Salmon, brussel sprouts & tomatoe cucumber salad

Today is the first time I’ve cooked since moving into our new place a week ago. 

I finally had the energy to put thought & love into my food making process. 


I pan fried salmon with some red wine vinegar & sliced garlic & served it on top of chopped brussel sprouts with chunks of bacon & with sliced garlic. Then on the side I served a tomatoe & cucumber salad with some pepper jack cheese. 

One of the great parts of this meal was that it only took two pans to cook everything in! It was an easy clean up & a healthy recipe too! If you are vegan you could make this meal just substitute the salmon for tofu & you can fry that up & serve it on top of the brussel sprouts minus the bacon & in the side salad just leave off the cheese! Xo – C

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Chicke, rice & pineapple 

I needed some quick & easy today as it was a busy day for our household. So I made chicken & rice with pineapple. 

I cubed up the chicken & seasoned it & cooked it in butter! Below is a picture of the seasonings that I used & I used a teaspoon of each. 


While that was cooking I made the rice in my rice cooker. One cup of white rice & one cup of water. 

Next I put a teaspoon of butter in another pan & cooked the pineapple until it had a nice Carmel coloring. 


Then I mixed everything together. To add some color to the plate I added sliced tomatoes with dressing & some pepper flacks & green beans cooked in soy sauce. 

It completed the dish perfectly & tasted marvelous! Perfect quick lunch for today! 

Steak & pineapple

Hey guys! 

So I made this recipe a while back but forgot to post it. I made Steak, pineapple, small potatoes with herbs & a side salad with home made ranch & green olives!

My husband only eats chicken, beef & fish so I have to be creative to switch the flavors & meals up. 

Pineapple has been one of my favorite ingredients lately & it’s weird because as a kid I didn’t like pineapple that much & now I love it!! 

So for this recipe I cooked Milanese cut steak (which is my favorite!) and seasoned it with some paprika & cooked it in yup you guessed it butter! I topped the steak in pineapple that I pan fried in its own juice. 

For the potatoes I sautéed them in butter with some garlic & an Italian seasoning blend. They were so tasty & so much flavor! 

Then I made a side salad, which I cheated this time & bought a package salad & then added some tomatoes & green olives to it. I didn’t add to much of the green olives, but just enough for a little salty flavor. Then topped it with the ranch which I have the recipe on another post. 

This makes for a tasty, beautiful yet simple meal & I always make enough so I have leftovers to send to work with my husband. He enjoyed it the first time & even the second time around! 

I hope you enjoy it too if you try it!! Xo- C

Homemade Take Out


Hey guys!

Recently I quit my job so I’m trying to figure some stuff out & budget our finances correctly. I love Chinese food, but we all know it can get expensive & some aren’t always the healthiest for you! 

I decided to try to make my own. So I totally winged it and made my own! I made chicken fried rice & then I made beef & noodles. 

For the rice I took a sauce pan and melted about a tablespoon of butter ( I know butter it fattening, but I prefer the taste & richness of it over oils). Then I added some green onions ( 1 bunch) soy sauce (1 tablespoon) & garlic powder (1 1/2 teaspoons). 


I let these ingredients sauté for just a few minutes. While they were sautéing I cubed up my chicken. Then I put it in the pan because I wanted it to cook in those nice flavors & to soak it up while it was cooking. 


I made white rice in my rice cooker. I prefer brown rice, but my husband prefers white. So I mix it up as a compromise one time I buy white & make meals & other times I buy brown & make meals. I actually had made it the night before so that was one less thing to do!

After the chicken was done cook I then added 3 eggs with soy sauce in them that I whisked into the pain & started to cook them & then I added the rice & 1 tablespoon of butter just to keep everything moist. 

I let that cook & then moved on to my noodles! By this time my mouth was watering big time! So I got another pan out and I put 1 tablespoon butter & 1/4 c brown sugar, 1 bundle of green onions, 2 cloves garlic, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce & 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.  


I let these ingredients sauté while I cubed my Milanese style steak. I seasoned it with paprika (which is my favorite spice!). Then after cubing it I put my udon noodles into the pan. I buy the prepackaged but I don’t use the seasons packet. 


I used two packets for this dish. I let those cook for about 1-2 minutes and then I take them out & set them aside & then I added my meat & cooked it for about 5 minutes. 


After that I put the noodles back in & now both of my dishes are done! Now it may seem like it took a long time, but it didn’t because I made both dishes at the same time. With prep & cooking & cleaning up it took less then a half hour for me to make these & they were both so delicious! 

I definitely enjoyed making a healthier cheaper version of take out! I hope that you guys do too! 

Garlic Dijon Dressing

I love ranch, but sometimes I want something different. So I found this recipe & I tweaked to my taste. Also I don’t measure. I just mix the ingredients together until I like they way the flavors have blended together. So here’s what I used:

I use roasted garlic which I roast in a pan with butter & then in my little blender I add  Dijon mustard, olive oil & red wine vinegar. I add a sprinkle of sugar to take away the bite. I blend it until smooth & thick enough to stick to my salads nicely. No one wants a salad with a thin watery dressing!


I use it for steak salads or chicken salads. If you try it I hope you enjoy it! Xo – C

Smoothielicious

As you guys know lately we have been trying to clean up our eating and trying to make most of our stuff at home instead of buying premade products. With that said I am also trying to lose weight & I am trying to cut gluten out to see if I have an intolerance to it until I get tested.

I usually make lunch and dinner because of the hours that my husband works, so now for summer he is working days & now I make three meals a day instead of two. So for breakfast I’ve been making us smoothies instead of a heavy meal first thing in the morning.

Here are a couple recipes that I’ve been making! I really have enjoyed them and so has my husband. If you try these or you make your own & you want to share the recipe with me then drop me a comment! Xo – C

 

This is the banana, strawberry, peanut butter smoothie

This is the cucumber, parsley, apple, ginger & lemon juice smoothie. It’s good but a little bit of a bite because of the ginger. So be careful with how much ginger you put in so that you don’t over do it!

Spices & Dole salads

Today I finally got a spice rack! It only has 16 spices on it & not all the ones I want but it helps so I’m very thankful for it!

 Today I tested some of the spices like the coriander & Italian seasoning with some cut up garlic and I roasted them in some olive oil. Then I cut up my chicken & mixed it with paprika while my spices were roasting. 


Then after cooking my chicken I added it to my dole prepackaged salad. I really enjoy the dole salads especially because they are really healthy & have a wonderful taste! It makes for a quick & easy, but healthy & very tasty meal!