February 22, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I’ve been slacking! Lately I can’t seem to get it together and finish up my old posts or even take pictures for new posts. So in the next week or so, I’m determined to get it all done and catch up. The main reason is my photo quality. It seems like I’m only able to take photos at dinner or later at night and the pictures are horrible!
I saw these from Pinterest and couldn’t wait to try them. These patties are full of flavor and very filling. I had some trouble with it because I used a Magic Bullet instead of a food processor. The Magic Bullet almost burnt out and died on me after trying to grind down all the carrots, beans, etc. So note to self, next time either chop everything super fine, or bust out that food processor.
Loaded Quinoa Veggie Burgers (adapted from Whole Living)
- 1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
- 1 medium carrot, diced
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 15 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp chili
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
In a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil; add quinoa, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until liquid is absorbed, 12 to 14 minutes; set aside.
In a food processor, pulse carrot until finely chopped. Add cooked quinoa, carrots, scallions, garlic, beans, breadcrumbs, egg, and spices; pulse until combined but still slightly chunky.
If you’re chopping by hand; grate carrots, then add scallions and chop very fine. Mince garlic and mash beans, add to carrot mixture. Add quinoa breadcrumbs, egg, and spices, mix well.
Form mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties (dip hands in water to prevent sticking). If too soft, refrigerate 10 minutes to firm. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium; cook burgers until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes per side.
- 2 stalks broccoli, cut florets to bite size pices
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Toss broccoli with oil, salt, and pepper. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Roast for 15 mins or until tender.
February 6, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. There’s just been so much going on and especially with my son walking now, I have no time to sit down and blog after baking or cooking. So after making dinner tonight I decided I was going to just post this one and go back to revisit my “to-do” blogs later.
This sloppy joe remix is from Rachel Ray and its actually really good! I had to change it up some because I didn’t have some ingredients, but would definitely make this again. Quick and easy meal, my favorite type.
Sloppy Cubanos (adapted from Rachel Ray)
- 1/4 lb chorizo
- 1.25 lb ground turkey (lean)
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp orange juice
- 1 c chicken broth
- 1 tbsp tomato paste (heaping spoonful)
- 4 rolls (I used Hawaiian)
- shredded cheese, for garnish
- sliced gherkins, for garnish
- shredded cabbage, for garnish
Heat large skillet over medium high heat.
Cook chorizo about 2 mins, then add turkey and cook for about 5 mins.
Stir in onions, garlic, and spices. Cook for about 5 mins.
Stir in brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and orange juice.
Mix tomato paste into chicken broth, then add skillet.
Simmer until thickened. (I simmered it for 10 mins.)
Divide mixture between the rolls, top with garnishes.
October 24, 2011 § Leave a Comment
We just celebrated my baby’s first birthday this past weekend. I knew I wanted to do a dessert table, so I’ve been thinking about it a few months back. The colors I had in mind were aqua and bright green with a little orange to make it fun.
The banner, labels, and sweets were homemade – and I will be posting the recipes of the ones I haven’t posted already.
Sweet treats included:
- banana cake with avocado frosting (birthday cake)
- banana cupcakes with buttercream frosting (same as banana cake, just reduce baking time to 15-18 mins)
- blueberry pie pops
- chocolate covered pretzels
- chocolate covered marshmallows
- sugar cookies with buttercream frosting
- orange brownie bars
October 4, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Do you love hamburger helper? I never grew up eating it and actually don’t care much for it, but my husband LOVES it. LOVES.
This is a more homemade version that is so quick and easy to make. I found this recipe from All Day I Dream About Food and bookmarked it right away. I love it because you can change it up any way you like. Less salt, different pasta, more veggies, all veggies, etc.
Turkey Taco Pasta recipe (adapted from All Day I Dream About Food)
- olive oil
- 1 1/4 lb ground turkey
- 1 packet McCormick Taco seasoning
- 1 box whole wheat rotini
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 14 oz canned tomatoes, diced (low/no sodium)
- 15 oz canned black beans, drained (low/no sodium)
- 8 oz canned or frozen corn, drained (low/no sodium)
- 2 c chicken stock (low/no sodium)
- 1 1/2 c water
- 1 c cheddar and monterey jack cheese, shredded (and extra for topping)
- 1 wedge laughing cow swiss cheese
- sliced/chopped avocado for topping
Heat oil over medium high heat in a large pan or pot.
Cook onions until tender.
Add turkey, cook until almost done and then add the seasoning.
Add the pasta, beans, corn, tomatoes, water, and chicken stock. Stir to distribute ingredients evenly.
Bring to a boil and then cook it on medium for about 15 mins or until pasta is done. (stirring occasionally)
Stir in the cheeses.
To serve, top it with some shredded cheese and avocado. Yum!
Next time I make this I would change a few things.
- I really wanted to stir in some cream cheese for the tang, but the only thing I had was laughing cow cheese.
- Add some diced bell peppers.
- Make my own taco seasoning blend.
- More fun toppings like green onions, fresh tomatoes, etc.
September 16, 2011 § Leave a Comment
One of my favorite sandwiches is the tuna sandwich and I love salmon, so why not mash them together? A salmon salad sandwich makes a great lunch that’s pretty healthy too (ok maybe the mayo takes the health points off, but still, pretty good).
- 9 0z cooked salmon (I steamed the salmon with no seasoning)
- 6 gherkin pickles chopped
- 1/2 c mayo
- 3 tbsp spicy mustard
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp chopped green onions
- 1 tsp chopped cilantro
- (1/4 c of finely diced red onions would be really good in here, but I didn’t have it on hand.)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and you’re done. Serve it on bread, crackers, salad, etc.
Makes enough for about 4 sandwiches.
September 16, 2011 § 14 Comments
This is batch #4 of my macaron trials. There are still things going wrong, such as a huge air pocket and not-so-pretty feet. Also the buttercream is in need of work. Once again, I’ll post the recipe when it actually comes out right. Also, if any of you have suggestions or tips please let me know.
- 115 g almond flour
- 230 g powdered sugar (I still think it’s a little too sweet, so will probably work on the nut/sugar ratio)
- 144 g egg whites
- 30 g sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- zest of 1 lemon
- 12 drops of yellow food coloring
- 1/2 package of cream cheese
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter
- 2 c powder sugar
- 1/4 c blueberry jam (I used the jam from this recipe since it was in the fridge, but even pureed blueberries would work.)
September 14, 2011 § 7 Comments
I love baked pasta dishes, especially the burnt edge pieces. This dish is easy to prepare and can feed a lot of people. The best part is you can use up leftover veggies and change it up to make it yours.
Recipe adapted from Giada’s.
2 yellow squash quartered lengthwise and sliced
2 bell peppers cut into strips (I used one red and one orange for bright colors.)
8 cremini mushrooms sliced
1 yellow onion sliced
1/4 c olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 – 1 1/4 lb ground turkey
1 lb box whole wheat penne (doesn’t need to be whole wheat)
3 c store-bought arrabiata sauce (or you can use marinara, I preferred the spicy sauce)
1 1/2 c shredded mozzarella
1/2 c Parmesan
1 c frozen peas
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Toss the squash, peppers, mushrooms, and onion with olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1 tbsp italian seasoning.
Roast for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta for 10 minutes (I cooked mine long because it’s whole wheat and I like it really soft) and drain.
In a pan over medium-high heat, cook the ground turkey with 1 tbsp italian seasoning for about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, toss the pasta, turkey, roasted vegetables, sauce, cheeses (save a little of both for topping), peas, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper.
Mix gently with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are combined.
Pour pasta into a greased 9×13 pan.
Top with some mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes.
September 14, 2011 § 21 Comments
These blueberry pie pops are super easy to make and fun to eat too. You can make the pie crust from scratch and keep it handy in the freezer or use store bought to keep it really easy to make.
This recipe is adapted from the blog Family Kitchen.
- 1 c fresh blueberries
- 2-3 tbsp sugar (more or less depending on how sweet you want it)
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 package prepared pie crust (or homemade…enough to make crust for two pies or top and bottom of one)
- lollipop sticks
- 1/2 c powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp milk
- 2 tbsp fresh blueberry puree
- *1-2 drops of blue food coloring optional since the puree doesn’t really make the glaze blue
In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine the blueberries, cornstarch, sugar, water, and vanilla.
Stir and break down some of the blueberries until it has thickened.
Set aside to let cool.
Preaheat oven to 400 degrees.
Roll out pie crust and cut out rectangles (for pop tarts) or use cookie cutters for fun shapes.
Arrange half of the cut out pie crusts on baking sheets covered with parchment paper.
Spoon blueberry filling onto pie crust. (don’t overfill, the amount will depend on how large you cut your pie crusts)
Place a popsicle stick on top of the filling.
Cover the filling with the rest of the pieces of pie crust.
Crimp the edges together using a fork or a lollipop stick. (I didn’t seal mine well and they oozed while baking, but when cooled it stayed together anyway.)
Bake for about 10 minutes.
In a small bowl combine all the ingredients for the glaze and mix well.
Once the blueberry pops are out of the oven and cooled, spoon or brush the glaze onto each pie pop.
September 14, 2011 § 11 Comments
If you’ve read my last post, you might know I have tons of egg yolks in the fridge from all my macaron attempts. I didn’t want to waste them so while doing some reading (reading a cookbook of course…) I came across the perfect recipe. Vanilla pastry cream from my Sugarbaby cookbook. 6 yolks needed, CHECK! I made the choux pastry from the same book and together they were delicious!
Recipe (adapted from Sugarbaby):
Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream
- 6 egg yolks
- 1/2 c sugar
- 4 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1 c milk
- 1 c heavy cream
- 1 split vanilla bean
Beat eggs, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, and salt until light and fluffy.
In a heavy saucier over medium-high heat, bring the milk,cream, and vanilla bean to a boil.
Take the vanilla bean out (save it for your vanilla sugar).
Carefully pour the hot mixture into the egg mixture. (very carefully and turn the mixer to low, but you will need to keep it mixing while pouring)
Scrape the bowl down and keep mixing for another minute.
Pour the mixture back into the same saucier (but cleaned).
Over medium-high heat, whisk the mixture until it gets thick like mayonnaise.. (it seems to happen all at once, so don’t stop mixing or step away)
Sieve the mixture into a bowl to make sure its completely smooth.
Cover with plastic wrap (touch wrap to the cream) and place in fridge until you’re ready to use.
- 1 c flour
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 c water
- 1 c milk
- 3/4 c butter
- 6 eggs (the recipe said 10, but you might need more or less, explained below)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Whisk together the flour and salt.
In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the milk, water, and butter to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium-low and add flour all at once.
Immediately start stirring with a wooden spoon until mixture becomes a ball.
Transfer ball to a bowl and beat it (I used the wooden spoon by hand, the recipe said to use the stand mixer with the paddle attachement…too lazy to lug that thing out) to cool the paste a bit.
Add eggs one at a time making sure to fully incorporate each one before adding more. (The amount of eggs you need will vary, beat one at a time until you get a paste like consistency that holds it’s shape when piped.)
Transfer dough to a large pastry bag fitted with a large open tip (I used a large star tip).
Pipe onto parchment lined sheet pans. (I piped mine like you would a soft serve ice cream.)
Bake for 10 minutes.
Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake another 30 minutes.
Allow the pastries to cool before filling.
Transfer pastry cream into a pastry bag with a skinny round tip. Not too small so that it’s hard to squeeze out, but small enough so there isn’t a huge hole in your choux pastry.
Find a side of the choux pastry, insert the tip halfway and squeeze the pastry cream while slowly pulling out. You’ll feel the pastry getting heavier.
July 31, 2011 § 6 Comments
A slice of cake within a cute little ball…
I baked up the banana cake from my last post (since, again, there were leftover bananas) for these.
Ingredients (for the cake ball):
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 c butter
1 c powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c sweetened shredded coconut
Crumble cake (cut off the dark edges if there are any) into a large bowl.
Cream cream cheese and butter.
Mix in powdered sugar (more or less, depending on your taste), vanilla, and coconut.
Pour the mixture into the bowl with the crumbled cake and mix well.
Using a mini ice cream scoop, scoop out cake balls and roll it with hands until round.
Place balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Place cookie sheet with balls into the fridge for about 30 mins.
In the meantime, make the chocolate coating.
Ingredients (for chocolate coating)
10 oz chocolate chips
1 c heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
Place chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl.
In a saucepan, heat the cream until just starting to bubble (do not leave unattended).
Pour cream into the bowl of chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and shiny.
Stir in vanilla.
Directions for finishing up the cake balls:
Dip cake balls into the chocolate and scoop out with two forks.
Place them on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Dip the tip of a lollipop stick in the chocolate, stick it halfway through the cake balls, and dip the cake ball in the chocolate to coat.
Stick the pops in styrofoam blocks.
*rolling these in chopped walnuts would be extra delicious, but since I was doing these at 11 at night, ending with chocolate was still good…