I saw a recipe on cauliflower tots, which let me to a post on zucchini tots, which led me to changing the recipe and making these wonderful zucchini bites. I started out by making them closer to the original recipe, using a mini muffin tin. While they tasted delicious, they were a disaster to get out of the pan. So, I decided to make two more batches, bake them flattened like pancakes on parchment paper and they were perfect! Ingredients: 1 small zucchini, grated 1 large egg 1 thin slice of onion, finely chopped 1/4 cup grated Kerrygold Dubliner cheese(or flavorful cheese) salt-free Italian seasoning to taste salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 400F. Grate zucchini onto a clean dishtowel. NOT a terry cloth dishtowel, or you will end up with fuzzy zucchini bites. Wring all the excess water out of the zucchini. In a medium bowl, combine
See what I did there? I made an Easter joke. Ha. This weekend was exactly what I needed. Lots to time outside in the beautiful temperatures. It was the exact weather that you hear Chicagoans talk about all year. The weather that is reason we live here and endure the winters. It was perfect. Friday night, Brian and I met for dinner at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen. I had been there on my last girl’s night and knew he would love it. He did. After eating a lot of hummus, we were both pretty full and didn’t even put a dent in our dinners. The good news was that we then had lunch for Saturday. The only problem was that we didn’t have any more hummus. I did have an eggplant on hand, so I roasted it and made some baba ghanoush to supplement our left overs. It is delicious and
I never know what to title these update posts. After being out-of-town last weekend, I felt like I needed to have a very productive weekend this past weekend. And productive, it was! The fridge is packed to the brim. Then I realized that I have a girls dinner on Wednesday, Brian’s birthday Thursday and Brian’s birthday dinner with friends on Saturday! Well, I guess more meals will be going into the freezer! Oh, well. I spent most of Saturday morning at the grocery store and prepping food. I made rama chicken bowls(brown rice, potato, broccoli and chicken with a peanut sauce), fajita bowls, and prepped fruits and veggies for the week. I got a steal on some chicken breasts, so I bought in bulk, individually packaged and froze most of them. I love a good deal. Mangos were $0.49/each, so I bought a few, sliced and froze in an even
Happy mango season! It is officially here. I love mangos. These whole wheat mango scones are delightful! Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour 1/4 cup brown sugar 1T baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup butter, unsalted, cold and cut into small pieces 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt 1/4 cup milk(I used unsweetened almond milk) 1 large egg 1 cup mango, cut into small chunks 1/4 cup candied ginger, diced 3/4 tsp turbinado sugar Do you know the easiest way to get the fruit out of a mango? Cut it like this: Then flip it inside out and take the fruit out! Easy! Pre-heat oven to 400F. Line baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat. In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, milk and egg. Set aside. In a mixing bowl mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Add in cold butter and continue to
It took me years to even try biscuits and gravy. I openly proclaimed my long standing disgust for them without ever remembering really trying them. I’m not sure if I made it up in my mind that they were horrible or if I did actually they them and not like them at some point in my life. Fast forward to the past few years. Brian and I love to go out to brunch. He will occasionally order biscuits and gravy. During one of those times over the past few years, my curiosity got the best of me and I tried a bite of his order. I surprised myself by really liking them. So, I wanted to figure out how to make a healthier version and I chose this recipe to healthify. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter, divided 1/3 pound Italian spiced ground turkey sausage(it is in a tube int eh cooler
A few weekends ago, the cupboards were bare, it was snowing out and I had no desire to trek out to the grocery store. Fortunately, we had a bag of broccoli in the freezer and some cheese in the fridge. So, I made this filling and nutritious soup. Ingredients: 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk(or milk of choice) 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1.5 cups broccoli, steamed 1 teaspoon dried onion 1/2 vegetable bullion cube salt and pepper to taste Reserve 1/2 cup steamed broccoli to the side. Place remainder of ingredients in blender. Set to hot soup and start. When finished, add rest of broccoli to blender and pulse a few times. Serve with some toasted bread. Makes 2 big servings. If you prefer a completely creamy soup, add all the broccoli in the beginning.
I saw a recipe for double chocolate banana bread. Bread is boring. Ok, not always boring but donuts are always fun. So I adapted the recipe a bit and made double chocolate banana donuts! Brian loves them! They are super simple to throw together, too. I made them this past weekend while I was cooking some other food for the week. They came together in about 30 minutes total! And only dirty ONE BOWL! Ingredients: 3 medium very ripe bananas 1/2 cup coconut oil 2/3 cup light brown sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon table salt 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 cup of mini chocolate chips(I used semi-sweet) Heat oven to 350F. Prepare donut pans(or muffin tins). Peel and mash bananas in a large bowl. Whisk in oil, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Place flour, cocoa powder,
This is a super simple and healthy dessert that is packed with nutrients and good fats. Even better is that those good fats will keep you full a lot longer than empty carbs. Ingredients: 1 ripe avocado 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/4 cup unsweetened nut milk of choice(I used coconut) 1/4 cup honey(or equivalent sweetener of choice) 1 tsp vanilla pinch of salt Scoop avocado out of peel. Place all ingredients into blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
I saw this recipe for Sweet Potato Peanut Bisque and thought the flavors in it sounded amazing. I decided to simplify a few of the steps and make it in my Vitamix. Wow. It is an extremely thick, but delicious soup. Definitely husband approved. Ingredients: 1 large sweet potato, cut in wedges and roasted 1 small onion, diced 1 clove garlic 1/2 chunk of fresh ginger 1 can diced tomatoes with chiles 1 cup vegetable stock 1/4 cup peanut butter pinch of cinnamon 1/2 tsp allspice salt and pepper to taste chopped cilantro and peanuts for garnish I roasted a sweet potato in the morning to have it ready for the soup at lunch. Put all the ingredients in your Vitamix and turn to the Hot Soup setting. Blending results: Pour into bowls. Top with cilantro and peanuts. Makes 4-6 servings. Look at all that deliciousness! This soup is a meal in
It was a very simple weekend in terms of meals. Apparently, I did not do as good of a job as I thought with planning meals last week. We have an odd amount of extra groceries that need to be used up. So, I picked up a few things to supplement what we had left and it is my challenge to get these groceries used up and make it until the weekend before needing more groceries. We went out for a quick dinner on Friday night before catching a movie. Saturday, I needed good healthy fuel after eating out Friday night and having some Junior Mints at the movie. I had fruit and sautéed onions and mushrooms, topped with an egg. For lunch, Brian had tacos and I had a taco salad. We have lots of taco fixings left over for the week ahead. We had a Screw Cupid party