Easy Apply Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 Cups of cut up apples that have been cored and skinned- Any kind you like; I used McIntosh, Red Delicious , and Honey Crisp
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/8 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients into a pot and boil
  2. Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 25-35 minutes stirring often
  3. Pour into blender and blend till smooth

This apple sauce is great warm or chilled!  You can omit the sugar and cinnamon from your apple sauce but make sure to use sweet apples.

Chicken and Black Bean Chili

Chicken and Black Bean Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1 -1.5 lbs Raw Chicken cut into cube
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1 Can Kidney Beans
  • 1 Can Green Chilies
  • 2 Cans Fire Roasted Cubed Stew Tomatoes
  • 2 Can Rotel Chilies
  • ¾ Cup Chicken Stock
  • 2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Put Everything in Crock pot and mix together
  2. Cook  on high for 5-6 hours  (until chicken is fully cooked)

I created this recipe a few years ago with stuff I had in my pantry. My family loved it! It has become a favorite mean of mine as well.  If you like your Chili a little spicier then add some of your favorite spicy peppers. I add jalapeños when I make this for my brothers as well as jalapeño juice!

I like to top mine with some shredded cheese and fresh cut avocado.

This Chili Freezes well! I put individual portions into small freezer bags. They keep well for up to 6 months.

Two ingredient pancakes!

This is not my recipe. I was led to it via pinterest. The link  to the original recipe is at the bottom of this post. the picture is of mine after I had eaten some! I have made them and definitely approve! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Eggs

Directions:

  1. Cut banana into slices
  2. Add eggs and whisk/smash together until smooth. A few banana chunks are OK as long as the eggs are incorporated.
  3. Cook in pan over medium heat about a minute on each side. I used cooking spray but a little dab of butter will do nicely as well.

These are meant to be small, just a few inches will do. If they are too big them you won’t be able to flip them. Another pinterest pinner suggested adding some vanilla and cinnamon. I think I will try that next time. These taste fantastic! They do have the texture of eggs but taste just like a good banana pancake! I suggest forgoing the syrup and adding fresh fruit or even preserves!

http://blogilates.com/recipe-index/100-natural-pancakes-recipe-gluten-free-flourless-low-calorie

Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 White Onion(chopped)
  • 1 Clove of garlic (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 Cup cubed chicken(already cooked)
  • 1/2 Zucchini (chopped)
  • 1/2 Yellow Squash (chopped)
  • 1 Tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese (any kind you like)
  • 4 Large Portabella Mushrooms
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Scoop out the spores of the mushrooms( The black part) and pop out the stems( you can toss the stems or chop them and add them to the rest of the mixture)
  2. Saute Onion and garlic with slat and pepper till soft.
  3. Add Chicken, Zucchini, Squash, and Tomato until heated thoroughly. I like to add these to a separate bowl and slat them before adding them to the pan. It brings out their flavors better.
  4. Spoon into mushrooms and top with cheese
  5. Bake at 400* until Mushroom is hot and cheese is melted. (about 10-15 minutes)

You can substitute any veggie that holds up well to baking! I think some white beans would also be really tasty!

Meat Balls!

The first few times I made meat balls, I used a seasoning packet and eggs! They were pretty good but I figured that since you just needed season, meat, and eggs; meat balls couldn’t be too hard! Here is the recipe I came up with. My friends and Family LOVE them! I made them tonight and my 1 year old niece had them for the first time, she too is a fan!!!

!Meat Balls Tonight my meat balls were paired with penne pasta, vodka sauce, a wedge of fresh mozzarella, salad, and bread sticks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 Lb Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Onion(chopped)
  • 1 Clove of Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat Oven to 350
  2. Saute Onions and garlic with salt and EVOO
  3. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together.
  4. Once everything is mixed, form into balls about an inch and half. I use spoons to form mine. They aren’t perfectly shaped but they taste amazing! You could use a melon-baller or ice cream scoop as well. Cooking times will depend on size so adjust accordingly.
  5. Place meat balls on baking sheet(they don’t spread so you can put them close just make sure that they don’t touch) and bake for 20 minutes. This size of ball makes about 2 and 1/2 dozen meat balls.

I love mine with pasta but you can also use them for meat ball subs, with  some BBQ sauce, and they are even fabulous on their own! They are sooo good. My brother prefers mild breakfast sausage instead of Italian but it’s up to what you like. This is the way I like them and I encourage you to experiment with meat balls to achieve a taste that you like!

* You can make these ahead of time, they freeze really well!

My Stuffed Peppers

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Cup of Mushrooms(any kind), chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Zucchini, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Yellow Squash, chopped
  • 1 LB Ground Turkey
  • 6-8 Bell Peppers
  • 1 Cup of Shredded Cheese (Any kind)
  • 2 Cups Marinara Sauce
  • Parsley, chopped (to taste, optional)
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large skilled cook Garlic, Onions, and Mushrooms with 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Let Cook till onions and mushrooms are soft.
  2. While that is cooking, cut peppers in half length wise. Clean out all seeds, Broil on middle rack face down for 4-5 minutes. Once finished remove from oven  and preheat oven to 375*
  3. Add Ground turkey, salt and pepper to onions and garlic. cook until brown.
  4. Cook rice while turkey is browning.
  5. Add Zucchini, squash and parsley to meat mixture and continue to cook for 5 minutes
  6. Mix rice, meat mixture, and marinara together.
  7. Fill peppers with meat mixture, top with cheese, bake until heated throughout. Usually 20-30 minutes , dependent on size of peppers and how filled they are.

I created this recipe a few years ago after buying frozen stuffed peppers from the store. I don’t remember what was it but the flavors seemed simple so I set out to make my own.This is what I came up with.It’s super simple yet delicious! I hope you enjoy it and please let me know your tweaks so I can try them out as well! I believe in making every recipe my own and highly encourage everyone to do the same!

Yep, I am blogging about food!

I never set out to do a food blog but I love to cook! I posted  a few recipes on my nanny blog and got a great response!  I love writing my own recipes so I think this will be a great outlet for that. I also intend to share other recipes I love and just plain talk about food!