Sunday was a day of menu planning and then a trip to Safeway so I could begin meal prep on Monday. Shout out to my daughter D! If it wasn’t for her help, I’d probably STILL be at the store! And she mad me laugh the entire time. Love you, D! Monday was another warm day in a series of warm days. Once I finished worked and headed off to get my kids, the mental mapping of how the evening was going to go had begun. I had organized the recipes by length of time and then divided them up into stacks that I felt I would get the most done, i.e., as one recipe (that takes the most time) cooks, I can prepare the second longest recipe and hopefully start the dishes. Then, as the second recipe is in the oven, I can prepare recipe number three, and work on the dishes. As I pulled into the driveway, I had visions of gathering the ingredients. Unlocking the front door and making my way into the kitchen, I began pulling everything together. Cheese – ; Hawaiian Rolls – ; Butter – ; Bacon … Bacon … Hmm, bacon … Quick dash down the stairs and to the freezer in the garage. Bacon? Rummage … Rummage… No bacon. How can that be?? I know I had four packages on the list. Mad dash through the laundry room, family, room, and back up the stairs to the kitchen. Throw open refrigerator doors … Rummage… Bacon?? Toss… Bacon??? Rummage, rummage, rummage…No bacon! Did it get left behind at the store? In the car (oh, please no, it’s been too hot)? Could it be in… No. Now I remember, I needed to stop at a different store that carries the low sodium bacon. By the time I was done at Safeway I was too hot, tired, and just done. There was no way I was going to stop at another store. Oh boy, this is not starting well.
I would love for you to tell me what you would do different, add, or change to this recipe! ¡Salud!
1 package Hawaiian rolls
8 slices Havarti cheese
8 turkey deli meat slices
4 slices cooked bacon, cut in half
2 Tbs melted butter
¼ tsp garlic powder
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray. Cut rolls in half crosswise to make 2 halves. Place one half of rolls into baking and pan and put slices of cheese to cover complete half. Then top with turkey, bacon, and another piece of cheese. Finally, top with the other half of the cut rolls.
In small bowl, mix melted butter and garlic powder; brush on top of rolls. Bake until rolls have browned, about 10-20 minutes.
Serves: 8 at 2 rolls per person
Prep time: 15 minutes; Cooking time: 20 minutes
*Derived from Pillsbury
There is not a lot that intimidates me, especially with cooking. I view life as a “roll-up your sleeves and give it a try” ride. This has translated very well to my cooking. Sure, I’ve had my major flubs (#thoseareNOTsnickerdoodles, #omgthatshorrible), but it doesn’t stop me from trying new things or rejected things over again. And then we come to fried rice. I know, I know. Fried rice?!?! Really? Fried rice?? You don’t say. But, I come by my intimidation quite easily, I simply adore fried rice. You know how you set someone up in your mind as just the end-all, be-all of X (insert talent here). But you don’t want to actually meet Said Talent of X because what if they turn out to be a real jerk and forever change your opinion of them? Well, that’s kind of how I feel about fried rice. Now, before you attempt to cart me off in a straight jacket for a padded cell, let me explain. I so adore fried rice that I was terrified of messing it up SO bad that it would be forever etched on my brain. And I would never be able to go to OIC Bowl again and stare lovingly at my bowl of fried rice without images of how badly I ruined it. So there you have it, rational or not. This attempt, however, has turned it around for me. I’ve concurred fried rice, and still love it!
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded (uncooked) carrots
1 cup sliced green onions, divided
3 cups cooked rice
½ cup thawed frozen peas
¼ low sodium soy sauce
Spritz a large nonstick pan with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add eggs, making sure to cover the bottom of the pan with the eggs. When eggs start to set, break them into pieces and cook about 1 more minute, until cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside.
Spritz pan 1 more time; when re-warmed, add carrots and all but 2 Tbs of green onions; sauté until carrots are crisp-tender; about 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir in cooked rice, peas and soy cause; cook until heated through, stirring once or twice, about 1 minute. Gently stir in cooked egg and remaining scallions; heat through.
Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Total time: 30 minutes
*Derived from Weight Watchers
I’m a sucker for caprese anything. I just love the way the mozzarella tastes so creamy against the acid of the balsamic vinegar and the tomatoes and basil adding a fresh, clean feeling. How can it get any better? Toss in some cucumber. The amazing crispness it brings is a wonderful addition to an already awesome dish!
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
2 Tbs chipped fresh basil
1 cup fresh mozzarella, cubed
1 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut cucumbers into 1/4″ slices, then cut the slices in half. Cut tomatoes in 1/2. Dice avocado. Place cucumbers through avocado in a bowl and set aside.
To a small jar with a tight-fitting lid add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Close tightly and shake to combine.
Add dressing to salad and gently toss to combine.
Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Total time: 15 minutes
*Derived from Fitsugar
Once again I was making my amazing Maple Salmon , this is a frequent dish in our house. The hubs and the kids love it. And I never tire of making such a tasty, healthy, supremely easy dish. I thought about making my Buttery Corn bread, too. But, quite frankly, I just didn’t feel like putting in the effort. Perused my baking recipes and nothing jumped out saying, “Make ME tonight! Make me!!” I guess I would just toast some slices of Pulgiese like usual. As I was in the refrigerator I discovered a can of crescent rolls that were quickly coming to the end of their shelf life. I grabbed it, but am not a big fan of canned crescent roll. I wonder what else I could come up with . . .
1 regular size can refrigerated crescent rolls
2 Tbs garlic olive oil (such as Garlic Gold)
3 tsp Rosemary (next time I’ll used crushed)
1/2 to 1 Cup shredded Parmesan
Preheat oven to 375°
Open can of crescent rolls, pinch seams together and roll flat, about the size of a small cookie sheet. Pour garlic olive oil into small bowl and with pastry brush, evenly brush dough with oil. Sprinkle with rosemary and then parmesan cheese. Roll into tight log and cut into 1″ thick slices.
Place flat on parchment lined cookie sheet and brush with remaining garlic olive oil. Bake 10-15 minutes, until golden.
Total time: 30 minutes
*Original Serves-4 Recipe
Even though I had planned the menu completely, on this particular evening, I just needed something simple. The kids, of course, voted for plain pasta with butter. Not something I’ll usually go for, but this was not a usual type day. That left me, and the hubs, who was still at work. I wanted something light, that would fill me up without making me feel heavy. I pulled our container of spring mix salad from the refrigerator. Grabbed an avocado and some cherry tomatoes. Whoops. That avocado doesn’t feel to good. And it wasn’t. Hmm, back to the drawing board. After digging around I came up with a couple of Golden Delicious apples, a container of shaved almonds and also some shaved parmesan. This is the result. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
FOR THE SALAD
2 cups baby spring mix (such as Organic Girl)
1 ½ Apples thinly sliced (I would have had 2 whole apples had little hands not stolen so many slices 🙂 )
1/3 cup shaved almonds
1/2 – 1 cup shaved parmesan
FOR THE DRESSING
3 Tbs red wine vinegar
3 Tbs balsamic vinegar
½ cup olive oil
2 Tbs granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
In a small jar combine red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper. Close lid and shake vigorously to mix. Set aside.
Put almonds on toaster oven safe tray. Spread flat and toast lightly, stirring occasionally.
While almonds toast, thinly slice apple and add to a large bowl with spring mix and shaved parmesan. When almonds are lightly toasted, allow to cool slightly and add to salad mix. Give jar of dressing one more shake and slowly drizzle over salad to desired amount. Toss to coat evenly.
Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Serves 4 as side or 2 as main course
Total time: 15 minutes
*Original Serves-4 Recipe
It seems this Thanksgiving I was all about the puff pastry for the appetizers. Isn’t it weird how we get stuck on a certain ingredient or type of cooking? This Thanksgiving my focus seemed to be on puff pastry and bacon. More to come regarding the bacon 🙂
1 pkg (5.2 oz) garlic & herb spreadable cheese, softened (I used the little wedges by The Laughing Cow
1 Tbs finely chopped parsley
2 sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
18 fresh jumbo shrimp (peeled & deveined)
1 sheet of Pepperidge Farm puff pastry
Heat oven to 400°F.
Stir cheese, parsley, and bacon in a medium bowl and set aside.
Unfold puff pastry sheet on lightly floured work surface. Cut puff pastry sheet crosswise into 18, ½” wide strips. Spoon at 2 teaspoons cheese mixture onto each strip. Wind 1 pastry shrimp around 1 shrimp, slightly overlapping the pastry. Repeat with remaining pastry strips and shrimp.
Bake 15 minutes or until pastries are golden brown.
Serves 18 (pieces)
Total time: 50 minutes
*Derived from Pepperidge Farm
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- 5 Brie Appetizer Recipes For Thanksgiving (mademan.com)
- Recipe Roundup: Thanksgiving Appetizers (williams-sonoma.com)
I don’t know about everyone else, but I seem to be getting into the Holiday spirit in fits and stops. One minute I’m super excited and totally on top of things, and the next I’m yawning into my glass of wine and wishing someone could just wake me up when it’s all over. For this I blame all of the stores that completely by-passed my favorite holiday of the year (#Thanksgiving) and started decorating for Christmas on November 1st. It has left me feeling not quite bah humbug about the whole thing, but certainly ho-hum. So, to show my support for Thanksgiving, I’m going to be posting more of my recipes from that holiday. And the fact that they haven’t been posted before has absolutely nothing to do with laziness . . .
1 sheet Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry, thawed
¼ cup pesto sauce (I used store-bought from the produce section)
2 plum tomatoes, sliced
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 Tbs thinly sliced basil leaves
Heat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Sprinkle flour on work surface. Unfold pastry sheet on floured work surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 12″ square. Place the pastry sheet onto the baking sheet and prick thoroughly with a fork.
Spread pesto sauce on pastry to within ½” of pastry edge. Arrange tomato slices on pesto and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake 12 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes, then sprinkle with basil.
Serves 6 as appetizers
Prep: 15 minutes; Total time: 30 minutes
*Courtesy Pepperidge Farm
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- Puff Pastry Recipe, Puff Pastry Tarts (potterybarnkids.com)
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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s all about the food, family, and friends! You don’t have to worry about anyone’s favorite color, what size of jeans they wear, or if you have picked the right handbag. Nope, just come hang out and eat and drink! What is NOT to love about Thanksgiving. I know a lot of people are not thrilled with the amount of cooking. But if you love cooking, you ARE thrilled with the amount of cooking. I always have to force myself to not plan the menu before November 1st, and that is such a struggle. This year, however, I didn’t make it. I was in a slump while planning my daughter’s 5th birthday, which is on Halloween. We did a fairy theme. And the food I wanted to make seemed to grown-up to me. I didn’t want something total kid, either. I was really stuck. So, to get me unstuck, I planned the entire Thanksgiving menu over a glass (or two, ok maybe three) of wine. This was probably mid-October. One problem with that, by the time Thanksgiving actually rolled around, I felt so out of touch with it. It was an odd feeling for me, like I had lost my groove. I have promised myself that next year, I’ll be sure to sit on my hands the month of October!
1 pkg (17.3 oz) Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed
1 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese
1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup prepared ranch salad dressing (I used Bolthouse Farms, it’s made with Greek yogurt, making it a little healthier)
2 Tbs chopped fresh chives
Heat oven to 470°.
Unfold 1 pastry sheet on lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 12/2″ square. Cut into 36 (2″) squares. Prick pastry with a fork. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet, making a total of 72 squares. Place the squares on a baking sheet
Bake for 8 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Using the back of a small spoon, press down the centers of the hot pastries to make an indentation.
Spoon about 1/2 tsp each of cheese and bacon onto each indentation. Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted. Remove the pastries from baking sheet and let cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Top with dressing and chives.
Serves 72 pieces
Prep time: 20 minutes; Total time: 30 minutes
*From Pepperidge Farm
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- Crab & Shrimp Vol-au-Vents (bakingfanatic.wordpress.com)
Sometimes I wonder if my life resembles the chicken and the egg a little. Did my love for Mexican food come before my love for a Mexican? Or did my love for a Mexican enhance my love of Mexican food? As long as I can remember I’ve loved Mexican food. Hot, spicy Mexican food. Then I fell in love with a Mexican and found a whole new appreciation for Mexican food, and, well, all things Mexican in general. And that brings me to my Fat Taquitos. I’m always on the hunt for Mexican food recipes, and for new ways to make Mexican food. And one of the strongest Mexican food critics sits at my table! I had a feeling these were going to be good, but did feel a bit apprehensive as I set the plate down at lunch a few Saturdays ago. Would they pass muster? Would I be sent back to the drawing board? They passed muster! And I got a thumbs up from one of my little foodies!!
8 small (6″) corn tortillas
1½ cups shredded chicken
½ cup prepared salsa (I like to use the fresh salsa usually found in the produce section)
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ tsp Morton & Bassett Mexican Blend seasoning
Sour cream and guacamole for dipping
In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix the chicken and salsa. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
While chicken and salsa is in refrigerator, begin warming tortillas for use. In a small skillet heated to medium-warm add one tortilla at a time. You want to warm the tortilla and not cook it. When tortilla is warmed on both sides, set aside and keep warm. Continue with all tortillas
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 375°. Remove chicken salsa mixture from refrigerator and drain any liquid. Add cheese and Mexican Blend seasoning. Combine well.
Take one tortilla and lightly brush what will be the outside with olive or canola oil. Lay on clean, dry surface and spoon about 2 tablespoons of filling down the middle of the tortilla. Roll tightly and place seam side down on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling. Add a sprinkling of kosher salt across the tops.
Bake 14-16 minutes, until crispy. You might need to pop on the broiler for a few minutes. Serve with enchilada sauce, salsa, sour cream, and / or guacamole!
Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Prep time: 20 minutes; Baking time: 16 minutes
*Derived from Hungry Girl
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