Bacon and cheese wrapped in a yummy corn tortilla and baked until crispy, anyone?!? Yes, please! I always welcome any opportunity to use bacon, although I make sure to either use turkey bacon or center cut bacon to minimize the calories from fat. For many years, I avoided serving bacon or anything with bacon in it, mostly because I thought it was a pain to cook it. I tried preparing it in the microwave, but could never get it to cook evenly and so I always ended up with burnt sections and undercooked sections right on the same piece of bacon (so frustrating!). And I didn’t like cooking it on the stove top either, because of the splattering, and the need to babysit the skillet and turn the bacon every so often. But now that I have learned how to bake my bacon, I want to put bacon in everything! (DH is SUPER happy about that, as you can imagine!) Baking bacon…maybe that should be called BAKE-ON?? BAKE-UN?? Well, no matter what you call it, it is easy and makes my family happy that I am using bacon more than I used to! (more…)
Today I am guest posting over at Mishmash Mama! Many thanks to Shannon for her hospitality on her awesome blog! Today I am sharing my recipe for Chicken Fricassee, which is actually an adapted version of a dish my mother made for us frequently when I was growing up. I adjusted it a bit to make it quicker and easier for weeknight meals.
I also love this dish because not only is it fast and simple and practical for weeknights (there are only 5 ingredients!), but it is elegant and tasty enough to serve for special occasions, too. I often use this dish take to friends going through a rough time, or even serve it to dinner guests with some dressed up rice and a nice veggie side dish.
Today I am posting over at Wanda Ann’s blog, Memories By The Mile. You will find me there the 2nd Thursday of every month!
This month I have shared this Seashore Mac and Cheese recipe. The kids love how cheesy it is, and I love that they get some lean protein from the shrimp. Click here to head on over to get the recipe, and while you are there, check out some of the other awesome posts on Wanda Ann’s blog!
As the weather has become chillier, I have gotten on a slow cooker kick, for sure. I just love that appliance. I mostly love it because it allows me to complete most of the preparation work in the morning, which is when I feel the most energetic. Sometimes, when I wait until 4:00 or 5:00 to start dinner, I end up bagging my ambitious plans for a healthy, home-cooked meal and resort to chicken nuggets or hotdogs (horrors!).
But, if I can do most of the work for dinner in the morning, not only does it make my evening easier, but it makes me happy all day long! Also, since my morning-self is the one who made the meal, my evening-self feels like she is getting a free ride! Afternoon-self benefits too, since she does not have to rush out of the office to get the kids and get home from work. Afternoon-self and evening-self really make out in this deal. Morning-self hardly ever catches a break, but she doesn’t mind because she likes to be productive. (more…)
There are certain dishes that totally remind me of my childhood. For example, my mom always made a killer sour cream and mushroom sauce at Thanksgiving. I think she got the recipe from my grandmother and adapted it at some point. It is DELISH, and tastes amazing on just about everything we have at Thanksgiving, except maybe the pumpkin pie. In fact, many of us in my family would completely forgo the turkey gravy and just use the sour cream and mushroom sauce on the turkey, potatoes, and veggies. We would even sop up any extra with the rolls. I am getting hungry just thinking about it! (more…)
Pumpkin is everywhere this fall, and for good reason, but we shouldn’t neglect its lesser-known yet delicious and nutritious cousin, the butternut squash! Butternut squash is high in vitamin A and vitamin C, and contains potassium and fiber as well. When roasted, it becomes sweet and buttery, and tastes so good. I decided to pair it with the savory, slightly salty flavor of kielbasa, and the combination was amazing! Thing 2 gobbled it up and gave me a two-thumbs up on this dish! (more…)
Pizza…it is so versatile! We have pizza night almost every Friday night. You can do a gazillion things with pizza, but we find ourselves always defaulting to the same old cheese pizza, sometimes adding pepperoni or mushrooms. So a couple of weeks ago I decided to be CRAAAAAZY, and choose one of those gazillion options to try!
Beef and blue cheese is one of my favorite flavor combos. Of course, neither one would be considered an inexpensive ingredient, but all-in-all this pizza ended up costing us less than pizzeria pizza, so it was still a win! Thing 2 was a little skeptical as I was preparing the pizza, because he does not particularly like blue cheese, but he ate this and enjoyed it! I think the mozzarella toned down the strong blue cheese flavor enough for him. However, it was still a prominent flavor (important for me!!), so we were all happy. Hooray! (more…)
Yes, you read that right and it isn’t a typo, this is a recipe from my Gammy, not Grammy. I am not sure why, but we called my grandmother ‘Gammy’. It may have been a carryover from my older cousins, I suppose! My mother used to make these turkey legs in the crock pot, and I found out recently that the sauce was a recipe from my grandmother. Unfortunately, my grandmother has not been around for many years, but she was a wonderful, warm, funny lady. I think I was about 12 when she died, but I have some really cool memories of her, mostly of the card games she used to play with my siblings and me! She especially loved to play Hearts with us.
My mother still has some of her recipes, and it is cool when I go back to my parents’ house for a visit and see the ones that she wrote out by hand. There is something so personal about those handwritten recipes. I guess we lose some of that now in the digital age, but the trade-off is that we can exchange recipes and share ideas so much more easily with all the technology!
In any case, these turkey legs are SOOOOOO good! I actually had a hard time getting them ready for the photo because the meat was so tender, the legs kept falling apart as I was trying to position them on the plate. I was down to my last two nice-looking legs, so I am glad I finally got a decent picture! But the best part is that this is one of the easiest recipes ever. I L-O-V-E easy recipes. Especially when the whole family enjoys them. I will be making these crock pot turkey legs again soon, for sure! (more…)
I had an entirely different post scheduled for today, but I made these a few days ago, and I was so excited by how delicious they turned out that I just had to post them right away!
There is nothing super-special about the ingredients, but turning them into twirls really boosted the fun factor. They are so cute, and kids love to eat cute food! Oh, who am I kidding…I am the one who likes to eat cute food!!
I used whole wheat pizza dough for the extra shot of fiber, and turkey pepperoni to minimize the fat. I also used reduced-fat shredded mozzarella for the same reason. Of course I had sneak a veggie in there, and even though the spinach was not ‘hidden’, no one minded it at all! (more…)
Today I am excited to have my first monthly contributor post go live over at Wanda Ann’s blog, Memories By The Mile. You will find me there the 2nd Thursday of every month!
This month I have shared this Shrimp and Broccoli Curry. It is quick and easy, healthy and delicious. And the kids love it! Click here to head on over to get the recipe, and while you are there check out some of the other awesome posts on Wanda Ann’s blog!