Tag: Food & Cooking

Leftover night

pasta 2

Sunday night is usually the night I am super lazy and sit around watching Real Housewives of Atlanta and eating everything in sight. What is it about Sunday night that makes me want to eat everything in my fridge?? Anyway, this Sunday night my fridge looked pretty boring so, after surveying the left over items in the fridge, I decided I needed to cook something. I rarely cook on Sunday night, but since I didn’t have anything edible pre-made, I didn’t have much of a choice, and this pasta dish was actually so incredibly easy that I don’t even consider it cooking. (more…)

Andouille sausage in the crock pot

This recipe is so so easy AND it involves the slow cooker/crock pot. Win, win. It all started with Andouille sausage. This was my first time cooking with Andouille sausage so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I usually cook with hot or sweet Italian sausage. I decided instead of just making my usual go to recipe of sausage and peppers, I’d give it more of a Creole style flair (I think of Creole flavored food when I think of Andouille) with some beans, corn, cilantro and hot sauce. This dish can be eaten plain as sort of a sausage gumbo, or served with rice, pasta or crusty bread. (more…)

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Before you say ew, hear me out. I know brussels sprouts are not the most popular veggie out there, but that’s because a lot of people aren’t sure how to cook them. Truth be told, brussels sprouts are a favorite vegetable of mine, because if they are cooked right, they can have great flavor and they are very good for you. They are actually pretty simple to prepare.

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Paula Deen’s crab cakes and a simple sauce

Oh my gosh! These crab cakes were out of this world. Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for the recipe. This recipe is courtesy of Paula Deen aka the queen of butter, but lucky for us ,this recipe is actually not too horrible. They come out to be about 5 points per crab cake on the Weight Watcher’s system (based on a 6 serving batch. You can definitely make the crab cakes smaller for less points). (more…)

Japanese Beef

It’s probably not technically Japanese, but this is a recipe my mom always used to make us as kids and for some reason, we called it Japanese beef. The meat does sort of taste like the beef you get when you go to a hibachi steakhouse, so I guess that’s how we came up with the name. Flavored with simple ingredients like garlic, ginger, and wine this dish is simple to make and yet full of flavor. The other great thing about this dish is that it only calls for a few ingredients and most likely, you won’t have to go shopping for anything because you will probably already have these things on hand. (more…)

Meat and Potatoes…and Kale

Naturally, I’m not a typical meat and potatoes kind of gal. Not that I have anything against traditional meat and potatoes, because trust me, there are some really delicious ways to make meat and potatoes. I just am generally more of an adventurous eater. I like to explore the culinary world.

Even so, the other night meat and potatoes sounded pretty darn good. These recipes are a twist on the classic. Thinly sliced panko crusted pork chops and gravy, Ina Garten’s potato basil puree, and kale sauteed with bacon and white wine. It’s definitely more of a comfort food meal, and not a figure friendly one. Although, kale is full of nutrients. Let that ease your conscience as you eat the pork chops and potatoes. (more…)

Shrimp Orzo Salad

I mentioned in a previous blog post that while we were vacationing in North Carolina with my husband’s family, his aunt made a shrimp orzo salad that was to die for. I was determined to recreate it. I came up with this recipe and it tasted pretty darn close to the one we ate in North Carolina. This salad combines really bright, summertime flavors like fresh dill, salty feta and lemon juice. It’s very light and refreshing but substantial enough for a main course. I struggle with self control on this one…I could eat the entire recipe myself and trust me, the recipe makes a lot! (more…)

Ultimate Turkey BLT’s with Dill Mayo

 

Sometimes I think sandwiches are just about the most fabulous thing a person can eat. I definitely eat way too many of them and could probably cut back, but sometimes they really do make the perfect meal. On Friday night it was rainy and kind of cold out for July, and sandwiches sounded like the perfect comfort food for dinner that night. Sandwiches with bacon, no less.

I had some bacon, some thinly sliced turkey (the only way I like it on a sandwich), tomatoes, and lettuce and some good sourdough bread. So, I thought I’d make turkey blt’s. Then, I remembered I had some fresh dill that I really needed to use up. I decided to try my hand at making a dill mayonnaise. Turns out, it was exactly what the sandwich needed to kick it up a notch and you won’t believe how easy it was. (more…)

Fool proof recipe for Guacamole

Guacamole is a staple in my house, meaning, I make it and eat it on a regular basis. I know there are thousands of recipes out there for guacamole, but I really believe mine is the best. Maybe that’s arrogant, but it comes out perfect every time and my dad, who is not a guacamole fan, actually eats mine. So, it’s pretty darn good. It’s especially good this time of year, when the tomatoes are ripe and the avocados are in good condition. I made an especially good batch last night… (more…)

Sausage pizza

I love homemade pizza. Well, I love eating the homemade pizza. I HATE rolling out the dough because it never seems to cooperate with me, but once I have that part done, I enjoy the rest of the process – i.e. the toppings, and the eating. Normally I just go with plain pizza dough and then I top it with whatever I’m in the mood for. However, I was shopping at Trader Joe’s the other day and I saw they had flavored pre-made pizza dough and I figured I’d give it a whirl. I decided to try the garlic & herb pizza dough. (more…)

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