’m sharing this handy chart of cooking times for nine different types of beans. Soak them, or don’t soak them. That’s your call.

Bean Type Soaked Unsoaked
Black Beans 10-15 minutes 22-27 minutes
Black-Eyed Peas 5-10 minutes 10-15 minutes
Cannellini Beans 10-15 minutes 30-35 minutes
Garbanzo Beans 15-20 minutes 35-40 minutes
Kidney Beans 10-15 minutes 25-30 minutes
Lentils 12-17 minutes
Navy Beans 10-15 minutes 20-25 minutes
Pinto Beans 10-15 minutes 25-30 minutes
Split Peas 5-10 minutes

How to choose a cooking time for unsoaked dried beans

How I choose a cooking time depends primarily on my end goal for the beans. If I plan to use the beans in another recipe, meaning they will continue cooking after I take them out of the Instant Pot, I will cook them for fewer minutes. For instance, if I’m using black beans in my taco meat, I’ll cook them for around 22 minutes instead of 27. But if I’m not putting them in another recipe, I will cook them for longer in the Instant Pot so they come out softer instead of al dente. I cook pinto beans for 28 minutes, for instance, instead of 25 if I’m making refried beans.



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In addition to the beans, you’ll also need a good quality oil and salt as well. I prefer to cook with unrefined salt as regular ole table salt has been bleached and has a lot of additives that I’d rather avoid. My favorite type of salt is REAL Salt from the Great Salt Lake in Utah. I love its pretty colors and it has a nice taste and lots of healthy qualities too. There are so many different types of salt. We only use table salt for crafts.

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Some things to be careful about when cooking Instant Pot beans

Make sure you do not over fill your IP when cooking beans or it will foam and boil over. While the oil helps reduce foaming, one pound of beans (2 cups) is the maximum you can cook in a 6 quart Instant Pot. I know, that saddens me too, but it’s not worth the mess to cook more. 🙁 Also, use high pressure and a natural release for best results.

How to Cook Dried Beans in the Instant Pot
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried beans, rinsed and sorted
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 TBS oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to instant pot.
  2. Seal the lid and cook on high pressure for the time specified in the chart.
  3. Manually release pressure and enjoy.
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And that’s it, my friends, how to cook dried beans in the Instant Pot! It’s totally worth the price of the Instant Pot to me, just for the ability to cook dried beans in a relatively short amount of time! Do you cook beans in your Instant Pot? I’d love to hear if you soak them, or skip it!

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Here are the secrets to Instant Pot Beans. Cook dried beans, both soaked and unsoaked, with this handy time chart that will help you get perfect instant pot beans every time! #InstantPot #DriedBeans #InstantPotRecipes

 

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Pine Nuts & Parmesan Cheese

This recipe for Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Pine Nuts & Parmesan Cheese is simply delicious! It’s the perfect addition to any holiday meal and it makes a nice side dish for week night dinners as well. It’s not to hard to make and it’s definitely one of my favorite ways to eat brussel sprouts.
Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Pine Nuts & Parmesan Cheese

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Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Pine Nuts & Parmesan Cheese

If you’ve never seen brussel sprouts growing, this is what they look like. They’re basically little cabbages growing up a stalk. The picture above shows very small sprouts, and they normally grow a bit bigger.

In addition to tasting great, brussel sprouts are incredibly nutritious. They look a little like a cabbage, but taste much better in my opinion. According to Nutrition and You, they are a great source of Vitamins A, K, and C, are rich in B Complex vitamins, full of anti-oxidants, and are also a rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Nutrition and You mentions all kinds of  cancer fighting properties that brussel sprouts have and claim that these vegetables should be eaten on weight loss programs because they have a low glycemic value and are low in calories.

If you’d like to try brussel sprouts, I highly recommend cooking them in the following manner. NOTE – this recipe is likely NOT low in calories…because of the BACON. But truly, bacon is the key to many a person’s heart. Don’t leave it out! {But do source a high quality bacon.}

Let’s make this delicious brussel sprout side dish recipe!

First, fry up some bacon – 3-4 pieces is plenty. I use nitrate free bacon I buy at Costco. It’s YUMMY! I just use my kitchen scissors to cut up a few pieces and then cook them over medium high heat in a nice cast iron skillet.

Then, clean the brussel sprouts. Make sure you check your bacon! Don’t want to burn it…

Cut the sprouts in half and remove any outer leaves that look bad. Your bacon should be done by now. Remove it from the pan so it doesn’t burn. Reserve half the bacon grease and leave the rest in the pan.

Now, take those little brussel sprouts and put them cut side down right in all of that delicious bacon grease. And leave them alone. Let them cook like this {medium heat} for about 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, stir up the sprouts and add a handful of pine nuts. If the pan looks a little dry, add a bit of the reserved bacon grease. After the pine nuts look nice and toasty, add the bacon bits back in and top everything off with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

 

Yields 4-6 side dish servings

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Pine Nuts & Parmesan Cheese

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3-4 pieces nitrate free bacon, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 lb brussel sprouts, washed and halved
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut bacon and fry until crispy in a cast iron skillet. Drain half the bacon grease and reserve.
  2. Place halved brussel sprouts cut side down and fry in the bacon grease for about 5 minutes. Do not stir the sprouts during these first 5 minutes.
  3. Then, stir sprouts and add pine nuts. Cook 5-7 more minutes.
  4. Garnish with shredded Parmesan cheese, salt & freshly ground pepper, and enjoy!
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Would you eat these Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Pine Nuts & Parmesan Cheese? Share another favorite way to eat brussel sprouts, if you have one!

For more delicious side dish recipes, check out these posts:

Baked Camembert with Pomegranate & Hazelnuts

Easy Buttery Carrots

Green Beans w/ Garlic & Toasted Almonds

Cream Cheese & Parmesan Asparagus Spears

Pepper Jack Mashed Potatoes

 

This recipe for brussel sprouts with bacon, pine nuts & parmesan cheese is a delicious side dish - perfect for holiday meals or serving on a busy weeknight!

Salmon Street Tacos Approved by 5/6 of My Family

Salmon Street Tacos are one of my newest favorite meals. This meal can be on the table in 15 minutes and is seriously delicious!! Make sure to add it to your menu plan right now!Quick and easy recipe for delicious heart healthy salmon street tacos served with red slaw and lime cream sauce, on the table in 15 minutes!

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Salmon Street Tacos Approved by 5/6 of My Family

I’m always looking for ways to incorporate more heart healthy salmon into my family’s diet, and this recipe for salmon street tacos is approved by five out of six of us. My middle daughter, Cora, has proven to be my pickiest eater and claims she doesn’t like salmon (or anything healthy really). Honestly, I think she just won’t give it a chance. But as long as I serve it with beans, she’ll add a tiny bit of salmon to her bean burrito in an attempt to make me happy.

Salmon Street Tacos with red cabbage slaw and lime cream sauce

The rest of the family, however, thinks these salmon street tacos are delicious! These tacos are a great way to stretch salmon and are so qiuck to make. Check out the recipe below.

How to Make Salmon Street Tacos

The really great thing about this meal is that not only is it delicious, but it’s also quick to make. Seriously, in the ten minutes it takes to cook the salmon, you can have the red cabbage slaw and the lime cream sauce finished for a complete meal. It’s possible to make everything ahead of time for a quick reheat at dinner time too and the slaw actually tastes better if you give it time to absorb the flavors!

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So let’s get started, shall we?

Saute the salmon in butter over medium high heat

Melt butter in your favorite skillet over medium high heat. Cover salmon with blackened seasoning mix (you can make your own with my recipe here) – only one side if the skin is still on the bottom of the fish. Place salmon skin side down in melted butter and saute for 5 minutes. Flip salmon and saute for 5 more minutes. If you want, remove the skin after you flip it and add more blackened seasoning. Remove salmon from pan, allow to cool for a few minutes, then shred with a fork and set aside.

Make the red cabbage slaw to go with the salmon street tacos
While the fish is cooking, combine all ingredients to make the red cabbage slaw. Place the slaw in the fridge to let the ingredients mingle.

make the lime cream sauce to go with the salmon street tacos
Last, make the lime cream sauce by simply combining all ingredients. If you don’t have one of these microplanes, you need one! It makes zesting citrus and grating hard cheeses a snap! Place cream sauce in the fridge so its flavors can come together too.

serve salmon street tacos with lime wedges, chopped jalapeno, and cilantro
If you have time, heat up the tortillas to make them taste even better! If you want, you can even make your own flour tortillas pretty easily with my recipe here. Serve these yummy salmon street tacos with lime wedges, chopped jalapeno, and cilantro. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

    Salmon
  • 1 lb wild caught Alaska salmon
  • 3-4 TBS blackened seasoning mix
  • 2 TBS butter
  • Red Cabbage Slaw
  • 1/2 head small red cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 1/2 TBS fresh lime juice
  • 1 TBS EVOO
  • finely chopped jalapeno, to taste
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp REAL Salt
  • Lime Cream Sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp finely grated lime zest
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Melt butter over medium high heat. Cover salmon with blackening seasoning - only one side if the skin is still on the bottom of the fish.
  2. Place salmon skin side down in melted butter and saute for 5 minutes. Flip salmon and saute for 5 more minutes. If you want, remove the skin after you flip it and add more blackening seasoning.
  3. While the fish is cooking, combine all ingredients to make the red cabbage slaw. Place the slaw in the fridge to let the ingredients mingle.
  4. Last, make the lime cream sauce by simply combining all ingredients. Place cream sauce in the fridge so its flavors can come together too.
  5. To assemble the salmon street tacos, simply add a bit of everything to a tortilla of your choice and enjoy!
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Yes, tacos? or No, tacos? What’s your call on street tacos? 🙂

You might also like these recipes:

Large Batch Ground Beef Taco Meat – perfect for the freezer

Homemade Blackened Seasoning

Greek Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

Cheesy Salmon Pasta w/ Spinach & Mushrooms

Quick and easy recipe for delicious heart healthy salmon street tacos served with red slaw and lime cream sauce, on the table in 15 minutes!