Wednesday, November 7, 2012

All About Food

Here is a catch up of recipes I have made lately.  Enjoy the delicious looking food and ignore my terrible picture skills.

Overnight Blueberry Stuffed French Toast

So my picture doesn't look nearly as good as the cover picture but this was amaze-balls!  I loved that I was able to prepare it early in the morning and have it hang out in the fridge until it was time to bake.

The only thing I would do differently would be to get the cream cheese soft and spread it between the layers rather than cube it and drop it in.  I used a combination of day old French bread and older wheat bread.  I for sure thought Jack would gobble this right up since he is a huge fan of blueberries.  Alas, he wouldn't even try it.  I served this as a dinner item along with some breakfast sausage.  Brinner for the win!

Slow Cooker Pork and Green Chile Stew

Soooooooo sooooooooo good.  I will be making this again for sure.  I swear everything I have made off of the Skinny Taste website has been awesome.  This had the perfect amount of heat.  I cooked up some rice to serve alongside.

My grocery store didn't have a 1 pound pork loin so I bought two pounds and cut it in half.  Also, the only thing I did a little differently was thicken up our stew a bit.  It seemed too thin to me so I made up a little cornstarch slurry and added that to the pot and let some of the liquid cook off.  


Mini Pumpkin Spice Muffins with a Spiced Glaze

I needed to make a dessert for our grandmother's 80th birthday and it needed to be easy.  Cue the easiest muffin recipe ever.  I have made this before and it is two ingredients:  A boxed cake mix and a can of pumpkin.  The end.

Aren't these cute?

Mix the cake mix of your choice (I used a spice cake mix) with a small can of pumpkin puree.  Bake per the directions on the box.  I made a glaze to jazz these up a bit.  Add some powdered sugar to a bowl, stir in milk to the desired consistency.  Then add whatever spices you want.  I used a teeny bit of ginger, some nutmeg and some cinnamon.

These were a huge hit.  I brought zero muffins home and I know for sure other people had leftovers of their desserts.

Spaghetti with Quick Turkey Chili

This was a recipe from the Food Network Magazine.  It was quick and it was easy.  Even better, it's healthy!  Even healthier if you use whole wheat pasta.

I made a couple of tweaks to this but it was simply out of substitutions.  I used ground chicken since I had that on hand.  My scallions had gone dead in the refrigerator so I used a regular yellow onion instead.  Oh, and I upped the hot sauce.  We like things spicy!

I may or may not have eaten two servings of this (there goes the whole healthy thing).

Butternut Squash Mac n' Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Bacon and Apple

Sorry for such the long title.  But you just can't leave out an ingredient you know?  I will disclaim that I was the sole member of the household that liked this.  My husband hates squash and if he knows that squash is in something (even if you can't taste it), he assumes he will hate it.  Jack didn't eat it because even though it was macaroni and cheese, it looked different than he was used to.

Whatever, more leftovers for me.

I used my own butternut squash puree.  I bought a squash and roasted it and scooped out the flesh and it took a spin in the food processor.  What wasn't used in my recipe was given to Cal mixed in with some cereal.  He appreciated the handouts.

I am lazy and used store bought precooked bacon.  I also hate cooking bacon so there's that.  Yummy!

Fall Snack Mix

No recipe needed here.  Just mix up whatever fun fall candy you like with other fun crunchy stuff.  My mix contained pretzels, mini Teddy grahams, candy corn, and two kinds of M&Ms.  You could add nuts, dry cereal or anything your fancy strikes you.  

I don't find all my recipes off the internet.  This one was actually from a library book I checked out.  Rather than type out the recipe, I found a link. 

This was pretty good.  It definitely needed more spice - story of my life, tee hee. 

I LOVED the polenta though.  My goodness.  I have never made polenta like this before and it was easy and tasty.

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

Another Food Network Magazine recipe.  Yummy yummy!  Very easy and very tasty and relatively inexpensive.  My chicken got a wee bit brown in the oven but it was still very good.  I hardly ever cook chicken that still has the skin on and bone in but now I see why it's necessary.  Super juicy and super tasty.

I really liked that you also roasted the peppers.  It was a veggie side that you cooked along with the protein which made my life easier.  Add some rice and a green salad and the world is good.

I have a couple of new recipes to try in the coming days.  I have been trying new things but don't necessarily need a recipe such as stir-fry.  Can you believe that I never make stir-fry?  It seems intimidating to me.

That's it for this time!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11/12/2012

    As always your blog is making me SO hungry! All of these recipes look fantastic. Especially that french toast? YUMMMMM!