Category Archives: Main Dishes

Fusilli with Mushroom & Butternut Squash

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I can’t honestly say where I found this recipe, but I wanted to share it with you.  Whether you are gluten free (the Fusilli can be found GF), vegan, or just have the occasional meatless meal, this is pretty good.  We don’t typically do any of those, so as we ate my husband said he needed a steak to go with it, which is funny because he doesn’t typically like steak.  So, it’s a great meatless meal or would go fabulous alongside a well cooked steak.  Hope you like it.

  • 1 pkg Fusilli pasta
  • olive oil
  • 2 c butternut squash, chopped same size
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 pkg cherub tomatoes, halved
  • Green Onions, chopped for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Toss squash in bowl with 2 tbsp oil and a dash of salt and pepper.
  3. In roasting pan, spread squash in a single layer and roast for 12 minutes.  Remove from oven, stir, roast another 12 minutes.
  4. Fill large pot with salted water and bring to boil over high heat.  When the water begins to boil, add fusilli and cook to package directions.
  5. Heat a large skillet, add oil when the pan is hot.  Over medium heat, saute onions.  Add mushrooms and tomatoes, saute a little longer.
  6. Add fusilli and squash, stir well for one minute.
  7. If desired, garnish with green onions.

If you have any modifications that work out, we’d love to hear them!

 

Originally posted 2016-02-15 06:15:15.

Oklahoma Indian Taco

IndianTacoCrystalSellersI recently reviewed an amazing book, Summer Under My Quilt.  This recipe was provided by the debut author, Crystal Sellars.  Being a fellow Oklahoman, I can tell you the book very much depicts the part of the state the author and I grew up in.  I hope you’ll check the my review and book out, then enjoy this recipe as you read!  Without further introduction, here is the author’s recipe.  Enjoy!

Growing up in Stilwell Oklahoma I was raised on Indian Tacos.
Since I’m sure not many have tried this yummy dinner, it seemed the perfect thing to make for you all.

Brown hamburger meat. (Amount depends on your family size) add onions to taste. Then add in a packet of taco seasoning.

Next you will need to make your fry bread. I do this the cheat way. I use can biscuits or crescent rolls. Smmer Under My Quilt
Add a little oil to the pan and your dough. Flatten and fry till cooked thoroughly.

In the mean time chop your veggies:
Tomatoes
Lettuce
Black olives
Onion
Other toppings:
Shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, avocados.
Heat a can of re-fried beans.

Once your finished pile beans, meat and vegetables all on top of your fry bread and enjoy!

Originally posted 2016-02-10 06:04:29.

Wild Mushroom Beef Stew

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It’s been so cold this winter that I’m trying out new soups left and right.  I’m also working on stepping out of my comfort zone.  That hasn’t always been my strong suit. So, as one of my new trial recipe I tried this out.  My husband thinks it will be even better if it was made in a dutch oven.  Modification instructions are below the crockpot recipe.  Hope you like it.

  • 1 1/2- 2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1/8 cup of flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 8 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 med carrots, sliced
  • 2 med potatoes, diced
  • 1 sm white onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  1. Put beef in crockpot.  Mix together flour, salt and pepper.  Pour over meat, stir to coat each piece of meat with flours mixture.  Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix well.
  2. Cover & cook on high for 4 hours or until done.  Stir stew before serving.

Dutch Oven Modification: Heat dutch oven over med-high heat.  Mix flour and seasoning (all but bay leaf) and toss the beef in it. Coat pan with 1-2 tbsp olive oil.  Brown beef in oil.  Add all ingredients, stir and cook until done.

**If you have any thoughts or modifications, I’d love to hear them!  Please share.

Originally posted 2016-01-29 06:30:39.

Super Simple Herbed Fish Fillets

HerbedFilletsPlatedBy now, everyone knows that fish should be a healthy addition to our diets but it doesn’t seem like there are very many great recipes.  The flavor

2 Tbsp butter

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/4 c onion, chopped

1 Tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp. parsley flakes

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp tarragon

1/8 tsp thyme

1 lb fish fillets

1/4 c. bread crumbs

  1. Melt butter.  Add garlic and onion until tender.
  2. Add lemon juice and spices.
  3. Lightly butter the bottom of a baking dish then arrange fish in baking dish.
  4. Pour bread crumbs over the fish then pour butter mixture on top.
  5. Bake at 350 until fish flakes easily with a fork.  (mine took about 10 minutes)

Originally posted 2015-10-19 06:26:22.

Broccoli, Tomato & Chicken Skillet: Super Easy Healthy Dinner!

This Tomato, Broccoli & Chicken Skillet is the perfect weeknight dinner!  One dish, healthy, & an easy cleanup! Just what we need for those busy days!

Broccoli Tomato Chicken Skillet: Quick, Easy & Healthy One Dish Weeknight MealI don’t know about you, but some nights I am just not in the mood to make a huge, time consuming meal.  I need something quick and simple that tastes great!

This recipe fits the bill perfectly!  Broccoli, Tomato & Chicken Skillet is the perfect recipe when you want to feed your family a healthy meal without a ton of time!  From prep to plate in 15 minutes!  It’s a recipe that’s a keeper in my book!

We do paleo (or try to), so we added cauliflower rice but you could use regular rice or none at all.  After making it, I realized it would have been perfectly fine without any additions at all.

If you know you are gonna have a night where you won’t have time to prep, (game nights, perhaps?) you could easily prep everything ahead of time.  It would cut your meal time on the day you cook it to less than fifteen minutes!

I like to cook it in my cast iron skillet, as with those you literally just have to wipe it out with a damp cloth when you are done!  I didn’t learn until I was grown that you aren’t supposed to completely wash cast iron!  Now we have well seasoned skillets!

Broccoli, Tomato and Chicken Skillet

Broccoli Tomato Chicken Skillet Quick and EasyIngredients:

2 boneless skinless breasts

1/4 c chopped onion

2 Tbsp butter

1 package frozen cut broccoli, thawed

1 tsp lemon juice

dash of salt (if you like salt)

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp thyme

1/4 tsp oregano

3-4 med tomatoes, cut into wedges

Directions:

  1. Cut chicken breast in half, then slice them into 1/2 inch wide strips.
  2. In skillet, cook chicken and onions in butter til chicken is no longer pink.
  3. Stir in broccoli, lemon juice, salt (if using), thyme, oregano and pepper.
  4. Cover and simmer 6 minutes.
  5. Stir, then add tomato wedges.
  6. Cover and simmer 3-4 minutes more
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Obviously, this recipe is super simple and anyone could easily make it pretty quickly.  I love that cleanup is super easy too!

What are your favorite simple weeknight dinners? 

I’ll take all the suggestions I can get!

Pilchards Tomato Curry and Stewed Pumpkin Mauritian Style

These two dishes can be eaten together in an Indian flour wrap or chapati. Best served with a spicy coriander and tomato chutney and/or some Indian pickles.

Pilchards Tomato Currypilchards curry

Ingredients

3 tbsp oil
1 medium onion, finely sliced
3-4 curry leaves
400g can of chopped tomatoes
400g can of Glenryck Pilchards in tomato sauce
1-2 medium green chilli, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped spring onions
1 tsp curry powder
2-3 pinches of sugar
salt to taste

Directions:

1. Heat oil in a cooking pan and fry onion until lightly browned. Add in curry leaves and fry for 1-2 minutes.
2. Add chopped tomatoes. Cover and cook until simmering gently and a thin film of oil is visible on the surface. Stir in curry powder and sugar and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
3. Remove pilchard spine by gently cutting each fish in half along the sides and lifting spine off the flesh. Ensure no bones remain. Break into medium chunks and add to pan. Cover and cook for about 5-10 minutes.
4. Add salt to taste.
5. Sprinkle chopped green chilli and spring onions on top.

Stewed Pumpkin

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(Butternut Squash can be used as an alternative)

2-3 tbsp oil
½ medium onion, finely sliced
½ tsp of mustard seeds
4-6 small dried red chillies or 1 large, chopped dried red chilli
2-3 curry leaves
500g pumpkin, diced in small pieces
water
1-2 tbsp chopped coriander

1. Heat oil in a cooking pan and fry onion until lightly browned.
2. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, and chillies. Fry for 1-2 minutes.
3. Add pumpkin and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring gently to avoid burning.
4. Add in just enough water to cover mixture. Cover pan and allow to cook on a medium heat. Stir occasionally.
5. Once pumpkin has softened and water is almost evaporated (about 10-15 minutes), take pan off cooker and mash pumpkin.
6. Sprinkle chopped coriander on top.

Soul Meaning

Soul Meaning

  • ‘My name is Lucas Soul. Today, I died again. This is my fifteenth death in the last four hundred and fifty years.’
  • The Crovirs and the Bastians. Two races of immortals who have lived side by side with humans for millennia and been engaged in a bloody war since the very dawn of their existence. With the capacity to survive up to sixteen deaths, it was not until the late fourteenth century that they reached an uneasy truce, following a deadly plague that wiped out more than half of their numbers and made the majority of survivors infertile.
  • Soul is an outcast of both immortal societies. Born of a Bastian mother and a Crovir father, a half breed whose very existence is abhorred by the two races, he spends the first three hundred and fifty years of his life being chased and killed by the Hunters. One fall night in Boston, the Hunt starts again, resulting in Soul’s fifteenth death and triggering a chain of events that sends him on the run with Reid Hasley, a former US Marine and his human business partner of ten years. When a lead takes them to Washington DC and a biotechnology company with affiliations to the Crovirs, they cross the Atlantic to Europe, on the trail of a French scientist whose research seems intrinsically linked to the reason why the Hunters are after Soul again.
  • From Paris to Prague, their search for answers will lead them deep into the immortal societies and bring them face to face with someone from Soul’s past. Shocking secrets are uncovered and fresh allies come to the fore as they attempt to put a stop to a new and terrifying threat to both immortals and humans. Time is running out for Soul. Can he get to the truth before his seventeenth death, protect the ones he loves and prevent another immortal war?

About the Author

D. Starrling was born on the small island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and came to the UK at the age of twenty to study medicine. After five years of hard graft earning her MD and another five years working all of God’s hours as a Pediatrician, she decided it was time for a change and returned to her first love, writing. She lives in Warwickshire in the West Midlands, where she is busy writing the next installment in the series. She still practices medicine. AD Starrling is her pen name.

Book Details

  • 420 pages
  • Genre: Supernatural, Action Adventure, Thriller
  • Age: Adult
  • Available from: Amazon.com & other retailers
  • ASIN: B008L8IU8C

Review Excerpts

  • I loved this book. I was immediately drawn into the world of the Immortals that AD Starrling has created. You should definitely go pick it up and give it a read. If you like this genre at all, or even if you don’t, this is a new author that you will want to give a try.” Jessica Loves Books

Soul Meaning is a supernatural thriller that is jammed packed full of non-stop action. From the very first page, it draws the reader in. It immediately grabbed my attention and it continued till the very end. I was really surprised by how amazing Soul Meaning was.” Lunar Haven RD

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Originally posted 2014-11-12 10:52:04.

General Tso’s Chicken

Easy General Tso's Chicken Recipe

  • 1 lb boneless chicken, skinned and cubed
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c cornstarch, 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsps rice wine
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 sm onion, cut into squares
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into squares
  • Oil for deep frying

1.  Mix cornstarch and eggs in a large bowl, add in chicken and coat thoroughly.

2.  Prepare the sauce by combining 2 tsp cornstarch, wine, vinegar, sugar and soy sauce in a small bowl.

3.  Heat oil for frying.

4.  Fry chicken in batches so that chicken is just cooked.

5.  Remove chicken and let stand to drain off some grease.

6.  In only a couple of tbsp of oil, fry onion and bell pepper.  When they are almost done, add in chicken and stir fry until chicken reaches a crispy brown.

7.  Add the sauce in and continue to stir fry.  Toss around for a couple of minutes, until sauce becomes a glaze.

Serve over rice and enjoy!

*This recipe was modified from Food.com  There are modifications, but if you’d like to find the original, please search Mean Guy’s General Tso’s Chicken on food.com  Thanks and I hope you enjoy!

Originally posted 2014-09-13 20:54:54.

The Ultimate Classic Coney Sauce

Coneys are an awesome way to take hot dogs to a whole new level!  I hope you enjoy this as much as I do and I look forward to hearing all about your experiences with it!  Enjoy!

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When I was a kid, my Mom and step-dad took me to this place in Tulsa, OK called Coney Island.  It wasn’t an island, just a fast food joint, but it seemed magical.  A place where they MADE chili dogs right in front of you!  It was on special occasions that we went, like when I begged enough.  LOL.

I’m sure you probably realize there is an actual place more known than this silly little place in Tulsa, I had no idea until years later!  haha.  Ahh, to be a child again!

Anyway, this is the closest I’ve come to re-living it at home.  Just remember, the hot sauce you use makes a huge difference in the flavor.  We tried it with green hot sauce and I wasn’t a fan.  Chief Zoo Keeper liked it, I didn’t.  Let me know if you find a fabulous variation!

Coney Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c finely chopped (or even minced) white onion
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp worcestishire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 c ketchup
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder

Directions

  1. Saute onion and garlic.
  2. Add ground beef, brown, drain.  (You can also use ground turkey!)
  3. Combine other ingredients in a bowl, mix well, then add to ground beef mixture.
  4. Stir, heat, simmer, for 1 hour.  If it begins to dry out, add water and scrape the bottom of the pan.  Continue simmering for the entire hour.  Gets the flavor in so well!
  5. Enjoy with your favorite franks and sides!

Now, what’s for dessert….?

Originally posted 2014-02-19 09:42:44.

Dragon Noodles Recipe

Dragon Noodles RecipeSo let me start by saying that this is HOT!!!  So hot that Monkey was the only one in the house that could eat it…  Chief threw in the towel after a bite, I made it quite regretfully through my serving.  The heat was a little much.  The flavor was amazing.  Next time, I’ll be making the dish without the heat!  😀

If you’d like to make it without the sriracha, I think it would still be great.  Let me know if you try!  I’d love to hear your modifications!  Also, I have to give credit to the awesome Mrs. Cheryl, as she sent this recipe along with most of the ingredients to make it in my July Foodie Penpal Box!  It’s a free penpal program, you can follow the link and read more about it.  They have it for countries outside of the US so be sure and check it out no matter where you are from!  It’s super fun!  😀

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz pkg lo mein noodles
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Sriracha*
  • Handful of Cilantro
  • Sliced Green Onion

1.  Cook noodles according to package directions.

2.  While noodles are cooking, prepare sauce.  In small bowl, stir together brown sugar, soy sauce, and sriracha.

3.  In large skillet melt butter, over medium-low heat.  Add red pepper to butter as it melts.  Whisk an egg in a bowl and then add to the melted butter.  Stir gently and cook through.  Once the egg is done cooking, turn off heat.

4.  When noodles are tender, drain and add them to the skillet with the cooked egg.  Also add the prepared sauce.  Turn the heat on low to evaporate excess moisture, and stir until everything is coated well with the sauce.  Sprinkle the sliced green onion and cilantro leaves (whole) on top and serve.

*I’m putting the recipe as I made it, if you like hot then go for it!  If not, I highly suggest you tone the Sriracha down.

Originally posted 2013-09-08 00:01:52.

Fast Fixin’ Chicken Verde Wrap Recipe

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Chicken Nugget Verde Wrap
As you may have read on my review before, Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets are really yummy!  They also have some benefits that many other companies can’t boast!  Such as 20% less fat and calories than the leading brand (Tyson) and they are made with the best and healthiest part: breast meat!  Best of all though, is the taste!  They are really good…  LOL.  Think I may have said that!
Recipe by PhD nutritionist Kathy Mora

Ingredients:
4-5 Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets
1 Spinach Tortilla (other tortilla of choice can be substituted)
Approximate portions:
2 Tbsp Guacamole with chopped tomatoes (store bought or homemade)
1 tsp chopped fresh red/purple onion (optional, can substitute red/green pepper)
1-2 Tbsp Shredded lettuce
1-2 tsp Shredded cheese (Mexican style, Monterey Jack, Cheddar,
Salsa verde to taste

Preparation*:
1. Using microwave- place Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets on microwave safe plate or
dish and heat according to package directions.

2. Wrap tortillas in damp paper towels, heat in microwave ~15-20 seconds until
warmed, but not stiff.

3. Spread guacamole in center of warmed tortilla. Add onions/peppers, lettuce,
cheese, chicken nuggets. Folding sides in, wrap contents into tortilla like a burrito.

6. Serve with side of salsa verde.

Chicken Verde Wrap + Salsa + Mango slices + Glass of Milk = Nutritious and
Complete Meal

Enjoy!

* Note- alternatively may heat tortillas and chicken nuggets in oven, wrap tortillas
in foil first. Ingredients can vary per taste and desired amount. Example, can add
chopped peppers, black olives, black bean refried beans, fruit salsa, hot sauce, etc.

Originally posted 2013-04-21 05:00:00.