Friday, July 18, 2014

Great Summer Breakfast or Lunch

This is my breakfast of lunch a LOT these days. It is Delicious and with fresh garden veggies (or from your local farmer's market) it is even better. For lunch I will add some Lime soaked onions, which are almost always in my fridge. This is a great easy way to add more vegetables to your diet.

So Fast and easy

1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/2 avocado sliced or diced
1 small cucumber sliced or diced
1 small tomato diced
salt and pepper to taste ( I if add the Lime onions I do not add salt)

That is it and it is SO REFRESHING

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Gluten Free Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

 3 cups gluten free flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons Xanthan gum if your flour does not have it already in it. 
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups  sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chocolate chips
I also put a sprinkle of brown sugar on top of each muffin before baking but that is optional. 

Grease  24 muffin tins.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix flour, salt, baking powder, soda, xanthan gum (if using), and cinnamon together.

Beat eggs, oil, and sugar together 

Add flour mixture  to the creamed mixture, and beat well.

Stir in zucchini and chocolate chips until well combined.  Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until tester comes out clean

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Zucchini Bread

 2 cups of shredded zucchini
3 eggs
1 cup oil ( I use 1/2 coconut oil and half vegetable oil)
2 cups sugar
3 tsp cinnamon
3 cups flour 
1 tsp salt

1 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup  pecans nuts, optional. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 loaf pans.

Mix flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a bowl.

Beat eggs, oil, and sugar together in a bowl.

Add in the flour mixture, slowly.

Once those ingredients are mixed well stir in zucchini and pecans. 

 Place in 2 pans and bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes until a toothpick come out clean from the center of the loaf. 

I sprinkle the top with a few pecan pieces and a little brown sugar but you don't have too. 

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Parmesan Potato Wedges With a Kick

 These are super easy and SO delish. My husband thinks he needs potatoes at every meal and I am always looking for ways to mix things up a bit.  And these are a keeper.  This recipes serves 4.

6 large potatoes cut into wedges
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons Seasoning mix of your choice I used Our Burger and Fry Seasoning
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Throw everything into a plastic bag and shake until the wedges are coated well. Then empty the contents of the bag onto a roasting pan and spread the wedges out in one layer. Then bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes until the wedges are tender and the cheese begins to turn brown.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cooking a Whole Country Ham

We had a Kentucky Derby Party this year as we normally do and I like to make Kentucky dishes for the races. This year I had a couple items that needed country ham so I bought a whole country ham. Most recipes for cooking a whole country ham include soaking it over night or boiling it to get some of the salt out, but I did not do that. We have a local hole in the wall restaurant that serves shredded country ham and I LOVE it so I wanted to do that for these dishes so I was not as concerned with the salty taste since when shredded you used less ham.

I Put the Whole ham in a roasting pan and covered the bottom of the pan with water. Then covered the whole thing in Foil. I baked the ham at 350 degrees until the ham reached 160 degrees internally, this took close to 4 hours for this ham. The above picture is of the ham once after it was cooked. I did not get pictures of the carving and shredding.

Once the ham cooked and cooled you need to debone and cut off the fat and outer skin of the ham. Below is what my ham looked like after that job was done. Then you can cut the ham however you like. I used a meat slicer and cut mine as thin as I could.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Bruschetta Chicken (Slow Cooker)

This is a SUPER EASY meal in the slow cooker.  I will say it is not my favorite meal of all time but is a great go to in a pinch. If you have pasta and a jar of bruschetta topping in the pantry and some chicken this can be a meal for the day you forgot to meal plan for.

Frozen chicken tenders
Jar of bruschetta topping, enough to cover the amount of chicken you need (I used This)

Put chicken in bruschetta topping in the slow cooker on low for about 6 hours and serve over pasta and I topped with a little Parmesan cheese.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Drive in Snacks

Going to the drive in can be a great family summertime activity. We have been lucky enough to have one fairly close to us for most of our married life and we love going. However I don't Love all he greasy food, so we pack a cooler. We pack cooked hamburger patties sometimes, fruit, nuts, fresh veggies and dips. This way we still enjoy the movie and food just don't worry about getting sick from the actual drive in food. 
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Red Pepper Fried Potatoes

Fried potatoes are always a hit at my house. My husband thinks he need potatoes at every meal, and I get bored cooking them all the time. So this one way to spice them up. 

Oil to cover the bottom of the pan
potatoes to cover the pan
1-2 hot red peppers per every 4-5 potatoes
1/2 onion dice per 4-5 potatoes 
hot pepper flakes to taste
house seasoning (salt, pepper, & Garlic) to taste

Place oil in the pan and warm. Once warm add everything else and cook over a medium heat until the potatoes are cooked through. It helps to cover the pan for the first ten minutes or so. I cooked mine this time in cast iron on my burner on my grill to keep all the extra heat out side. 

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It Is Strawberry Time

Strawberries are a favorite at my house we all LOVE them and there is NOTHING better than FRESH picked strawberries.  Here are several great strawberry recipes all in one place.  If you click on the title above the picture it will take you to that recipe. Let us know if you try any of these out this season. 

As we all try to get our 7-13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day Strawberries pack  lots of good for you goodness other than just tasting great. 

Strawberries are:
  • ranked in the top 50 best antioxidant foods
  • VERY HIGH in vitamin  C IF eating within 2 days of picking
  • read all about strawberries here

Mason Jar Strawberry Shortcake

Sweet Heart Salad with Strawberry Lemon Dressing 

Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Fruit Salsa
Strawberry "Cake"
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bacon BBQ Sliders

These are great to make to watch the game on TV or if you need some finger type food that is more filling. You can make the burger mixture and press into your baking dish a head of time too. 

2 lbs ground beef
1/2 pound bacon chopped and cooked
1 small-medium onion diced
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 -1 cup favorite bbq sauce
salt, pepper, and garlic salt to tasted ( I used about 1 Tablespoon of house seasoning)
Favorite small rolls and sliced cheese to top (I used colby jack) 

Cook bacon and when it is  almost done add the onions to the pan until they become soft. Drain well, you cook the bacon first to reduce the amount of grease in the pan. 

Then mix everything except the bbq sauce, sliced cheese , and rolls together and press the mixture into a 9x13 or larger backing dish. Really pack it down and make sure it is even in the pan. Then coat the top of the mixture with the bbq sauce. Bake at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes. Slice  and add to your rolls and cheese. 

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