Layered Strawberry Shortcake!


    Layered Strawberry Shortcake! Summer time means fresh berries! Oh how I love berries! Especially strawberries! Recently I was in need of a great dessert for a small get-together. As I walked the produce isle I seen the fresh strawberries and instantly knew what I was going to make! Layered Strawberry Shortcake is quick, easy and inexpensive to make!   Ingredients: 2 pre-made shortcakes torn into bite sized pieces2 lbs strawberries sliced16 oz whip topping32 oz strawberry pie filling  Directions:  1. Layer bottom of bowl with torn pieces of shortcake. 2.  Cover layer of shortcake with 1/4 of the strawberry pie filling. 3. Add whipped topping to layer of Strawberry pie filling. 4. Add 1/4 sliced strawberries to layer of whip topping. 5. Start the layers over again until the bowl is filled!!   I also have strawberry jam pictured in this photo. You can alternate the jam with the pie filling if you like. I did not use … [Read more...]

Grandma’s Shrimp Salad! #recipe – Perfect for Potlucks and Summer BBQ’s!


  Grandma's Shrimp Salad! Growing up my extended family always got together for every holiday. One of my favorite things about getting together for a holiday was enjoying all the amazing food that was prepared. Each year there were many new dishes to try...but there were also those staples that everyone loved but we only got once or twice a year. One of those amazing staples is my Grandma's Shrimp Salad. This is a favorite dish among my family and something we still look forward to enjoying every Thanksgiving as we visit her home. My mouth is watering just thinking about my Grandma's Shrimp Salad! Ingredients: 1 1/2 lb elbow macaroni2 cup Miracle Whip2 bundles green onions8 oz canned shrimpsalt and pepper to taste  Directions:  1. Prepare macaroni using directions on package. Drain, set aside to cool. 2. Dice 2 bundles of green onions. 3. Transfer macaroni into serving dish. Add Miracle Whip, diced green onions, shrimp (drained) and stir together. … [Read more...]

Easy to make Shrimp Thai Soup! #recipe


      I am great at improvising. It is easy for me to go to the cupboard and pull out this and that and make something out of it. Recently I was in a soup I headed to the cupboard and fridge and came up with this concoction! Shrimp Thai Soup is what I shall call it ;)       Shrimp Thai Soup I am a huge fan of Thai. Although, I never cooked Thai style food until this year. Now I can't seem to get enough. I am a lover of vegetables and with this Shrimp Thai Soup I was able to add some spice and flair to my vegetables!   Ingredients: 3 qt water3 chicken bullion cubes1/4 cup celery 1/4 cup fresh cilantro3 bok choy stemsGreen Onion Bundle diced6 fresh basil leaves8 oz package mushrooms1 lb shrimp2 packages of Thai noodle soup (any flavor) Directions: 1.  Fill a large stock pot with water and start to cook on medium-high heat. Heat to boil. 2. In separate pan cook noodles following package directions....just … [Read more...]

Napa Cabbage, Carrot and Mushroom Stir-Fry


Napa Cabbage, Carrot and Mushroom Stir-Fry I love stir-fry. It is one of the most cooked meals in my home. Not only is it healthy with all those yummy vegetables but the combinations and flavors are endless! Recently I decided to make a stir-fry unlike any I have ever made before. This time I cooked with vegetables only which is something I do not do often in stir-fry. I used Napa Cabbage, Carrots and Mushrooms! It turned out amazing and the whole family could not get enough. Ingredients: 1 small yellow onion diced3 thin slices fresh ginger2tbs butter1 lb bag carrots diced1 package mushrooms sliced3tbs soy sauce1/2 c water2 beef bullion cubes3 tbs rice wine vinegar1 small head Napa cabbage sliced  Directions: 1. Add onion and ginger to fry pan with 2 tbs butter. Cook on medium heat stirring often until onions are transparent. 2. Add carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, soy sauce, vinegar, water and bullion cubes to fry pan. Heat to boil. Turn down heat, cover and simmer stirring … [Read more...]

Lemongrass Asparagus Pasta


Lemongrass Asparagus Pasta I love asparagus. It is one of my all time favorite vegetables! Recently I was able to score an amazing deal on 28 lbs of asparagus. This allowed me to experiment with lots of great recipes! One of the recipes I tried out was the Lemongrass Asparagus Pasta. I love how quick and easy this turned out to be and it helped me to add a little flavor to the usual asparagus dish that I prepare. I think my family was tired of me cooking it the same way over and over again....   Ingredients: 2 cups cooked pasta2 tbsp olive oil1 diced lemongrass stalk1 minced clove of garlic1/2 Red Onion Diced 1 bundle asparagus (cut the bundle in half) 1 tsp balsamic vinegar 1  tbsp butterSalt and Pepper to taste Directions: 1. Prepare the pasta using directions on package. 2. Heat olive oil in frying pan on medium heat. Add in lemongrass, onion and garlic. Sauté about 2-3 minutes string often. 3. Add in lower parts of asparagus stalks as they are harder … [Read more...]

Leek and Bok Choy Soup #recipe!


Leek and Bok Choy Soup I have been on a soup kick recently. I am not sure why as the weather is warming up and hot soup is not usually something I want during a hot day. The other day as I was looking through my kitchen I noticed my Leek's and Boy Choy that I had on hand. I got to thinking that these would probably make an amazing soup...boy was I right! The flavors of the Leek's mixed with the Bok Choy was super light and tasty. I love that this is a great soup to eat by it's self or to go with a sandwich. Plus it is low in calories which is a huge bonus for me! Ingredients: 2 Leeks 1 T olive oil 6 cups water4 beef bulion cubes1 bok choy 3 basil leaves  Directions: 1. Add diced leeks and olive oil to fry pan. Saute about 5-10 minutes on medium heat stirring often so they do not burn. Just long enough for the leeks to soften. 2. In stock pot heat water and bullion cubes to boil, stir often. Once water is boiling turn heat down to medium. Add sauteed leeks, bok choy … [Read more...]

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes!


  Sweet Potatoes are not just for Thanksgiving.....they are for any time of year! Plus who does not like stuffed baked potatoes? This is a recipe that is bursting with flavor! Yum! Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Ingredients: 4 sweet potatoes 1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese 1 bundle broccoli diced 4 cloves pressed garlic 1 small onion 1/2 package bacon Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Poke sweet potatoes sporadically with a fork before placing in oven for baking. Bake for  45-50 minutes or until tender. In large skillet fry bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and drain grease only leaving about 1 tbs grease in pan for other ingredients. Add garlic and onion to skillet. Saute stirring often until onion is caramelized. Add diced broccoli and saute about 5 minutes or until broccoli is tender. Crumble bacon into bowl and add cheese. Mix together. Once sweet potatoes are done baking, cut the centers out and remove some of the sweet potato filling. Stuff each … [Read more...]

Sliced Baked Potatoes With Cheese


Sliced Baked Potatoes With Cheese We are a potato loving family. It helps that my cousin's family owns a huge potato farm and we get the most delicious potatoes ever! One of our favorite ways to prepare them is by baking. It is a healthier option for us and keeps us away from the fryer. Recently I saw a picture somewhere around the internet (I think one of my friends posted on facebook) of Sliced  Baked Potatoes that someone baked. I thought this was a brilliant idea and we decided to give it a try. We decided when making our sliced baked potatoes that we wanted something more in them then just salt and pepper so we layered each slice with cheese! Ingredients: PotatoesCheddar Cheese Sliced (about 1/8 inch thick)2 tbs olive oilsalt and pepper to taste  Preheat oven to 400 degrees 1. Slice each potato about 1/4 inch thickness. Do not slice all the way through. Leave about another 1/4 inch at bottom that is not sliced. 2. Place sliced potatoes on baking pan. 3. Drizzle … [Read more...]

Eggplant Parmesan Fingers – Kid Friendly Recipe!


Eggplant Parmesan Fingers I used to dislike Eggplant. It was one of those vegetables that I really wanted to like and I used to try it out in all kinds of recipes that would just later get trashed because I could not stand the taste of the eggplant. I was discussing this with my cousin (who runs and she let me in on her amazing eggplant recipe. I must admit that I could not wait to give this a try as it did not only sound simple and easy but very kid friendly! Ingredients: Eggplant crushed croutons - any flavor1/4 c Parmesan cheeseMarinara Sauce for dipping 1.Use vegetable peeler to peel purple skin off eggplant. Slice Eggplant into thin strips much like french fries. 2. Add crushed croutons and Parmesan cheese to a Ziploc bag. 3. Add sliced Eggplant to Ziploc bag and shake until eggplant is coated with crumb mixture. 4. Dump contents of Ziploc onto baking sheet (I used a cookie sheet). 5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until … [Read more...]

Easy to Make Homemade Coconut Chips!


Easy to Make Homemade Coconut Chips! I am a sucker for chips. I don't care if they are potato, tortilla, beets, kale, salad savoy, or anything else! Chips are just amazing. Ok so the truth is, I think I am more addicted to the salt then anything which I know is not the healthiest but that's ok. At least if I am getting my 'chip' fix in a healthy way I guess that should count for something. Recently I came across a recipe for Coconut Chips. I have never, ever seen coconut chips before but since I have been on the coconut fix I knew I had to give them a try! Remember that if you need help getting into your coconut you can read my tutorial here! Ingredients: Coconut thinly SlicedSalt  Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place thinly sliced coconut on baking sheet (I used cookie Sheet), Lightly salt. Bake until golden brown on ends about 10 minutes! The coconut chips were very simple to make and they were a huge hit at my house. I love having this low calorie snack … [Read more...]

Delicious Homemade Coconut Bread!


Delicious Homemade Coconut Bread! Oh my I can't get enough of all the coconut lately. It is giving me a chance to cook all kinds of new foods. One of them being coconut bread which is something I have never heard if before let alone made. That is until now! When I was a child I hated coconut. It was one of my Mom's favorite things to cook with. She would purchase anything with coconut in it because she loves it so much. Now that I am getting older I realize that I am starting to like coconut more and more. Recently I have been able to experiment with lots of great coconut recipes. This amazing bread is one of my favorites that I have made. The whole family loved it and I even made some for my Mom. She was thrilled, after all these years of loving coconut she has never made it in bread before and could not wait to give it a try! Ingredients 
2 eggs 1 1/4 cups vanilla almond milk (can use regular milk as well but the vanilla almond milk makes it tasty!) 1 teaspoon vanilla … [Read more...]

Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Mac & Cheese! So Easy!


Healthy St. Patrick's Day Mac & Cheese! St. Patrick's Day is my favorite holiday. I know that sounds crazy and I am not Irish so I don't even have that as an excuse. I just love that it is a fun holiday that is not yet taken over by store sales and media. I love the thought that if you don't wear green you will get pinched and I loved all the amazing St. Patrick's Day traditions I had as a child. My Mom used to have a St. Patrick's Day 'pin collection' and every St. Patrick's Day my brothers and I would get to choose what 'pins' and such we would wear to school that day. It was fun choosing my green socks and doing my hair in funky green colors. It was just an all around great time. Now that I am older I still love St. Patrick's Day. Each year I try to make the month of March leading up to the 17th special for the kids. Recently that entailed making healthy green Mac & Cheese. Ingredients: Box of Mac & CheeseMilkBundle Spinach (about 3 cups) - make sure you wash it … [Read more...]

Open a Coconut the Safe and Easy Way!


  Open a Coconut the Safe and Easy Way! One of the biggest reasons why I never purchased coconuts in the past was because of how hard they are to open. I mean I you could really hurt yourself trying to get that tasty white meat out of one of those thing. Well that was until I learned how to open a coconut the safe and easy way. Who would have thought that baking a coconut would pop it's shell off like that? Certainly not me, but that is exactly what happened! Now I have no excuse for not purchasing coconut's and I am so excited for the amazing recipes I will soon be posting! Yum! The first thing you will want to do when opening a coconut is find the soft eye at the top. Every coconut has three 'eyes'. Two of them are hard and one is soft. By taking a "clean" screwdriver and poking at the holes you will be able to find the soft one. The screwdriver will be able to go into the eye without much force. When you find the soft eye move the screw driver around to make that … [Read more...]

Garlic Lemon Spinach Hummus Recipe!


Garlic Lemon Spinach Hummus Recipe! I can't get enough of these Bountiful Baskets. I love all the great produce I get each week at such a low price. Recently I had two bundles of spinach to use up. My family told me they wanted me to get creative with it so that is exactly what I did. I decided that spinach hummus was the perfect idea. Not to mention that it would also help me use up all the other veggies I had on hand like tomatoes and cucumbers. My family don't usually like hummus so I knew I was going out on a ledge with this idea. But I decided to take that chance anyway knowing that I at least would enjoy it. The hummus turned out to be exceptional and the whole family went back for helping after helping. It was a great dinner idea and it turned out to be super easy to make thanks to my Magic Bullet! Ingredients: 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 4 cloves garlic, peeled 3 tbsp. dried cilantro 1 bundle spinach (about 3-4 cups)  lemon juiced 1/4 cup olive … [Read more...]

Roasted Curry Cauliflower!


Roasted Curry Cauliflower! Cauliflower is one of those veggies that I like but I prefer to eat it cooked. Recently I came across this recipe for Roasted Cauliflower and I must say this is a new hit at my house. It was absolutely delicious!! I could not get enough and neither could my family! Ingredients: 3 Tbs olive oil 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp onion salt 1 head of cauliflower - washed and sliced 1 1/2 teaspoon curry power Sea salt Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 2. Add olive oil, garlic powder and onion salt into small bowl. 3. Spread cauliflower on baking sheet. 4. drizzle olive oil mixture over cauliflower florets. 5. sprinkle with curry powder and sea salt. 6. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 30 minutes or until golden brown in color. I got the inspiration for this recipe from, From the Mind of Laura! … [Read more...]