Sunday, September 30, 2012
I love making a variety of things. Breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches, omelettes, quiche, breakfast casserole, pancakes, waffles, crepes...you name it I make it!
I've even been known to make breakfast for dinner once in a while... ok, maybe pretty often.
Anything that includes bacon, avocado and eggs is a winning breakfast combo for me, and this one doesn't fall short of expectation. I threw this together the other morning and it was so good I kept talking about it until I made it again yesterday and took pics for you!
Hope you love it as much as I did!
If you want it a little healthier than this version, you can use egg whites instead of a whole egg, and turkey bacon instead of regular. This would still be amazing with those changes!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Meatloaf is one of those meals that make you think of the all American family. For me, it reminds me of the Brady Bunch. Alice would spend hours making that 10 pound meatloaf (does this show my age?)
It reminds me of all things retro, families from 1950's-1970's where everyone sat down to dinner together once the husband came home from work. Way before everyone was so consumed with tv, internet, smart phones and cyberspace.
I've never considered my family to be your "typical" American family, but then what's typical these days? We are a blended family, my husband and I came into this relationship much like the Brady Bunch, we each had children. Then, we had two more together. I joke all the time and call us the "Harris Bunch", but with a modern twist- his mine, and ours.
But much like those retro families, he does work and I do stay home with the kids and cook, clean, grocery shop, parent/teacher conference and everything else that comes with that SAHM title.
I digress. My point is, meatloaf reminds me of all things family, and those traditional family values.
Now, my husband LOVES meatloaf. This surprises me. For me it's just never been one of those things you think of and crave. So although I never recalled trying it, I wasn't in a hurry to either.
That quickly changed the day I decided to make it. I reviewed a few different recipes and ways of preparing it. A lot of people make it their own way. Some add this, some add that. There's different ingredients and techniques so I figured I'd wing it and make it my own way. I had nothing to base it on, but once I made it my husband fell in love with me all over again! He loves my meatloaf and even swears (dare I say?) it's the best he's ever had. AND, it's made with ground turkey!
So, while my family may not be your traditional family, it's nice to try those traditional comforts together. And comfort food is exactly my style, they don't call me "Mama Harris" for nothing!
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I had some walnuts still in my pantry from the banana nut bread I had made last month. I also keep shredded coconut for coconut chicken, and I had some dried cranberries I had made some cookies with. I was in the mood to bake some muffins, and I thought that sounded like a really good mix. Cranberries always remind me of Fall, but coconut brings me back to summertime, so I thought it was a perfect mix for that transitional phase when nights are colder than summer, but days are much warmer than Fall.
These were a hit, my husband even had a few and he's not a "muffin man". Ha!
Friday, September 14, 2012
I know some folks are trying to hang on to every last bit of summer, that includes barbecue. These potatoes you can compare to steak fries, so instead of buying that frozen package to make with your burgers or hot dogs, try these instead. You'll thank me later. These are great as is, or dipped in ketchup or ranch. You can also top them with cheese and sour cream and some hot sauce. One time I sprinkled some Parmesan cheese on top, those were great!
However you choose to eat them, and whatever you eat them with, one thing is certain. You will love them!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Nowadays, I put avocado in my BLT's, omelets, breakfast sandwiches, salads, and anything else it remotely sounds good in. I just can't get enough!
Another of my very dear favorites snacks would be chips and dip. I'm a total nachos girl, and chips are my absolute favorite snack. I would take that any day over cupcakes, chocolate, or even ice cream.
With that said, guacamole dip has always been a favorite as far as dips are concerned. I'm that party guest that is seated square in front of the appetizers finishing off the chips and guacamole dip (provided it's a good one!). Now, some store bought guacamole dips leave a lot to be desired. I'm very picky about my dip, and through the years I have perfected my little guacamole dip. Whenever we have a birthday party, barbecue, potluck, Holiday or anything where there's guests coming, this is something I ALWAYS prepare. It's also the first thing gone, every time. I also prepare this to put in burritos and tacos as an alternative to the raw avocados. It's great with other things, not just as a dip for chips! Hope you enjoy!
Monday, September 10, 2012
A quiche is even a great breakfast for either Thanksgiving or Christmas morning. It's also great to have ready for house guests served with a warm cup of coffee. Of course, it doesn't have to be a special occasion in order to serve this. If you've never had a quiche, think of it as an omelette in a pie. There's many different fillings you can make for it, as well as many cheeses. This time I made it with some zucchini I had gotten from a friend who had a ton in their garden. I've been finding ways and dishes to sneak it into, and that's what's great about a dish like quiche. You can customize it based on what you have on hand, and what season it is. I typically make it just how I did here, but I replace ham with the turkey sausage, and instead of broccoli and zucchini I use spinach. I will share with you what I used to create the quiche pictured here, but I will also share with you how to customize it so it will be fool proof no matter what fillings you use! Enjoy!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
I always love to whip up something new with ordinary ingredients already found in your cupboards or pantry. This Pear Crumble delivers that sweet crunchy taste right along with the fast and easy preparation!
The other night I was making a really nice dinner, and I wanted to make it just a little more special. Sometimes a nice dessert finishes off your meal in a way nothing else can. So after inspecting my pantry items, I decided to make a crumble. Now typically most people would have almost all the ingredients for a crumble on hand, which I did. For the fruit, I settled on a can of pear halves in low sugar sauce. Now, I'm not even a fan of pears, but this dessert was scrumptious! Think of a crumble, crisp, or cobbler as the procrastinators pie. Same type of feel, with far less work. It's perfect served warm with a scoop of ice cream!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Lately it's been a little difficult for me to cook up my "normal" meals for my family.
I've been a little out of commission with my left arm and it pretty much affects everything. First my doctors diagnosed me with tendinitis, but then after a second opinion I'm now diagnosed with carpal tunnel in both hands, and cubital tunnel in my left arm. I'm in the process of getting tests done to see the severity, and then discussing options. Surgery could be one of them. It must be all those years of office work catching up to me!
My husband works A LOT. Like, 12 hours a day sometimes, between 4-7 days a week. In addition to the older kids that have all their activities and I'm the taxi mom for, I also have an energetic 3 1/2 year old and a curious 1 1/2 year old I stay home with every day.
To add a little more fun to the mix our male and female dog also just had 6 puppies a month ago!
So suffice it to say, I've been a busy mama. What a full house it is!
I have to try to take it easy in the kitchen these days. So, in the spirit of quick and easy these quesadillas are the perfect treat! They're great for a tasty lunch, or even a nice little dinner!
This meal is quick and easy, without sacrificing taste. It's also pretty healthy! Well, as far as quesadillas go. I mean, it's melted CHEESE! They definitely have a "tex-mex" kind of feel to them.
Now I'm not usually one to eat much canned anything, but I do keep a reserve of various canned vegetables and beans. I mean, let's face it... with 5 kids and Daddy working those long hours, you definitely need some quick meal options once in a while! Sometimes I want to make everyone a tasty meal that doesn't take FOREVER, and that's when my canned reserve items in the pantry can be so useful.
Now, when purchasing canned items, always try to get the lowest sodium option. There can be a lot of sodium involved in the canning process, so keep that in mind! When using canned beans, they usually do have the low sodium choice. In addition to that, you can also rinse the beans as well to rid any additional sodium and preservatives as well.
I actually use this black bean medley, as I like to call it, as a side dish as well. It pairs great with chicken or fish tacos, fajitas, regular quesadillas, etc. Just sprinkle a little cheese on top and it's delicious!
I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!