Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Favorites ~ 9/30/11




Here's what I found this week that made my mouth totally water! 

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Buttery Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings



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Chicken and Zucchini Casserole with Sour Cream Sauce












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Cauliflower and Walnut Cream Soup







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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna




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Banana Oat Bars





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Check out more favorites at Finding Joy in My Kitchen!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cincinnati Sloppy Joes



Sloppy Joes.  Pure comfort food in my book.  Many, many different ways to make them and their all delicious. 

I've been trying a new way of eating.  I've been eliminating wheat from my diet.  I know, I know, I am the flour tortilla queen. I love, love, love them and would eat them daily.  Well, no more whole wheat flour tortillas for me.  

I've found that a lot of my recipes are fine on corn tortillas. A lot of them are fine just plain or with lettuce.  I'm trying to learn a new way of eating.  Gluten free seems to be working well for me for now.  The family isn't all on board yet so the blog hasn't completely transformed!  Plus I still have a backlog of recipes made when I was eating gluten.


With my elimination of wheat, I decided to eat my sloppy joes over mashed potatoes.  You know what. I actually liked it BETTER than on a bun. Yup.  It was awesome. I didn't miss the bread at all.

Hubs of course still wanted a bun.  It's okay. I'll let him.  :-)



Cincinnati Sloppy Joes Recipe
Adapted from Rachael Ray

2 lbs. ground turkey, 93%
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp. ancho chili powder
1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. dried oregano
3 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
1 cup chicken stock
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
1 can (14 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

Cook ground turkey.  Add pepper, onion and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes until it softens.  Add all the spices and cook for a couple of minutes.  Add the tomato paste, brown sugar and worcestershire, cook for another minute or so. 

Add the chicken stock and tomato sauce and simmer for a few minutes to thicken.  Add the beans. Serve on slider buns, sandwich thins or over mashed potatoes like I did.

Total calories = 1780 calories
6 servings = 296 calories per serving

1 serving sloppy joes + 2 servings mashed potatoes = 456 calorie dinner

One Year Ago...






Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich

This is linked with:
Ultimate Recipe Swap:Beef at Life as Mom
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Tasty Traditions at Coupon Cookin'
Cooking Thursday at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Things I Love at Diaper Diaries
It's a Keeper at It's a Keeper Recipes

Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum
Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home
Recipe Swap at The Grocery Cart Challenge
I'm Lovin' It at Tidy Mom
Friday Potluck at EKat's Kitchen
Foodie Friday at Not Your Ordinary Recipes
Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tater Tots and Jello




Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Chipotle Honey Meatballs




Meatballs are so cute, aren't they? 

These would make excellent appetizers. Just put a decorated toothpick in them and they would be adorable at your next party!

I LOVED this sauce! You get the super sweetness from the honey and then the chipotle kick comes back at you.




You have to be careful with the chipotle peppers.  They can be pretty spicy.  Here's what I do; I puree the whole can, the peppers and the adobo sauce together.  Then I put in the refrigerator and it keeps for many weeks.  Then I am able to add however much I need to in my recipes.  To me, it's much easier than chopping an individual chipotle pepper.

I used about a tablespoon (maybe more) in the meatballs and then another tablespoon in the sauce.  I would recommend tasting the sauce and adding according to personal taste.



Chipotle Honey Meatballs
Adapted from Noble Pig

2 pounds ground chicken or turkey
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup plain dry bread crumbs (I used gluten free)
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 can (4 ounce) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, divided
1 teaspoon salt


Chipotle-Honey Sauce
3/4 cup honey
2 to 3 whole chipotle peppers in adobo sauce ** (see note above regarding chipotle peppers)
2 tbsp. cup chicken broth or water
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 Tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt


Combine ground turkey or chicken, eggs, bread crumbs, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, 1 chopped chipotle pepper, about a couple teaspoons of adobo sauce and salt in a medium bowl. Mix well.


Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and form chicken mixture into 60 meatballs. Place the meatballs on the baking sheets and cover with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour. Or do what I did an just refrigerate the meat dough and then make the meatballs. I got 60 meatballs.


While the meatballs are chilling, make the sauce.


In a food processor or blender combine honey, 1 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chicken broth, tomato paste, lime juice, Dijon mustard and salt. Process until smooth. Set aside. (I didn't use the food processor, I just stirred it all together)


Remove meatballs from the refrigerator and spray with cooking spray or brush lightly with vegetable oil.  Bake both trays in a 400 degree oven for 12 minutes.


Remove the trays from the oven and place meatballs in a baking dish. Add Chipotle-Honey Sauce and brush the meatballs until they are coated.


Bake another 15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through and glazed with sauce.

Total calories = 2550 calories
60 meatballs = 42 calories per meatball with sauce


One Year Ago...












Tomato Basil Bread

This is linked with:
Let's Do Brunch at My Sweet and Savory

Works for me Wednesday at We are THAT Family
Real Food Wednesdays at Kelly the Kitchen Kop
What's on your Plate? at Good Cheap Eats
What's on the Menu at Dining with Debbie
My Best Recipes at This Chick Cooks
The Mommy Club at Crystal and Co.
Gluten Free Wednesdays at Gluten Free Homemaker
Ultimate Recipe Swap: Appetizers at Life as Mom
Recipe of the Week: Appetizers at Family Fresh Meals



Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Squash Zucchini Casserole


Whenever I pass by the zucchini and squash at the store or the farmers market, I end up buying some. I don't always have a plan for it but I know it will get used.


So I had some squash in the frig with no plans.  Then my friend gave me a zucchini.  I first thought to make these zucchini cookies that I've been meaning to make for ages!  Then I saw this recipe for squash casserole and thought that combining them would be perfect. 

It was.


I loved having the color of the green zucchini along with the yellow squash. I left the peels on and left them pretty chunky as I was mashing. 

We ate this with spicy chipotle meatballs and it was a super meal!


Squash Casserole

2 - 2 1/2 lbs. yellow squash and zucchini
1/2 cup egg substitute (or 2 eggs)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
3 tbsp. onion, minced
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
15 Ritz crackers (or 2 tbsp. butter/2 tbsp. bread crumbs)

Cut zucchini and squash into chunks. Steam the squash and zucchini in microwave with water until it's soft and able to be mashed. Drain well and mash, some chunks are okay.  Stir in egg, bread crumbs, onion and spices.  Pour into an 8 x 8 pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Crush Ritz crackers and sprinkle on top of casserole.  Bake for another 20 - 30 minutes until golden and done.

Total calories = 665 calories
4 servings = 166 per serving



One Year Ago...












Buffalo Chicken Pizza

This is linked with:
$5 Dinner Challenge at $5 Dinners

My Meatless Monday at My Sweet and Savory
Mouthwatering Mondays at A Southern Fairytale
Your Recipe, My Kitchen at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Just another Meatless Monday at What's for Dinner, Mom?
Midnight Maniac Meatless Monday at Midnight Maniac
Made By You Mondays at Skip to my Lou
Mangia Mondays at Delightfully Dowling
Makin' You Crave Mondays at Mrs. Happy Homemaker
Tuesday at the Table at All The Small Stuff
Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
Hearth & Soul at Mom's Sunday Cafe
Tasty Tidbits at Permanent Posies
Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at SS & GF
Recipe Party at This Chick Cooks




Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Menu Plan Monday ~ September 26 - October 2, 2011




There are just too many things I want to make and just not enough time.  Some weeks, not enough energy!  This week I'm planning to make a bunch of taco meat and using the leftovers for other nights. 

Monday:  Black Bean and Corn Quinoa

Tuesday: Herb and Cheese Stuffed Burgers & Cowboy  Mashed Potatoes

Wednesday:  Tacos & Black Beans

Thursday: Taco Omelettes

Friday: Potato Nachos with sweet potatoes

Saturday: Leftovers and Gingerbread Popcorn

Sunday: Steaks or Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples


This is linked with Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Cake Batter Crispies



I wish I had better pictures of these.  I made them, plated them for the party; next thing I knew, they were gone.  I did mangage to steal a taste and they were delicious. Of course.  The kids adored them and have been begging me to make them again every since. 

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Cake Batter Crispies
Adapted from Food For Thought


3 tbsp. butter
1 - 10 oz. bag of marshmallows
1/4 cup of yellow cake mix
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Sprinkles




One Year Ago...







Apple Poppyseed Chicken Salad Wrap

This is linked with:
 Sweets for a Saturday at Sweet as Sugar Cookies
Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello
Bake with Bizzy at Bizzy Bakes
Tailgating Time at Our Krazy Kitchen
Made By You Monday at Skip to my Lou
Recipe Party at This Chick Cooks


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Arepas with Poblanos, Bacon and Eggs





I loved the name of this recipe. Arepas with Poblanos.  It just has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? You have to say it with an accent too of course. It just rolls off the tongue. Arepas with Poblanos!


I had never made arepas before.  I'm not sure I even really knew what an arepa was.  Well, let me tell you, they were delicious.  Like awesome corn pancakes.


While the poblanos looked pretty and were delicious, I think next time, I would just cut them up into the eggs.  I'm all about simple and that would just be one less step. Call me lazy but I think it would be just fine.


Arepas with Poblanos, Bacon and Eggs
Adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine Sept. 11

2 large poblano chile peppers
1 cup corn flour or finely ground cornmeal
1 cup corn
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (3 oz)
1 cup milk
2 tbsp. butter
6 slices bacon, chopped
8 eggs
Cilantro (optional)

Preheat broiler to high.  Char the poblanos under the broiler on all sides, 5 - 6 minutes.  Place in a bowl, cover and let cool.  Peel, seed and slice.

Place corn flour and corn kernals in a bowl and season with salt.  Add the cheese and toss with your fingers.  In a small saucepan, heat the milk but do not boil. Add the butter to melt.  Stir into the corn mixture and let stand for about 10 minutes. 

Cook the bacon in a skillet until done and crispy.  Scoop bacon out onto paper towels to drain.  Save bacon grease to cook arepas and eggs in if desired.  (it's bacon grease, how could you NOT want to do this!)

Heat a thin layer of oil (I used bacon greast) in nonstick skillet over medium high heat.  Spoon corn cake mixture and flatten slightly. I used an ice cream scoop for measuring and just flattened them with the end of the scoop.  Cook them for 3 - 4 minutes on one side, or until you see the edges just getting brown.  Flip and cook on the second side for a couple of minutes. I fit 4 in a pan and cooked 12 arepas. 

Add small bit of bacon grease to skillet and and add the eggs.  Season with salt and cilantro.  Scramble to desired doneness.  Layer the eggs on the arepas and top with poblanos.

One Year Ago...









Cilantro Rice

This is linked with:

Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Tasty Traditions at Coupon Cookin'
Cooking Thursday at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Things I Love Thursday at The Diaper Diaries
It's a Keeper Thursday at It's a Keeper
Ultimate Recipe Swap-Side Dishes at Life as Mom
Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum
Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home
Recipe Swap at The Grocery Cart Challenge
I'm Lovin' It at Tidy Mom
Friday Potluck at EKat's Kitchen
Foodie Friday at Not Your Ordinary Recipes
Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tater Tots and Jello
Makin' You Crave Mondays at Mrs. Happy Homemaker
Made By You Monday at Skip to My Lou
Recipe of the Week at Family Fresh Meals

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Vegetable Dip



Several weeks back, I was privileged enough to help create an Everyday Meal with 5 other talented food bloggers for Lawry's.  It was a contest.  10 teams, each with a team of 6.  Well, I'm happy to saw that Lawry's announced the winners and we won! Yea! 

Here is the featured recipe for Baked Panko Zucchini Fries from our team.  Here is the Lawry's facebook page as well!

Well, I was in need of some healthy veggie dip so I turned to Lawry's once again and it turned out fantastic!!

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Veggie Dip

1 (6 oz) plain greek yogurt
1/3 cup sour cream, light
1/3 cup mayo, light
1 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
2 tsp. Lawry's Seasoned Salt

Add all the ingredients together with a whisk. Chill an hour or so before serving.  This will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. 

One Year Ago...








Italian Sausage Pasta w/ Zucchini Broccoli Alfredo Sauce


This is linked with:
Tuesday at the Table at All The Small Stuff

Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
Hearth & Soul at Mom's Sunday Cafe
Tasty Tidbits at Permanent Posies
Slightly Indulgent at SS&GF
Let's Do Brunch at My Sweet and Savory
Works for me Wednesday at We are THAT Family
Real Food Wednesdays at Kelly the Kitchen Kop
What's on your Plate? at Good Cheap Eats
What's on the Menu at Dining with Debbie
My Best Recipes at This Chick Cooks
The Mommy Club at Crystal and Co.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bars - Secret Recipe Club




It's time again for The Secret Recipe Club reveal!  It gets so exciting, doesn't it?  Amanda was the one who kicked things off with the whole thing!  Tina from Mom's Crazy Cooking is helping out for Group B.



This month I am paired up with Averie from Love Veggies and Yoga.  She has an awesome blog with tons of healthy foods! Healthy AND super delicious I should say!  I saved several recipes. I've already made the Banana Brulee Oats and she has a bunch of other oatmeal recipe I want to try! 

These oat bars were awesome. They kids loved them and we ate them all the first day. These will be made again and again!


Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bars
Adapted from Love Veggies and Yoga

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter, I used chunky
1/3 cup milk, 1%
1 1/2 cup oats, quick cooking
1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. splenda
1/4 cup pecan halves, rough chopped
1 tbsp. flaxseed meal

Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and milk in the microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring and checking.  Once melted and stirred together, add the rest of the ingredients.  You want this to be fairly dry, if it's not dry enough, add more oats one tablespoon at a time. 

Press mixture into an 8 x 8 pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until cooled and firm.  Cut into 10 slices.  You could also roll into balls as well for a finger snack. 

I put it through Sparkpeople.com recipes and these are the stats that I came up with.

Nutrition Facts
10 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 205.4
Total Fat 12.6 g
Saturated Fat 1.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.5 g
Cholesterol 0.4 mg
Sodium 187.3 mg
Potassium 163.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 19.4 g
Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
Sugars 2.4 g
Protein 5.7 g

One Year Ago...







Hawaiian Rum Marinated Pineapple

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Menu Plan Monday ~ September 19 - September 25, 2011




Vacation is over and I'm ready to cook again!  I have a bunch of new recipes that I want to try this week.  Plus, I have a whole bunch of ground turkey and I plan to do some freezer cooking.  I want to get the freezer stocked for the next couple of weeks!

Monday: Hamburger Salad & Apple Pockets



Tuesday: Orange Barbecue Cashew Chicken

Wednesday: Southwest Smothered Chicken

Thursday: Steaks & Sweet n Sour Zucchini Salad


Friday: Leftovers


Saturday: Spaghetti


Sunday: All Day Meatballs, brown rice & veggies


This is linked with Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie

One Year Ago...







Cheesy Chimichangas





Friday, September 16, 2011

Southwestern Potato Salad




I love a good potato salad.  So when I saw this southwestern version, I jumped on it. 

It called for a cup of mayo, I had to cut that down.  The greek yogurt worked just fine, the texture was perfect and the flavor was wonderful! 


Southwestern Potato Salad Recipe
Adapted from Delightfully Dowling

2 1/2 lbs. potatoes
Salt
1 - 6 oz. cup Greek lowfat yogurt
1/3 cup mayo, light
2 tbsp. honey mustard
2 tbsp. lime juice
2 tbsp. Ancho chile powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 plum tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno, finely diced
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Black pepper

1. Put the potatoes in a large pot & add enough cold water to cover. add 1 tbsp. salt & bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, 12-15 minutes.



2. Drain well, let cool slightly, & slice 1/4" thick. Set aside.
3. Stir together the yogurt, mayo, mustard, lime juice, ancho powder, cayenne, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno, green onions, red onion, & garlic in a medium bowl. pour the mixture over the potatoes & mix gently until combined. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Total calories = 1555 calories
8 heaping cups = 194 calories per serving

One Year Ago...








Tomatillo Salsa


This is linked with Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello
Ultimate Recipe Swap:Potatoes at Life as Mom


Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna



I was excited when I saw this recipe.  Another way to use my Franks Buffalo Sauce!  Yea!

I think I scared my husband when he tasted it though.  He got home late and I didn't tell him what it was when he grabbed a piece.  I think he was expecting regular old lasagna. This threw him for a loop!

He liked it but just wasn't expecting the hot sauce and pepperjack flavor.


This is one of my higher calorie meals so it wouldn't be something that we'd eat all the time (though it was so good, I could eat it all the time!)

The flavor was perfect, not too spicy. Just the right amount of kick.  :-)



Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Recipe
Adapted from Prevention RD

12 lasagna noodles, uncooked
1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
1 large onion, diced
3 cups spaghetti sauce
1 cup Franks buffalo wing sauce
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups water
15 oz. ricotta cheese, low fat
1/2 cup egg substitute (or 2 eggs)
6 slices pepperjack cheese
Cook chicken in pan on medium high heat with 1/2 cup of Franks hot sauce. Cook until shreddable.  You will need to add some water so it won't stick.  Shred chicken.  Add onion to pan and cook for a few minutes to soften.  Add shredded chicken and the other 1/2 cup Franks hot sauce.  Stir and heat for a few minutes.  Add spaghetti sauce and water and stir. 

In another bowl, combine ricotta and egg together. 

Spread 1 cup of sauce on the bottom of pan.  Arrange 4 noodles over the sauce.  Spread more of the sauce, then a layer of ricotta, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese.  Add another layer of sauce, noodles, ricotta, and mozzerella, noodles and ending with the sauce.

 Cover and bake 70 minutes. Uncover and place cheese slices on top, then bake for another 15 minutes uncovered. Let stand 10-15 minutes before serving.  

Total calories = 4300
8 servings = 538 calories per serving

One Year Ago...











Pasta Rotini with Eggplant Tomato Sauce

This is linked with:

Let's Do Brunch at My Sweet and Savory
Works for me Wednesday at We are THAT Family
Real Food Wednesdays at Kelly the Kitchen Kop
What's on your Plate? at Good Cheap Eats
What's on the Menu at Dining with Debbie
My Best Recipes at This Chick Cooks
The Mommy Club at Crystal and Co.
$5 Dinner Challenge at $5 Dinners
Fall Crawl at The Artsy Girl Connection
Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello



Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Black Bean Brownies - Secret Recipe Club




I was thrilled when Amanda from The Secret Recipe Club asked me to make an extra recipe this month from India-Leigh's blog A Vegan Obsession.  While I don't eat vegan, I am trying to reduce my gluten with the potential of eventually going gluten free.  So there were many recipe ideas that I know I will be trying!

I've been meaning to make Black Bean Brownies for a long time.  I have several recipes saved so when I saw she had one, I knew I'd be making it right away. 

I am afraid that I de-veganed it though by using honey rather than agave.  Whoops!  Sorry about that.  I did change the recipe a bit, I looked at original recipe and hers and sorta combined the two. 

What I got was more of a banana bar.  I didn't get the chocolate taste too much and the banana was very pronounced in flavor.  I loved the texture and they tasted fine.  The kids all ate them and had no clue there were beans in them. Score! 

My group posts for The Secret Recipe Club next Monday! I've got a great post from another awesome blogger too!


Black Bean Brownies
Adapted from A Vegan Obsession

15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 whole ripe bananas
1/3 cup honey (or agave)
1 tbsp. orange marmalade
1/4 cup unsweeteded pure cocoa powder
2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup oats, quick cooking

Heat oven to 350. Spray 8 x 8 pan with cooking spray.

Put all the ingredients, except for the oats, into a food processor. Process until smooth.  Take blade out, fold in the oats. Pour into prepared pan, cook for about 35 minutes.  Cool completely before serving.

Total calories = 1238 calories
12 bars = 103 calories per bar (from calorieking.com)

These are the stats I got when I plugged the numbers into Sparkpeople.com:
Nutrition Facts

12 Servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 96.6
Total Fat 0.7 g
Saturated Fat 0.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 132.7 mg
Potassium 199.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 21.7 g
Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
Sugars 11.2 g
Protein 3.0 g

This is linked with Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at SS & GF

Monday, September 12, 2011

Quinoa & Vegetable Bake




One of the things that I don't like about egg bake casseroles is the crust.  You put a whole bunch of healthy things in a pan - over a crust that often doubles the calories.  Tasty, but just not as healthy.

That's why I loved the idea of this quinoa crust.  Quinoa is tasty, filling and healthy!


I love how versatile this is as well, you can sub different vegetables, different cheeses, whatever.  It's good. 

It makes a great breakfast, brunch or dinner. It's just really good.


Quinoa & Vegetable Bake Recipe
Adapted from Dinner at Christinas

Crust:
3 cups cooked quinoa, somewhat cooled
1 egg + 2 egg whites
Cheddar cheese, 2 oz. shredded
Salt and pepper, to taste

Filling:
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and moisture strained out
1 red pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
6 eggs + 6 egg whites
Cheddar cheese, 2 oz. grated
1/2 cup ricotta cheese, part skim
Salt and pepper to taste

Beat egg in a medium bowl for the crust.  Fold in the quinoa and cheese.  Season with salt and pepper. Spray a 9 x 13 in. pan with cooking spray and sump the crust mix into the pan.  Carefully form the crust along the bottom of the dish and up the sides.

In a large bowl, add the veggies and the cheese.  You can pretty much use whatever veggies you like or have in the frig.  Beat the eggs and egg whites in the bowl you used for the crust.  Add eggs to the veggies and add ricotta cheese and stir until everything is mixed.  Season with salt and pepper.

Pour the egg/veggie mixture into the crust. Pop in the oven, uncovered for about 40 minutes. Check the center for doneness with a knife.  Let stand a few minutes before cutting into. 

Total calories = 2261 calories
8 huge servings = 283 calories per serving

One Year Ago...







Taco Seasoned Meat

This is linked with:

$5 Dinner Challenge at $5 Dinners
My Meatless Monday at My Sweet and Savory
Mouthwatering Mondays at A Southern Fairytale
Your Recipe, My Kitchen at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Just another Meatless Monday at What's for Dinner, Mom?
Midnight Maniac Meatless Monday at Midnight Maniac
Made By You Mondays at Skip to my Lou
Mangia Mondays at Delightfully Dowling
Tuesday at the Table at All The Small Stuff
Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
Hearth & Soul at Mom's Sunday Cafe
Tasty Tidbits at Permanent Posies
Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at SS & GF
Gluten Free Wednesdays at Gluten Free Homemaker


Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Menu Plan Monday ~ September 12 - September 18, 2011




So we're taking a short vacation to Duluth, MN and Gooseberry Falls this week.  It's only about 2 hours away and it's the perfect time of year.  The trees are just starting to change colors and the weather is cool but still gorgeous.  That's the beauty of homeschool, we can take off whenever we want.  The school work will get caught up eventually.

Monday: Chicken Shawarma Pita Sandwiches

Tuesday: Chipotle Bean Burritos


Wednesday:  Vacation


Thursday: Vacation

Friday: Vacation

Saturday: Vacation

Sunday: Vacation

This is linked with Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie

One Year Ago...








Cinnamon Peach Cottage Cheese Pancakes