When I first looked at this recipe, I was hesitant. I’m not a pup anymore. Remember when you could eat a huge cinnamon roll donut as a kid and be just fine until lunch? Ya, me, too. Try that now and I feel heavy and sick to my stomach. Don’t even get me started on the feeling like a nap is imminent. These are the reasons I had to pause. But, I was making this ahead for Tahoe, so coupled with some eggs, if just might work. And I dare say, it did!
1 loaf French bread cut into 1/2″ cubes (challah is a great option here)
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (such as Spice Island)
For streusel topping:
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
Pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
Spray a 12-muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Cut bread into cubes and completely fill each well with bread. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Carefully pour mixture evenly over each muffin well, compressing the bread cubes to allow more liquid to be absorbed. Cover the tin with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 – 12 hours. (I refrigerated 2-3 hours and they were still amazing!)
Preheat oven to 350° and prepare streusel topping. In a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and butter. Use two forks or two knives to crumble mixture into coarse crumbs. Sprinkle mixture evenly on muffins.
Bake muffins 20 – 25 minutes, or until tops are golden. Let muffins cool about 5 minutes and serve warm. These are great made ahead and then popped in the toaster oven.
Serves: 12 muffins
Total time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
*Derived from The Pioneer Woman
I love beef stroganoff, and it seems that there are so many different recipes out there with the smallest change making a huge change if flavor. What attracted me, though, to this recipe from Gimme Some Oven was it’s 30-Minute timeframe. While this did take me a little longer than 30 minutes, it was so worth it! And between you and me, I think the reason it took longer was completely my scattered fault. I just can’t seem to get my ducks in a row, and if I finally get them in a row, they certainly don’t stay that way! There were some substitutions I made to make it a little healthier or I was missing an ingredient. There are also many ways you can make this healthier, instead of steak, you can use sliced chicken or turkey. Or, if you are vegetarian, sub mushrooms and use vegetable broth. All in all, a wonderful weeknight dish!
1 lb wide egg noodles
4 Tbs butter, divided
1 ½ lb thinly sliced steak (I bought the fajita sliced steak in the meat department. They also have super thin carne asada style)
1 white or yellow onion thinly sliced (I used a small one, the size depends on your enjoyment of onions)
4 cloves garlic minced (As always, I used the pre-minced from Spice World)
1 lb sliced mushrooms (You can use a mixture of different kinds of added flavor)
½ cup dry white wine (or you can just use more beef broth. I had the wine, but it fell into my mouth . . . )
1 ½ cups beef broth
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce (thanks to the kids experimenting, I didn’t have any. I used A-1 instead and it brought a very nice, unique flavor)
3 Tbs flour
½ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt (or you can use light sour cream, the yogurt added a different flavor)
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped fresh parsley, as optional garnish
Cook egg noodles in boiling water according to package directions (Gimme Some Oven recommends actually adding the egg noodles to the water at the same time that the beef broth is added, and this is a perfect recommendation for timing!)
As pasta water is coming to a boil, melt 2 Tbs of butter in large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add steak in a single layer and season with salt and pepper, let it cook for 3 minutes without turning to get a good sear. Remove the steak from pan with slotted spoon, transfer to a separate dish. Discard the cooked butter from the pan.
Return pan to heat and add remaining 2 Tbs butter. Once melted, add onions and saute for about 3 minutes. Add garlic and mushrooms, stir to combine. Continue sauteing an additional 5-7 minutes, or until mushrooms have through and onions are soft. Add white wine (or broth) and deglaze pan. Let mixture cook down an additional 3 minutes.
In a separate bowl, whisk together beef broth, Worcestershire (or A-1) sauce, and flour until smooth. Pour the broth mixture into the pan and stir to combine. Let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Next, stir in Greek yogurt (or sour cream) until combined. Finally, stir in cooked steak.
Serve over egg noodles, garnished with parsley if desired.
Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Total time: About 40 minutes
*Derived from Gimme Some Oven
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