My Favourite Macaroni and Cheese

A friend of mine had asked me a while ago if I had a go-to recipe for a gooey, tasty mac n cheese.  At the time, I hadn’t, but I told her when I find it, I would let her know!  Mac n cheese is one of my husband’s favourite side dishes.  I’ve tried out so many different recipes – with squash, with one type of cheese, with many varieties of cheese.  You name it!  None of them were all that great.  I often found them so heavy, that you didn’t need a lot in a serving, which meant tons of leftovers, which I didn’t find worked well the next day.

Over the Easter weekend this past year, I was looking to add a new side dish to my mom’s spread, as she always serves the same things.  All great things, mind you, but I like trying new recipes, and what better time when there are lots of people around to try them out!  

I came across this macaroni and cheese recipe and what I liked most about it was that the original recipe included ham!  I thought this was perfect, as my mom was serving ham! So, I decided to omit the ham from the recipe and trusted that it would be the perfect accompaniment alongside the ham my mom was serving with our Easter dinner.   

This dish is really easy to prepare.  There’s really not that much in it.  But, it had much more liquid than any other mac n cheese I had ever made. I will tell you, I was concerned about this at first. But, I put my trust in the chef who created this recipe, and carried on.  

The original recipe calls for this dish to bake for 20 minutes at 450.  Guess what??  This wasn’t long enough!!! The dish was still way too loose. 

You can see from the picture above, that the top hasn’t browned enough.  So much for trusting the chef!!  I decided that I couldn’t keep the oven at 450, or the top would get too brown before the inside had a chance to solidify.  I turned the oven down to 300 and let it bake for another 30 minutes.  The results were perfect!

See??? Ooey gooey perfection.  This behaved more like a scalloped potato (minus the potato!) recipe than it did mac n cheese.  Which I thought only added to its appropriateness for Easter dinner.  

You should make this.  Kids love it and it has a slightly more sophisticated feel to it than some other mac n cheese recipes, which is nice for adults.  Enjoy!

My Favourite Macaroni and Cheese
Serves 6
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Cook Time
50 min
Cook Time
50 min
592 calories
9 g
188 g
53 g
22 g
32 g
247 g
838 g
6 g
0 g
17 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
247g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 592
Calories from Fat 462
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 53g
81%
Saturated Fat 32g
162%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 188mg
63%
Sodium 838mg
35%
Total Carbohydrates 9g
3%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 6g
Protein 22g
Vitamin A
38%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
58%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Butter, for greasing dish
  2. 1 package of broad egg noodles
  3. 2 cups heavy cream
  4. 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  5. 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  8. 2 cups (packed) grated Fontina
  9. 3/4 cup (packed) finely grated Parmesan
  10. 3/4 cup (packed) grated mozzarella
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Butter a 13 by 9-inch baking dish and set aside. Cook the noodles in a large pot of boiling, salted water for about 5 minutes. Stir frequently as the noodles will clump together. Don't overcook them as they will continue to cook in the oven later. Drain well, but don't rinse.
  3. Whisk together the cream, milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in 1 cup of Fontina, 1/2 cup of Parmesan, and 1/2 cup of mozzarella. Add the noodles and toss to coat. Transfer this to the baking dish. Top noodle mixture with the remaining cheese, spread evenly.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, uncovered, at 450 degrees F. After this, turn the oven down to 300 degrees F and continue baking for 30 minutes or until the top has browned. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
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Mom’s Honey Soy Chicken Wings

My Dad is a classical pianist.  We grew up going to the symphony.  When my Dad would have a recital, we often held the reception back at our house.  It was always a packed house, and myself and my four siblings helped in the kitchen or as servers. Always on the menu were my Mom’s honey soy chicken wings. They were popular.  My favorite, for sure. 

They cook over the stove top, which I’ve always liked. But, I am liking it less nowadays.  They take a little more time than those that cook in the oven.  But, they are super easy, tasty and worth the time!

The recipe is super simple.  Only 3 ingredients! Soy sauce, honey, and red wine.  

You want to add equal parts honey and soy sauce to a medium/medium hot pan and use the wine to cut the sauce when it starts to get too gummy.  I use a 1/4 cup each honey and soy sauce. 

This picture is a good example of needing to add some wine.  The honey and soy sauce will caramelize and adding a splash of wine will loosen it.  Use the wine to loosen the sauce as often as you need until the wings are cooked.  

These babies are done and ready to serve!  Enjoy!! 

 

(Source: Boss of the Apple Sauce)

Yummy Chicken ‘Stroganoff’

Guys, this dish is a new go-to!!!  It’s soooooo satisfying to the palate, but so easy!!!  Just account for the cook time, and this is a great weeknight meal!! A perfect Sunday dinner, though.

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I’m still working on my photo quality.  Don’t judge this dish on my poor picture-taking!  It almost looks like a stroganoff, which in some ways, it is.  But, also, not.  The original recipe calls for sour cream, but I used plain yogurt, as that’s all I had.  It was soooooo goood!!  My 4 year old had seconds!!! The mustard flavor is really secondary.  So, don’t be scared off if you hate dijon.  

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I’m in love with my newest Le Creuset pan.  Look how good the chicken looks inside of it!  I’m biased…

For the noodles, the original recipe calls for ‘super noodles’, and they sound delish!  But, I didn’t have chicken bouillon on hand, so I couldn’t do them.  I simply added butter and parsley to my egg noodles and that was plenty good!  Although, I do plan to try the original method, if you don’t have all of the ingredients for the noodles, don’t let that stop you from cooking this chicken! 

I PROMISE you will enjoy this dish.  

 

Yummy Chicken 'Stroganoff'
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
531 calories
12 g
280 g
27 g
54 g
7 g
442 g
491 g
5 g
0 g
18 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
442g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 531
Calories from Fat 238
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g
41%
Saturated Fat 7g
33%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 280mg
93%
Sodium 491mg
20%
Total Carbohydrates 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 5g
Protein 54g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
15%
Calcium
6%
Iron
19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 6-8 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
  2. salt and pepper
  3. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 1 medium onion, chopped
  5. 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  6. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 1 tomato, chopped, juice and seeds removed (I used a beefsteak tomato)
  8. 1 tablespoon flour
  9. 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  10. 1/2 cup white wine
  11. 1 cup chicken stock
  12. 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  13. 2 tablespoons sour cream, or plain yogurt
  14. *Buttered egg noodles with parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Season both sides of the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat and brown chicken on both sides, working in batches, if necessary, so that the chicken doesn't steam. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  2. Add remaining oil to the same pan, and sauté the onions till translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook down for about the same amount of time. Stir in the garlic and cook for one minute, stirring often. Add in the tomato and flour, and cook for about 1 minute, to cook off the flour flavor. Add the dried tarragon. Deglaze the pan with white wine, allowing it to cook, so that the alcohol can burn off. Return the chicken to the pan, and add your chicken stock. Cover, and place in the oven for 45 minutes (30 minutes covered and 15 minutes with the lid removed).
  3. When finished, remove the chicken from the pan and add the mustard and yogurt, and whisk until blended. Return the chicken to the pan, and spoon some of the sauce over the chicken, so that it is well coated. Serve with butter and parsley noodles.
  4. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. *Cook egg noodles according to package directions. Once al dente, drain water, and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter and allow it to melt into the noodles. Add 1/4 cup parsley. Mix together and serve.
Adapted from Melissa d'Arabian
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Crazy Easy Quick Bread

I haven’t made a post in a while because I updated my website!  It’s kind of exciting. 🙂  Now, I need to work on my picture taking abilities.  Yikes!  

I made this bread the first time I introduced my daughter to salmon, so that she would have something on her plate that I knew she’d like, in case her salmon experience was a catastrophe!  This bread really is true to its name.  It’s crazy easy!!  And, it’s also yummy.  Two super important factors when cooking a weeknight meal!  

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The secret ingredient in this bread is beer! Any ol’ bottle of beer will do, except maybe Guinness.  But, hey, if you’re so inclined, give it a go! 🙂 Beer has yeast in it.  A perfect pairing for bread making.  Another really important ingredient in this bread is self-rising flour.  Don’t substitute for another flour, as self-rising flour has salt and baking powder already in it, which is why we don’t need to add any of that stuff into this recipe!  This bread is a bit dense.  It’s definitely not for sandwich making.  But, along side a meal, it’s perfect!!  

Enjoy! 

Crazy Easy Quick Bread
Serves 8
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
229 calories
36 g
12 g
5 g
8 g
3 g
100 g
642 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
100g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 229
Calories from Fat 40
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 3g
13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 12mg
4%
Sodium 642mg
27%
Total Carbohydrates 36g
12%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
24%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  2. 3 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1 can or bottle of beer
  4. 1 heaping tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary
  5. 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  6. butter for greasing the pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Generously grease your bread pan with butter. Place all of your ingredients (minus the butter) into one bowl and stir until combined. Transfer to your greased loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Remove loaf from the pan and let cool slightly before slicing.
Notes
  1. Special Equipment: 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-by-2 1/2-inch bread pan
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Turkey Sausage and Arugula Pasta

I have been making this dish since I saw Giada making it on her Food Network show a few years ago.  She tops this yummy sauce over baked potatoes, but I far prefer it served with pasta.  This dish looks really similar to another dish I made, Cheesy Sausage Pasta, but it is very different.  I just like to use shells as my pasta of choice. 🙂

There are many things that I like about this dish.  It’s a great weeknight meal, because it comes together quickly.  The sausage adds so much flavor on it’s own.  It’s almost fool proof! You can easily switch out the arugula for spinach, should your local grocery store not carry it.  Like I did this time around.  I do prefer arugula, though, as it doesn’t go mushy as quickly as spinach.  But, my daughter loves both, and that’s enough for me!

In a pinch, you can use pork sausage for this recipe, as it is more readily available, but be sure to drain off the fat.  Sweet sausage is also much more kid friendly than the spicy variety.  My daughter picked up on the spice in this dish right away when I couldn’t find sweet sausage, and she wasn’t as big a fan.  So, I stick to the sweet stuff now.

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The arugula or spinach will look like too much when you first add it to your dish.  But, it will wilt down really quickly.

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See? Mmmmm….this is yummy stuff.

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Here’s what you need to do:

Turkey Sausage and Arugula Pasta

Turkey Sausage and Arugula Pasta
Serves 4
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1070 calories
175 g
56 g
22 g
40 g
9 g
331 g
693 g
9 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
331g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1070
Calories from Fat 192
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
34%
Saturated Fat 9g
46%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 56mg
19%
Sodium 693mg
29%
Total Carbohydrates 175g
58%
Dietary Fiber 8g
32%
Sugars 9g
Protein 40g
Vitamin A
17%
Vitamin C
8%
Calcium
25%
Iron
21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 medium white or yellow onion, diced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  5. 1 package of sweet turkey sausage (about 4 or 5 sausages), casing removed
  6. 1 jar tomato basil sauce (2 cups)
  7. 3 cups arugula or spinach
  8. 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  9. 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  10. 1 pound pasta, your choice of noodle
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, sauté the onions in olive oil over medium high heat until translucent. Add minced garlic and salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute, stirring often. Add the turkey sausage and cook until the meat has cooked through. Add in the tomato sauce and arugula. Let the arugula cook into the sauce until it reduces in size. Add in the mascarpone cheese and stir till combined. Remove the skillet from the heat, and stir in the parmesan cheese. Add pasta into the sauce, and finish with more parmesan cheese.
  2. Enjoy!
Adapted from Food Network
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

As I sit here at 7am on a Saturday morning with a tea in my hand, the fire lit and debating eating an oatmeal raisin cookie that I made last night, I thought it might be a good time to write a post about them!  And eat a cookie.  It’s basically breakfast ingredients, right??

For Christmas, my husband got me a Le Creuset cookie jar!  Cute gift, since cookies are kinda my thing.  At least at Christmastime.  Little did I know, he had a plan that I should keep this cookie jar full of cookies all the time!  Sneaky.

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He’s been asking for oatmeal raisin cookies for weeks!  I promised him I would make them once the jar was empty of the rice krispy treats I had made previous.  Now that report cards are done, the pressure is off, and it’s the start of the weekend, I thought that last night was the perfect night to make them!

I found this recipe over 10 years ago on a bed and breakfast site that I can no longer locate.  I have tweaked this recipe quite a bit over the years.  At Christmastime, I make these cookies, with cranberries and white chocolate chips.  They have been a long time favorite.

The original recipe is made with shortening, which I generally don’t like to bake cookies with.  I’ve tried this recipe with both salted and unsalted butter.  Either is fine.  I, honestly, don’t notice much of a difference.  In truth, I think I prefer these cookies made with salted butter.  I have also cut back on the sugar in this recipe, as I found 2 cups to be way too much.  I opted to add more brown sugar, because I like my cookies chewy.  But, if you like a crispier type of cookie, just switch the amounts of white and brown sugar.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cokies
Yields 3 Dozen Medium Cookies
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5477 calories
854 g
860 g
213 g
75 g
123 g
1383 g
3897 g
489 g
7 g
71 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1383g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5477
Calories from Fat 1863
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 213g
327%
Saturated Fat 123g
614%
Trans Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 15g
Monounsaturated Fat 56g
Cholesterol 860mg
287%
Sodium 3897mg
162%
Total Carbohydrates 854g
285%
Dietary Fiber 40g
161%
Sugars 489g
Protein 75g
Vitamin A
124%
Vitamin C
11%
Calcium
60%
Iron
119%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup, or 2 sticks, butter (softened at room temperature)
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup white sugar
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 1/2 cups flour
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 3 cups quick cook oatmeal
  10. 2 cups raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 Farenheit
  2. Cream butter and sugars together.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Slowly add flour, baking soda and salt until combined.
  5. Add oatmeal and raisins until all is combined.
  6. With your cookie scoop, or spoon, drop cookies onto a parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes - A medium sized cookie yields 3 dozen.
  8. Enjoy!
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Weeknight Beef Stroganoff

My mom used to make beef stroganoff for special occasions when I was young.  It’s still one of my brother’s favorite dishes.  I came across this recipe that is so similar to my mom’s, and such a cinch to make!  I’ve made it several times now.  Mid week!  Easy and so tasty!  And a great way to introduce steak to your littles.

Speaking of steak, this dish doesn’t require an expensive cut.  Sirloin is what most people use.  I used Rib Eye because that is what I had in the freezer.  Any cut would work.

The first time I made this, I used a whole can of tomato paste, because I didn’t want to throw away what was left in the can.  I could instantly tell that the sauce was too tomato-y, so I added more broth and it turned out just fine.  The second time I did this, I only used the recommended amount, and it was also very good.  So, you can’t really go wrong.

Weeknight Beef Stroganoff
Serves 4
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254 calories
14 g
30 g
18 g
7 g
8 g
305 g
1754 g
6 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
305g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254
Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 8g
38%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 30mg
10%
Sodium 1754mg
73%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
14%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
10%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 Rib Eye Steaks, thinly sliced
  2. 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 Medium onion, diced
  4. Mushrooms, sliced (8 ounces)*
  5. 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  6. 2 Cups beef broth
  7. 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  8. 3 Tablespoons dry sherry
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  10. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  11. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  12. 1 Cup sour cream**
  13. 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Cook egg noodles in boiling salted water until al dente (soft but still a bite); toss with butter once cooked (about 2 tablespoons), and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil and add the beef in batches, so that the meat doesn't overcrowd and boil. The beef will cook very quickly. Cook for about 2 minutes per side, depending how thinly you sliced your steak. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add in the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in the mushrooms and cook until soft, another 5 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle in the flour and stir for 1 minute.
  6. Stir in the beef broth and tomato paste and stir until the sauce thickens a little, about 2 minutes.
  7. Return the beef, and all its juice, to the pan.
  8. Add in the sherry, salt, pepper, and thyme.
  9. Reduce the heat and allow the sauce to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  10. Remove the pan from the heat and add in the sour cream.
  11. Sprinkle chopped parsley into the sauce, reserving some for garnish.
  12. Serve over buttered egg noodles.
  13. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. *If you buy the package of pre-sliced mushrooms, they measure 8 ounces
  2. **You can use whatever type of sour cream you like, but full fat makes this dish much more scrumptious
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Raw Brussel Sprout Salad with Pomegranate and Apple

Every five weeks, after I get my hair done, I go shopping at Whole Foods, because it’s so close to my salon.  It’s my little guilty pleasure.  When I was there, I saw baby brussel sprouts, and while I have scarring childhood memories of eating brussel sprouts, I wanted to give them another chance, with bacon.  While I was in the produce area, there happened to be someone showcasing brussel sprouts in a fresh salad!!  I was intrigued.  I tried it.  I liked it!!!  I thought it would be a perfect salad for Christmas dinner.  So, that’s what I did.  I had no idea of amounts of anything.  All I knew was the ingredients I needed.

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I took this picture at Whole Foods, so that I would remember what I needed to buy.

I made enough salad to feed many people.  It’s a nice salad to adjust easily for a small or large crowd.  I, also, used a mandolin to shave my brussel sprouts, but you could easily use a knife.  Just make sure to slice them thinly.

To release the pomegranates from their skin, I like to use a meat tenderizer, instead of the wooden spoon that is so often suggested.  I just don’t find that the spoon does the trick.  But, in a pinch, you can easily find pomegranates ready to eat.  You will just pay quite a bit more.

For the almonds: I toasted mine.  You can do this in the oven, but I did mine in a pan over the stove, with no oil or butter.  This process doesn’t take long, so don’t leave them sitting for too long without moving them around.

For the vinaigrette: Usually for a dressing like this, follow the general rule of 1 part acid (in this case, lemon) to 3 parts oil. Add about 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.  Shake, shake, shake.

Raw Brussel Sprout Salad with Pomegranate and Apple
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2646 calories
162 g
0 g
221 g
44 g
27 g
1365 g
2491 g
84 g
0 g
184 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1365g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2646
Calories from Fat 1928
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 221g
340%
Saturated Fat 27g
136%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 32g
Monounsaturated Fat 152g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2491mg
104%
Total Carbohydrates 162g
54%
Dietary Fiber 49g
196%
Sugars 84g
Protein 44g
Vitamin A
72%
Vitamin C
786%
Calcium
54%
Iron
72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound brussel sprouts, shaved
  2. 3/4 cup shaved almonds, toasted
  3. 1 to 2 apples, sliced like matchsticks (or julienne)
  4. 1 Pomegranate, seeds removed
  5. 1 lemon, juiced
  6. 1/2 (to 3/4) cup olive oil
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix the lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper together and set aside.
  2. Shave the brussel sprouts.
  3. Add them into a salad bowl with the apple and pomegranate.
  4. Drizzle with vinaigrette and top with almonds.
  5. Enjoy!
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(Source: Adapted from Whole Foods)

Slow Cooker (Spaghetti and) Meatballs

We are on a bit of a meatball craze these days.  My daughter loves them, so that makes it especially motivating.   I have already posted a recipe for The Mighty Meatball, but I like to use those meatballs for everything but the traditional ‘spaghetti and meatball’; although, you could very easily use those that way too!  I actually got this recipe off of a page that I liked on Facebook, called Tasty.  It’s an ingenious site, with quick viewings of complete recipes.  I liked the slow cooker option to this recipe, since, if I can, I like to prepare more than one meal on a Sunday, and this recipe allows for that!

The first time I made this, I followed the recipe exactly.  Originally, it calls for hot Italian sausage and and square of mozzarella inside the meatball.  Personally, I didn’t notice the cheese at all, and my daughter really did notice the heat from the hot sausage.  So, the second time I made it, I eliminated both, and it was a hit!  It can’t get much easier than this guys.  Try this recipe!

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Slow Cooker (Spaghetti and) Meatballs
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2388 calories
109 g
829 g
124 g
200 g
49 g
1307 g
9684 g
21 g
4 g
59 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1307g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2388
Calories from Fat 1116
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 124g
191%
Saturated Fat 49g
244%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 50g
Cholesterol 829mg
276%
Sodium 9684mg
404%
Total Carbohydrates 109g
36%
Dietary Fiber 9g
36%
Sugars 21g
Protein 200g
Vitamin A
89%
Vitamin C
72%
Calcium
111%
Iron
131%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb lean ground beef
  2. 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
  3. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon pepper
  6. 1 cup bread crumbs (plain or seasoned)
  7. 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1/2 cup whole milk
  10. 1/2 cup parsley
  11. Jarred Marinara Sauce (good quality)*
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, blend all the ingredients together, except for the marinara sauce.
  2. Form into golf sized (or smaller) balls.
  3. Place a layer of meatballs on the bottom of your slow cooker, and drizzle with some of the marinara sauce.
  4. Place another layer of meatballs.
  5. Drizzle more marinara sauce.
  6. Repeat until all meatballs are in the slow cooker.
  7. Set slow cooker to high for 2 and a half hours.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. *I have found that I need more than 1 jar of marinara sauce. It's an easy add. Just judge from the amount of pasta you've made.
Adapted from Tasty
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fat
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protein
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carbs
109g
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Quick and Tasty Carbonara

I have tried many carbonara recipes over the years, as it’s one of my husband’s favorite comfort foods.  This recipe is my favorite of any I’ve tried, and it’s the quickest!  My daughter gobbled up her entire serving.  She told me that she likes this pasta as much as she likes cotton candy.  That’s saying something!

This past weekend, we had a lot of my family visiting, which was awesome, but we never got the chance to grocery shop for the week! Luckily, we had enough pantry items, that I managed to get our dinners done still.  Today, while I was at work, I was wracking my brain as to what I could make us for dinner.  I received my recipe of the day email from The Food Network, and that was my inspiration for dinner.  I had eggs, bacon, pasta, parmesan cheese, and parsley.  Thanks, Food Network!!

 

Quick and Tasty Carbonara
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2907 calories
349 g
543 g
102 g
139 g
35 g
768 g
3646 g
14 g
0 g
58 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
768g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2907
Calories from Fat 902
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 102g
157%
Saturated Fat 35g
176%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12g
Monounsaturated Fat 46g
Cholesterol 543mg
181%
Sodium 3646mg
152%
Total Carbohydrates 349g
116%
Dietary Fiber 15g
59%
Sugars 14g
Protein 139g
Vitamin A
30%
Vitamin C
8%
Calcium
129%
Iron
55%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound spaghetti, dry
  2. 1/2 pound bacon, organic, thick cut, cut into smalls strips
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 2 large eggs, brought to room temp, cracked and whipped
  6. 1 cup of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for serving
  7. 1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  8. Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat pan on medium to medium-high heat. Once hot, add bacon.
  2. Drain off excess fat once cooked, except for 1 to 2 tablespoons.
  3. At the same time, bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat.
  4. Once boiling, cook pasta to al dente in texture.
  5. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water for later use.
  6. Combine the beaten eggs and cheese together and set aside.
  7. Once bacon has cooked, and has been removed from the pan, toss in the minced garlic into the olive oil and bacon fat and stir continuously for about 1 minute.
  8. Add your cooked pasta directly into the hot garlic oil mixture.
  9. Remove the pan from the heat and add the egg/cheese mixture slowly, mixing constantly, to prevent the eggs from scrambling.
  10. At this time, add in some of your reserved pasta water to help loosen up your sauce to the right consistency.
  11. Season with salt and pepper, if necessary.
  12. Add in your minced parsley.
  13. Enjoy!!
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calories
2907
fat
102g
protein
139g
carbs
349g
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(Source: Tyler Florence Carbonara)