Thursday, March 26, 2009

Roasted Garlic Sausage & Veggie Salad

This is great served over any fresh salad greens....spinach/spring mix or stuffed in a pita.

1/2 C fresh Lemon/Lime Juice
2 tsp Extra-virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbs Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Basil
Dash of Salt & Pepper
2 C Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1 C Red Bell Pepper, strips
1 C Green Bell Pepper, strips
1 (12oz) pkg - Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage (comes fully cooked), diced
1/2 C Feta, crumbled
2 Tbs black olives, sliced
1 Cucumber, diced

Optional: Pita Bread, baby spinach &/or spring mix

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add in the rest of the ingredients & toss well.

Cream Cheese Frosting

This is ...."healthy icing". Not really healthy but better than regular since it contains cream cheese :)

Great on morning glory muffins, carrot muffins....really anything.

1 lb Cream cheese (homemade, even better)
1/2 C Butter, softened
2 C Confectioners sugar (or sucanat....powdered in a blender)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Cream together cream cheese & butter. Mix in vanilla, then gradually stir in sugar. Store in the frig after use.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Spinach, Mushroom, Prosciutto Quiche (crustless)

I just made this quiche today....I will upload some pics later.

I had leftover spinach and prosciutto.

6 eggs
1 C Cream
1/2 tsp salt & dash of pepper
pinch ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 C prosciutto, thinly sliced & diced
1 C romano cheese, grated
1/2 C cremini mushrooms, sliced
1/2 pound fresh baby spinach, rinsed and stems removed.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees & butter a deep dish pie pan.

Whisk eggs, cream, spice until well-beaten. Mix in shredded cheese

Saute mushrooms in EVOO over medium-high heat until soft; add to prepared pie pan
Add spinach to saute pan and cook until wilted;
drain/squeeze out moisture from spinach; add to pie pan

Sprinkle prosciutto evenly over mushrooms/spinach

Pour egg/cheese mixture over mushrooms and spinach and place quiche in oven

Bake at 425 degrees for 15 min and then turn down heat to 300. Bake an additional 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to set for 5-10 minutes before serving

Pumpkin Bread

This is NOT TF/GF (not soaked and uses wheat flour)

Dry Ingredients:
3 ½ C White Whole Wheat Flour
2 tsps Baking Soda
2 tsps Salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
2 tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp Ground Cloves
3 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:
2 C Muscadavo or Brown Sugar
1 C Honey, raw
1 C Coconut Oil (liquefied)
4 eggs, beaten
2 Tbs Molasses, blackstrap
30oz Pumpkin Puree (plain)
½ C Pineapple Juice (unsweet) or water

Preheat oven to 350 & Grease 2 loaf pans

Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

In a kitchenaid mixer (stand mixer) with the whisk attachment….add eggs & beat. Once beaten, slowly drizzle in oil and emulsify until all combined. Add in the rest of the “wet” ingredients until well combined.

Change to mixer attachment and proceed to add in the “dry” ingredients ¼ cup at a time until all flour is incorporated.

Pour into 2 greased loaf pans

Bake for 90 minutes.

Golden Sweet Cornbread (not TF/GF)

This is my families favorite cornbread recipe.

This is NOT NT/TF & NOT Gluten Free.

I use Karina's Skillet cornbread when I need GF.

But for those who can eat you go. I serve this mostly with my Chicken Taco Soup :) ENJOY!

Golden Sweet Cornbread

1 C WW Flour (I use Hard white)
1 C OG Cornmeal
2/3 C Sucanat
1 tsp Sea Salt
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan with Cococnut oil.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add in egg & oil (best emulsified together first) and milk to the dry ingredients...until well combined. Pour batter in prepared pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted come out clean.

Morning Glory Muffins

Lots of yummy ingredients make up these muffins. These are a kid favorite at my house.


4 C Freshly ground White WW flour (GF- Pamela's Baking Mix)
2 1/2 C Sucanat
4 tsp Baking Soda
4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 C Carrots, shredded
1 C Pineapple, crushed w/juice
1/2 C Raisins
1/2 C Craisins
1/2 C unsweet flaked coconut
1 apple,peeled, cored & shredded
3 eggs
1 C Virgin Coconut Oil (emulsified w/egg)
1 1/2 C unsweet applesauce
2 tsp Vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl mix together flour, sucanat, baking soda, cinnamon & salt. Stir in carrots, raisins, coconut & apple.

In a separate bow, beat together eggs & oil until emulsified, add then mix in vanilla. Stir eggg mixture into the carrot/flour mixture just until moist. Do not overmix or your muffins with be too dense and tough.

Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Great with cream cheese frosting

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Meal Plan – March 20th - 29th has been crazy. My plan last week changed you will see repeats this week that were never made. The next 2 weeks are even worse so my plan includes lots of "quick meals", freezer meals and planned leftovers.

I PROMISE to get back to adding in recipes and links soon. Feel free to leave me a comment if you want any specific recipes first. I will focus on them. I have had several requests for the Morning Glory Muffins. The original recipe is off I have only made it once and haven't perfected them yet. I am trying them again next week and should be able to post then. :)

This week has been busy so many plans changed and were put off until this week. I planned for the next 9 days because it is going to be crazy next week.

Meal Plan – March 20th - 29th

Thursday Night
P: Clean out frig & Make Menu plan

B: Leftovers
P: Make dough for Rolls tonight, bread Mon, Rolls Tues. Make Pear cheesecake
L: Pear Gorgonzola Salad (Spring Mix)
P: Shape rolls & set to rise
S: Fresh Oranges & Pretzels
P: Bake rolls & make salad for kids. It is movie night for us at church. Brittany is babysitting so she will make the rest of dinner
D: Garden Salad, Mac-n-Cheese, Steamed Broccoli
DD: Ice Cream
P: Bake Muffins, drain yogurt & make fruit salad

P: Mix in honey & spices to yogurt cheese
B: Morning Glory Muffins, Yogurt Cheese & Fruit Salad
P: Make veggie salad so it will marinate today
L: (Late breakfast)
S: Muffins Leftover muffins & Ants-on-a-log Madalynn makes logs & I prep crust for cream puff
D: Mediterranean Veggie Salad w/Rstd Garlic Sausage in Pita Bread
P: Make quiche & egg pie, Start macaroons, Defrost beef, turkey, lamb, Make Cream Puff to chill overnight

B: Veggie Loaded Quiche, Egg Cheese Pie & Leftover Muffins
L: PB&J’s, Apples
P: Finish Macaroons & Make meatloaves (freeze one)
S: Overnight Macaroons
P: dinner- make dressing, prep beans & potatoes
D: Caesar Salad, Maple Glazed Meatloaf, Sauteed Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes
DD: Pan Cream Puff
P: defrost chicken breasts & bratwurst

Forrest makes breakfast & I poach chicken & shape/rise bread
B: Blueberry/Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Breakfast Sausage
L: Waldorf Chicken Salad on Spring Mix, Sauerkraut
P: Bake bread
S: Fried Bananas w/chocolate syrup
D: Bratwurst w/Apple Sauerkraut, sautéed kale & crusty bread
P: Defrost zucchini muffins

B: Cereal/Milk & Zucchini Pineapple Muffins w/cream cheese frosting
L: Leftovers
P: Shape/Rise rolls
S: Carrots & Ranch Dip
P: Bake rolls & make cookie dough
D: Sweet Potato Coins, Squash Casserole & Rolls
DD: Spicy Pear Cookies
P: Make yogurt popsicles & start crockpot oatmeal

B: Crockpot Oatmeal Pudding
L: Sweet Potato Apple Spinach Salad
S: Chocolate Coconut Pudding Pops
D: Leftovers
P: Defrost sprouted beans & Make cornbread (double)

B: Scrambled Eggs, Toast & Fresh Oranges
P: Start taco soup
L: Leftovers
S: Fruit Kefir Smoothies
D: Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup & Cornbread
P: Defrost waffles, Bacon, chicken stock & chicken. Soak rice for dinner

B: Waffles leftover from freezer & Bacon
P: Hardboil 2 doz eggs
L: Leftovers – Taco Soup
P: Start brown rice
D: Spinach Salad w/Warm Bacon Dressing, Bourbon Chicken, Stir-fry veggies, Brown Rice & Kimchi
P: Save qt of rice for breakfast, Freeze the rest, Defrost qt of sausage lentils

B: Caramelized Apple Rice Pudding
L: Honey Sausage Lentils
S: Crispy Nuts & Yogurt
D: Out
P: Defrost orange bread & chicken, Make citrus salad

B: Pear Orange Bread & Citrus Salad
L: California Melts & Deviled Eggs
P: Prep cornbread stuffing
D: Garlic Lemon Stuffed Chicken, Roasted Broccoli & Cornbread stuffing
DD: Mocha Meringues

Monday, March 9, 2009

Getting back into the swing - March 8-14th

Ok....Baby is now almost 3 months old so I am TRYING to get back into the swing of things. :)

Here is my plan for this week.

Week of March 8-14th

B: Mushroom, Bacon & Feta Quiche, Tomato, Bacon Quiche
Pear Orange Quick Bread
L: Egg Salad Sandwiches, Sauerkraut and fresh oranges
S: Carrots & Ranch
D: Crockpot Honey Ribs, shoestring potatoes, Apple coleslaw
DD: Peanut Butter Balls


B: Cereal & Milk, Leftover Quiche
L: Spicy Chickpea Soup & Crusty bread
S: Peanut Butter Balls
D: Mediterranean Tuna Noodle Casserole
DD: Spicy Pear Cookies


B: Sweet Potato Pancakes & Sweet Sausage Patties
L: Leftovers
S: Deviled Eggs
D: Crockpot Garlic Pork Roast, Sweet Potatoes, Onions & Rolls
DD: Pineapple Upside Down Cake


B: Scrambled Eggs, Bacon & Toast
L: Out - Church
S: Strawberry Banana (green) Smoothies on the way to church
D: Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings, & Garden Salad
DD: Brownies

B: Morning Glory Muffins & Fruit Salad
L: Mac-N-Cheese & leftover veggies
S: Overnight Macaroons
D: BBQ Turkey Meatballs, Sauerkraut, Steamed Broccoli & Egg Noodles
DD: Chocolate Coconut Pudding


B: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Pudding
L: Leftovers
S: Apples & Peanut Butter
D: Comforting Beef Casserole
DD: Baked Apples & Apricots


B: Leftovers
L: (late lunch/dinner) Mediterranean Veggie Salad with Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage on Pita Bread
S: Blueberry Banana (green) smoothies on the way to church
D: Church
DD: Ice Cream Out (after church)