Simple Fudge (Dressed Up For Any Holiday!) December 19, 2015

     I made this fudge for Christmas, but it’s always a quick & easy treat to make for any holiday.  With Valentines Day coming up, you can make several kinds, and pass it out to the ones you love!

Simple Fudge (Dressed Up)

Simple Fudge (Dressed up for any holiday!)

2 (15 oz.) can Eagle Brand milk
5 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chopped nuts

Melt Eagle Brand milk and chocolate chips in microwave until smooth. I generally do 2 minutes at a time, stirring, and then adding 2 minutes until mixture is hot, glossy and smooth looking. Be careful not to over cook or burn the chocolate mixture. Remove mixture from microwave,
add nuts & vanilla. Have a large cookie sheets greased with butter prepared and ready for hot mixture.
Quickly pour mixture into large buttered cookie sheet.
Makes 1 large cookie sheet. Chill 3 hours and cut 2″ squares.

**Now to dress up your fudge & give it candy shop flavors, add your favorite candy at the end of the cooking cycle. Heath Bits, Rolo’s, Crumbled Oreo Cookies, etc. After mixing in your goodies, quickly pour onto your butter greased pan. If you want sprinkles on top, you have to sprinkle them on as soon as you are done pouring the fudge in the pan so they stick. It’s fun to take a simple recipe and make it your own.

To make White Fudge, use the same recipe from above. Just substitute white chocolate chocolate chips. You can add in some of your favorites into this too. I made mine into White Gumdrop Fudge this year by adding Jots candies. Have fun!

 

Spaghetti – So Close To Homemade! December 12, 2015

Spaghetti

     Don’t have time to cook down those tomatoes all day for the perfect spaghetti sauce?  It’s OK to cut corners in our very busy lives.  Yes, canned spaghetti sauce is allowed!  Remember, the brand you choose has already taken the time to cook the extra liquid out of the tomatoes for you.  Just add in your favorite ground meat, and the Italian spices I listed below.  Let it simmer in the crock pot all day, and you’ll have great tasting “homemade” spaghetti that tastes like you fussed all day!

Italian Sausage Spaghetti & Cheesy Garlic Toast

Spaghetti Sauce

16 oz lean ground beef or turkey
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion diced
1 small green pepper diced (optional)
2 tsp fennel
2 tbsp oregano
2 tbsp basil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp sea salt
1 can mushrooms (optional)
1 – 26 oz cans of spaghetti sauce  (Hunts or Delmonte)
8 oz tomato paste
2 cups water
1 pkg Italian sausage (cooked according to package directions)

I use an electric pot for my spaghetti.  It is so handy, and allows you to make the spaghetti in one pot! First I brown my meat with olive oil.  I only add the healthy oil because I use turkey or 95% lean ground beef. While browning the meat, add the fennel, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt, onions and green peppers.  Next add in your mushrooms and spaghetti sauce.  Add your tomato paste, and stir into the sauce until dissolved.  Your sauce will be very thick.  Add in about 2 cups of water making sure the sauce is the desired consistency you like.  Turn your pot down to about 200 degrees (2 hours or less), or low to medium for an all day simmer in the crock pot. I also like to add cooked Italian Sausage or Italian Meatballs to my sauce. The flavor sinks into the sauce and makes it amazing! Serve piping hot over cooked spaghetti noodles, sprinkle with some Parmesan and Enjoy!

Cheesy Parmesean Italian Bread

1 loaf of french bread (cut in half the long way down the loaf)
1 stick real butter  (softened)
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Mix garlic & salt into softened butter.  Whip with a mixer or fork till smooth & creamy.  Use a rubber spatula or knife and spread evenly over the bread.  Sprinkle the top with grated Parmesan cheese, and lastly spread the mozzarella across the top of your bread. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes.  Serve hot with your spaghetti!

 

Taco Pizza November 1, 2015

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    Now who doesn’t like Taco’s?  Every now and then, it’s nice to switch it up a bit and make them a little differently.  This is pretty quick & simple, and utilizes the Pillsbury Pizza Dough in a tasty way as well.

Taco Pizza

What You’ll Need:

Pizza Dough – I used Pillsbury, but you can use whichever you prefer
16 oz. salsa or picante sauce
8 oz of re-fried beans
1 lb ground beef
1 onion diced
2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Press pizza dough into a 9×13 baking pan.  I like to bake it for about 10 minutes so that it isn’t to soggy from all the toppings.  While that is in the oven, brown your hamburger, an add all your spices & diced onions.  Once those 2 tasks are completed, it’s time to layer it up!

Layer 1:  pizza dough
Layer 2:  spread re-fried beans across the entire crust
Layer 3:  picante sauce
Layer 4:  ground beef mixture
Layer 5:  cheese

Bake for 1/2 hour or until your cheese is lightly browned.  Now, when you take this out of the oven, get ready to garish it with lettuce, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, crunched up doritos, more salsa, black olives, sour cream….the sky is the limit!  Enjoy!

 

Lemon Pepper Baked Cod October 30, 2015

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     Here’s a simple & healthy dinner that you are sure to enjoy!  I generally don’t like many types of fish, but I do love Cod.  It’s light, flaky, & not fishy tasting.  This goes together very quickly, and is done in only 45 minutes.

Lemon Pepper Baked Cod

What You’ll Need:

4 Cod Fillets
1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 lemons sliced & seeds removed
lemon pepper

Melt your butter & pour into an 8×8 pan.  Slice lemons, remove the seeds, and lay them in the butter in your pan.  Place your thawed cod on top of the lemons & butter, and sprinkle the tops of your fish with lemon pepper. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes, or until fish flakes away with a simple fork test.  Baste some of the juices from the pan over the top of the fish, and leave it in the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes to lightly brown.  That’s it!  Serve it with your favorite side dish & enjoy!

 

Philly Cheese Steak Pizza September 18, 2015

     Here is a quick & simple tasty dinner idea for you.  I’m always looking for ways to make quick dinners that have great leftovers that my husband can reheat for his work lunches.  This is perfect for that!  It tastes amazing, and you can make it so many different ways.  Be creative!  You can change the type of meat your are using, add all sorts of vegetables etc.  It’s a great way to make something hot & tasty.

Philly Cheese Steak Pizza

You will need:

Pizza Crust –  I used Pillsbury, but you can use your favorite
1 lb roast beef  – I used meat from the deli, and cut it into bite size pieces
1 lb sliced provolone cheese
bottle of your favorite Alfredo sauce
1 lg onion chopped
1 green pepper cut into strips
8 oz can of mushrooms

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Press your pizza dough in a 9×13 pan.  I baked my crust for 10 minutes before putting on the toppings.  While you are waiting for your crust, sautee your onions, green peppers & mushrooms in a bit of olive oil for about 10 minutes.  Take your crust out of the oven & layer it up.  First layer is your alfredo sauce, 2nd layer is your meat, 3rd layer is your onions, green peppers & mushrooms, and then top it off by laying your provolone cheese slices over the top.  I sprinkled a light dusting of oregano across the top. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.   Cut into squares and serve.  Enjoy!

 

Buttered Shrimp & Broccoli (Quick & Easy!) August 23, 2015

     Here’s another simple dinner that’s quick to prepare, but it just seems so fancy!  YES…  You can afford shrimp.  When you prepare it in a meal, it really doesn’t cost any more than other meats.  We eat shrimp all the time.  It’s low in calories & fat too.  I hope you enjoy this meal!

Broccoli & Shrimp

 

All you need is:

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 clove garlic diced or 1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 stick butter
1 cup water
2 lbs de-veined shrimp
1/4 cup fresh cilantro or parsley
2 cups frozen broccoli florets

2 cups uncooked rice
**While preparing the rest of your meal, cook rice according to package directions. This can also be done in your microwave for 15 minutes on high.

**Add olive oil, butter & all spices to a large frying pan. Add 1 cup of water. When the mixture is melted together & hot, add 3 tbsp flour slowly to the mixture to make a rue. Add small amounts of water until your mixture is gravy consistency. Next, toss in your shrimp, cilantro or parsley, & fresh or frozen broccoli. Mix well and cook covered on medium heat for about 15-20 minutes. Serve piping hot over cooked cooked rice. Enjoy!

 

Garden Vegetable Beef Soup August 4, 2015

Beef Vegetable Soup

     Yep, it’s probably way to hot for soup, but I had a craving for some good garden veggies.  This is a nice way to get your “healthy” on too!  Soup doesn’t have to take all day to cook.  I use frozen veggie’s in mine if I don’t have fresh available, which is a quick and healthy option.  Use fresh if you can of course, but be prepared to sit back & do some dicing & chopping.  Enjoy!

Garden Vegetable Beef Soup

Directions:

4 cups hot water

3/4 cups powdered bouillon

8 oz beef cut into small chunks

1 cup carrots

1 cup celery

1 cup onions

1 cup green beans

1 cup peas

1/2 cabbage cut up

In at least a 10 cup pot, start by boiling your water, bouillon & beef for about 30 minutes.  Then add all of your vegetables at once to your boiling soup.  Cook for another 15 minutes, cover and remove the pot from heat. This will keep your vegetables crispy, and not let them turn to mush. Let it self cook for another 1/2 hour with the lid on.

 

Nacho’s Don’t Have To Be Unhealthy! August 4, 2015

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     There’s nothing better than nachos, but they tend to be quite awful from restaurants, and full of fat. Make your own, and enjoy that “junk food” once in a while!  🙂

Nachos

 

These consist of:

– 1 lb 90/10 ground beef (nice & lean!)
– I mix in all my own spices which consist of garlic, chili powder & cayenne powder. I prefer this to a taco mix seasoning since we like to watch our salt intake, but that works great too.
– diced onions
– diced bell pepper
– black olives
– shredded lettuce
– picante sauce
– light sour cream
– shredded cheddar or colby cheese
– your choice of chips (we like Scoops)
– anything else you like!

Then just layer it up in whatever order you prefer. Enjoy!