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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Spinach, Ground Beef Breakfast Scramble

This is another protein packed keep you going for the long haul breakfast. With spinach, ground beef, and could you not be stuffed for hours....right?? This kind of reminds me of a ravioli filling....well without the cooked can use ground beef or sausage, I used leftover meatloaf....cuz that's what I had. :)

This is a pretty easy, yet tasty meal and you could actually have it for any meal of the day.

1 lb ground sausage or beef (or turkey or chicken)
4 cups packed fresh spinach or 1 package frozen
1/2 c diced onion
2 cloves garlic, grated with micro plane
6 eggs, beaten
1/4 c Parmesan cheese

In a frying pan saute ground meat and onion until meat is cooked thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper. Add spinach and garlic, until spinach is wilted or heated if you used frozen. Stir in eggs. Cooked until eggs are desired doneness. Top with Parmesan cheese and serve.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Egg Flower Soup.....who knew it was so easy!!

Man I had no idea that it was sooooooo easy to make egg flower soup!! This is souper....get it??? Souper tasty soup!!! Very easy, and pretty darn good for you!! Tonight I made stir fry, this soup and brown rice!!! It was an awesome dinner!!

4 cans chicken stock
1 can corn or cream corn
4 eggs, beaten
1 T soy sauce
1 T sesame oil
1 tsp white pepper
3 green onions, diced
3 T cornstarch
1/3 cup water

In a saucepan put stock, corn, soy sauce, pepper and sesame oil over medium heat. When broth begins to boil add beaten eggs. Once the mixture comes back to a boil combine water and cornstarch and pour into boiling soup. Stir over heat for one minute then remove from heat, add onions and serve.

Zucchini Pizza.......who needs crust when you can use zucchini!!!!!

I <3 pizza.....but living a healthier eating isn't exactly on the menu. But did I mention I LOVE PIZZA????? So I got to can I have pizza without having pizza??? I already have the most amazing wonderful delicious recipe for marinara sauce. Then I thought what could be my crust substitution?? Well, I was looking through the frig and I had bought the Trader Joe's giant pack of organic zucchini......there's like 50 pieces of zucchini in there. (Ok maybe I slightly over exaggerated) Seriously there is probably like 10 pieces.

That's when I got the idea to use it for the base of my pizza. Um.....I think it's kinda genius!! Ok I'm sure I'm not the first person to think of it......but if Ive never seen it then it doesn't exist.........right???? That's what I thought!!

5 good sized zucchini's, washed
1 cup marinara sauce, jarred or homemade
1 cup shredded mozzarella
pepperoni, salami, sausage, mushrooms, olives or any other topping you like

Preheat oven to 450. Cut off ends of zucchini and slice long ways into 4 pieces. Place on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Lay flat on pan. Spoon about 1 T of sauce over each zucchini until entire slice is covered. Sprinkle with approx 1-2 T of mozzarella. Top with any toppings you like or none at all. I had salami so I used that. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until brown and bubbly!! Serve, but be careful not to burn your tongue.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Shrimp Tacos.......ain't nothin' fishy about that!!!

Yet is a dish you can make a ton of different ways, and I have made it a ton of different ways. But this is how I made it this time!! I really enjoyed the sour cream sauce that I put on the shrimp, it was very tasty!! And also I will give you my famous recipe for guacamole. I've been told by some that it is the best they have ever had. Remember when making guacamole....less is more and if you are adding any creamy stuff (mayo or sour cream) THAT IS A BIG NO NO!! Keep it fresh!!

Taco night comes about twice a week at our house, we really enjoy the freshness and variety of taco's and beside that there are endless possibilities!!! Later this week we are having fish taco' I will post that recipe too!!

1 1/2 lbs of cooked shrimp (you can cook them however you like steam, fry, bake, boil)
2 cups shredded lettuce
12 corn tortillas fried to the crispiness you desire

Pico de Gallo

2 tomatoes diced
1/2 cup cilantro, washed and diced fine
1 T fresh lime juice
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 clove garlic, grated on microplace or chopped fine
salt to taste

Mix all ingredients well set aside.


2 avocados
1 T cilantro, washed and chopped
2 tsp lime juice
1 T red onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, grated on microplane or diced fine
salt to taste

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix around with a spoon. Do not mush, leave some chunks of avocado!!

Sour Cream Sauce

1 cup sour cream
1 T hot sauce (I use Franks cuz I love it!!)
1 T cilantro, washed and chopped
1 lime juiced

Mix all ingredients well. Toss in shrimp until evenly coated.

Assemble tacos. Take a cooked shell and put a spoon full of shrimp. Top with lettuce, guacamole and pico de gallo. Eat!!

The Most Wonderful Healthy Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies!!!

I found a recipe for healthy chocolate chip cookies and then I made them even healthier!! I cant even begin to tell you how tasty they teenagers couldn't even tell they were healthy for you!!!!! Since the beginning of Jan the hubs and I have been following a no sugar diet......but sometimes you just need something sweet!! So......why not be creative and tweak recipes to work for you!!

1 c whole wheat flour
1/2 c. unbleached AP flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 c. old-fashioned rolled oats (finely ground)
1/2 c. pecans (finely ground)
1/2 c. unsalted butter, melted
1 c. Xylitol (or regular sugar if you are not watching your sugar intake)
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 c sugar free chocolate chips (all I had was sf hersheys mini's so I chopped them up, again if you want you can use fully leaded chips ;) )

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In your food processor put oats and nuts and process until ground. In a small bowl combine all dry ingredients, then add nut and oat mixture. Stir until all combined. In another bowl combine butter, sugar, and vanilla and add to dry ingredients. Mix until combined then stir in chocolate. I made large cookies so I put golf ball sized dough balls on my baking sheet, but you could definitely make smaller ones and get more cookies. Bake for 10 minutes and enjoy!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Portobello Mushroom Topped with Spinach and Poached Egg

This is a recipe that would make Popeye say "Strong to the finish when I eats me spinach!" But seriously......this breakfast was packed with protein to keep you fuller longer and it was SOOOO TASTY!!! I came up with the idea day before yesterday so I yesterday I headed to my favorite store Trader Joe's and got the ingredients!! 

You know what I noticed today when I made it though....well a couple of things. I noticed how EXCITING it is when you have an idea in your head and you are able to make it a reality I <3 that feeling!! I also a food blogger you eat alot of cold food. Lol.... By the time you prep the food, plate the food, prep the area to take the photos, photograph the food, and finally sit down to eat can lose its warmth. Oh's all a labor of love!! Sometimes Ive been so excited after taking one bite I couldn't wait to blog it so I blogged first and then ate......what can I say....I'm a dork!!

This recipe will make 2 servings!!

2 portobello mushrooms
4 cups washed spinach leaves
1/2 of a small red onion, sliced into thin strips
1 T red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
2 eggs poached
2 tsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Place washed portobello's on a baking sheet cap facing down (or else they fill up with the juices and get mushy) Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in oven at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile start heating water to poach your eggs. In a frying pan, put a little olive oil and place over medium heat. When pan is hot add onions and saute for 2 min then add spinach. Once spinach has wilted remove from heat and add vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Your eggs should have been poaching during this time as well!! Remove mushrooms from oven and place on plate cap side up. Put half your spinach mixture in each one and top with poached egg. Sprinkle with salt pepper and 1 tsp on each one of the Parmesan cheese.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Potato Broccoli Cheddar Soup...makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!!

As Winnie the Pooh once said......"It's a blustery day." With blustery days comes......can you guess?? Come on you can do it......HONEY.....oops....sorry that would be Winnie the Pooh's answer....I meant SOUP!!!!

Then the next question was....what kind of soup?? Something think and creamy and rich and tasty but yet filling. That's when I decided potato, broccoli and cheddar cheese. I also made quesadilla's to go along with it, they make great dippers!! This soup is souper easy.....get it 'souper' ooohh...maybe I should change the title to 'Souper Easy Potato Broccoli Cheddar Soup' I think that's a catchy title, don't you think??

Anyways, it really is easy to make. There are very few ingredients and they are mostly ones you would have on hand!! Good luck and happy soup!!

3 peeled and diced potatoes
4 cups of chopped broccoli
4-10 cloves or garlic depending on your liking of garlic ( I might of put 11)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
8 cups of chicken stock/broth
1/2-1 cup heavy cream or 1/2 and 1/2

In a large stock pot place potatoes, broccoli, garlic and cover with stock/broth. Bring to a boil and let cook for about 20 min until veggies are pretty much mush. I used my emulsion blender, but if you don't have one place in food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add cheese and cream or 1/2 and 1/2 until cheese is melted, stirring often. Serve

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Homemade Refried Beans

It's so easy to make refried beans, even a caveman can do it!! I dare I double dog dare you to take a comparison test and see if you ever EVER EVER eat refried beans from a can again!! So I challenge you to make these beans then have a can of them ready also. Do a side by side comparison based on how they look and taste and then get back to me!!

Here's a question for pressure cook or not to pressure cook??? That is the question!!! I myself personally use a pressure cooker.....I <3 IT!!!!  I can't believe I lived all those years without really....I mean it.....I can't believe it. I can have the beans made in like 40 minutes!! It's a beautiful thing!! But it is not know if you have like 2 hours to spare watching a pot of beans boil and adding water.....blah blah blah.....that was the old me. The new me.....yeah well I'll take the expedited cooking process thank you very much!!

To soak or not to soak....that is the question......I really don't know....I NEVER do it so I can't say if there's a difference or not!! So I say....if you want to soak.......soak away.....if not.....just make sure you wash your beans really really really good!! The End

Homemade Refried Beans

1 lb pinto beans
1 onion, divided in half
1 jalepeno pepper (more or less depending on what you like, I used a pickled jalepeno)
5 cloves of garlic
1 T of chicken bouillon, or salt to taste

First, thoroughly wash your beans. Put them in a large saucepan (or pressure cooker), with half of the onion, jalepeno, garlic, and bouillon. Cover the with water. If using a pressure cooker, fill to full line. I bring my pressure cooker up to a boil before putting the lid on. Cook according to pressure cooker directions. If you are just cooking in a pot. Boil beans for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until tender, being sure to keep the beans covered in water.

Once beans have cooked allow to cool slightly and add beans to food processor with enough of the bean liquid to blend into a thick consistency. In the meantime, in a frying pan, put 1/4 cup of oil and the other half of the onion, sliced thin. Fry the onion until golden brown, then add the beans and 'fry' for about 15 minutes. Serve

Chicken w/Tomato & Tomatillo Salsa

This is going to be one of a several part series. I would tell you how many parts......but I just don't know yet!! So bear with me.......

Tonight I'm making chicken burritos for dinner, sounds easy enough right? Well........I like to be difficult...just ask my husband!! This salsa that I cooked the chicken in came out sooooo good I keep pausing my typing and going to take a bite!! :)

Anyways....back to my being difficult....I'm also making, homemade refried beans, homemade guacamole, and some sauteed bell peppers and onions to put in the burritos. Not to mention grating cheese and making a little cilantro and onion mixture!!

6-8 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 roma tomatoes, seeded
5 tomatillo's washed
6 cloves of garlic, or less if that's too much for you, but I love garlic
1/2 of an onion
2 canned green chile's
1 chipotle pepper
1 T of chicken bouillon or just add salt to taste
1 qt of water

You can do this two ways. You can throw everything above in a large saucepan and cook it until the chicken is cooked through. Then remove chicken and add the sauce mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. OR you can put all the ingredients except the chicken in a pot and boil until the tomatoes are mush, then blend, then add chicken and cook until cooked through. Lastly, shred the chicken and add back to sauce. Whichever way floats your boat!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Some of the cakes I've made.......

Here are some of the cakes I have made over the last 2 years. Take a look and lmk what you think!! I'd like to do it more often and hopefully someday get paid to make a cake!! Wouldnt that be GREAT!! Right now I just do it for fun and for the people I love!!

I was not pleased with this one....I think it was the brown color of the fondant that I really didnt like. It reminded me of poop. :) Anyways I made this one for my oldest sons 17th case you couldn't tell it was for his!!
 This one for for my Grandma last year (2010) her and my oldest have the same birthday!!
 This one was for my sons 16th day!!
 I made this cake for my mom.....we won't mention which bday it was, but just let you know it was a bday cake!! It's one of my fav's!!
 This was for my uncle on his bday...can you guess his name??? lol
 This one was for Annie's bday cuz I <3 her!! She moved away and now Im sad, but she lives close to where they filmed scenes from Twilight....and Im jealous!!
 This was my youngest sons xbox 360 cake....kinda plan....but that's what the xbox looked like!!
This was the cake I made for my neighbor Marcie, I was trying to make it look just like her giant drum that she uses and then I added the sign for her tribe on top!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Can I get some fries with that........KETCHUP

Get your mind outta the gutter....I wasn't gonna say shake.....geesh....

Sooooo.....I know it doesn't look like's ketchup.......real homemade's tasty!! Real tasty!! I know I've been mentioning that the hubs and I are eating healthy now. For the last almost 4 weeks now, yeah us!! The hubs is down about 15lbs and me only a lousy 5lbs..... oh pooh!! 

Anyways.....we are using The Belly Fat Cure and eating almost no sugar and super low carbs. I feel so much better!! But boy does it make you realize how much sugar we eat everyday, and let's face it....sugar is bad for us!!

So I found this recipe for ketchup....cuz let's face it a fry isn't a fry without ketchup!! I just did some adjustments according to what I had on hand, plus my sugar substitute!!

*ps- sugar substitutes are bad!! I use something called is completely natural!! AND IT TASTES JUST LIKE SUGAR!!!!

Adapted from Gourmet Magazine

1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes in juice
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, grated
2 T olive oil
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 T tomato paste
1/2 cup xylitol or brown sugar
1/2 cup red wine vinegar

Puree tomatoes with juice in blender until smooth. Cook onions and garlic with oil and salt in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until golden brown, approx 8 min stirring occasionally. Add spices and pepper and cook, stirring frequently for 1 minute. Add tomato puree, tomato paste, sugar (xylitol), and vinegar and simmer uncovered for 50 minutes. Puree in blender until smooth. Chill up to one month.