Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

This works best with fresh green beans, but will work out okay with frozen ones as well.

Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh green beans
2 tbsp. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1.Steam green beans until tender, about 6-8 minutes.

2. Melt the butter over medium heat in large skillet. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes. Add salt & pepper.

3. Toss with the green beans. Sprinkle Parmesan on top, and serve.

Cheesy Tuna Casserole

What’s for dinner? Nothing is thawed! I always have the ingredients for this in my pantry just in case. Bonus, the whole family loves it!

Cheesy Tuna Casserole

Ingredients:

2 cans tuna fish (6 oz. each), drained
1 family size can Cream of Mushroom Soup (26 oz.)
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. onion powder
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 package of egg noodles

Directions:

1. Cook the egg noodles according to the package instructions. Preheat the oven to 425°

2. While the egg noodles are cooking mix together the remaining ingredients.

3. Mix in the cooked egg noodles and transfer to a 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

You can top this with potato chips, or divide the cheese and put half in the mix and half on top, but I like to keep it simple. It is not a health food by any means, but it has protein, vegetables, dairy, and the amazing ability to make my whole family happy with what I made for dinner.

Pesto

There are millions of Pesto recipes out there, but I don’t care for pine nuts, and I almost never have fresh basil on hand, so I whipped up my own pesto recipe and it’s so good I thought I would share it.

Ingredients:

2 cups Basil, Cilantro, or Parsley (dried or fresh)
1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
3 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:

1. Put the dried herbs in a food processor or blender with the olive oil and allow to soak for about 20 minutes. If using fresh herbs you can skip this step.

2. Add all remaining ingredients to the food processor or blender and process until it becomes a creamy sauce.

3. Pour over cooked pasta, chicken, pork, or vegetables and enjoy.

Note: For long term storage this can be frozen in ice cube trays. Transfer to a ziploc baggie after frozen.

Alfredo Sauce

Week #2 in the recipe challenge reveals itself with more sauces. I love sauces, they make everything tastier.

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1/2 cup salted butter
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cups heavy cream
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium/low heat.

2. Add the garlic, and sautee for a mintue or two.

3. Add the cream, pepper, and salt. Bring to a simmer. (Do not let it come to a rapid boil, or it could boil over.)

4. Add cheese, and simmer sauce for 10 minutes, or until thick.

Spinach Calzones

IMG_6110It has been a while since I cooked up anything outside the norm for my family. Today I made spinach calzones. I have had a few people ask me for my recipe already so I figured I might as well sit down and try to write it up because I WILL be making them again.

As with most food experiments these days I get my inspiration on pinterest. The Easy Pizza Dough I used for my calzones was exactly by the recipe on the linked page. You could also use the store bought pizza dough found in the refrigerator section of the grocery store. The filling is not as easy as a quick link. I pulled inspiration from many different recipes, including my Spinach Mushroom Breakfast Quiche.


Filling
1 tbsp. Butter
12 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
24 oz. frozen spinach
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. onion powder

1 egg, scrambled
16 oz. cottage cheese, drained
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
2 cups mozarella, divided

IMG_52871. On the stove in a large skillet, melt 1 tbsp. of butter. Add the mushrooms, and saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add the frozen spinach, salt, pepper, and onion powder and cook on medium-high heat , stirring occasionally, until all excess moisture has evaporated.

2. In a bowl scramble the egg, add the cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.

3. Prepare your pizza crusts. This recipe will need all 4 crusts made with the recipe linked above.

4. When the spinach mixture is done, mix it in with the cheese mixture.

5    . Build your calzones! Put a small amount of mozarella cheese down on IMG_5289one side of the pizza crust (be sure to keep the edges clear of food so you can seal it up), spoon 1/4 of the spinach/cheese mixture on top, top with more mozarella cheese. Fold over and firmly seal the edges with your fingers, or a fork.

6. Brush the top with olive oil and cook at 425°F for 18 minutes or until the top is browned.

7. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes, slice & serve. Optional: Before slicing, brush with garlic butter, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese (ingredients not included in above list).

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Meal Planner Printable

I don’t know what it is about the new year, but it always inspired me to get organized. It probably has something to do with the “new year, new start” way of thinking. Today when I sat down to start meal planning for the next two weeks I decided the way that I currently do my planning is very inefficient. So in the name of efficiency I of course spent the entire day researching, and re-creating the wheel. Needless to say I didn’t get my meal plan and shopping list completed. I happen to be incredibly efficient at procrastination.

It would have been so much easier if I did things the way everyone else did. I don’t know how it’s possible, but I seem to be the only person who does meal planning and shopping two weeks at a time. At the very least I am the only person on Pinterest. So instead of being able to use a pre-existing meal planning printout I got to design my own. My original was in black and white because I hate wasting colored ink on stuff like this, but I made some prettier versions for those of you who have no such restraints.

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Feel free to use them and share with others, but if you link these on your website or blog please mention me.