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Insanely Good Lasagna Roll Ups

So in my latest veggie post about Asparagus, completely forgot to mention that spinach is another one of my most disliked vegetables.

I have noticed a number of ways to add spinach to a recipe, but none of them looked appealing to me until I spotted this spinach lasagna. I tried it…and I LOVED it! I enjoy this recipe because it is superb! In fact, it’s so good that when I took a bite I honestly almost forgot I was eating spinach lol.

This is a simple dinner that can be made for a weeknight meal and or a party. Also, the amazing thing about this recipe is that you have the choice of personalizing it. If you’re like me, for example, and don’t prefer spinach then add a pound of ground turkey or beef instead. But, please do not feel restricted to any set of ingredients, try a variety of healthy ingredients to make it your own. 🙂 

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Spinach Lasagna Rollups

Ingredients

One pound lasagna noodles
15 oz. Ricotta cheese
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
One egg
10 Oz. Frozen spinach
2 1/2 C. marinara sauce
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. Salt (for cooking the noodles + 1/4 tsp. For the spinach mixture)
non-stick cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking sheet with foil and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray.

Set aside.

1.Heat a big pot of water with a tablespoon of salt. When it gets to a full boil, Combine the lasagna noodles and cook until al dente (soft but not mushy… about twelve-fifteen minutes). When they are finished cooking, drain using a colander.

2. While the noodles are boiling, make the filling. Defrost the bag of frozen spinach in the microwave and then squeeze out as much excess water as possible. Mix the spinach in a medium-sized bowl with the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, egg, freshly grated pepper and salt. Stir well until combined.

3. On a clean surface, lay out a sheet of wax paper and place a few noodles on it. Then, put a few tablespoons of the spinach mixture on each noodle. And using a spatula and or basting brush spread to coat from side to side. *Do not worry if the filling is not thick because once the noodle is rolled up, it will be compounded. Make sure to spread it all the way to the edges of the noodles*. 🙂

4. Roll the noodles up and place them in the previously prepared baking sheet. Keep redoing the same method until there is no more filling left. (there may be some noodles left over, these are “backups” in case any of the others rip during assembly).

5. Pour the marinara sauce over the folded noodles making sure to coat them entirely The sauce will prevent the noodles from drying out and soft while baking. Cover the dish with foil and bake for thirty minutes. Enjoy!!! 🙂

Tip on easing your stress with cooking: To help keep my fear levels down while I’m cooking, I dig listening to music and drink coffee lol. 😀

Recipe adapted from Kicking it with Kelly

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Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Okay so, I know I might sound like a pansy for saying this lol, but cooking food on the grill is not my thing at the moment. Why you might ask??? because of a few reasons: 1. Since I’m not an expert at cooking yet the intensity of the heat from the grill makes me nervous. 2. Texas is already starting to get super hot, and so I don’t prefer sweating and grilling in the heat. Haha! 😀

However, I thankfully didn’t have actually to work with grill thanks to my sweet dad and brother. Lol, all I had to do was follow this delicious and not to mention my new favorite Buffalo Chicken Burger recipe, and they had to do the grillin.

I’m confident that with the combination of Buffalo chicken wings and burgers into this one mouth-watering burger will become your new Buffalo-flavored favorite as well. And oh with the bonus of no messy fingers! 😀

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Ingredients

1 lb. ground chicken
1/4 C. Frank’s Buffalo Sauce
1/2 C. Chopped carrot
One Celery Stalk Chopped
One tsp. Garlic powder
One tsp. Onion powder
One Tbsp. dried parsley leaves
One Tbsp. dried chives
1/2 C. panko bread crumbs
1/3 C. Mayo

Optional:

lettuce
Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce and or
Ranch dressing
Hamburger bun brand of your choice

Instructions

1. In a large mixing bowl combine the chicken, mayo, buffalo sauce, carrot, celery, garlic powder, onion powder, dried, parsley, dried chives and bread crumbs. Stir well. Next, place the bowl in the refrigerator for thirty minutes.

2. Heat your grill (or grill pan) over medium-high heat.
Take the bowl out from the refrigerator, divide the meat into parts, and shape the mixture into patties. Cook the burgers for about five minutes per side (depending on the burger thickness), or until they reach an internal temperature of 165 F.

3. After they finish cooking serve them with buns and or just the patty itself then top it with Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce and or
Ranch dressing. Enjoy! 😀

Recommendation: If you don’t prefer working with the grill, like as I am, you can use a Cast Iron Grill Pan instead. And just cook with it on the stove like you would do with any other ordinary skillet/pan.

Recipe adapted from:

Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen

Coming up next week

Spinach Lasagna Rollups

Baked Garlic Cheddar Chicken   Side Dish Green beans with cherry tomatoes

Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Fun & unwinding recipe is: It’s a surprise!

 

Lol, that’s all for me tonight. Thank you so much for reading! Have a great weekend and God Bless!

Crockpot Frito Pie

I’m happy to be sharing with you a recipe I prepared today, that’s not on Pinterest (well besides the salmon cake sandwiches), but other than that, all of the 51 recipes I have made came from Pinterest. Lol, as you can tell, I’m addicted to the social media site. You are probably thinking geez girl, have you ever thought of picking up a thing called a cookbook and or why do you oppose to using one?

To clarify your thoughts yes, of course, I actually have convinced myself to use one haha, 😀 and no I don’t have anything against using cookbooks it’s just that since I’m social media geek, I’ve realized I have a huge habit of depending on Pinterest for my cooking inspiration lol. However, for those of you who often prefer working with cookbooks instead of social media, I support you 100% all the way. 🙂 🙂

Furthermore, like I said earlier, I decided to do something a little different in using an actual cookbook instead of my regular go-to spot.
I found this Crockpot Frito Pie recipe in an all crockpot recipe cookbook (in which of course, I certainly will be using more frequently) that was given to me last Christmas from my Aunt.

Now onto finally talking about today’s recipe; Whenever I think about Frito Pie, my mouth begins to go crazy for it. And evidently here’s why: it’s somewhat messy, fun to eat, Crunchy, Salty chips smothered in all sorts of tasty additions… there’s just no WAY to go wrong with this family-friendly favorite.

Do you have a favorite cookbook?

Crockpot Frito Pie

Ingredients

1 lb ground turkey or beef

1/2 sweet onion

1 can stewed tomatoes

1 package of chili seasoning

Fritos

Optional:

Sour Cream

Shredded cheese

Black olives

Directions:

1. Chop an onion using either a knife and or a food processor. Next, pour a few drops of olive oil into a large skillet along with the onion and meat. Cook over medium-high heat. And cook until it’s no longer pink. Drain grease.

2. Throw in meat and onion mixture into a 4-qt slow cooker. Next, combine the stewed tomatoes, pork and beans, and the chili seasoning. Stir well. Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours.

3. After finished cooking, place Fritos in the bottom of a bowl, cover with chili and add toppings. Yummoelicious! 😀

Cooking tip: If you have sensitive eyes and always end up crying cutting up an onion I recommend wearing goggles lol. You will look funny but trust me it helps. 🙂

Recipe adapted from The Crockin’ Girls Slow Cookin’ Companion

Quote of the day:

“I never met a meal I didn’t like!”

~ Miss Piggy

Salmon Cake Sandwiches

Sandwiches are an incredible, tasty, and practically any time of the day meal. And not to mention they are perfect for road trips (well sort of) You can put pretty much anything on them (I like salami and ham on mine), and you can eat it either hot or cold. I have a few classic favorites, they are; grilled cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly, paninis, barbecue, and chicken salad. However, I encountered these delicious Salmon Cake Sandwiches. And all I have to say is that it’s my new favorite type of sandwich. 🙂

Full of flavor and somewhat healthy lol I can’t wait to make these again and again. These are so VERY GOOD!!!! I promise you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

What is your favorite kind of sandwich?

Salmon Cake Sandwiches

Ingredients

2 6-oz cans skinless, boneless pink salmon, drained

One small onion, chopped

2 large eggs

1/2 C. dry breadcrumbs

1/4 C. Mayo

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. salt

Olive oil (For sauteing the onion and cooking the patties)

2 tbsp. Butter (For cooking the patties)

Optional:

tarter sauce
lettuce
tomatoes

Directions

1. Chop onion using either a knife and or a food processor. Pour a few drops of olive oil into a skillet along with the onion and cook over medium-high heat. Saute for about three minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl combine the eggs, mayo, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and salt. Stir well. Next, add the salmon, breadcrumbs, and onion and stir until well combined.

3. Form the mixture into four-five patties, flattening them until they’re about the size of the bun you’re using. Place the patties on separate pieces of wax paper and refrigerate for at least an hour and a half for better results.

4. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Take the patties out of the fridge. Place the patties in the skillet, wax paper side up and pull away the paper. (This helps the patties stay in one piece as you flip them over.) Cook for three minutes then carefully flip the patties over and cook for another three minutes on the other side.

5. Remove from the pan and pat with paper towels to remove any excess oil or butter. Enjoy! 😀

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Adapted from and brought to you by Haley Douglas

Zesty-Parmesan Crusted Chicken

This parmesan-lemon crusted chicken is one of my NEW favorite meals.
Do you remember a few weeks ago when I made crusted ranch parmesan chicken tenders? Well, this parmesan-lemon chicken is an upgrade to that. A simple lemon vinaigrette, salad greens, and some chicken: dinner is ready. Yum! It’s very easy to make, but can very be time-consuming.

The chicken can be pan fried, and or you can bake it in the oven with a crust of seasoned bread crumbs and parmesan, then followed by greens with a very easy lemon dressing and freshly grated parmesan. I admit that does it take a tremendous amount of effort. However, I honestly can say, this is an unbelievable meal that you and your family will enjoy. All of your hard work will pay off I promise 🙂

Are you ready to start cookin? Here’s how it’s done:

Lemon-Parmesan Crusted Chicken Strips

Ingredients

For the Lemon Vinaigrette

3/4 C. Olive Oil
1/4 C. freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
1/2 Tsp. kosher salt
1/4 Tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Salad greens washed and spun dry

Chicken Strips

4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 C. Italian seasoning dry bread crumbs
1 1/2 C. freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving
1 Tbsp. Dried basil flakes
1 Tbsp. Dried Oregano
1 Tbsp. paprika
Three extra-large eggs
1/4 C. water
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 C. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. Onion powder
1 Tbsp. Black pepper
2 Tbsp. Garlic powder
One tsp. White pepper
One tsp. Dried thyme
One tsp. Cayenne pepper
1/2 C. olive oil (For cooking)

Directions:

1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

2. Rinse and pat dry chicken breasts. Next, place chicken on a cutting board and slice your chicken breasts against the grain into 1″ thick slices. Then pound the chicken breasts until they are 1/4-inch thick. You can use either a meat mallet or a rolling pin.

3. In a shallow dish combine grated parmesan, bread crumbs basil flakes, oregano, and paprika. In another large bowl mix eggs and water until smooth. In a third bowl combine the flour and remaining spices.

4. Pour, a few drops of olive oil into a large skillet and turn your stove on to medium-high heat. Next, dredge the chicken pieces in the flour, then egg mixture, then the breadcrumb mix. Cook for about ten minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through. Add oil to the as needed.

5. Serve the chicken on top of greens with the grated parmesan and lemon dressing.

Instructions for baking: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Then place your chicken onto a baking sheet. Bake uncovered 25 to 35 minutes or until juice of chicken is no longer pink. 

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

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For Peanut butter & Chocolate lovers

I absolutely love smoothies. They are a great treat to have for breakfast or as a snack in the afternoon for when you have a sugar craving and before or after workouts. I too am a HUGE fan of chocolate and peanut butter and love adding both of these sweet companions to my smoothie.

This smoothie consists of six healthy essential ingredients you likely always keep on hand and it can be ready in no time. Chocolate for breakfast or as a snack, include me in! How could this not be great, though? It has three of the excellent flavors, banana, peanut butter, and chocolate all together in one decadent anytime of the day treat.

This is one creamy, protein-rich smoothie you are going to admire!

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Shake

Two large overripe bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen*
1 cup original almond milk or regular milk (or more to thin as desired)
3/4 cup ice
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp honey (optional)

Directions

Add all ingredients to a blender a process until well pureed. Serve immediately.

Notes: that the sweetness of this smoothie comes from the ripeness of the bananas so be sure to use some that are well ripened. If you still would like it a little bit sweeter you could add in a little honey or cut back a touch on the cocoa powder.

Recipe source: adapted from Cooking Classy

Coming up next week:

Parmesan Ranch Chicken Tenders

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Pinwheels

It’s a surprise!!!

Then coming up in two weeks:

5-minute Peanut butter cookie in a mug

How are you doing with your confidence in cooking?

Thank you so much for reading and have a fantastic weekend! 🙂

Parmesan cheese enthusiast

I know I’ve already told you this before, but I love parmesan cheese. I enjoy it so much that I use it a lot in my cooking and put it on pretty much anything. And today is no different because I am going to be sharing with you how to cook pork chops with parmesan. This pork chop recipe is delicious and it’s definitely a keeper. 🙂

Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

Ingredients

Two large eggs

1 C. dried Italian seasoned bread crumbs

3⁄4 C. parmesan cheese, freshly grated

10 oz (up to 12) center cut pork loin chop, (1/2 to 3/4-inch thick)

salt and pepper to taste

6 tbsp olive oil

One lemon, cut into wedges, for serving (Optional)

Directions

1. Get a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter.
Rinse each chop with cold water then place them on the wax paper. Get a few paper towels to dry them off individually until they are no longer wet and set chops aside.

2. Whisk the eggs in a pie plate to blend. Place the bread crumbs in another pie plate. Place the cheese in a third pie plate.

3. Sprinkle the pork chops generously with salt and pepper. Coat the chops completely with the cheese, patting to adhere. Dip the chops into the eggs, then coat completely with the bread crumbs, patting to adhere. Heat tablespoons of oil in an enormous skillet over medium heat. Add pork chops, in batches if necessary, and cook until golden brown and the center reaches 150 degrees, about 6 minutes per side.

 

 

Transfer the chops to plates and serve with lemon wedges.

 

Recipe adapted from Kitchme

Notes: Since, my chops were thin I cooked them for about 2-3 minutes. But, if you’re cooking thicker chops you need to cook them for 15 to 20 minutes until a meat thermometer reaches to the internal temperature of 145° F. (medium rare) and 160° F. (medium)

I pray for you often that God would help your confidence with cooking continue to grow.

Thank you again for reading!

A fun weekend and crispy chicken

Hey cooks, Before I start telling you about today’s recipe I want to share with you a little bit of what I did last weekend and why. On Saturday morning, I participated in a 5k named Walk with me benefiting an organization called Easter Seals. The event was at the Houston Zoo. I had a fabulous time looking at all of the animals and cherishing God’s beautiful creation. I’ve included a collection of some photos from the walk at the very bottom of my post.

Why did I walk in the fun run you might ask??? because of two reasons; 1. When I was first diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, my parents were nervous and didn’t what C.P. was so they turned to Easter Seals for help. 2. I have been walking in this 5k since 2013, after I had discovered they assisted my family and me, thought it was cool and decided I would give back to a fantastic organization that helped my family and me so long ago.

And for those of who don’t know what Easter Seals is; they provide numerous of services, resources, and other programs to kids and adults who have various special needs just like with my family and me.

Finally moving on to today’s original topic lol

One of my all-time favorite social media sites I often go to besides Facebook for cooking inspirations is Pinterest. I admit it’s pretty addicting lol. I enjoy scrolling through it looking for recipes to cook and blog about like the one I’m going to be showing you in a few seconds. I chose to cook this one today because of two reasons; 1. They are delicious 2. Since I’m encouraging you to overcome your fear of using the oven or stove, I thought I’d let you decide how you want to cook your chicken. Like me, for example, I prefer to bake mine. Have fun and if you start to worry remember to ask God for help. 🙂

Fried or baked crispy coconut chicken

Ingredients

Vegetable oil for frying
Non-stick cooking spray for baking
1/2 C. flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 – 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper {optional}
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 – 4 C. of sweetened coconut flakes (Baker’s Coconut)
3 – 4 medium boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, cut into strips or nuggets.

Preparation instructions for chicken

1. Get a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter. Rinse each breast with cold water then place them on the wax paper. Get a few paper towels to dry them off individually until they are no longer wet. I cut my chicken into strips.

2. In a bowl mix flour, salt, pepper & cayenne pepper. Set aside.
In a second bowl, add 3 eggs and lightly beat. 

3. In a third bowl add coconut flakes. Take chicken and immerse in flour mixture. Then dip into eggs and cover well. Then dip in coconut and set aside on a plate and or a baking dish. Do this to all chicken.

Directions for frying

In a medium pot, add 2 – 3 Inches of oil. Turn burner to medium and allow oil to get nice and hot. The perfect temperature should be 365*F
Once the chicken is ready, check the oil. Place the end of a wooden spoon in the oil. If bubbles form around the spoon, the oil is ready. If bubbles do not form around the spoon, then the oil is not hot enough.
Once the oil is hot enough, GENTLY add chicken one piece at a time to oil, ensuring chicken does not touch and stick together upon initial contact into the oil. Cook chicken for approximately 4 minutes then flip and allow the other side to cook. Cook second side for an additional approximate 4 minutes. Gently remove golden chicken and set on a paper towel-lined plate. Cook chicken in batches if all does not fit into the pan.

Baking Method

If you’d rather BAKE instead of fry, follow these directions: Preheat the oven to 400*F. Lay coconut breaded chicken on a baking dish lined with parchment paper, non-stick foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn chicken over. Bake 10 more minutes (total 25) or until chicken is cooked through. 

Once all chicken is cooked, serve with your favorite sauce.
I dig this with a batch of homemade Chick-Fil -A sauce or choose your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Nums The Word

Thank you so much for reading and have a great night!

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