Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cauliflower Fried "Rice"

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Cauliflower rice is the new "rage" these days, so I was eager to try it in my favorite fried rice recipe. The only substitution I made was subbing cauliflower for rice or quinoa, and this easy meal turned into a low-carb, delicious and super filling meal. Chris and I honestly couldn't taste even one hint of cauliflower. It was so, so yummy and incredibly healthy, so I think this might be my go-to fried "rice" recipe from now on since the kids gobbled it up, too. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots, chopped
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 3 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced OR 1/4 tsp. dried ginger
  • 1 (14 oz.) bag cauliflower rice
  • 2 eggs, lightly scrambled (still raw)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
Sauce:
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. teriyaki sauce
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
Mix mix sauce ingredients (teriyaki, soy sauce, and sesame oil) together in a small bowl. Set aside.


Heat 1/2 tbsp. olive oil in a large sauté pan over a high heat. Add onion and carrot and cook for two minutes. Add scallions, garlic and ginger to the pan. Cook another two minutes. Add in the rest of the olive oil and the cauliflower. Stir-fry for about two minutes. 

Add sauce to the pan and stir-fry until incorporated, about two minutes. 

Make a well in the center of the cauliflower mixture and pour eggs in. Scramble the eggs with a spatula. Once cooked, combine with the rest of the cauliflower mixture.

Add the peas, then toss everything together until the peas are warmed through. Serve immediately or at room temperature.

Source: Adapted from this SK recipe

Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Day Whoopie Pies

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Chris and I are really big on making something special for each other on Valentine's Day rather than buying big, expensive gifts. I really enjoy this tradition because it makes him think outside the box and do something heartfelt for me ;) I made him these Whoopie Pies and they were a huge hit (and surprisingly they didn't take too long to make!). Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 box Devil's Food cake mix
  • 1 jar marshmallow fluff
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles, for topping

Make the cake according to the package directions for a 13x9" cake. Bake and set aside until fully cooled.

Using your desired shape cookie cutter, cut out shapes into the cake and move each piece to a wire rack. Spread 1-2 tbsp. of marshmallow fluff onto one cutout and then top with another piece of cake to make a sandwich. 

Meanwhile, add the chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and then microwave for another 30 seconds. Continue to microwave in 15 second increments until the chocolate is fully melted. 

Pour the melted chocolate over top of each whoopie pie. Top with sprinkles and allow the chocolate to completely harden. Store in an airtight container.

Source: SK Original

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

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Other than bottled teriyaki sauce, I think the one thing Chris couldn't live without is vinegar. Therefore whenever I see a recipe with any type of vinegar in it, I'm pretty sure he'll like it. This chicken dish was no exception. Since it's made with the asparagus, carrots and tomatoes right in the pan, I didn't even have to dirty any additional pans making a separate side dish (always a plus in my book). Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup bottled Italian salad dressing
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. chicken breast tenderloins
  • 10 oz. fresh asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
In a small bowl, stir together salad dressing, balsamic vinegar, honey, and crushed red pepper. Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink, turning once. Add half of the dressing mixture to skillet; turn chicken to coat. Transfer chicken to a serving platter; cover and keep warm.

Add asparagus and carrots to skillet. Cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender; transfer to serving platter.

Stir remaining dressing mixture; add to skillet. Cook and stir for 1 minute, scraping up browned bits from bottom of skillet. Drizzle the dressing mixture over chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle with tomatoes. Makes 4 servings.

Source: Adapted from Better Homes and Garden

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Banana Greek Yogurt Pancakes

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These pancakes are not only a cinch to make, but they're also really healthy! Packed with a lot of banana flavor and some tang from the Greek yogurt, these pancakes will be sure to fill you up and give you a little boost to start your day. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup banana flavored Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • Butter, for cooking
Combine the flour and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, Greek yogurt and banana. Fold the wet ingredients into the flour mixture.

Heat a large griddle to medium heat. Add about 1 tbsp. butter to pan. Pour about 1/4 cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake. After about 1-2 minutes, lift the corner of the pancake, and if the bottom is lightly golden, slide the spatula all the way under and flip the pancake. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining pancake batter.

Serve pancakes warm with syrup drizzled on top.

Source: SK Original

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Best Queso Cheese Sauce

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Queso is my thing. I'm a terrible decision maker, but when I'm in the mood for queso, I have no problem deciding what's for dinner. Mexican. With queso. But it has to be GOOD queso. Not the watered down stuff. And this queso right here? It's pretty legit. If eating it straight out of the pot is any indication, I'd say it fits the bill perfectly (although I will neither confirm nor deny I did such a thing). Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups half & half
  • 1/2 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomaotes with green chiles, drained
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes and softened
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 8 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Place a medium pot over medium heat. Add the butter, shallots, garlic and jalapeño. Saute for 3-4 minutes to soften, then add the half & half and diced tomatoes.

Whisk in the cornstarch. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer, so the half & half can scald, then lower the temperature to medium-low. Then stir in the cream cheese and mustard.

Slowly start adding the shredded cheese. Stir and add by the handful, until the sauce comes together. If you prefer your cheese sauce a little thinner, add an extra splash of half & half. Serve immediately, or keep warm in a slow cooker or fondue pot.

Source: Adapted from A Spicy Perspective