Monday, July 20, 2015

Gnocchi Pear Salad

When I first saw this recipe in my local newspaper, I was a bit skeptical to try it. In all my years, I'd never eaten gnocchi with anything but homemade red sauce. 

Oh boy....did my horizons need to be broadened!

This was meant to be a side dish, I'm sure. However, I made this one night when 
The Hubster had a golf date with his friends. 

Seriously, I could have eaten the entire thing in one a main course.

Okay. Guilty. I ALMOST DID. 

Lucky for me, I saved some for the lunch the next day.

The best part of making this is sauteing the olive oil with the garlic and adding some rosemary. The smell of that alone had me from the very beginning.

The addition of ripe pears is irresistible in this recipe.

I found some "mini" gnocchi at my local international marketplace and used those. I'd highly recommend doing this, as it's just the perfect size if you dice the pears up in small pieces, though it would work okay with regular sized gnocchi as well.

Just look at those perfect little pillows of gnocchi goodness.

Mix it all together with some Romano cheese...

....and top with crumbled Gorgonzola. 

Bon appetit!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hope you are all enjoying the day with family and friends!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Creamy Mushroom Chicken

Summertime is a great time to use your crockpot! Typically, people think they should be using it in the fall and winter. Truth is...crock pots are a great way to have a hearty meal and not heat up your kitchen! Unless you're having weather like we are and rainy...not your typical summer.

Start out with some chicken breasts on the bottom of the crockpot....

 Top with some fresh mushroom slices, green chiles, and dollops of  cream cheese....

Pour on a jar of mushroom gravy and sprinkle a package of dry Italian dressing mix on top....

And you've got yourself a quick weeknight meal. 

The enticing smell when you get home will make  you want to eat as soon as you walk in the door!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

I was in a baking mood and dug out a cookbook I purchased from 
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Trenton, Michigan, which a friend attends. 

The church had made a fundraiser cookbook, and I couldn't resist purchasing one.

So glad I did. I've made several things from it and all have been great. This recipe is no exception!

Just look at that ooey gooey goodness.....


These were a big hit at work, but an even bigger hit with the Hubster. 
I caught him going into the container daily. Can't blame him though.

A cake mix, peanut butter, butter, and eggs to make the dough....

Use some to make the crust and reserve a bit for the topping....

The best part - chocolate chips, butter, and sweet condensed milk.....and melt it all together....

Add some pecans, coconut, and vanilla....

Spread the chocolate mixture over the crust....

Then top with the reserved "crust" mixture and bake. 




Did I mention....."Mmmmm"?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Power Chicken Hummus Bowl

Once in a while, I love hitting up Panera. It's one of my fave places to eat for a quick meal.

I had their Power Chicken Hummus bowl a while back and loved it. It was easy enough 
to recreate here at home and I must say, it tasted very much like it.

Start out with some fresh spinach (I used spinach and kale). Top with sliced grilled chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, cilantro, and a generous dollop of garlic hummus.

The original Panera salad has red onion, but silly me....I forgot to put that on my grocery list. 


Squeeze half of a fresh lemon on the salad and mix it together. The lemon juice combines with the hummus to make a creamy, tasty dressing.

Very light and refreshing. A perfect salad for a warm spring or summer day.

No recipe card needed for this one, folks. :-)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Pulled Pork Nachos

There is a wonderful BBQ place near here that has some tasty nachos. 

Pulled chicken wasn't something I'd ever thought about putting on nachos but when I saw that on the menu, I knew immediately I must try them. So glad I did!

The restaurant's nachos don't have a lot of toppings, 
so I decided to kick them up a notch. 

Starting with either pulled pork or pulled chicken (either will work but I used pork) and 
your favorite BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's), and you've got an easy meal. a hurry one morning before work....I put the pork roast in my crock pot and forgot 
to take a picture, so you're seeing thing after it's cooked. 
Thankfully, my head was attached to my shoulders that day so 
I got to work with my head and brain intact. 


Anyway, super simple. Put in a pork butt or your favorite roast and add a small amount of water.
Cook 8 hours on low and then shred the meat with two forks. Drain any excess water.

Add your favorite BBQ sauce...

Layer some corn tortilla chips, the pulled meat of your choice, some lettuce, black olives, 
tomatoes, and then drizzle with a bit of fat free ranch dressing.

Heck...throw some chopped onion, jalapenos, avocado, and bacon bits on too if you want!

Even some shredded cheese....

However you do it is okay with me! I made enough pork to freeze some and we can have another meal of either nachos or just some pulled pork sandwiches. Yum!

No recipe necessary!

Monday, March 23, 2015

English Muffin Breakfast Sandwiches

I saw a recipe for making egg patties for morning breakfast sandwiches, and they were made in a muffin tin. I tried them, and while they were tasty, the size off the egg patty was like putting a meatball on a tortilla. It just didn't work.

Then I had a brilliant idea! I'd make them in a muffin TOP pan. It was brilliant until I realized I didn't have a muffin top pan. I tried several stores here with no luck, so I decided to order one online. I settled on this one:

Chicago Metallic Muffin Top Pan

I absolutely love it! I've also made corn muffin tops in it and served them with chili.Yum!

No recipe needed for these, really.

I started out with some ham slices in the muffin tin...


Added some fresh baby spinach...

Cracked an egg on top and broke the yolk and spread it around a bit...

Added some chopped red peppers..

Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes or until the egg is just set...

The egg mixture is the perfect size for an English muffin and it extends all the way to the edges. 


I make all six patties and keep them in an airtight container for the week.

 I heat them up for around 20 seconds in the microwave and put them on toasted whole grain English muffins. You can add a slice of cheese if you wish, or customize the egg mixture to your liking.  I've made these with liquid egg whites with great results too.

SUPER easy to wake up and make yourself a delicious breakfast before work. Now you have no excuse for not eating a good breakfast and it's much cheaper than any breakfast drive thru.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Avocados and chocolate. Yum!

Wait! Where are you going?

Come back! I swear you're not going to believe how delicious this is.

I promise.

There is a wonderful little vegan restaurant near me that has some tasty combinations of food. I love going there every once in a while, even though I'm not a vegan. If you saw the dessert display case, you'd be amazed. I was daring enough to try the avocado chocolate pudding one day and WOW.


It is super simple to make and....well, have I mentioned that it's delicious?

Only a few ingredients to throw in the blender.....

Love the colors in that picture.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes....easy to make and oh. so. good.

Now...aren't you glad you came back?

Top it with some chopped nuts, whipped cream, and/or chocolate shavings. No need to tell the kids exactly what ingredients go into making this. It's our little secret.

Go ahead. It's good for you. And them.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Adobe Chicken Wraps

Here is another of my quick weeknight yummies.

This is a great way to use some leftover chicken (or turkey).

Chicken, black beans, corn, salsa, and sour cream. That's it.

Pick a tortilla wrap of your choice....I used spinach, but tomato, herb, or red pepper.

You can even put a bit of fresh cilantro on top if you want.

Be creative!

Bottom line is this: tasty and easy. You're welome.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Penne Rigate with Turkey and Spinach ~ Easy Peasy Recipe of the Week

I got this recipe from the Dreamfields Pasta website. I came across it looking to use some ground turkey that I had in the freezer. I tweaked it to our tastes and it came out mighty yummy!

I browned up the ground turkey (ground chicken would work great too) 
along with some garlic and chopped sweet onions.

I drained off any little bit of fat in the pan, but it was very little.

Add a can of diced tomatoes (I used the garlic and basil flavored) and let that cook down a bit...

Add some fresh baby spinach leaves, a dash of red pepper flakes, and a bit of no salt chicken stock...

Cook it for a few minutes until the spinach is wilted and incorporated into the meat mixture...

Mix with your penne pasta noodles(don't tell the Hubster I used whole wheat penne!)...

...sprinkle it with a bit of parmesan cheese...and you've got yourself a tasty main dish. 

Not to mention...healthy. Shhhhhh.......