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Done in a Flash Salmon Cakes

These Salmon Cakes are unbelievably delicious! You almost don’t even need any sauce for these patties because they are just that good. Plus the wasabi is what gives them that extra kick. They are incredibly easy and fun to prepare. Get this! They take less than thirty minutes. Wow! That means you have time to unwind and drink your favorite beverage!

Wasabi Salmon Cakes

INGREDIENTS

2-3 (6 oz) can(s) salmon boneless or skinless
1⁄4 C Duke’s mayonnaise
1⁄4 cup Panko plain breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbsp wasabi sauce
1 tsp Bragg or soy sauce
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1⁄4 C finely diced red bell pepper
extra breadcrumbs if needed
cooking spray for frying

DIRECTIONS

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; add extra
breadcrumbs if needed till the texture is workable.
Roll the mixture into balls and squash into patties.

2. Grease a large skillet with cooking spray. Press the patties into the additional breadcrumbs. Spray the tops of each patty with cooking spray, flip and spray the bottoms. Cook the patties over medium-high heat for approximately six minutes on each side or until nice and brown and firm to the touch.

Court’s Cooking notes:

You can use the same method with Tuna.

Source Food.com

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Roasted Vegetable Combo

This healthy roasted broccoli and cauliflower recipe with parmesan and garlic is fast and easy with only five ingredients. A delicious way to serve veggies!

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower with Parmesan & Garlic

Ingredients

4 C Broccoli (florets)
4 C Cauliflower (florets)
1/3 C Olive oil
Six cloves Garlic (minced)
2/3 C Parmesan cheese (divided)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp Black pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and line it with foil or parchment paper.

1. Combine the broccoli and cauliflower florets in a large mixing bowl. Mix the olive oil, garlic, and half of the parmesan cheese. Stir to coat. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper, then stir again. Prepare the veggies in a single layer onto the previous lined baking sheet, giving them lots of room to breathe.

2. Bake for fifteen-twenty minutes until the edges have browned. (Toss halfway through for more even baking – optional but works better.) Right before serving, stir in the remaining parmesan cheese, and sprinkle with additional salt & pepper to taste if desired.

Source wholesome Yum

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A twist on Buffalo wings

These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites tastes so much like the favorite chicken Buffalo wings but is a healthy vegetarian alternative and perfect for a light snack.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Ingredients

One head cauliflower
1/2 C flour
1/2 C water
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 C Frank’s Buffalo sauce
2 Tbsp butter, melted

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Heavily grease a baking dish with butter or non-stick cooking spray.

Separate the cauliflower into bite sized chunks. In a large bowl, mix flour, water, olive oil, garlic powder and salt until well combined. Combine cauliflower and gently toss to coat each piece evenly. Transfer coated cauliflower to the previously prepared baking dish and bake in preheated oven for fifteen minutes, turning once halfway through cooking time. Remove from oven. In a large bowl, combine hot sauce and melted butter.

Add partially baked cauliflower and gently toss to spread evenly. Return cauliflower to the baking sheet and continue cooking for an additional twenty-twenty five minutes, turning once, until pieces start to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and serve hot with blue cheese dressing and fresh celery sticks.

Source Self Proclaimed Foodie

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A healthier version of the classic pizza

I had a fun and exciting experience making these pizza peppers, which as you can see unfortunately do not have a picture at the moment because I did not like the way my peppers turned out lol. I will not say they looked disgusting, but I will say they did not live up to my picture-taking standards and that there will be a picture on this post shortly. However, they overall were quite tasty, so I am not at all discouraged about the outcome of this dish as it was my first time. Therefore I plan on making this recipe again soon. 🙂

These pizza peppers are a perfect low-carb and naturally gluten-free alternative to traditional pizza. The pepperoni gives a nice amount of spice: if you enjoy a spicier pepper, you can add a half teaspoon or so of dried red pepper flakes into the meat mixture.

What do you like in your stuffed peppers?

Slow Cooker Pizza-Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

1 lb lean ground turkey
20 slices turkey pepperoni, diced
1 C prepared pizza sauce
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/8-1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes to taste
Six bell peppers, any color, cored, seeded, and left whole (retain tops)
1 C shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C water

Directions

1. Use a 6-quart slow cooker. In a large mixing bowl combine the turkey, pepperoni pizza sauce basil and oregano. Divide the mixture into six parts, and place a portion of the mixture into each bell pepper. Put the peppers into the insert and top each one with some of the cheese. Put the lids onto the peppers.

2. Carefully pour the water around the base of the peppers. Cover, and cook on low for six – seven hours, or until the meat is fully cooked, and the peppers have begun to wilt. Let stand for ten for minutes in the cooling slow cooker before serving.

Source 365 Slow Cooker Suppers

Garlic Parmesan Sugar Snap Peas

 

Garlic Parmesan Sugar Snap Peas

Ingredients

3 cups sugar snap peas, trimmed, rinsed, dried
3 Tbsp Garlic Olive Oil or 3 Tbsp Olive Oil + 3 cloves, minced garlic
1/2 C panko breadcrumbs, seasoned or plain
1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400F. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper and set aside.

Combine sugar snap peas and olive oil in a mixing bowl and toss to coat. In a separate bowl mix panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. Add the panko mixture to the sugar snap peas and toss to combine. Arrange in the previously prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for fifteen to twenty minutes, or until crispy, turning once during cooking. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Source Diet Hood

 

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Crockpot Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

As some of you already know, I have decided to do a 30-day healthy eating challenge. I am pleased to say that I am doing a great job! Ha, no I am joking I did a real poor job for the first few days of this difficulty. Oh well, I am determined to do a much better job to eat fewer carbs and less sugar starting now. In which of course is easier said than done I know but I am determined to conquer this challenge.

Whenever I do hear sugar call out my name I acknowledge that it will be incredibly tempting not to answer the cry of that one package of cookies lol. The few things that usually help me defeat those annoying cravings are to drink much water or make a smoothie.

So, to start this healthy eating hurdle in regards to cooking, I put my ambitious mind to the test and prepared this slow cooker spaghetti squash and meatballs with homemade marinara sauce: crushed tomatoes pureed in the food processor with garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Then I tossed it all into my crockpot and let that machine do the work for me.

For me, the preparation of the recipe was relatively easy. The only few challenges I had were: cutting up the spaghetti squash and removing it from the crockpot and scooping out the flesh. I was incredibly determined not to give up, and show that squash whose boss. It was completely worth the work though as this dish has all of the great flavors of a savory meal. Oh, guess what? It only has 10 grams of carbs.

Need a healthy, simple meal that doesn’t take much work? Toss some spaghetti squash and some meatballs in your crockpot and boom. Insta-dinner.
Crockpot Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Ingredients

One medium spaghetti squash
1 1/2 C crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried oregano
16 oz chicken or turkey meatballs
2 Tbsp olive oil
Additional salt and pepper to taste

*Note on how to soften the skin; place your spaghetti squash in the microwave for about five-six minutes before you begin cutting. Let the squash cool slightly.*

Instructions

1. Use a sharp knife to cut the spaghetti squash in half, crosswise. Place in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker, cut-side face down. In a food processor or blender, mix crushed tomatoes, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and oregano. Puree until smooth. Pour into bottom of slow cooker. Place meatballs over tomatoes, around spaghetti squash. Cover and cook on low for six to seven hours or on high for three to four hours.

2. Using tongs and kitchen gloves, carefully remove spaghetti squash from your crockpot. Ladle/scoop out seeds and discard. Scoop out flesh into a sieve or colander and let drain for three-four minutes to reduce moisture. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in butter or olive oil. Divide between four plates and top with sauce and meatballs.

all day I dream about food

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So, to start this healthy eating hurdle in regards to cooking, I put my ambitious mind to the test and prepared this slow cooker spaghetti squash and meatballs with homemade marinara sauce: crushed tomatoes pureed in the food processor with garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Then I tossed it all into my crockpot and let that machine do the work for me.

For me, the preparation of the recipe was relatively easy. The only few challenges I had were: cutting up the spaghetti squash and removing it from the crockpot and scooping out the flesh. I was incredibly determined not to give up, and show that squash whose boss. It was completely worth the work though as this dish has all of the great flavors of a savory meal. Oh, guess what? It only has 10 grams of carbs.

Need a healthy, simple meal that doesn’t take much work? Toss some spaghetti squash and some meatballs in your crockpot and boom. Insta-dinner. Yum, yum!

 

Crockpot Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Ingredients

One medium spaghetti squash
1 1/2 C crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried oregano
16 oz chicken or turkey meatballs
2 Tbsp olive oil
Additional salt and pepper to taste

*Note on how to soften the skin; place your spaghetti squash in the microwave for about five-six minutes before you begin cutting. Let the squash cool slightly.*

Instructions

1. Use a sharp knife to cut the spaghetti squash in half, crosswise. Place in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker, cut-side face down. In a food processor or blender, mix crushed tomatoes, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and oregano. Puree until smooth. Pour into bottom of slow cooker. Place meatballs over tomatoes, around spaghetti squash. Cover and cook on low for six to seven hours or on high for three to four hours.

2. Using tongs and kitchen gloves, carefully remove spaghetti squash from your crockpot. Ladle/scoop out seeds and discard. Scoop out flesh into a sieve or colander and let drain for three-four minutes to reduce moisture. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in butter or olive oil. Divide between four plates and top with sauce and meatballs.

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Source all day I dream about food

 

 

Guilty Free Burgers 

Man, I am still astounded on how fast the year 2016 just came and went like in a flash, I mean not exactly but you know what I am saying. Now here we are in a brand new year with a fresh start filled with new goals and ambition for 2017. What are some of your goals for this year? I will share some of the goals that I have: 1. living a healthier lifestyle. 2. become a better blogger (Plans & Goals for 2017) 3. Same as number one.

So with that being said lol, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I am going to attempt a challenge by eating healthy for 30 days. Would you be interested in joining me? If you said yes, then I have created, an event for the challenge and the details will be towards the bottom of my blog. I believe that it will be a fun and exciting experience.

To begin this hurdle before the actual date, I decided to make these juicy and flavorful turkey burgers. When you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle, burgers might be out of the picture. However, subbing lean ground turkey in for traditional meat slashes that mega-calorie tally and delivers a significant portion of satisfying protein. This grilled turkey burger recipe calls for fresh ingredients like diced parsley, onions, and garlic. These grilled turkey burgers are packed with nutrients and offer that rich, meaty flavor you crave without increasing your cholesterol levels.

These burgers are paired with a beautiful cucumber salad. Bright, refreshing cucumbers and tomatoes are dressed with chives and covered with a dash of lime juice.

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

Turkey burgers

1 lb lean ground turkey
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 C plain whole wheat bread crumbs or whole wheat panko
1/3 C grated or finely chopped onions
1/3 C finely chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp canola oil or cooking spray to lightly coat the pan or grill

Cucumber salad

1 cucumber, diced small
1/2 C chopped chives or green onions
1 medium-sized ripe tomato, finely diced
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
1/4 tsp kosher or sea salt

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, except for the olive oil.
Next, work with the meat mixture using your hands and shape the mixture into patties for the turkey burgers. Form into four to five patties. Pour a few drops of oil onto each patty on both sides with olive oil, using fingers to coat.

2. Lightly grease your grill or grill pan with oil. Turn your grill on to medium-high heat or place a lightly-oiled skillet or grill pan on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Place patties on the grill or skillet and cover (cover if using the grill) and grill for five to six minutes on each side, until cooked through.

3. Meanwhile, combine all ingredients for cucumber salad. Serve room temperature or chill until serving.

Source skinnyms

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Chilly and Cloudy night = delicious soup

My family and I are huge soup eaters. We particularly enjoy it on the days when it gets really chilly and cloudy. On Wednesday we had another overcast and cold evening, a perfect night for a soup supper.

I made this warm, savory, and hearty Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. It’s a healthy, fast and easy crock pot recipe for those hectic nights and cold, cloudy days. Simply add the ingredients into the crock pot and then you can continue on with your day.

I’ve included some of my favorite soups and chili recipes towards the bottom that I have made this year.

Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Ingredients

1lb chicken breasts
1/2 small onion, minced
2 carrots, minced
2 celery stalks, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried sage
1/4 tsp dried rosemary
One large or two small bay leaves
2 Tbsp butter
6 C chicken broth
3/4 cup wild brown rice blend

Directions

1. Place the chicken into the bottom of your 6-quart crock pot and put the rest of the ingredients on top. Then cover and cook on LOW for six-eight hours or until the chicken and rice is cooked through. The chicken will cook in the broth and add more taste to the soup.

2. About forty-five minutes or so before serving, shred the chicken then stir back into soup. Cover and continue cooking until you’re ready to eat.  Serve warm with crackers. Enjoy! 

Source Iowa girl eats

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My favorite soups and chili

Skinny Butternut Squash soup

Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Soup

Not all non-spicy soups are tasteless

A Texans Favorite

Not Just For Cowboys

A southern girl & food blogger

As many of you know, I live in the vast and exciting city of Houston located in the heart of Texas. There are numerous of things I like and don’t like about life in the city. I love it that there are a lot of fun things to do here, so many that I can’t share all with you today because it would take forever. However, I will tell you my three most favorite attractions, they are watching the Houston Astros baseball team, checking out the variety of museums and shopping at The Galleria Mall.

What I dislike most about living in H-town is the crazy weather, especially when wintertime arrives, close to the Christmas season, because it never snows here. If we are fortunate, maybe every ten years! Although it can get chilly here, it only stays around for a few days and then it will get hot. If you ever have lived in Houston, then you understand what I’m talking about.

Now on to the recipe

Last Thursday I made Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta, and I still had a quite bit of butternut squash cubes leftover. So on Sunday afternoon since it was a chilly, rainy and lazy day I decided to get creative in using the remaining of the squash and made my own recipe. The butternut squash is roasted in a garlic butter and honey glaze. It was delish! This recipe would make a great side dish to go along with your family’s weeknight dinner.

Garlic Butter Honey Roasted Butternut Squash

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb butternut squash, peeled and roughly cubed and or you can purchase the cubes in packages at a grocery store
2 Tbsps melted butter, salted or unsalted
3 dashes ground black pepper if desired
2 tsp finely chopped parsley leaves
2 Tbsps honey

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil or parchment paper. Set aside

Combine the butternut squash cubes, the melted butter, black pepper, parsley, and honey in a big bowl, then spread out the squash in a single even layer onto the previously prepared baking sheet. Roast for 30-45 minutes, or until the squash is fork-tender and lightly browned. Serve with chicken or pork chops.

Created By: Courtney Kennedy

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The Magic of Roasting a veggie

Here is the recipe that I mentioned on Tuesday, in my blog post cider dijon pork chops. And as some of you already know this dish did not make it to the table for Monday night’s supper. Lol, because I the silly food blogger forgot to not only write down the main ingredient (One bunch of carrots) on the shopping list, but I too completely forgot to purchase it. Ha, I even was mentally thinking to myself “Ok Courtney don’t forget to grab the carrots.” And I still neglected to get them. Oh well 🙂 I still managed to cook this dish after purchasing one bunch of carrots. Haha! 

This garlic parmesan roasted carrots is seriously the easiest and most delicious side dish ever! Here’s the magical part: the carrots are baked in garlic, butter, and Parmesan cheese. Yum, yum! 😀

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Carrots Recipe

Ingredients:

12 oz carrots, skin peeled
2 Tbsp salted butter, melted 
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsps grated Parmesan cheese
3 dashes ground black pepper if desired
1 tsp chopped parsley

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400F. Line, a 9×13 baking dish with foil and or parchment paper and lightly grease it with non-sticking cooking spray. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter and combine the garlic saute the garlic over medium heat until it becomes fragrant. Next, remove from heat and coat the carrots well with the garlic butter mixture. Arrange the carrots on the previously prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Drizzle the extra butter garlic mixture on top of the carrots. Roast for fifteen minutes, then coat the carrots with the Parmesan cheese. Roast for another ten minutes or until the cheese melts and slightly browned. Remove from the oven and top with the parsley. Serve immediately.

Source Rasa Malaysia

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