Roasted Asparagus

Happy Thursday, everyone! I wanted to share another spring time recipe with you all! One of my favorite vegetables, and one that I only usually get around this time of year, is asparagus. This is a simple recipe that is full of flavor and sure to impress!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Few shakes of Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Next, put a layer of aluminum foil over a cookie sheet and spread the asparagus across it. Drizzle the oil oil over the asparagus. Then, sprinkle the crushed garlic, black pepper, and Parmesan cheese on top. Place the cookie sheet into the oven for about 15 minutes and you have yourself some delicious asparagus! Hope you enjoy this dish as much as me 🙂

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Rhubarb Muffins

Good afternoon everyone! Spring time means it’s that time of the year for rhubarb, so today, I am going to share a recipe I made for work that is centered on rhubarb 🙂

This was actually my first time cooking with rhubarb (I’m not a fan of it so I never had made it before) but everyone said they turned out delicious so I will trust them!

Ingredients for muffins:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb

Ingredients for topping:

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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First thing to do is chop up the rhubarb into small pieces. Then, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix the brown sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla, egg, and buttermilk together. Fold the wet ingredients with the dry until combined and then add the rhubarb pieces.

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Line a muffin pan and scoop the batter into the cups. Fill about 1/2 – 2/3 full with batter.

Mix together the melted butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Drizzle a little onto each muffin and place into the oven.

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Bake the muffins at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes then enjoy!

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Alfredo Turkey Balls

Hello everyone! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I posted! It’s a bit of a crazy time in our household right now with us both starting new jobs but I promise I will get back on a schedule 🙂

For my day off earlier this week, I decided I wanted to try out a new recipe – buffalo chicken meatballs. However, this recipe changed once I got to the store and saw how expensive ground chicken was! I then decided I would try the recipe with ground turkey, my usual meat choice. Later that day, I once again changed my mind and decided I would try dipping the turkey balls in Alfredo sauce instead of buffalo because I had some to use up and it sounded delicious. Boy was I right! This turned out to be a fantastic choice 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped broccoli
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 jar Alfredo sauce

First step is to preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Then you need to chop up the carrots and broccoli. I used my food processor and it was a breeze! Next, combine all of the ingredients except the Alfredo sauce in a large bowl.

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Mix the ingredients by hand until well combined.

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Next, I used a cookie scoop to make the balls. Place them on a lined cookie sheet to make for an easier clean up 🙂

It made about 25 meatballs for me.

Then you need to bake the turkey balls for 18-20 minutes at 400 degrees.

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While the turkey balls are in the oven, pour the Alfredo sauce into a medium sized glass bowl and set aside. Take the balls out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Then, place a few balls at a time into the Alfredo sauce and stir them up.

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I decided to pair our Alfredo turkey balls with some veggie pasta and sauteed sweet peppers 🙂

Delicious!

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Swedish Chocolate Balls

Happy Sunday! Hope everyone is enjoying this fabulous weather!

This past week I tried out another new recipe. My husband’s work had a potluck where each department was in charge of bringing a food item from a different country in the world. His department got Sweden so we did some research on traditional Swedish food. I came across this recipe for Swedish chocolate balls online and decided to give it a try!

The recipe was pretty simple and most of the ingredients were already in my kitchen so it was a win-win 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups regular oats
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 powdered sugar

First, take a large bowl and mix together the oats, sugar, and cocoa powder. Then add the butter and mix together. I found the easiest way is to use your hands for this part!

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Once you have a thick dough, add the coffee, vanilla, and melted chocolate. Mix again until well blended.

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Pour the powder sugar into a separate, small bowl. Using your hands or a scoop, make small balls out of the dough. Place each ball into the powder sugar to coat then place on a baking sheet. Refrigerate the balls for a couple of hours and they are ready to go! By husband said they went over very well at the potluck and had great reviews 🙂

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Delicious Fudge Brownies

This afternoon I’m sharing a brownie recipe I made this past week that turned out incredible! I’ve never made brownies from scratch before but my husband had been bugging for weeks to make some so I decided to try it out. He said they were the best brownies he has ever had 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

As usual, I took out the butter and used applesauce in it’s place to save on the calories and it turned out amazing 🙂

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First, you will need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then, in a glass bowl, combine the applesauce, vanilla, and sugar until it’s nice and fluffy. Next, beat the eggs one at a time into the mixture.

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In a second bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture slowly and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Grease an 8×8 pan and pour the brownie batter into the pan evenly. Bake for 25-27 minutes at 350 degrees. Let them cool for a few minutes then cut and serve. Enjoy this wonderful dessert 🙂

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Fully Loaded Spaghetti Bake

Hello everyone and happy Friday!

Earlier this week, I tried out another new recipe! I tweaked the recipe from Six Sisters Stuff blog and added in some veggies to make this delicious recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box whole wheat spaghetti noodles (16 oz)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce (26 oz)
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

The first thing I did was boil water on the stove top so I could cook the noodles. While I waited for the water to boil and for the noodles to cook, I started to chopped up my veggies and get the coating ready for the noodles. This is made by whisking the Parmesan cheese and eggs together.

Then I cooked the ground turkey until it was golden brown. I added some Italian seasoning and garlic powder to the turkey while it cooked. Once the meat was cooked, I added the spaghetti sauce to it and set the pan off to the side.

After the noodles were cooked, I drained them and put them in the bowl with the coating. Stir the noodles until they are evenly coated.

The next step is to place half of the noodles into a greased 9×13 glass cooking pan.

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Top the noodles with half of the meat sauce mixture, followed by all of the cottage cheese. Place half of the carrots and half of the broccoli on top of the cottage cheese and finish that layer off with 1 cup shredded cheese. Then, repeat the steps. Pour the rest of the noodles into the pan. Followed by the rest of the meat mixture, then the carrots and broccoli. Top it off with 2 cups shredded cheese.

Cover the pan with foil and place into the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

After 40 minutes, remove the foil and place the spaghetti bake back into the oven for 20  minutes or until the cheese is melted.

This would be an excellent meal to make up on the weekend and place in the freezer until you want to cook it on a week night!

Happy weekend, everyone!

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Easy Shrimp Alfredo Stir Fry

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Today I wanted to share a recipe my husband and I put together Sunday night and it was absolutely delicious! We decided just to use ingredients we already had at home and came up with what we like to call and easy shrimp Alfredo stir fry 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen (precooked) shrimp
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 2/3 box bowtie, vegtable pasta (any type of pasta will work)
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 jar of Alfredo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

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Start by boiling some water in a pot and cooking the pasta noodles according the the directions on the box. While the noodles are cooking, sauté up your chopped broccoli and onion in a separate pan. I also added some black pepper and garlic powder on top of the veggies while they cooked. The veggies will take about 10 minutes to cook.

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Once your pasta is close to being done, heat up the olive oil in a separate pan. Then place the shrimp into the pan and season with garlic powder and black pepper. Cook the shrimp for a few minutes on each side then drain the excess oil from the pan.

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Add the drained noodles and veggies to the shrimp pan and place on stove top on low setting. Pour the Alfredo sauce in and mix together. Allow for the mixture to simmer for a few minutes.

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Dish up your creation and enjoy! I love this recipe because it is such a colorful entree with all the different types of veggies! We will definitely be making this delicious dish again very soon 🙂

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