Spaghetti with Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes

Evening all! So I made this dish for dinner tonight (just me) along with some smoked sausage, peas, and Alfredo pasta for the rest of the family. It was enough to feed four, so I have leftovers for myself and 2 coworkers.  I also ate some sausage. It was super yummy! img_6011

Spaghetti with Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes

Ingredients

1/2 pound spaghetti (or whatever pasta you have)
1 container of mushrooms, sliced
1 container of cherry tomatoes
1 bunch of asparagus, cut in small pieces- snap the bigger ends off and disregard
1 clove garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper- add just more than you think
2 tablespoons heavy cream
However much Parmesan you want

Directions

Cook your pasta (or use leftovers)
In a skillet heated with 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil, cook down all your seasoned veggies for a good 15 minutes. In the last 5 minutes cover you skillet to burst your tomatoes. Add in your pasta with the rest of the butter and oil. Mix well. Add in your cream and cheese. Combine well. Vegetarian’s delight! Make vegan by disregarding the butter and cream. Add sausage, chicken, or shrimp for a protein packed meaty meal. The possibilities are endless!

Veggie Cauliflower Rice

Hello again! So I found a head of cauliflower that I totally forgot about in the vegetable drawer. I decided to try something crazy and make it in to rice. I have seen lots of these recipes floating around. Many call for a bag of riced cauliflower. Well, that seems a bit strange to buy when you already have a head of cauliflower! It had a few brown spots on it, which is still totally safe to eat, so I just cut it up in to chucks and put it in the food processor. 055

Then I added a few more veggies…056

I added these veggies to a bit of olive oil with a generous portion of salt and pepper. Then I cooked them down a bit for about 6 minutes. 057

Then I added the cauliflower and snap peas and cooked for about 10 more minutes all together. I added a bit of teriyaki, but I also think if I had it, I would have added some sesame oil.

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Such an easy and healthy dish!

Cucumber and Tomato Balsamic Salad

Pretty tomato obsessed over here!

Cucumber and Tomato Balsamic Salad
Ingredients
1 large cucumber, sliced thinly
1 large tomato, diced  (or 2 small Roma tomatoes, a handful of baby heilooms, etc.)
3 tablespoons balsamic balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt
pepper
Directions…
Combine sliced cucumber and  tomato  in a medium bowl. Add balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Sprinkle on roughly 1/2 teaspoon each salt and peeper and mix together well. ENJOY!

Weekend Wrap-Up and a Yummy Monday Brunch

Good morning, friends! I hope everyone had a GREAT weekend!

Friday we had a great time at the pool. The girls had a blast with lots of the neighborhood kids.

 

Then the girls had a slumber party with a few friends. They had a blast!

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Then they slept over with my parents. The hubby and I had a great time with some friends at the house. I made my “famous” enchiladas. It is nice to hang with family friends without kids every once in a while.

Then yesterday, my parents met us at Texas Roadhouse for dinner to celebrate the hubby’s birthday! Their filet is to die for! We started with some yummy potato skins. img_4388

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Now on to the brunch I made this morning…

Sunny Side Up Eggs with Sauteed Mini Heirloom Tomatoes

I got some amazing tomatoes this week at the farmer’s market. I mean…July is the BEST for tomatoes! I took a couple of handfuls of those beauties and cooked them in a bit of olive oil with a good pinch of salt and pepper. I covered them with a lid and just let those babies pop and char for a good 5 minutes. I toasted some English muffins and made my sunny side up eggs.


I topped the English muffins with an egg and some of those gorgeous tomatoes!

PERFECTION! 

Tofu and Veggie Tikka Masala 

Evening friends! So yesterday I made this delicious vegetarian Indian meal. I bought the sauce, some tofu, and some quick cooking lentils this week for dinner when I thought I was going to have a night at home by myself.

Well, in my previous post, you see I had a random date night.  I decided to cook this meal anyways so that I can have lunch today. It was super yummy and filling. Plus I have tons of leftovers! I even fed my mom…she is wary of Indian food because of spices and heat, but she loved this dish! I hope you try it out!

Tofu and Veggie Tikka Masala 

Ingredients

1 container firm tofu, drained and cubed
1/2 large yellow onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3 yellow squash, thinly sliced
5 small baby potatoes, chopped
1/2 cup of frozen peas
1 jar of Tikka Masala sauce
2 tablespoons Garam Masala spice (optional)

Directions

In a large pan, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add in the onions and potatoes. Cook for about 10 minute on medium low heat. Add in your garlic and squash. Add in your spices. Cook down for about 5 minutes. Add in your sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add in your tofu and frozen peas. Cook until frozen peas and tofu are cooked and the dish is steaming.

I also cooked some Jasmine rice and some quick cooking lentils…

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Dinner with Friends

I am starting a new category tonight. Dinner with friends is becoming the new normal with my new kitchen. I love it! Tonight, 2 college friends came to dinner. One was the fabulous Miss Mandy, who my girls pretty much adore as an auntie. The other was my dear friend Lita, who also brought her lovely hubby and 2 adorable boys. It was loads of fun. For some reason it didn’t even occur to my to take a picture of us, but that is ok. Their pretty faces still look 22 to me, so there is that =)

Here are some shots that I took that mattered…

Homemade Guacamole

The start… 2 avocados, salt, pepper, juice of 1 lime, and a tablespoon of queso fresco diced and stirred in.

  The amazing result! YUMMO!

Margaritas!

Enchiladas 2 ways- Beef and Bean

Can’t wait to see these lovely ladies again!

 

Pasta Primavera

009Hey guys! So I made this yummy vegan meal this past weekend. You could totally add cheese or chicken if you wanted to =)

Ingredients
1 pound of rigatoni (or whatever pasta you have on hand)
2 carrot, sliced 1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 head small head of broccoli, chopped
1 container of mushrooms, sliced
1 medium yellow squash, sliced
1/2 bell pepper, any color, cut into thin strips.
1 cup red wine
1 jar prepared marinara sauce
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (dried thyme, oregano, basil)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 heaping tablespoon of sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
In a large dutch oven, cook down your veggies, about 8 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
Next, add in your tomato paste and garlic. Stir well.
Time for the hooch =) Add in your wine and reduce down, about 3 minutes or so. Combine you crushed tomatoes and jarred sauce to the veggie mixture. Sprinkle in your herbs, sugar, and more salt and pepper to taste.
Cook your pasta.
Add your pasta to your sauce. ENJOY!!!!!

Recipe Review- Corn Souffle

Evening guys! So today I have pretty much spent the entire day in the kitchen (and grocery store). I meal planned, I shopped, and I cooked my heart out. It is my Daddy’s birthday tomorrow, so I cooked him one of his favorite meals; Pork Ragu. I also made this corn souffle recipe I got from this cookbook…
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It has so many amazing recipes that I want to try, but this one caught my eye right away. I have always wanted to take on the souffle, but I have always been afraid to try. This was in the section called “The Scary Stuff,” but the directions were super clear and easy to follow. I followed this recipe to a tee. I encourage you to BUY this book up. It is perfect for the home cook who wants to gain skill and tips from a master chef!

Corn Souffle- from The Chef Next Door by Amanda Freitag

Ingredients- makes four 8-Ounce Ramekins
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, plus more for the ramekins
1 cup corn kernels ( fresh or frozen)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
4 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

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Here is how it progressed…

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I think it was a hit! Becca loved it, but she said next time I should add some cheese. Done!

Cauliflower Couscous

So I made this yummy veggie one pot wonder yesterday. Eat a plate of it for dinner, or pair it with a piece of grilled fish or chicken. Delicious! So cauliflower and couscous are not the most photogenic foods, but I tried my best with the picture. The recipe was so easy!

All you have to do is chop up some cauliflower in small pieces. You could put it in in the food processor to mimic couscous, but I like a few bigger pieces to bite in to. Then put a couple of tablespoons of both butter and olive oil in a med-large dutch oven. Add in your cauliflower and cook down until tender, about 8 minutes. Add in your liquid and bring to a boil. I had some leftover chicken stock, but use veggie or water if you like to make this vegetarian. Just follow the proper ratios on the couscous box. I used plain, so no flavor packet was used. Add in the couscous and stir. Take off the heat and cover for 5 minutes. At the end (OPTIONAL) add in a couple turns of heavy cream and stir OR if you don’t have cream, you could add in a bit more butter or olive oil.

***To make vegan, leave out the butter and just use olive oil. Leave out the heavy cream.

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