Pasta Salad

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Hello y’all! As always, I try to share the easy and simple recipes since we know who the chef is in the family (it is not me). So, this week’s recipe is pasta salad. What a wonderful invention this dish is it is cold, so you don’t have to heat it up. It also makes great leftovers for that reason and lunches and another plus is it makes a ton of food and its cheap to make. This is my go-to for potlucks or for weeks when I don’t want to prep lunches. Pasta salad is also one of those dishes that you can tweak and make it all your own. Daniel and I hate olives and I don’t like tomatoes and those are staples for most pasta salads but, that is the beauty of this dish you can make it how you want it. However, my pasta salad is not super traditional, but I always receive complements and requests for it!

Here is a quick look at all my ingredients.

I always add a little olive oil while I boil pasta it helps them stay tender and not stick together.

The finished product! It makes a ton and everyone is sure to love it.

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Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total: 25 minutes

Amount: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • Hard Salami
  • Pepperoni
  • Mozzarella
  • 1 onion
  • 2 avocados
  • Italian dressing
  • Cheese stuffed tortellini

Instructions

  1. Start a pot of boiling water for your tortellini
  2. While the pot is warming up dice or cut Salami, pepperoni, onion, avocados, and mozzarella.
  3. Cook tortellini, drain, and cool in the fridge (if you do not cool them first, they will melt the cheese)
  4. All the tortellini and Italian dressing to the bowl and toss and serve.
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Cast Iron Steak

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Hello y’all! Today’s recipe is for steak. When I cook steak, I don’t want to pull the grill out and do all the things. So, I opt to us my cast iron skillet. These are a god sent they had such amazing flavor and the more you use them the better they get. Anyways so when I cook steak for my fiancé and myself, I use the cast iron skillet. This recipe is very simple I am aware you can get way into the weeds when it comes to preparing steaks, but I believe simple is better. If you have a good cut of meat you don’t need to over season them. Besides I want to enjoy the favor of the steak not mask it.

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Cast Iron Steak

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total: 20 minutes

Amount: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 steaks (your choice of cut)
  • Onion powder
  • Fresh garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. First prep your steaks, coat them in salt and let them sit for 5 minutes. This step allows the salt to break down the meat and it will make them tender.
  2. Heat your skillet over medium heat with butter, cut garlic, and olive oil
  3. Rinse the salt off the steaks and pat dry
  4. Add salt, pepper, and onion powder to the steaks
  5. Cook steaks to desired temp (rare, medium, etc.). Very important use a spoon to drench your steaks with the butter and olive oil that is in the skillet. This will keep them moist and tender.
  6. Pull them off the skillet and let them sit for about 5 minutes and serve. 

Note: The photo shows a side salad with homemade vinaigrette dressing.

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Sleepy Time Tea

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If y’all didn’t know I used to be a barista and one of my fiancés favorite things I make is coffee and tea. Well, he tends to have a hard time sleeping and I tend to have a hard time getting GOOD sleep. I am sure we are not the only people in the world with these troubles. So, I thought I’d share my sleepy time tea recipe so you can give it try. I can only speak for us, but it works. The quality of sleep I get when I drink this tea is out of this world. It is a very simple and easy recipe.

Start boiling your water.

Prep your cup with honey and lemon juice.

Get your tea bags.

Steep for 4 minutes.

Once it is done steeping remove tea bags and enjoy your way to a wonderful night of sleep!

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Sleepy Time Tea

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total: 7 minutes

Amount: 1 cup of tea

Ingredients

  • Water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • ½ tablespoon of lemon
  • 1 bag of ginger tea (feel free to opt for another flavor)
  • 1 bag of lavender and chamomile tea
  • Note: You can choose any brand of tea you would like. Just make sure to check that it is decaffeinated. You may also opt to use another flavor of tea besides ginger. We like it because it settles your stomach after dinner.
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Instructions

  1. I fill my kettle with water and set the heat on high so it can boil
  2. I then prep my cup with the honey, lemon, and tea bags
  3. Once the water is hot, I pour the water in the cup and let the tea steep for 4 minutes
  4. Remove bags and enjoy!
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Belgian Red Velvet Waffles

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Good morning, all! The newest recipe is a request that my nephew made. He mentioned seeing Belgian red velvet waffles online and asked if I could make them so he could try them out. I love me some red velvet anything so obviously I had to oblige. So here we are! Belgian Red Velvet Waffles, they were amazing super easy to make, and it made a ton of waffles. We added some blueberries that offset the richness and added some tart. They were delicious and did not disappoint plus it fed my very large family.  

Here are my ingredients.

Note the texture and color. You can always add more red coloring if you want your waffles to be extra red.

The finished product. Warm, rich, and delicious!

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Belgian Red Velvet Waffles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total: 25 minutes

Amount: 15 waffles

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Belgian waffle mix
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons of red food coloring
  • 2 ½ vanilla
  • ¼ cup of butter milk
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 egg
  • Toppings (optional) – blueberries, chocolate chips, bananas, strawberries, etc.
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Instructions

  1. Mix your dry ingredients together
  2. Mix in your wet ingredients
  3. Spoon your batter into your waffle maker
  4. Plate and add optional toppings
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Breakfast Casserole

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As y’all know I am not the chef of the family and if there is a way that I can save time and energy while I cook, I am all about it. Casseroles are my favorite go to. They make a ton of food and require little effort to make, and they are always delicious. Breakfast casseroles are awesome for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas where you are already cooking all day and you don’t want to have to cook breakfast too. You can prep it the night before and then preheat your oven (which you will need to do for the turkey anyways) and toss it in there and boom! Breakfast for the family.

Gather all your ingredients.

Mix everything together.

And bake for an hour.

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Breakfast Casserole

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Amount: 12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. of shredded hash browns
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • Season to taste
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups of half and half
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of swiss cheese
  • 8 oz. of Ham (or bacon or sausage)
  • 1/3 cup of chopped green onions
  • Parsley (optional)
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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Spray a 13 by 9-inch baking dish
  3. Spread hash browns at the bottom of pan (it is best to defrost the hash browns if frozen)
  4. Add eggs in a large bowl
  5. Stir in half and half, cheese, meat, green onions, parsley, and seasonings
  6. Pour evenly over hash browns
  7. Then bake for about an hour
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Healthy Green Shake

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A few years ago I went to the hospital with severe abdominal pain long story short I was diagnosed with GERD. Besides the normal steps to help with GERD like avoiding triggering foods. I found that starting the morning by making sure my stomach is balanced and has healthy gut bacteria. Most people do not consume the correct vegetable and fruit portions throughout the day. If you do props but I am definitely not one of those people. So, I drink my recommended portions and start the day off right. You should and can make adjustments to the recipe below so it fits your preferences, but I think this recipe has great foundational ingredients that you can add to or adjust as you see fit.

Any super green powder will work. I like Nested because they have simple ingredients and no sugar.

I opt for almond milk and vanilla flavoring it think it pairs well with the chocolate super greens.

Lastly the peanut butter!

The finished product. It is just a great breakfast alternative that really get’s your gut in balance and gives you all your vitamins to help you conquer the day!

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Healthy Green Shake

Prep Time – 5 mins

Cook Time 1 min

Total 6 mins

Amount – 1 shake (about 6-8oz)

Ingredients

1 scoop of Nested Super Greens (I use the Chocolate flavor but their regular is also very good)

6 oz of milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

¼ cup of vanilla yogurt

1 tablespoon of peanut butter

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Instructions

1.           Pour the milk into your blender

2.           Add the yogurt, powder, and peanut butter

3.           Blend until all is combined

4.           Enjoy!

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Parmesan Chicken

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Since Daniel is the family cook and he has been working more I thought I’d share my go to dinner recipe. I’ll be honest I love to make breakfast and bake but I am in no way enlightened in culinary ways. That normally falls to Daniel. This Parmesan Chicken recipe is easy and delicious. When I make it for my extended family everyone thinks I am a great and wonderful chief! Which as you and I know I am not.

I change it up depending on how I want to cook it but I typically get chicken breasts or chicken tenders packaged at the local grocery store. I also buy parmesan cheese, I have noticed that the small crumbled cheese works better then the shredded cheese.

I put the chicken, eggs with seasoning, and cheese in separate bowls next to the prepped pan. It helps with the mess if there is less space the chicken has to travel. I season the egg wash with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Mix it up and add a little water or milk and it is ready to go. I add butter to the pan and let it warm over medium heat as I coat (make sure to coat the chicken well with the cheese) the chicken and put on the pan.

Over medium heat I pan fry the chicken. I wait about 3-5 mins on each side to make sure the chicken is cooked all the way and the cheese is nice crispy and golden. Once it’s done I let them cool and serve. For extra deliciousness serve on a bed of pasta or add a little pasta sauce and parmesan on top.

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Parmesan Chicken

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 7-14 mins

Total: 30 mins

Amount: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2lbs of Boneless Chicken
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp of Water or Milk
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Cups of Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 tbsp of Butter
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Instructions

  1. Prep chicken – I like to cut off any fat
  2. Add seasonings and water to eggs and then beat
  3. Place parmesan in a bowl
  4. Warm pan and butter over medium heat
  5. Dip each piece of chicken in egg wash and let excess drip off
  6. Coat generously in parmesan
  7. Place in pan and turn after 3-5 mins or until golden brown
  8. Remove after the other side is golden brown
  9. Plate and serve (for an added touch place on a bed of pasta or add pasta sauce and sprinkled parmesan cheese on top)
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Blueberry Cake Donuts

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Hello all! I am excited to share a new recipe with you but first a little background. I love cake donuts and especially blueberry cake donuts. I decided to give it a shot at making them at home. Sadly, I had to order a donut tray and wait for that to come in but since it has arrived here is how I made homemade blueberry donuts.

First step is to collect your ingredients.

The last things I combined is melted butter and the blueberries.

I folded in the blueberries so they wouldn’t bust.

I left them on a rack to cool while I made the glaze.

I chose to use a lighter glaze but you can add more powdered sugar to thicken it up.

The finished product!

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Blueberry Cake Donuts

Prep Time:  5 Minutes

Cook Time:  10 Minutes

Total: 15 Minutes

Amount:  20 Donuts

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup of flour (used whole wheat because I m trying to be a little healthier)

1 teaspoon of baking powder

½ teaspoon of salt

¼ cup sugar

1 egg

½ cup of milk (any kind of milk will work almond or walnut)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

2 tablespoons of oil (any kind will due or melted butter)

1 cup of blueberries

For Glaze

2 cups powdered sugar

¼ cup of water

½ teaspoon vanilla

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar
  3. Stir in egg, milk, vanilla, and oil
  4. Fold in blueberries
  5. Pour into donut pan
  6. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes
  7. Cool then glaze
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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Good morning all! I thought I would share a quick but delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe with y’all. I don’t know about you but there’s nothing better than a classic warm chocolate chip cookie. This recipe is easy and quick and make quiet a few cookies. Feel free to share with friends or family. I know I did!

Gather all your materials.

Then mix them all together!

Put them in the oven for 10-11 minutes depending on your oven.

Cool and enjoy!

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time:  10 Minutes

Cook Time:  10 Minutes

Total: 20 Minutes

Amount: 24 Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ Cups of Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • ½ Teaspoon of Salt
  • 8 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter (If you have salted butter skip the teaspoon of salt)
  • 2 Cups of Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons of Vanilla
  • 1 Cup of Semisweet chocolate Chips
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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place the flour, baking soda, and salt together
  3. Please butter and sugar in a stand mixer and beat on medium until fluffy
  4. Add eggs and blend
  5. Add vanilla and blend
  6. Add flour and mix
  7. Add chocolate chips
  8. Spoon or scoop the dough onto baking sheet
  9. Bake for 10 minutes
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Banana Bread

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Good morning all! Today I wanted to share will y’all a pretty regular recipe for my house. My fiancé loves bananas, but they tend to go bad so fast before they can all be consumed. I personally don’t like to waste food. It was how I was raised, and it almost physically hurts my to through away food. So, I make Banana Bread once or twice a month depending on the availability of over ripened bananas in my house. I love it because not only is it a great breakfast or dessert, but I also give it away if I have too much. I love to gift it to my family, friends, and coworkers so that they can enjoy but also, so it doesn’t go to waste. The best thing about baking is sharing it with others. So, they next time your family or you don’t eat your bananas make some bread and share the love!

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First step is to gather all the ingredients.

Then I mash the Bananas. I find a fork works perfectly.

I combine all the ingredients and mix.

Here is half of my dough with the chocolate chip. Those are my favorite.

My second half of the dough with walnuts. Those are Daniels favorite.

Then my mini loafs are ready to be put into the oven.

The finished product!

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Banana Bread

Title of Dish: Photo

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Total: 40 Minutes

Amount: 12 Servings

Ingredients:

4 Ripe Bananas

1 Large egg

1 Tablespoon of Vanilla

3 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar

2 Tablespoons of Sugar

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon of Baking Power

1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

½ Teaspoon of salt

1 ½ Cups of Flour

2 Tablespoons of Melted Unsalted Butter (If you use salted butter just skip the added salt)

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mash your Bananas in a bowl (a fork works perfectly)
  3. Add all your ingredients and then mix
  4. Add your choice of chocolate chips or walnuts (I separated my dough and made both)
  5. Then pour into the mini loaf tins (If you use a regular loaf pan it will need to cook for 45 mins.)
  6. Bake for 30 mins
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