Tag Archives: easy

Salad in the Sun

17 Jun

Edit: I’ve been informed we used to make this at Girl Scout Camp, under the name Salad in the Sun… maybe that’s why it tastes good, brings back good memories 🙂

Fruit- Nature’s candy! I have to take advantage of fruit while it’s in season.  Strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, pineapple, grapes…. My fridge is loaded.

Blueberries are so dang expensive- they JUST came down to $2.50 for a large carton. Before, they were $4 for a tiny little container.  I could eat 2-3 big cartons a week… Heck, I could eat one in a sitting, if I let myself. Most of the year, I can’t be spending that much on a handful blueberries!  So I mow them down while they’re cheap.

I gathered up some glorious fresh fruit and threw it all in a container, like my mom used to do for just about every summer dinner I can remember.  And then I searched Pinterest to get some inspiration.

Instant vanilla pudding mix? Sounds weird, but okay, I’ll try it.

Victory! I don’t know what it is about this, but I just can’t stop eating it. Soooo tasty, and very refreshing! Continue reading

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Seafood Stuffed Portabellas

22 Apr

So, I’m in the (painful) process of moving… back to Madison! Finally! And it’s at a perfect time, too, because the outdoor Farmer’s Market started yesterday!! I’m so excited, it should be a city holiday, for gosh sake!

I already know there will be minimal cooking in our apartment this week. I have to prepare to get a little creative this week with food. We’re trying to clean out the fridge, freezer, and pantry as much as we can! To be honest, cooking is the last thing I want to be doing… and making more of a mess in my already disastrously messy apartment.

There are boxes, clothes, etc. laying all over everywhere. Shandy is none too happy about it- she has just been walking around whining at us, like, “What is going on, Mom?!” Continue reading

Make-Ahead Salad in a Jar

2 Apr

Since I took a step back and started looking a little more closely at the way I eat, I have tried some things that I definitely wouldn’t have even considered before… I ate salads every single day for lunch last week, I used spaghetti squash in place of pasta, and I made chocolate pudding out of mashed avocadoes (sounds odd but it tastes like brownie batter). Crazy!

It’s funny, because anyone who knows me pretty well knows that I don’t really do salads…. I LOVE salads, but I don’t digest leafy greens very well… too much information? Ha!

So, I found this idea for salads in jars on Pinterest (no surprise, with their crazy obsession with Mason jars); it’s really great to spend a little time on a Sunday and not have to worry about planning lunches all week! From what I heard, they can last up to 5 days if you pack them pretty tight. It’s an easy concept: you put the dressing on the bottom of a 1-quart mason jar, layer with veggies, and top with lettuce or spinach so it doesn’t get soggy. Pretty brilliant if you ask me! And you can make all sorts of varieties and flavors!

UPDATE 4/14/12: I made the salads on a Sunday, and they stayed PERFECT throughout the whole week- through Friday!

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Sausage & Veggie Frittata

18 Mar

Here’s one of my first “Paleo”-ish creations, the frittata!

A frittata is kinda like an omelet; it has a bunch of veggies, meat, potatoes, herbs, cheese, etc. and is mixed with eggs- anything you like! Except, instead of folding over one side onto the other like an omelet, a frittata is made in a pan and finishes baking in the oven or under a broiler. Then it’s served in slices, like a pizza or a quiche.

Which, in my opinion, is way less of a pain in the butt than an omelet!  I was never good at flipping the one side over.  Inevitably, it would always turn into scrambled eggs with a bunch of stuff in it because I’d always fail and just mix it all together… who’s with me?

I made this on Monday and ate it all last week, and it was delicious! I took it to work in a Tupperware container and reheated it for breakfast; or you could even eat it at lunch or dinner, no problem! I especially love my eggs with salsa (does anyone else do this?), so that was a nice complement.

Also tried it with Sriracha- yummy!! (But what isn’t yummy with Sriracha?)

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Spinach & Artichoke Chicken

26 Feb

Love Spinach & Artichoke Dip? Then you’ll love this chicken!

For potlucks at work, I make a spinach & artichoke dip in a crock pot because it’s easy and I can make it ahead the night before.  I get to work around 7:45 AM, plug in the crock pot, and by 10:15 AM, there’s nothing left! EVERY TIME! I barely get a chance to taste my own creation, but last time I made it, I got there with about 10 minutes to spare…. I did manage to steal a scoop, and I can confirm it is quite tasty.

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Papa Patrick’s Italian Pasta Surprise, AKA “The only thing Pat can make”

13 Feb

A self-proclaimed recipe title by Pat! By the way, it is a requirement to say this recipe title in your head in a thick Italian accent.

I can think of very few things that were worth eating with the word “surprise” in the title. It’s generally not a good sign. However, I can vouch for Pat; that is definitely not the case for this recipe.  There’s no surprise here, he’s just not well versed at naming recipes! Continue reading

Muffin Tin Egg Breakfast Sandwiches

30 Dec

I’m all about easy in the morning.  On a work day, you will never find me making eggs or pancakes for myself.  Nope. Too much work.  Most days, I grab a banana and a yogurt, cold cereal, or the Overnight Oats I made the night before.

I like breakfast sandwiches, but again, I just don’t have the ambition at 6:45 AM to create one! Who’s with me?

Then I came across this BRILLIANT idea, muffin tin egg sandwiches!  Continue reading

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