Saturday, March 31, 2012

Cinnamon SuperFluff Donuts

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It's a cold grey Saturday morning in Cleveland....what to make for breakfast? DONUTS! I saw this recipe on (what else) Pinterest and just had to try it. It's incredibly easy!

Grands Biscuits-not flaky layers

Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a skillet. Take the biscuits and cut a hole in the middle, I used an apple corer, but you could use whatever you have on hand. Brown the soon to be donuts in the oil, this does not take long whatsoever. Keep on eye on them they burn easily. Literally less then a minute on each side. Set aside each donut on paper towel lined plate. Let cool.

Heat butter in a bowl and combine cinnamon and sugar in another. Once the donut is cool, coat each one in the butter and then in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

That's it!!! Now sit down with a good cup of coffee (I am enjoying a coconut mocha one now) and devour these things! I am sorry they are really really good. Michael ate 3 just while I was typing this! And don't forget the little donut holes, they are excellent as well!

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Fatty Melt

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I know I have already posted about the Buckeye Beer Engine and how great it is, but we went there again last night and I have to add to it! I had their very own Buckeye Porter and it was amazing. Now it's not as good as Willoughby Brewing Company Peanut Butter Coffee Porter but really nothing is. BUT this is a close second!!

Now of course I got the Fatty Melt, which let me remind you is a grilled cheese with tomato and bacon, then a 1/2 lb burger, then another grilled cheese sandwich. IT IS AMAZING!!!!

So if you are in Lakewood and want an amazing burger and really good beer go to Beer Engine. AND get the fried pickles cause they are the greatest thing on the planet!!!!! Pin It

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Panko Crusted Salmon

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So who doesn't love salmon? So when I saw that it was on sale I just had to buy it. Now what to do with it? These are quite thin pieces of salmon (thus the being on sale) so I had to be careful not to over cook it. I searched far and wide (on google and pinterest) and ended up just sorta winging it. This is what I did:

4 salmon fillets
1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup of seasoned bread crumbs
1 1/2 TB of parsley
dash of seasoned salt
dash of pepper
1 TB lemon peel zest
Flax seed oil (or you can use olive oil)
one egg yolk

Take the bread crumbs, parsley, & lemon zest and place in bowl. Drizzle oil until the well mixed, not soggy.

Skin side down season the salmon with salt and pepper. In another small bowl, whisk one egg yolk and a few TB of oil to make your aoili. (add garlic if you want, I was just too lazy to crush some up) Your aioli should be thick and spreadable. You want to make enough for 4 fillets. Spread aoili over salmon. Then take your crumb mixture and apply a thick layer over each fillet.

Cook at 425 f or about 20 minutes depending on the thickness of
 your fillet.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Corned Beef-CrockPot Style

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If you ask my husband, I may have an addiction to corned beef lately. I have had 4 sandwiches in the last 8 days. I had a reuben sandwich for breakfast this morning at Lucky's cafe, it was glorious. I of course had one last weekend for St. Patty's Day, then I found Corned Beef Brisket at Giant Eagle! So guess what's for dinner honey? Corned Beef!!

Corned Beef Brisket
can of lager
rye bread
thousand island
crock pot (duh)

Now the corned beef brisket I bought came with a little seasoning packet so I didn't include that in the ingredients, not sure that would have made a difference if it wasn't there. Place corned beef with seasoning and one can of your favorite lager. (or like myself the Yuengling that was lying around) I figured this way it wouldn't get too dry in the crock pot. I placed it in the crockpot for about 10 hours on low. The house smelled soooo good! The next time I may use half the amount of beer and add my sauerkraut to the crock pot! If you choose to do it this way, please keep me posted!!

The corned beef literally fell apart with a knife and fork.  I just bought regular ol sauerkraut from giant eagle in a can. It was great! We ate about half of it and had the rest for left overs the next day. Pin It

Strawberry S'mores

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Now these changed my life! I saw these on Pinterest and had just purchased some strawberries and figured hey why not try it. Now Michael and I normally make s'mores as a snack after dinner. They are super super easy and they are good....anytime of the year! So what will you need?

Hershey's chocolate candy bar
graham crackers
strawberries-sliced thinly

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Take a baking sheet and line with foil. (you don't have to line with foil but if you do then you don't have to clean the pan afterwards. I am all for not having to do much clean up) Snap the graham cracker in half and lay on sheet. Place 2-3 squares chocolate on cracker and2-3 slices strawberry. Take your marshmellow and flatten a bit between the palms of your hand. This keeps it from rolling off your s'more. Place marshmellow on s'more and your done. Now I don't like to add the top to the s'more, just too much graham cracker for me but of course you could if that is your cup of tea.

Bake the s'mores for about 10 minutes. The marshmellow will start to brown on the top. They are soooooo freaking good. Pin It

St. Patty's Day in Cleveland

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So I know its been forever since I have posted, but it's been a little crazy. So St. Patrick's Day was absolutely beautiful, what did everyone do? Well I can tell you what I did! Not only was it March Madness but it was like 75 degrees out!! So a little background about St. Patrick's Day.

Saint Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick") is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century, and has gradually become a celebration of Irish culture in general.
The day is generally characterised by the attendance of church services, wearing of green attire,public parades and processions, and the lifting of Lenten restrictions on eating, and drinking alcohol,which is often proscribed during the rest of the season.

Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora, especially in places such as Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand, among others. Today, St. Patrick's Day is probably the most widely celebrated saint's day in the world.

Our 1st stop was Winking Lizard to watch Ohio State play!! Then we went to Burntwood Tavern and I had my first ever (and second) Irish Car Bomb! I must say the food there is amazing!!

An Irish Car Bomb is a beer cocktail that is drunk as a bomb shot, similar to a boilermaker. It is made with Irish stout, Irish cream, and Irish whiskey.
The whiskey is floated on top of the Irish Cream in a shot glass, and the shot glass is then dropped into the stout. Once mixed, it must be drunk quickly because it will curdle. While Kahlúa was part of the original recipe, it is often excluded from the drink today. Some refer to that original recipe as a Belfast Car Bomb.

The "Irish" in the name refers to the drink's Irish ingredients; typically Guiness stout, Baileys Irish Cream, and Jameson Irish Whiskey. The "Car Bomb" refers to the fact that the drink is a "bomb shot" and also to the many car bombings that took place during the Troubles in Ireland. For this reason, the name is sometimes deemed offensive and some bartenders refuse to serve it. The drink is virtually unknown in Ireland and ordering it there is likely to cause confusion or offense.

The night ended with our friend driving us home and us passing out! Overall a good day!
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Little Bit of Everything Slider

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So tonight was absolutely beautiful out, so we decided to grill out. We decided on a whim to make hamburgers, probably cause I have slider hamburger buns handy. So I can't just make normal sliders, I have to add a little zing to them! So I literally just looked around the kitchen and fridge to see what I had. Here is what I had:

1 lb ground meat
basil seasoning
oregano seasoning
parsley seasoning
seasoned salt
Worcester sauce
few cloves of garlic (minced)
one small red onion (chopped)
shredded cheddar cheese
shredded mozzarella cheese
sliced cheddar cheese
1 egg

I eyeballed everything. Just a dash of this, a dash of that, etc etc. Just add enough that it looks good to you. You can't really go wrong here! It will taste good!! I used the egg to bind everything together, you may want to use 2. Eyeball it yourself and see if it stays together. I mixed everything in a bowl together using my hands. Your hands are your best tool here! I then molded each into a little patty and Michael went to the grill and cooked em! Figure about 10 minutes for them to be done. A few minutes before they are done add your sliced cheese to them and voila you are done!
Easy enough huh?

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Lakewood Dog Park

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If you aren't from Cleveland, you just don't understand how excited Clevelanders get when the weather starts to get warm. Well today it was in the mid to high 60's in early March. So what did we all do?! We got the hell out of our houses and went for walks, bike rides, and if you are a dog lover like myself you went to Lakewood Dog Park! Now there is a dog park in Tremont, but it's just not the same. Now I have gone to Lakewood Dog Park for years and years, but today it was CRAZY! I have never seen so many people and dogs there! It is a great place for your dog to socialize and play and everyone is always wonderful and nice there. (of course they are nice they are DOG people!)

Another great thing about this dog park is that it's located in the Metroparks so once your pup is done playing with their dog friends you can take them for a nice walk through the trails and/or bike paths. My dogs are exhausted now and probably will sleep for days! Here are some pictures of our fun day together!
Look at ALL the people & dogs!

Just saying Hi!

Hey be a lady!

that kid could ride that dog like a pony

hi mom!

circle sniff

best of dog friends!

shhh I am telling her a secret!
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A Night Out....w/out drinking......

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A Night Out on a Saturday without drinking.....did I hear you right?  yes, yes you did. No I am not pregnant, but have had a wicked cold that has kicked my ass the past week or so. Thus no cooking blogs or cooking really at all. I have literally had some sort of soup and grilled cheese for the past week. I figured everyone knew how to make grilled cheese so I didn't feel it necessary to blog about it. Funny note about that though, I asked Michael to make me a grilled cheese sandwich, figured it was easy enough. Now I make mine on the stove, I butter both pieces of bread and put some slices of cheese in it and voila! You keep on eye on it and when its brown you flip yada yada yada. Wellllll, Michael literally told me that he did not know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich on the stove and only knew how to make it in the toaster oven. Now the toaster oven is fine, except its just dry toast with quasi melted cheese. Yuck!! It's just so very dry, so maybe I should have done a blog about making grilled cheese. :)

Anyway, so I have been sick and cancelled plans with friends to go out since drinking didn't seem too conducive to my health. So we went out to dinner to Latitude 41 N. Now I have been there numerous times for breakfast, but never for dinner. Still an awesome place! Breakfast is really really good. It's located in the Battery Park/Gordon Square District which also houses such places as Luxe, Happy Dog,  and many many others! (click here for a link to ALL the restaurants in that area) Dinner was great, I had this awesome meatball calzone with an incredible marinara sauce. Michael had a Sicilian calzone. It was accompanied with a surprisingly really good chopped salad! Then of course the whole reason why I wanted to go out in that area was my new favorite ice cream shop (sorry Mitchell's) Sweet Moses Soda Fountain & Treat Shop. I just CANNOT get enough of their brownie sundae. Now in a previous blog I raved about this place and how huge the portions are! Now this time I was smart, we got it to go and that way I ate some at home and some on Sunday! It is SOOOO freaking good! I love it, in fact I want some right now!!

So that was my weekend with absolutely no alcohol involved. Its okay I might as well get used to it since we are trying to get pregnant and if that happens, bye bye alcohol! I guess I should probably get my sushi fill in too!! :) Pin It

Sunday, March 4, 2012

52 Healthy Meals in 12 Minutes!

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So I fully admit I found this and borrowed it. Borrowing as in using it and calling it my own.....well sorta. I found this information on Pinterest and thought I would pass it along. It's actually pretty cool. Not sure if I will try ALL of these, but I will keep you posted on how they work out. Now that I am working 40+ hours a week I just don't have the time and more so the energy like I used too to cook all the time. I am still adjusting and hopefully will start cooking more! Right now Michael and I are obsessed with Little Taco's in a Shell (see blog archive for this recipe, it will change your life) and I will probably be making them again this week. They were that good!!!

I digress, check these recipes out and let me know if they really do indeed take 12 minutes or less and if they are actually good!


1. PB & H Waffle
Toast 1 whole-grain waffle and smear with 1 tbsp. natural peanut butter. Drizzle with 1 tsp. honey and sprinkle with 1 tsp. sesame seeds.
2. Cold Pizza
Nope, not the takeout kind! Toast 1 slice whole-grain bread and top with 2 tbsp. ricotta, 1 large basil leaf, 2 tomato slices, a drizzle of olive oil, and salt and pepper.
3. Eggs in a Muffin
Heat a pan with a spritz of cooking spray over medium heat. Season 1 egg with salt and pepper, scramble, and cook to desired consistency (no more than five minutes). Top egg with 1 slice cheddar cheese and allow cheese to melt. Pile egg and cheese on 1 toasted whole-wheat English muffin and add 1 slice cooked Canadian bacon. (Use half the muffin and eat it open-faced to save a few calories!)
4. Canadian Waffles
Toast 1 whole-wheat waffle and top with 1 slice cooked Canadian bacon, 1 over-easy egg (prepared with cooking spray), and a 1 to 2 tsp. drizzle of maple syrup.
5. Cereal A-Go-Go
Swap out the milk in a bowl of cereal for 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt flavored with 1/8 tsp. lemon zest and 1 tsp. honey. Add ½ cup bran flakes and some extra flavor with ¼ cup fresh berries or 1 tbsp. sliced almonds.
6. Breakfast Taco
In a pan spritzed with cooking spray over medium-high heat, scramble 3 egg whites, a small handful of spinach leaves, and 1 tbsp. drained and rinsed black beans. Season with salt and pepper. Wrap mixture in an 8-inch whole-wheat tortilla and top with 1 tbsp. salsa.
7. Chocolate-Banana Shake
Blend together 1 packet chocolate breakfast powder (like
Carnation Breakfast Essentials), 1 cup milk of choice, and ½ frozen banana. Optional: Add a scoop of protein powder for improved muscle recovery.
8. Oatmeal in an Instant
Skip pre-made packets in favor of this homemade version. Combine ½ cup rolled oats, 1 cup milk or water, and a pinch of salt, and microwave for 3 minutes. Stir in toppings of choice, like 1 tsp. maple syrup, 2 tbsp. sliced almonds, or ¼ cup dried fruit.
9. Broiled Grapefruit
Preheat broiler and halve 1 chilled grapefruit. Sprinkle each half with ½ tsp. sugar and ¼ tsp. cinnamon. Broil both halves on a baking sheet for 3-5 minutes. Serve with 1 slice of whole-wheat toast spread with 1 tbsp. nut butter for a complete breakfast.
10. Mini Wrap
Top an 8-inch whole-wheat tortilla with 2 slices Canadian bacon, ½ sliced apple, and 2 to 3 slices cheddar cheese. Roll up and microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or until cheese is melted.
11. Vegan Breakfast Scramble
In a frying pan over medium-high heat combine ½ cup tofu (crumbled), a handful of spinach, ¼ cup chopped red peppers, 1/8 cup chopped onion, 1/8 cup chopped vegetarian bacon, and a few dashes of paprika. Sauté until veggies are cooked and tofu is heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
12. Nutty ‘Nana
Toast 1 slice whole-grain bread and top with 1 tbsp. crunchy almond butter and ½ a sliced banana.
13. Berry Yogurty Smoothie
Blend together ½ cup frozen strawberries, ½ cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 2 tsp. honey, and ¼ cup milk of choice.
14. Sweet n’ Savory Breakfast Pizza
Preheat the broiler (or toaster oven). Microwave 2 slices turkey bacon for 30-60 seconds (or until crisp) and crumble once cooked. Spread 1 tbsp. low-fat ricotta on 1 whole-wheat tortilla. Top with ¼ cup sliced strawberries and/or blueberries and the bacon. Broil 5 minutes or until fruit softens and begins to caramelize.
15. Sun-Dried Tomato Omelet
Coat a pan with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Pour in 3 egg whites mixed with 1 tsp. water and salt and pepper (to taste). When eggs begin to set, top half with 2 tbsp. goat cheese, ½ cup fresh spinach, and 2 tbsp. chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Fold in half and cook 2 more minutes, or until egg whites are set, veggies are warmed through, and cheese is melted.
16. Frog in a Hole
Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Spread 1 slice of whole-grain bread with 1 tsp. butter. Use a cookie or biscuit-cutter to cut a hole in the center of the bread. Place the bread— buttered-side down— in the pan and crack 1 egg into the hole. Cook until egg sets, about 2 to 4 minutes. (Flip half way through for a more well done egg.)
17. Fruit Parfait
Layer together: 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt sweetened with 1 tsp. honey, ½ cup granola, and ½ cup frozen blueberries and strawberries.
18. Breakfast Quickie Cookie
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine ½ cup oats, ¼ cup liquid egg whites, 1 ½ tbsp. brown sugar, 1 ½ tbsp. all-purpose flour, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, ½ tsp. baking powder, 2 tbsp. raisins, and cinnamon to taste. Flatten half the mixture into the bottom of the bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Pop cookie out of the bowl and repeat with second half of mixture.
19. Pumpkin Muesli
Combine ¼ cup quick-cooking oats and ¼ cup pumpkin puree in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and nuke for 20 seconds. Let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine ½ cup plain nonfat yogurt, 2 tbsp. honey, 1 tsp. lemon zest, and 2 tbsp. sliced almonds in a separate bowl. Stir yogurt mixture into the oat mixture and enjoy. Extra points for adding fresh fruit, too!
20. Green Tortilla Pizza
Preheat the broiler. Spread 2 tbsp. pesto (homemade or store bought) on 1 whole-grain 8-inch tortilla. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp. chopped broccoli florets, a large handful of spinach, 4 sliced baby bella mushrooms, 2 tbsp. chopped onions, and 2 tbsp. part-skim mozzarella. Broil until cheese is lightly browned, about 4 minutes.
21. Taco Salad
For the dressing, combine 2 tbsp. salsa, 1 tbsp. low-fat Greek yogurt, 1 tsp. olive oil, and 1 tsp. chili powder. Serve dressing over a salad with: 2 cups baby spinach, ½ thinly sliced celery stalk, 1 chopped scallion, 1 tbsp. chopped black olives, 2 tbsp. corn, and ¼ cup drained and rinsed black beans. Optional: Add ½ lightly toasted tortilla cut into strips to each salad.
22. Mediterranean Pita
Split open a whole-wheat pita and spread one side with 2 tbsp. hummus. Add 1 large roasted red pepper (sliced), 1 tbsp. crumbled feta, 1 tbsp. black olives, 5 slices cucumber, and a small handful of mixed greens.
23. Niçoise Sandwich
In a bowl, combine 1 6-oz. can tuna, ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes, ¼ cup pitted black olives (chopped), and 1 tbsp. olive oil. Split open ¼ whole-wheat baguette (about 4 inches in length) and fill with the tuna mixture and a handful of baby spinach leaves.
24. Roast Beef Roll
Spread 1 oz. light cream cheese and ½ tbsp. horseradish on 1 whole-wheat wrap. Layer on 2 oz. roast beef, 1 oz. sliced cheddar, and a handful of romaine lettuce. Roll up and enjoy.
25. Open-Faced White Bean Sandwich
Mash ¼ can rinsed and drained white beans with 1 tsp. olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toast 1 slice of whole-grain bread and spread with the bean mixture. Top with 1 slice red onion, 5 cucumber slices, and ¼ avocado (sliced).
26. Lighter Chef’s Salad
Tear ¼ head of romaine lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Top the lettuce with ½ tomato (sliced), ½ avocado (cut into bite-sized pieces), 2 slices deli turkey, ¼ sliced red onion, 1/8 cup shaved Parmesan, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
27. Grilled Cheddar n’ Apple
Between 2 slices of whole-grain bread, layer 1 to 2 slices sharp cheddar cheese (from the deli section) and ½ green apple (thinly sliced). Spread one slice of the bread with 1 tsp. deli mustard. Grill in a nonstick pan for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or cook in a panini press until cheese is melted.
28. Hawaiian Wrap
Combine ¼ cup nonfat Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar, and ½ tsp. caraway seeds in a small bowl. Toss together ¼ cup pineapple (diced), ½ carrot (shredded), 2 slices of deli ham (chopped), and ¼ head Napa cabbage (thinly sliced). Dress vegetables with the yogurt mixture and roll up in a whole-wheat wrap.
29. Souper Spicy Soup
In a medium saucepan, combine ¾ cup vegetable broth, a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, and ½ tbsp. olive oil. When it reaches a boil, stir in 1/8 cup uncooked couscous, ¼ cup broccoli, and ¼ cup cauliflower (both chopped into small florets). Cook until tender. Optional: Serve topped with 1 oil-packed sun-dried tomato (chopped) and 1 scallion (thinly sliced).
30. Quinoa Salad
Microwave ½ cup quinoa (rinsed) and 1 cup water for 5 minutes at full power. Reduce to 70 percent power and microwave another 5 minutes. Fluff and stir in: 1 tbsp. chopped walnuts, ¼ cup rinsed and drained chick peas, 1 tbsp. chopped parsley, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Optional: Add ½ can tuna for a meatier meal.
31. Loaded Sweet Potato
Prick 1 sweet potato with a fork 4 to 5 times. Microwave on a paper towel on a microwave-safe plate for 4 to 5 minutes. Split open lengthwise and top with 2 tbsp. nonfat Greek yogurt, 1 tsp. honey, 2 tbsp. drained and rinsed black beans, and a pinch of paprika.
32. Black Bean Wrap
On 1 8-inch whole-wheat tortilla, mash ¼ cup drained and rinsed black beans with a fork. Sprinkle with a pinch of cumin, a pinch of paprika, and 1 tbsp. cheddar cheese. Roll up and microwave for 30 seconds. Serve with 2 tbsp. salsa.
33. Low-Carb Roll-Up
On a plate, layer 1 slice low-sodium deli turkey and 1 slice provolone cheese. Spread the cheese with 1 tsp. pesto (homemade or store bought!) and top with 2 slices avocado. Roll up the turkey and repeat 2 more times.
34. Fancy Fig Sandwich
Mix together 2 slices goat cheese, ½ tsp. honey and a pinch lemon zest. Spread the mixture between 2 slices whole-grain bread. Add 2 tsp. fig preserves and 1 tsp. thinly sliced basil. Grill the sandwich in a pan for 2 to 3 minutes per side or prepare in a panini press until warmed through.
35. Mango Quesadillas
Spread 1 8-inch, whole-wheat tortilla with 1/8 cup mango chutney. Add 2 slices deli ham, 1/8 cup crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese, and 1 tbsp. scallion (chopped). Fold in half and grill 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Cut into quarters and serve.
36. Curried Chicken Salad
Combine 2 tbsp. nonfat plain Greek yogurt and ¼ tbsp. curry powder. Add ½ cup roasted chicken (diced), 1/8 cup red onion (diced), ¼ cup grapes (halved), and 1 tbsp. cilantro (chopped). Serve atop a large handful mixed greens.
37. Springtime Stir-Fry
Combine 5 asparagus spears (quartered lengthwise), ½ cup snow peas, ½ cup broccoli florets, and ¼ cup fava beans (shelled) in a pan coated with cooking spray, and heat over medium-high heat. Cook for 4 minutes.
Instead of using pre-made sauce, heat 2 tbsp. canola oil with ½ tsp. grated ginger and 1 scallion (chopped), and toss with cooking veggies. Cook for an additional 3 minutes or until veggies are softened but still crisp inside. Optional: Serve with rice (like Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice, which cooks in approximately 90 seconds).
38. Kale and Cauliflower Pasta
Bring a small pot of water (with a lid on it) to a boil (about 4 to 5 minutes). Add 1 serving angel hair pasta (a small handful) and ¾ cup cauliflower florets. After 3 minutes, fish out the cauliflower and add to a trying pan over medium-high heat with ½ tbsp. olive oil, ½ shallot (chopped), 1 clove garlic (minced), and a handful of kale (stems removed and roughly torn). Cover and cook 4 minutes. Add cooked pasta, 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan, and ¼ cup reserved cooking water and toss to combine.
39. Honey Soy Salmon
Preheat the broiler and combine ½ tbsp. honey with ½ tsp. soy sauce. Season 1 5-oz. salmon filet with salt and pepper and broil for five minutes. Drizzle with honey-soy sauce and broil an additional 2-5 minutes. Serve with microwaveable rice.
40. Superfood Shrimp Scampi Pasta
Prepare 1 serving angel hair pasta according to package instructions, about 10 minutes (including the time it takes to boil the water). Heat ½ tbsp. olive oil in a frying pan and cook ½ lb. peeled and de-veined shrimp seasoned with a pinch of salt for 3 to 5 minutes over medium-high heat. Remove shrimp and add 1 tbsp. olives (chopped), 1 tbsp. parsley (chopped), and 1 clove garlic (minced). Cook 1 minute and add 1 cup fresh baby spinach, ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes, ¼ cup chicken broth, and 1/8 cup white wine. Cover and cook 3 minutes. Stir in shrimp and serve with pasta.
41. From-Scratch Fish Sticks
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice 1 6-oz. cod filet into 6 strips. Season with 1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar, 1/8 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. paprika. Bread each by dipping into 1 egg (scrambled) and then ½ cup seasoned whole-wheat breadcrumbs. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet, spritz fish strips with cooking spray, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until opaque throughout. Serve with a green salad (2 handfuls of spinach or mixed greens with a spritz of oil and vinegar) for a healthy dose of veggies!
42. Asparagus and Orzo Pasta
Preheat the broiler and bring a small pot of water (with a lid) to a boil (about 5 minutes). Add ¼ lb. asparagus (cut into 3-inch pieces) and ½ cup orzo to the pot. After 3 minutes, remove only the asparagus and continue cooking orzo according to package instructions (usually about 6 minutes). While orzo cooks, season 5 oz. salmon filet with salt and pepper and broil for 5 minutes, or until opaque throughout. Meanwhile, whisk together ½ oz. crumbled feta, ¼ tbsp. chopped dill, ½ tbsp. lemon juice, ½ tsp. olive oil, and pepper to taste. Flake the fish and toss together all ingredients.
43. Spicy Veggies
In a large skillet, combine ¼ can drained and rinsed black beans, ¼ can drained diced tomatoes, ½ zucchini (diced), and ¼ cup okra (diced). Cook 5 to 10 minutes, or until cooked through, and stir in hot sauce of choice and salt to taste.
44. Veggie Fried Rice
Prep 1 serving of instant rice (about ¾ cup) according to package instructions, approximately 90 seconds. Sauté cooked rice with ¼ zucchini (diced), ¼ cup cherry tomatoes (halved), and ¼ can drained and rinsed black beans. Add 1/8 cup vegetable broth and cook 5 to 7 minutes. Push the veggies and rice to outer edges of pan and scramble 1 egg in the center of the pan until cooked, about 3 minutes. Serve the fried rice topped with egg and ½ tbsp. shredded cheddar cheese.
45. Creamy Avocado Pasta
Cook 1 serving angel hair pasta according to package instructions, about 12 minutes (including boiling time!). Meanwhile, combine the juice from ½ a lemon, 1 garlic clove, 1 tbsp. olive oil, ½ of an avocado and 1/8 cup basil in a food processor and puree. Toss together pasta and sauce and season with salt to taste.
46. Tuna Pasta Salad
Cook 1 serving corkscrew pasta according to package instructions, about 12 minutes. In a bowl, combine ½ tbsp. balsamic vinegar, ½ tbsp. olive oil, and 1/8 tsp. celery salt. Stir in ½ can flaked white tuna, 1 chopped scallion, and ¼ cup halved grape tomatoes. Drain the pasta, rinse with cold water, and toss with the tuna mixture.
47. Couscous with Chicken Sausage Ragu
Cook 1 serving couscous according to microwave instructions, about 7 to 10 minutes. While couscous is cooking, heat ½ tbsp. olive oil over medium-high heat. Slice open 1 uncooked chicken sausage to remove the casing, and add meat to the pan. Add ¼ cup onion (chopped) and sauté, crumbling the meat with a wooden spoon. When the meat is no longer pink (about 4 to 5 minutes), add 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes, 1 garlic clove (minced), 1/8 cup basil leaves (chopped), and salt and pepper to taste. Cook about 2 minutes to warm through and toss with couscous.
48. Portobello Burgers
Preheat a grill or grill pan. Whisk together 1 clove garlic (minced), ½ tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp. olive oil, and ½ tsp. fresh basil (finely chopped). Drizzle half the sauce over 1 Portobello mushroom cap. Grill the mushroom for 3 to 4 minutes per side, covered. Meanwhile, combine the remaining sauce with ½ tbsp. light mayo and spread on 1 whole-wheat bun (lightly toasted). Place the mushroom cap, 1 tomato slice, and 1 lettuce leaf on the bun.
49. Tropical Scallops
Prepare 1 serving instant brown rice according to package instructions, approximately 90 seconds. Stir together ½ cup mango (chopped), ½ small cucumber (peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces), ¼ tbsp. grated ginger, 1 tsp. lime juice, ½ tbsp. olive oil, and 1 tbsp. cilantro (chopped). Meanwhile, heat 1/2 tbsp. olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Season ½ lb. sea scallops with salt and pepper, and sear for 2 minutes per side or until lightly browned and cooked through. Serve scallops with rice and mango salsa.
50. Spicy Shrimp Stir-Fry
Heat 1 tbsp. canola oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper and ¼ onion (sliced) and cook for 4 minutes. Add ½ a red bell pepper (sliced), ½ cup zucchini and squash (thinly sliced), and ¼ cup corn kernels and cook for 5 minutes. Add ¼ lb. shelled and de-veined shrimp and cook an additional 3 minutes, or until shrimp are pink in color and opaque.
51. Turkey Frittata
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a small ovenproof pan, heat ½ tbsp. olive oil over high heat. Add ¼ lb. ground turkey, ½ tsp. curry powder, and 1/8 cup grated onion and cook until the turkey is no longer pink, about 3 to 4 minutes. Meanwhile, beat together 2 eggs, 1/8 cup milk, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the egg mixture to the pan, lower the heat to medium-high, and cook 2 minutes or until eggs begin to set. Transfer to the oven and cook until the eggs set, about 5 minutes.
52. Southern Breakfast (for Dinner)
Recreate this southern favorite in half the time. Combine ½ tbsp. lemon juice, a dash of Tobasco sauce, and ¼ lb. peeled and deveined shrimp. Heat ½ tbsp. olive oil in a pan over medium heat and add 1/8 cup chopped onion, 1 tbsp. green bell pepper (diced), and 1 clove garlic (minced). Cook 5 minutes and then add shrimp mixture, 1 scallion (chopped), and 1/8 cup low-sodium chicken broth and cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare ½ cup quick-cooking grits according to package instructions and stir in 1 tsp. butter and a pinch of salt (less than 5 minutes in the microwave). Serve with shrimp
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A Night Out in Willoughby

Pin It So last night Michael & I went out with some friends to Willoughby Brewing Company. Now the reason I initially wanted to go was for the Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, because it may honestly be the best beer ever!! I had it a few weeks ago at Happy Dog and it was just as I had remembered it. Now I am addicted to it and just had to get it again. So we went to the source!!  We went to Willoughby Brewing Company and not only was the beer good but I have to say they have some damn good food! I had the Magma Burger which is a hand pattied burger w/ deep fried jalapeno popper, pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, & their very own MAGMA sauce. Not really sure what Magma sauce is, but it was good!! And the above picture does not do this sandwich justice.
In the end we left with half a sandwich and a GROG of the best beer ever!!! Pin It
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