Air Fryer Oreos

I’m still loving my air fryer! It was probably one of the best items I’ve purchased recently. I love kitchen items, obviously! But this gadget is awesome! I decided to give Oreos a try in the air fryer. I personally don’t like the idea of the ones with crescent dough. I feel like it would be a little on the doughy side for me. I made mine with pancake mix and I loved the way they came out. Do they taste like a fried Oreo you get a carnival or state fair… probably not. BUT these are delicious nonetheless! If you are looking for a “fried” treat with no guilt this is it! Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Air Fryer Oreos

Ingredients:
1/2 cup complete pancake mix
1/3 cup water
10 Oreos (or other chocolate sandwich cookes)
cooking spray
powder sugar, to taste

Directions: Preheat air fryer. (Mine preheats at 400 for 4 minutes) In a small bowl mix together pancake mix and water until combined. If the mix seems to wet you can add more pancake mix. You want it to be thicker and not to runny. Spray the air fryer rack with cooking spray. Dip the cookie in the pancake mix and make sure it’s fully covered. Lay on the air fryer rack. Complete with all Oreos and make sure they are not touching. Place in the air fryer and cook at 400 for about 7-8 minutes flipping halfway through. Remove from air fryer and sprinkle with powder sugar. You can use parchment paper for a smoother bottom! I just put on the rack vs using the parchment paper.

Easy Italian Pasta Salad

It’s so sad Summer is almost coming to a close. I can’t believe we are already halfway through August. WOW! No clue where 2021 has gone. I figured I better share this recipe before the snow hits the ground so here goes! This easy Italian Pasta Salad is quick it make and is always a hit! It’s best to make this in advance so the flavors can marry!! Give this a try and you won’t regret it!

Easy Italian Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
1lb multi-color pasta, cooked
3/4 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
1 green pepper, diced
1 can black olives, cut in half
8 oz block mozzarella, diced (I usually add extra as cheese is the my favorite)
1-2 cups bottled Italian dressing
1/2 packet dried Italian dressing packet
salt/pepper to taste

Directions: In a large bowl mix cooked pasta with the dressing. dressing packet, olives and green peppers, refrigerate. Add in the tomatoes and cheese about 2 hours before serving. The longer this sits the more flavor it will have. This salad is easily customizable. Switch up the cheese for fresh mozzarella or you’re favorite kind. Add diced or sliced salami or pepperoni for an extra kick. Add onions, or red peppers for other veggies you may like. I made this for a family gathering at my brother’s house and he doesn’t like onions. I love them so this salad would be great with some red onions or green onions!

Note: You may need to adjust the seasoning and dressing once the salad sets and is refrigerated. Add more or less depending on taste.

Cheesy Mushroom Chicken

Hi all! I just got back from an amazing vacation and I’m trying to dedicate more time to my cooking as it is such a huge passion. My new job has been super busy still, but I’m getting a new partner soon so hopefully things will get to normal and I can be more active with this blog! Don’t worry I’m cooking, I’m just not able to get the recipes shared!!

Anyways….back to the food. I made this super basic chicken recipe tonight. I say basic as it’s really got only a few ingredients and it’s great for a weeknight meal. It’s relatively healthy and can easily be turned into a low carb/keto dish. I’ve been trying to keep things a little more simple during the week so that’s where this recipe came from. Give it a try!

Cheesy Mushroom Chicken

Ingredients:
4-6 thin chicken cutlets
1/2 cup flour
16 oz sliced mushrooms (any kind)
1 cup aged white cheddar, grated (I used a rustic bigger grater)
3-4 T olive oil
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
1 t salt
1 t pepper

Directions: Heat a large sauté pan on high heat. In a medium bowl add in the flour and season with 1 t garlic powder, 1 t onion powder, half the salt and pepper. Mix well. Add the chicken and dredge in the flour and shake off excess flour and set aside. Complete with all chicken cutlets.

Once pan is heated add 1-2 T of olive oil to pan and let heat 2 minutes swirl the oil around in the pan. Add in the chicken and cook until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. About 3 minutes on each side on medium heat. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

Add in another tablespoon of oil and add in the sliced mushrooms. Season with the remainder of the spices, garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper. Cook these mushrooms till as much of the water is cooked out as possible most. TRUST ME you will be happy you did. The mushrooms will get golden brown in color and the flavors will really come through. Remove mushrooms from the pan and add the chicken back in.

Top the chicken cutlets with the golden delicious mushrooms and sprinkle over the aged white cheddar. You can use as much and as little as you like. I was trying to be a little healthier and used less cheese but honestly I should have smothered it with cheese! Turn pan on low and cover until cheese is melted.

Remove from the pan, serve and enjoy!

Notes: Adjust the cooked time based on the thickness of the chicken you are using. The chicken should be cooked to 165°. The flour can easily be omitted for low carb lifestyles.

Viral Baked Feta & Tomato Chicken Verison

Hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have you missed me?? I’m so sorry I’ve been so MIA. My focus is on my new job and I’ve been beyond busy haven’t really spent to much time cooking up new recipes, unfortunately. I have made a few but not as many as I’d like.

I decided to give this viral baked feta and tomatoes recipe a try! I mean it’a all over, I had to! I’m watching the carbs so decided to do a chicken version of this viral recipe. O.M.G. It came out delicious. Full of flavor. You can easily do this with chicken breast which I’ll probably use next time. I made with chicken thighs.

You need to make sure to try this dish! It’s so yummy and you don’t even miss the pasta… well maybe a little.

Baked Feta & Tomato Chicken

Ingredients:
8 chicken thighs, boneless & skinless
1 8oz block feta cheese
3 garlic cloves minced or grated
1-1 1/2 cup grape tomatoes
3 T extra virgin olive oil (Use the good stuff here)
1/2 T Italian seasoning
2 t pepper
2 T fresh basil

Directions: Preheat oven 400°. In a medium size baking dish add in the tomatoes. Make a whole in the middle and add in the block of feta cheese. Drizzle the extra virgin over the tomatoes and completely cover the top of the feta cheese. Season the tomatoes and feta with Italian seasoning and pepper and mix tomatoes to fully coat. Place in the oven for 20 minutes until the tomatoes are blistered.

Remove pan from the oven and smash the feta cheese and mix in with the tomatoes. Add in the garlic and mix well. Spoon the feta mixture over the chicken thighs and return to the oven at 375°and bake for 20-25 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked. Internal temperature needs to reach 165°.

Remove chicken from oven let rest for a few minutes and then top with basil and serve. This dish would be great served with a vegetable side, over rice or mashed potatoes.


Egg Roll Bowl

This dish seems to be all the rage right now. It’s a healthier low carb option to an egg roll! You can really mix this up with any ingredients you like. It’s a great dish for a weeknight because it can be put together very quick! I’ve been asked to make it and post my recipe, so here it is. I personally don’t think it’s fantastic, but it’s a good healthier meal for a weeknight! Give it a try and you be the judge!

Egg Roll Bowl

Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey/pork/chicken
16 oz bag- tri color coleslaw
1T olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 T light soy sauce
2 T Hoisin sauce
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1 t chili powder
1/2 cup water chestnuts, optional

Optional Toppings:
green onions
sriracha
avocado
sesame seeds

Directions: Heat a medium sauté pan on medium high heat. Add in the ground meat and brown the meat until fully cooked, breaking up into small pieces. Once the meat is cooked, take out and set aside. Add in the olive oil to the pan and let heat 2 minutes. Next add in the garlic, onion, and red pepper and let cook about 3-4 minutes, until slightly tender. Then add in the coleslaw and mix well. Cook until the coleslaw starts to soften. (Note: watch that it doesn’t get to soft or it will become mushy.) Cook about 7-8 minutes, mixing often. Reduce or add time depending on how fast the coleslaw is cooking. Return the meat to the pan. Lower the heat to low and add in the soy sauce and hoisin sauce, mix well. Season the mixture with salt, pepper and chili powder. If using the water chestnuts add those in and mix. Cook on low for 5 minutes until everything is heated through. To serve, add to a bowl top with green onions, siracha and avocado or any toppings of your choice and enjoy!

London Broil Quesadilla

I love a recipe I can get 2 meals out of! I’m not a huge left over fan, unless it taste delicious. Well that’s where this recipe came in. I’m going to give you my Air Fryer London Broil recipe as well as how I made the quesadilla in the air fryer as well. Perfectly Quick meal for a busy week night! Better than take out!

London Broil Quesadilla

London Broil Ingredients:
1 London broil, 2 lbs
1 T olive oil
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1 t steak seasoning
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper

London Broil Directions: Preheat air fryer at 400°. Rub the London broil with the oil and season with above seasonings on both sides. Add the London broil to the Air Fryer rack or basket. (Note: I have an air fryer oven with a rack.) Cook the mean at 400° for 13-15 minutes flipping half way. Check the temp with an instant read thermometer. 135° for medium rare and 145° for medium to well. Let the mean rest at least 5-7 minutes before slicing.

Quesadilla Ingredients:
2 medium- large flour tortillas
8-12oz shredded cheese (I used a reduced fat Colby Jack)
olive oil spray

Optional Additions:
onion, diced or sliced
fresh jalapeños
beans, black or refried
bell peppers
chopped cilantro
olives

Serving ingredients:
sour cream
hot sauce
salsa
guacamole

Quesadilla Directions: Thinly slice freshly cooked London broil or left over London broil. Assemble the quesadilla by placing cheese on half the tortilla. Top with the sliced meat and whatever else you are using. Top with more cheese. Fold over the tortilla. Complete with 2nd tortilla. Spray with cooking spray. Place in the air fryer at 400° for 8 minutes, flipping half way. You will need to place something on top of the quesadillas when you first start cooking the quesadilla. The tortilla may fly open before the cheese is melted. Once you flip it over it won’t be needed. I use an oven safe aluminum pan. Cook till your desired crispiness. Remove and serve with your favorite toppings!