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!

Lobster Linguine with Crostini

I know I’ve been MIA lately on posting new recipes. I’ve still been working on new recipes just need to get them written out. 2021 has started out great for a few reason but I got a promotion at work early February and I’ve been so busy. I love the new job, I’m really enjoying it a lot. I’m hoping this is just the start of great things to come in 2021, especially after the last year!

Enough about that. Cooking is still my passion. I have so many great recipes to share. Stay tuned for me.

Let’s start out with this one that I’m really excited about. Lobster Linguine! Buttery, rich, and perfect for your next date night!

Lobster Linguine

Ingredients:
4 lobster tails, meat removed (cut into bite size pieces) (reserve shells, no small pieces)
6 T salted butter
1 cup white wine
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 small onion, diced
2 T extra virgin olive oil (good quality)
1 T parsley, finely chopped
1/2 t xantham gum
6 oz linguine, cooked a dente
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Directions: Heat a medium sauté pan on high heat with olive oil. Add in reserved lobster shells. No small pieces. Cook until the shells turn red.

Remove shells and discard. Add in onion and garlic and cook 3 minutes. Next add in the butter and let it melt then add in the wine.


Reduce the heat to low and add in the lobster meat. Let the lobster cook through till white and red in color. Around 4-6 minutes stirring often.

Add in the parsley and xantham gum and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Add in the cooked linguine and gently toss together. Add in the parmesan cheese. Serve immediately with crostini.

Air Fryer Crostini

Ingridents:
1 small baguette
1/2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T melted butter
1 garlic clove, minced
2 t fresh parsley, chopped
sprinkle salt & pepper

Directions: Cut the baguette on the bias and set aside. Mix the rest of the ingridents together and brush the baguette with the butter mixture. Add to air fryer rack and cook at 400, for 3-5 minutes. Remove and set asside till ready to use. Note: The crostini will crisp up more once recmoved from the oven.

Smothered Mushroom Pork Chops

These smothered pork chops are a delicious and quick week night dinner. I enjoy pork dishes but sometimes I need to spice it up a bite. This dish does it. I put together one night and luckily I took pictures along the way because it came out delicious. Give it a try! Yum!

Smothered Mushrooms Pork Chops

Ingredients:

6 boneless pork chops, (about 1/2 inch thickness)
2 T olive oil
16 oz sliced mushrooms
1 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups of half and half (or heavy cream)
3 T whipped cream cheese
2 T Worcestershire
1/4 cup Romano cheese, finely grated
2 t rosemary
salt (more for seasoning pork)
pepper (more for seasoning pork)
chives, optional

Directions: Heat a large sauté pan on high heat. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper generously on both sides. Add in 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan and let heat 1-2 minutes. Next sear pork chops on both sides till you get a golden color. About 2-3 minutes per sides. Cook in batches if needed. Once pork chops are browned, remove from the pan and set aside.

Next add in the last of the olive oil. Let heat. Then add in the mushrooms, garlic and onion and let cook until tender. Cook the mushrooms until most of liquid cooks out. Season with salt and pepper. Add in the Worcestershire.

Once veggies are tender, pour in cream and let simmer 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Next add in the cream cheese and continuously stir till the cream cheese melts. Mix in the Romano cheese and season the sauce with rosemary and salt and pepper to taste.

Add the pork chops back to the pan and let simmer on low 5-6 minutes till the pork chops are cooked through and the sauce has thickened.

To serve add the pork chop and top with a generus amount of mushrooms sauce. Top with chopped chives if so desired.



Cheesy Cauiflower Casserole

This cheesy cauliflower casserole is great for any side dish. Perfect for a holiday, party, or even just a regular week night! This recipe is actually made low carb. Really the only item that I used differently for a low carb option, was I used xanthan gum and almond vs white flour. You can easily omit that and use flour. Give this recipe a try! If you don’t love cauliflower, try making this…it will change your mind!

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Ingredients:
2 lbs fresh cauliflower, cut in bite sizes pieces (or smaller, depending on preference)
1 stick butter, melted
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 slices cooked bacon or 4 slices prosciutto crispy
2 t almond flour, or 2 T white flour
1 t xanthan gum
3 T Romano cheese, finely grated
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup, heavy cream/milk/half and half
1 T garlic & herb seasoning, (See Amazon link below for what I use)
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1/4 cup bacon or prosciutto (crispy), optional (for the topping)

Directions: Preheat oven 375°. Steam or blanch the cauliflower till fork tender. (Note: do not overcook the cauliflower or it will be mushy.) Once cauliflower is fork tender, drain it and add to a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, add in melted butter, onion, garlic, almond flour, xanthan gum and garlic and herb seasoning. Whisk together.

Add the butter mixture with the cauliflower and mix well, slowly pour in heavy cream. Fold in the Romano cheese and shredded cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Add to an oven safe casserole dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until bubbling and edges are starting to brown. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Top with crispy bacon or prosciutto. Enjoy!

Note: If you don’t have garlic and herb seasoning you can substitute with 1 t garlic powder, 2 t parsley, 1 t dill. This recipe can easily be made ahead of time. You can make and refrigerate for a few hours or even over night. Just add an extra 15-20 minutes to the cook time.

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

These buffalo chicken enchilads are a hit for any buffalo chicken fan! These are nice and spicy! Great flavors and a spin a regular enchilada! I made this recipe for someone but I needed to have some pictures so I made 2 for myself just so show how to make and how they came out! Super yummy. Give it a try!

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients:
4 cups buffalo chicken (Recipe posted under crockpot meals)
3 cups shredded cheese
8-10 medium soft tortillas
3 cups buffalo sauce
1 cup sour cream

Toppings:
blue cheese
blue cheese or ranch dressing
sour cream

Direction: Preheat oven 375°. In a medium bowl add in sour cream and buffalo sauce, mix well. Take a 13×9 baking dish and cover the bottom with the buffalo sauce. In a medium bowl add in the chicken and 2 cups of shredded cheese, mix well. Next take a tortilla and add in a few spoonful of the buffalo chicken mixture. Roll up the tortilla and place in the baking dish, continue with all remaining tortillas to fill the pan. Note: You may need more or less tortillas depending on how much mixture you put in.)

After all tortillas are rolled take the remaining buffalo wing sauce mixture and top completely over all of the tortillas evenly. Lastly sprinkle tortillas with the last cup of shredded cheese, evenly. Place in the oven and bake 30-40 minutes or until they are nice and bubbly and the cheese is melted. To serve, top with blue cheese crumbles, sour cream or ranch/blue cheese dressing. Enjoy!


Buffalo Shredded Chicken (Crockpot Recipe)

This shredded buffalo chicken recipe is so easy to make in the crockpot! The meat is so versatile you can use this meat so many ways. I actually made for my brother as he loves buffalo chicken. It can easily be used to make a buffalo chicken sandwich or wrap. You can eat on it’s own or top it over rice and noodles or you can also make into enchiladas. If you love buffalo wings this recipe is for you. To keep a little less fattening I didn’t add any liquid dressings like ranch or blue cheese. I used low fat cream cheese. It comes out so delicious!!

Crockpot Buffalo Shredded Chicken

Ingredients:
4lb chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
2-3 cups Buffalo wing sauce
1 Ranch packet seasoning
8 oz reduced cream cheese, cut in cubes

Directions: Add a crockpot bag liner to your crockpot. (See link below for what I use from Amazon) Add in your chicken breasts. Using half the seasoning packet of Ranch sprinkle both sides of chicken. Let cook on low 2 hours.

After the 2 hours add in and cover the chicken breast completely with buffalo sauce. Let cook another 2-3 hours on low until the chicken is fully cooked. (Note: It may be less, or more time depending on the thickness of the breasts, Mine were pretty thick.)

Remove chicken from the crockpot and add to a large bowl. Using 2 forks, shred the chicken completely.

Add chicken back into the crock pot and add in the chunks of cream cheese and mix well. Sprinkle on the rest of the ranch seasoning. Let cook another 15-30 minutes until the cream cheese is completely melted. Mix well. Remove from crock put and enjoy. Serve however you like. This recipe is also great for the freezer.