Friday, December 11, 2015

Vegetarian Enchiladas

Originally I had planned on featuring this recipe after the holidays. However after posting a preview on Twitter, I had many people requesting the recipe from me. 
This is an easy meatless solution for anyone to have at a dinner party.  It's also very tasty and healthy. 



By using onions and slow baking the yams beforehand, the stuffing to the enchiladas has a savory taste to it.  


Vegetarian Enchiladas.

 1-2 hours to slow bake yams
15 minutes of Prep beforehand
25 minutes of Bake time
7 Servings



·       2 Yams
·       1 Onion diced
·       1 Can Black Beans rinsed
·       3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
·       7 Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas Medium Sized
·       1 tsp. Salt
·       1/4 tsp. Pepper
·      1 Can Enchilada Sauce (You can make your own, I just used this for convenience.)
·      1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.




Poke holes in yams, wrap in foil and bake in oven for 1-2 hours until a knife can be inserted easily into it.  You can prebake these the day before.  Cool before mixing into other ingredients.





Saute onion in a skillet with Olive Oil, Salt, and Pepper.  Cook until it's caramelized.  Scoop out yams and add to the skillet with the onion.  Saute for another 5-10 minutes until the onions and yams are mixed thoroughly.




Take a 13x9 baking pan.  Take one tortilla and lay out.  Add a portion of yam mixture (about 1/2 Cup) and a scoop of black beans.  Then fold over ends and roll up. Add to baking dish and repeat until done.  I made about 7 of them.




After tortillas are wrapped, pour enchilada sauce on top.  Then add the cheese to that and bake for 35 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.


Serve with a side of rice.  I also garnished with tomatoes.



Friday, December 4, 2015

Cranberry Cheesecake Brownies

Tis the season for immensely delicious goodies.  These little sweet cakes look festive and are delicious.  The other nice part is they are are super easy to put together.  

The cakes are not super sweet.  The cream cheese and cranberries help to balance the sugar in the brownies. 


Cranberry Cheesecake Brownies

15 minutes of Prep
25 minutes of Bake time
24 Servings

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Brownie Mix


·       1/2 Cup Flour
·       1/3 Cocoa
·       1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
·       1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
·       1 tsp. Baking Powder
·       1/4 tsp. Salt
·       Non-Stick Pan Spray
·      1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
·      2 Eggs
·       1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil





Mix the Brownie Mix according to the directions here
Instead of putting the brownies in a pan, grease a mini muffin pan.  Or use little muffin wrappers. 

Cheesecake Mixture


·       8 oz Cream Cheese
·       3 Tbsp.  Powdered Sugar
·       1 tsp. Vanilla
·       2 Tbsp. Flour


Beat together until it looks super fluffy. 



I used homemade cranberry sauce with orange zest and brown sugar.  You can certainly use your own recipe or use the canned version.  I recommend about a Cup of it.

·       1 Cup Cranberry Sauce



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In each mini muffin pan put a couple spoonfuls of brownie mixture.  Then add dollops of cream cheese to each muffin pan slot.  Do the same with the cranberry sauce.



Then take a toothpick and swirl the mixture of each brownie.



Bake for 15 minutes. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Turkey Sandwich Ideas

Happy Thanksgiving! Or rather Happy Delicious Turkey eating day! I'm sure everyone has made their amazing Turkeys at this point and may now be sleeping off their eating coma with football in the background.  Now though, you have a lot of leftovers hanging out in your fridge.  What delicious concoction will you put together with them?  I have put together a few versions that I love.

Sometimes you have to think outside of the box when it comes to turkey sandwiches.  You can be very creative by incorporating fruits or different cheeses with it. 



Greek Turkey Wrap

5 minutes of Prep


·       Slices of Turkey
·       1/4 of Cucumber Slices
·       4-5 Cherry Tomatoes Sliced
·       Greek Dressing
·      Feta Cheese crumbled
·       Wheat Wrap





 

 

Hot White Cheddar Cranberry Turkey Sandwich

5 minutes of Prep

·       Turkey Slices
·       1 Slice of White Sharp Cheddar
·       3 Tbsp. Cranberry Sauce
·       1 Tbsp. Mayo
·      2 Slices White Bread
·       1 Tbsp. Butter


Melt butter in a saute pan on medium heat.  While butter is melting, assemble sandwich.



Then grill both sides until bread is browned and cheese is melted.









Double Decker Turkey & Strawberry Sandwich

5 minutes of Prep


·       3 slices Multi-grain Baguette
·       2 Strawberries Sliced
·       1 Tbsp. Raspberry Jam
·       Slices of Turkey
·      2-3 Slices of Brie





Friday, November 20, 2015

Gnocchi

Next week is already Thanksgiving!! What a wonderfully delicious time of year.  I LOVE Thanksgiving. Unfortunately this year, I'll be working on that day.  Photographing Football players and missing out on a delicious Turkey dinner.  But the biggest thing I'll miss out on is the leftovers. So today I'd like to share a post on a delectable take on reusing leftover mashed potatoes.  Homemade Gnocchi. 

This is an easy recipe and please feel free to add the Gnocchi to any pasta sauce or toppings that you might like.

Gnocchi

30 minutes Prep time
2-3 minutes Boiling per batch of pasta
9 Servings

·       1 Eggs
·       2 Cups Mashed Potatoes
·       2 Cups Flour w/extra for rolling
·      1 tsp. Salt
·      1 Cup Flour


In a large bowl mix together your egg, salt, mashed potatoes, and flour.  You want the dough to come together but not be too sticky. So feel free to add extra flour if you need to.





Cut the dough into quarters.  Roll out each quarter with the extra flour, and cut into small pillow like shapes.



Take a fork and press down on the pillow and then roll up.  The shape isn't super important, it just make them look like gnocchi and allow tomato sauce to get into each nook and cranny.




Start your water boiling.  Take batches of the gnocchi, and boil each batch 2-3 minutes or until they float to the top of the water.  Put cooked gnocchi aside as you work through each batch.



I then added the cooked gnocchi to some veggies and homemade tomato sauce. You can dress up yours with anything from fresh tomato sauce to brown butter sage sauce. 


Friday, November 13, 2015

Get Baked!

We're in the middle of fabulous apple season.  A time of year that I absolutely love.  Apples are super cheap and there is a huge variety of them.  Everything from Gala to Honeycrisp to Pink Lady Apples.  We went to a farmer's market where my husband thought it would be a great idea to buy a half bushel of apples.  They were $3 for the whole thing, but now we have a lot of apples.  So be on the lookout for additional apple recipes coming your way.

This week's version is Baked Apples.  An easy to make dessert or breakfast dish that you can whip up in very little time.

 My husband was a huge fan of this recipe.  I walked downstairs with the baby and saw him pilfering these out of the fridge to eat cold. 


Baked Apples

5 minutes of Prep
25 minutes of Bake time
4 Servings

·       1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
·       3 Tbsp. Melted Butter
·       3 Tbsp. Oatmeal
·       2 Tbsp. Flour
·      4 Apples (I used Honeycrisp)
·       Whipped Topping (Optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


Peel and core your apples.  Then slice your apples length wise. 5-6 times per apple.  It allows the topping to get into the apples and makes them every more delicious.  Place each apple in the baking dish.



Take a bowl and add the sugar, butter, oatmeal, and flour and mix together. Top each apple with some of the mixture.



Bake in the oven 25-30 minutes.  Serve with whipped topping.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Zebra Stripes

I love cupcakes.  But I also get bored very quickly with the options for them.  So I began looking at ideas to jazz up boring cupcakes.  I found this recipe and thought it would be an awesome option. 


This took a little time to put together but the end result was amazing.  I only made enough for 9 cupcakes.  If you double the recipe it easily becomes 18.


Zebra Cake Base

20 minutes Prep time
15 minutes Bake time
9 Servings

·       2 Eggs
·       1/2 Cup Sugar
·       1/2 Cup Milk (I used 1%)
·       1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
·      1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
·      1 Cup Flour
·      1 and 1/2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
·      1/4 tsp. Salt
·      1/2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl mix together your eggs and sugar.  Beat together until mixture is light and creamy.  Then add milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.


In a different bowl add together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Whisk together to mix.  Slowly add your dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients and whisk to combine.

Pour out a Cup or so of vanilla batter into a different bowl.  Add Cocoa powder to this and whisk to combine.



Begin to create your cupcakes by first adding the papers to your cupcake pan.  Add 2 tbsp. of vanilla batter first then 2 tbsp. of chocolate batter on top.  Continue this with each cupcake paper until each one is 3/4 of the way full.  Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.



Allow to cool before frosting.



Chocolate Ganache Frosting

 
10 minutes Cook time
9 Servings

·       2 Cups Chocolate Chips
·       1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

If you have a double boiler, this is a great moment to break it out.  If not, do what I did.  Add a bowl on top of a pot of boiling water.  The water shouldn't touch the bottom of the bowl.  Melt the chocolate chips in this.  Whisk to make them super smooth.



Take off of heat and add cream to chocolate.  Stir gently to combine.  Spoon out frosting on top of each cupcake while still warm.




 I added eyes, using marshmallows and chocolate chips to my cupcakes to make them festive.


Friday, October 23, 2015

Lamb Chops with Roasted Garlic

My husband is a carnivore.  So every once in awhile, I look for a recipe to really wow him and this was a big hit.  This started with me asking him if he would pick up some meat for me to make for dinner. And ended up with me creating a whole new recipe because he brought home a particularly delicious looking piece of lamb loin.
Lamb is very easy to make.  The trick is to add complex flavors like roasted garlic and fresh herbs to it.   It's also very easy to overcook.  Be careful and feel free to utilize your meat thermometer with it.



Lamb Chops with Roasted Garlic

1 hr 15 minutes Cook time
4 Servings

·       2.5 lbs Lamb Chops or Lamb Loin
·       16 oz Red Wine
·       1 tsp. Sea Salt
·       2 heads of Garlic
·      3 Stalks fresh Rosemary, chopped
·      1/4 tsp. Pepper
·      4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
·      3 Tbsp. Flour

First ready your Garlic.  Chop the tops off of each head of garlic and pop into the oven at 425 degree for 30 minutes.













Then take a look at your lamb, carve it into chops if you need to.  Set out while you ready the Olive oil mixture.



Add Olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped rosemary, and the roasted garlic to a small bowl.  Mix together and then top the lamb with it.


Ready a saute pan and a roasting pan.  Keep oven at 425 degrees and heat up the saute pan.  Brown the chops on both sides in the saute pan and then add to the roasting pan.  After the meat has been browned on each side, roast in the oven for 15 minutes. This made the meat about a medium rare.



Take that saute pan and add the red wine to it, gently scraping up the browned pieces of a meat with a spoon.  Simmer while the meat roasts in the oven.  Add flour to it when the meat comes out. While the meat rests, whisk in the flour and continue to simmer until it thickens.



Serve immediately.