Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Blackberry Turkey Quesadilla

I had a blackberry turkey sandwich at a local restaurant and figured why not turn into a quesadilla?  Blackberry jam is pretty easy to find at grocery stores these days but I am sure other jams may work.... Don't quote me on that though!  I love spicy so I used pepperjack cheese because the combo of sweet and spicy is Amazing in this recipe!  I also added some red onion for a bit of a bite, you can always brush your teeth after (you may have blackberry seeds in there anyway).  

So first I spread the jam on the tortilla, then place 1 or 2 slices of cheese on the bottom, the turkey and onion on top of that and another slice of cheese on top of that (not pictured) to make it extra cheesy!

Then you fold the tortilla in half and put in the toaster oven, sautee pan, or regular oven.  Don't get me started on the microwave.... It serves as a towel holder in my house.  I just don't like to put radiation on my food, no matter how small the amount.

You are done! Enjoy your quesadilla!!

1 tortilla
3 slices of turkey
3 slices of cheese (I used pepperjack)
1-2 tbsp blackberry jam
1-2 slices of red onion

Lay tortilla flat and spread with jam, place 2 places of cheese on jam and top with 3 slices of turkey.  Place red onion on top of turkey and top with remaining slice of cheese.  Fold in half and bake in toaster oven, regular oven, or sauteè pan.

Yummy Cole Slaw!

Here is my version of cole slaw!  It is super delicious and I get asked for the recipe a lot!
 I love sweet cole slaw so I add some green apples to the mix!  I also add dried cranberries from time to time but not in the cole slaw that is pictured.  You can also switch between red and green cabbage or use half and half to make colorful!
1/2 head cabbage (red or green)
1/2 red onion chopped
3 green apples sliced into slivers
2 tbsp poppy seeds
1/4 cup organic mayo
1/4 cup greek yogurt
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp honey
1/4 cup cranberries (optional)

Chop the cabbage into small slivers and put in bowl with chopped red onion and slivered apples.  In separate bowl mix mayo, yogurt, poppy seeds, vinegar, and honey until smooth and runny.  Taste test the mixture to ensure the right amount of sweetness or tartness to your liking.  Pour over the cole slaw and mix together (add cranberries if desired).  Serve and enjoy!  Easy and delicious side to bring to BBQ's!  Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Delicious Homemade Granola Bars!

I love to make these granola bars to give me a bit of energy during that 3 o'clock slump when I just want to take a small nap on the couch or in one of the kids beds or on the kitchen counter....  But seriously these are good and make a great post baby gift!  I gave these to two of my friends after they had a baby as a grab and go snack and they loved it!  The great thing about this recipe is that you can change it.... a lot! I will give you my recipe but feel free to experiment and play around a bit!

I take all the dry ingredients and put them in a bowl then put the honey and the brown sugar in a sauce pan and heat until mixed together, you can also add some peanut butter if no one if allergic!  Don't boil the honey and brown sugar as the hotter it gets the sweeter it gets, so if it boils it gets very sweet but not really in a good way...  When that is all melted you pour into the dry ingredients and mix until wet.
After all ingredients are wet with honey/brown sugar mixture press into a greased (or not, seriously it doesn't matter that much) and keep pressing with hands or spatula.
Now it is time to put them in the fridge for 1 hour (if you can press once or twice in that hour to make them super packed, all the better), cut into bars (makes about 15 bars), store in the fridge to make them harder so they don't fall apart when you eat them.  Enjoy!

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup filler (rice puffs, millet puffs, etc.)
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup wheat germ (optional)
1/2 cup slivered almonds (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut flakes (optional)

Wet ingredients:
1 cup honey
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp peanut butter (optional)
( I have used coconut oil in place of some honey as well, do half and half)

Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Heat wet ingredients in a saucepan and once liquid mix into dry ingredients.  Press into 11x9 pan and press repeatedly.  Place in fridge and press two more times if possible before cutting an hour later.  Store in fridge, eat within 6 weeks, if they last that long!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Thai Chicken Salad

I can't say this was purely my idea, but it was purely my invention.  Though it has been done before.  My husband asked for thai food (takeout) but me being the purest that I am (and also very cheap) I said, I got this.  In the end he really enjoyed it!  He snuck seconds even though I said to save it for lunch!  I chopped half a small cabbage, 3 carrots, 3 green onions, a handful of cilantro, 6-8 oz chopped (cooked) chicken, I used rotisserie chicken so I didn't measure exactly... 1/2 cup bean sprouts (no need to chop), and 1/4 cup peanuts.
Separately mix 2 tablespoons of hoisin sauce (I used stir fry sauce), 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 chopped garlic clove, 1 lime squeezed.  Keep mixing until peanut butter is smooth throughout.
Forgive the container but I didn't want to dirty another dish so I used the one that the chicken was in!  Pour this mixture over the dry mixture and stir until everything is wet and peanut buttery!  Serve on bed of lettuce or just on a plate as we did!

1/2 small cabbage head chopped
6 oz. cooked cubed chicken
3 chopped carrots
3 chopped green onion stalks
1 handful chopped cilantro
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1/4 cup peanuts

2 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 chopped garlic clove
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 lime squeezed

Mix sauce ingredients separately until peanut butter smooth.  Mix into dry ingredients until wet.  Serve and Enjoy!

It's as easy as that!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Broccoli Salad

This is a very easy, healthy, yummy lunch!  So using Greek yogurt is my go to when anything has mayo in it.  This recipe is no different!  We will still use mayo but halve it so that way we can keep the calories down.  Here is a pic of the ingredients:

So as you can see there is a fresh broccoli head as well as the broccoli slaw.  The chopped broccoli head really helps to add some texture to the salad.  I don't include the stalk but usually save it for a stir fry later in the week.  I also ran out of slivered almonds here so I chopped some up in my blender and used those!  You can do that too or just buy the slivered almonds...  Mix all the dry ingredients like so:
 Then mix the 'wet' ingredients, the mayo, the apple cider vinegar, greek yogurt, honey, and lemon juice and pour over the rest.

Mix it all up and serve 1 and 1/2 cups!  This can be a meal or a side dish to a baked potato dinner, rotisserie chicken, kababs etc.
1 bag broccoli slaw
1 broccoli head
1/2 chopped red onion
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 lemon squeezed
1 tbsp honey
1/3 cup greek yogurt
1/3 cup mayo
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Mix first 5 ingredients, then mix the rest in separate container and pour over.  Mix well and serve!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mushroom Goats Cheese Tart

I have been wanting to make this one for a while and finally was not too busy to attempt it.  I tried out an easy tart crust and while it tasted good I should have let it bake a little longer before putting the ingredients in the pan.  I started out with 8 eggs, 1 package of herbed goats cheese, 1 pkg mushrooms, half a white onion, 2 garlic cloves, some spinach, and that's it!

For the crust I used this recipe :
I would recommend baking crust (after pressing in pan) for 10-15 minutes giving it a chance to crisp up.

Sauteé the spinach, mushrooms, onion, and garlic with 2 tbsp evoo until fragrant and wilted.  I then put half the cheese in the tart pan before covering with the spinach mix.

Add the 8 eggs beaten on top and drop the remaining cheese on top of that.

Bake in 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes

Take out and slice into 8 pieces (I ate two, dont tell...).  Hubby put siracha on his because everything must be spicy but he really liked this recipe and so did I!  Excited to eat this for lunch or breakfast in the coming week!
1pkg mushrooms
1pkg herbed goats cheese
8 eggs (beaten together)
2 cups spinach
1/2 white onion chopped
3 garlic cloves chopped
2 tbsp evoo
1 whole wheat crust (see earlier link for recipe I used)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Sauteé onion, mushrooms, spinach, and garlic together until wilted.  Place half goats cheese in crust.  Top with spinach mixture.  Pour egg mix over that and top with remaining cheese.  Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes.  Slice into 8 and serve.  Each piece comes to about 200 calories. Enjoy!

Thai Pizza my way...

So I admit that I still indulge in pizza every once and a while (who doesn't right?!), but I love to make them myself as they are pretty easy when you get the hang of it.  I make a honey whole wheat crust recipe that I got from a long time ago but I will post here to keep it simple.

Crust Ingredients:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat germ (this is totally optional as I have made without before)
1 tbsp yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp salt

Mix yeast with warm water, mix flour, wheat germ, salt until fully mixed and then create little hole in the middle and put the honey in the hole in the middle.  Then stir in the yeast/water mixture until mixed.  Place dough covered on top of oven while you preheat to 400 degrees.

Now onto the thai part of the pizza!  Of course you need hoisin sauce and peanuts.  That is primarily what makes this pizza 'thai'.  Also a little garlic and bean sprouts too!  You can use shredded zucchini and carrots (I just did the broccoli mix from the store because I am lazy and it was already shredded), however I did have to cut the red pepper myself.  I know, I know, thank you.  Then some green onion and mozzarella cheese to top it all off!  If you want a crispy crust roll and bake the dough for 8 minutes before you put on the ingredients, otherwise if you like a softer crust roll that dough and put the ingredients right on top!

1 shredded zucchini
2 shredded carrots (or just buy the broccoli mix and skip the first two steps!)
1 bunch green onions chopped
1 red pepper sliced thin
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
3 tbsp hoisin sauce
3 chopped garlic cloves
1/4 cup peanuts

Spread hoisin on crust, top with chopped garlic spreading evenly.  Next put veggie ingredients and then peanuts, top lastly with cheese to insure peanuts stay on pizza.  Bake in 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is to your liking.  Slice and eat!

Let me know how you like this recipe!