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text 2018-09-24 21:59
Menu Monday

I've just been rereading old favorites as I've been too busy to do much else, but the light at the end of the tunnel is there and next week I should be able to get back to Halloween Bingo and reading posts, basically existing on BLs again :)  Let me know if I missed anything too exiting or yummy!



Sweetcorn Soup with Chili



If I remember right, I got this recipe from BrokenTunecheck her out if you're looking for some great soup recipes. I was a big fan of the broth with the spices, the chili veggie mix was tasty, I added some chili powder too. The cook time suggested didn't fully cook the potatoes, so they were raw and crunchy which was kind of weird. I'm not sure if that is the way it was supposed be or if I should have just added more time and cooked them fully. I'd definitely make this one again, the hardest part was converting the measurements from g and ml ;)



Sweet and Spicy Orange Salmon



With the thawing of the salmon and then the 20mins of marinating, this takes a little bit of time but I thought really worth it. Sweet and spicy tasty and the suggestion of broiling to add some crisp was ideal. Such great flavoring with this one. I served with rice but the suggestion of asparagus would make a more complete and fancy dancy meal.


Smothered Baked Chicken Burritos



Holy mother of god these were good. I used the slow cooker chicken recipe and did the low for six hours. Magnificent. Don't skimp on the sauce either, so so so so good. As you can see I dropped some hot sauce on top with avocado and made the whole thing that much better. I'll be making these again and you should too. Obviously a plan ahead meal because of the slow cooking but super easy and goes pretty quick after the chicken is done.



Rolo Chocolate Chip Blondies



Your dessert monstrosity. These were easy to make but unwrapping all those damn Rolos will make you question what you're doing in life and I couldn't even fit them all in the pan, I had about seven left over. I also had to just about double the cooking time listed because the dough remained doughy for a lot longer for me than the recipe creator. They turned out pretty rich but not the usual unbearably so and since it is only an 8X8 inch pans worth, not a lot to guilty eat. Probably won't make again but fun while they lasted. 



Baked Parmesan Carrot Fries with Chili Mayo Dip



So the smothered chicken burritos are the obvious hit of this weeks recipes but these were the dark horse and they sooooo delivered, even the bf liked them. I did 2 tbls of Greek yogurt with 2 tbls of mayo because I'm not a big mayo fan and added extra sriracha because I am a big kick fan. There were pretty simple to make and with cook time, I'd say only took a little more than half an hour. I don't know about complete healthiness because of Parmesan and dipping sauce but they sound healthy if you tell anyone about them, so a win? I'd make these again.



Any yummy food to tell of?

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text 2018-09-17 16:51
Menu Monday

Super busy week, so this is running a little late. I'm giving a bonus Raiden pic to make up for it :)



Peanut Butter Dog Donuts



Very easy to make and Raiden seemed to enjoy them but he LOVES food so not the best judge. I didn't "ice" all of them at once because I feared the yogurt would make the donuts too mushy, just put it on right before I gave them to him. I sprinkled some bacon bits on top. I also cut the recipe in half and it made five, they lasted about a week and a half.



Sweet Potato Nachos



I love sweet potatoes but still, these were freaking amazing. Love, love, loved them and they were filling. I ended up adding some salsa along with the cheese, black beans, and avocado. If you like sour cream, I think that would be a great addition. The cook time and temp worked perfectly for me. Can't say it enough, I loved these.



Taco Pizza



I'm fairly certain I've posted this recipe before but if you missed it the first time around, here you go again. I use ground turkey and add some extra taco seasoning to the sour cream and cream cheese layer. The crescent roll base make this almost sweet tasting but it works. It also makes it so it gets soggy a bit easier, so there is only about one to two day life in these. I always end up putting mine in the oven for about two to fives minutes to heat everything up together but this works as a cold pizza too. 



Crock Pot Buffalo-Ranch Shredded Chicken Sandwiches



I did only a pound of meat, it made four sandwiches, but I didn't halve anything else. Turned out very hot, as you can imagine. Made my nose run a little bit but nothing outrageous, unless you aren't into heat. I added some dry coleslaw mix, Monterrey cheddar shredded cheese, and some ranch drizzled, this helped tone down the heat. Nice for a lazy Sunday.



Monster Cookie Pudding Parfaits



As I said, busy week, so I wanted a super easy dessert and ta-da! This was super rich but easy and fun to eat. I let the pudding sit in the fridge for about a half hour to form up more. 



Spicy Chickpea Veggie Burgers



Ok, so they don't photograph well, lol. I didn't add the zucchini, made up for it with adding more jalapeno (yippy-ki-yay!). These definitely live up to their spicy name. Oats aren't my favorite backbone for veggie burgers but these were ok. I let the burgers sit in the fridge for about 20mins and still had some problems keeping them formed. Ok for something different but there are better veggie burgers out there.


Have a busy week like me or were some fabulous meals created?

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text 2018-09-10 14:00
Menu Monday

 If you like to eat out of bowls, you'll like this weeks list :)



Vegetarian BBQ Burrito Bowl



I halved the rice in half to make this more of a two person meal but since I like stronger tasting things, I left the rest of the amounts alone. This is why mine looks a little more soupy but I thought the spicy BBQ sauce I used made this taste like a vegetarian chili, super good. I highly recommend adding in the chips as I thought they added a lot. Very tasty and would definitely make again as very simple and not time consuming.



Spicy Vegan Jambalaya



Good taste but cooking the brown rice takes around 40mins so a bit time consuming. As this was based on jambalaya, I thought shrimp or sausage would taste great in it, lol. As it was one of my no meat meals, though, still pretty tasty. 



Cajun Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese



This took around an hour and half and I thought was a bit stressful. There are a lot of moving parts, three burners getting used on the stove top! and you're kind of in motion not having time to relax as you make it. The good thing was that it was worth it, the mac and cheese was very smooth (maybe I did a better job whisking the flour) and the shrimp nestled in with it chummily (I was going to create the word "yummily" here but chummily came up as spelling correction and I couldn't resist). I thought the Cajun seasoning could have been stronger and if I was going to make it again I would come close to doubling it. I don't know if I'll make it again because what makes it good is the copious amounts of butter and cheese in it, lol. I also drizzled some Sriracha on top, for say it with me, an extra kick.



Snickers Rice Krispie Treats



These were, obviously, so bleeping good. Doesn't take a crazy amount of time to make but unwrapping all those caramels was a sanity test (what am I doing with my life???). I actually would suggest cutting these up before the chocolate hardens because of how after, the chocolate cracks and kind of slides off the bar. Makes a ton and while I enjoyed eating all of them, too much and would halve recipe next time.




 Peanut Butter Cheesecake Overnight Oats




Still out here questing for some good overnight oat recipes. These was tastier than the last but didn't work for me as a breakfast, way too sweet and dessert like. A nighttime snack would be more ideal for me. I added chocolate chips because we all deserve chocolate. I only had mine soak for about two hours and that seemed sufficient enough.



Loaded Creamy Ranch Dip



This made the perfect amount for me, about two days worth, and I loved the hell out of the taste. I used plain Ruffles chips and I ate until my stomach hurt, because I had no other option. I left out the olives in my portion and added them to the bf's, he actually said he thought the without tasted better but when I saw how much of the chopped olives he added, well, he may have went overboard overwhelming it. I also used the Spicy Ranch seasoning because, I WANTED SOME KICK. If your weakness is chips and dip like me, make this delicious dip.


What delicious concoctions did you all come up with this week?

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text 2018-09-03 14:00
Menu Monday

Hope everyone had a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend!



Blackened Chicken Avocado Berry Salad



Sneaking in salads before it gets cold and soup becomes the go to. I left out the cucumbers on this one but definitely don't skip out on making the dressing, it combined with the fruit and meat so wonderfully. Easy to make and while the bf side-eyed all the fruit going into the bowl, he ended up liking it. He also skipped out on the dressing and used ranch. And added bacon bits. 



Grapefruit Avocado Salad



This is more of a side salad, my turkey burger was trying to sneak into the picture. This has some wackadoodle combos happening, I mean avocado, grapefruit, and lime?? I was unsure of the vinaigrette but the alchemy ended up making a great refreshing salad. Cutting the grapefruit was the most time consuming but if I wasn't taking a picture, I would have been way more lazy about it. Fantastic summer salad.



Easy Overnight Cinnamon Rolls for Two 



I can't remember a time I worked with yeast (newbie cook, remember) so I was kind of nervous but just buying the packets makes it super easy. My yeast didn't exactly foam up the way they were talking about, I even threw out the first batch I tried because I thought maybe I had made the liquid too warm. There were some bubbles and a little yeast/bread smell from the second batch though and that seemed to be good, as you can see the rolls came out fine. So don't worry if you don't get the foam they talk about. This makes four and they are medium to large size rolls, I'd say just eating one and making this for four people would be good. The icing was yummy but I would half the recipe next time as it made a ton. I started these in the morning and had them for a night time snack, obviously time consuming with the waiting around time. These were actually kind of fun to make and you'll end up feeling super cool for having created them, I did anyway. They looked just like cinnamon rolls! I mean, I know, but I felt like a super heroine for a few hours. Bf said they were the best cinnamon rolls he'd ever had :)  Probably the only fresh ones he has ever had but I'll take it! Make these if you have the time, A+



Blackened Tilapia Taco Bowls



This took about 45 mins, most of the time is for the rice to cook. I made the cilantro lime rice recipe they had and highly recommend it. You add orange juice and lime zest (wackadoodle!) which frightened me a bit but, again, the alchemy works. The spice is kicking on the tilapia but once it gets in the bow with everything, it tones down and is great. I added avocado, some kale/broccoli/cabbage salad mix, shredded colby cheddar cheese, and salsa. This went straight to my Made and Liked board, will be having it again. Filling and yummy.



Frosted Raspberry Lemonade



This, unfortunately, is the big loser of the group. The vanilla extract they have you add killed the taste for me, don't know if simply too much or needed to be left out completely. I had three to four sips before I gave up and dumped it down the sink. Do not recommend. lol.

*Doggie butt in the picture if you look closely though :)



Sweet Potato Broccoli Chicken Bake



Left out the onions and added some lemon pepper seasoning to the chicken. This was pretty easy to make, especially since I cheated and bought the bag broccoli and bagged pre-cut sweet potatoes. Holiday weekend, y'all. A little under an hour to make. Light, tasty, and easy. 


Any good cook-out dishes to share?

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text 2018-08-27 14:00
Menu Monday

The nights are starting to cool here and salads are beginning to fade away in favor of oven delights.



Quadruple Chocolate Soft Fudgy Pudding Cookies



It is the bf's birthday week and as a chocolate fiend, this was one of the desserts he requested. I chilled the "dough" (I put this in quotation marks because, dough? Lol. More like small ball of chocolate) for three hours and had no problems with the cookies flatting too much. These are only for the hardcore chocolate lovers among you. I can only eat one bite at a time because they are so chocolatey; they are not cookies to me but balls of chocolate chunks. I think the bf strives on getting me to create the biggest chocolate monstrosities out there. Easy to make but remember to chill dough.



Coconut Cream Pie Chia Overnight Oats



This is much more my speed. I let the oats soak overnight and had it for breakfast, it was a bit too sweet for me as a breakfast food but would make a great nighttime craving snack. I added extra coconut on top and a sprinkling of white chocolate chips. Tasted like a more healthy cereal. 

Coconut > Chocolate. SorryNotSorry



Chili Lime Shrimp



You need to marinate the shrimp for 30 mins but other than that, extremely easy. I would normally have served them over rice (would actually be really good to make shrimp tacos out of too) but we had some sweet corn to use up. Sauce was a little thin so I drizzled more sweet chili sauce over them. Nice light, tasting and calories, meal.



Baked Pickles 



Another birthday pick and shows my love for the guy since I was willing to breathe in disgusting pickle fumes. Easy to make if not a bit time consuming with dipping and coating individual pickles. Healthier option than frying in oil (I always like baked more anyway). I can't comment on how they tasted because of my loathing of the cucumbers corrupted by Satan, but bf said they were pretty good, not better than the Buffalo Wild Wings fried ones, though. Sigh, leading a man away from his fried food is not for the weak of heart.



Chicken Tamale Pie



This is the highlight of the week. Holy f*ck was this good. Not particularly healthy, THE CHEESE y'all, THE CORNBREAD y'all, but my god was it spectacular. The cornbread bottom makes this and I happened to make it on a day that was cooler and just make it on some football Sunday and you'll see what I'm talking about. I only put the pie back in the oven for 10 of the 20mins it calls for the second time to not burn the bottom of the cornbread and it was cooked perfectly. I would maybe put some jalapenos in the cornbread mix or drizzle some jalapeno Tabasco sauce on top for next time to add some kick (my favorite statement!) as it was fairly sweet taste overall. A bit longer, a little over an hour to make but worth it. You'll probably see this one pop up again as I'll definitely be making it again in the not so distant future. It had taste, depth, and presence. (How's that for some bullshit foodie talk? ;)



Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta



If the tamale pie is the winner of this week's list, this vegan pasta is the loser. It says serves two but only calls for one cup of pasta. Hahahahhahahahaha. No. Mama need more than half a cup of pasta for a meal. I doubled the recipe. The taste was a bit...different, it had a spice/kick to it because of the chili flakes and smoked paprika but at the same time was bland. I don't know, didn't work for either of us. A little over a half hour to make but won't be revisiting this one again.



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