Friday, August 29, 2014

Spinach Ham and Cheddar Fritatta

Remember those Oven Roasted Home Fries from Wednesday? If you read my post you will remember I said I always serve my eggs with home fries or home fries with eggs. 
Nothing looks more elegant than a fritatta on the breakfast table. This Italian-style omelette called a frittata, is a simple, delightful egg dish for brunch or a light dinner. This has minimal ingredients and is ready in under 20 minutes! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Oven Roasted Home Fries

Do you have a favorite breakfast place you frequent? Most that we have gone to always serve your eggs with a side of home fries. I swear I could just eat the home fries for breakfast. I actually have; shhhh. Oh how I love spuds. I am a total meat and potatoes kind of girl. I make a big breakfast every Sunday for our family. Unless my potatoes are in my eggs these are always on the side. The peppers and onions make the whole dish. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower

I can not believe school starts in a week for my kids. Where has the summer gone? I am always looking for easy and yummy ways to get my kids to eat their vegetables. My little one loves almost all the vegetables. My older one not so much. He is so picky. So everything tastes better with cheese right? Well here you have it!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Homemade Garlic Parmesan Bread Croutons

Make your own croutons, ya heard? Yes you can make them and it is so dang easy to! Why buy the ones on the plastic package that comes from who knows where. You can save money by making these yummy little pieces of toasted bread. Don't get me wrong you can still purchase them from the grocery store but then cant say you made them and two...well they just aren't that fresh! Now to take it a step further these happen to be coated in a garlic bread mixture. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Banana Crumb Bread

What is it about the crumb topping on any kind of cake or bread that makes you want to pick it off and eat it? Apparently someone else in my house fells the same way because I woke up this morning and found a quarter of the bread that way! I guarantee it was one of the boys. Just saying.....sorry boys but you know you did it! I have been trying to get into baking a tad more to give you guys some more yummy baked treats. I just love banana bread. Banana bread tastes even better with crumbs on top. As I said a few sentences back. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back To School Lunch with Del Monte

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With back to school rapidly approaching and summer coming to an end I wanted to get a jump start on meal planning for my daughters lunches. She despises school lunch so everyday I am trying to come up with new and exciting ideas to make her smile when she opens that lunch box. I also try to involve her in the planning as much as possible. We always include a fruit, veggie, lean protein and whole grain. She is totally ecstatic to be returning to school. While we are having a great summer off she misses her friends and I miss our routine. I guess it is a bit bittersweet. We took our usual shopping trip to our local WALMART Super Center and she picked out Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers up off the shelves. I always find the lowest price at my local WALMART Super Center, so I typically pick these up while I am doing my weekly shopping with my little shopping buddy. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cafe Rio Chicken

I have an extreme love affair with Mexican food. Like I drive 45 minutes just for an enchilada. Maybe that is more like an addiction? So I have seen this recipe hundreds no probably actually thousands of times all over Pinterest . We do not have a Cafe Rio anywhere  in NY. Since I could not try their delicious looking food I opted to make my own. Well it did not disappoint. I tested this recipe a while back and did not care for it. I decided to make it again and this time it came out perfect with a few tweaks. I changed the recipe a bit to make it have a tad more flavor. I can tell you it was delicious! I used the chicken to make tacos. A total time saver and I could freeze the leftovers to use for anything else in the future. I all about saving time and freezing things.  Have a fabulous weekend all!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

20 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes For The Busy Cook

 With school starting soon for us I like to make dinner as easy as possible. Between extra curricular activities and homework I always find myself pressed for time to cook dinner. I have dug into my archives to give you some really great slow cooker dinner ideas. 
These particular recipes are my favorite ones that we eat all your round. I sometimes feel the need for comfort food in the summer. You can't beat the convenience of a slow cooker when you are pressed for time like me. Throw it all in and walk away! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Caprese Flatbread Pizza

Every time I think caprese it reminds me of summer. Mainly because of the gorgeous fresh tomatoes that go along with it. This Caprese Flatbread has the perfect combination of fresh summer plum tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and beautiful green basil. Being that it is summer, to feed my pizza addiction I opted for a much much lighter version. This whole meal is done in 15 minutes! It is a perfect weeknight dish. Make it for lunch, dinner or just a snack. It is also an all year round treat. It doesn't just have to be summer. You could also double and triple it to serve to a crowd. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Herb Marinated Chicken Kabobs

I can not believe summer will be over pretty soon. They kids will be back to school and I for one am looking forward to just getting back into our routine. As always with summer come delicious grilled everything! Being that we do not live where its warm all year round I grill as much as I can from start to finish. I just love trying out new things to grill like my Grilled Summer Fruit Salad. We eat a lot of chicken in this house. Besides pasta it is always my go to meal to make for dinner. Mainly because it is just so versatile and pretty easy to conjure up something new with. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Grilled Eggplant Involtini

 Whats better than grilled summer vegetables? I know! Grilled summer vegetables stuffed with Italian cheeses that's what! If you are looking for a beautiful dish to impress guests with this is it. Eggplant can be made in so many different ways in sauces, stuffed, grilled, baked, fried the list goes on and on. This dish is so simple to make. Typically in this dish you would put tomato sauce on top of it. Just to switch things up a bit I opted for some sun dried tomato pesto. Let me tell you it was so good and it looks so pretty. Who doesn't like pretty food? I was never a big fan of eggplant growing up. As a got older and broadened my food tasting horizons I now have kind of a foodie crush on it. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Grilled Summer Fruit Salad

Today is a special day in our family! My baby girl Miss Maddie Leigh turned 9.
Sigh.....and maybe a tear....or two....or hysterics I promise! We will be celebrating the weekend away. Lot's and lot's to do! Ok onto this delectable dish. There is nothing better than fresh summer fruit. Have you ever had grilled fruit? If you have not you are totally missing out big time! When fruit is grilled it gets a little softer and the natural sugars caramelize leaving beautiful grill marks and an extra layer of flavor. 
Have a fantastic weekend!