May 25, 2012

Mini Frittata

I have been on a frittata kick lately.  
Crockpot fritta's, mini fritta' get the idea.  
They are SO yummy and SO healthy.

All I could hear this morning, over and over, was "nummy, nummy. peeeeeeezzzzzzz (please)".  They were a hit!  Even my picky baby LOVED them!

I even put the rest of them in the freezer to see how well they freeze.  I can't WAIT to find out!  I want to make lots and lots of them to eat for later.  All of the ingredients freeze well.  I just hope they freeze well together :).

Mini Frittata

8 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup bell pepper, chopped (I did 1/2 green 1/2 red)
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cups spinach, chopped
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
salt & pepper
mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 325.

Saute onions and bell peppers until tender.  Add the spinach until slightly wilted.

Wisk eggs, milk and salt & pepper together and pour evenly into 12 (lightly greased) muffin tins.

Add spoonfuls of veggies to the tin.  Top with tomatoes and cheese.

Bake for 25 minutes or until egg is slightly browned.  Cool for 5 and then take out and cool completely before serving.

A variation of THIS recipe.

May 15, 2012

Spaghetti with Sauteed Chicken and Grape Tomatoes

We had this for dinner tonight:

I don't remember a time when I have seen 
my kids devour food that fast!

I will be honest when I say I didn't think it was going to be that good.  But it was seriously restaurant good!  Even better it was SO.DANG.EASY peasy!  I made it in about 12 minutes, start to finish!

April 23, 2012

Avocado Chicken Salad with Cilantro and Lime

I made this for a party and got so many compliments. It is really light and summery tasting. It is just perfect! I found the recipe here:

Chicken Salad

2 lbs chicken breasts, shredded

1/4 cup lime juice

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

3 avocado's

3 green onions

1/2 cup cilantro, lightly packed

I just mashed the avocado, salt, pepper and lime juice together and then mixed it with the shredded chicken then I added the green onion and cilantro and refrigerated it for an hour or two.

April 16, 2012

Oatmeal at it's Finest.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday...and Saturday and Sunday usually we have oatmeal. We are constantly changing it up. We just use quick oats, and make them normal on the stove. We do not add any honey or sugar, just a sprinkle of salt. If you add enough fruit it sweetens it up quite a bit. The ones on the picture would be great for Valentines day. Here are some idea's:

My boys favorite:
Put frozen or fresh raspberries in the water before adding the quick oats.
Slice up a banana in the oats just after adding them.
Add dried apples and raisins while the water is preparing to boil.

We also do:
Slice frozen strawberries and add them to water just before the oats.
Sliced frozen Blackberries in the water as it prepares to boil.
Fresh or frozen blueberries.

If you ask my boys what their favorite breakfast is they ALWAYS say quick oats.

April 9, 2012

Strawberry Banana Crepes

Just make these whole wheat crepes and last weeks "ice cream" and trickle with chocolate and sprinkle with powdered sugar! SO DELISH and ooooohhhh so healthy.

April 2, 2012

Ice Cream??

This is delicious. We made a big batch and kept it in the freezer. It freezes HARD so we leave it out for a bit so it comes out soft.

1 banana
1 cup of strawberries
1/3 cup of almond milk

I found this recipe on Pinterest here.

March 26, 2012

Cucumber Sandwich's

I saw this idea on Pinterest. I decided to use some cheese and Chicken. We REALLY liked these and will DEFINITELY do it again.
Hollow out your cucumbers.
You need:
Mozarella Cheese
Fill them with sliced Avocado, Grilled Chicken and a slice of mozzarella cheese. You may think it needs more than that but it really doesn't. I did spice my grilled chicken up with some cayenne pepper, paprika and chili powder.

March 19, 2012

Southwestern Sandwich...

All I did was use half of a Whole Wheat Roll and put my mix for the Southwester Egg Rolls from last week on top. Put a little grilled Chicken on top and some cheese...and WHA-LA! Deliciousness

March 12, 2012

Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls

Ok. These were SO easy and my new favorite. I LOVE this recipe. Next week I will tell you what I did with the left-overs....SO YUMMY!!!!!!

Want the recipe? Look here! It said to use mexican cheese but I just used Mild Cheddar.

March 5, 2012

Cashew Chicken

This really was SO so delicious. It is a definite do again! I found this recipe on Pinterest Here.

Just note that I used normal white vinegar instead of White wine vinegar. I would have used brown rice which would have also been delicious but I was sucking up to the hubby ;)

February 27, 2012

Parmesan Asparagus

Asparagus is on sale...and we love it. We do this exact same thing all the time but without the Parmesan. YUMMY!

1 lb asparagus
1 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/8 cup Parmesan cheese

Bake on 400 for 10 minutes. So easy, so simply, so perfectly, perfect!

January 30, 2012

Veggie Bake with Parmesan Cheese

I found this recipe Here. It was delicious but took WAY longer to bake than she said. I really liked the mix of flavors and I LOVED having so many leftovers!

January 23, 2012

Penne with Roasted Asparagus

I found this recipe on Pinterest. The link for the original recipe is here. We absolutely SALIVATE for this dinner. It smells good and it is DIVINE! I.LOVE.IT! It is so full of flavor and since asparagus went on sale for 1.77 lb this week I am having this at least twice this week. My boys don't mind...they DEVOUR it! Of course I made some changes so here is my version of this deliciousness!

Penne with Roasted Asparagus
1 lb asparagus(cut into 1 inch pieces)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 T olive oil (divided)
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1 lb penne pasta
3 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup grated parmesan

Directions: Roast 1/2 Tbsp oil, asparagus, 1/4 tsp both salt and pepper at 400 for 10 minutes. Put vinegar in sauce pan and cook on medium low until about 3 Tbsp remaining. Stir in the sugar and the rest of the pepper and take off heat. Cook pasta and add remaining ingredients. stir together and serve.

January 18, 2012

Extremely Low Sugar Strawberry Jam

This can be bottled and stored on your shelf OR in your freezer.

The best thing about it is you don't have to us pectin!

So I wrote down exactly what I did today. Strawberry's went on sale for 1.27 lb so I stocked up and made some jam. We were running low. I use this EXACT same recipe for apricots and peaches...minus the lemon juice. This is about 1/6th of the jam that recipe's normally use to make jam. The riper the strawberries the YUMMIER it will be. Here you go:

Extremely Low Sugar Strawberry Jam:
6 lbs strawberries (this is 12 cups puree'd)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup modified corn starch
1/4 cup lemon juice

I started by cutting off the leaves and quartering them.

Then I put them in the blender and lightly puree'd them. I am not a big fan of the clumps but if you don't mind it you can actually skip pureeing and put them in your pan and mash them. You can use LOTS less cornstarch if you do.

Then, I added the rest of the ingredients in a sauce pan and cooked it on medium heat until it came to a boil. I boiled it for 5 minutes.

I almost immediately put it in the containers before it starts to set.

No joke that this is how clean my kitchen was 1 hr after getting the stuff out to make it. It is THAT easy.
Don't you love my empty house? We just moved in. I need to start decorating and painting and STOP making jam :D.