April 14, 2016

Potato Zucchini Sausage Skillet

This is a hearty and filling meal that goes on the table in 30 minutes or less. I used Aidells fully cooked chicken & apple smoked sausage from Costco because it is all natural  made with chicken raised with no antibiotics and also gluten free and no nitrites. It's Whole30 compliant and delicious but you can use any sausage to your liking. It was a great comfort meal for a rainy day. I served homemade apple sauce with it.

Olive oil for pan
3 sausages (sliced) I used Aidells chicken & apple (Costco) It's fully cooked.
Fresh or frozen onions and bell peppers (how ever many you want) I used frozen from Trader Joe's.
mini potatoes (I used 12, which would be 4 each, size of a golf ball)
3 zucchini (sliced)
sea salt,  pepper and garlic powder if you choose

Slice potatoes, sausage and zucchini.

Place potatoes in a dish with 2-3 tablespoons water- microwave for 6 minutes on high until fork tender.

In large skillet or pan saute onions and peppers in olive oil until onions begin to soften.

Add potatoes, sausage, and zucchini. Season (now or later) and cook another 5-7 minutes until browned and heated through.

Serves 3 (to serve more adjust ingredients accordingly).

March 19, 2016

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

If you are looking for a light creamy chocolate frosting this recipe is the one you want to use. The first thing I do when I taste a cupcake is to bite into the frosting because for me it's definitely all about the frosting. I can guarantee you this frosting will not disappoint. 

1 8 oz. brick of cream cheese
1 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa (1/2 cup if you want a darker chocolate flavor)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream depending on the texture you want.

Have cream cheese and butter at room temperature. Blend them together until creamy. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add vanilla and one tablespoon of cream and whip until light and creamy and smooth. If you want a softer texture add another tablespoon of cream.

March 8, 2016

Green Pinapple Banana Smoothie

Maybe I should have called this a shamrock shake since St. Patrick's day is coming up soon even though I have some Easter decor in the background. Spring is arriving soon. Yay! Can't come soon enough for me. We spent some time in Kauai and Arizona this winter and I have to say I hated coming back to the cooler temperatures. The weather couldn't have been more perfect, we really lucked out because we had no rain at all which is unusual for Kauai in January. Also I'm just a Cali girl at heart. This would be a fun smoothie for the kiddos on St. Patty's. It's so much nutrition packed in a smoothie and it would be great before school.

1 cup 1% milk
3/4 cup frozen pineapple tidbits (I use Trader Joe's frozen pineapple tidbits)
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup frozen banana slices

Add ingredients to blender in order given and blend till smooth.

Here's a thought also and that is that you could use greek yogurt instead of milk. Use the same amount. I think I'll try that next time. The possibilities are always endless

January 8, 2016

My Top Five Picks of 2015

Every year I pick my top five or so favorite recipes I have made this year in no particular order. This year is no different and they range from breakfast to soup to main course to dessert. If I had to choose my all time favorite I couldn't do it. Just depends on the day, but I have to tell you being the dessert lover that I am the cheesecake is killer.

l. Ella's Perfect Cheesecake:

2. Kathy's Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup:

3. Honey Lemon Salmon In Foil:

4. Morning Glory Muffins:

5. Chicken Lombardy: