Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Traditional Oatmeal Cookies


This recipe is another one of mom's! She said it was a family favorite for years! I tried it today and I loved it. I know shortening isn't "IN" anymore. Whatever!

1 c shortening (butter flavor)
1 c brown sugar
1 c white sugar
2 well beaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 t soda
2 1/3 c uncooked instant oats

Mix all ingredients. Cook at 350 for about ten minutes. I added chocolate chips. They were delicious and pretty basic.

Creamy Grape Salad with Brown sugar and Pecan topping


This is actually mom's recipe that I am posting for her! :) I made this for a BBQ the other night and it was the only dish at the get together that was completely gone. It is so yummy! Its practically dessert.

1.5 lbs seedless green grapes
1.5 lbs seedless red grapes
8 oz light sour cream
8 oz  low fat cream cheese
1/4 c white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
for topping:
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c chopped pecans

Remove stems from grapes. Wash and dry grapes. Beat sour cream, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla.
It will be kind of lumpy. Fold grapes into creamy mixture. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle on top. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Baked Taco Rollups

Baked Taco Rollups
I made these and thought they were delish! I froze leftovers in ziplocs and popped in microwave for lunches! They are great! I used only 1lb of meat and it worked!

Baked Taco Rollups
Adapted from Mommy I’m Hungry
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2 lbs extra lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 medium onion diced
1 small can diced green chilies, mild
1 recipe for homemade taco seasoning (below)
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans (regular or fat free)*
2 cups shredded Colby-jack or cheddar cheese
flour tortillas, small to medium size
Suggested Condiments-
lettuce chopped
tomatoes chopped
sour cream

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a large skillet brown meat and onion over medium-high heat. Drain off any excess liquid. Add chilies, refried beans, tomato sauce, and taco seasoning. Mix well and cook for a few minutes until bubbly. Add a little water or tomato juice if the mixture seems dry.
Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the taco meat mixture onto a tortilla. Sprinkle with about a tablespoon of cheese. Roll up as you would a taquito, not filling the tortilla too full, but rolling fairly tight, so the tortilla will not come undone easily. Place filled tortillas in a single layer onto a lightly greased baking sheet, seam side down. Bake at 400 degrees for about 12-15minutes or until the cheese has melted and the tacos are heated through.
Remove from the oven and serve with optional condiments.
Makes about 12-15 medium tacos.
Taco Seasoning
1 tablespoon chili powder**
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
In a small bowl, mix all together. If making extra seasoning, store in an airtight container.
This is enough for one recipe of taco rollups above.
**less chili powder if you are serving to those who don’t like spice.
-*I used about 3/4 of a 16 oz can of refried beans. We liked the filling with less bean and more meat.
Another option is to add a can of drained pinto beans and smash them with a potato masher into the meat after the meat is cooked. Add about 1 tablespoon of canola oil while mashing beans.
-If serving to young children (who may not eat a whole taco) or using as an appetizer, cut the tacos in half, preferably on a diagonal.
-Heat up leftovers wrapped in a paper towel for about 1 minute in microwave.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad

Shake It Up! Add small chunks of pepper jack cheese, green bell peppers would add some bite. If you aren't worried about calories, double the dressing for a creamier pasta dish.
Author: Kristi Rimkus
Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad for a Crowd
Serves: 16
  • 2 small oranges, zested and juiced
  • 2 small limes, zested and juiced
  • 2 small lemons, zested and juiced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 12 ounces frozen corn
  • 2 cups tomato, chopped
  • 12 ounces whole grain penne pasta
  • 3 medium avocado, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  1. Combine orange, lemon and lime zest and juice in a jar with garlic, Mexican seasoning, honey, grape seed oil and red pepper flakes. Shake well.
  2. Cook pasta according to box directions until al dente. Do not overcook pasta or it will become mushy.
  3. Toss pasta with remaining vegetables EXCEPT avocado and cilantro.
  4. If you will be serving this pasta salad later in the day, toss the pasta and vegetables with ½ the vinaigrette and chill. When it's time to serve, toss it with the rest of the dressing, and fold in the avocados and the cilantro.
  5. If you will be serving it right away, toss in all the dressing, then fold in the avocado and the cilantro. Chill for 20 minutes and serve.
Food energy: 239kcal
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 6
Saturated fatty acids: 1.19g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 3.39g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 3.30g
Total fat: 7.89g
Calories from fat: 70
Cholesterol: 17mg
Carbohydrate, by difference: 36.55g
Total dietary fiber: 7.13g
Protein: 7.06g
Total lipid (fat): 8.75g
Water: 163.73g
Ash: 1.72g
Total sugars: 6.79g
Calcium: 47mg
Iron: 2.07mg
Magnesium: 45mg
Phosphorus: 137mg
Potassium: 529mg

Pork Tenderloin with Pan Sauce

Jennefer served this delicious roast while I was visiting so Im posting it for her!

I only use half the oil.  I also sear the pork, season it, and then pour the marinade over the meat in the crockpot.  I then add some chicken broth along with some thickening agent (corn starch) if you want to thicken sauce into gravy when you're ready to serve.  

1⁄2 cups olive oil
1⁄3 cup soy sauce
1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1-2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 tsp dry mustard
Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 1-lb. pork tenderloin (silver skin removed)

Combine all marinade ingredients and reserve 2-3 Tbsp. Place the pork tenderloin and marinade in a Ziplock bag and let marinate for at least 3-4 hours. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a hot skillet over medium-high heat, sear each side of tenderloin for 2-3 minutes. Place in the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes or until the meat has reached 160 degrees. Let rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. 

Pan Sauce:
Pan scrapings from pork tenderloin
1/2 cup of chicken broth
2-3 tbsp of pork marinade (thoroughly mixed)
1-2 tsp butter

Meanwhile, place the skillet back on the stove over medium heat. Add the chicken broth and scrape up all the browned pieces from the bottom of the pan. Add the marinade and let it boil down for 2-3 minutes. Add the butter and remove from heat stirring until butter has melted. Pour over the pork tenderloin.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Turkey and Zucchini Burgers with Green Onion and Cumin

Amy sent me this recipe a couple of weeks ago and I made them last night- they were seriously the TASTIEST burgers I have ever eaten.  I could have eaten them all day long b/c they tasted so unique and refreshing.  They are a bit labor intensive, but I promise they're worth every single second. You have to make the sauce too- its incredible.  Sumac is a common spice used in Middle Eastern cooking.   I actually doubled the burgers, but not the sauce and still had lots of leftover sauce- it made 12 big burgers. Amazing!!

Turkey and Zucchini Burgers with Green Onion and Cumin
Yotam Ottolenghi

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest 
  • Fresh lemon juice (about 1 tablespoon) of half a lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon sumac (found in spice aisle or on amazon) 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper


1 lb. ground turkey
1-2 large zucchinis, coarsely grated (scant 2 cups)
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 large egg
2 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
2 Tbs. chopped cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
Sunflower oil for searing

First make the sour cream sauce by mixing all ingredients together in a small bowl.  Stir well and set aside or refrigerate until needed (can be made a day ahead of time).
Preheat oven to 425F.  In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the burgers, except the sunflower oil.  Combine meat mixture with your hands and shape into burgers.  Pour enough oil into a large non-stick frying pan.  Heat over medium heat until hot, then sear the burgers in batches on all sides.  Cook each batch for about 4 minutes, adding oil as needed, until golden brown.  Carefully transfer burgers onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper and place in oven for 5-7 minutes, or until just cooked through.  Serve warm, or at room temp with the sauce spooned over, or on the side for dipping.  Enjoy!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Asparagus Frittata

This was one of those "whatever you have in the fridge meals", in the which I happened to have asparagus and eggs....BUT, it turned out to be the yummiest surprise!  We all seriously loved it.  And, its super easy to make (like seriously 2 minutes of work) and it will make you feel all kinds of fancy- which is just what you need when your husband is working late on a Friday night and you're home with your kids ;)  
Asparagus Frittata

  • 6 large free-range eggs
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 knob of unsalted butter
  • 1 bunch of small asparagus

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.

    Beat the eggs with a little sea salt and black pepper. 

    Heat the oil and butter in a 19 cm ovenproof frying pan or cast-iron dish over a medium heat. Trim and add the asparagus for 5 minutes. 

    Add the eggs, cook for 3 minutes then bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden and fluffy. 

    Serve hot or cold, with a drizzle of hot sauce, such as harissa, if you like (we ate it without either and it was so good).