Creamy Sausage And Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta Skillet

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I've been battling the cold from you know where lately and I haven't been in the mood to cook anything extravagant only because the thought of any kind of mess to clean up right now is not appealing.
So for Sunday night dinner I decided to make a favorite dish in our house because it really only dirties one pan, a knife and a cutting board. 
Hello easy clean up and it's rather simple to make and defiantly a comfort food dish for me with a nice salad.
This isn't the healthiest dish I've made by far but sometimes we indulge a little in our house with chicken sausage and mushrooms in a creamy tomato sauce, I think it's well worth the splurge. 
This is also a perfect dish to make for a small dinner party because most of the cooking is done in the oven and it is defiantly a crowed pleaser! 

Homemade Yogurt

Friday, January 25, 2013
Who knew yogurt is so very easy to make and a great way to save some money! 
My Mom has been talking about making yogurt for at least a few months now but I was sure with my luck the culture wouldn't take and I would have a runny waste of milk mess.. 
Boy was I wrong! 
Yogurt is super easy to make, you know exactly what's in it and it tastes a lot and I mean a lot better then what I've been buying at the store all these years and I don't buy the cheap yogurt just for the record! 
My friend Sonja over at Practical Stewardship had a wonderful recipe on her blog for Crock-Pot Yogurt and I decided to give it a try!  Delicious Sonja! Thank you so much!

Vanilla Honey Nut Raisin Granola

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I love granola and yogurt for breakfast! It's defiantly my go to meal with a little fruit stirred in.
You know what I love even more making Granola from scratch because it is considerably cheaper, the ingredients are fresher and it just plain old tastes better! 
The worst part about making granola is trying to decide what flavor combination to make, I guess we will be adding a few favorite granola combinations later. But for now I thought a good traditional granola would do the trick! 
I couldn't decide which shot I liked the best. The first (above) was focused on the inside of the jar and the second one below.
Which do you prefer and why? 
This shot I focused on the ingredients outside the jar with the insides of the jar bokeh (out of focus). I am in no way a pro and learning from experimentation every day, I always love to hear other opinions on what attracts your eyes and why. 

Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas Tacos

Monday, January 21, 2013

An easy dinner to make in the Crock Pot perfect for Cinco De Mayo or Taco Tuedays! 

How was your weekend?
We had a fabulous Taco night with Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas Tacos and Grapefruit Lime Margaritas! It was a stay in kind of date night with the kids! 
The kids, Colt and I all participated in a major Neft Gun fight until I was loosing and grabbed all the ammo and shoved it in my pockets and ran out the door... Ha..Ha.. Mom still won. I think I had Nerf bullets coming out of everywhere! 
When Colt and I headed down to rent a few movies  I was still pulling Nerf Gun bullets out of different areas I had used to conceal the bullets!
We enjoyed a few Grapefruit Lime Margaritas with our movie and just enjoyed being home together.
I think good food always helps set the tone for a nice evening in! 
Now on to the recipe! 

Gluten Free Egg Free Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Bite Cookies

Friday, January 18, 2013
I've been keeping these my little chocolaty secret for sometime now.. 
Since I came out last week and shared Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bites and it was a hit, I decided it was time to share another quick snack time cookie I make for the kids when I'm looking to make something a little bit healthier....
These cookies are super healthy, grain and gluten free, egg-less, easy to make and could be vegan if using Agave.
But most importantly these babies are double chocolate peanut butter deliciousness and I haven't shared these with the world yet only because I hated the pictures! Yep I said it!
 My food photo skills are improving but no matter what I did to these little bites the pictures just weren't as appetizing as I would have liked...
I actually feel rather proud of these photos only because the previous set really did not look appetizing at all! 
My kids had even joked around about the looks of the bites! But it sure didn't deter them from eating every last cookie! 
Now go get to baking! 

Breakfast Burritos

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Breakfast Burritos are always a staple in our house. With Superbowl fast approaching can you think of a better way to start your morning?

What could be better then eggs, meat and potatoes with some hidden spinach or kale and mushrooms, avocado,  greek yogurt and salsa wrapped in a tortilla shell?
If you ask me nothing! We love the flavor combination of the Mango Salsa, it adds a wonderful slightly sweet flavor that goes fabulously with sausage or bacon! 

This is defiantly a go to meal when we go camping or when we need something we can take with us in the car!Kid tested and Mother approved!

Mango Salsa

Monday, January 14, 2013
Mango Salsa Recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
We are some salsa loving fools in our house and this Mango Salsa is no exception! 
We could all be stranded on a  deserted island and as long as we had Mexican food, and a few different kinds of Salsa, and Pico De Gallo we could easily last a year, or two! 
This Mango salsa has been a staple in our house and I'm sure it will be in yours too! 

Stove Top Hood Vent Filter Cleaning 101

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Eww..Gross... This was so gross hiding under my microwave hood vent...
By the time we're done this baby will be shiny new again! I promise and no I haven't been drinking! 
I can't believe I let it get so bad!
I use borax because it doesn't have a strong smell and  it's a natural product (which doesn't mean it's safe to eat, you definitely should keep it locked up like all cleaning supplies and I use gloves while cleaning with it).

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

Friday, January 11, 2013
Super Fudgy Black Bean Brownies are full of chocolate and a great way to sneak a little extra fiber into your diet!

I've had chocolate on my mind, and Fudgy Black Bean Brownies hit the spot. It's a bad habit but there's no way I'm willing to give it up!

I've seen different versions of black bean cakes, and brownies all over the internet, but the two biggest problems I had with the recipes I came across was either they had barely any black beans, or all black beans, but the texture didn't look quite as appealing. Most recipe's called for about 2/3 to 1 cup sugar more then what I used.

So last night in my brownie craving state I decided I was going to come up with a black bean brownie recipe with more beans but a traditional fudgy brownie texture and to try and reduce the sugar down. 

Let me tell you these are fabulously chocolaty and fudgy! Score!

I think the first bite I might have been able to taste a hint of the black beans but by the second I really couldn't tell.

Colt and the kids said these are some of the best brownies ever. When I told them I loaded them with black beans for protein, and fiber, Colt asked,"Are you pulling my leg?" He said he really couldn't tell so the black bean taste in the first bite might be all in my head. 

I am so very critical of the recipes I make, and pass on to you, because I know these are being fed to your husbands, wives, kids, families, and friends. 

Now go makes some fabulously Fudgy Black Bean Brownies! 

They really are divine.

White Bean Chicken Chili

Thursday, January 10, 2013
White Bean Chicken Chili
With the forecast calling for snow in Seattle there was nothing more comforting then a big bowl of chili and cornbread! 
The prep time on this chili is under 10 minutes and could easily be tossed in the crock-pot to simmer for the day for a wonderful dinner to come home to.
This recipe fits 2 of my New Years resolutions! 
The first was to try and keep my grocery budget down, which this chili defiantly accomplished that even with leftovers! 
My second goal is to try and incorporate beans into our diet at least once a week because they are a wonderful source of antioxidants, protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc. Well and of course they are super affordable and great for the New Years resolution of a better budget or slimmer waist. We'll see how well I do on this goal but so far so good! 
If you are looking for other chili recipes make sure to check out  Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Pumpkin Ale Chili, Chipotle Black Beans (another super budget friendly meal), Chicken Chili Verde With Avocado, and of course Darn Good Chili

Thai Chicken Coconut Soup

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Thai Chicken Coconut Soup
This simple Thai soup provides a wonderful balance of spicy, salty, sweet and sour in a creamy broth made of light coconut milk, chicken stock, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves and many traditional Thai flavors. Filling so many requirements for this time of year of being healthy, easy, quick and very satisfying!
This soup probably is not traditional and is only my version of one of our favorite Thai soups.
I added baby kale to this soup but feel free to use chopped kale or any other mild leafy greens you might have in the fridge.

Gluten Free Grain Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bites

Friday, January 4, 2013
Let's kick the new year off with a favorite healthy treat! 
First off let's not judge the ingredients! 
These are pretty amazing considering what the ingredients consist of. 
Even the Hubby and kids love them!
These are a fantastic little dessert or after school treat with no wheat and very high in protein from the chickpeas! Yes, I said it chickpeas! 
I told you please don't judge these are actually a very good little treat if your trying to eat healthier in the New Year! 
They taste like a doughy peanut butter chocolate chip ball and are best straight out of the oven! 
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