#Recipes, Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Growing up I really didn’t care for brussels sprouts.  They smelled horrible and tasted just as bad, even if it had bacon mixed in.  As I got older I learned to like them prepared in certain ways.  I started experimenting with different recipes.

Earlier this year I had a brussels sprout salad at a Chicago restaurant and it was absolutely delicious.  It was something I never thought I’d enjoy, especially with raw brussels sprouts.

This is my take on a brussels sprouts salad.  Take a look and next time your in the store look for shaved brussels sprouts.  You can shave them or chop them yourself, but why put yourself through that if you can buy them shaved.  This is a great alternative to a lettuce salad. Use any toppings you like. Below are just an idea of some I’ve used.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Ingredients:
3 cups shaved brussels sprouts

Optional Toppings:
Blue cheese
Roasted Pecans (or any nut)
Dried cranberries
Crumbled bacon
Avocado
Green onion (or any onions)
Olives (your choice)
Sliced tomatoes

Dressing:
4 T olive oil
1 T balsamic vinegar
2 t red wine vinegar
2 T fresh lemon juice
1 garlic cloves, grated
1/2 small onion, grated
1/2 T Dijon mustard

Directions: In a bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing and set aside.  Let sit 15 minutes so the flavors can marry.  Then mix shaved brussels sprouts, toppings and dressing and toss together.  Serve immediately.

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Comfort Dish, Meatless, Quick Meals, Soup

French Onion Soup with Garlic Crostini & Swiss Cheese

Happy December! I made French Onion soup for the first time in years. It’s a super easy soup to make. You don’t need a lot of ingredients or time to make this. I almost feel like it’s healthier compared to most soups because there is no cream and yes there is butter but I cut back on that as well.

This is perfect for lunches or with a salad for dinner. It’s nice and warm for those cold winter nights. What’s better than soup and bread? This recipe has BOTH!

French Onion Soup with Garlic Croutons and Swiss Cheese

Ingredients:
5T butter
6 large sweet onions, sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large bay leafs
6 sprigs of thyme
3 T flour
1 ½ cups wine (I used white)
2- 32 oz cartons beef broth, no salt added
3 t salt
2 t pepper

Croutons:
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1 loaf crusty French bread
2 T olive oil
½ T parsley
2 t garlic powder
Sprinkle: salt and pepper

Toppings:
Swiss cheese

Directions:

In a large soup pot, melt butter on medium heat. Add sliced onions and garlic and mix well. Add in the bay leafs and 3 of the thyme sprigs. The other 3 sprigs, remove the herb and sprinkle in the mixture. Cook on medium low heat until onions are tender and caramelized. This may take 30-40 minutes for the amount of onions we are using. I covered the pan and let them cook down mixing every 10-12 minutes. They will cook down, don’t worry if they seem to take up the whole pot. (That’s what happened to me.)

After onions have cooked down and are soft and starting to caramelize remove some of the liquid and add to a small bowl and mix with the 3 tablespoons of flour. Mix well to remove lumps. Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs. Add in the flour mixture and the wine and whisk well. Cook on medium heat about 10-15 minutes mixing half way through with a whisk. A whisk will help make sure the flour mixture gets broken up. Add in the beef broth and salt and pepper and stir, and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes.

While the soup is simmering make the croutons for the top of the soup. Slice the bread into ½ inch pieces. In a small bowl add oil, parsley, garlic powder, fresh garlic and salt and pepper and mix well. Single layer the slices of bread on baking pan covered with foil. Brunch the bread with olive oil mixture. Bake at 400° in the oven 12-15 minutes. It’s okay if they get hard, they will soften once added to the soup.

To serve ladle soup into bowl add 2-3 slices of bread and top with sprinkle of Swiss cheese. If you wish, you can add to an oven save bowl and put under the broiler for a few minutes to make the cheese brown and bubbly. I made this for lunches, so I just add in the bread slices and top with some cheese once the soup is heated through and the cheese melts perfectly. Enjoy!

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#Recipes, Comfort Dish, Keto, Leftovers, Low Carb, Mexican, Quick Meals, Sides, Tacos

Simple Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Simple Mexican Cauliflower Rice

I’ve never been a big fan of cauliflower unless it was smothered with gooey cheese. However, while trying to eat Keto I’ve now become obsessed with making cauliflower rice.  I must say though I cheat a little and buy the frozen already riced cauliflower.  It honestly comes out just as good to me.  It’s a quicker and easier alternative.  Hey anything to save a mess, am I right?  Cutting up cauliflower is the worse! J

I’ve done a few different rice recipes but this one I just made is probably one of my favorites.  I made this to make a taco “bowl” instead of using white or brown rice.  Give it a try. It’s only a few ingredients and yet the flavor is fantastic.  See below for the taco “bowl” I made with the rice. I also put the recipe for all the items in the bowl.

Simple Mexican Cauliflower Rice
3 servings

Ingredients:
12 oz, frozen cauliflower rice
2 T Butter
½ – ¾ cup shredded cheese (I used Mexican mix)
¼ cup chunky salsa
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, diced
2 t low sodium taco seasoning (more to taste)
½ t garlic powder
½ t onion powder
½ lime, juiced
½ T olive oil
2 T chopped fresh cilantro
Sprinkle salt and pepper

Directions: Cook cauliflower rice in the microwave according to package but reduce the cook time by 2 minutes.  Heat a medium sauté pan on high heat.  Add oil and let heat a minute before adding in the onion and garlic.  Sauté the onion and garlic for 3 minutes. Add in the cauliflower rice, butter and taco season, garlic and onion powder.  Add the salsa and lime juice and stir.  Let cook covered 4-5 minutes.  Add the shredded cheese and mix until fully melted, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle in cilantro and serve immediately.

Skirt Steak Taco Bowl

Ingredients:
Mexican Cauliflower rice, (see recipe above)
9 oz cooked protein, ( I used skirt steak)
½ red onion, diced
6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
½ cup shredded cheese
1 jalapeño, diced (remove seeds and membrane for less heat)
8 black olives, sliced
6 T guacamole
3 T sour cream
Optional: Tortilla chips for serving.

Directions: If you want low carb tortilla chips, bake your own using low carb tortillas. Cut tortilla into triangles, brush with oil and sprinkle with salt.  Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes.  Watch the chips close as they will get brown quickly.  Remove from the oven and let cool so they can crisp up.

To assemble your bowl, start with 4 oz of Mexican cauliflower rice, top with steak, and toppings. Serve with guacamole and sour cream on the side and tortilla chips for dipping. Enjoy!

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#Recipes, Breakfast, Brunch, Eggs, Keto, Low Carb

Low Carb (Keto) Bacon & Swiss Cheese Quiche

Low Carb Bacon & Swiss Cheese Quiche

I’ve been eating low carb for the past few weeks. Doing Keto as much as I can be and just trying to adapt certain foods to lower carb options. This is a recipe I’ve posted before however I made this less carbs and I came out DELICIOUS. It may even have an edge over the original recipe.

A few things to keep in mind, the crust on this is NOT like a regular crust. It taste and smells delicious but it definitely doesn’t firm up the same and may fall apart slightly. HOWEVER, it’s super tasty and even when I make the regular version the crust seems to still fall part, so give this a try!

Check it out if you are looking for a great quiche idea with less carbs!

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 ½ cups almond flour, fine
6 T melted butter
½ t garlic powder
¼ t salt

Filling
8 slices cooked bacon, chopped
1 small onion (1/2 cup), small diced
¾ cup swiss cheese, shredded or small diced
4 eggs
1½ cups heavy cream
¼ t salt
¼ t pepper

Directions: Preheat oven to 350°. For the crust: In a medium bowl mix together almond flour, melted butter salt and garlic powder . Mix well. Grease an 8 inch deep pie pan and press in the crust mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan and up the sides.

Note: I used less almond flour to make it less carbs, so this isn’t going to come completely come up the sides of the pie pan. Try and make it as even as possible when pressing into the pan.

Poke a few holes with a fork on the bottom of the crust and bake in the oven about 8-12 minutes until it starts to get brown. (It will continue to bake with the mixture)

Remove the crust from oven and let sit while making the filling.

In a bowl whisk 4 eggs well, add in the heavy cream and mix until fully incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the bacon, onion, and Swiss cheese to the bottom of the pie pan. Gently pour in the egg mixture. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes. Check the middle of the quiche to make sure it’s cooked and no longer “giggles” put a knife in the middle to make sure it comes out clean. Let set at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Notes: I figured about 5.25 net carbs for an 1/8th of this quiche. The Carbs are coming from the almond flour and the onions. Some almond flour may be different in net carbs so make sure to check your labels. If you don’t have a deep pie pan just use 1 cup of heavy cream and 3 eggs everything can stay the same.

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#Recipes

I’m back……

I am back!! I know it’s been months and months since I’ve posted on my blog and shared any recipes. The truth is I’ve been on a healthier journey and honestly been making a lot of the same foods over and over. I can’t post the same recipe a gazillion times. How many of the same recipes can you handle? Just kidding. I’m happy to say that I am down 50lbs and have finally gotten to a good stride with knowing what I need to be doing to lose weight and keep pushing forward to reach my goal. Food has always been a huge part of my life. My family loves to eat. I am never going to be that person that doesn’t give in to temptations or that doesn’t have that pizza if I truly want it. Life is all about balance. Once day, pizza wings and dessert and the next day a salad and a piece of chicken.

I’m going to start sharing my food again so I will apologize in advanced if you see a trend with some of the items I’m posting. Can’t wait to share with you some new recipes and tips!

#Recipes

Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry

I love shrimp! I love to create a meal around shrimp because it’s a protein that cooks extremely fast. Great for any real quick meal. Making stir fry is really simple and a great way to get in a lot of vegetables into your dish.

I made this recipe for my brother who loves shrimp and loves spicy food. You can omit the spice if you’d like and it will come out just as good. Check out this easy stir fry recipe.

Feel free to mix up the proteins too, you can use chicken or beef or anything really. Just adjust the cooking times accordingly.

Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry

Servings:2

1-1 1/2 lb large shrimp, raw, cleaned & deveined
2 cups broccoli florets, par cooked (Partially steam or blanch fresh broccoli first)
3 cups bell peppers, cut in strips (any color)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 jalapeños, diced
1-2 T Sriracha (or any hot sauce)
2 t low sodium soy sauce
1 T olive oil
1 t chili powder
1 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder
Sprinkle salt & pepper
2 cups prepared rice

Directions: In a small bowl add sriracha, soy sauce and seasoning and mix well. Set aside. In a medium sauté pan on medium high heat add 1 T of olive oil. Add in garlic and onion and cook 2 minutes. Add in peppers and sauté 7-9 minutes mixing often. Cook to desired tenderness. Add in shrimp and cook until pink. Add in broccoli and mix well. Add in soy sauce liquid and stir. Cover and cook 3 minutes. Mix well and serve over rice.

Notes: To make this not spicy, remove the sriracha or hot sauce and the jalapeños. It’s just as good without the kick!

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Chicken, Comfort Dish, Complete Meal, Easy & Quick, Healthy

Chicken, Potato and Asparagus Bake

This recipe is my new favorite chicken recipe.  It’s so simple and yet is a well rounded dinner.  It’s has a protein, a starch and a veggie.  I’m always looking for that go to, easy week night meal.  Well here it is.

I made this recipe and I immediately knew it would be something I’d make again and again.  This recipe can be made with both chicken breasts or chicken thighs.  I choice a boneless and skinless chicken thigh because it’s much juicer and it was something I had on hand.  Chicken breasts can also be used, you just need to adjust the cooking times.

I added asparagus and mini potatoes but feel free to adjust to whatever vegetable you have in your pantry.  Check it out!

Chicken, Potato and Asparagus Bake

Ingredients:
8 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
1 bunch asparagus, chopped in 1 inch pieces
15-20 mini potatoes, sliced in half or whole
2-3 T Olive oil
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1 t paprika
1 t chili powder
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Directions: Preheat oven 375.  Heat a medium cast iron skillet or regular skillet on medium high heat.  Season chicken thighs on both sides with garlic and onion powder, paprika, chili powder and salt and pepper.

Add 1/2 T of olive oil to the pan and let heat 1 minute.  Brown chicken on both sides.  Brown all chicken and set aside.

In a medium bowl add the asparagus and potatoes and coat with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and garlic and onion powder.

Add the chicken to the bottom of a large baking pan.  Add the chopped asparagus and potatoes on top of the chicken.

Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until vegetables are fork tender and chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven, season potatoes and asparagus with salt and pepper and serve.

Notes:  The chicken cook times may vary.  Adjust accordingly.  Cut the potatoes in half to cook them quicker.  If you use larger potatoes they may need to be quartered.  Chicken breasts will take a bit longer to cook especially depending on the size of the breast.  Browning chicken first isn’t a mandatory step but it’s definitely one that will enhance the flavors.

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Comfort Dish, Pasta, Veggies

Mushroom Duxelle Lasagna

Who doesn’t like a nice cheesy lasagna? That’s exactly what we have here. It’s a cheesy lasagna with a yummy mushroom duxelle filling. The first time I made mushroom duxelle was for beef wellington. I loved it so much I decided to try to put in this dish. It came out delicious and I had to share.

For the record, mushroom duxelle is like a mushroom paste or mixture made from mushrooms, onions or shallots with herbs and usually sautéed in butter. If you enjoy mushrooms, this recipe is for you. I could seriously eat the mushroom duxelle right out of the pan.

Try this recipe for a different spin on lasagna.

Mushroom Duxelle Lasagna

8-12 lasagna noodles, boiled al dente
20 oz mushrooms, (I used white button)
1 shallot, rough chopped
2 garlic cloves
2 t fresh parsley
2 T butter
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
2 t dried basil
15 oz ricotta cheese
¾ cup shredded Italian cheeses, (I used a lasagna mix)
8-10 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced evenly
3/4-1 cup tomato sauce, (Any kind of your choice, more or less to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste

Extras:
Cooking spray
Large loaf pan

Directions: Preheat oven to 375°. In a food processor add mushrooms, garlic and shallot. Pulse until very finely chopped. Season mixture with fresh parsley, salt and pepper.

Heat a medium sauté pan on medium heat. Add the butter until it melts, then add in the mushroom mixture and cook on medium high heat mixing often until all the water cooks out. This may take 10-15 minutes. Let cool slightly.

In a medium bowl add the mushroom mixture, ricotta, garlic and onion powder and basil and mix well. Season mixture with salt and pepper.

Completely spray the large loaf pan with cooking spray. Spoon some sauce on the bottom of the pan, add 2 lasagna noodles to bottom and top with sprinkle of shredded cheese next add the mushroom mixture evenly and add 2-3 slices of fresh mozzarella lengthwise. Top with a little sauce and add lasagna noodles and complete the steps with the remaining ingredients. You should end with the fresh mozzarella and sauce.

Cover loosely with aluminum foil, bake in the oven 35-45 minutes. Remove the foil and cook another 10-15 minutes until the cheese is bubbling.

Let the lasagna sit 10-15 minute for it to settle before cutting and serving. Serve with garlic bread.

Notes: Use whatever mushrooms you have on hand, it’s delicious even if you use regular button mushrooms. Feel for to use more or less sauce. I like less sauce so I don’t use too much. You can double this recipe and make it in a larger pan. I choose to make in a large loaf pan because I was only making enough for 1 meal for 2 people. Make sure to get as much water out of the mushrooms as possible so it won’t affect the lasagna. In a pinch you can use no boil lasagna noodles. Just bake the lasagna according to the package.

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