Monday, February 24, 2014

Quinoa~Kale Soup

I know some people find Quinoa intimidating to make,,,,,but with all of the health benefits that exist in it I think it is a must try for everyone,,,,,And adding it to this soup can be an easy way to try it!,,Just some of the health benefits of it are,,,High in magnesium, fiber and phosphorus,,,,heart healthy fats,,,gluten free, high in protein and antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties,,,and I could go on and on!,,,So why not give it a try!,,,Here is what I did,,,Enjoy!

2 T olive oil
1 small onion (diced)
3 celery ribs (diced)
8 Cups Chicken Broth
2 Cups Chicken Breast (cooked and diced, I use Rotisserie)
2 cans cannellini beans (drained)
3 Cups Kale (chopped)
3/4 Cup of dry Quinoa
1/2 t dry ground thyme
salt and pepper
Saute onion and celery in olive oil until translucent...and chicken broth and the rest of the ingredients
bring to boil then simmer for 30-40 minutes until Quinoa swells

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Turtle ~Toffee Graham Bars

These bars are really simple to make!,,,,but they pack a lot of punch in them,,,with a layer that tastes like buttery toffee!,,,,I love these and I had everything on hand to make them!!,,,Here is what you do!

about 15 whole graham crackers
2 sticks butter
1 Cup packed brown sugar
1 Cup chopped pecans
2 Cups Milk Chocolate Morsels
kosher salt to sprinkle on top (optional)
Preheat oven to 350
Lime a rimmed cookie sheet with a silpat or parchment paper
Arrange graham crackers in a single layer
Add butter, brown sugar and pecans in a saucepan and bring to boil for 2-3
minutes, stirring constantly
Pour the butter mixture over crackers and bake for 15 minutes
Meanwhile melt chocolate in a glass bowl and Microwave for 60 seconds
at a time until melted
Pour chocolate over toffee mixture spreading evenly (rubber spatula works well)
Chill completely in refrigerator for about 30 minutes
Cut into bars,,,you can sprinkle with flaky kosher salt if you like!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Cheeseburger Stromboli

This is something that my Mom used to make that I have always loved!,,We used to call it something else (bean-ya-lata),,,and she assembles hers different(she rolls hers like a jelly roll),,,but the flavor is still the same!!,,,,When I have made this in the past for friends....they said it reminds them of a white castle burger!!,,,,,Here is what I do!
before baked
after baked
1 pound pizza dough
2T olive oil
2T butter
1 Large yellow onion sliced
2 pounds ground sirloin
2 C shredded mozzarella cheese
1 C shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
Cut onion in half then slice in thin strips......saute in olive oil and butter on low until carmelized and soft add salt and pepper,,,then set aside to cool
In another pan brown sirloin until cooked add salt and pepper,,,drain and set aside
Roll out pizza dough into a large rectangle using flour...transfer to a large air flow cookie sheet
with a pizza cutter start making slices from outer edge to center about 1 inch wide and 3 inches long
the same amount on each side,,,I did about 15 slices (pictured)
layer 1 cup mozzarella in center of dough
then add ground sirloin
add onions
then 1 cup mozzarella top with cheddar cheese
start bringing the dough strips 1 from each side in,, alternating
make sure ends are brought in to cover... tucking
ends under
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Mandarin Orange Cake

This is a great cake!,,,So moist and light, I have been making this cake for many years, and everyone loves it!,,,,I changed the frosting recipe from the original which calls for crushed pineapple,,,,My Mom is allergic.... so I switched it out for oranges instead,,,,so you can use whatever you prefer.
If you want to impress someone with your baking skills (without having many) then this is the cake for you to try!!....Enjoy!

1 Butter Recipe Yellow cake mix
4 eggs
 1/2 Cup Oil
1- 11 0z. can Mandarin Oranges (undrained) reserve about 4 for decorating
1 12 oz. container Cool Whip (thawed)
1 3.4 oz. Box Instant Vanilla Pudding
1- 11 oz. can Mandarin Oranges (undrained) or crushed pineapple
reserve 4 oranges from this can for decorating
Prepare cake batter with all ingredients listed above,,,,mix until smooth
divide batter between 2 greased round cake pans and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes
or until toothpick comes out clean
Meanwhile you can make Frosting with all ingredients listed....beat until well
You can refrigerate until needed
Once cake is cool you can frost (adding frosting between 2 layers), decorate with the 8 oranges and Enjoy!!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Tuna Tetrazzini

For some reason I always make my Tetrazzini with Tuna, but you can use Turkey or Chicken in this, And this recipe doesn't use heavy cream or flour,,,the sauce base is sour cream (I use reduced fat) and cream cheese (I used 1/3 less fat),,,Here is what I do,,,Enjoy!

5 C dry egg noodles (cooked)
1 can albacore tuna
1 C frozen peas (thawed)
1- 7 oz can sliced mushrooms
1 C sour cream
1/2 brick cream cheese
1 C shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 C parmesan cheese + more to sprinkle on top
salt and pepper
6 ritz crackers (crumbled)
In a large pot cook noodles as directed...drain and pour noodles back into pan
add sour cream, cream cheese and the parmesan and mozzarella cheese
Stir until well mixed
add salt and pepper
then add the Tuna, mushrooms and peas
mix well
pour noodle mixture into a greased casserole dish
top with parmesan cheese and cracker crumbles
Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pasta Fagioli (Pasta Fazool)

I love this soup!,,,I made this vegetarian, but you can add a pound of ground beef for a heartier version!,,,I also used Ditalini pasta but you could use small shells,,,or any other pasta you want for that matter! This is a great dish topped with grated parmesan cheese,,,Enjoy!

2 T olive oil
1 small onion (diced)
2 carrots diced
3 celery ribs diced
1 32 0z box Chicken, Beef or Vegetable broth
2- 14 1/2 oz cans petite diced tomatoes
1 can kidney beans (drained
1 can cannellini beans (drained)
1 cup dry ditalini pasta (cooked al dente)
1 t dry ground thyme
salt and pepper
parmesan cheese
saute onion carrot and celery in olive oil until soft
( if adding beef add now until browned)
add broth and tomatoes
then the spices
bring to boil then let simmer about 20-25 minutes
stir in the beans and cooked pasta
let it cook for about 10 more minutes
add more salt and pepper if needed to your taste
serve with grated parmesan cheese

Gluten Free Banana~Nut Muffins

Here is another Gluten ~Free recipe,,,,if you are not worried about Gluten then omit the 2 flours here and replace with the same amount of regular flour (2 1/2 cups),,,everything else will remain the same!,,,,When coming up with Gluten free recipes,,,I really like the addition of coconut flour along with the GF flour,,,it really gives these recipes a nice flavor!,,,Enjoy!



C gluten free flour (I use Bobs Red Mill)
C Coconut flour
t salt
t baking soda
C sugar
eggs beaten
C coconut oil (melted)
C applesauce
C bananas mashed (4 to 5)
t vanilla extract
C chopped walnuts


add all dry ingredients to bowl...set aside... in another bowl beat eggs, add coconut oil, applesauce, bananas and vanilla together and add to dry mixture, incorporating well,,,add nuts spray muffin tins and fill 3/4 with mixture Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes yields 24 muffins or 2 loaves (loaves will bake for 40-45 minutes