Monday, October 3, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


Hi everyone, so yesterday I did a video on how I make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  Most people have their own way of making these and I thought I would share with you on how I make them with you.  I filmed this with my girls and after much editing (fyi when your kids are involved there is a lot of editing going on lol.) we finally have the video up.  Anyway I am not here to talk to you all about how I make you tube videos I guess that is for another post.  Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are a delicious treat to have in the fall or any time of the year really.  With all the spices its usually this time of year that most people want to smell those warm spices coming from their kitchens.  I am so surprised I haven't shared this recipe with you all before since I make them all the time.  Well here is the recipe now and I hope you all enjoy it as much as my family does.

Ingredients:

1  15 oz can of pumpkin whatever brand you like, you can even make your own pumpkin if you prefer.
2  cups of any sugar I used brown sugar but you can use white sugar too or even a sugar substitute
1 cup of oil or applesauce (if using applesauce bake the cookies for about 10-15 minutes)
2 tsp of baking soda
2 tsp of milk
4 cups of any flour of your choosing even wheat flour would work
4 tsp of baking powder
2 tsp of vanilla
2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of ground nutmeg
2 tsp of ground ginger
1-2 cups of chocolate chips
1 Egg Beaten

Instructions:

Pre heat your oven to 375 and lightly spray your cookie sheets with cooking spray.  Next mix all your wet ingredients including your sugar in a large mixing bowl.  From here in a smaller mixing bowl mix in your dry ingredients and your spices.  You can either sift them or just use a fork until the flour, baking soda and powder and spices are well incorporated.    
Add in your chocolate chips to your wet ingredients, mix well.  Now we are ready to slowly mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.  What you need to do is add about  1 cup of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mix until its combined well, and then keep adding a cup of the dry and mixing it into the wet until all the dry ingredients are mixed into the batter.  The batter will be very thick.  If you use applesauce in replace of the oil it wont be as thick, that is ok it just needs to cook a little bit longer in the oven.  Now we are ready to put them on cookie sheets and bake them.  Spray about 2 cookie sheets lightly with cooking spray and grab two teaspoons.  Spoon the batter on one spoon and slide it off the spoon with the other one.  I know it sounds confusing that is why I am including the video for this recipe lol.  Its actually a lot easier than it sounds lol.  So you want to bake them for about 8-10 minutes depending on your oven.  It took mine the whole 10 minutes but I have made them before on a different oven and it only took 8 minutes.  Just check them.  After 8-10 minutes they are done and just let them cool and they are ready to serve.  This recipe made about 3 plus dozen cookies, I made them rather large too.  Enjoy and live, laugh and love !



Friday, September 16, 2011

Tortilla Soup the Healthy Way



Hello everyone, fall is upon us and we all know with cooler weather comes the fall allergies, flu and colds.  When you are not feeling well all you want is comfort food without the guilt.  Lets face it we all get sick one time or another and some of us succumb to comfort food during this time.  If you are the few that do not well good for you I wish I could be that strong.  Today I have a recipe for you that is guilt free, loaded with veggies and protein..  What is this food of wonder you ask?  Tortilla soup, traditionally its not that good for you if you use the fried tortilla chips, however mine are a touch more healthier because I am not frying them and I am using whole wheat tortilla wraps that have flax and at 110 calories a wrap its worth it.  




Ingredients:

32 oz of low sodium chicken stock or broth or make your own just use about 4 cups 
1 large red onion
1 large bell pepper of any kind
3 carrots peeled and diced
3 garlic cloves chopped
2 stalks of celery diced
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 handful of parsley and or cilantro
1 jalapeno diced
2 cups of stewed tomatoes or 1 16 ouce can of tomatoes
1 can of green chilies
1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of shredded cheese of your choice I used low fat Mexican blend
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
cooking spray I used extra virgin olive oil spray




Instructions:

In a 2 quart pot add half of the extra virgin olive oil and add in all veggies except for the chilies and tomatoes.  Your going to want to cook them until the onions and peppers soften up.  From here add in your tomatoes and cumin and cook on low. Next in a skillet add the rest of your evoo and dice up your chicken.  Cook the chicken just until its done and then add to your pot.  From here you will want to add the stock.  Bring ingredients to a boil and then simmer for about 45 minutes.  Right before the soup is finished cooking you will want to crisp up your tortilla wraps.  Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Next spray your wraps on both sides and crisp up in the oven.  This only takes a few minutes so keep checking on them so they dont burn.  Now you are ready to plate it up, add desired amount of soup to a bowl, sprinkle with cheese.  Break up your tortillas ( count on one wrap per person.)  Put the broken tortillas on top of your soup.  You have a guilt free bowl of comfort food that is affordable and good for you.  Now let's just hope this does the trick for my husband who is sick.  Live, laugh and love all.



Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Stewed Tomatoes from Our Garden



Hi everyone, I hope you all are having a great day.  Today I am showing you how to make homemade stewed tomatoes.  They are better for you and you can control what is in them and what isnt.  It takes about two and half hours to devote to them from start to finish.  The end result is so worth it, they are sweet and flavorful.  No added sodium or sugars unless you add it in yourself.  With the prices of everything at the grocery store these days who wouldnt want to try to make some of these things at home?  Its a great way to have your kids in the kitchen with you too. 
Now I used fresh tomatoes from our garden, as you can see above I have a video of a tour of our garden that my husband did a couple of months back.  We have tomatoes and zucchini growing like crazy along with cucumbers and many other things.  So take a look at the video and then come check out this recipe for stewed tomatoes homegrown!


Ingredients:


15-20   Roma and beef steak tomatoes
1-2  tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil , you want just enough to coat the bottom of a large skillet.
4  fresh basil leaves or you can use dry about a teaspoon
1 large onion finely diced
2 stalks of celery finely diced
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar 
1-2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes
2 cups of water


Instructions:


Warm up a large skillet that has extra virgin olive oil in it.  Add your diced onions, celery, basil and minced garlic.  You will want the pan on medium heat.  While the diced veggies are softening, you want to quarter all your tomatoes and add them to the softened veggies.   You will have a lot of things in your skillet and it will look like its over crowded dont worry because the tomatoes will cook down.  FYI do not seed or peel the tomatoes, you will need the juices from the tomatoes to give you that stewed texture and you will need the flavor from the peels to give it a rich concentrated flavor.  As the tomatoes start to soften they will give off their juices, now is a good time to add the cherry tomatoes.  Let them reduce once and add about 2 cups of water to them.  This should be about halfway through the cooking process.  If you become impatient to let the cherry tomatoes pop on their own, go ahead and mash them for a fork so they give off their sweet juices.  When the tomatoes look like they have more sauce than water, add in your balsamic vinegar.  Let the stewed tomatoes cool and then add them to a jar and you can keep them in the fridge or if you are into canning you can do that too.  I am using them for chili for dinner tonight.   This recipe was husband tested and approved lol.  I hope you enjoy this and I hope you find it as valuable as I do.  Live, laugh and love all !




Here is my video of me making these stewed tomatoes !!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

I Have Been Gone for Too Long






Hello everyone, remember me?  I know its been a long time since my last blog post.  I am finding trying to keep up with my blog and you tube is a bit difficult with children and family events running about.  However there is hope, when school goes back into session for my kids I should be able to be more consistent with this blog.  I am NOT  shutting this down, its just a temporary thing for now.  I have a ton of new recipes that I haven't even done videos for.  I want to get this all organized so the recipes I put up here I will also have a video for, its a lot easier said than done believe it or not.  Just know that I am coming back in the next couple of weeks because I will be able to have the time to devote to it.  I hope you all had a wonderful summer, its not quite over yet but we can definitely see fall from here cant we?  I just wanted to check in with you all to know there is more to come for this blog and just hang in there.  Thank you all so much for your support.  Take care all and live, laugh and love.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Funky Open Faced Quesadilla











Hello everyone, I know its been a long time since my last blog.  We have been so busy with the kids this summer along with my you tube videos and visiting family over the 4th of July. I have a recipe today that is not on my you tube channel yet and I thought for the people who only follow this blog this is a special treat for you all.  I made this for my kid's lunch this afternoon and they loved it and I hope you do too!


Ingredients:


1 large tortilla  or two if you are feeding 4 people
1 large handful of spring mix
1 teaspoon of salsa of your choice
2 slices of turkey breast I used low sodium
1 handful of low fat cheese
1 basil leave cut with kitchen sheers
4 diced cherry tomatoes


Instructions:


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grab a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Put your tortilla on your cookie sheet flat and with a teaspoon spread the salsa over the top of it.  Next add your spring mix over the top of the tortilla and then add turkey, cherry tomatoes  and cheese.  Lastly take one basil leave and with kitchen sheers just cut small pieces all over the top and bake for about 10 minutes or just until the cheese is melted.  Cut with a pizza cutter in half and one half is one serving.  
You can sub out whatever you like peach salsa would be wonderful with this and you can top it with a little sour cream if you like too.  Take care everyone Live, laugh and love.



Monday, June 20, 2011

My Favorite Texas Tweeties Live in San Angelo Texas



Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a wonderful day and that the sun is shining where ever in the world you are.  Today is a departure from my recipes.  Yes I know I have a habit of departing from my normal day to day so often that its not so much of a departure for you.  Over this past weekend we received a beautiful gift from a friend of mine and my husband's.  His name is Bob Zeller and he and his wife Ann are a very talented two some.  Bob is a photographer and he makes calenders among other things.  He goes to the local state park and takes nature photos, namely photos of birds. In the above video we have their work for you all to see and let me tell ya this video does them no justice just wait until you have this in your hands.  The calenders that Bob makes are great quality and the pictures are so clear its like you looking at it as though its happening.  I mentioned Bob's wife Ann, she hand knits afghans, lap robes, baby afghans and knitted dish towels among many other things.  She ships and sells her products all around the country, if you are interested in either Bob or Ann's products I will provide you all with that information.  I hope you give them a try because it will be well worth your money. Tell em Heather and Toby sent ya. Live, laugh and love all.


To order afghans ,towels ect  Contact Ann at Creations by Ann  325-944-1893 
To order Calenders or cards from Bob contact him at www.bobzeller.wordpress.com  
You will be glad you did !

Friday, June 10, 2011

BBQ Meatloaf

This is Part 1


This is Part 2




Hi everyone so above are my youtube videos for this recipe so you can see me cooking it live.  I am going to give you the recipe for this and soon all my other recipes on this blog will have videos to go along with the recipes.  I think it just makes it a little bit more personal.  Anyway this blog has not had much attention paid to it lately by me because I have been busy making the videos and taking care of mommy and wife stuff.  I am not however closing this blog down.  I will get organized to where I can do my videos one day and my blog the next day.
So this is my husband's favorite meatloaf I have made.  Keep in mind I make a ton of different recipes for meatloaf.  I know almost a year ago I put up a remake of a traditional meatloaf and I have a ton more that I have not even put up yet. With all of that being said here is the recipe for the recipe for the bbq meatloaf.

Ingredients:

Half of a large onion
1 diced carrot
1 diced celery stalk
1 diced bell pepper or use a handful of frozen peppers
2 lbs of extra lean ground beef
1 teaspoon of coconut oil or 1 tablespoon of evoo (extra virgin olive oil)
1 loosely beaten egg
1 teaspoon of steak seasoning, I used Chicago steak seasoning
1 teaspoon of granulated garlic or garlic powder
1 minced fresh garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of ketchup
1 tablespoon of bbq sauce
Reserve out about 3 tablespoons of bbq sauce to put over the meatloaf before it goes into the oven
1 cup of seasoned bread crumbs (look for that video on youtube and look for it on here soon)


Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then you want to go ahead and saute your diced veggies in some coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil.  The last minute of them on the heat add in the minced garlic.  Let them cool enough so they can be handled.  In a large mixing bowl add your ground beef and cooled veggies.  Then add your seasonings, granulated garlic or garlic powder, steak seasoning and bread crumbs.  Next add all your wet ingredients,  ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, bbq sauce (make sure you reserve the 3 tablespoons in a separate bowl) and egg.  Mix with your hands just until the veggies and the egg is well incorporated through the meat.  Shape the meat into a loaf on a cookie sheet and cover the top with your reserved bbq sauce.  Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Serve with a salad and mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes and enjoy.  I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does.  Take care all live, laugh and love.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Healthy Update



Hi everyone so I am very disappointed to report that over the winter I have gained all but 10 pounds back.  I know that its good that I was able to keep 10 pounds off but I cannot help feel so disappointed.  I know the areas I did wrong too, basically I did the opposite of what helped me lose 30 pounds before fall last year.  So now I am trying like hell to get back and change things around without messing up this time.  When people say that weight loss is a journey they were not kidding.  I have to re learn how to eat and re think the whole idea of habit too.  Having a habit doesn't mean its a bad one it just means that is how you have done things that were passed onto you through the years.  You're probably even thinking why do I have a cooking channel if I am trying to lose weight ?  Well its because I want a real relationship with food, I want to take all my bad habits and with making healthier choices still be able to do what I love to do and that is cook.  I am not a professional so I probably will have mishaps and make mistakes but if one never makes a mistake they never learn or grow.  I will always love food but I just need to re think it instead of using it as a friend to celebrate things, or comfort or even entertainment.  I am still bound and determined to do this without any medical help but if it comes to that then I will do it.  There is not shame in needing medical help when it comes to weight loss because weather or not you do it through diet and exercise or through surgery you still have to change everything about how you eat and how you live.  So with all that being said I am more determined more than ever to still be around a little long for my girls.  One of my biggest mistakes was intaking too much sodium, even healthy foods have sodium in them.  I love pickles, olives, cheese  and cottage cheese too.  All of those foods have tons of sodium and since I have high blood pressure I have to be so careful about it.  Honestly though it wasnt just pickles and cheese that caused me to gain back 20 pounds.  I know this time what I have to do and I have to set small goals for myself because otherwise I will burn out.  I was burning over 3 thousand calories before and then I got sick of it and stopped.  Now I am lucky if I burn 1 thousand calories a day.  I am so disappointed with myself, I mean I can sit here and think up of all the excuses in the world, my scale doesn't work, its been a stressful year, blah blah blah.  In the end its just me, making the choices good or bad and I need to stop blocking my own progress and I need to stop caring what people think because its not their life its mine.  Now if I can follow my own advice to myself I will be happy.  Yes this blog is egocentric and all about me because I think its about time something was about me for once.  I love my family with my whole heart and I wouldn't want to change that at all but along the way of being a mother then a wife, I lost who I used to be.  I used to be very healthy, still a little heavy but I was so active and walked everywhere and I was so happy and feeling good.  I was very positive and happy, now I have moments where I am like that.  I guess I just want to see me again not this person that is depressed, and thinks and over thinks on things I cannot change.  I wont to take control of the one thing I can change and that is to be ME again !!!!  Thanks for listening to my ramblings all.  Live, laugh and love

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Berry Yogurt the MishMawsh Way



Hi everyone, I hope you are well. So as promised I have a new post for you.  The above link is a direct link to my you tube video for this recipe.  What do you all think of the videos? do you like them ? is there something I can do different with them? do you like just the blog better?  Let me know in the comments and I will take your suggestions and see what I can do with them.  I am sorry this post is coming up later than to be expected, I am really enjoying making these videos but I love writing my blogs too.  I am so sorry that my blog has taken a backseat I am going to try to be better about this.
This recipe is very simple to do and I put this one up first as my actual recipe because it was so easy because since it was my first time doing a video I didn't want to use a long video and have you tube not accept it because it went over their time limit.  In case you dont already know you are allowed 10 minute videos with you tube unless you make partner.  When you partner with you tube you can make videos as long as you want to.  Ok so instead of all the rambling I will just get to the recipe lol.


Ingredients:


about a 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt low fat you can adjust this as much or as little as you want.
1/2 cup to 1 cup of frozen mixed berries


Instructions:


Grab two bowls, one a small cereal bowl and the other one a microwave save bowl.  Put your frozen berries in the microwave safe bowl and put in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes.  If the berries are still frozen after 1 1/2 minutes, go ahead and let them go for another 30 seconds.  While the berries are defrosting in the microwave add your yogurt to the small cereal bowl.  Add the berries over the top when they come out of the microwave and stir them up.    I hope you all have a great afternoon and live, laugh and love all.


http://www.youtube.com/user/Heatherzblueyez1975  Here is a direct link to my you tube channel.  

Monday, May 9, 2011

What in the World Have I Been Up to???





Hi everyone, so yesterday was Mother's Day, and I have to say my husband and my kids went out of their way to make my day so very special to me.  What they dont realize though is that it would have been so very special for me anyway because I have all three of them in my life and I would be lost without them.  This picture you are seeing ^^up there is the breakfast my husband and kids made for me yesterday morning.  However that was only the tip of the iceberg of my day though.  So then we all got ready and we were going to a surprise location, however I wasnt blindfolded or anything and when we turned the corner by Walmart I knew instinctively as any red blooded American woman would know.  We were headed to my home away from home, the place where I used to waste all my money until my children were born, none other than Bath and Body Works of course. duhh.
So I am not bragging because I do not shop here anymore and that is fine with me my children come first always and forever.  I got to pick out what I wanted and stock up on a couple that I adore.  So below is a picture of the loot, the pocket anti bacs are for the kids.




My husband has always known that I love taking car rides to places I have never been before and so we headed to Farmington and surrounding towns and wound up in Rangeley.
Very beautiful town, I loved seeing the mountains in the distance and all the lakes there, too bad it wasnt warmer because I would be sooo tempted to go swimming.  The water was so peaceful I wanted to jump in, never mind the fact it was 64 degrees up there.  So I will leave you with a few pictures of our car ride and I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day or if your not a mother but just a mutha lol I hope you had a great Sunday.  Live, laugh and love all.




Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuna Noodle Casserole



Hi everyone, so a few weeks ago I made this recipe for my husband who is Catholic and doesn't eat meat on the Fridays leading up to Easter.  I am not a huge fan of tuna noodle casseroles but my family loves them.  So here is my version of a healthier way to still have this recipe without a lot of added fat and calories.  I know everyone has their own way to making this but I thought I would share with you mine.  


Ingredients:


1 1/2 cups of medium whole wheat egg noodles, if you cannot find the whole wheat ones use what you have.
1 onion diced
1 garlic clove minced
2 stalks of celery diced
1 bell pepper
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
1 cup of plain non fat Greek yogurt 
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1-2 cans of white albacore tuna packed in water
1/2 cup of skim milk
2 tablespoons of oregano
salt and pepper to taste or leave it out 
a few shakes of Tabasco sauce
2 slices of whole grain bread with flax seed and made with whole wheat flour, if you cannot find that just use any low calorie bread you can find.
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Instructions:


After all your veggies are diced, minced and chopped, heat up a large skillet and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil in it.  Next take all your veggies and put them in the skillet just to soften.  From there take your 2 slices of low cal bread and toast them, when they are finished toasting, add them to a food processor or blender or you can even use a cheese grater.  Set them aside. From here you want to add your tuna to the veggies just to heat through and then add them to a casserole dish, mix in the oregano and Tabasco sauce.  Now on to the thing that makes tuna noodle casserole creamy.  In a small mixing bowl add your yogurt, lemon juice and milk.  Mix them and pour them over the top of the veggies and tuna.  Sprinkle your cheese over the top and top it off with your bread crumbs.  Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or so depending on your oven.  My husband never knew it was good for him and he tasted the Greek yogurt and if I didn't tell him he would have thought it was sour cream.  Just an fyi here my husband loves sour cream, he's been eating it with everything since he was a kid and he couldn't tell it was Greek yogurt until I told him. I hope you get a chance to try this or make your own version of it.  Live, laugh and love everyone!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Exciting news!!!!



Hi everyone, I have no recipe for you today because I have a bit of exciting news you may be interested in hearing if not no biggie.  My husband and I have been talking for about a year or so that it would be so funny for us to do a radio show together.  Nothing scripted just him and I talking about random things and events.  We finally figured out a way to do it so this Saturday night at 6 30 pm eastern time we will be doing our first ever show.  Keep in mind it will be a trial run simply because we havent even tested this out together yet.  This is going to be as uncut as your going to find lol.  If you are interested in hearing Toby and I blabbering the website is WWW.blogtalkradio.com/texnetmaine.  Oh and here is the fun part you all out there, you all can join in as well!  Talk about fun right?


Also in the very near future my husband and I will be working on pod casts for my blog.  So instead of reading and reading because I sometimes ramble on and on, you can hear the recipe instead of reading it.  In the next few months I will be putting up youtube videos of my recipes as well.  So there is a lot to look forward to if you like my blog, if you dont like it I suppose its bad news but hey no one says you have to watch, hear or read it right? lol  Anyway that is all for now and remember Saturday night at 6 30 pm eastern time you get to hear the goofiest people you know !  Live, laugh and love everyone.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Kinda Homemade Veggie Pizza



Hi everyone, I am back with a new recipe.  Before I get into the recipe though I hope you all had a wonderful Easter or if you do not celebrate Easter I hope you all had a great weekend.  Either way we are back to our normal lives now.  Issy was on vacation all last week so my blog posts were few and far between, however here we go.  So back to the recipe, I made this last Friday, my husband is Catholic so he doesn't eat meat on Fridays leading up to Easter.  I thought this would be something we all could enjoy and its better for you than the traditional dial up and order pizza.  I did however take some help from the grocery store and bought frozen wheat bread,  not the frozen pizza crust unless you like a thin crust.  I personally cant stand a cracker type of crust on my pizza.  If I wanted a cracker pizza I would just put some sauce and cheese on a cracker.  At any rate with a wink and a nudge here is my version of a homemade pizza.  I used a pizza stone that my aunt gave me years ago but you can use cookie sheets its ok.  Here is the recipe enjoy!


Ingredients:


1 frozen whole wheat bread dough
1/2 onion diced
1/2 cups of mushrooms (if you do not like mushrooms leave them out)
1/2 cup of diced bell pepper
1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes sliced 
1/2 cup of marinara sauce or jarred spaghetti sauce 
1/2 cup of low fat cheese I used a blend of cheddar and mozzarella
1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon of Spanish rosemary  


Instructions:


The morning of pizza night, grab a medium sized mixing bowl and spray it with cooking spray, put your frozen dough in the bowl and cover it for about 6-8 hours.  It depends on how hot your kitchen is.  My kitchen is pretty chilly so I just put this in the microwave for about 8 hours.  Once the dough is risen, punch it down and grab your pizza stone or cookie sheet.  Drizzle half of your extra virgin olive oil on the pan.  Stretch out your dough to fit your stone or cookie sheet.  Drizzle the rest of the evoo on the dough, spread it evenly and add your seasonings.  Then add your sauce, cheese and toppings.  Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.  Slice it up and you have your own veggie pizza, serve it up with some salad and your dinner is ready.  I hope this is helpful to you and live, laugh and love everyone!


Quick Tip:


Before you add your oil or seasonings, poke the dough with a fork all over the dough.  This allows the air to escape so you wont have many air bubbles when the pizza is ready.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

BBQ Pulled Pork



Hi everyone I hope you are all doing well on this Wednesday.  Its storming here with rain, thunder and lightening.  A few weeks ago I made my family bbq pulled pork sandwiches with my macaroni salad that I put up on my blog yesterday.  I couldnt find the pictures we took of just the bbq pulled pork so I have to recycle this picture that I used yesterday for the salad.  Oh well You get the idea lol.  Here is the recipe!


Ingredients:


1-2 pounds of a pork roast any kind will do even a tenderloin would work well
1 onion quartered
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
A Pinch of seasoning salt
black pepper to taste
1 cup of bbq sauce of your choice we use sweet baby ray's that is our favorite


Instructions:


Grab your pork roast and apply the seasonings on the roast on all sides.  Rub it into the meat.  Next quarter your onion and add it to your slow cooker along with the water.  Place the pork on top of the onions.  Add more water if you need to, just so the bottom half of the roast is covered.  Please do not cover the entire roast.  Cook on low for about 6-8 hours.  From here you take the roast out of the slow cooker and put into a large mixing bowl.  Break up the meat with two forks and add the bbq sauce.  You may need to add more depending on how much pork you use.  Mix it all up until its combined and put on a sub roll or some kind of sandwich bread.  It makes a great sandwich and gives you a lot of leftovers.  Live, laugh and love everyone!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Anti Mayo Macaroni Salad



Hi everyone, I know its been awhile since I put up my last blog and I tried to not let too much time lapse in between blogs.  I just needed a little break to get some recipes together and pictures together along with some new ideas, especially since Easter is this weekend.  This recipe in particular would be a good side dish with your ham this weekend or anytime for that matter.  Its great for a pot luck as well, its very fast to make and healthier for you than the traditional macaroni salad.  As always you can change out as many ingredients as you wish, this one is just how my family likes it.


Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of uncooked macaroni, feel free to add whole wheat I would have used that because I love whole wheat pastas however I would have been the only one to eat it since I am the only one that likes it.
2 stalks of celery diced
1-2 diced carrots
1 red bell pepper or use whatever color you like
10 cherry tomatoes quartered
1 orange bell pepper diced
1/4 to 1/2 cup of lowfat or fat free Italian dressing
A palm sized amount of lowfat or fat free shredded cheese we use the lowfat because I cannot convince my family on the fat free stuff lol 


Instructions:

To start off you want to cook the pasta first and then drain it in cold water.  Next in a large mixing bowl add your cold pasta and all your veggies, mix it up and then add the cheese and Italian dressing. Cover it and let it set in your fridge for about an hour or two.  I made this go to with pulled pork bbqed sandwiches and it was a fabulous side with it.  I hope you like this as much as my family did.  Live, laugh and love everyone.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Burgers, A Healthy Make Over



Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying your Friday today.  The other day I put up a recipe making chicken Parmesan healthy but still keeping the flavors traditional.  Well this is what I do with my burgers too.  Granted every time I make burgers isnt always this way, I sometimes use extra lean ground beef too.  At any rate I think you will find this recipe very interesting if nothing else.  So let's do this!


Ingredients:


1 pound of cooked black beans you can use canned or dry beans 
1 onion minced
2 garlic cloves minced
1/4 to 1 cup of beef broth or veggie broth
1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of any steak seasoning I like Chicago steak seasoning use more if you like
Lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions and any condiments you like having on your burgers


Instructions:


In either a food processor or whatever you have on hand, mash up all your black beans to a smooth texture.  Add in all other ingredients except the extra virgin olive oil, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and condiments.  After you have mixed all the ingredients into the black beans you should have a hamburger like consistency if its not and its a little runny , go ahead and add more beans. If for some reason its a little too dry add more broth or water.  Next put the bean mixture into a bowl and separate it into 4 equal parts.  (this recipe feeds 4 people count on 1 burger per person.) Form the bean mixture into patties.  Drizzle a large skillet with the extra virgin olive oil and pan sear the patties.  You dont need to cook them through just brown up either side of the patty and it will heat through.  Put your burger on a low fat whole wheat bun top it with lettuce, tomatoes and onions or just leave the bun out and put it on some lettuce.  You can change this recipe by adding Tabasco and hot peppers in the mixing process too. Use your favorite condiments and your mind and taste buds wont realize you are eating something very good for you.  When I first made this recipe my husband (who grew up in Texas and loves meat to a fault)  didn't even notice it was beans !   He told me he never would have known the difference if I didn't tell him.  I hope this recipe works for you and live, laugh and love all.


This is a little different than the above recipe but its the same idea, basically add or take out any ingredient you do not like enjoy!!


Above is Part One


Here is Part Two

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Healthy Chicken Parmesan



Hi everyone, I hope you are all well today.  For today's recipe I am making chicken Parmesan.  However this recipe is a bit different, we are not frying, breading or add very little fat to this recipe.  Trust me its still fantastic.  I want to first begin by saying a little pet peeve of mine.  That is with every health food recipe I have come across its all veggies and fish and that is fine but realistically there is no way in hell I could remain satisfied with veggies and fish or chicken alone.  I find myself screaming at the tv on some shows that are trying to help people lose weight because if you dont like the food your eating or if you get bored with it, you will resort to your old habits.  They preach moderation however according to some psychological studies that is unrealistic too.  They will tell you of scientific studies that the human body is conditioned to eat large amounts of food that they like.  Its based on survival and the instinct that if you have it in plenty today you may not have it tomorrow.  With that being said why cant you just revamp all the things you like in a healthier way?  None of these shows touch on that its just restrict, vegan, restrict, tofu, restrict.  I personally am done with that so as my promise to my readers I will have more recipes in the future that are healthier versions of the junk we all love.   Sorry for the long info it just needed to be said.  Now lets get cooking !


Ingredients:


6-8 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 jar or 2 cups of your homemade spaghetti sauce you can use store bought too
3 diced tomatoes fresh
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 onion chopped
1/4 cup lowfat mozzarella cheese you can use fresh or shredded
1 tablespoon of dried oregano 
1 tablespoon of dried basil
1 tablespoon of dried rosemary (with the herbs you can use fresh if you like)


Instructions:



HERE IS A VIDEO WHERE I SHOW YOU HOW TO MAKE THIS


Wash and dry your chicken breasts.  Rub all your dried herbs on to the chicken and put the chicken breasts in a slow cooker.  Next add all other ingredients except for the cheese.  Cook on low for about 3-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours.  When the chicken is cooked through sprinkle the cheese onto the chicken and the sauce and cover.  The heat from the slow cooker will melt the cheese.  You can serve this as is with a side salad or over whole wheat pasta or make a sandwich out of it.  I dont know the numbers on this but I do know that its better for you than just getting it fried and covered in oils.  Have a wonderful day all and live, laugh and love.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Heather Is Not Feeling Well

Hi everyone! This is Toby, Heather's husband. I hope this post finds you well and happy. I am jumping in here to tell you that Heather is pretty sick with the flu or something and will not be posting today and probably tomorrow  as well. All is not lost though! Heather has a nice selection of previously published recipes in the blog archives just sitting there waiting for you. I'll nurse Heather back to health so she'll back ASAP.

Thanks for reading MishMawsh and Other things! Until next time, be sure to live, laugh and love. :)

Adios,
Toby

Friday, April 1, 2011

Sick Kid alert!!



Hello everyone, so some of you may already know that I blog for fun but I am a full time wife and mother.  I will not have a recipe for you today since my oldest daughter came home from school yesterday with stomach flu and possible strep throat.  We will have to watch her throat over the weekend.  I am so sorry for those who are looking forward to a recipe today but I will back AsAp.  Thank you all for your viewer ship and your understand.  Be well my friends and live, laugh and love.  

Thursday, March 31, 2011

French Onion Dip



Hello everyone, are you ready for this storm we are supposed to get?  What a way to start off spring huh?  Well welcome to Maine, if you dont like the weather wait a minute.  So anyway I have made this recipe a hundred times and I figured now would be a good time as any to share it with you.  Maybe you can make this up and dip some veggies and crackers in it with a good book and watch the snow fall.  


Ingredients:


Depending on how much or how little you are making this about 1-2 onions add more if you need to
1/2 cup of sour cream
1/2 cup of mayo of your choice
salt and pepper for taste
A splash of Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil


Instructions:


Dice up your onoins or cut them however you like.  Grab a large skillet and heat up the evoo and add the onions.  You want to caramelize them so let them cook for about 20 minutes or until they get deep brown in color.  Let them cool and then grab a bowl and add the mayo, sour cream, salt and pepper and worcestershire sauce and onions.  Mix until combined and put in the fridge to set up.  This makes a great dip for chips, veggies, crackers or you can even add it on top of a baked potato.    Have a great day everyone, live, laugh and love.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Simmer Pot



Hello everyone, today we are taking a departure from a food recipe.  We are still doing a recipe however its for a natural air freshener.  This one smells better than some air fresheners on the market and its made with all natural ingredients.  Now there are a million different recipes out there to make your own simmer pot.  This is the one I used and I have to tell you, it smells delightful in here.  Plus if you keep your simmer pot ingredients in the fridge when not in use they last up to 6 days !  So instead of all the dangerous ingredients that most air fresheners come with give this recipe a try, you may like it better than what you are using now!  


Ingredients:


6 dried Clementines
2 drops of vanilla
6-12 dried cranberries
about 6 cups of water


Instructions:


The idea for this recipe is to use fruit or flowers that are drying up and instead of throwing them away use them in your simmer pot.  So for the recipe I used was about 6 dried Clementines quartered.  Add all the ingredients but the water to a saucepan mix around and add the water.  Heat up to a boil than to a simmer.  About every 30 minutes add more water and keep it on the back of your stove.  The smell will go all through your house and it only gets more concentrated as the day goes on.  Of course if you are going to be leaving your house you will want to shut off your stove first.   I hope this was helpful to you and keep in mind you can use whatever fruit or flower you wish this is just what I had and it worked wonderfully.  Live, laugh and love all