Friday, August 26, 2011

Spicy Mexican Salad

More hot-weather recipes! We've become part-time raw-vegans :)  My kids seem fine with it (they asked for more 3 times...), Chris seems fine with it, and I don't have to turn on the oven. The best part is that I can chop the veggies whenever I feel like it and keep them in the fridge.

I got this recipe from the facebook page, Raw Recipe a Day.

3 tomatoes, chopped
2 ripe avocados, finely diced (I think I may have only used one?)
2 ribs celery diced (If you don't know what a rib is, it's one piece of celery)
1 large red, orange or yellow sweet pepper, sliced into matchsticks (I only had a green bell pepper and I diced it, and it tasted fine.)
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, packed
3 green onions, sliced

To make the salad, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.

Spicy Mexican Dressing:
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (one small lime)
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp flax seed oil (which I didn't have and therefore didn't add)
2 Tbsp tamari (I just used soy sauce)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
2 cloves garlic, minced (I didn't have fresh garlic, so just sprinkled garlic powder on it)
1 tsp minced red or green chile (I only had chile powder)
1/2 tsp ground cumin

to make the dressing, combine all the ingredients, add the dressing to the salad and serve or chill up to 2 hours.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Microwave Meatloaf

Okay, I know this sounds weird. I thought, "gross!" when I read the title. And Chris looked at me funny when I told him what we were having for dinner last night. But here's the deal. It's HOT in our kitchen, and there's no way I'm going to turn on the oven! So I've been searching for creative meals that are either no-cook, or microwave-cook. And it was actually good!

1 (8oz) can of tomato sauce (but I like to use bbq sauce in mealoaf instead)
1/4 cub brown sugar (I totally skipped this, but, whatever)
1 tsp mustard
2 eggs, lightly beaten (I was lazy and just used egg-white powder w/ a little water)
1 onion, minced (Once again, I was lazy and just sprinkled in a bunch of freeze dried chopped onions)
1/4 minced green bell pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 c saltine cracker crumbs (Once again, I was lazy and just threw in a bunch of already prepared italian-seasoned bread crumbs) (Man, I'm lazy...)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 lbs extra lean ground beef (I used 1 lb, and it seemed like enough--and I even forgot to half the seasonings and it tasted fine to us)

mix it all together and put it in a 2-qt microwave-safe baking dish (I patted mine down into a glass casserole dish--not sure if I was supposed to pat it down or leave it in a loaf, but the edges of mine were slightly well-done, so it's probably supposed to be a loaf?). Spread a little extra bbq sauce on top, then cook for 15 minutes, (the recipe didn't say whether or not to cover it, so I left the glass casserole dish slightly open for air) or until thermometer reads 165* F.

It was fast, and tasty.

As a side dish, I mixed some olive oil, dried basil, salt, pepper, and chopped tomatoes together, then spread it on top of some bread chips we had on hand. The kids really liked the meatloaf and bruschetta.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

3 Meat Pizza Casserole

This was great - kind of like an easier version of lasgana with a pizza taste to it. And to make it all even better - Jeremy liked it!

1 lb bow tie pasta

1 lb mild pork sausage

1 large onion, medium size chopped

2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce (I used a sauce I make for lasgana - I will post recipe later)

1 lb cubed cooked ham

1/2-1 lb of sliced pepperoni

3 (8 ounce) bags of shredded mozzarella cheese

6 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1 teaspoon dried oregano



1. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dent é.

2. Cook sausage, garlic powder and oregano with onions until the juices run clear.

3. In a lightly greased 9x13x3 inch pan, pour a small amount of sauce to lightly coat bottom.

4. Layer ingredients in the order listed below.

5. 1st layer-1/3 of the pasta, 1/3 remaining sauce, 1 bag of mozzarella cheese, 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese, sausage and onions.

6. 2nd layer-1/2 of the remaining pasta, 1/2 remaining sauce, 1 bag of mozzarella cheese, 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese, ham.

7. 3rd layer-all remaining pasta, all remaining sauce, 1 bag of mozzarella cheese, 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese, all the pepperoni(completely covering the entire top with pepperoni).

8. Bake at 375°F for 40 minutes.

9. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Orange Chicken

YUMMM. I have been craving orange chicken this pregnancy and saw a recipe for it and thought I would give it a whirl. It tasted so good. Plus it is nice knowing you are using quality chicken, better oil than they probably fry things in at Panda, and the sauce was really tasty. And it wasn't very hard to make. This one is a keeper recipe for sure.

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1-1/2” cubes)
1 ½ cups cornstarch
2 eggs (beaten)
1 cup panko bread crumbs
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Oil (for frying)

Orange Sauce-
1 ½ cups water
1/4 cup orange juice (I used fresh squeezed - about the juice of one orange)
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon orange zest (grated)
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon ginger root (minced)
½ teaspoon garlic (minced)
2 tablespoons green onion (chopped)
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water

Cooking Instructions:

Combine cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Prepare a bowl with beaten eggs, another with panko crumbs, and another with the cornstarch mixture. Dip chicken in egg mixture, dredge in cornstarch, then egg agaion, and finally in the panko crumbs. Deep fry chicken in batches at 375 degrees in a deep fryer (or use a wok) until completely cooked (I actually fried it a few minutes just to get the outside crispy, then put it on a baking sheet and baked at 375 for about 30 minutes. The chicken turned out perfect and the outside was super crunchy).

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine 1 ½ cups water, orange juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Blend well over medium heat for a few minutes. Stir in brown sugar, orange zest, ginger garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil.

Combine 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water and mix thoroughly. Slowly stir cornstarch mixture into sauce until it thickens. Pour sauce over breaded chicken, and garnish with green onions.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jamiacan Jerk Pizza

We had some friends over on friday for pizza and we wanted to try something new. So we did a Jamaican Jerk pizza. It was REALLY good. It is a new favorite! I found the recipe at

Caribbean Sauce
1/2 Cup light brown sugar
1/4 Cup water
1/4 Cup ketchup
1/4 Cup light corn syrup
1/4 Cup minced white onion
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 Teaspoon minced garlic
1 Teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 Teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 Teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 Teaspoon ground allspice

Jerk Seasoning
2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
1-1/2 Teaspoons salt
1/2 Teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 Teaspoon ground paprika
1/2 Teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 Teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 Teaspoon onion powder
1/8 Teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
Pinch ground cinnamon

Top Pizza with:
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
2 Cups plus 4 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 Cup cooked thick bacon, crumbled (about 6 slices)
1/2 Cup thinly sliced white onion
2 Tablespoons chopped green onion (green part only)
Jerk Chicken

*After I cooked the chicken in the frying pan, I removed it and set aside. I then put the bell peppers cut up in the same pan so they grilled with the jerk flavor.