Thursday, September 27, 2012

Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta with Veggies

Last night was another one of those days... that ran into night and before I knew it - it was 6pm. Earlier in the day I had my wits about me long enough to set out some ground turkey from my freezer... Having no idea what for, I just did. Well, there I was with 35 minutes until we were off again. this is what we ended up with, another creation prepared all in less than 30 min. BAM! And we all loved it!

1 pkg noodles of choice

3 C prepared spaghetti sauce (- I really like Kirkland brand from Costco - it is a great base with good "real" flavor)
1 C cream or 1/2 & 1/2
( OR 3 to 1 ratio)

1 lb ground turkey (or 1/2lb  turkey 1 C quinoa*)
1 small zucchini - sliced and quartered
1 small yellow squash - sliced and quartered
1 medium onion - sliced and wedged
1 C parmasean cheese
1 tsp seasoning/or garlic salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Boil water. Add noodles and boil until tender. While noodles are cooking,
brown turkey, drain and set aside.  Use that same pan, drizzle olive oil and saute onion, zucchini and squash on high until slightly tender and toasted. Remove from pan and set aside. Pour sauce and cream into pan and let simmer. Then add meat, (previously prepared*) quinoa, veggies and Parmesan cheese. Toss together and pour over noodles or dump it all in one big dish and stir.

* Quinoa - you can make up 5-6 cup in advance and put in the freezer. Pull it out when ever you want to add great nutrition or protein to any meal! 1 Cup added to anything makes it better for you.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Taco Pie - Crock Pot Version

My life as of recent does not profit me very much extra time. This little recipe I created (30 minutes BAM! done) was a life saver today and I wanted to quickly share. I love LOVE LOVE having dinner done before my kiddos all come rolling in. I am a much better mom when I am prepared that way. So this is a re-look at an old favorite of ours. I like this one better. Hope you enjoy!

1-1/12 lbs lean ground turkey or beef - cook until no longer pink and drain
(** or half meat and half quinoa** that's my vote:)

 Mix well in a bowl and then add meat/quinoa mixture to this.
1 26oz can Tomato Soup
1 can Rotel (Diced tomatoes with green chili's)
1 bag frozen corn
1 can black beans
1 1/2 C greek yogurt of lowfat sour cream
1 pkg low sodium taco seasoning
1 pkg dry ranch seasoning
2 Tbl dried onion flakes

2-3 C cheese of choice
7-8 tortillas

Layer in "old school" (round with perpendicular sides) crock pot
grease lightly the bottom of crock-pot
meat mixture
cheese and repeat until full.
Cook on LOW for 4 hours

You can also do this in 2 separate dishes one for dinner tonight and one for the freezer.
Bake (thawed & covered) 350 for 40 min

Serve with fresh guacamole, salsa and rice.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Oreo-ish Whoopie Pie

These delicious morsels I had months ago.... I think our super bowl party Mrs. Macy Robison brought them over to our house. I'm pretty sure I have thought them every few days since. I finally made them and there were as good as I remembered. Pure danger!

Chocolate Cookie
2 boxes devils food cake mix
1 1/2 C butter (soft)
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs

Mix well and drop uniform cherry size dollops on greased or parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 325 11 minutes in a convection oven OR 11-13min in conventional oven.

Remove cookies immediately after baking & place on a wire cooling rack. Once cooled completely pipe frosting and sandwich.

Frosting Filling
1lb powdered sugar
1/4 C butter
18oz peg cream cheese
2-3 Tbl milk
2 tsp vanilla

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hot Fudge

This is SO delish! Pour warm over banana splits. Oh my!

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 C chocolate chips
1 tsp coconut oil
Dash of salt

Homemade Chocolate Brownies

Real homemade chocolate brownies with real ingredients you can actually pronounce :) yum! Rich & wonderful!

1 C butter
2 C sugar
1 C cocoa
4 eggs
1/8 tsp salt (or a pinch)
1 Tbl vanilla
1/3 C milk
1/4 coconut oil
1 1/4 flour
2 C milk chocolate chips (Guittard)
1/2 semi sweet chocolate chips

Cream sugar, butter, eggs & vanilla. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour in greased baking dish.

Bake 325 for 25-30 minutes. Be careful not to over bake. I use a convection oven which works well at 25 min.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Salted Caramel Shortbread Bars. OH MY!

These will be on my death bed wish list for sure! Inspired from a Pinterest find but my version is way better. Made with real caramel, that's the key!

1 lb salted butter
1 C Sugar
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
2 Tbs Mexican vanilla
4 C flour
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond flavor (high quality)

1 1/2 C Karo Syrup
1 can sweetened and condenced milk
2 C sugar
1 C butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

* Cook slowly to soft ball at approx 235.
 In a bowl, mix butter, sugars and vanilla. Mix well until creamy. Slowly add flour into butter mixture and meat on low until a smooth soft ball forms. Spray 9x13 baking dish, Press 1/2 of the mixture into dish evenly, refrigerate the remaining dough.

Bake in preheated oven at 325 for 20 min until golden around the edges. Remove from oven, let cool for another 20 min while you make the caramel. Once caramel is made, pour 3/4 of caramel over crust, then use kosher salt and sprinkle over warm caramel. Remove refrigerated dough and crumble over caramel. Return pan to oven and bake until filling is bubbly and shortbread topping is golden. Once done, remove from oven and pour remaining caramel on top of crumbles, then more salt if desired.

Chill in fridge completely before cutting bars. These are rich and decadent! Small little bit sizes are best.  YUM!!!!!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Hawaiian Basil Pizza on Whole Wheat Pita

This is a fairly basic generic recipe but we all loved it. Of course we get the buffet of ingredients out there and the kids all go to town making their own pizzafied creations. Who doesn't love pizza? 

Pita bread rounds - whole wheat (or not)
pizza or marinara sauce (add sugar to taste)
ham - sliced
pineapple tidbits
basil - coarsely chopped
red bell peppers - sliced
sweet onion - thinly sliced
tomatoes - diced
garlic salt

Bake 350 until bubbly.