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.