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Cast Iron Skillet Salmon

Accents to showcase a gorgeous piece of fresh fish


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What do I like even better than a delicious piece of salmon? I’d have to say the easy prep and simple ingredients that go along with it.  You see if you already have a gorgeous piece of fresh fish, there is not really much you need to do other than a few minor accents to showcase your dish.  Here I mixed up a tangy and slightly sweet marinade consisting of pure maple syrup and two kinds of mustard.  In addition, I added some green chives to brighten it up!  The key here is searing the salmon and then baking it just a few minutes to get it done “just right!”

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Ingredients
1 pound salmon fillets cut into bite-sized pieces. (Request the center cut of the fish; this will ensure an even cooking time.
2 tablespoons pure Maple Syrup (Maple syrup has the lowest calories of any natural sweetener so enjoy it…find it right in the syrup aisle.)
1 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
1 tablespoon Stone Ground Mustard
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped chives

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Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Whisk together maple syrup, mustards and chives in small bowl. Brush salmon with the marinade.

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Heat a cast iron skillet and cook the salmon on each side about 2 minutes to get a good sear.  (Do skin side first.)

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Brush with remaining marinade and transfer skillet to oven and bake for exactly 8 minutes and serve.

Nicole Meyer
Author: Nicole Meyer
Foodie, Nicole Meyer (A.K.A. Nic) adores sharing her best dishes with you. Nibble your way through her everyday recipes, seasonal finds and holiday tips. For more, visit nibblesbynic.com

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4 Modern Passover Recipes

Relax, Enjoy and Happy Pesach!


If you find yourself struggling at all this year with the seder menu..trust you are not alone.  Mother Nature threw us for a loop this year with some crazy snow falls this year that brought the holiday on fairly quickly.  Hence, I thought could share with you some of my best Passover-friendly dishes that have been quite successful on my end.  Relax, Enjoy and Happy Pesach!

Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Crunchy Walnuts

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Let’s talk cabbage for a moment, shall we?  Frankly, I think this veggie has been severely masked for quite some time now.  Chopped up in cole slaw, boiled with corned beef, pickled with onion, fermented into Kraut.  Not to say that I don’t love each and every one of these dishes, but I think that it is time to take a stance and serve the mighty cabbage true to itself.  Let’s keep its authenticity rather than chopping, marinating and mayo-ing it up!  Simple as can be with only five staple ingredients, an oven to roast and Voila!!!
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Turkey Meatloaf Cabbage Cups

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I distinctly remember going to my grandmother’s house in Princeton, New Jersey every year on Passover where her Seder meal had tons on the menu; literally course upon course. However, the one dish that always stamped an imprint in my mind was her famous “Stuffed Cabbage.”  Sweet, savory (maybe a little more sweet than savory) and just classically delicious.  Years later, I am now hosting my grandmother this Passover which is a very special turn for me.  I want it to be beautiful! Hence, my friend and I were sharing some dishes we plan on preparing for the holiday and I showed her a picture of my Meatloaf Cabbage Cups, which I actually didn’t even realize resemble a twist on the “Stuffed Cabbage!”  Not until she pointed it out to me.  I guess that traditional Stuffed Cabbage hit home even more than I thought it did after so much time has passed.  A little modern twist and say hello to my Turkey Meatloaf Cabbage Cups!
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Stuffed Cabbage Stew

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I’ve always been a huge fan of some good “Stuffed Cabbage!” Bring it on! The memories at my Grandma’s House…right after the Gefilte Fish course still holds a special place in my heart. However all that roly-poly with the cabbage, can get a bit tiresome and sloppy looking, especially if made a day or two beforehand. Who has time to worry when there are so many other dishes to think of??? Not me! Say hello to my “Stuffed Cabbage Stew” All the traditional ingredients plopped into just one pot with ZERO assembly required. Only 5 measly steps and don’t let that list of ingredients scare you one bit. They all get tossed together to in under 30 minutes. You can’t beat it!!
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Cashew Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bark Swirl

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I almost feel guilty even calling this one a recipe.  It’s just so darn easy.  I mean only four supermarket ingredients, minimal steps and no baking at all!!! Typically I wind up making this no-fuss treat when something last minute arises and it always make such a hit.  Use whatever ingredients you have on hand and just make sure you get a nice chill before giving it a good crack.  Perfect for Passover, Easter or pretty much any festivity coming your way.
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Author: Nicole Meyer
Foodie, Nicole Meyer (A.K.A. Nic) adores sharing her best dishes with you. Nibble your way through her everyday recipes, seasonal finds and holiday tips. For more, visit nibblesbynic.com

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Recipe: Simple Thyme Baked Chicken

A healthy delicious meal in a matter of minutes


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The plan for dinner was, there was no plan.  Fortunately, I had some chicken thighs in the fridge and a few sprigs of thyme hanging around, which gave me the idea for thyme baked chicken. This simple baked chicken takes only a few minutes to prepare. It’s a one-pan dish, perfect for those nights when the thought of fussing with more than one pan is just not in the cards. A little brush of olive oil with some seasoning and fresh herb, put it in the oven and let the delicious smells fill up your kitchen. Toss up a hearty salad and you’ve got one healthy delicious meal in the matter of minutes!

Simple Thyme Baked Chicken
Servings - 4

Ingredients
3 tablespoon olive oil, good quality
4 chicken breasts skin in tact
1 bunch thyme
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and coat the bottom of a large foil-lined baking pan with cooking spray.

Sprinkle the chicken generously with seasoning.

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Brush with olive oil and lay thyme sprigs all over chicken

Transfer pan to the oven chicken and bake for 40 minutes OR until skin looks crisp and juices are running clear.

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Foodie, Nicole Meyer (A.K.A. Nic) adores sharing her best dishes with you. Nibble your way through her everyday recipes, seasonal finds and holiday tips. For more, visit nibblesbynic.com

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Recipe: Sweet Mini Oreo Magic Bars

Naturally decadent and delicious


When it comes to desserts, I take the Easy Street.  No-fuss or muss (is that a word?) for me is usually the way to go!  Naturally decadent and delicious are the two “d’s” that are absolutely imperative for Valentine’s Day without a doubt!  These “Sweet Mini Oreo Magic Bars are just 6-ingredients and a cinch to make The soft chocolate-coconut center with the crunchy Oreo topping is seriously heaven on a plate!!! And remember…a nibble never ever hurts.

Servings: 24 Nibbles

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter (4 tablespoons)
1-14oz. bag or box of mini OREOS
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
2 cups chocolate graham crackers ( I place the full crackers in a re-sealable bag and pound it with a rolling pin!)
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup milk chocolate chips

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Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place butter into a sprayed 9X13 baking pan and melt in oven until it turns to a liquid; remove from oven. (If you do not use a disposable pan, line with foil as clean-up will be much easier!)
Crush Chocolate Graham Crackers into crumbs (large is fine) and spread the crumbs evenly over bottom of pan. (You should not be able to see the bottom of the pan.)
Next disperse the coconut and chocolate chips in an even layer. Finally pour those mini-oreos all over the top.
Drizzle on the milk completely covering the mixture.

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Bake for approximately 30 minutes until the middle seems set and top is ever so slightly browned.
Remove from oven and let cool. (I like to refrigerate for at least 1 hour so they are easier to cut; over-night is perfectly fine as well.)
Cut into mini squares and Enjoy.

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Recipe: Caramelized Onion Dip

Give that old-school version of onion dip a new spin


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With a little more than a week to go until Super Bowl XLIX it’s time to start planning the game-day feast. And what’s better than a new dip to add to the big-game menu?  Nothing! Update the old-school onion soup mix version of onion dip with caramelized onions for a new spin. This made from scratch caramelized onion dip is a bit cleaner with a savory and sweet flavor that gets tied together with a blend of creamy Greek Yogurt, Sour Cream and Cream Cheese. You’ll never want to go back to be pre-made dip. So, dunk in your favorite veggies and enjoy crudité heaven all around.

Ingredients
1/4 cup 2 percent Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 yellow onion chopped
2 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Kosher salt & pepper to taste

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Directions
Melt butter in a cast-iron or sauté pan.  Add onions and slowly stir until golden & tender.  (About 20 minutes) Let cool-down.

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While the onions are cooking combine cream cheese yogurt, sour cream, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper.

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Place everything in a bowl and beat with a hand-mixer until all combined.

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Spoon into a center of large platter with vegetables flowered around.

Nicole Meyer
Author: Nicole Meyer
Foodie, Nicole Meyer (A.K.A. Nic) adores sharing her best dishes with you. Nibble your way through her everyday recipes, seasonal finds and holiday tips. For more, visit nibblesbynic.com

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