Saturday, August 12, 2017

Zucchini Lasagna

Take a look at what I made for dinner today......


Take a closer look.....
It's Zucchini Lasagna!! 
That's right, no noodles! My kids complained for a minute but once they tried it they didn't seem to mind. They ate every bit they were given. But I will say they do like lasagna with noodles better but it was fun to change it up a bit.

I followed this recipe here and made a few minor changes. I used ground turkey and turkey sausage for meat substitutes. I did not use red pepper flakes but instead used Italian Zest FlavorGod seasoning (generously sprinkled all over meat/tomatoe mixture). Adds so much flavor (hence the name) without too much heat!!! Getting the moisture out of the zucchini was time consuming but I could definitely tell it was mandatory. It took me longer to prep than the given time.
 
If you have never tried something like this before I encourage you to do so!




Cheesy Quiche

Tasted as good as it looks!
 
I used Kodiak Cakes recipe for my crust. It (barely) makes 2 pie crusts so I made 2 quiches so we have left overs. My family of 4 almost ate 1 whole pie for dinner. I cooked the pie crusts @ 350 for 5 minutes BEFORE putting in the egg mixture just so there wasn't a soggy crust. TIP: After pre-baking put tinfoil strips around the crust edges so the edges don't get overly crispy like mine did.

For the egg mixture:
8 eggs
2 cups milk
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1-2 cups shredded cheese
1 tsp minced garlic
Salt and pepper, to taste

Whisk everything together.
 
For the filling, the options are endless but this is what I put in mine:
1 head of broccoli, cut in bite size pieces (put in a bowl with water and nuked for a couple of minutes to help soften
6 slices of ham, cut in small pieces
 
Incorporate in to the egg mixture and disperse evenly into 2 pie plates. Cook at 350 for 45 min to 1 hour (or until set).




Wednesday, July 26, 2017

PIZZA PARTY!

I am going to share 2 pizza recipes with you today. I almost always use the same crust recipe when I make a pizza. Here it is....

1 1/2 cup warm water
1 TBSP sugar
1 TBSP active dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt
3-4 1/2 cups flour (I use white whole wheat flour)

In my Kitchenaid, combine 1 1/2 cups warm water, 1 TBSP, & 1 TBSP active dry yeast. Wait 10-15 min for it to proof. Add 1/2 tsp salt and start adding your flour 1/2 cup at a time until it doesn't stick to your fingers anymore.
Spray a medium bowl with cooking spray, plop your dough in the bowl and let it rise for about an hour.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
Lightly spray a pizza stone (I highly recommend one) with cooking oil and work the dough (with your hands) onto the stone to form your crust.
With a fork poke a few holes in the crust dough. Lightly spray the dough with cooking spray and lightly sprinkle with garlic salt.
Bake for 10-12 min. Take it out of the oven, put on your toppings and pop it back in for another 12ish minutes.

What do you get when you combine pizza and a taco? TACO PIZZA!

I cook 1 lb of ground turkey and half an onion. Season with taco seasoning of your choice. I use chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika, & oregano to taste. Chop up half a red pepper and toss that in once the meat is cooked through.

I warmed up a can of refried beans and spread a thin layer of it on the crust as my base later. Grate some cheese and evenly spread on top. Then, the cooked taco meat goes on top of that. Once it's done in the oven I add tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado on top.

My kids loved it!
Next pizza, same crust, different pizza. My kids didn't think they would like this pizza but they were proven wrong once their tastebuds touched the pizza.

PESTO CHICKEN BROCCOLI PIZZA  


I bought 1 head of broccoli, cut it in bite sized pieces and steamed it just until it starts to soften. Use pesto as the base. I, of course, use the Costco brand (see previous post). Grate moza cheese and spread evenly on the top of the pesto. To make my life easier I used canned chicken. Use 1-2 cans depending on likeness. Toss broccoli pieces on, sprinkle with minced garlic and pepper, & pop it back in the oven. Serve with a side of watermelon. 


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Costco Dinner Finds

5 of my favorite Costco DINNER finds!

SOOOoooo Good! It can be used on/in so many dinners. Really yummy to use as your base for pizza and another good one is to spread it on chicken or tilapia before popping it in the oven.

We love breaded tilapia, parmesan crusted tilapia (I know that's frowned upon by some), pesto tilapia, blackened tilapia....it's all good!

The obvi is burgers. We also use this for stacks (toast, cheese, turkey burger, mashed potatoes, gravy). I will eat these for my own lunch topped with a little avacado and cottage cheese. EASY and FAST is my game.

Go grab these NOW! Don't let the FLAPJACK AND WAFFLE MIX fool you. These can be used to make so much more than just breakfast foods like the breading on chicken or the crust on a pot pie. Recipes to come soon.....

I wish these were whole wheat but I use them for my kids tacos and wraps which we eat pretty much every week!

That's it! I don't live near a Costco so when we go you will always find these in my cart.




 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Taco Tart Tuesday

Flaky outer crust from a Pop Tart but with a taco inner.
I got the idea here. I replaced the frozen corn in the original recipe with a can of diced tomatoes. Make sure to drain the juice from the tomatoes so it doesn't make the crust soggy. Throw a little lettuce under and some avo on top and you are bueno to go!

Happy Taco Tuesday!


Pig Pita Pizza...say that 3 times fast

If you are looking for an easy lunch for your kids or an even easier dinner for your family....Look no further! We went to the fair over the weekend and saw some pigs and got inspired to make some HAM pizza. I make pita pizzas all the time! Sometimes I'll use the pitas to make garlic bread as well.
I buy these on sale at Smith's for around $3 and something cents for a pack of 6. You can also buy something similar at Costco. Makes for a cheap meal. I will take them straight out of the freezer before baking them sometimes too and they turn out great!

Slop it with marinara sauce, Italian seasoning, moza, & toppings of choice. I will always have a side option of sliced apples, carrot sticks, a salad like the one found in this picture (easy recipe found in another post), garlic bread, etc. Spray a baking sheet or line with parchment paper. Bake at 400 until cheese is melted. Watch closely so the bottoms don't burn!

 PIG OUT!
I was sweating like a pig at this point of the fair!



Monday, June 12, 2017

Omelette Bar

For the month of June Mondays dinners are Most Important Meal of the Day (Breakfast)
Omelettes made in a ziploc bag are so easy and so fun! Your ziploc (quart size) bags MUST BE FREEZER!! BAGS! The rule in our house for omelettes is you must pick at least 3 vegetables as your filling. It doesn't have to be many, just at least 3. Here's the line-up......
Cheese, green and red peppers, chopped asparagus, chopped squash, olives,
avo, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, cubed ham, & cooked sausage in onions and garlic

Step 1: Boil water in a large pot

Step 2: Crack your egg(s) into your ziploc bag. I had 2 eggs, my kids had 1 but we all added a little egg white just because there was a lot of solids in there.

Step 3: Put your filling in the ziploc with the egg. We reserve the avocado until after your omelette is done.

Step 4: Get as much air out of your bag before you seal it shut then gently mush your bag with your fingers to incorporate everything together. This is fun for the kids to do!
Here is my baggie with my initial on it so I know which one is mine.

 Step 5: Drop the bags into the boiling water. Cook with the lid on. The more bags the longer they take to cook. 4 bags took about 20-25 minutes. You can always take them out of the water to check the level of doneness. If it's too squishy,runny,liquidy in the center just toss it back in.

Step 6: Salt & Pepper before devouring!
It's HUGE I know. My kids were not able to eat all of theirs so they will finish theirs in the morning for breakfast. Yum!