I want to share some tried and true recipes that I have collected, tried, and loved. I am giving full credit to the creative, kitchen geniuses that developed these recipes and shared them on the internet. Here are a few favorites:
by Skinny Ms.
Here is the low down on this pizza as stated right from Skinny Ms.:
This healthy pizza recipe packs a hefty amount of vitamin C, vitamin B, potassium, and phytochemicals, which may help in providing protection against cancer. Our zucchini bell pepper pizza recipe is packed with healthy ingredients and is a great alternative to common delivery pizza. It cost less and tastes just as great, if not better than regular delivery pizza. Does your family celebrate the end of the week with a movie and pizza night? This Friday, give our healthy pizza a try.
My husband and I try to make this our Friday night take-out pizza alternative, and while all of the above "good for you reasons" are true, we like it for it's taste! We do like to add a little cooked turkey sausage as an additional topping, but the mix of zucchini, basil, tomatoes, and peppers makes this a great pizza. We tend to omit the olives, but that is our personal choice.
Skinny Ms. is definitely a site that is worth checking out and following. There are so many wonderful recipes and additional posts for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Click HERE for the complete recipe from Skinny Ms.
Slow Cooker Chicken with Mushrooms
by Skinny Ms.
I love my slow cooker. I like to prepare for dinner early in the day and have very little to do at dinner time than to make a side and serve up pure deliciousness. This recipe is comfort food at its best. I make this on rainy, cold, and/or blustery day. I make this when someone I'm cooking for (or myself) needs a little extra TLC. Often times, I will shred the chicken and serve it over mashed potatoes or brown rice. Slow Cooker Chicken with Mushrooms by Skinny Ms. would be an easy meal to do ahead and share with a friend recovering from an illness or loss. It is so easy, so good, and so comforting. Click HERE for the complete recipe from Skinny Ms.
I am a big fan of Skinny Ms. recipes. They are big on taste and nutrition and easy to prepare.
Easy! Oven-Baked Cod
I am trying to add more fish into our weekly menus. I am originally from Iowa, and my mom prepared delicious meals from the best beef, pork, and chickens available. (Many of my relatives were farmers and home grown good food was a given. Grandma's and Aunt Phyllis's chickens were free range chickens all the way!) But, being inland, without any large bodies of water, our selection of seafood was limited, as was my experience with cooking it. As a result, preparing seafood has always intimidated me. I began Googling some seafood recipes. I found this recipe and immediately liked it. It had "Easy!" in the title.
I made Easy! Oven-Baked Cod the other night and it was everything Genius Kitchen claimed it to be: Easy! Oven-Baked! (I like that!) and it took very little prep time or cook time. I was delighted with the blend of flavors. The lemon zest with the garlic are perfectly married in this dish. The Easy! Oven-Baked Cod recipe was a real confidence booster for me. I have now prepared a successful light and flaky fish entree'! I will be checking out more recipes at Genius Kitchen! Click HERE for the complete recipe from Genius Kitchen.
Slow Cooker Honey Lime Ginger Pork
Slow Cooker Honey Lime Ginger Pork was one of those "happy accidents". I had bought a pork loin cut of meat, and the recipe I intended to make, called for a different cut of meat. I do not proclaim to be the best cook, but I can read, and I can Google, and in the end I'm pretty good at assessing if a recipe is really going to work out. That's how I came to discover Slow Cooker Honey Lime Ginger Pork. It was an instant hit at our house. I felt like such a chef, mixing honey, soy sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, lime juice, garlic and ginger to make the honey lime ginger marinade. I was so pleased with myself, because this was not the typical seasoning combination in my repertoire. I felt I was making progress in my cooking abilities.
Enough about me, and my recipe journey. This recipe was truly amazing. The meat was so tender and the marinade was absolutely delightful. The recipe freezes well, too. I'm usually cooking for two, so we can easily get two meals from this one recipe. One to enjoy immediately, and one to freeze for later. Click HERE for complete recipe from Recipe Critic.
Salsa Verde Corn Chip Pie
By My Recipes
I like layered salads. They make me feel so virtuous. I know a salad can just as easily become a high calorie meal with added dressings, cheeses, and delicious toppings. I like to prepare Salsa Verde Corn Chip Pie and I choose to pile it on a nice bed of salad greens. I also have control over how many corn chips I put on my plate. This is one of those recipes that I can go heavy on the greens, light on the corn chips, and moderate on the meat and bean mixture and feel totally satisfied. I enjoy the crunch of the corn chips and lettuce, with the sweetness of the corn, spiciness of the meat mixture, and the twist of lime!
I only use one jar of chopped green chiles, and have been known to leave them out altogether if I don't have them on hand, or if someone in the party needs the recipe to be milder. The chili powder, cumin, and salsa verde provide a kick on their own. I also use Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage, instead of the garlic sausage. Adding the lime at the end, takes the flavoring of this recipe up a notch. Mm-m-m-m, GOOD!
The recipe originally appeared in Southern Living Magazine in October 2013. It was featured as a Texas Friday night football favorite that you just might want to have on Tuesday night! Salsa Verde Corn Chip Pie, over salad greens is one of my "fun" meals that we often have on Friday night...or Saturday night...or Sunday night....You get the idea. Click HERE for complete recipe from My Recipes.
Those are a few of our favorite recipes from around the web. What are your favorite recipes from the web or elsewhere? It would be great to get some sharing back and forth. Some of my best recipes, are still those I have in the recipe box from Mom and good friends. Please feel free to leave the title of your recipe and a link in the comments. I'm always interested in trying something new.
I love to make soup in the fall…and in the winter, too. Some foods just set a certain mood for me. Tacos, pizza, and hamburgers are all fun, party foods and Friday/Saturday night meals. Soups, breads, pot roasts, and anything with mashed potatoes are part of my “cozy” food category. Let me introduce you to one of my favorite soup finds: Cooke Tavern Soups. I use these packaged seasonings and freezed dried ingredients, with a few additional ingredients to create hearty and healthy soups. They have become a staple in our fall and winter menu.
I first discovered Cooke Tavern Soups on a cold and windy day at the Shaker Woods Christmas in the Woods Festival outside of Columbiana, Ohio. Cooke Tavern Soups, from Spring Mills, PA was ladling out samples of their wide variety of soups. One taste (of several) of them and I knew I had found a true gem. I came home with 4 different soup packages and have been ordering more every year. It's become part of my fall tradition to purchase Cooke Tavern Soups.
One of our favorites is the Autumn Harvest Pumpkin Lentil Soup. This soup requires a can of 100% pumpkin as a base instead of a traditional tomato base. It is absolutely delicious and so easy.
Cooke Tavern Soups state the following mission on their website:
Easy, Healthy Meals for Busy People
Cooke Tavern soups offer an easy, tasty alternative to fast food. We test and perfect all our soups, offering only the best for you and your family:
I can attest to all of the above. The ingredients come packaged in sealed cellophane bags with specific directions for the basic soup and additional suggestions for Gourmet Light, Vegetarian Variations, Extra Hearty, Crock Pot Instructions, and Serving Suggestions and Ideas.
Most of the soups make up in about an hour or less, so the crock-pot is not needed.
This is how I make the Autumn Harvest Pumpkin Lentil. (I follow their packaged directions for the Extra Hearty suggestions. My soup ends up being "Extra, Extra Hearty!" Check it out.
You will need the soup packet containing the lentils and seasoning packet.
Additional ingredients are:
6 cups chicken broth (48 oz.)
2 carrots peeled and sliced
1 cup 100% canned pumpkin
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
¾ teaspoon salt (optional)
2 cups water
1/3 cup red wine (optional)
First rinse the lentils.
Add the lentils, seasoning packet, carrots, chicken broth and water to a stockpot.
Bring to a full boil and then simmer for 1 hour.
I opt to make the hearty version of this soup, or at least my version which is Extra, Extra Hearty! They suggest you add ¾ lb. of cubed ham, sausage, or kielbasa. I like my soup to have a lot of substance to it, so I add all three! At this point, the creative, throw caution to the wind cook in me takes over, and I add what I have. Usually that means, 8 oz. cubed/cooked ham, slicing up a package of turkey kielbasa, and half a package of cooked and crumbled Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage. This is just my take on the soup and one can vary it, as you like. (You know how I love to have choices!)
While the lentils, carrots, seasoning, chicken broth, and water are simmering for an hour, I prepare my extra hearty meats. I coat the inside of a frying pan with nonstick cooking spray. Next I remove the sleeves from the Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage and cook and crumble it on medium heat. Stirring frequently.
Once the sausage is cooked, I place it on a plate with double paper towels to drain. (I generally only use half of the cooked Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage in this soup. I save the remaining cooked sausage to make an egg, tater tots, and sausage overnight breakfast casserole! More to come on that in another post.)
Next, add 100% canned pumpkin, wine, olive oil, and salt to the stockpot.
Simmer for ½ hour.
All that is left is to add a loaf of crusty bread or corn muffins and you have a delicious, cozy, comforting meal!
Reasons to love Cooke Tavern Soups:
I usually attend the Shaker Woods Festival and purchase a variety of soups from the welcoming folks at the Cooke Tavern booth. I have also purchased the soups online and have found it to be convenient. The soups arrive in a very timely manner and are well packaged.
Cooke Tavern Soups are one of my favorite things to give as a gift for the holidays. One year I gave each of my grade level colleagues a package of soup mix. Another year, I gave my Mom and Dad about four packages of the soup and included all of the nonperishable items to make the soups in the box, too. My dad remarked about what a great gift this was. It was something they could use. There are a number of ways to “gift” this soup.
We have tried all of the following soups and have enjoyed each and every one!
I tend to follow the suggestions for the “Extra Hearty” variations. The Candlelight Corn Chowder makes wonderful seafood chowder.
Often times, I will make a couple of pots of soup when entertaining a group of friends. The soup are easy to make, delicious, clean up is easy, and Cooke Tavern Soups just say, “welcome to our table”.
I always like the backstory behind such a successful, second-generation family business. You can read more of their story at the Cooke Tavern Soup website: www.cooketavernsoups.com.
Sources for ordering Cooke Tavern Soups:
Meanwhile...Soups On! Enjoy!