Saturday, April 17, 2021

Tasty Eats

In this edition of tasty eats, I have some take out food, store bought food, stuffed green peppers, coffee, dessert, and bacon. This nearly represents what I eat in the course of a week


This is pasta primavera in a bread bowl from Dominos.  My son is responsible for providing dinner on Sunday's. He chose to buy Dominos.

Sunday mornings I usually cook breakfast. It always involve bacon. I cooked bacon in the air fryer for the first time. I like how the bacon turned out and will likely cook bacon in the air fryer going forward.
I susally cook dinner on Saturdays. Last Saturday I made stuffed green peppers following instructions from May's Food Network Magazine. There is a section in the magazine called Mix-and Match Stuffed Peppers.  How it works is that I choose the protein, vegetables, spices, and mix ins. The peppers I made have hamburger, carrots, cauliflower, taco seasoning, sour cream, and couscous. 

You can check out the recipe here:

Mix-and-Match Stuffed Peppers | Food Network

 

This is an Easter cake my husband bought at the store. I thought it was really sweet.

This was another Sunday that my son decided to buy take out Chinese food. I usually get Sesame Chicken. I got something different, it is chicken with a peanut sauce. Very tasty.
This is equal parts instant coffee, coconut sugar, and powdered milk. If I had actual coffee creamer, I would of used that instead of the milk. I add a couple of teaspoons of the mixture to a cup of hot water. It is ok. I am really not much of a coffee drinker unless it is loaded with sugar and milk.
Finally I have nice cream with bananas and peanut butter, It is topped with the granola I had made previously. I am a fan of this over regular ice cream and it is healthier.

That is all for Tasty Eats, I might start making this a "What I Ate This Week" post. Though these photos cover a span of a few weeks.
 

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Flourless Breakfast Cookies



 To be honest, I started to make a small batch of peanut butter cookies. I had already put 1/4 cup of butter in a bowl was about to add coconut sugar when I saw the recipe for flourless peanut butter cookies on the bag. I immediately switched gears to make this recipe. This mean I had to work with the butter I already had in the bowl. I compensated with adding less peanut butter in the recipe.


They did end up spreading out a bit which makes me wonder if it was the butter in the cookies. Overall they were moist and delicious. Because I added the 1/4 cup of butter, I only used 3/4 cup of peanut butter.

What do you need to make these cookies.
1 cup of coconut palm sugar - you could likely use brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter or any nut butter
2 eggs
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t cinnamon
1 cup of oats
1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup of dried cranberries, cherries, or raisins - I had none of these so I added dried figs.
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine sugar, nut butter and eggs until combined. Add remaining ingredients. drop by 1/4 cup portions onto baking sheet, flatten with a fork, bake for 11-13 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Cool on a baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them onto a  cooling rack.

I will defiantly make these again.

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Friday, April 02, 2021

Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

 I had come across this recipe that used an Instant Pot. I don't own one, but I wanted to make the recipe.


First ingredient -  4 cups of chicken broth

So first I forgot to chicken broth (or I thought we had some). So I just used water seasoned with Old Bay seasoning.

So in the pot went the water, 1 pound of broken spaghetti, 3/4 pound of boneless chicken thighs (cut up into pieces, you can use chicken breast), a small onion (1/4 cup) 1 teaspoon of garlic, 1 teaspoon seasoning salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. I cooked this over medium heat until the chicken and pasta looked done.

Then I had to pick out the chicken so it can be shredded. 

Add 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. I stirred this until the cheese is melted.  Add the chicken back. The original recipe called for 1/4 cup of heavy cream, but I ended up using the whole pint because it was really sticky before this and I thought it needed more liquid. 

Turned out tasty

I am not sure how different it would of turned out using an instant pot, you can find the instant pot version here:

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti - The Short Order Cook

Looking over the recipe I realized I forgot the paprika. If I make this again, I will make sure to use chicken stock and to remember to add paprika.



Friday, March 26, 2021

Velveeta Mac and Cheese

If you were to search the Internet for Velveeta Mac and Cheese recipes, there are many. Here is one that is close to what I made and here is one that is from Velveeta's site called Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese. As it turned out, one of the comments on the Velveeta site tweaked the recipe and it turns out to be the same as how I made it. 

I own a food scale, so I weighed out 8 ounce of elbow noodles.  (turned out to be about 2 cups)
8 ounces (actually it turned out to be 8.8 ounces I was using up what I had left) of Velveeta cut up into smaller cubes
1/4 cup milk
1/8 t garlic powder
1/8 t onion powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

I cooked to noodles according to package directions. To the drained noodles I added the remaining ingredients. Stirred everything over low heat until the cheese was melted. I was that easy.  I say that this recipe would feed 3-4 people.

or just my son, who is a mac and cheese fiend. I took out the portion pictured (1 to 1 1/2 cups)  and I took out a smaller portion for my lunch (which did reheat well) and he took the rest.


So if you want to tweak this to figure out portions per serving, I am thinking 2 ounces (1/2 cup) of noodles, per 2 ounces of Velveeta (or similar product), and 1/2 tablespoon milk. Season to taste.

In case you are curious, it turned out to be 264 calories for one serving. That is according to an app I used.

I like macaroni and cheese and have made many variation of it using many different types of cheese. No doubt that using Velveeta makes the creamiest mac and cheese. 


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Tasty Eats

Here is another tasty eat post where I lump  a bunch of photos of what I ate and I an  now sharing it with you.

My son is usually responsible for dinner Sunday nights, weather he cooks us dinner or buys restaurant food. Most of time he buys restaurant food, but this past week he did cook up some chicken bacon wraps and a salad that has carrot, apples, raisins, and pineapple in it.

This is the homemade granola, I got the recipe for it here. I think I might of over cooked it a little.

The are air fryer donuts using 1/2 cup sugar, 1 single serving container of greek yogurt from Trader Joe's, about 1 cup of flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder. It did not quite turn out, I think I needed to add a little more flour. It still turned out tasty with the glaze. 
This is not a good picture of fish and couscous. The fish is Orange Roughy, I found and Garlic Parmesan Orange Roughy recipe here. Turned out really tasty. 
I made peanut butter banana bread.

Finally I have French toast using French Brioche Bread from Trader Joe's. I love this bread. This bread is tasty on its own. It make the best French toast.



 

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Chocolate Bundt Cake

 I hade to make this Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. I came across it while searching for the spelling of Bundt while writing my Pineapple Ham Loaf post.




It was easy to make, but you do have to a fudgy cake mix and chocolate instant pudding. Which could be a good thing, or a bad thing if you have to go buy these items to make the cake.

Though there could be other cake possibilities with other cake and pudding flavors, which I might try in the future.

 


Saturday, March 13, 2021

Pineapple Ham Loaf


I made ham loaf for the very first time. I wasn't sure what I was going to expect. I had planned to make meat loaf, but next to the meat loaf recipe in my grandmother's cook book is a ham loaf recipe. I thought about it, but I did not think I would find ground ham in the grocery store. Turns out I did find ground ham while I was at the store. So I on the spot decided to make Pineapple Ham Loaf.
The recipe has 1 pound of ground ham and ground pork


I added a sleeve of buttery (Ritz) crackers and 1 cup of bread crumbs, which ended up 2 cups
Also add:
2 eggs
1 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of liquid smoke
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper.
I used a round bundt pan, lined the bottom with pineapple rings. I added some brown sugar to the pineapple. Save some of juice from the pineapple.


Top with the meat mixture. Poured a little of the pineapple juice, about 1/4 cup (no more).  Make a past of 2 teaspoon brown sugar and prepared mustard and spread on top. Bake 350 degrees F for about 1hour. 1 1/2 hours if using a standard loaf pan.


How mine turned out after I inverted it onto a large plate. 


Everyone loved it. My son however, was not a fan of the large pineapple. The original recipe used 3 cups of Wheaties. I did not have Wheaties (or any bran cereal) on hand so I used 2 cups bread crumbs / crackers. Had I had gone to the store planning on making this, I would of bought the Wheaties.

With the leftovers I sliced it up and fried it up in a pan. Topped with barbeque sauce I made with brown sugar, ketchup, onion powder, garlic powder, and some of pineapple. It was tasty. It could be equally tasty in s sandwich.


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