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text 2018-04-23 14:00
Menu Monday

As you're reading this I'm on my way to New York or already there, who knows, time zones are wild! ;)  Hoping after I get back I can finally find some time for reading and looking over my BLs feed. 

 

Mahi-mahi with Thai Coconut Curry Sauce

 

 

Another one of my easy fish recipes. Again, simple and not time consuming to make but this one definitely didn't have enough of a strong taste to impress or make memorable. I'm not going to make it again because there are other easy recipes out there that taste better. A hit it and quit it!

 

 

Lemon and Artichoke Couscous With Shrimp

 

 

I can't remember if I've posted this one before because I make it over and over but I LOVE THE HELL out of this one too. I know artichokes aren't for everyone but the taste combo happening here with such simple, few ingredients is so light, refreshing, and GOOD (as you can probably tell by my heaping plate). If any, um, family members (husbands) don't like seafood, no court of law would hold you accountable for whatever you have to do to make and enjoy this. I think it even takes under a half hour to make. 

 

 

Orange Chicken Poppers

 

 

These had a brilliant orange flavor and took under an hour to make. It was a quick flavor filled meal but I thought the balls could have been a bit dry, maybe I over mixed the chicken. Just not wowing and probably not something I would make again.

 

 

Blackberry Cream Cheese Pie Dippers

 

 

If you like blackberries, you have to make these. I just used store bought crust, so these were pretty simple to make, I 'd say under an hour. The filling was rich/sweet enough for me so I skipped the extra sprinkling of sugar on top. The dip is super simple to make and I thought a pretty good compliment but I ate these plain more than not. I'm not going to lie, I loved the hell out of these, lol. I'm a fiend for blackberries though and these, obviously, have a strong taste. If you love blackberries the way I do, make these, make these now. 

 

 

Spicy Supreme Hummus

 

 

I don't know, I felt this could have been spicier and if it makes any sense, it kind of had a dry taste to the taste. I guess I'm saying, I've had better hummus. Looking at the picture, I'm not sure it has visual goodness either. Not quite a fail but definitely won't be making again.

 

 

Any successful hummus (or other food) recipes to share? 

Enjoy the week, everyone!

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text 2018-04-16 14:00
Menu Monday

Y'all. A blizzard in April. We were hit with about 15 inches over the weekend. I was not pleased. 

However,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If only we could hitch a shovel to the guy and get our driveway plowed. 

 

On to the food!

 

Turkey Apple Breakfast Hash

 

 

I loved this one! All the flavors combined together to form The Perfect Hash (said to the tune of SNL's "The Perfect Cheer"). I had the brilliant idea of drizzling maple syrup over it and my god, life changer. If you ever have overnight guests, make this for them in the morning and they will be yours for life. Yummy X1,000,000. Also doesn't take long or much effort to make, I used turkey sausage, left out the zucchini, and did sweet potato.

 

 

Strawberry Orange Sunrise Smoothie

 

 

This one was good but any orange flavoring definitely gets lost in favor of the strawberry. Ice cubes are used too, so you can't make the night before. Probably won't make again because I wanted more orange flavor but if strawberry is your thing, not bad. 

 

 

 

Hot Potato Chip Chicken Salad Casserole

 

 

This was so good! I mean I really enjoy putting chips on burger, so this was going to have a hard time going wrong for me. The almonds had me side-eyeing but through whatever witchcraft, add a lot and makes this even more awesome than the chips. If you already have some cooked leftover chicken, this would probably only take a half hour, if not, add in the cooking time for some chicken. I again, substituted the mayo with greek yogurt. If spring still exists out in the world, would be a good picnic or family get together bring.

 

 

Chicken Ranch Wraps

 

 

Super duper easy and you probably don't need a recipe, lol. Takes about 15 minutes to throw together if you have leftover shredded/cut up chicken. I dipped mine in salsa for some added flavor. Would work really well for a take to work for lunch. 

 

 

What did you all eat this week? And feel free to torture me with talk of spring weather.

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text 2018-04-09 17:14
Menu Monday

Thai Chickpea and Veggie Pizza

 

 

 

Really good, the peanut sauce is what makes it. I actually think I would switch out the canned chickpeas for the bagged ones. They are more soft out of the can and I think a crunchier vibe would go better with this. Pretty easy, blending up the peanut sauce was the most work and not time consuming to make.

 

 

Smoky Southern-Style Meatless Meatloaf

 

 

I know, I know, meatless meatloaf is wackadoodle but beanloaf just doesn't have the same ring to it. This one takes some time and effort, was in the 2hr mark. The BBQ sauce was so good, bf said it would taste amazing on ribs. Sigh. I thought the loaf was pretty good but I would switch out the cornmeal for Panko bread crumbs next time for some added texture.

 

 

Smashed White Bean, Basil, and Avocado Sandwhich

 

 

I forgot to take a picture of this one before I inhaled it, so you get a picture of Raiden enjoying his backyard view. :)

I was trying to help usher spring in with this lighter sandwich, as you can tell by the snow on the ground, it didn't work. Quick, easy, and light lunch that was really good. Get that extra lemon to spritz more on. 

 

 

Cheeseburger Casserole

 

 

I used turkey instead of hamburger. I thought this one was a little blah tasting, I would season the turkey meat with something while I cooked it next time. Very easy to whip up and not very time consuming. Cut up pickle spears on the bf's plate (he thought it was really good) and shredded lettuce and carrots on mine. 

 

 

Orange Dreamsicle Bread

 

 

So good, amazing orange dreamsicle taste with cream cheese. I added orange zest to the frosting and loved the extra spark it gave it. I made mine in one 9X4 loaf pan. There was some extra batter that got tossed but not a lot left over. I also had to add about 20mins to the cook time. This one takes some time and effort, probably around 2 hours, but if you like dreamsicle tastes, make this. My mouth is watering just thinking about how good this was again, lol.

 

How were your eats this week?

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text 2018-04-02 20:41
Menu Monday - Easter Edition

Hope everyone had a good Easter and got to eat some good food. I didn't do as fun themed stuff this time because of time constraints but found a couple good new recipes.

 

 

Jalapeno Popper Macaroni Salad

I substituted the mayo for Greek yogurt because neither I or the bf are big mayo fans and why it is so hard to find macaroni salads we like. I had the great idea to use Greek yogurt instead of mayo and it helped immensely. I also used fresh jalapenos because why use canned ones, bleh. I liked it and the bf was a big fan. I probably wouldn't make again but if you don't like mayo, do my Greek yogurt substitute. 

 

Homestyle Sausage Stuffing

I've for sure posted this recipe before because I make it every holiday. I use turkey sausage and the bf goes gaga for this. I like stuffing but I'm no connoisseur however, I don't think you can ever go wrong with this one.

 

Spinach Puffs

I might have posted this recipe before too but these are great little appetizers. I made these in place of rolls. The puff pastry bread make these so good and they look a little fancy, so you feel cool serving them :)

 

Baked Parmesan Sweet Potatoes

First time I made these and really liked them. The Parmesan blended and complimented the sweet potato taste so well. They were super easy to make and only took about 20 mins in the oven. Timed it perfectly so when turkey came out, rested, and then carved, these came out of the oven. Great side dish. 

 

 

 

Cream Cheese Mints

 

 

 

I was ridiculously over the moon with how pretty the colors came out for these. I halved the recipe and just kept the flavor mint for all of them. Easy to make but kind of time consuming as you have to let them sit in the fridge for two hours and then after formed, they have to sit out for four hours. Really added some fun, pretty color pop to the Easter spread. 

 

 

Peanut Butter Pie

 

 

 

The crowd pleaser. As long as you have a food processor for to ground up the Oreos for the crust, this is pretty easy to make. It actually wasn't as sweet/rich as I thought it was going to be; it tastes like a soft peanut butter cup. Yummy is thy name. I've gotten two tummy aches eating too much of this but Worth It.

 

Any fun East treats or old family holiday standbys to share?

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text 2018-03-26 14:00
Menu Monday

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp & Vegetables

 

 

Not a lot of wow here but simple clean tasting and only took a little over a half hour to make up. Don't forget the extra lemon for some added tart taste. I made some white rice to mix with it. 

 

 

Cauliflower Hot Wings

 

 

These are really liked by the bf, a huge meat eater. So it is no small victory that he really digs these. I use actual Panko bread crumbs and think they work a little better. I don't like mushy cauliflower, I think they help with the crunchy outer layer. We eat these as a meal because it makes so much but if you had more people would work as a side dish. The batter is what makes these, you can use your fav BBQ sauce but I found one with a little spice works best. A little over an hour to make. 

 

 

Chili Lime Sweet Potato Fries with Honey Chipotle Dipping Sauce

 

 

 

I can't remember if I've posted this fry recipe before but I use this one every time I make sweet potato fries, it is amazing. The hint of lime combined with the dipping sauce is so freaking good. Probably takes around half hour but I'd spend three if that is what it took to make these.

 

Before I started doing Menu Monday, I waited until I had about three weeks of pictures and recipes, in case I didn't cook much, got sick, or life happened and I would still have something to post. For the life of me, I can't remember what the sandwich/burger that I made was in the picture. Lol. It is not on my Pinterest list of tries either. I don't know, it looks good but I have no idea what it was. :/

 

 

Chili Lime Salmon Bowls with Broccoli Rabe and Cauliflower Rice

 

 

If your grocery store has pre-grinded up cauliflower, it will save you time in making the rice, mine did. Yippy! Doesn't actually take as much time as sounds/looks, I think around an hour. All the flavors blended together awesomely and I felt super healthy And you get a heaping plate of food, lol. 

 

 

Cannoli Dip

 

 

Really good, simple, and quick to make. I think it took me 15mins, no more than that. I found that the waffle cones were my favorite to dip in it, followed by animal crackers, and graham crackers. If you want something quick for movie night this is a great go to.

 

 

Any new/old recipes wow you guys this week? Or any ghost pictures of food you can't remember making? :)

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