Beans, Beans, They’re Good for Your Heart….

Beans, Beans, They’re Good for Your Heart….

Happy New Year!  ‘Wanna save money & be healthier? BEANS!  (Who cares about a little gas….)  Seriously, heart disease plagues Americans, and we all need to get serious about healthy proteins.  The bonus:  it’s inexpensive done this way. My momma’s been saying this for a long time in my adult life, but like all people, we don’t hear our momma the first time.  “Have you cooked some beans?”  “What about some dried beans?”  I finally talked to her about it & discovered a great way to get my protein in without the cholesterol. Don’t be scared.  You can dress these up with relish as a side dish, or you could make it the main attraction by adding tomato, onion, salsa, cilantro, sour cream,...

Good Basic Lasagna Recipe: Tweak With Your Own Creativity!

Good Basic Lasagna Recipe: Tweak With Your Own Creativity!

This is a good, basic lasagna recipe that you can tweak in all sorts of ways. Add veggies, different meats, ….. go wild!       What You Need: 2 cups mozzarella box of lasagna noodles (I used gluten-free) 80z. cottage cheese (I used fat-free) 1 lb of hamburger meat, or ground turkey, zucchini, mushrooms, or spinach….. ‘Afraid of Ground Turkey? Click Here. 1 Regular-Sized Jar of Ragu Marinara Sauce 1 egg 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese  (or a mixture – see picture) Preheat the Oven to 375 degrees.     Sauce Mixture: 1. Brown the meat/tenderize the veggies 2. Drain 3. Add Ragu Sauce; Fill the jar with water to the point (picture) TWICE. (Shake it with the lid on to get all the sauce out!)   Cheese Mixture: 4. Mix...

St. Patrick’s Day & Irish Recipes: Chocolate Stout Irish Stew Recipe!

St. Patrick’s Day & Irish Recipes: Chocolate Stout Irish Stew Recipe!

When St. Patrick’s Day comes around, I usually like to find some time to have some Irish Food & Drink. Usually, the local Irish pubs & restaurants are completely packed.  So I’ve started doing my own thing, and entertaining friends and family without all the fuss.  Last year, I tried my first every Corn Beef & Cabbage recipe, and this year I’ve already tried out something new – so I can pass it along before you make your St. Paddy’s Day plans! It’s an easy recipe for lamb and a refreshing change from the ol’ faithful beef stew recipe! Chocolate Stout Irish Stew 2-3 lbs. already chopped Lamb (for stews) 2 large onions, sliced/slivers 1 pkg baby carrots 2 potatoes (chopped…. Or ½ package frozen southern-style hashbrowns! 2 ½...

Quick & Easy Baked Ziti Recipes: “Sloppy Joe Ziti”

Quick & Easy Baked Ziti Recipes: “Sloppy Joe Ziti”

Our winter menus are usually full of crockpot recipes, soups, stews, etc.   Here’s a hearty supper idea that is a unique twist on the old favorite “Sloppy Joe” recipe! Tip: Buy name brand sausage – & locally if you can.  Because of the nature of “sausage”, you need to know what’s in it. You might want to go with “hot” sausage if you like spicy dishes!   “Sloppy Joe Ziti” 1   box of ziti noodles  (or penne, or macaroni…) 1   lb. lean ground beef ½  lb. pork sausage (1/2 of the log) 1        med. Onion 2        bell pepper 3        tablespoon brown sugar 1        8oz. can tomato sauce ½      cup ketchup 2        tablespoons Worchestershire Sauce 2       ...

Trying Indian Recipes at Home: Shrimp Tikka Masala

Trying Indian Recipes at Home: Shrimp Tikka Masala

If you’ve never had Indian food, you’re missing out on a lot of really unique tastes! A lot of folks are unfamiliar with it, and some are downright scared of it, so “cooking” it is usually out of the question, much less braving an actual restaurant.  Today’s blog features a really easy way to try it at home without all the fright.  Since it’s getting so accessible in the grocery stores, you can just as easily try a new ready-made sauce down the Indian aisle as you can a marinara from the Italian aisle!  Lucky for you, I just tried one that is super-tasty.  I plan on trying more – so I will keep you posted with reviews! The recipe I meant to cook contained garam masala, a blend of spices widely used in Indian foods ~ Peppercorns, cloves, malabar,...

Quick & Easy Chocolate Recipes: Chocolate Chili!

Quick & Easy Chocolate Recipes:  Chocolate Chili!

If you’ve procrastinated & are looking for a chocolate recipe for tonight (It’s Valentine’s Day, by the way….) then treat your Valentine or whole family to a dinner that incorporates the standard ingredient in a not-so-standard way! Chocolate Chili!!!! I love dishes that are weird & shocking at first glance! When I first saw Paula Deen’s Chocolate Shrimp Tortilla Soup (using cocoa powder), I had to try it.   A year later, I was helping a friend move apartments, and she took us out to a new mexican restaurant.   I could have sworn there was chocolate & sugar in my dish, and everyone thought I was crazy! !  So…. my curiosity got the best of me. It turns out, I was eating mole sauce which contains chocolate, a staple in mexican...