Wednesday
Aug062014

Mushroom Spinach Calzone

I am trying to find new and inventive ways to go meatless or meat less. 

I am still working on getting Jason fully on board with this. But I have several reasons for trying to go meatless once a week. 

There are several reasons I am attempting to do this. 

1. It saves money. 

2. It's healthy. 

3. It's better for the enviroment. 

You can read more about all of that here

My husband, however is a major carnivore. Major. So I have had to get a little sneaky. 

Last week I made mushroom and spinach calzones. I waited until we were finished eating to point out they were meatless. 

"Yeah," Jason said. "But they have mushrooms, so we're good." 

Yes! Success!

Okay. This is what you'll need:

1 carton mushrooms washed and sliced

3 cups spinach

1 onion, diced

1/4 cup chicken stock

1 clove garlic, minced

pizza dough or refirgerated pizza crust

mozzerella cheese 

In a skillet caramelize your onions. You can read a full tutorial on how to do that here

Once that process is complete deglaze your pan with a little chicken stock and add your spinach, garlic and mushroom. Cook until the spinach wilts. Remove your pan from the heat and preheat your oven. 

Roll out your pizza dough on a cookie sheet. I cut mine in to four squares. Then I spooned out my vegetable mixture and added a little cheese. 

Then, because I got EXTREMELY frustrated with the pizza crust, I had Jason fold it over the vegetables for me. When I saw I got extremley frustrated... I had to apologize to Jesus and my family for all the words that came out of my mouth. Yeah, it got ugly. 

 

I brushed the dough with a little bit of egg before popping them in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes. 

They were so delicious. 

What meatless dishes have you tried at your house? 

Wednesday
Jul022014

Fourth of July Desserts sure to please everyone! 

Independence Day is just three days away. And because it's on a Friday that means extra time with family, extra bbq's, extra time in the sun. 

And... extra dessert. Because really... come on... what did you think this was going to be about?

Here are four of the most popular desserts on this blog that I am sure you and your family and friends will love as you watch the fire works light up the July sky. 

1. Deep Dish Fruit Pizza. I will actually be making this to take to my mom's house. But I am going to make it look like an American flag with berries!! I use coconut oil in my recipe, but you could just use a tube of premade dough. 

2. Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes.  These are devine. My sister asks for these by name. They require some effort, but man they are worth it. Plus, fresh strawberries are in season and taste amazing!

3. Lemon blueberry poundcake cupcakes.  Yes, back to back cupcake recipes. The lemon and blueberry flavor mixes so well with the frosting. Try them. 

4. Cookies and Cream Pie. This pie is so simple to make. You can throw it together last minute, people will love it. It's cool and creamy and delicous! 

What desserts are you making this summer? 

 

Wednesday
Jun182014

Fish tacos in a bowl

There are foods that just scream summer: ice cream, lemonade, bbq, fresh pico de gall and tacos. 

I am trying to cut back on the amoun of flour I eat during the week, but I LOVE my fish tacos. So I had to come up with a healthier option. 

Why not put it in a bowl with quinoa? After all, quinoa is loaded with fiber and protein. 

What you'll need:

2-3 tilapia filets or your fish of choice

juice from two limes

black pepper

2 tbsp dried cilantro

Pico de Gallo

2 cups cooked quinoa

1-2 avocados

Preheat your oven to 350. Sprinkle fish with cilantro and squeeze the lime juice on top. Bake for 20 minutes. 

When the fish is done break it up with fork. Place your fish over a bed of quinoa and serve with your pico de gallo and avocados. 

What summer foods have you been cooking? 

Monday
Jun022014

Low Carb Eggplant Lasagna 

If you have read this blog for any amount of time you have already figured out that I LOVE pasta. Love it. Live for it. 

But, it doesn't love me back. Just ask my waist line (or what used to be waist). So I have been cutting back on my carbs. But I miss lasagna. I miss the cheese and tomato goodness. I miss it!!!

So I decided to lasagna loaded with vegetables and sub out my noodles for eggplant. It was a hit! Even Jason liked it. (And he is far more picky than he will ever admit.)

This recipe is a little involved, but pretty easy. 

What you'll need:

1 large egg plant, cut into thin circles

1/2 pound lean ground beef or turkey (or chicken or venison etc.)

1 egg

2 garlic cloves, minced 

1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

2 cups spinach

1 container cottage cheese

2 cups mozzarella cheese ( I ran out and had to use cheddar!!)

One jar pasta sauce or this recipe for homemade

Step 1. Preheat your oven to 350. Place the thin slices of egg plant on an oiled cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. You need to dry them out a little. 

Step 2. In a skillet over medium heat, warm up some olive oil (coconut oil works fine too). Cook your garlic for a little less than minute to get the rawness out. Then add in your meat and brown. Throw in your bell pepper at this point and cook until tender. 

Step 3. In a food processor combine your sauce and spinach and process until fully incorporated. This will just add some extra nutrition to your sauce. Why not??

Step 4. In a bowl combine your cottage cheese and egg and whisk together. 

Step 5. Now, using a LARGE casserole dish or baking pan, line the bottom of the dish with a layer of egg plant. Then layer your ingredients as you would in a regular lasagna, alternating eggplant, meat, sauce and cottage cheese. Then cover the entire thing with mozzarella. 

Step 6. Cover your pan in foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. 

What are some recipes you've experimented with recently? 

Monday
May122014

Homemade Gummy Snacks with no refined sugar

 

Can candy be healthy? Hmmmm....  I don't know. Maybe if it is made with freshly squeezed juice, protein packed gelatin and raw honey. 

I am not an overly crunchy mama. I wish I were. I am more of a semicrunch lady. But I am cutting back on my own sugar intake and my toddler's in the process. It's hard, because I love the sweet things in life. 

But last week I decided to try my hand at a little healthy treat we could both enjoy. 

I had seen a few people make homemade gummies and so I decided they might be worth a shot! I found a few recipes online, combined the ideas I liked and went for it. 

Best of all, it only took three ingredients!

What you'll need:

3 tbsp *gelatin. I said gelatin. NOT jello.

1/3 cup ** lemon juice, I used fresh squeezed. Boy was that some effort!

3-5 tbsp raw honey

You will also need a candy mold or ice tray. 

And that's it! Put all three ingredients in a saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until all the gelatin has dissolved. I poured mine into these super cute flower shaped molds I got at the Dollar Tree. So cute!

I put mine in the fridge for an hour or so and then pulled them out with my fingers. 

Ry really enjoyed the candy and asked for more. I liked it too, so this recipe was a hit. 

** You could use any juice you wanted. I tried pineapple and that worked too, although the flavor was not as strong. 

*You can buy the fancy gelatin online, or if you are wanting to experiment and not spend a lot of money try the Knox brand. I know it's not the super healthy grass fed kind, but I would hate to spend all that money and then find out my kid thought they were "yucky"

I like that these are a healthy alterative to gummy bears and other snacks. Plus they were easy to make and have no food coloring in it. 

What do you think? Have you ever made homemade treats like this before?