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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Sweet Potato Hash Egg Cups

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The sweet potato hash is great enough to stand on its own! Use it as a healthy side dish, but if you want go the extra step, add eggs and turn it into egg cups for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! It's easy, quick, and provides more protein!

Ingredients:

- 1 Tbs Avocado Oil or Olive Oil

- 2 cups sweet potatoes, chopped small

- 3 green onions, white part and half of the green part, diced (reserve remaining green part for garnish)

- 1 small bunch broccolini, chopped small

- 1/2 yellow squash, chopped small (optional)

- 7 or 8 asparagus stalks, chopped small, (optional)

- about 8 cocktail tomatoes, halved (optional)

- 1/2 tsp. salt

- 1/4 tsp. pepper

- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

- 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

- 6 eggs

*The first time I made this, I used just the sweet potatoes, onions, and broccolini. The next day I had to make again because I loved it, and I added the other vegetables. 

Peel and chop sweet potatoes. Put in a microwaveable bowl, add a few tablespoons of water, cover, and microwave for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat skillet on medium high heat. Add oil. Add onions and saute' for about a minute. Add your vegetables and stir. Add seasoning and combine until the veggies are crisp tender. Once sweet potatoes are done, drain, add to vegetable mixture, and cook until vegetables are done to your liking (I like mine a little firm and not mushy). 

Set oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, and add a spoonful of the vegetable mix to 8 muffin holes. Spoon eggs evenly over the top of each of the vegetables. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, remove, garnish with fresh herbs, and enjoy!

"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Seasoned Turkey Skillet with Italian Oil Drizzle

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It was close to dinner time, I was hungry and didn't want to take too much time preparing something. I did have some ground turkey thawed and decided to create my own recipe. This meal was so tasty, I had to share the recipe. Quick and easy.... and who doesn't like that? 

Ingredients:

- 2 Tbs Avocado Oil (or olive oil)
- 2 green onions, diced (divided)
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1/2 tsp. salt and any other of your favorite seasonings
- 1 cup chopped broccoli
- 1 cup chopped yellow squash or zucchini
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, diced
- Microwaveable bag of Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Brown Rice

Italian Oil Drizzle 

Ingredients:

- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning flakes
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt

Add all ingredients into a shaker bottle and shake until combine (or add to a bowl and whisk or stir until combined.)

Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the whites of the green onions to the skillet and saute' for about a minute. Add ground turkey and salt, and cook until browned. Add broccoli, squash, and sun-dried tomatoes. Cook/stir until vegetables are al dente (cooked but not overcooked and mushy). Lastly, add the diced "green part" of the onions to the skillet.

Microwave the rice. Spoon a little rice out onto a plate, top with ground turkey mixture and drizzle the Italian oil over the top! ENJOY!!!!

"Good food. Good mood." - Anonymous 


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Pina Colada No-Bake Tropical Dream Dessert

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We had some special friends over for dinner this week and I wanted to make a dessert. Found an awesome banana pudding dessert online, but as with all the recipes I see, I find a way to tweak it to make it even better! ;) Our company was not disappointed, and I was happy to send them home with the leftovers. Let them gain weight... not us! ha! 

Ingredients:

- 1 package Golden Oreos (36 cookies)
- 1 stick of butter
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 8 ounces cool whip topping, divided
- 1, 3.4 ounce, box instant banana pudding mix
- 1 cup milk 
- 1/2 of a dram of LorAnn Pina Colada flavoring oil (a dram is 3.7 ml)
(No flavoring oil? No problem... just leave it out. Still a deeeelicious banana dessert!)

*Note: The picture showing only a piece of the dessert plated is not mine. I did not want to cut into mine until our company came over, so I found this picture online.

In a food processor, add the Oreos and butter and pulse until combined and crumbly. (Reserve about 1/2 cup to sprinkle on top for a finishing touch). Press Oreo crumb mixture in an 11x7 baking dish. Chill 10 minutes. Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add 1 cup of the cool whip and combine. Spread over the Oreo crust. Whisk pudding and milk until pudding begins to thicken. Add a little of the Pina Colada flavoring oil. Combine. Pour mixture over crust. Add the rest of the cool whip on top, and sprinkle with remaining Oreo crumbs. Chill for one or more hours. Enjoy and good luck just having one piece. 

"Let whatever you do today be enough." - Anonymous




Asparagus and Bacon Frittata

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My sweet neighbor just gave me a bunch of fresh asparagus, straight from her brother's garden. I gladly took it, cooked up an asparagus and bacon frittata, and gave her a piece. Happy to say I'm not the only one who really enjoyed this amazing recipe! I have a feeling you will too. 

Ingredients:

- 3 pieces of bacon, cooked until crisp and broken into little pieces
- 2 Tbs shallots or onion, diced
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- Fresh asparagus (about 1/2 to 3/4 pound), cut into small pieces
- 6 eggs
- 3/4 cup cottage cheese
- 3 Tbs sun-dried tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 Tbs fresh chives, diced
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. Adobo seasoning
- 3 Tbs fresh basil, chopped into pieces
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese

In a cast iron skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Set aside. Break into pieces once cooled. In the same skillet, add shallots and cook for about a minute. Add garlic powder and asparagus. Let cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk eggs, cottage cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, chives, salt, Adobo seasoning, and basil in a bowl. Pour egg mixture in the skillet on top of the asparagus. On medium heat, cook eggs about 4 to 5 minutes until set on the bottom but still runny on top. Set oven to broil on high heat while the eggs are cooking. Sprinkle mozzarella and cheddar cheese on top of egg mixture. Once eggs are set on the bottom, place skillet in the oven. Let broil anywhere from 4 to 6 minutes (until the cheese is melted and the eggs are set). Remove skillet from the oven WITH OVEN MITTS!!! Garnish with more fresh basil if desired, cut into wedges, and dig in!! Enjoy! 

"Some stranger somewhere still remembers you because you were kind to them when no one else was." - Anonymous 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Yam and Russet Potato Soup

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Thick and creamy yet super smooth, this soup doesn't even need a thickening agent... just mash half of the potatoes with a potato masher, leaving some of the diced pieces whole for some hearty texture. Adding one sweet potato gives this soup a sweet earthy taste that is so flavorful, it's hard to stop at one bowl. If you're looking for something super low in calories, keep on scrolling through this wonderful food blog, you'll definitely come across a dish that's delicious and healthy. But keep this recipe handy for those days you just want something a bit more substantial and filling!

Ingredients:

- 5 Russet potatoes (peeled and diced)
- 1 Large sweet potato (peeled and diced)
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 green onions, (dice but the white and green parts are used separately)
- 1 1/2 Tbs Miso paste (soybean paste) OR 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup half and half
- 3 Tbs butter
- diced green onions or scallions for garnish (optional)
- sour cream (optional)
- shredded cheese (optional)

In a large soup pan or dutch oven, add a little of the chicken stock to cover the bottom of the pan. Add white parts of the green onions and the miso paste. Saute' for a few minutes. Add pepper, seasoning salt, and all potatoes. Boil until potatoes are tender. With a potato masher, mash some of the potatoes until the soup is creamy. Add the half and half and butter and heat thoroughly. Spoon soup into a bowl, add a sprinkle of shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and a few scallions on top if desired. Enjoy! 

"A scale can never measure your worth!" - Anonymous