Tag Archives: Fruit and Vegetable

Loaded Sweet Potatoes

22 Dec

Christmas is coming, and whether it’s you or the goose getting fat is entirely up to your level of self control. However, I have heard that calories disappear from holiday meals. They just don’t count. (I may or may not have just made that up…) So, scoop yourself another heap of these ridiculously delicious sweet potatoes- because you can.  I used to hate yams at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners – too sweet and syrupy. Fast forward to my adulthood, and that fateful night that a friend convinced me to try a loaded baked sweet potato – it had the marshmallows like the yams of old that I hated, but I gave it a go. And my life was changed. I am now a sweet potato junkie and this is my very favorite way to prepare them. There is a very fine line that divides this dish between a side and a dessert, but if you’re like me, you’ll manage to sneak some for both courses. 😉

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Ingredients:

Potatoes –

3 cups sweet potatoes

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup milk

1/2 cup butter

Peel and cut sweet potatoes into large chunks and boil in water until tender. Drain water and, in a large bowl, use a mixer to puree potatoes. Add all other ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Place in 9×13 baking dish.

Topping –

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup flour

1/3 cup butter

marshmallows

Combine all ingredients except marshmallows. Crumble mixture on top of potatoes. Add marshmallows (put on as many as you like!). Bake at 350^F for 30-45 min (when the edges of crumble mixture look done, marshmallows are toasted, and center is hot and bubbly).

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Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

15 Oct

Fall=soup weather. Yay for soup. Don’t be scared away by the cauliflower in this one – my husband is not a fan of cauliflower and almost refused to try it, but I talked him into it and, surprise! I did not spare him the, “I told you so.” I actually like to mix mine with the Roasted Tomato Soup – kind of a half and half concoction. Yum!

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Ingredients:

2 Tbsp butter

1 medium onion, chopped

1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups milk

32 oz chicken broth

1 head (2 1/2 lbs) cauliflower, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 tsp Dijon mustard

8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

In a 4 qt saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until golden, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour and salt; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Gradually stir in milk and chicken broth. Add cauliflower and heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until cauliflower is tender – about 10 minutes. In blender, with center part of blender lid removed to allow steam to escape), blend cauliflower mixture at low speed in small batches until very smooth. Return cauliflower mixture to saucepan; heat over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, stir in mustard and 1 1/2 cups cheese until melted and smooth. Garnish soup with remaining cheese and serve.

Hawaiian Haystacks

30 Sep

My life has been all consumed lately by dragons. Three of them to be exact. And three little girls who so desperately want me to finish said dragons. Welcome, Halloween costume extravaganza! I was only going to make one – the other two were going to be hula girls…and then they saw the shiny fabric for the first dragon, and “I want to be a dragon too!!!” How do you say no to that? Well, you don’t. So, I have pictures and recipes stacking up, waiting to be blogged about, and instead I’ve been cutting, pinning, unpicking (a sad reality when I sew), and piecing together three dragons. They are going to be awesome!

All consuming sewing projects also call for relatively fast dinners. I love Hawaiian Haystacks because  everyone can tailor (haha…no pun intended) to their tastes. We call them ‘birdies nests’ at our house and the kids have fun stacking them up and arranging all their toppings.

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup flour

1 cup milk

2 cups chicken broth

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 tsp salt

2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced

Melt butter, and mix with flour until golden brown. Add milk and broth and stir until incorporated. Stir constantly until thickened. Add salt, cream of chicken, and diced chicken. Serve over rice with toppings.

Suggested toppings:

diced tomatoes

diced pineapple

coconut

chow mein noodles

shredded cheese

Marinara Sauce

25 Sep

Sometimes jarred spaghetti sauce is a little disappointing when it comes to flavor. If I wanted to eat straight tomato sauce, that’s what I’d buy. It’s great when homemade can taste so much better and not really take much more effort!

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Ingredients:

1 (15 oz) can of crushed tomatoes in puree

1/4 cup water

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp oregano

1/8 tsp basil

1/8 tsp thyme

1/8 tsp garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Adapted from: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2013/05/copycat-papa-johns-pizza-recipe.html

Banana Milk

19 Jul

We’re going for simplistic today. I decided to start potty training my two year old two weeks after we brought our new baby home – I’ll give you one guess how that turned out. I quit after three days. Baby is almost six weeks old now, and as much as I hate potty training, big sister is ready and I am going to have to suck it up and stick it out. We are on day three now, so as long as I make it to tomorrow…what I didn’t count on was the fact that she’s got a little stomach bug right now. Stomach bug = diarrhea. Not really something I should talk about on a food blog, I know. I won’t go into detail, I’ll just say that I’m not having fun. We’re trying to keep with a basic diet of saltines, toast, and high fiber foods like bananas. She was really excited about the banana – so was I, until she started squishing it while still in the peel. Not much you can do with a squished banana. Luckily, I had just the thing…and yes, I totally spilled while taking my ‘pouring’ picture. 🙂

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Ingredients:

4 cups milk

2 large bananas

1/8 – 1/4 cup sugar

Place milk and bananas into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add sugar to taste – less is more! If you get it too sweet you lose the banana flavor. Blend until sugar is dissolved.

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