sweetBeanSalad1

Sweet Bean and Tomato Salad

I came up with this idea this past summer after picking up some fresh green beans and cherry tomatoes at a local farm stand. The beans are a nice additional and you could make this as a meal or a side easily.

You can use fresh or canned green beans, whatever is easier. But nothing beats fresh! Just look at that great green color! Read the rest of this post »»

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Butternut Carrot Chicken Soup/Stew

I came up with this idea to use the leftover butternut pieces when I make fries from a really large squash. It was just an experiment but after the first time made it I know I have a keeper!

I call it a soup/stew because you can decide how thick you want to make it by how much broth/water you add. The recipe I’ll give you below is supper thick, you can add a cup of water to thin it out and make a much more soup like dish. Read the rest of this post »»

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Leftover Meatball Wrap

The husband gave me this idea the other day even though he doesn’t realize it. See, he’s a big meatball sub guy. He LOVES them. However, his favorite place for meatball subs changed their recipe a few years back and he hasn’t had one since. I’ve offered to make them for him but he’s stubborn like that. Whatever!

Anyway, he mentioned how upset he still is that this particular restaurant changed their recipe and I immediately thought, “Hmmmm meatball sub. That sounds YUMMY!”

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Simple Homemade Hummus

Hummus was one of those late finds for me. I never heard of it until about a year ago when I ordered a vegetarian wrap. One bite and I was hooked!

Now, I am in no way a hummus guru and this recipe does not use all the traditional hummus ingredients but for a quick homemade meal or party snack this works great!

The texture, the hint of sesame flavor and the bite of garlic are perfect and you can spice it up as much as you like. Even the husband liked it! I almost fell off my chair! He’s just not a hummus type of guy. Read the rest of this post »»

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Baked Zucchini Fries

Making the tilapia last night reminded me of another breaded favorite of mine, the zucchini fry. Yes, yes I know they aren’t really fries but when you are craving something and want that fry like experience, dipping in ketchup and all, this may satisfy you.

The toddler and I knocked off a batch for lunch today. However, the husband won’t go near them with a ten foot pole. Fine be me, I don’t want to share anyway. :~) Read the rest of this post »»

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Crispy Baked Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

I came up with this breading idea awhile back. I have a weird fascination with breading things in other then traditional breadcrumbs. I’d rather use something whole grain or full of fiber like breakfast cereal!

The first time I tried it I was pleasantly surprised. The fish was done perfectly, not too dry and the breading was just crisp enough. Both the husband AND the toddler are HUGE fans. The toddler, of course, dips his in ketchup and I have to admit it’s pretty good that way. Read the rest of this post »»

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Quick Tortilla Pizza – Video Post

Inspired by Baby Carrot’s comment on my Stupendous Stromboli post, I decided to make a tortilla pizza today.

Just when I thought I was out of video ideas! ;~P

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Homemade Lentil Soup

Not feeling well today and inspired by a new (fabulous I might add) cookbook I received as a gift I made this simply perfect soup.

I should say that this is my first attempt at using lentils in a recipe. My mom is a HUGE lentil soup fan and, although, as a child I hated the stuff I’m in LOVE now! The soup was super simple, super good, and SUPER healthy for you! Plus lentils are so cheap and easy to store. You really can’t beat them

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French Onion Soup

The husband and I LOVE French onion soup. For a while, we had a tradition of trying it at every restaurant we’d visit. The funny thing is neither of us liked the bread part. We just want the broth and lots of it!

So a few years ago, I took my hand at making my own. I have to admit the process is quit fun and surprisingly easy. It’s just takes a bit of time. There is just something about cutting up ALL those onion and reducing them down into this glorious flavorful broth.

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Chocolate Yogurt Dipping Sauce

I wanted something fun and healthy for dessert tonight and surprisingly the strawberries at the grocery store smelled divine yesterday.

Having a lot of baking stuff out an about this idea smacked me across the face and I’m glad it did! All I can say it YUM! What a fun way to dress up some simple strawberries. Although, I normally like them just straight up! Read the rest of this post »»

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Pork Chops with Orange Cranberry Chutney

Chutney, you ask?

Yea, I didn’t know what it was either until I looked it up online and realized, “hey! That’s what I made for dinner tonight!”

The husband wasn’t a fan. Well, that’s kind of a lie, he loved the pork chops but hated the chutney. I believe his exact quote was…

“I hate cranberry juice, cranberry sauce, cranberry flavored anything! What made you think I would like cranberry on my pork chops?”

Ok, so he makes a good point but, hey, it ‘aint’ going to stop me from trying! ;~) Read the rest of this post »»

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