Sunday, October 4, 2009


Well, this was a nice Sunday afternoon dinner. It turned out great. This can easily be used with chicken breasts too. But the pork loins have been on sale so much that I'm stocked up. It was easy to assemble and looks beautiful when it's done.

1 pork loin filet (1 1/2 pounds)
3 sundried tomatoes from a jar(oil packed)
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
mrs dash seasoning salt

Set oven to 375. Cut pork lengthwise (butterfly it). Sprinkle cheese along one open side. Cut up the tomotoes and sprinkle on top of cheese. Close the loin and sprinkle seasoing salt over top-put a few toothpicks in to keep closed. Bake in oven for about 40 min or until slightly pink to no pink. What ever you prefer.


Saturday, September 26, 2009


I wasn't for sure on this and then after it all the taste joined together....yummy!

1 can (7 ounces) chipoltle peppers in adobo sauce
1 pount ground turkey
1 pound ground beef
2 medium red bell peppers diced
1/2 yellow onion diced
1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes
1 can chicken broth
1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
1 teaspoon each-dried basil and oregano
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder

Cook the turkey and beef together in a pan. In the meantime-chop 2-3 SEEDED chipolte peppers and take 2 tablespoons of the adobe sauce and put in slow cooker. Drain and put all other ingrediants in slow cooker -mix well. Cook on low 3 hours or 1-2 hours on high. It's good. My employee's loved it. You can make it hotter by leaving some seeds in or or more peppers. But it was pretty spicey the way it was but not too over the top.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009


This is a nice little twist on an old recipe. It's nice to have another meatloaf recipe to back up your old faithful.

1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 egg
1/2 tsp italian seasoning
1/4 tsp salt and pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 feta cheese(with tomato/basil)-or you can use plain feta or goat
no sugar added ketchup

Mix everything together except for feta and ketchup. Spray a loaf pan with pam. Put 1/2 of turkey mixture in loaf pan. Sprinkle 1/2 of the feta cheese on and then layer the turkey again. Sprinkle remaining feta cheese on top and squirt ketchup in a zig zag pattern on top. Bake in 350 oven forf 30-40 min. ENJOY!

Monday, August 24, 2009


I've always like the creamy cucumbers anyway but this gives it a little extra something. Nice quick summer side.

1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp parsley flakes
3 cucumbers, thinly sliced
1/2 medium yellow onion-thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl, combine first 7 ingrediants. Toss with cucumbers and onion slices. Chill 2 hours. Just give it a stire before serving. ENJOY!

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Ok, who's been to RED ROBIN and had the Chicken Ensenada platter? It's good. Well, I was playing around and wala I think I found the recipe for the chicken. It's soooo good. It would be great on salad also.

3 chicken breasts-flattened
1/2 package of hidden valley ranch-fiesta style
1/2 cup of grated parm cheese(green can)

Mix the parm cheese and ranch packet together and put in a baggy. Add the chicken one at a time and then fry in a hot frying pan turning each piece of chicken once. It will take about 3 min per side. It's so easy, fast and yummy. ENJOY!

Friday, July 24, 2009


When we camp in our vintage 1974 Avion trailer we need to make the most of our space and time--plus watch the heat in the summer. So when I'm cooking I get to let me creative skills flow. That's how I came up with this little wonder. It turned out great. Chris had seconds.

4 chicken skinless breasts
2 tsps yellow mustard
4 tsps mayo
4 slices fully cooked deli ham-no sugar added
1 cup parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
1/4 cup mayo
4 slices swiss cheese

Flatten chicken breasts out to an even thickness. Mix mayo and mustard together. Spread each breast with mixture. Salt and pepper nicely. Add a slice of cheese and ham to each chicken breast and then roll them up and put a toothpick in each one. Roll each breast in mayo(1/4cup) and then roll in parmesan cheese. Put in a greased 2qt microwave safe baking dish. Place in microwave on high for 7 min. Then roll them over and cook for another 5-7 mins. You can always make a little more sauce of mustard and mayo mix and put on top and then it will warm on the chicken. It is very good.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


I through this together with stuff I had around. It's not bad. Simple and easy side-for grilling out or anyday of the week. We need more of those!

3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
4 medium size yellow squash
course salt/pepper

Slice squash lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices. Dip squash in oil and vinegar and then season it generously with salt and pepper. Grill about 5 min or so -covered.


Sunday, July 5, 2009


Well, it's been awhile and I apoligize for that. You know how busy summer gets. We've been doing a lot of running/vacationing and camping. Well I came up with this casserole dish with leftover ham and some boiled eggs I had to use up. This would be great for around Easter time. We will all have to keep this is our recipe box.

6 cups chopped hard boiled eggs
1 pkg (160z) frozen green beans
1 medium jar pimentos-drained
3 cups leftover cooked diced ham
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons soy flour
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp worcestershire
1 tablespoons hot chili sauce
dash of tabasco
80z shreddes cheddar cheese

Start heating oven to 425 degrees. Cook beans as package directs-drain. Melt butter in sauce pan; blend in flour, mustard, salt, and pepper. Stir in heavy cream; cook, stirring, until thickened. Add worcestershire, chili sauce, tabasco and pimentos. In a 2 qt greased casserole, layers beans, eggs, ham, sauce and then cheese. I made 3 layers total. Bake in oven for about 25 minutes.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Well it's a cool rainy blah day. We needed comfort food. Who doesn't love beef stew. This can also be made in the crockpot for an easy workday meal. You won't even miss the traditional potatoes.

2 tablespoons soy flour
2-3 pound beef roast-cut into 3/4 inch cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups beef stock
1 cup water
1 medium onion -chopped
1 beef bouillon cube
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp dried sweet basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 bay leaves
1 small bag of frozen green beans
1/2 cup bagged shredded carrots (optional)
1 tablespoon thicken not thin
salt and pepper to taste

1) place flour in a ziplock baggie and add the meat cubes. Shake until coated and then put in a dutch oven with the oil. Brown all the meat in batches and drain fat. Then add the meat back into the pot. Stir in the broth, water, bouillon cube, onion, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings and about 1/4 tsp black pepper and salt. Cover and bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for about 1/2 hour or until meat is nearly cooked. Stir in carrots and green beans. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer and cook (at this point add the thicken not thin),covered for about 30 min or until veggies are tender. Discard those bay leaves and enjoy. Serves 6 (can be frozen for extra meals)

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Ok, your probably wondering what to do with all the leftover ham after Easter. We all have it and well -we need to find different ways to use it up. I diced up part of mine and put it in the freezer for later casseroles or even to throw on a pizza (low carb crust of course) or in omelets.

But I also took 3 good, thick slices and through this together. I called it "dump" because -well frankly you could probably dump anything you have leftover in it. Lots of different veggies left over would go great in this, any kind of cheese--and mix in some chicken/turkey/sausage. This is flexible -so be very creative. Clean out the fridge and go for it.

3 slices ham cooked and cubed
1 c. shredded Swiss, Cheddar, or Mozzarella (can combine cheeses)
1 bell pepper-I like red or yellow-diced up
4 eggs
1 c. heavy cream
1/4 tsp. salt (optional)
1/8 tsp. pepper
Sprinkle meat, cheese, and pepper in a 9 inch glass pie plate-or 8x8. Beat eggs, cream and seasonings in large mixing bowl with a fork, until well blended. Pour over meat mixture. Microwave on 80% power for 9 1/2 to 11 minutes. Turn the dish halfway through cooking time. Yield: 6 servings.


I love jam and preserves. Nothing better then making it yourself with fresh berries. I just couldn't take walking past the little beauties anymore at the grocery store. They practically leaped into my cart. So here I am....making my jam. So fast and easy. Really why wouldn't people make their own????

Measure 1 1/2 cups Splenda into bowl. Add contents of 1 pouch BALL FRUIT JELL FREEZER JAM PECTIN -stir until blended. Then I add a 1 tsp of cinnamon. (trust me, it's yummy)

Crush strawberries until they equal app. 4 cups. Stir the the pectin mixture into the crushed fruit. Stir for 2 minutes.

Ladle into freezer jam jars-leaving 1/2 inch head space. Add the lids and wallah--your done. Let stand about 30 minutes before you dive in and use it. Refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 1 year.

This makes about 5 8-0z jars.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


These are very good. I wasn't very sure about how it was all going to come together...but it did. Success! I was wondering how my favorite and most honest critic would like them(Chris). He loved them. He finished them off.

1 can of green beans-any style-even the wax beans
1 1/2 tablespoon splenda
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tsp spicy brown mustard
1/4 tsp onion pwder
salt and pepper to taste.

Mix all the ingrediants together in a bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes. Serves 2. Very easily can be doubled.

I'm curious to see what you think. So please give me feedback.
Oh yeah..sorry no pic since-well-they are all gone.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Ok, I was doing some experimenting and wala--these wonderful cookies were born. I'm so excited about them. They are like macaroons meets sugar cookie. Now I got your attention. Now this is for a 1/2 recipe-which makes about 25 cookies. So you can easily double and freeze them or take your time eating them. They are very addictive. So watch out.

1 stick of salted butter-softened
1/3 c brown sugar sub. (I used DIABETISWEET)
1/3 c splenda
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1/2 of a small box of sugar free instant cheesecake pudding mix
1 egg
3/4 c vanilla whey protein powder ( I used Designer Whey)
1/2 c almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 c unsweetened coconut
1/3 c walnuts


Friday, March 6, 2009


OK, I know it sounds--well different. It is. It's actually very good. The tart/hot taste of raw radishes is almost totally gone when they are cooked. Plus these almost turn out like potatoes and take on other tastes of the onion and garlic too. They are pretty good and easy. Oh....and I don't want to forget to let you know that they are pretty. So PINK!

1 lb radishes, trimmed and sliced thin
1 small onion-sliced thin
2 cloves of garlic-minced
2 Tbs of unsalted butter
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
4 tsp finely chopped fresh dill

In a steamer microwave bag-steam the radishes until just tender. In a large skillet melt the butter and then add the onions and garlic. Saute them until tender then add the radishes, lemon juice, dill and SALT AND PEPPER to taste. Saute everthing for about 3-5 more minutes.
Serves 4.

Stop thinking and just try it!

Sunday, February 15, 2009


It's almost St Patty's day. So I played with a cabbage roll recipe to make it a casserole. This is very good and works well with ground turkey also. The pic is of the ground turkey version.

1 pound of ground beef/turkey
1 small onion-chopped
2 garlic cloves-minced
1 can(80z) tomato sauce-divided
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dill weed
1/2 tsp sage
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
4 bacon strips-cooked and crumbled
1 small 10oz bag of red cabbage-shredded(or green)
1 cup mozz. shredded cheese

In a large skillet cook meat, onion & garlic until meat no longer pink. Drain and stir in seasonings and can of diced tomatoes and 1/2of the can of sauce. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and cover. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir in bacon. Remove. Layer 1/3 of cabbage in a 2 qt greased baking dish. Top with 1/2 of meat mixture. Repeat layers and top with remaining sauce over top. Cover and bake 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand a couple of minutes before you serve it--it's very hot. Serves 4-5

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Ok, anyone who knows me knows I love to do one dish meals....ala casseroles. They cover everything for a meal.
So, since whole roaster chickens have been so cheap around here lately-I have plenty in the freezer-I thought I would work with one. This is what I made....and it's a goodie. Simple but almost like a tuna noodle casserole taste-but no fish-or a hot chicken salad.

2 cups cubed or shredded cooked chicken
2 cups sliced celery
1 cup mayo
1/2 cup "ranch" seasoned almonds-you buy in the salad section
1/2 of an onion
1 can of green beans (drained)
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste
1 cup shredded sharp cheese

Saute the celery and onion in some butter until soft. Mix all the other ingrediants-except cheese-and put them in a greased casserole dish 1 1/2 quart. Sprinkle the cheese on top of casserole. Bake in oven uncovered for about 20 min in a 425 degree oven. Serves 3-4

I would have taken a pic but between my husband and my employee and me--well there was none left.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


I was trying to revamp and old treat and decided to put this recipe in a fancy pie dish. Appearance is everything sometimes when trying new recipes. Wala....brownie pie.

1/3 cup butter
3 squares unsweetened chocolate
2 cups splenda
4 eggs well beaten
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional-or any nut on hand)

Melt butter and chocolate on medium heat in a microwave safe bowl. Mix in sugar and then well beaten eggs. Add salt, vanilla and nuts. Pour into a well greased 9 inch pie dish. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. This is really good with whipped topping or a small amount of low carb vanilla ice cream. Yummy!