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*All recipes on this blog (unless otherwise noted) are Martha Stewart's from the Everyday Food Cookbooks here and here, they are not my own. If other than this I will post links to the recipes or indicate that they are originals*

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tuna Salad

Look at this tasty lunch, yum, I've been eating this holiday twist on a classic for days now. 
I don't know why I never thought to add things like dried cranberries and dill to my tuna salad until now, it is so delicious.  The possibilities are endless, I can't wait to try other variations.
As well as a great tasting tuna sandwich this recipe is also low cal with the substitution of fat free or low fat sour cream in place of half the mayo of a normal recipe.  The cucumbers add a great crunch and the basil leaves are a perfect addition, making a simple lunch taste super fancy.
Try this recipe and then get creative and try your own tuna salad substitutions!

Holiday Tuna Salad Sandwich
1/3 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
1/4 cup reduced fat or fat free sour cream
1/4 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1/4 cup-1/2 cup celery, chopped
1 T fresh dill, chopped
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp fresh lemon zest
12 oz water packed tuna, drained
8 basil leaves
4 rolls, white or wheat
1 cucumber sliced
iceberg lettuce

  • Combine first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir in tuna.

  • Place 2 basil leaves on bottom halves of each roll; top basil leaves evenly with tuna mixture. Top each sandwich with cucumber slices, 2 lettuce leaves, and tops of rolls. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich).

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Caramelized Onion Frittata

During the week breakfast is usually a piece of toast and a cup of coffee and every once in a while I have time to cook up an egg and throw it on top of the toast.  Last week, I decided that had to change, so I thought of breakfasts that would be just as good heated up and made them when I had time.  This was one of them and boy oh boy was it good.  I forgot how much I LOVE frittatas and how easy they are, I fell in love with them all over again with this recipe. Of course I added my twist here and there, but this recipe was overall very good, you will love this both the morning you make it and heated up as leftovers throughout the week!
You can find the recipe here as well.
Caramelized Onion Frittata
  • 1 white onion, thinly sliced rings
  • 1 medium red pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups zucchini, diced into matchsticks
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt and fresh pepper                                                                                                                                                                                         I did all egg whites because I actually had no eggs in the house and I also added about 1 tsp sriracha to cater to my spice loving husband.  Even being all egg whites this was actually really delicious and Logan loved it too!  Will be making a variation of this again soon!

  • Preheat your oven to 400.
    Chop the vegetables as directed.

    Over medium-low heat oil in a skillet.  Stir in onion and cook until slightly caramelized, about 10 minutes. 
    Add peppers and cook 5 more minutes, then add zucchini. Season with salt and pepper and cook 3 more minutes stirring occasionally.
    In a medium bowl whisk eggs, egg whites, parmesan, salt and pepper.
    Add eggs to the skillet making sure eggs cover all the vegetables. When the edges begin to set (about 2 minutes) move skillet to oven. 
    Cook about 10-15 minutes, or until frittata is completely cooked. Serve warm, cut into 4 pieces.
    Logan Rating: ****

    Thursday, November 29, 2012


    YES I am aware that Thanksgiving was a week ago and YES I am sorry that it has taken me so long to share mine with you and YES those are mini pecan pies and YES they were DIVINE! :)
    It was worth the wait wasn't it!?!
    Anyway, for the second year in a row we had Thanksgiving here in Missoula, MT.
    Definitely weird to not be in MN with family, but so thankful to have great friends here that we could share the holiday with.
    I was on call for work so I knew I couldn't commit to cooking an entire Thanksgiving feast (much to my dismay), but I was lucky enough that my great friend Sarah took on the challenge. 
    Sarah and her husband Mike made practically the entire meal, while Logan and I brought a few extra items that I was able to put together in no time. 
    I was lucky enough to make it through the whole meal without getting called into work, another thing to be thankful for! :)
    So I just wanted to share with you all the three things that I made
    1) Mini Pecan Pies
    2)Dug's Famous Coleslaw (uncle Dug that is)
    3) Cashman Cornbread corn hotdish

    These are a lighter version of of these awesome little treats. 
    Find the recipe here

    Dug's Famous Coleslaw
    8 cups shredded cabbage (2 pkgs)
    ½ med onion chopped
    2 celery stalks chopped
    ½- 1 med red pepper
    ½-1 med green pepper
    ½-1 med yellow pepper 2 med carrots shredded
    ¼ cup of fresh Italian parsley chopped (optional)
    1 ½ tsp salt
    Conbine veggies & salt and let stand for at least 20 minutes, then drain, squeeze out liquid

    ½ cup fresh lemon juice
    1 ½ cup Helmans mayo
    ¾ tsp salt
    2 tsp black pepper
    ½ cup sugar
    1 tbsp celery seed
    1 tsp mustard seed
    2 tbsp cider vinager

    Wisk and add to veggies, toss gently, cover and refrigerate overnight

    You will NEVER go back to plain ole coleslaw again! :)

    Cashman Cornbread Corn Hotdish
    Here is the recipe I recieved via email from my mom...

    1 can cream corn
    1 can corn with juice
    1 box Jiffy corn bread mix
    ½ cup melted butter
    ½ cup milk
    2 eggs
    Salt & pepper
    Bake 350 for 45 minutes

    Enjoy best corn ever!
    Love, Mom


    Add this to your thanksgiving meal plans next year, you won't be sorry!

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

    PumpKING cinnamon rolls

    Are you all stuffed to the brim???
    I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving and that you all gorged yourself until you were forced to unbutton your pants or change into your stretchy pants...or maybe you were like me and just wore your stretchy pant to dinner...tacky, or smart? You decide.
    I wanted to share with you all first what I made for the morning of Thanksgiving, 
    PumpKING Cinnamon Rolls.
    That was a typo, but now I like the ring it has, King Pumpkin Cinnamon rolls...Pumpking, get it? 
    So let me share with you the back story.
    My  husband informed me of a family tradition that existed in his family growing up.  Every Thanksgiving his mom would make cinnamon rolls in the morning and they would eat them while watching the parade and really all morning as his mom made Thanksgiving dinner. 
    Immediately I started to look for low fat (because I'm on a "diet", shocker) yet delicious cinnamon roll recipes online.  Pumpkin is a common addition to baking recipes to make it lower fat as it makes things moist and delicious while allowing you to add less butter and other fatty things. So I found this recipe and showed it to Logan, so excited to continue on the family tradition.
    Which he replies "But, I kinda just like the ones from the tube".
    My eyes bugged out of my head, steam came out of my ears, I couldn't believe what I was hearing.
    I'm offering to make homemade cinnamon rolls and he wants Pillsbury tube rolls...mind blown!
    Luckily I calmed down and decided to take this as a challenge, I can make him LOVE my cinnamon rolls even more than the tube ones, YES I CAN!
    And, fast forward....I DID!  
    Recipe here
    So much easier than I thought it would be, and it was a really fun project!
    Rising dough.

    Roll out dough.
    Rolled...I had to use a little water to get the edges sealed. FYI
    Sliced...I think these are just gorgeous!

    P.S. Logan was amazed at how these were made, he assumed you  made each roll individually, haha!
    Boy am I glad that isn't true!

    Sifting powdered sugar for the icing.

    LOGAN RATING: *****

    Monday, November 12, 2012

    Whine (not the good kind)

    I hate winter!
    Ok so that is a bit dramatic, I don't hate everything about winter, but right now its definitely on my bad side.  I am yet to figure out how to work with this whole getting dark at 5pm thing, all my pics are terrible without natural light and well I just can't post them!
    So I haven't posted anything, in fact I've been boycotting this blog because I'm pissed that I can't find a solution without investing a ton of money in artificial lighting equipment...BOOOHOOO.
    I know my problems are tiny in the grand scheme of things, but I just want to whine about this one...

    Ok now that that is over, time to think of a solution!
    Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
    Soon, I promise, I will stop whining and start posting again!

    Monday, October 15, 2012

    Brussels Sprouts Salad

    Cool temperatures, rainy days, this is soup weather. 
    So naturally, I made salad for dinner. DUH.
    As much as I love the fall for its soup weather, I am totally swooning over this fall salad!
    Brussel sprouts, red pears, white wine vinegar and pancetta, OMG are you drooling yet?
    This is truly one of the best salads I have ever made, everything about it is perfection. 
    Served with some fresh out of the oven French bread, I am still smiling from this meal.
    You guys, did I mention that it is incredibly easy?  Because it is!
    This is totally one of those dishes that is super impressive to people, yet anyone could throw it together.  Bring this to your next potluck, everyone will think you are a gourmet chef. 
    Doesn't that sound like fun?
    Or just make it for yourself, you have to, try it, NOW!

    Salad with Pancetta, roasted Brussels sprouts and pear
    1/2 lb brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered lengthwise
    1/4 cup olive oil
    3oz thinly sliced pancetta 
    1/4 cup white wine vinegar
    1 head Boston lettuce torn into bite size pieces
    1 firm ripe red Bartlett ear, halved, cored and thinly sliced
    2 oz ricotta salata cheese, thinly sliced

    Preheat oven to 425, with racks in upper and lower thirds.  On a rimmed baking sheet, toss brussels sprouts with 2 T oil; season with S&P.  
    Bake on upper rack until tender, 18-20 min, tossing once. On another rimmed baking sheet, arrange pancetta in single layer.  Bake on lower rack until golden brown, 10-12 min.  Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
    In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar and remaining 2 T oil; season with S&P.  Add lettuce, pear and brussels sprouts; toss to combine. Divide among four plates and top with ricotta salata and pancetta. 

    Serves 4.

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

    Baked Potato Soup

    We have been eating out A LOT...shame shame, slap my hand, I know.
    After my birthday dinner on Monday, I said no more eating out, which I then said again after I ate out on Thursday night, and again after I ate out last night...WHOOOOOPS.
    Anyway as I was sitting here sniffling and trying to decide what to cook I came across a potato soup recipe and decided it would be PERFECT for this cool fall evening.
    It was super tasty and ridiculously easy.  I halved the recipe because I didn't have enough potatoes, it was perfect for 2 people. Try it!

    Recipe from the Tasty Kitchen Blog!

    Baked Potato Soup
    • 4 whole Extra Large Baked Potatoes Or 8 Regular Baked Potatoes                                                6 slices Bacon, Diced
    • 6 Tablespoons Butter
    • ½ whole Onion, Chopped
    • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
    • ⅓ cups All-purpose Flour
    • 4 cups Chicken Stock
    • ½ teaspoons Sea Salt (or To Taste)
    • 2 teaspoons Ground Pepper, Or To Taste
    • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
    • 3 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
    • 4 whole Scallions (Green Onions), Sliced
    • 1 cup Greek Yogurt

    Scoop the white insides out of the baked potato skins. Roughly chop the white insides and set them aside. Chop potato skins and set aside.
    In a large stock pot brown the diced bacon over medium heat. Once it’s crispy, remove bacon from the pan and drain off the grease.
    Add 4 tablespoons butter to the brown bits at the bottom of the stock pot. Add onion and continue to cook over medium heat until onion is caramelized. Add minced garlic and flour. Stir flour until absorbed by the butter and cooked, about 1-2 minutes.
    While stirring, slowly add chicken stock to the flour mixture to prevent lumps. Bring to a simmer then turn heat to low. Add the insides of the diced baked potato. Add sea salt and pepper. Cover pot and continue to cook over low heat.
    In a large saute pan add 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat and heat until all of the butter is melted. Add the chopped potato skins and fry them until crisp and heated through.
    Add 1/2 of the crumbled bacon, 2 cups of cheddar cheese, 2/3 of the scallions and Greek yogurt into the pot of soup. Stir well and continue to cook over low heat until heated through and cheese is melted.
    Serve soup topped with remaining bacon, cheedar cheese, scallions and crisp potato skins.

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    Margherita Pizza with a Twist

    Because I've been slacking lately, I had to share this with you.
    Long story short, my parents were here, it was my birthday and I've done NO grocery shopping. 
    So after work today I stood in the grocery store, overwhelmed with NO CLUE what to make for dinner.  This doesn't happen often, and well when it does...I pick up the first thing I see.  This time it was pizza dough. I threw some fresh mozzarella and basil into my basket as well before checking out.
    When I got home I added some grape tomatoes and pepperoncinis...Tadah!
    So even when you are totally lost, have no fear...
    you can still make a meal that is worth serving someone.  Just use your creativity!
    Some real food will be coming soon!

    Margherita Pizza
    1 store bought ball of pizza dough (or homemade if youre ambitious)
    1/4 cup marinara sauce
    8oz fresh mozzarella cheese (sliced)
    1/4 cup basil leaves, torn
    handful of grape tomatoes cut in half (or slice up a whole tomato thinly)
    pepperoncinis roughly chopped (optional)

    Preheat oven to 400.
    Roll out or stretch dough to fit your pan.  Spread sauce over dough, leaving some space bare around the outside to form a crust.  Place mozzarella slices on top of the sauce and then top with the rest of the ingredients as desired.  Bake for 13-15 minutes or until crust is brown and cheese is melted.

    Monday, October 1, 2012

    Another Enchilada Recipe

    I know this isn't the first enchilada recipe that I have shared with ya'll.
    But, seriously, this is not a joke, it is THE BEST!
    In fact, so far, this is the best enchilada recipe I've ever tried.
    And its "lighter", pffff who would ever believe that!?!
    And check out the Logan Rating to see if he agrees...
    The only other thing that is even worth taking up more of your time, with which you should be spending making these, is that I added about twice the amount of cumin and chipotle peppers than the recipe called for. NOW GO!  COOK!

    Lighter Chicken Enchiladas
    3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6-8oz each)
    2 T vegetable oil, such as safflower
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1/4 cup all purpose flour
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1-2 T minced canned chipotles in adobo
    1 can (14.5) low sodium chicken broth
    1/2 cup water
    8 corn tortillas (6 in), warmed
    1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese (2 oz)

    In a large skillet, bring 1 inch water to a boil.  Add chicken, and season with salt; cover, and reduce heat to medium-low.  Simmer 5 minutes; remove skillet from heat.  Let chicken steam, covered, until cooked through, 12-14 min.  Transfer chicken to a medium bowl; when cool enough to handle, shred with two forks.
    While chicken is cooking, in a medium sauce-pan, heat oil over medium.  Add garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 min.  Add flour, cumin, and chipotles to taste; cook, whisking, 1 min.  Whisk in broth and the water; bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer, and cook, whisking occasionally 5-8 min; season with S&P. 
    Transfer 1 cup sauce to bowl with chicken, toss to combine.
    Preheat oven to 400.  Spread 1/4 cup of remaining sauce evenly in a 8inch square baking dish (or whatever you have).  Fill each tortilla with chicken mixture, dividing evenly; roll up tightly, and arrange, seam side down, in baking dish.
    Cover with remaining sauce, and top with cheese.  Bake until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling, 15-20 minutes.  Let cool 5 minutes before serving.
    Serves 4.

    Logan Rating: *****