Hodgepodge

My fridge is looking a bit crazy these days.  Easter is around the corner along with one of my random dinners with friends and their children.

A spiral ham, bags of broccoli, bunches of asparagus, standing rib roast, potatoes, brussel sprouts, brie, salsa – homemade of course, wine, fruit, free range eggs, sour cream, bundles of salted butter, giant bags of spinach, blocks of extra firm tofu and more.

We eat baked pasta, curried vegetables, grilled meat, Korean steak tacos, ramen soup – Korean style, salads with chicken and strawberries, tofu and veggies and other yummy dishes.  I try to keep them simple and light and extra vegetably (my own word).

Buy what you love to eat, so that you literally love what you’re eating.  At the end of a long hard day, looking forward to a delicious, healthy meal is a really good thing and a really scrumptious thought.

 

Sunday Supper

Sunday Supper Menu

Oven Baked Bruschetta and Goat Cheese with toasted baguette slices

Grilled Sausages

Sauteed onions and green peppers

Sauteed asparagus with garlic

Buttery/Garlic Spinach

Roasted red potatoes in olive oil and garlic

It’s easy.  Even when it seems like a lot of work, I swear it’s not.

Plus it’s absolutely delicious!

Take the time to spend some extra time at the dinner table with your family, have a few laughs.  Get mentally and emotionally ready for the work/school week to come and remind each other that we are all there for one another.

A Healthy Side Tip

With every meal comes a salad

A fresh organic greens salad with a few veggies and maybe some nuts and dried fruit. Even when it seems silly, it’s the right thing to do. Even when I make 2-3 other vegetables there’s still a salad. The salad gets eaten first, then everything else. It’s not huge or crazy but it’s fresh and good for your guts.

Be healthy, add a salad to every meal and see how it changes your body for the better. I promise! ❤️

Korma Curry

on a crisp Monday evening after a long day at the office I am faced with what to make?  What to make that is scrumptious and easy and filling and doesn’t require more than an hour just to prepare it.

Frozen or fresh Spinach, frozen or canned peas, diced onion, organic extra firm tofu and a jar of Korma Curry (Patak’s is the brand we love if we’re not making an Indian sauce from scratch).  Steamed rice and some naan, and there you have it!

It’s really the way to go when you don’t want to eat heavy, but will still have a full belly when it’s over and maybe even some room for ice cream or something of that sweet nature.

Best Spaghetti #2

I say best because it tastes delish and #2 because it’s not marinara with meatballs….

Your favorite long pasta noodle ever …with a creamy Alfredo and peas and shrimp.

It’s been cold here in AZ and these warm dishes are the perfect thing on these crisp evenings. Plus the family loves it and smiles are quite immense.

Sauce:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream (2 cups)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a medium saucepan add butter, heavy whipping cream, and cream cheese. Cook over medium heat and whisk until melted. Add the minced garlic, garlic powder, italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk until smooth. Add the grated parmesan and voila!
  2. I toss the noodles in with the sauce and then serve with more cheese on top!!!
  3. Enjoy your family and the dinner conversation and giggles and this scrumptious meal!

Artichokes

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I love artichokes.  I went to the local market and they were 3 for $5.  Done and done.

Sitting in a lemony, garlic water bath, I sprinkled some extra virgin olive oil on them and sprinkled them with garlic, salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon.  They’ll steam for about 45-50 minutes.  I’ll make a lemon vinaigrette to dip them in and also melted butter for the ones who like to keep it simple.

These will served alongside a pot roast that’s been in the slow cooker for almost 8 hours, some french bread with salted butter, baked sweet potatoes and one more vegetable side dish that I haven’t decided on yet.  Happy day off dinner for all.

 

Cold Weather…Warm Spoonfuls

Of vegetarian chili served alongside corn tortilla with melted cheese and sliced jalapeños!!! Welcome to Monday!!!

Chili:

1 whole chopped yellow onion

1 carrot sliced

2 stalks celery

Eggplants peeled and cut up

32 oz can crushed tomatoes

15 oz can light red kidney beans

1 can of corn

1 chopped green pepper

We like everything chunky I don’t cut things up into tiny pieces so save yourself some time 😊

Sauté onions and peppers and celery with some olive oil

Add in the rest of veggies about 8 min later

Stir in tomatoes and beans

Add 5-6 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp of garlic and onion powder and oregano

1/2 tsp salt

Stir and turn to low heat

Corn tortillas:

Place on a baking sheet

Sprinkle cheese and jalapeños over top

Broil on high till cheese is bubbly and tortillas look crispy

Enjoy this easy Monday dinner with friends or family …it’s a great scrumptious treat for all….❤️❤️