I love roasted vegetables – they are simple to make and healthy, but I hadn’t made any in quite some time. I bought some zucchini and mushrooms a couple of weeks ago and roasted them with onions. They were DELICIOUS! In fact, they were so delicious, I made more this week :). I had some tomatoes that needed eaten before they went bad, so I decided to roast those with mushrooms and onions.
Here’s the recipe:
1 small container of whole mushrooms
1 small onion
extra virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut the mushrooms in half, then cut the tomatoes and onions into pieces of a similar size as the cut mushrooms.
Put all veggies in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil. Stir to coat. Add more olive oil if necessary.
Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, to taste. Stir.
Pour mixture onto a baking sheet and spread out evenly.
Bake for about 15 minutes or until veggies are tender, but still have a little crunch. If desired, stir the veggies about halfway through (I usually don’t).
I’m not a huge fan of roasted tomatoes, but it’s just what I had on hand. Use whatever veggies you have! Just keep in mind, you may have to adjust the roasting time depending on how crunchy the veggies are that you begin with (e.g., broccoli would probably take longer to cook).
I was given some cilantro by a neighbor the other day and was itching to use it. I LOVE cilantro. I scoured my Pinterest Food Board and came across this Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake recipe. Most of the ingredients I had on hand, but I also had to do some improvising. Here’s the original recipe. My version is below.
A couple of months ago we finished off the freezer meals I prepared back in May. In short, I was sooo disappointed with them :(! Here’s a quick summary:
Chicken Broccoli Alfredo: At first, this tasted pretty good, but after several bites it just got gross.
Beef Stew: This was actually edible and tasted ok. It’s not worth making again, though.
Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken: We ate this over rice. Without the rice it would have been inedible. It looked really gross, too, lol.
Cilantro Lime Chicken with Corn and Black Beans: This was ok. It would have tasted better served with tortilla chips. I won’t make it again.
Italian Beef Sandwiches: We would definitely make this again. It’s one of our favorites. I think it tastes better as a non-freezer meal, though.
The original post is below with my updated comments included at the beginning of each recipe. Hopefully you’ll have better luck than I did with freezer meals!
In preparation for our baby girl’s June 6th due date, I decided to make some freezer meals. With the help of my bother, I was able to prepare five freezer meals in less than an hour (including clean up). Not too shabby! The grocery shopping probably took an additional hour. I’m just not a very efficient grocery shopper, plus I just despise doing it! Look at all those groceries :/ (most of them were for the freezer meals, but not all).
August means back-to-school! If you’re looking for something to give a college student, a gift basket is a great option.
Some family members of mine are going off to college, and I wanted to give them a practical gift as they start this exciting time in their life. I opted for gift baskets because who doesn’t like a gift basket??? Plus, I really enjoy making them :). I scoured the internet for ideas of what to include in the baskets and came up with some ideas of my own as well.
I’ll share with you the items I included in the two gift baskets below. One is for a commuter college student, and the other is for a college student moving out on her own for the first time.
Gift baskets are so simple and also allow you to be creative! Buy a basket or storage container of some sort, cover the bottom with some crumpled up tissue paper, and start filling it with all the goodies!
I found the recipe for these no-bake cookie dough truffles on Pinterest. They only take a few minutes to make, plus the time it takes for the dough and chocolate to harden. The not-so-great part is they are definitely NOT healthy :(. It’s ok to indulge every once in a while, though :).
Thanksgiving is less than a week away…boy how time flies. If you are anything like me, you’re trying to decide what dish to cook for the big meal. Below are several simple recipes that would be great for a Thanksgiving meal. I’ve made all of these, and highly recommend them!
I’m always looking for easy recipes, especially recipes that are at least semi-healthy. This garlic chicken with orzo recipe was one I found on Pinterest. I’ve made it twice now, and we BOTH enjoyed it BOTH times – yay! Here’s my modified recipe below: Continue reading »
I created (yes, created!) a healthy meatless spaghetti recipe tonight, and it actually turned out really, really well! The hubby even really liked it. It’s been a struggle to find relatively simple and tasty meatless recipes, so I was so excited that we enjoyed this one so much. It seems the cooking genes I inherited from my dad and grandma are finally showing themselves :).
You’ll notice most of the ingredient amounts are approximations. When I was adding things to the skillet, I didn’t pay attention to the amount (sorry). Also, I’m not sure the sun dried tomatoes added much flavor. We just had some left over from another recipe and needed to use them, so my husband suggested I throw them in the mix as well. Continue reading »