Monday, December 17, 2012

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna

Before last weekend, I had only used my crock pot to make chili.  I finally decided to make a non chili/soup dish in my crock pot.  I started off with Eating Well's Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna.  The kicker is that normally, I do not like lasagna; too cheesy and too meaty and just not my thing.  This one caught my eye because it was vegetarian and used mushrooms, zucchini, and spinach as the "meaty" part of the dish.  It came out really well (for my completely amateur knowledge of using a crock pot) and it lasted me through the week and the weekend.  Next time I make this, I will add more garlic and more red pepper; probably some chili powder as well.  The original recipe is pretty bland for my tastes.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Panko Crusted Tofu with Whole Wheat Linguine Marinara

I decided to get a little creative with dinner the other night since I didn't have any meat besides lunch meat in the house.  I have tons and tons of tofu though (cue stir fry obsession), but I wasn't feeling stir fry.  I saw something about crisping up tofu for stir fries (which I don't usually do), but thought that it might be try that for a pasta dish.

Panko Crusted Tofu with Whole Wheat Linguine Marinara

To buy:
1 carton of firm tofu (i like Nasoya)-I used just a quarter of the brick for this
2 oz uncooked whole wheat linguini
1 Jar Prego Ligh Smart Spaghetti Sauce (use 1/4 cup)
Panko bread crumbs (use 1/4 cup)
Olive Oil or Non Stick Cooking Spray
optional: Garlic powder, chili powder, hot sauce

To do:
Boil water and prepare linguine as normal.  While preparing pasta, toss tofu, olive oil or non stick cooking spray (4 to 5 sprays will do) with the tofu, panko, and spices if you want them.  Coat a pan with non stick cooking spray and bake the panko coated tofu until crispy.

When pasta is cooked and tofu is crispy, drain pasta, then toss back in the pot with the tofu and pasta sauce.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dreidel Sweets

Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made you out of sweets, and when you're dry and ready, oh dreidel I shall eat!

I found this delightful Hanukkah treat on Pinterest (where else?!).  You need marshmallows, chocolate kisses, and pretzel sticks.

They're too cute and delicious with a sweet wine.

Happy Hanukkah!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Chicken Spinach Pesto Soup from Eating Well

Leave it to me to make soup the weekend in December that it's 80* here. Oh well, it happens-doesn't make the soup any less delicious.  This soup is pretty filling-the beans and the chicken make it hearty and the pesto gives the soup a unique flavor.  I didn't know how easy it was to make basic pesto; 3 things, 2 minutes, delicious pesto.  Anyway, I found this one on EatingWell and it's definitely worth making.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Hot and Spicy Vegetarian Breakfast Sandwich

I'm really not a fan of fast food breakfast sandwiches or taquitos; their eggs are nasty, i don't eat pork bacon or pork sausage, and the cheese is just...blech...and they're so greasy they don't even seem worth it to me.  I've been eating Morningstar Farms spicy vegetarian sausage patties for breakfast with eggs for a while.  It didn't occur to me until just a few weeks ago that I could combine these with some whole wheat bread and salsa for a delicious and healthy, lower calorie breakfast sandwich.

Hot and Spicy Vegetarian Breakfast Sandwich

To buy:
1 box of Morningstar spicy vegetarian sausage patties (recipe calls for 1 patty). You can find these in the frozen section near the other frozen breakfast foods.
1 carton of eggs (3 egg whites used)
1 jar of salsa (a couple of table spoons used)
1 loaf of whole wheat bread of your choice (2 slices used)

To do:

Preheat oven to 425*.
When over is heated, cook veggie patties and 2 slices of bread for about 10 minutes (until bread is toasted and patties are cooked through)
At the same time, cook  egg whites
When eggs, patties, and bread are all cooked, layer your sandwich. I put salsa on the slices of toast and then between the egg and patty.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Jack-O-Lantern 7 Layer Dip

I've really never been much for staying in season with things...I wear hot pink nail polish in the middle of winter and will not wear a jacket unless I feel like I'm getting frost bite; I've never decorated for anything seasonal until this year.  I have also never made a season or holiday themed dish until i made this dip for my friend's Halloween party (where I also legit dressed up for the first time in I can't tell you how long-the femme Gene Simmons Demon, thank you).  Anyway, this dip is totally cute and delicious.  I love seven layer dip, all of the flavors go so well together; I could have eaten this whole thing on my own...and I would have if I didn't drop the left over one in the middle of the driveway.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Guacamole Stuffed Eggs

I eat pretty much the same thing for lunch every day when I'm at work.  It's the easiest way to make sure that I'm not eating too much and that what I'm eating is relatively healthy.  This is why I get excited when I find fun snacks that are full of protein and healthy fats to add to my lunch.  Since I work out after work, it's important that I eat healthy and well enough to foster a good work out.  This take on deviled eggs not only tasted amazing (it takes a few bites to get used to it, but they're SO good!), they kept me feeling full and I wasn't craving random snack machine carbs and sugar.  

(I added garlic powder and paprika to mine for an extra kick)

and here is an awesome guacamole recipe if you'd like to use that to stuff your eggs with:

Monday, December 3, 2012

Slutty Brownies

These brownies are every girl's decadent dream; layers of cookie, oreo, and brownie in one snack.  These are such a treat and so addicting...and obviously super easy to make.  The recipe that I found has you making the brownie batter and cookie dough from scratch, but if you're impatient like me, or just baking late at night and don't want to take that time, go ahead and buy a tub of cookie dough and boxed brownie mix.  They still taste amazing and it save you quite a few steps.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Candy Layered Brownies

I don't know many people who don't like brownies.  I kept seeing these Peppermint Patty Brownies floating around all over Pinterest so I decided to try them out.  I first made them for a holiday potluck at work and they were a hit.  Later, I made some for some friends and my family, this time using peanut butter cups and peanut butter M&Ms.  It's super easy to make these brownies; just pour half your brownie batter into your baking pan, put a layer of your favorite candy and then pour the rest of your brownie batter on top.  Bake as you normally would.