Saturday, February 22, 2014

Quick and Easy Pasta Dish




I have not made Hamburger Helper in over 5 years. I stopped, because the sodium content was so high. I have learned to make pasta dishes that take about the same amount of time and are so much healthier.

Ingredients:
1 Jar of pasta sauce (I like to use the natural or organic store brand.)
1/2 to 1# of hamburger (I like to use the 90% lean)
1/2 package of pasta (I have used egg noodles, bow tie or penne pasta)

Cook pasta according to directions on the package. Cook hamburger in a skillet and drain any grease. If I use 90% or more lean hamburger, I usually don't need to drain the grease.  You can also use ground turkey. I typically use a 1/2 pound of hamburger, but you can use more, if you like your pasta dish to be meatier. After I cook and drain the hamburger, I add a jar of pasta sauce to the skillet and let is warm up.  Once the pasta noodles are cooked, I drain them and add them to the skillet with the sauce and hamburger.  I stir and let it all come up to temperature.  Enjoy!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

5 Ingredients or Less Recipes






Cooking should not be intimidating or complicated. You don't need to eat hamburger helper, spaghetti or tacos every night. I assembled a list of my easy to make recipes with 5 ingredients or less. I will continue to add more, so be sure to check back.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken
Cheese Dip
Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
Cheesy Wild Rice Soup
Chicken, Broccoli, Alfredo Pasta
Chicken Broccoli Ring
Chicken, Gravy and Potatoes
Chili Cheese dip
Crab Dip
Doughnuts
Easy French Dip Sandwiches
Easy Fruit Dip
Famous Fudge
Guacamole
Hamburger Mac and Cheese
Homemade Ice Cream in a ziplock baggie
Kale Chips
Little Smokies in a Blanket
Mac and Cheese, Tuna Casserole
Oreo Fluff
Pasta Dish - Quick and Easy
Pigs in a Blanket
Pineapple Angel Food Cake
Pumpkin Butter in a crock pot
Rosemary Skewer Kabobs
Salmon on the Grill, with Brown Sugar Rub
Sausage and Peppers in the crock pot
Snow Cream - Ice Cream
Spicy Chicken Roll Ups
Stove Top Stuffing Chicken
Stuffed Mushrooms
Swedish Meatballs
Turkey Stuffing Rolls

Updated December 23, 2014

Here is a list of the Linky parties that I link up to.  Thank you to all of the hosts for letting me post my favorite recipes, crafts, money saving ideas and activities for children.

Monday - Flour me with love creating really awesome free things Lines Across  Sweet Anne Creating my way to success Craft-o-matic Clairejustine Sew Can Do Scattered thoughts Kitchen Table Art  A pinch of Joy Make it Pretty Monday   All Things Fee  Mad in Crafts Skip to my Lou Cherished Handmade Treasures Serendipity and Spice

Tuesday - Someday I'll Learn Inside BruCrew Life  Coastal Charm My uncommon slice of suburbia Mandy's Recipe Box Ladybug blessings Kathe with an E Our Delightful Home Cupcakes and Crinoline  Crafty Blog Stalker Home Stories A to Z Chef in training Hope Studios Sugar Bee Crafts Romance on a dime Elizabeth and Co. Not just a housewife The Winthrop Chronicles  Funky Polkadot Giraffe VMG206 Memories by the Mile Vintage Vest Preserving Life's Moments

Wednesday- JAQS Studio My Girlish Whims Ginger Snap Crafts DIY by Design Lady Behind the Curtain
Free Pretty Things Life with the crusts cut off Sew Much Ado Someday Crafts Ivy and Elephants
Seven Thirty Three

Thursday -Think Tank Thursdays A creative Princess Marigold's Loft All things with purpose  Sweet Haute Lamberts Lately Live Laugh Linky  A glimpse Inside Glued to my Crafts Aftsy Fartsy Mama 5 little Chefs Living well, spending less Krafty Cards Rhinestone Beagle

Friday-Home Maid Simple Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons The Grant Life The best blog recipes  Finding Fabulous The Stitchin' Mommy my turn for us craftdictator nancherrow I heart nap time Truly Lovely My Romantic Home  504 Main Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Simply Sweet Home What-about.co  Freaky Keen Peek-a-boo pattern shop craftdictator whipperberry justusfourblog crafts a la mode Diana Rambles

Saturday-Mandatory Mooch Serenity You Cheerios and Lattes  Pierced Pastimes Life on Lakeshore Drive

Sunday - The Foley Family  Nifty Thrifty Things Momnivore's Dilemma TitiCrafty


Sunday, February 9, 2014

5 Star Jalapeno Scallops


I have been very busy the past month with PTO activities, hosting a Euchre tournament at our house with friends and running the princesses to their activities. January has also been one of the snowiest and coldest winters since we have moved to Michigan.  But tonight I had to put everything else on hold and tell you about my new favorite recipe. I subscribed to the new "All Recipes" magazine and this recipe for Seared Scallops with Jalapeno Vinaigrette definitely paid for the subscription. I however made some modifications to make it even better. We have eaten scallops at 4 and 5 star restaurants and these are by far the best that we have ever had. I especially liked them, because they didn't have a lot of salt in them, like the restaurants add to their sauces.  I do not like the vinaigrette put on the scallops at the end as the recipe instructs you to do. This is how I made it. (Yes, Mom. I will make it for you the next time we see you.) I apologize for my horrible photo, but I took it right before I ate the last scallop.




Ingredients:
1 Jalapeno unseeded and chopped
1/4 cup of rice vinegar
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 teaspoon of yellow mustard
dash of salt and pepper

12 Large sea scallops
dash of salt
dash of cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil

Puree the Jalapeno, rice vinegar, olive oil, mustard, and dash of salt and pepper in a blender for 1-2 minutes.
Pat dry the scallops with a paper towel before seasoning. Sprinkle the scallops with salt and cayenne pepper.
Pour 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable oil and approximately 1 Tablespoon of jalapeno vinaigrette in a large skillet. Heat oil and vinaigrette to medium-high heat. Place scallops in skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until slightly brown.

I served the scallops with a side of steamed broccoli, homemade french bread from the prairie homestead and a salad of spring greens and spinach.

I saved the left over Jalapeno vinaigrette and I plan on using the same process above to make a white fish like mahi mahi or sea bass for Valentine's Day. I can't wait until Friday.


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Here is a list of the Linky parties that I link up to.  Thank you to all of the hosts for letting me post my favorite recipes, crafts, money saving ideas and activities for children.

Monday - 
Flour me with love Make it Pretty Monday diy home sweet home creating really awesome free things All Things Fee  Mad in Crafts Skip to my Lou Cherished Handmade Treasures Serendipity and Spice Lines Across  Sweet Anne Creating my way to success Craft-o-matic Clairejustine Sew Can Do Scattered thoughts Kitchen Table Art A pinch of Joy        

Tuesday -
Inside BruCrew Life Home Stories A to Z Coastal Charm My uncommon slice of suburbia Mandy's Recipe Box Chef in training  Hope Studios Ladybug blessings Sugar Bee Crafts Romance on a dime Elizabeth and Co. Not just a housewife  The Winthrop Chronicles Salt Tree Kathe with an E Our Delightful Home Funky Polkadot Giraffe Cupcakes and Crinoline VMG206 Someday I'll Learn Memories by the Mile Twinkling Trees Crafty Blog Stalker Vintage Vest Preserving Life's Moments Tip Junkie    

Wednesday-Free Pretty Things JAQS Studio Life with the crusts cut off My Girlish Whims Sew Much Ado Someday Crafts Ginger Snap Crafts  DIY by Design Lady Behind the Curtain Ivy and Elephants
Seven Thirty Three Whimsy Wednesday

Thursday - Think Tank Thursdays Rhinestone Beagle Live Laugh Linky   A creative Princess A glimpse Inside Marigold's Loft Glued to my Crafts Aftsy Fartsy Mama 5 little Chefs All things with purpose  Living well, spending less Sweet Haute Lamberts Lately Through the dutch door I put a bird on it Krafty Cards Craftionary

Friday- Truly Lovely My Romantic Home Home Maid Simple 504 Main Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Simply Sweet Home Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons The Grant Life Diana Rambles What-about.co The best blog recipes  Finding Fabulous The Stitchin' Mommy my turn for us Freaky Keen Peek-a-boo pattern shop craftdictator whipperberry justusfourblog crafts a la mode nancherrow

Saturday- Mandatory Mooch Serenity You Cheerios and Lattes  Pierced Pastimes

Sunday - 
I heart nap time Lil Divas The Foley Family  Nifty Thrifty Things Momnivore's Dilemma TitiCrafty


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