Creamy Spinach Sweet Potato Noodles

INGREDIENTS
1 cup cashews
¾ cup water (more for soaking)
½ teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon oil
4 large sweet potatoes, spiralized
2 cups baby spinach
a handful of fresh basil leaves, chives, or other herbs
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil for drizzling

INSTRUCTIONS
Cover the cashews with water in a bowl and soak for 2 hours or so.
Drain and rinse thoroughly. Place in a food processor or blender (I got better texture with the blender) and add the ¾ cup water, salt, and garlic. Puree until very smooth.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the sweet potatoes; toss in the pan for 6-7 minutes with tongs until tender-crisp. Remove from heat and toss in the spinach – it should wilt pretty quickly.
Add half of the herbs and half of the sauce to the pan and toss to combine. Add water if the mixture is too sticky. Season generously with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, and top with the remaining fresh herbs.

Pierogi Casserole

Ingredients

1 package (16 oz) frozen potato and onion pierogies
1 tablespoon water
7 oz kielbasa sausage, sliced
4 oz cream cheese (from 8-oz package), very softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
1/8 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1/2 cup thinly diagonally sliced green onions

1
Heat oven to 375°F. Spray12x8-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
2
Place frozen pierogies and water in medium microwave-safe bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on High 2 minutes; stir. Continue microwaving on High 1 1/2 to 2 minutes until thawed. Place pierogies evenly in casserole. Top with sausage.
3
In medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, chicken broth and pepper with whisk. Stir in 1/2 cup of the Cheddar cheese and 1/3 cup of the green onions (reserve remaining onions for topping).

4
Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over pierogies. Cover with foil; bake 22 to 27 minutes or until center is heated through and temperature reaches 165°F.

5 Uncover, and top with remaining cheese; bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with reserved green onions.

Shrimp Tacos

INGREDIENTS
Servings: 12 Tacos

2 pounds shrimp, deveined & tails removed

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

½ teaspoon salt

24 bamboo or metal skewers

4 tablespoons olive oil

Creamy cilantro sauce:

1 cup sour cream

3 tablespoons cilantro, minced

1 teaspoon lime zest

¼ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 ½ cups green cabbage

1 ½ cups red cabbage

1 tablespoon jalapeño, minced

24 corn tortillas

Toppings:
Lime wedges

Cilantro

PREPARATION
1. In a large bowl, season shrimp with paprika, garlic powder, oregano, cumin, red pepper flakes, and salt. Toss gently to combine.

2. Using 2 bamboo or metal skewers poke through the top and bottom of the shrimp and push down to the bottom of the skewer. Add 3 more shrimp to the same skewer and repeat until all of the shrimp are used.

3. Right before you put the shrimp on the grill, brush each skewer with a generous amount of olive oil, to prevent sticking.

4. Grill over high heat for 3 minutes, brush the top side with more olive oil, flip, and let cook for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from skewers & set aside for taco assembly.

5. In a bowl, combine all creamy cilantro sauce ingredients. Stir well to combine.

6. In a large bowl, combine green cabbage, red cabbage, and minced jalapeño. Pour half of the sour cream mixture over the cabbage, saving the other half for extra sauce to put on the tacos.

7. Assemble the tacos on corn tortillas. Add the cabbage mixture, followed by the shrimp. Top with the creamy cilantro sauce, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice.

Honey Garlic Chicken

I have the worst luck with making chicken, I don’t know what it is, This sauce came out thick like weird molasses candy, and I just felt so unhealthy eating it. Not sure If I will make it again, but happy I tried it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut crosswise in half
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large eggs, beaten

For sauce:

  • 1/2 cup honey, or more, to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, combine honey, garlic and soy sauce. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 1/4 cup water. Stir mixture into the saucepan until thickened, about 1-2 minutes; set aside.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, thyme, oregano, paprika and cayenne pepper.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Working one at a time, dredge chicken in flour mixture, dip into eggs, then dredge in flour mixture again, pressing to coat.
  • Working in batches, add chicken to the skillet, 2 or 3 at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Serve immediately with honey garlic sauce.

Maui Scalloped Potatoes

I’ve always made scallop potatoes from a box, because when I was about 10 years old I thought that it was cool that I could make potatoes from a box. When I was making tuesday night dinner disney themed I was intrugued but this recipe that seemed like an easy enough recipe. Who knew scallop potatoes from scratch were so easy to make? I didnt have the crazy onion they called for I used a regular sweet onion. This is no means a healthy recipe, but it is very tasty and a great side to any meal! Another disney favorite recipe from Ohana, Disney’s Polynesian Resort. 

 4 Potatoes

 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream

 1 cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1/3 fresh parmesan cheese

1 medium Onion

1 tablespoon of salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven 375 butter bottom of 9×13 dish.
  2. Slice potatoes and mix in with heavy cream.
  3. Add cheeses and onion and salt until well mixed.
  4. Spread evenly into the dish.
  5. Bake center rack for 1 hour and 15 mins

Bourbon Steak Marinade

Another Disney favorite, from the Yachtsman Steakhouse. This marinade was super easy to make and pretty tasty. I only used half of the water because it didn’t fit in my bowl! I marinaded over night. I threw them on the grill and served them with the Scallop Potatoes .  Definite recommend for a different kind of marinade!

1 Cup of Jack Daniels

4 cups of water

2/3 cups Soy Sauce

3/4 cup Brown Sugar

1 cup of pineapple juice

Sirloin Tips

Marinate steak or fish for 24 hours in refrigerator. Grill steaks to desired temperature.

Marina

Steak Au Jus Sandwhiches

One of the easiest recipes I made in a long time, not to mention so tasty! A great middle of the week dinner!

Ingredients:

  • 4lb Rump Roast ( I used a 2lb one)
  • 12 oz beer ( I used pale ale, DELICIOUS!)
  • One can of french onion soup
  • One can of beef broth
  • I also threw in a fresh onion

Instructions:

Throw everything in a crock pot and cook on low for 7 hours! If you want you can take meat out and slice about 6 hours into it and place back in crock pot to soak flavors.

I used french baguette for the sandwich, and scooped the juice to put on the side to dip.

Dorrito Pie

This sounds crazy but it is so good!!! Sort of like a trailer park pie! Unique and tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco mix
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese ( I used whatever I had)
  • 3 cups crushed dorritos
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 stick melted butter ( I used 1/4 cup)

Steps:

  1. Cook ground beef according to package. Cook. add mix, add water drain grease.
  2. Take crescent roll triangles and lay into pie pan, tips of triangle arranged in middle, and press seams together.
  3. sprinkle half of dorritos into crust
  4. spoon ground beef over
  5. mix sour cream and salsa, spoon over pie.
  6. cover with cheese
  7. cover with rest of dorritos
  8. pour melted butter over
  9. bake in oven at 400 degrees for 20 mins or until golden brown.

I topped with lettuce, olives and tomatoes!

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Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza

This was a recipe Alyssa made us for Tuesday night dinner one tuesday this summer. When Joe, Erik and I were having a pizza bake off, I decided to make this pizza. I knew what was on it but didn’t have a recipe so I did it my own way. The problem with this pizza is it tastes SO GOOD. But the ingredients are SO expensive.

Ingredients:

1Onion

1 Tbl butter

Figs ( I used figs in their juice from stop and shop)

Goat Cheese

Mozzarella Shredded Cheese

Nan Bread (plain)

 

You can switch up the ingredients but this is what I used. First caramelize the onions, with butter and bit of brown sugar.

Spread onions over Nan bread, along with fig, and fig sauce,  crumble goat cheese and sprinkle that over pizza. Finish with mozzarella in any empty spots. Throw into oven until everything is melted.

Makes a good app or a meal! It tastes so good!

Caldo Verde Soupas

I had this in a restaurant a few weeks prior and knew that it would be a simple recipe for me to duplicate. I had a yucky head cold, and wanted to make something to cure me. I am pretty certain this did the trick. I recruited a friend my Uncle Joe. We walked over to Uncle Joes house and he cut up all the ingredients, he was so speedy at it. He did all the prep work, and thats where most of work lies in this one. Next time I make it, I may use the instant potatoes because my aunt says thats what all the restaurants use anyways. 

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 quarts cold water ( I used room temperture chicken broth)
  • 6 ounces linguica sausage, thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pound kale, rinsed and julienned

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook onion and garlic in 3 tablespoons olive oil for 3 minutes. Stir in potatoes and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes more. Pour in water, bring to a boil, and let boil gently for 20 minutes, until potatoes are mushy.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-low heat, cook sausage until it has released most of its fat, 10 minutes. Drain.
  3. Mash potatoes or puree the potato mixture with a blender or food processor. Stir the sausage, salt and pepper into the soup and return to medium heat. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, stir kale into soup and simmer, 5 minutes, until kale is tender and jade green. Stir in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and serve at once.

I will def make this one again!