It’s that time of the year when everyone starts thinking about how summer is right around the corner and how they need to loose a few pounds before it gets here. I have definitely been treating myself this winter and since the baby is going to be one in May, its time I get myself back on track. So when two of my girlie friends were coming over to visit, I thought it would be great to make a yummy healthy lunch for us.
Here is what you will need:
– sliced red onion
– container of hummus
– jar of marinated artichoke hearts
– jar of roasted red peppers
– pitted kalamata olives
– crumbled feta cheese
– bag of spring mix salad
– balsamic salad dressing
– whole wheat wraps
Here is what you need to do:
Brown up the red onion in a little olive oil. Remove the onions when they are soft and slightly browned and place in a bowl. Do not clean out pan!!! Use it to warm up your tortilla wraps.
Slice up your red peppers, kalamata olives and toss your spring mix salad lightly with the balsamic dressing. Warm up your tortillas and it’s time to assemble. I like to put a layer of hummus, then onions, artichokes, red peppers, olives, feta and top with salad.
You can try to wrap it all up, but I just treat it like a taco and gobble it up.
Bon’s Birthday is in a few days, so our friend Lynn brought some yummy cupcakes (accompanied by fresh fruit of course) to celebrate. The baby just loves a good Happy Birthday sing a long.
Whenever the winter seems like it is never going to end, I like to remind myself of the warm days of summer by cooking up a big pot of seafood. I got this recipe from a super fun 4th of July celebration overlooking the Long Island Sound. It was a great day with great people that I love.
Here’s what you will need:
– bag of mussels
– 1lb of shrimp peeled and cleaned
– 1 dozen clams
– 5 red potatos quartered
– 3 ears of corn cut in half
– stick of butter
– handful of chopped parsley
– small bottle of white wine
– head of garlic
– salt and pepper
– lemon to finish
– large loaf of crunchy french bread to soak up all the yummy seafood broth
This recipe is suited for my family of 5, so if you are making it for a large crowd just double or triple if need be. You can also add lobster tails if you would like.
Here’s what you do:
Melt the stick of butter, add the white wine and the cloves of garlic that are separated and peeled. Cook covered for about 3 mins on medium heat. Stirring occasionally.
Add the quartered potatoes, corn that is cut in half and chopped parsley. Stir, cover and let cook for 10 minutes.
Add the clams. Give a good stir to settle them in and cook covered for 5 minutes. Then add shrimp and mussels. Stir and cook covered until shrimp is cooked and all shells on mussels and clams are open.
When done, flip pot over into large flat pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve with fresh lemon and a bunch of cut up french bread.
Back in the day after a fun night of dancing at the club, nothing was better than a big plate of Disco Fries. We would pool whatever money we had left and head to the nearest diner. The plate of french fries covered in melted cheese, crispy bacon bits and brown gravy would be gone in seconds. Nowadays the only dancing that is going on is at the Mickey Mouse Club in my den, which is a good enough reason for me to make some and my family is happy to gobble them up.
Here’s what you will need:
– bag of frozen steak fries
– pack of sliced mozzarella cheese
– large jar of brown gravy
– jar of bacon bits
Here’s what you do:Bake your frozen fries in the oven at 400 degrees until golden and crispy. You are welcome to fry them in oil and they will probably be much more tasty. Its just easier for me to do it this way.
Transfer cooked fries to oven proof dish and cover with cheese slices and bacon bits.
Bake until cheese is melted. Serve with warm gravy.
I have been making this dip for almost 15 years and it is always the first thing to be eaten up. It has gotten so popular that my teenager’s friends request them to bring it to any party.
Here’s what you will need:
– Block of room temperature cream cheese
– Shredded cheddar cheese
– Can of chili with beans
– Tortilla chips for dipping
Its so simple to make. Here’s what you do.
Spread an even layer of cream cheese and then top that with an even layer of chili.
Top with shredded cheese.
Bake at 350 until melted, golden and bubbly.
Serve warm with Tortilla chips.
I found this soup on allrecipes.com, which is a great website to find and try out new recipes. I changed it up a bit and it quickly became a family favorite.
Here’s what you will need.
– 1 lb ground turkey
– 32 ounces chicken broth
– 1 jar of mild chunky salsa
– 1 can of pinto beans drained and rinsed
– 3 ears of fresh corn cut off the cob
– handful bunch of chopped cilantro
– 1 avocado chopped
– small tub of sour cream
– bag of tortilla chips
– salt, pepper & garlic powder to taste
– Brown up ground turkey and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
– Add chicken broth, salsa, beans, corn, cilantro and stir all together.
– Bring to boil and then simmer for 20 mins slightly covered, stirring occasionally.
-You can top it with whatever you like. I like avocado, sour cream and tortilla chips.
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