Sunday, April 28, 2013

Avocado Club Potato Hash Salad

The Reser’s 2nd annual America’s Best Potato Salad Recipe Contest is just heating up and I knew my inspiration from the start. Club sandwich + avocado garlic cream sauce + crispy baked hash style potatoes. YES!

I am still perfecting the recipe on paper tonight, but “boy oh boy” was this phenomenal. I know this to be true for two reasons. 1. Liam ate all of his and said “is this a recipe contest dinner?” That boy loved the garlic bite it had almost as much as he loves shoveling garlic dip in his mouth at a summer backyard BBQ. 2. Tanner dozed off on the couch after we read to the boys tonight and woke up to the sound of typing. The first thing out of his mouth was, “dinner was really good, but that potato salad was amazing.”

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lunch Box Love!

Send some lunch box love! Believe it or not…every night I have at least one lunch to make. Hubby and I have different work schedules. Although, this is quite challenging at times we choose to sacrifice for this short time while the boys are young. We do our best to keep them with at least one of us most of the time.  

Bloomin’ Baby Red Potatoes

These baby red potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Topped with garlic and seasonings, these are a simple yet delicate side dish for any meals. I saw sliced baked potatoes all over Pinterest and I have been playing with the concept ever since.

Did you know that potatoes with skin have a lot of fiber in them? More than many other vegetables in fact. You always think of potatoes as an evil carb, but truth is…just eat them in moderation or “play” it off. We are going to hit the Spring Fair today so I am sure I will work these off with all of the walking. Dinner and lunch for work done! Now it’s time to play!

Sautéed Horsey Green Beans

Truly, you can roast, grill or sauté these simple green beans. Who said vegetables should be bland! I could eat a plate full of these and be satisfied. The creamy heat from the horseradish isn’t too much at all and pairs perfectly with fresh sweet green beans.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Parmesan Crusted Dijon Cod

I am always looking for an inexpensive way to add fish onto our plates. Not only do I love fish…I love the health benefits over other choices. After reading a few things on the subject, I prefer fresh over farm raised and a deal can be hard to find. And I have no patience for fishing myself so I am out of luck there. Thankfully my kiddos would eat fish any day over a juicy Rib Eye steak – what’s up with that?!

It’s not a secret that most kids don’t enjoy the seasoned tastes of adults, but I have always set out to balance the desires of all at the table. As a parent this can sometimes be nothing short of a miracle. One of the many things I have learned is that small is better! Maybe it is cuter? Maybe it is more like them? Who knows, but cooking for kids portions from the beginning helps in the appeal of the dish from the beginning.

My youngest will tell you as soon as he sits down to the table, without even trying a bite, “me no like that dinner.” He may even become combative. My oldest will lose his mind after a hard day of first grade, “I told you 1 million times…I don’t like my food touching.” I can’t blame him for that – I was the same way!

Although determined to keep the peace, I refuse to sacrifice flavor for the adult taste buds. Meeting in the middle, these fish fillets do the trick in my house. Quick. Easy. Flavorful. Quiet. DONE!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Balsamic Pork Roast over Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

LOW CARB ALERT! Severely tasty dinner down to the last bite. Pork roast was marinated in balsamic vinegar, Dijon, horseradish and spices. Thinly sliced…this juicy meat rested over creamy mashed cauliflower infused with garlic. Unfortunately for the kids, I ended up putting a lot of garlic but we enjoyed the bite. Topped with sautéed mushrooms, sweet onion and asparagus. I will be making this again for company for sure!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Mini S’mores Chocolate Raisin Cheesecake

Chocolate covered raisins are for sure the star of this show. Sun Maid is holding their annual recipe contest and this excited the boys more than anything! Truth is…we haven’t had raisins of any kind in the house in a long time. I used to think raisins were “healthy” and we had a large supply every week to snack on. Until I found out what they did to their teeth!

Nevertheless this is a contest! When I told the boys we would be working on a chocolate covered raisin contest this weekend, you would have thought I said we were going to Lego land. Apparently I don’t give them treats enough!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken & Adobo Chili Pepper Chowder

I recently read a headline on my Rachel Ray magazine and it said something like “one million” simple recipes with Rotisserie chicken. Maybe it was 20…or 50…I am not sure because I didn't take the time to read the article or said amazingly simple recipes. I did however immediately want Rotisserie Chicken.

I could literally sit and eat all of the skin off a Rotisserie Chicken and be completely satisfied. For whatever reason I didn't feel like that was a good idea. I couldn't just go to the store for chicken! I already went days ago and had plenty of food to feed this madhouse. I did see a half used can of Chili Peppers in Adobo sauce. If you haven’t used these before they are pretty mild but you still want to use sparingly. I can’t even recall what my husband made with these, but it had to be recent…I hope!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Garlic Cream Sauce Crisper Pasta Salad

This pasta salad was perfect for lunch all week. Totally random recipe created by what was in my crisper. For those unaware that is a drawer people keep vegetables in. In my house…I am sad to say the vegetables have out grown the crisper. Sad because, as you probably already know, vegetables cost more than boxed cupboard meals.

Hey now! I am not saying I am perfect sitting over here eating vegetables all the time. In fact, I much prefer meat and cheese for every meal. I purposely buy loads of vegetables in an effort to make sure I eat them. I hate to waste food (money). If I buy them…I will find a way to cook them!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Stuffed Pork Loin Chops

Not your typical Easter dinner, but the spring sun came out last weekend so we had to fire up the grill. Nothing like a backyard egg hunt and a hot grill?!?! Being that it had been months since we ventured to hang out in the backyard, I had to clean the grill – YUCK!

These pork loin chops are delicately stuffed with black beans, red bell peppers, Romano cheese and more, which made me quite concerned about the filling falling out during grilling. Just a couple of tooth picks held these together and the stuffing was visible. Thankfully I didn't “man” the grill so they turned out beautiful. The panko bread crumbs helped keep it all together. Served with roasted corn and Cous Cous salad it was like a rainbow on your plate.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Roasted Feta Veggies with Chicken Sausage

Low carb and lovin it! Now that's hard to find. You can make this after work easily or prepare in advance. I prepped this dish on a Sunday during nap time and didn’t cook until later in the week. So easy to just pour it out on a cookie sheet, bake and eat. You could really use any combination of vegetables you have sitting in your crisper, but below is what I had.