Tasty Tuesday – Spaghetti Squash Boats

delish-taco-spaghetti-squash-still002-1527256416.jpgIt’s SUPER easy to make this recipe vegetarian. Simply sub out the beef for extra veggies! Bell peppers, spinach, and red onions would all be great additions.

Prep Time:  15 MINS     Total Time:  1 HOUR 10 MINS     Makes: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS  FOR SPAGHETTI SQUASH

2 medium spaghetti squash, halved, seeds removed
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin

INGREDIENTS FOR FILLING

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. ground beef
1 tbsp. taco seasoning mix
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (15-oz.) can black beans
1 1/2 c. chopped cherry tomatoes
1 c. corn, canned and drained or frozen
1 c. shredded Monterey jack
1/2 c. shredded cheddar
2 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Drizzle cut sides of spaghetti squash with oil and season with salt, chili powder, and cumin. Place cut side down on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Roast until tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool slightly. Using a fork, break up squash strands.
  2. Meanwhile, make filling: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
  3. Add ground beef, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. Cook until beef is no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Drain fat.
  4. Stir in taco seasoning, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in black beans, cherry tomatoes, and corn.
  5. Fill each spaghetti squash with beef mixture and top with cheeses. Return to oven to melt cheese, 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: S’mores Brownie Pie

 

Thank you Jen from @The Haute Mommy Handbook for today’s recipe….You know those days when you want to curl up with something chocolatey but don’t want the same old thing you usually turn to? How about combining the deliciousness of pie with the fun of s’mores?

This recipe does both, and the longest part of it involves waiting for it in the oven–and for it to cool down already!

Whipped cream is totally optional, but why wouldn’t you use it? It’s whipped cream.

Enjoy making–and more importantly, eating–this s’mores brownie pie! All the fun of camping with no chance of hungry bears!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • brownie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • marshmallows
  • whipped cream (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter until incorporated. Press into 9″ pie plate until evenly spread. Bake for 10 minutes at 350° F.
  2. For the brownie pie, combine brownie mix with egg, oil, and water, stirring until smooth.
  3. When crust is ready, scoop brownie mixture into it. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until knife inserted at 2″ comes out clean.
  4. Allow pie to cool for about 30 minutes. Decorate with whipped cream (if desired) and top with marshmallows.
  5. Slice into wedges and serve.

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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Tasty Tuesday: Lemon Bread

 

 

Thank you Kathy Stine of Paparazzi for today’s recipe.  This sounds yummy as a light dessert or to have with a hot cup of tea for a snack.   The recipe makes one loaf!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. Salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup nuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix and set aside equal parts from juice of lemon and sugar.
  2. Grate just the yellow of the lemon peel,
  3. Add to flour, sugar, soda and mix well.
  4. Now add oil, milk, eggs and mix.
  5. Put into a greased loaf pan.
  6. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until tooth pick inserted into center comes out clean.
  7. Turn out onto a cooling rack.
  8. Poke loaf all over the top with a skewer and brush with the lemon mixture while hot.
  9. Do this in layers (brush all over top & sides, let set a few seconds and repeat until mixture is gone)
  10. Cool & enjoy

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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Molasses Cookies

 

Thank you Bonnie Brown for today’s YUMMy recipe.  Bonnie submitted this recipe during a Thirty One Facebook party hosted by her daughter.  I encouraged the guests to submit their favorite cookie recipe AND if I posted it in my blog, they would win a prize from me!  This is one of her mom’s recipes which has been handed down from generation to generation.  So watch the mail Bonnie for your “thank you” gift from me.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups of strong coffee (4 – 5 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 orange skin and join
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 12 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 or more cups of flour

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Beat molasses and baking soda until molasses turns to a light color.
  3. Add rest of ingredients(except flour) in order, one at a time, mixing well between each one.
  4. Once all mixed begin adding flour, one cup at a time, mixing very thoroughly until dough is very firm but not to dry. enough to be able to form a soft ball.
  5. Dip your hands in oil, and form a 3″ ball and flatten down into a giant obling cookie on oiled cookie sheet!
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, cool and slice diagonally.

NOTE:  The amount of flour needed will depend on the amount of moisture in the flour and moisture in the atmosphere – each time is different!

I love seeing the worn and well used pages of a family recipe book.  One Christmas, a rolodex of family recipes was a gift to everyone.  My grandmother wrote her recipes on scraps of paper and we wanted to be sure they were passed along.  I know my mom probably has her recipe cards tucked away too – I see another round of recipes coming.

I’m sure both of Bonnie’s daughters will carry on the tradition of these yummy cookies with their families.  They are both successful business owners so please be sure to check out their websites:

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If you try this recipe, let us know what you think. OR if you have a recipe to share, send it to me and if I publish it in my blog, you will get a thank you gift from me.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Roasted Chicken & Asparagus

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
  • 4 4-oz. (125 g) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Dijon Mustard Rub
  • 1   small onion
  • 1 pkg (8 oz./250 g) cremini (baby bella) mushrooms
  • 1 pint (500 mL) cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bunch (about 1 lb./450 g) asparagus, trimmed
  • 2   garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) white wine or chicken broth
  • ½   lemon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Heat the oil in the 12″ (30-cm) Stainless Steel Nonstick Skillet over medium-high heat for 3–5 minutes.
  2. Season both sides of the chicken with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the rub. Place the chicken in the pan and sear for 4 minutes. Turn the chicken over and sear for 1 additional minute. Remove the chicken from the pan (it will not be fully cooked).
  3. Meanwhile, cut the onion in half lengthwise, from root to top. Slice the onion and mushrooms using the Simple Slicer on the #3 setting. Cut the tomatoes in half using the Close & Cut and the Coated Chef’s Knife. Cut the asparagus into 1″ (2.5-cm) pieces.
  4. Add the onions, mushrooms, garlic pressed with the Garlic Press, and salt to the pan. Saute for 2–3 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan to release the fond (see cook’s tip).
  5. Add the wine, lemon juiced with the Citrus Press, and remaining rub. Simmer, uncovered, for 3–5 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced by half.
  6. Add the tomatoes and asparagus to the pan and stir to combine. Place the chicken on top of the mixture and bake for 12–15 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C).

Yield:

  • 4  servings

Nutrients per serving:

U.S. Nutrients per serving: Calories 240, Total Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 65 mg, Sodium 420 mg, Carbohydrate 15 g, Fiber 5 g, Sugars 7 g, Protein 18 g

Cook’s Tips:

Fond is what’s left in the pan after you sear food—but it’s not just something to scrub away! It’s packed with flavor, and all you have to do to incorporate it into your recipe is deglaze the pan. Add a little wine, broth, or other liquid and stir to get more flavorful food.

A great side for this recipe is Lightened up Mashed Potatoes. To make them, quarter 1½ lbs (700 g) of red potatoes and place them in the Rockcrok®Everyday Pan. Cover the potatoes and microwave them on HIGH for 12-14 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender. Mash the potatoes with either the Mix ‘N Chunk or Mix ‘N Masher. Press one clove of garlic using the Garlic Press and add it to the potatoes. Finally, add ½ cup (375 mL) of either unsweetened almond milk or your preferred milk, 1 tbsp (15 mL) of Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. Continue to mash the potatoes until they reach your desired consistency.

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