Creamy Ranch Coleslaw

During summer I always try and make some light salads to have with meals.  I love to make pasta salads or cucumber and tomato salads.  This one beyond simple.  It’s only a few ingredients and it comes out so creamy and full of flavor.  I will definitely being making this again! It’s a perfect side to a summer BBQ or meal!

Creamy Ranch Coleslaw

Ingredients:
14 oz Color Coleslaw Slaw
1/2 packet Ranch seasoning Mix
4 green onions, sliced (both green and white)
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1/4 C + 1 T lite mayonnaise (More or less for flavor)
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Directions:  In a medium bowl add in the coleslaw mix and green onions.  Spoon in the mayonnaise and mix well. Drizzle with oil and season with Ranch packet.  Mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Mix well before serving.  Enjoy.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

I love prosciutto! Any way I can possibly add to a dish I will do! This is a very easy but fancier side dish!

This side dish has a nice “WOW” factor. These little asparagus bundles are wrapped with salty crisp prosciutto! Yum!

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Ingredients:
1 lb asparagus
6-8 slices prosciutto
1 T olive oil
2 t salt
2 t pepper
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder

Directions: Preheat oven 400.  Chop the bottom 2 inches off the asparagus.  Bundle 5-6 stalks of asparagus together and wrap with a slice of prosciutto. (You can make the bundles bigger or smaller)

Drizzle the bundles with olive oil and season with the salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Bake in the oven for about 12-18 minutes. (Time depends on the temp of the oven and also how you like the asparagus cooked) If you prefer the asparagus to be cruncher, cook for about 12-13 minutes, if you prefer it softer cook 17-18 minutes.  By this time the prosciutto will be crispy! Enjoy!

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Cheesy Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Over the last 2 years I’ve really gotten into cauliflower rice.  Cauliflower rice has become such a popular side dish, especially with those who follow low carb and keto eating plans.  I enjoy it because it’s an easy way to get more veggies into my meals.

This recipe is beyond simple.  I will be honest, I prefer cauliflower that’s already riced.  I loath cutting or grating cauliflower rice.  LOL.  Yes, I know that’s a strong word, but I really don’t like it at all.  I prefer to just buy it already riced, fresh or even frozen.  The organic frozen rice I get from Trader Joe’s is by far my favorite. The pieces are nice and small and it cooks very well.  If you want to be a warrior and use fresh cauliflower go for it! Regardless this recipe is delish and simple.

Mexican Cauliflower “Rice”

Ingredients:
12 oz, frozen cauliflower rice
2 T Butter
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.

Note: You can also cook the cauliflower in a pan first vs in the microwave. I like doing in the microwave as I feel like it produces less water.  If there is water you can just drain in prior to adding to the sauté pan.

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Fresh Guacamole

I love avocados, so in turn I love guacamole!  I make it whenever I have some avocados that are getting soft.  It’s very easy to put together this recipe.  I personally do not like tomatoes in my guacamole, so this has none. 🙂  There isn’t really much else to say, just take a look and give it a try for your next snack or Taco Tuesday! Cheers!

Fresh Guacamole

Ingredients:
6 ripe avocados
2 jalapeño peppers, diced (seeds removed, unless you want it spicier)
1 medium red onion, diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 t salt (more to taste)
1 t pepper
2 t cumin
1 t cayenne pepper
1 lime, juiced

Directions: Cut fully around the avocado with a knife from top to bottom.  Twist to open and remove the pit and scoop or cut out the inside of it.  Add to a medium bowl.  Smash the avocado with a fork, making sure to remove any lumps.

Add in the jalapeño.  If you want the guacamole mild then just add in the pepper. Omit the seeds and membrane from the pepper.  If you want a little more spice, add in seeds and membrane.  Adjust to your preferred spiciness.

Next add in the red onion, garlic and cilantro.  Mix well.  Add in the lime juice.  More or less to taste.  Season with salt, pepper, cumin and cayenne pepper and mix.

Let sit either at room temperature or in the refrigerator for a while to let the flavors marry. Make sure to tightly wrap bowl with plastic wrap, pushing down the plastic wrap to cover the guacamole.

Serve on tacos or as a dip. Enjoy!

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Sweet Potato, Red Pepper & Kale Hash

I made this hash while I was doing a specific diet last year and I really enjoyed it. The hash has sweet potatoes, red peppers and kale so it’s full of great healthy foods. When I ate this, I’d have for breakfast with 2 eggs and homemade breakfast sausage (Recipe coming soon!)

Eating this in the morning helped me feel fuller longer, and it really helped with my meal prep. Breakfasts are always hard for me, I always work from home, and some days I get up right before it’s time to start working. So, having something prepped and ready to go like this is SO helpful! There were even times I just had the hash with the sausage and that was it. So good! Give it a try!

Sweet Potato, Red Pepper & Kale Hash

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
2 large red peppers, diced or cut in strips
10 oz chopped kale
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
2 t salt plus sprinkle
2 t pepper
1.5 T olive oil

Directions: Preheat oven 400°. In a large oven safe dish/pan add in the sweet potatoes add half of the oil. Sprinkle with 1 t of each of the spices. Garlic & onion powder and salt & pepper. Roast in the oven about 10-15 minutes. Next Add in the red peppers and mix with sweet potatoes, add rest of the olive oil and seasoning. Roast for another 10-15 minutes. Add in the chopped kale and mix well. Roast for another 5-10 minutes so the kale is still slightly crisp but wilted. Sprinkle with with salt, if you desire.

Notes: This is ideal for meal prep for breakfast or any time of the day. Serve with a piece of meat, or eggs. Also, feel free to spice it up with your flavors. Add some heat to kick it up a notch.

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Cheesy Potato Casserole

This potato dish is a perfect side dish to any meal! I love the simplicity of this dish but the taste you’d never know how simple it really was.  I will tell you right now, this dish isn’t considered low fat or healthy by ANY means.  This is a rich, cheesy and full of fat and calories dish.  Hey, we need to treat ourselves, right? I don’t make this that often, but when I do, I enjoy it so much.

We ended up adding the potatoes to our Christmas Eve menu once the kids came along.  It’s a kid friendly dish for sure.  There are several different recipes out there like this one.  I use a lot less butter. Some call for a full stick of butter inside the potatoes and then on the top, that’s totally not necessary in my opinion.  1 stick of butter is more then enough, sometimes I don’t even use that.

I usually make these with shredded potatoes, I feel like they are super tender.   This time I used the small diced hashbrowns and cooked slightly longer and they came out just as good.

Everyone will love this dish, it’s sure to be a family favorite  Take it to your next potluck, you’ll be the talk of the office.

Xoxo,

Julie

Cheesy Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

32 frozen hashbrowns, thawed (Diced or shredded)
1 10.5 oz can cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
8-10 oz cheddar cheese (I like a little more)
1 stick of butter, melted
1 cup corn flake crumbs*
1 small onion, diced
1/2 T garlic powder
1/2 T onion powder
2 t salt (more to taste)
2 t pepper (more to taste)
2 t Garlic & Herb Seasoning (see Link below)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350.  In a large bowl add the hashbrowns, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, cheddar cheese, diced onion, and all the seasoning and half the melted butter.  Mix very well.  Making sure you get all the potatoes coated.  Add the potato mixture to an oven safe bowl.  Evenly top with the corn flake crumbs.  ( I add more, because I love the topping.)  Drizzle the last half stick of melted butter over the topping.  Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until the top is slightly golden in color.  Let sit a few minutes, and serve hot.

Note: If you use the diced hasbrowns you may need to cook slightly longer.  I notice that sometimes the hashbrowns are bigger making it take longer to cook. I prefer the shredded ones for this recipe, however when I took the pictures most recently I was only able to get the diced.  Also, you can use more butter if you like. I like to use less since there is no real purpose for all the extra fat.  It taste just as good. Some extra ingredients that would be fun and give it a nice kick would be cooked bacon goat cheese, ricotta or maybe diced jalapeños.  If you can’t find corn flake crumbs, just buy a box of the cereal and crush them up or put in a food processor.  You want them to be pretty fine, like consistency of breadcrumbs.

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