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Garlic Green Beans

 

I believe that cutting out recipes from Penzeys magazines will quickly become fun and an addicting habit lol. I found this recipe and much more from their magazines. Oh well. You can NEVER have too many recipes. ๐Ÿ˜€

Moreover, this recipe would make a fantastic side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Garlic Green Beans

Ingredients

1 28-oz. pkg flat green beans (Italian cut)
12 oz. chicken broth
3 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled or 2 slices deli ham
1/4 tsp. GRANULATED GARLIC POWDER

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a skillet. Cook over medium heat until heated through, about ten minutes.

Thank you so much for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

Coming up next week

Cream Cheese & Chicken Taquitos

Crockpot Lemon Pork Chops
Side dish of the week: Roasted Parmesan Broccoli

Cowboy Lasagna

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Pistachios with Brussel Sprouts

 

I love eating pistachios! They are one of my favorite snacks, especially when it comes to eating healthy. I know I have already mentioned this before in a few of my posts, but since I am trying my best to eating healthier lol, one of my goals is to strive eating more veggies, particularly ones that I’m not crazy about but want to learn to appreciate them and or have not yet tried.

Furthermore, brussel sprouts are one of the veggies that I wanted to try, and I am happy to say that tonight was my night to try brussel Sprouts. My opinion on the vegetable at the moment are; well lol, I am not too crazy about them. Oh well, I gave it a try, and that’s what matters. ๐Ÿ™‚ However, I am determined to teach my taste buds to appreciate Brussel Sprouts. Haha! ๐Ÿ˜€

Despite the fact that I’m not a huge fan of this veggie at the moment, I still had a blast cooking this healthy and delicious Pistachio with Brussel Sprouts recipe with my sister (Caylee). Also, I found it on Food Network’s Facebook page, created by Trisha Yearwood.

Pistachios with Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 lb. Brussels sprouts, rinsed, trimmed and halved
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
2 Tbsp. Lemon juice
1/2 C. shelled pistachios, finely chopped
Sea salt, for sprinkling

Directions

In a large skillet, heat the oil over high-medium heat. Add the Brussels sprouts and shallot and saute until just wilted, about five minutes, being careful not to let them burn. Combine the lemon zest, juice, and pistachios and continue to saute until completely heated through, three to five minutes. Top with a sprinkle of sea salt.

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Barbecue Baked Salmon

I have never tried salmon cooked in barbecue sauce before until now, asย I am currently on vacation for a week visiting my Grandma. And while I am visiting I chose to cook three separate recipes this week. Tonight to start things off I prepared for my Granny this delicious barbecue baked salmon. We both loved it!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

This recipe is SUPER easy to make, and clean-up is no different.

Barbecue Baked Salmon

Ingredients

12 oz salmon filet (Rinse and pat dry)
Salt and pepper to taste
ยฝ C. Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Line, a baking sheet with foil and lightly, grease it with non-stick cooking spray and put the salmon skin side down in the middle of a foil-lined pan. Season your salmon with salt and pepper then pour on your BBQ sauce covering the whole fish. (I spread mine around with a spatula and or a basting brush) Bake for twenty to thirty minutes (or until salmon is finished cooking. Add extra BBQ sauce on the side when serving.

Then the other two dishes I am cooking later this week are Honey Dijon Garlic Chicken Breasts. Lol, that recipe was the very first one I blogged about when I began my blog earlier this spring. And the other one is Chicken Alfredo. Yum! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Panera Bread Chicken Caesar Salad

Whenever my family and I go out to eat, we sometimes will go to one of our favorite restaurants Panera Bread. I usually get their Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, and I love it! Furthermore, thanks to the internet and my ways of how to work it lol and since I like it so much, I chose to do a web search for a copycat version of it. And low behold I found one lol.

Do you love Panera Bread’s Grilled Chicken Ceaser Salad, just as much as I do? Then I totally recommend you trying this copycat recipe.

 

Panera Bread Copycat Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Caesar Dressing 

Ingredients

1 tsp. soybean oil
1 egg yolk
1 Tbsp. Onion
2 tsp. celery
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. anchovy powder
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. yellow mustard
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. salt

Directions

1. Let’s begin by mincing the onion, celery, and garlic in a food processor. Then place them in a blender. Next, turn the mixer on medium speed, then gradually combine the soybean oil. Then add the egg yolk to your blender. Stop the mixer and scrape down clean the sides.

2. Return the blender to medium speed and add the red wine vinegar, anchovy powder, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and yellow mustard.
Blend until a thick, creamy consistency occurs. Add lemon juice slowly to prevent the mixture from separating. Use salt if necessary.
Immediately use or place it in the fridge.

 Ingredients for the salad

1 C. Romaine lettuce
1 C. chicken
1 Tbsp. Lemon juice
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1 C. Asiago Parmesan blend
1/4 C. Asiago croutons
1/4 C. Homemade Caesar dressing
1 Red Onion
Cherry tomatoes

Directions

1. Rinse the romaine lettuce with cool water and spin the lettuce using a salad spinner to remove the extra water, or pat dry with paper towels. Place the lettuce in a large mixing dish. Cut the chicken into strips and put it into a small bowl. Then add the lemon juice to the chicken and mix well.

2. Allow the chicken to marinate in the lemon juice for five minutes.
Next, combine the black pepper and salt to the chicken mixture and mix well. Then grill the chicken strips using a grill and or a grilling pan.
Place the cooked chicken on top of the Romaine lettuce.

3. Combine the Asiago Parmesan mixture, then toss.
Next, add the tomatoes and red onions on top of the salad.
Pour the caesar dressing lightly over the top of the mixture.
Top salad with Asiago croutons. Place into a salad bowl,                                                 then serve with a large slice of freshly baked bread. Yum!

Coming up next week

Barbecue Baked Salmon

Chicken Alfredo 

 

Thank you so very much for reading! It means a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Source Copycat Recipe Guide

Homemade Ketchup

Ketchup is a favorite classic and ever since I was a kid it has always been one of my preferred dipping sauces for nearly anything from fries to chicken. 

Furthermore, have you ever looked into your refrigerator and or your pantry and discover that you don’t have any ketchup? And then you seldom think Ugh, I don’t feel like running to the store today? (lol, I understand I have been there) Well then don’t I have a perfect solution to your dilemma lol. ๐Ÿ˜€ With just a few ingredients that you usually have on hand, you can make this Homemade Ketchup at home without ever leaving your home. It’s the excellent dip for your kids (or you) – has less sugar and absolutely NO added funky ingredients, can be tweaked to your tastes, and it counts as a veggie!

Homemade Ketchup

Ingredients

one 6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 C. apple cider vinegar
ยฝ tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Sugar
ยฝ tsp. Dried oregano
ยฝ tsp. Cumin
โ…› tsp. pepper
1 tsp. mustard powder

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir well.

Source Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Coming up next week

Balsamic Honey and Mustard Pork Chops
(I have a feeling that this one is going to be so much fun!)

Crockpot Southwest Breakfast Casserole

Chicken Ceaser Salad

Yellow Squash is the new Zucchini

I have been trying my very best to live a healthy lifestyle by eating more vegetables, and I am learning how to enjoy the ones I dislike the most lol. Like, for example, asparagus and spinach. I also have attempted to eat others that I’ve never tried before. Like, for instance, Zucchini and Yellow Squash. These veggies are my new favorites. ๐Ÿ˜€ The next ones I want to try are cauliflower, eggplant and Brussels sprouts.

So anyway back to the original subject lol.

These Garlic Parmesan Yellow Squash Chips are incredibly tasty, relatively easy, crisp-tender and healthy. Not to mention they are extremely addicting. Seriously they really are delicious, and if you don’t, believe me, my plate was full of them lol.

OH! Theyโ€™re also baked!! EEK!

ENJOY!

Garlic Parmesan Yellow Squash Chips

Ingredients

4 yellow squash or Zucchini
3 Tbsp. Olive oil 
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1 C. Progresso Italian Style breadcrumbs
1 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
cooking spray

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450.

1. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
Slice squash small to medium, sliced into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch rounds
In a large mixing dish, combine squash, olive oil, salt, and pepper; stir together until well combined. In another bowl, mix breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, oregano, and garlic powder.

2. Dip slices of squash in cheese mixture and coat on both sides, pressing on the coating to stick. Set the squash in a single layer on the previously prepared baking sheet. Lightly grease individual slice with cooking spray. This will assist with achieving a crunchier texture.

3. Bake for ten minutes; turn pan and continue to bake for eight to ten minutes, or until chips are golden brown.

Time-saving tip: For those of you who find slicing yellow squash time-consuming and or you are in a rush to go to work or school. Here is a suggestion to help yourself save time, slice the yellow squash the night before and or in the early morning on the day of when you plan on cooking this dish. Next, place the slices in two mason jars and stick them in the refrigerator.

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Baked Zucchini Fries

Tonight was my first time ever to prepare and eat Zucchini. The result of this new encounter went really well. I actually love it lol. Although, since this was my first time to prepare Zucchini I needed to do a web search on “How to cut zucchini into fries.” as I did not have a clue how too. Lol to make this long story short I quickly learned how to form them, and they tasted excellent. ๐Ÿ™‚

These fries are amazingly crisp-tender and healthy with just 135.4 calories. And no one would ever believe that these are baked!

Baked Zucchini Fries

Ingredients

1/2 C.ย Panko breadcrumbs
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
2-4 zucchini, Rinsed and quartered lengthwise
1/2 C. all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, beaten
2 Tbsp. Dried parsley

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

1. Lightly grease an oven safe cooling rack with nonstick spray and place it onto a baking sheet lined with foil. In a large mixing bowl, combine Panko, Parmesan, and Italian seasoning; season with salt and pepper, to taste. In another bowl add flour and in a third bowl add the eggs. Set all aside.

2. Working in batches, dredge each individual zucchini in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in Panko mixture, pressing to coat.

3. Put the zucchini onto the previously prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for twenty-twenty two minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
When you’re ready to eat, you can dip these in your preferred dipping sauce Ranch, garlic, marinara.

Sourceย Damn delicious

Parmesan Pork Chops & Veggie Medley

I know that Monday is one of my typical blog posting times, but since America’s Birthday is on the same day, I decided to do zero cooking lol ๐Ÿ˜€ and chose to cook today instead. As I prefer to unwind, enjoy the fireworks and let my brother and dad do the cooking. Haha! ๐Ÿ˜€

So anyway back to today’s original subject lol.

For tonight’s meal, I prepared this incredible Pork Chop and Veggie Recipe. I love it not only because my favorite ingredient Parmesan is cooked with it and flavorful. But it too practically has dishes two in one. What do you mean by that you might ask??? Well, you’ve got your main dish (pork chops) and the side you have your veggies (green beans and potatoes). So there you have it lol. ๐Ÿ™‚ Relatively easy + less cooking + delish + little cleaning = a very happy chef ๐Ÿ™‚

One Pan Parmesan Pork Chops and Veggies

Ingredients

1 lb (4-5 chops) boneless pork chops (Rinsed and pat dry)
16 oz baby, red potatoes, Washed and cut into 1” in pieces
16 oz green beans, trimmed
2 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 tsp. Dried Thyme
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. Dried parsley

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

1. Line, a baking dish with foil and lightly, grease it with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl combine the olive oil, thyme, garlic, pepper, salt, and Parmesan cheese Place your chops on a clean surface and brush about 1/2 of the mixture on top of the pork chops.

2. Next, place the pork chops on the previously prepared baking dish. Add the potatoes and green beans to the Parmesan mixture in the large bowl and mix until combined. Place veggies on the baking dish with pork chops.

3. Bake twenty-twenty five minutes then broil for three-four minutes until the cheese has melted and the pork is finished cooking and reaching an internal temperature of 145 degrees to 160 degrees F. Let rest three minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

 Thank you again for reading! 

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Green bean & Cherry tomato medley

I remember I already told you about me disliking tomatoes, but here’s something odd about me; I love eating cherry tomatoes. But, absolutely will not eat the ones that you put on sandwiches and burgers. Okay so, yeah maybe I like tomatoes to a certain point. Although, I really do not know why, though, perhaps it’s because cherry tomatoes are sweeter than the regular ones. However, green beans and I are best buddies lol. I know it’s very early, but maybe I will teach you how to make green bean casserole for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Anyways lol. Since my appreciation for a variety of veggies is slowly improving, I thought I would give this Green Bean with cherry tomatoes a try. It was excellent, and it’s easy to assemble. If you don’t have the fresh vegetables on hand, you can easily change with canned goods.

Green beans with cherry tomatoes

Ingredients

Water (Just enough to barely cover the beans)
1 1โ„2 lbs green beans fresh or frozen
1 Tbsp. butter
3โ„4 tsp. garlic salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
1โ„2 tsp. basil
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1โ„2 pt. cherry tomatoes

Directions

1. Toss green beans in a medium saucepan and fill it with water. Cook over medium heat for about five-ten minutes or until they are tender. Remove from heat and drain. Set aside. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Set aside

2. In a large frying pan, melt butter and add garlic salt, sugar, basil, salt, and pepper. Next, add cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring until barely soft and heated, but not squishy. Then add the drained beans and mix well.

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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 itโ€ฆand 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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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 mushyโ€ฆ 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*. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 โ€œbackupsโ€ 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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜€

Recipe adapted from Kicking it with Kelly