Monday, January 31, 2011

Pizza Rolls

Hello everyone, so here it is Friday and trying to get everything ready for Sunday and still trying to think of something interesting for the family for dinner tonight. I had these egg roll wraps that need to be used and I thought of an interesting way to use them besides egg rolls. Here is the recipe in case you are interested. Keep in mind you can change out ingredients with ones that fit your tastes but this is just how I made ours.

Ingredients:

1 package of egg roll wraps
1/2 cup of diced pepperoni
1/2 cup of cooked hamburger
1 diced and sauteed green bell pepper
1 diced and sauteed onion
1/2 a cup of diced mushrooms
1 jar of Pizza sauce or if you are like me and make your own you will 2 cups
8 oz of shredded cheese of your choosing
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1 clove garlic sauteed

Instructions:

Open up your package of egg roll wraps and cover with a damp paper towel. Heat up some vegetable oil in a deep skillet. You want to cover the bottom of pan with about an inch of the oil. While the oil is heating up mix up your cooked ingredients with the sauce and the cheese. After everything is mixed together its time to start assembling the egg rolls. Take your egg roll wrapper and dip your finger into some water, run your finger around the outter edge of the roll and with a small teaspoon fill the center. There is no fancy in rolling the egg roll, I tried to follow the directions on the package and all my filling leaked out into the oil. Not a pretty sight that is for sure. I make sure all the edge pieces are all tucked in so there is no leakage. After your rolls are put together slowly put them in the skillet. Limit about 3-4 rolls max. After about 3-4 minutes gently turn for another 3-4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel and serve with a dinner salad. You can make these more healthy by baking in them in the oven too. They are still just as good with a not a lot of mess, however its mighty tasty this way too, everything in moderation. Enjoy your weekend all and until Monday live, laugh and love.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Special Weekend Post

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a great end of the weekend day. I know its very unusual for me to post a blog on the weekends but I felt that the introduction to this week's theme needed its own post. The theme this week is romantic and simple recipes. Many men know how to cook, I was blessed with a husband that is no stranger to a kitchen. I know there are some out there that aside from the microwave have no interest in cooking. That is ok because we love them anyway. So I thought because Valentine's is around the corner how about I put up some simple and elegant recipes that a guy with a girlfriend, wife, mother, or friend could cook for and they wont be too hard but they will be a real treat for their love. I know its a mushy idea, however for me this time of year is very special to me. About 7 years ago I was a single mother of a year and half old, I had no prospects of marriage or even dating. I got a lot of judgmental things from people, believe it or not even though we dont live in the 50's there are still a lot of people out there that like to put their two cents in on single parents. I heard a lot of "oh your looking for a daddy then" or "why did you have a baby without being married' and the list goes on and on. I felt that there was no use in looking for a relationship, my life was mommy and that was it. I would get up in the morning, get the baby ready for daycare, drop her off and head to work. Come home for just enough time to feed her, give her a bath and go to bed and do the same thing over the next day. The summer of 2004 I was talking to my friend Kevin in a chat room and I was watching dora with my daughter. I said I am not sure but I could have sworn I heard dora say "a bung hole" Kevin laughed and he said I am not sure but I dont think she said that you probably heard that wrong. So in walks this guy with the sign on Setdhooktx and Kevin said Toby will know what that was that dora said. I asked him and after he made fun of me for a bit he told me it was "abajo" meaning low or below in Spanish. So after that day me and this Toby person talked a lot and I learned a lot about him. I learned his love for his family and his sense of humor was so infectious. He became my best friend, and then later after a series of many obstacles became my husband. When we got married I didnt want anything huge and a lot of people didnt understand that because it was my first wedding. For me it was more about having a marriage and becoming a family with a man I knew and still know will love me and our all our children for the rest of our lives. To this day I am sure not many understand why I didnt want fluff for a wedding. It was simple in my living room with a dear friend of mine and my aunt and uncle. I wouldnt change it for the world. It was finally where I wanted to be and I found home where I never thought I would ever find it. The date was February 16th, 2008. However we didnt officially become more than friends until November 21st 2004. I have known this man for almost 7 years and I kinda like him, lol. We have had our share of difficulty in adjusting to our new family we created and there were times when it would have been so easy to jump ship. I cannot tell you what made me stick it through it except for the fact that this family meant more to me than what was going on at the time and I was going to give it tough love and a lot of hard work. Its not all hard though please dont misunderstand, I love this man and I know what a good man he is and I think that more than anything else is what pulled me through. So I am so proud of Toby or better known as Setdhooktx lol. I take nothing I have for granted and I thank God for all his blessings every single day. Since Toby and I have gotten together we had another daughter and beat the odds of internet relationships. Even though there are some very terrible stories out there about people and the internet there are some really good ones too. I think if you are ready for it when you least it expect it, it shows up in places you never would have imagined you would. Toby and I are far from done and our journey together is just beginning and I couldnt have asked for more. Live, laugh and love everyone!

Half time Frito Pie Casserole





Hi everyone I hope this day finds you well. So I have a handful of recipe ideas for your super bowl party or just having snacks for the game. Today's recipe is inspired by one of my husband's favorite snacks and I have not seen it much around here unless someone makes it. I had frito pie in Oklahoma when I was 19 with my aunt. At the time it was like 2 bucks and very very yummy. The traditional frito pie is a snack sized bag of frito corn chips (still in the bag no bowl required) with a spoonful of chili and cheese over the top. My husband used to go to a lot of football games and growing up in Texas who doesn't do that? So here is my version but a little bit more fancy, a whole lot easy to make and just as easy on the wallet as well. I decided to make it in casserole form simply because its enough to feed a crowd and they can serve themselves.

Ingredients:

1 can of refried beans
1 large bag of frito corn chips
16 oz of canned chili or 2 cups of your own chili
8-12oz of shredded cheese depending on how much cheese you like
1-2 green onions chopped green and the white parts
4 teaspoons of sour cream

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grab a large baking dish like a Pyrex or some sort of glass baking dish. Spray the dish with non stick cooking spray. Layer on the whole can of refried beans. Then a layer of cheese, next comes a layer of fritos. On top of the fritos add the chili and top it off with the remaining cheese. Bake for about 15-18 minutes, just until the cheese is melted and its heated through. Take out of the oven and sprinkle the green onions on the top and dollop the top with the sour cream. You can be fancy here by making four little dollops of sour cream on the top.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as it holds many memories for my husband and for myself. This is s sure fire crowd pleaser and half time with this recipe will not be the same in your house.
Live, laugh and love everyone!


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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs


Hi everyone, so continuing on the theme of the super bowl I thought some of you may like this recipe that I make for my husband just about every single super bowl. I am not a fan of it because its too rich for me but I know there are a lot of people liking this recipe and some think its a timely process to make. Well here is my recipe for Swedish meatballs. Sure everyone has their own way of doing it and that is fine, this is just the way I make mine.

Ingredients:

1 pound of extra lean ground beef, chicken or turkey
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 very large white onion, or two small onions
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1/2 to 1 pound of diced mushrooms if you do not like mushrooms leave them out
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
1/2 to 1/4 cup of milk depends on how thick you like yours
1 tablespoon of sour cream
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese any kind except for the stuff in the green can that wont work too well with this recipe
1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
1 egg
about 1 cup of bread crumbs

Instructions:

Ok before I continue, if you are planning on using pre made meatballs or frozen ones you will want to skip to when I make the gravy for the meatballs. This part is instructions on how to make the meatballs you can keep this part for future recipes. Ok so to make my meatballs I put the meat, Italian seasoning, the egg and the bread crumbs together and mix them just until they are combined. You dont want to over mix because that causes for greasy hands and dry meatballs. preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a large cookie sheet with tin foil. Now start forming your meatballs you can make them any size you want to, just as long as they are about the same size. When you are finished sprinkle a little bit of the cheese over the top and bake for about 10-20 minutes depending on the size of the meatballs.
Now onto the gravy, you will need a very large skillet. Over medium heat, add evoo and sliced onions and diced mushrooms. You will need to cook this until the onions get caramelized and the mushrooms cook down. Then add your cream of mushroom soup, milk, Worcestershire sauce and some Italian seasoning. Bring to a simmer and put your sour cream in a small bowl and add some of the gravy to and mix it until smooth. You do that so the sour cream doesn't clump in the gravy. When the sour cream is smooth add it to your skillet slowly and stir until smooth. Put the remaining cheese into the gravy and turn off the heat. Grab your meatballs from the oven or the freezer and throw them in your crock pot then add the gravy. Stir until the meatballs are coated and cook on low for about an hour until it thickens. My husband likes to make mini Swedish meatballs sandwiches out of these with some Hawaiian king rolls. You can use any dinner roll you have on hand. You also could serve this over egg noodles and have a side salad for a warm and hearty dinner. I know this recipe has a lot to it but you will see if you try this recipe out its really not as bad as it seems. I hope you try this recipe and I hope you enjoy it the way my husband does. Live, laugh and love everybody !

Video

In the video I show you a different way to make them that you may enjoy!  

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bluecheese Dip with a Kick

Hello everyone, I am back again today for another quick recipe. Now this one we are going to be using fresh blue cheese and depending on where you get it or what kind you get can be taxing on your wallet I know. However this is a once and blue moon thing (no pun intended lol) blue moon, the moon made of cheese and blue cheese hahah, OK anyway. So I am thinking if you shop around and find the most affordable blue cheese you can come across or even ask your deli person to cut you off a sliver of it its probably doable. Anyway here we go, its a quick and easy recipe for a blue cheese dip for those chicken tenders we made.

Ingredients:

4 ounces approx. of blue cheese
1/4 cup of buttermilk
1/4 cup of mayo
1/4 cup of sour cream
1 tablespoon of white vinegar
1 to 2 dashes of hot sauce of your choice
1 small crushed garlic clove or a teaspoon of minced garlic

Instructions:

In a medium to smallish bowl crumble up your blue cheese you can use a fork or your fingers I wont look I promise. Mix in your buttermilk, mayo, sour cream and all the other remaining ingredients. You can put in your mixer if you want a more smoother texture or leave it as is. Your done that is all that it takes to make this dipping sauce. You can put this on a baked potato or over steak would be yummy. You could also use this as a dipping sauce for the buffalo chicken tenders we made too.

I think this would work for a veggie dip as well. If you are having a super bowl party or just watching movies I hope this recipe works for you. Live, laugh and love everyone!

Just as a side note, today is my youngest daughter's birthday. She is 4 years old today and light of our lives. Its hard to believe that little doodle bug as I call her, is almost old enough to go to kindergarten. Didnt I just do this with my oldest daughter? Oh my has the time passed by so. So I want to wish my little Doodle bug otherwise known as Bailey Elizabeth a very happy birthday!


Buffalo Chicken Tenders




Hello everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. As some of you may have noticed, I was on a super bowl theme last week. My husband loves watching the game weather it be by himself or with my oldest daughter or with a group of friends. I love cooking for the game and then watching movies on our other tv. Any rate the super bowl theme I did last week was a huge hit with some people so keeping on that same theme that is what the recipes this week are going to be about too. Now keep in mind you can use the recipes any other time through out the year too, these are just some ideas that my husband really enjoys and I am sure you will too. So today's recipe and title of the blog are buffalo chicken tenders they are not totally fat free or totally carb free for that matter but these are not as bad for you as the traditional deep fried ones. So let's get started!

Ingredients:

1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 cup to 1 cup (approx. measure) of hot sauce you just want the chicken coated in this stuff
1 cup of seasoned bread crumbs or whatever you prefer you may need a little bit more here so just add more as you need it.
1 cookie sheet lined with tin foil that is sprayed with non stick cooking spray very important.

Instructions:

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut your chicken breast into strips. Grab a large mixing bowl and add your cut strips and coat the chicken strips with the hot sauce of your choice. Cover the bowl and let marinate for about an hour, if you want a more deep and more hot flavor then go ahead and marinate the chicken over night. Then coat your chicken both sides with the bread crumbs of your choosing. Put your chicken on your cookie sheet and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked completely. You can add any dippings or sauces of your choice. I like to mix some sour cream together with some dry ranch dressing mix and some hot sauce for a dipping sauce for mine. Another idea would be to mix some sour cream with a little green onion and hot sauce too. Of course blue cheese for most is the best. Look for my recipe on making your own blue cheese dip tomorrow that would go perfect with these tenders.
Have a great week everyone, live, laugh and love.

Quick Tip:

For this recipe you may have noticed I didn't use an egg wash to coat the chicken. I used the hot sauce instead. It saves on calories and it adds a lot more flavor, I am a true believer that eggs are not as bad for you as some say they are. However for this recipe I wanted to keep the coating light since the dipping sauces will be a little heavy. I also wanted the buffalo sauce flavor to come through without making a total mess. Granted these little bundles are messy but you wont miss the extra fat and calories.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sweet and Spicy Cashews






Hello everyone, Happy Friday to you all. Finally the weekend is upon us and I have another recipe for you that you can serve watching the super bowl or anytime really. All of the recipes that I posted this week are not just for the super bowl but any time really. Today I have a sweet and spicy cashew recipe for you and I hope you enjoy it as my husband and I do.

Ingredients:

2 cups of cashews ( if you need more certainly you can double this recipe)
1/8 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of butter melted
1/2 of a teaspoon of salt
1/8 of a teaspoon of ground red pepper, you can use crushed red pepper flake too if you want it hotter add more.
2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon of sugar

Instructions:

In a large bowl mix the nuts, spices and sugar together. Reserve 1/2 teaspoon of sugar you will see why later. Spray a cookie sheet or a baking dish with non stick cooking spray and preheat your oven to 350. arrange your seasoned nuts in a single layer and bake for about 8-12 minutes. If you are using roasted nuts dont bake them any longer than 8 minutes if they are not roasted or raw nuts go ahead and do the 10-12 minute time. Stir them twice during baking. When finished let them cool on some wax paper or parchment paper and sprinkle them with reserved 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Mix until all the sugar is coated on the nuts and serve. This is a great snack anytime and for all of these recipes it doesn't have to be super bowl time to enjoy them. I hope you all enjoy and live, laugh and love

Smooth Red Salsa









Hello everyone, so keeping with the super bowl theme of the week I have a smooth salsa for you. However if you do like your salsa chunky by all means leave the onions, cilantro and garlic out and mix them in when everything else is done. You can serve this with tortilla chips or even use it with some veggies for a low fat veggie dip. Either way you use it its surely to be a hit. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

Ingredients:

1 can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
1/2 of a lime juiced
3 tablespoons of cilantro chopped
1/2 cup of chopped red onion
2 cloves of garlic lightly sauteed
1 fire roasted red pepper you can use the sweet for less heat or the hot for more heat
1/2 of a jalapeño diced
dash of cumin
pinch of salt

Instructions:

In a blender add your tomatoes, roasted red pepper, lime juice, onion, cilantro, jalapeño and spices. Blend until smooth. Then in a separate pan take two whole garlic cloves and lightly sautee in a small amount of extra virgin olive oil. Take the garlic out when the garlic starts to lightly brown. Add your sauteed garlic to the blender and blend it with everything else. Once the garlic is incorporated your done. Put it in a small bowl and serve. If you do not have a blender you can either use a potato masher or you can cut it all up with your knife. Either way its sure to be a hit. Have a great day everyone and live, laugh and love.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Super bowl Sliders the MishMawsh Way







Hi everyone, I hope this day finds you well. So I know that the super bowl is a ways away however it doesn't hurt to get prepared and inspired. I do not take any offense at all if you want to change up any of these recipes, after all I put them on here so you can make them your own. I also want to make clear that I am no way a chef or a professional cook, I just like food and I like to be creative with it. I have to be creative with it for the sake of my husband and children because sometimes the kids may like something that my husband doesn't or vise versa. I am not picky about many things so I try to find a happy medium that the kids and the husband will enjoy. I hope you all do too. So with that all being said lets get cooking sliders!

Ingredients:

1 pound of ground beef, we use the extra lean variety so there is little grease and no need to drain. However if you use a more fattier version just know that they will shrink up and require some draining
1 large onion diced
1 small cookie sheet
1 clove of garlic
1 rolling pin
1 pizza cutter
1 package of small dinner rolls we like the Hawaiian king rolls the best.
sliced tomato, lettuce, sliced red onion and condiments of your choice
about 16 slices of cheese give or take

Instructions:

Put your ground beef in a mixing bowl and add diced onions and garlic and salt and pepper. Mix until the onions and garlic are incorporated and put the ground beef mixture onto your cookie sheet. Next spread the meat out with your rolling pin until all the meat is evenly distributed. Put this in your preheated oven on 350 degrees just until the meat is cooked. Bring the meat out of the oven and slice with your pizza cutter into small patties. you should have about 16 or more patties make sure they small for sliders. From here cut your cheese into quarters because one slice of cheese will be too much. After the sliders have cheese on them put them back into the oven just until the cheese is melted. When the chesse is melted, put your slider on the rolls of your choice and add your tomatoes, lettuce and onion, dress them how you like and serve them up.

You could serve these sliders with a small cup of the potato soup we made yesterday for a meal or make them together for your super bowl party. Either way its a real treat and kids love them. I hope you live, laugh and love everybody!

Super bowl breakfast poppers





Hi everyone, today I have a recipe for you that you can feed the men in your family in the morning of the super bowl. It will keep them busy while you are cooking up a storm for the big game.

Ingredients:

4-6 large eggs
8-10 slices of pre cooked bacon chopped
10 mini muffin tins adjust this to the number of people your serving figure about 3 per person
green onions diced
salt and pepper to taste
8-10 slices of bread with the crusts cut off
Chesse any shredded variety will do

Instructions:

Spray your mini muffin tins with non stick cooking spray and cut your bread to the size and shape of your muffin tins. Next shape bread into the muffin tins as you would if it were a pie crust. Add your diced bacon to the muffin tins. Beat your eggs in a bowl add salt and pepper and green onions and cheese. Spoon the egg mixture onto the bread in the muffin tin and bake on 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes just until the egg is cooked. You can dip these in some hot sauce or sour cream or just eat them as is.

I hope you enjoy and until next time I hope you live, laugh and love

Potato Soup that is Super bowl Worthy!





Hi everyone, I hope this day finds you all well. If you live in the north east as we do try to stay warm this week because its going to get colder. The recipe I have for you today will surely warm you up and it can be served for all the upcoming super bowl parties too. This is a departure from the healthy recipes I have been putting up. Everything in moderation and if you have a small cup of this on occasion, it shouldn't spoil your whole day or week. Well lets get started!

Ingredients:

1 large onion diced
2 carrots diced
2 garlic cloves
2 stalks of celery diced
1/2 stick of butter
2 cups of cheese
2 cups of heavy cream, half and half or milk
6 cups of chicken broth
6 small potatoes or 3 large ones diced
1 teaspoon of basil

Instructions:

In a large stock pot add the butter and sautee all your veggies except your potatoes you want to add them right before you are ready to add your chicken stock. After your veggies are soft but have no browning to them add your tators and chicken stock or broth which ever you prefer. Cook for about 20 minutes or just until your tators are cooked. Next we are going to make a roux and some people make the roux right in the soup itself, that method never works for me because it tastes too much like paste. I grab a small pot I add 4 tablespoons of butter and 4 tablespoons of flour and cook them together until the flour looks less white and more of a butter color. Next I add the cream or half and half and whisk until the lumps are gone and add your cheese. For cheeses you can add any kind you like any shredded cheddar would do. I used Velveeta it gives it a creamy texture and its what most restaurants use. After the cheese has melted in the roux turn off the heat to the soup and add the roux slowly until its well blended. Stir in your basil and you are ready to serve it and enjoy.

I served this with some Italian bread for my family and even my picky three year old loved it. I was surprised it turned out so well because normally I am not a big fan of potato soups I thought they tasted too bland and pasty. This recipe blew my mind it was so flavorful and creamy without being pasty. You can find this recipe on you tube just search food wishes and scroll through the videos until you find this one.

Be on the look out because this week I am doing all super bowl themed snacks and party ideas and I am dedicating them to my husband since he is the only one in this house that gets excited about such events. I do enjoy the cooking part for it though I have to admit, however that day after the cooking part turns into a lifetime movie marathon for me lol. I hope you all have a great day and until tomorrow, live ,laugh and love everyone.


UPDATED:  I recently made this soup on my channel, and here are the changes I made to this very versatile recipe.  I added bell peppers, ham, and fresh baby spinach. Below is the video and a few pictures we took that day.  I served this homemade garlic bread.  Enjoy!



READY TO SERVE!!


COME AND GET IT!! 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Healthy Lifestyle Update No Recipe







Hello everyone I hope all is well where you are today. As some of you know that read my blog on a regular or semi regular basis you know that I needed to make a change in my lifestyle. Myself like so many others, will probably always have to work on being healthy for the rest of my life so I am trying really hard to make the best of it. I have had so many slip ups its not even funny and I know that everything right now is trial and error. With that being said I haven't gained or lost any weight. I am still at a 28 pound weight loss, and I am so frustrated. I dont want to try any diets because I never stick to them, as soon as a diet tells me to stay away from certain things I find myself breaking those rules. I have been going along the all natural route for example I try not to eat anything that has more than 5 ingredients if its a packaged item. If its like a salad or mess of fresh fruit well that is different. I also try not to eat anything I cannot pronounce and of course drinking a ton of water. I have been drinking about 1 can of ginger ale a day simply because a lot of water lately has been giving me heart burn. At any rate the goal here is to drink no soda at all, I am working on it and I may have to enter a 12 step program lol jk. Regardless though its very hard I dont care what anyone says for me its been difficult and its so easy to slip up since my husband loves all the "junk" food out there. My husband like so many others out there can eat a whole cow and deep fried pig for breakfast and then wash it all down with triple bacon cheeseburgers and deep fried french fries and never gain an ounce. I think I gained 36 pounds just writing all that lol. In the world of weight loss when it comes to men and women its just not a fair fight. However that is for another blog I do actually have some good news. I have lost inches just not pounds. I have been hearing that its a very good thing to be losing inches, so I am happy about that. I am thinking about changing my diet I think that is why the numbers on my scale are not going down. I have been reading about raw food diets and vegan diets and even though I am not totally there yet, I really enjoy some of the recipes with chicken or fish or extra lean red meats. I have put up a few recipes lately depicting this change in my eating. I have to take it gradual and who knows maybe I will be eating tofu before too long. Well I hope you enjoyed my blog of ramblings and live, laugh and love.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Veggie Chicken Salad again

Hello everyone the weekend is finally here! In the spirit of getting back into the swing of things weather it be diet, exercise or both eating healthy sometimes takes a very boring turn on Iamsosickofveggies road. I hope today this recipe that I made up will help waken your taste buds and hopefully offer some ideas for you to change it up to your own preferences. This is a two for one deal meaning two recipes in one blog. Enjoy!

Ingredients for the Salad:

1 Romaine heart
1 bunch of swiss chard or fresh spinach or any other green
2 stalks of celery
2 carrots
1 red bell pepper
1 green pepper
1 medium red onion
8 oz of fresh mushrooms
2 cucumbers
1 tomato
1 avocado
8 oz of grilled chicken breast or left over chicken breast is fine, make sure bone is off and skin is off too

Instructions for salad:

In a food processor or using your knife shred the lettuce, and spinach. Put in a large bowl and then shred your celery, carrots, onions, peppers and mushrooms. From here slice your chicken into either slices or dices whatever you prefer. Put veggies and chicken on top of the greens and then slice your tomatoes avocado and cucumbers and arrange them on top of the salad in any pattern you prefer.
Now onto the salad dressing

You will need:


1 tablespoon of rosemary,thyme, basil and dill
1 orange
1 lime
1 lemon
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 hot pepper
2 cloves of garlic

Instructions for the salad dressing:

In your food processor or blender add your rosemary, basil, thyme and dill and blend. From there you want to juice the orange, lemon and lime. Add to your blender or food processor and then add your garlic and hot pepper blend until smooth. The last thing you add is the evoo just until its all mixed together well. Serve this salad dressing over the top of your salad or have it on the side.

The salad and the dressing makes a great side or you can have it as your main dish. Its a great pick me up and full of flavor you will never know you are eating well in the process. I hope you get a chance to try this recipe and I hope you enjoy it. Live, laugh and love afterall we only have this life to live.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mish Mawsh Veggie Chicken Salad

Hello everyone the weekend is finally here! In the spirit of getting back into the swing of things weather it be diet, exercise or both eating healthy sometimes takes a very boring turn on Iamsosickofveggies road. I hope today this recipe that I made up will help waken your taste buds and hopefully offer some ideas for you to change it up to your own preferences. This is a two for one deal meaning two recipes in one blog. Enjoy!

Ingredients for the Salad:

1 Romaine heart
1 bunch of swiss chard or fresh spinach or any other green
2 stalks of celery
2 carrots
1 red bell pepper
1 green pepper
1 medium red onion
8 oz of fresh mushrooms
2 cucumbers
1 tomato
1 avocado
8 oz of grilled chicken breast or left over chicken breast is fine, make sure bone is off and skin is off too

Instructions for salad:

In a food processor or using your knife shred the lettuce, and spinach. Put in a large bowl and then shred your celery, carrots, onions, peppers and mushrooms. From here slice your chicken into either slices or dices whatever you prefer. Put veggies and chicken on top of the greens and then slice your tomatoes avocado and cucumbers and arrange them on top of the salad in any pattern you prefer.
Now onto the salad dressing

You will need:


1 tablespoon of rosemary,thyme, basil and dill
1 orange
1 lime
1 lemon
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 hot pepper
2 cloves of garlic

Instructions for the salad dressing:

In your food processor or blender add your rosemary, basil, thyme and dill and blend. From there you want to juice the orange, lemon and lime. Add to your blender or food processor and then add your garlic and hot pepper blend until smooth. The last thing you add is the evoo just until its all mixed together well. Serve this salad dressing over the top of your salad or have it on the side.

The salad and the dressing makes a great side or you can have it as your main dish. Its a great pick me up and full of flavor you will never know you are eating well in the process. I hope you get a chance to try this recipe and I hope you enjoy it. Live, laugh and love afterall we only have this life to live.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Easy Roasted Winter Veggie Mix

Hi everyone, I hope this day has found you well. Today we are going to make some roasted winter veggies. I know a lot of my readers are not big fans of all that chopping but if you make a big batch of this stuff on the weekends you can incorporate the roasted veggies in meals through out the week where it turns into a huge time saver in the long run. You can add roasted veggies to soups, have it as a side or even make a winter salad out of it in just minutes. All of the ingredients I am using today are interchangeable for your preference. The ones I used for this recipe are the ones that my family and myself enjoy. Keep in mind this recipe can be adjusted to make more or less depending on your family size and if you want to make it stretch through the week.

Ingredients:

1 Parsnip peeled and cut into sticks
2 Carrots peeled and cut into sticks the same size
2 cloves of garlic diced to almost a mince
1 medium to large sized onion cut into sticks the same size of the carrots and parsnips
Approx. 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
A dash of salt and pepper
Approx. 1/2 teaspoon of italian seasoning just enough to add some color
1 sweet potato peeled and cut into sticks

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Grab a large cookie sheet and cover it with tin foil, you will understand why later. Next add all your veggies except your garlic, spices and oil. From there drizzle your veggies with evoo and then sprinkle your spices and garlic all over the veggies. Mix well with your hands so that all the veggies are coated in the oil. Bake in the oven for about 25-35 minutes until the veggies are tender.

Quick Tip:

The reason for covering your cookie sheet with tin foil is 1. its easy clean up and 2. because there are a lot of non stick cookie sheets on the market these days and a lot get ruined after the first time being used. Most people including myself until recently had no clue why. Most non stick cookie sheets are only good for temps in your oven for under 500 degrees. If you are roasting anything or cooking anything that needs a higher cooking temp 400 degrees or more its best to cover the pan with tin foil. The tin foil protects the non stick pans and saves you a step in the clean up process. I hope this bit of information helps you and until tomorrow my friends be sure to live, laugh and love it keeps you young.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mish Mawsh Bowl

Hello everyone, so today I have a recipe that I came up with. It goes along with all of those rice bowl meal ideas but I know what is going into them. I dont really know for sure the numbers on this but if I remember from calorie counter.com its not that much. I just put in every individual ingredient to calorie counter and it gets all the nutritional info for me. The recipe itself I never thought these ingredients would work together but they did and it was actually very enjoyable to eat and it made me feel satisfied. I should also mention that all the ingredients are for a single serving however you can adjust this for your whole family too.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of cooked couscous
1/2 cup of cooked broccoli
1/2 of a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
2 strips of grilled chicken breast or left over chicken breast two strips though
1/2 teaspoon of any bean you prefer I used black eyed peas but any black or white bean will do even red beans will work too
1/2 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
Black Pepper
Mrs dash tomato and basil seasoning
One half diced fresh tomato

Instructions:

Add your precooked couscous, chicken, broccoli and beans together. Mix them up and then add your evoo for flavor and your balsamic vinegar and pepper and mrs. dash. Mix it together again and then top it off with some fresh tomatoes. Put in your microwave for about a minute to a minute and a half depending on your microwave. You are only putting it in there to heat it through because everything else is already cooked.

I hope you enjoy this as I did. This was just something I threw together and these ingredients had all the elements that I was low on for that day like protein and a few other vitamins I cannot remember lol. If you dont like any of these ingredients you can always change it up to your own healthy bowl. Well I hope you all have a wonderful day and stay warm and dont forget to live, laugh and love.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and an even better New Year. We kept it simple this year but it was still as busy as usual. We had a Christmas eve dinner, and instead of making a huge turkey or ham and all the sides, I decided to make a turkey breast. It was ok but the store didn't have the brand I normally buy when it comes to turkey breast. I love honeysuckle white boneless turkey breast, it cooks amazingly and it doesn't take a long time either. However as luck would have it around the Christmas season I couldn't find it so I went with a bone in turkey breast. It was ok so Christmas dinner wasn't a complete disaster but nothing note worthy in my opinion. Then after Christmas dinner we waited for santa and put out milk and cookies (not in that order lol). Isabella decided to wake up at 1 am go downstairs and hound us for 2 to 3 hours about opening the presents that santa flooded the living room with. Gotta love an 8 year old's excitement on Christmas morning hahha, she woke up her littler sister who by the way is a grumpy gus when she wakes up in the morning anyway so being woke up by her big sister wasn't exactly a treat for her or us as her parents. After opening the monstrosity that only Christmas and Santa can bring, we high tailed it to Eastport to spend the rest of Christmas day with my family. That car ride had to have been the longest one in history, our 3 and half year old had to take a tour of every single public toilet in a gas station known to man. The oldest one wanted to taste test all the snacks along the way. That was in between the fighting and arguing and stop touching me. Needless to say it was a car ride that only Clark Griswold would have been proud of.
So that was how our holiday went, and I wouldn't have changed anything for the world maybe a couple of hours of sleep would have been nice but hey I'll take it. Now its time to get back on track and so hence my blog being back up. If any of you have any recipe ideas for me to try out or any suggestions please let me know. I will be thrilled to try it out provided that I have the ingredients in my pantry. Most things can be altered anyway and almost all ingredients can be subbed out to ingredients you do like.
Well everyone I know I have rambled on enough so you are probably taking naps by now haha. I hope you all have a great day and make sure you live, laugh and love.