Sunday, March 31, 2013

Shredded Apple Waffle Tacos

What a fun contest. I still don’t feel like I nailed it. Recipe requirements are to use Kellogg's® Eggo® waffles of course, but also needed to be fun and fresh.

Broccoli Au Gratin

You've heard of potatoes Au gratin…now enter broccoli minus the potato. Such a fabulous side dish minus the excessive carbs.

French Toast Hammies

What a perfect brunch with my boys. Of course they ate their chocolate bunnies first! 
Last day for monthly Get Social with Mini Fillo Shells contest...made it!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Captain Lime Shrimp over Horsey Green Beans and Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Cream Sauce

This dinner had so many things I love I thought to myself…I am overdoing it? Should I take something out? Then I checked out the past winners of the Annual Garlic Festival Contest and knew right away I was in good company. WOW! This will fit right in with these winners.

Think tequila lime shrimp, but I will raise you with Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum and cilantro. The shrimp marinade is quite the thoughtful list. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Creamy Baked Chicken & Black Beans

Another recipe easily prepared in advance! Put everything in a bowl prepared days before and bake when desired. Full of fiber and so simple, this dish was served over long grain and wild rice in our house but could have been easily served over noodles or mashed potatoes. I used Brussels sprouts but they could have been substituted with broccoli or any other vegetable for that matter!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Bloomin’ Dijon Beef Potato

WOW! This dinner hit the nail on the head. The bloomin’ potato is cut criss-cross, seasoned and greased up before baking. Topped with a mushroom and sirloin sauté in creamy Dijon sauce I am sad to report there are no leftovers.

Basil & Bleu Egg Salad

What to do with all of those decorated eggs? Egg salad of course…and I am not talking about just mayo and mustard. This recipe is filled with spices, chopped basil, yogurt bleu cheese dressing and more.   

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Honey Orange Beef

Big money contest! $25,000! Here’s the challenge for Belt-Tightening Beef Recipes:
  • 9 ingredient maximum
  • Healthy and Affordable 
  • Ingredients from different food groups!
  • Prepared and cooked in less than 30 minutes!
When I first made this I miscounted my ingredients and omitted soy sauce thinking I was over the limit! I know…how could I have done that?! Second time I made it was executed much better. Since the blender was out…so was Cole! I swear he waits for electrical equipment to volunteer – “Me help!”

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Blackened Salmon with Roasted Corn Chili


This recipe is contest ready! Starting with garlic roasted corn, black beans, and flavorful diced tomatoes finished with kickin’ salmon chunks what an explosive bowl of goodness. This entry is on its way to the DEL MONTE® CHILI COOK-OFF CHALLENGE!

Waxing Eggs

A fun new way to color eggs. Waxing eggs was renamed color explosion in our house today. We had already gone for a walk, played football and attempted to fly a kite (wind was not steady enough), but we needed something to do before someone begged to watch Spiderman for the 100th time. I got this idea from “Paas” of course.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Layered Cornbread with Goat Cheese and Honey

My first attempt at cornbread from scratch couldn't be boring…well especially when you have a two year old using the mixer. Although he ended up splattering the batter and dousing me in flour, this cornbread beauty was fun to make on a rainy day. The creamy contrast of goat cheese and honey fits perfectly with the sweet corn layer.

Homemade Baked Chicken Nuggets

I said baked – not fried! You better believe I had no complaints at dinner when I said we were having chicken nuggets. I have always wanted to make these, but there are so many recipes out there for chicken nuggets. Most call for deep frying, but I just can’t do it! These chicken nuggets are so easy and full of flavor minus the grease.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Duck Eggs on Week Night

Enjoyed some duck eggs tonight for dinner. They were brought over by Nana from the salon she goes to. Why they sell eggs at a salon is beyond me, let alone duck eggs. Nevertheless they were quite the treat. 

Surprisingly, the taste wasn't much different than a chicken egg. What was different was the size of course. Cracking the egg was very unique as they had very hard shells to get through. After in the pan they didn't look much different than a chicken egg. The super jumbo yoke was slightly richer but absolutely delicious.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Spinach and Feta Potato Fritters

Third and final attempt at the Simply Potatoes 5 Ingredient Fix contest proved to be a winner. Now remember, this contest has to have 5 ingredients - no more, no less. Spinach and feta have obviously been proven combinations but when you throw in egg and fresh shredded potatoes this dish becomes simple elegance. 

My husband was so skeptical to see me preparing this, but after he tried it he even helped me name it. He called it a potato fritter and was delighted to know he would be having it again for breakfast tomorrow. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Spinach Pesto Grilled Chicken over Cauliflower "Rice"

How have I missed out on Cauliflower Rice? The consistency is so much like rice, yet full of nutrition and fiber – just what we are looking for! This recipe screams garlic on so many levels so I just might submit it to the festival.

The Garlic Festival contest that is. My talented foodie aunt has been a finalist in this contest before and we have always dreamed of being there together. Last year I submitted three recipes so this year I am a little standoffish. Truth is…I use garlic in 90% of my recipes. How could I not?

Something I couldn't live another day without sharing is the Spinach Pesto. Seriously you can’t go wrong with spinach and now you are set for a fabulous meal. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Classic Chicken Cordon Bleu

Have you ever watched “America’s Test Kitchen?” If you like to cook and you haven’t you are missing out! They take classic dishes and test different recipes to determine the best way to cook that signature dish. We have dozens of episodes on our DVR just waiting to come to life in our kitchen.

Thankfully, I am not the only one that cooks in my house. My husband Tanner is a seriously good cook. In fact, when it comes to eating I would be completely satisfied if he just cooked every day. I would even be happy to just clean up after work! Yes. He is that good.

Fact is…I love to cook too. I don’t just love to cook – I love to create. I like to take ordinary and kick it up a notch. Tanner on the other hand, loves to take something proven to be good and execute that dish to perfection. He likes tradition, measurements and balance. Needless to say he isn’t interested in stuffed dates or infused quinoa.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cheddar Chard Quiche

Dreaming of sunny days and fresh food from the farm. My first attempt at quiche was inspired by a bunch of chard I received in my weekly delivery. After 6 weeks of chard....I had to start getting creative. This makes a wonderful breakfast, brunch or dinner. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Grilled Lemon Ranch Chicken

This recipe is nothing fancy…just simple. I love simple. Especially during the week! We fired up the grill last week and served up a quick and flavorful chicken dinner. Think about it…this was quicker than frozen chicken nuggets. Sorry…I am just saying.

After a long day at work or taking care of kids, who has time to spend hours making a fresh and well balanced meal? 95% of the time we meet as a family at the table by six and tired children don’t wait for gourmet meals happily – at least in my house!

Flavorful grilled chicken met our meeting this night accompanied by sautéed garlic green beans with cheesy angel hair pasta. We chose angel air because it cooks quickly. Although I could do without the pasta, I have two growing boys to feed and they need some substance before sweet dreams. Something spicy or fancy usually results in after bed time visits with comments like…”I am hungry…can I have a banana?”

For this grilled lemon ranch chicken I prepped before I ran out the door for work with two coffee travel mugs full in hand. And yes, at seven am in the morning little 2-year-old Cole “helped” prepare the chicken and cut the green bean ends while our big 1st grader read to us about volcanoes.

Potato Woven Cajun Shrimp

Another Simply Potato Contest entry finished!  Although just five ingredients, these punchy Cajun flavored Shrimp are delicately blanketed with crispy potato shreds. Finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon these are refreshingly light.  

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Potato and Pork Sliders

The five ingredient maximum requirement for the Simply Potatoes contest is harder than you think! These juicy pork sliders utilize crispy hash browns to create a top and bottom.