5.19.2017

Avocado Tuna Salad Lettuce Wrap

This is perfect summer fresh and light meal.  Whip this up in a just a few minutes and Enjoy!


1 7 oz can tuna, drained
1 small avocado, diced
1/4 of a red bell pepper, diced
1/4-1/2 cup chopped English cucumber
2 TBS minced red onion
1/4 c. chopped cilantro
Juice from 1/2 a lime (may want to add more if lime is small)
salt/pepper
3 TBS olive oil
-Mix together in a bowl to combine.  Spoon into Romaine Lettuce leaves and serve.

5.15.2017

Chicken Salad Sandwich

This is my go-to simple Chicken salad recipe.  


Cooked chicken, chopped
Chopped Celery
Toasted Pecans (don't have to toast them, but it does taste better!)
Craisins
Mayonnaise
Salt/Ground Pepper
-Combine all ingredients and serve on croissants or rolls. You can also serve mini sandwiches open faced and garnish with a whole pecan.

5.13.2017

BLT Bliss Bowls


I love that the internet allows for recipe sharing!  This gal at lovely little kitchen has some great recipes and amazing pictures!  I couldn't improve upon her recipe, so here is her exact recipe and picture.

 
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Serves: 2 bowls

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 teaspoon oil (I used avocado oil)
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 strips center cut bacon
  • 2 packed cups mixed baby greens
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Topping: Balsamic glaze* plus additional avocado oil, salt and pepper
Directions:
  1. Place tomato halves one side of a baking sheet, and toss with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Lay strips of bacon on the other side and place in the oven. Turn the oven on and set to 400 degrees. Cook the tomatoes and bacon for about 13-14 minutes, or until the tomatoes are blistered and the bacon is crisp. The oven will just about reach 400 degrees in that time.
  3. To assemble the bowls, place mixed baby greens on the bottom, and top with cooked quinoa and sliced avocado. Top with crumbled bacon, blistered tomatoes, and feta. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Drizzle with a bit more oil and balsamic glaze.
Notes:
You can find balsamic glaze at Trader Joe's in the oil and vinegar section. It's wonderful on salads, but also on grilled veggies or chicken. You can also heat balsamic vinegar on the stovetop slowly to reduce it into a glaze. It becomes sweet and tangy!

5.01.2017

European Muesli

This is a simple fantastic breakfast. 
This is similar in concept to the recipe COLD OATMEAL
but it has a creamy European flare!  

Like any oatmeal, you can really top it with any fresh or dried fruit, nuts, 
shredded coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. 
 I make a large batch of the oatmeal base and it just sits in my fridge ready to go.  
I often have the batch last for 3 weeks in the fridge!

4.27.2017

Lemon Pound Cake

I think pound cake is my favorite base for strawberry shortcake.  This cake is stand-alone good, but I just love strawberry shortcake so much, that it never does stand alone!  I love the This is great for strawberry shortcake! Along with sliced strawberries, drizzle some STRAWBERRY SAUCE for an extra wow factor!  (image from tastespotting.com)

Cream until fluffy:

1 c. (2 sticks) butter, at room temp.
4 eggs, at room temp.
2 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
zest from 3 lemons (optional--but makes it extra good!)
Add and mix together well:
3/4 c. buttermilk
1/4 c. lemon juice
3 cups white flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
-Grease and flour bundt pan. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 350 for 50-60 minutes until wood skewer comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan, then invert.  Glaze or serve with sliced strawberries and strawberry sauce and a little whipped cream.  Taste a little bit of heaven!!!

Optional glaze:
2 c. powdered sugar
3 1/2 TBS fresh lemon juice
-Combine and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake.




4.23.2017

Tortilla Pie

This is a fun variation to quesadillas or burritos.  Using a cheesecake pan layer your tortillas with toppings and cheese, bake at 400 for 30 minutes, and serve!  Note this is not my picture.  It was taken from a Martha Stewart Magazine.  The recipe below is from Cooks Illustrated so it will look slightly different due to the fresco cheese and tomatoes.

1/4 cup olive oil
2 1/2 cups fresh (or frozen) sweet corn
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
4 scallions, chopped
2 tablespoons minced cilantro
1/2 lime, juice only
1 white onion, chopped fine
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (15 oz. can) black beans, rinsed
3/4 cup vegetable broth
4 medium flour tortillas
6 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
2-3 ounces queso fresco, crumbled
Salt and pepper
Cilantro, garnish

1.  Blister the corn in a large skillet over medium-high heat with a drizzle of oil until it’s browned in spots. Then toss the corn with some tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, and scallions and seasonings.  (You can use the blackened corn from Trader Joes for a shortcut to this step).
2.  Cook the onion is soft, then add the jalapenos, garlic, and cumin and cook until fragrant, just 30 seconds or so or the garlic might burn. Then add the rinsed black beans and broth. Simmer this for 5-7 minutes to soften everything.
3.  Layer in cheesecake pan tortilla-corn mixture-bean/onion mixture--cheddar cheese--fresco cheese.  Repeat three more times.
4.  Bake 400 25-30 minutes.  Garnish with cilantro.  Serve with Guacamole and Sour cream if desired.

4.13.2017

Coconut Flour Biscuits-Gluten Free

These are NOT as tasty as the original Cheesy Southern Biscuits, but they are tasty for a gluten free option!  One thing I've noticed with coconut flour is you have to eat these SLOWLY.  Coconut flour has a way of getting stuck in your throat if you don't chew enough :)

4 eggs
1/2 c. coconut flour (or 1/2 c. almond flour 1/4 c. phylum husk flour)
4 TBS oil (cream, butter, olive oil, avocado oil, etc)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 tsp thyme (not the ground fine powder thyme, but the little pieces)

-Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Drop by cookie scoop on baking sheet lined with parchment.  Gently pat the biscuit down just a little bit.  Bake at 400 for 12-14 minutes.

3.13.2017

Texas Sheet Cake



This is a sheet cake my mom made growing up. This milk chocolate dessert (with a hint of cinnamon) will be enjoyed by any chocolate lover!

In bowl combine:

1 1/2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
In saucepan bring to rapid boil:
1 c. butter
5 TBS cocoa
1 c. water
-Pour over flour and sugar mixture and mix well.
Add and mix well:
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 tsp soda
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon (secret ingredient!)
-Pour in large 11x17 cookie sheet. Bake 350 for 25 minutes. Cool.

Icing:
2 TBS cocoa
2/3 stick butter
4 TBS milk or buttermilk
-Bring to boil, remove from heat and add:
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 c. nuts (optional)
-Spread on top of cake and let cool. Cut into squares.

2.27.2017

Winter Orange Party Favor

A simple, colorful, and healthy party favor!  Wrap small or large oranges with tissue.  Customize to party theme by color of tissue, ribbon, and attached tag.