Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Tasty Tuesday: Winter Squash Stew

On this Tasty Tuesday, I want to wish my AMAZING daughter Belinda a “happy birthday”.

Thank you Alene Brennan for today’s recipe…

I know we had a summer relapse last week with temps near 90 but I think the fall weather is finally going to settle in OR at least I hope it does.

Prep Time: 5 minutes     Cooking Time: 15 minutes     Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 winter squash, seeded, peeled, chopped (butternut, acorn, pumpkin, delcata)
  • Veggie or chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin

Directions:

  1. Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until onions become translucent.
  2. In a pot place squash and fill with stock until just covered.
  3. Add curry powder, cumin, onion and garlic.
  4. Boil until squash becomes tender and remove pot from heat.
  5. With an immersion blender purée squash until smooth. (I prefer mine chunky)

Notes:   Add chopped fresh cilantro or parsley and/or toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish.

I’m the only one who eats squash in my house so there would be some leftovers….. Did you know Thirty One has a cool way to send your kids off with school lunches?  Our thermals got got a makeover with the Off to Lunch Thermal! This soft (but structured) insulated cooler bag is perfect for the school cafeteria or to add a dash of fun to the office. It also makes a great travel snack bag for road trips, the pool or daycare. A webbed top handle makes it easy to carry this reusable lunch bag, and an interior thermal lining keeps food cool or warm.
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Have a blessed day!
Hope Wissel

Tasty Tuesday: Beef and Arugula Stir-Fry

Thank you Alene Brennan for today’s recipe.  This is from Terry Wahl’s MS Protocol cookbook but it definitely yummy for everyone!

 

Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cooking Time: 15 minutes     Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound beef sirloin, cut into thin strips (organic grass fed is the best)
  • 2 tablespoons of oil (I use Wicked Good Spice Mixes Garlic Oil)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 medium red peppers, cut into thick strips
  • 1-2 bunches arugula, well washed
  • 2 teaspoons kuzu (a root – optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (a Japanese sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons rice or cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. Stir-fry beef in pan with 2 teaspoons of oil over medium-high heat for 2 minutes or until browned.
  2. Remove beef with tongs or fork, allowing excess oil to drip off and set aside.
  3. With remaining oil, stir-fry ginger and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes and then add bell peppers. Cook another 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Mix together fresh arugula and bell pepper mixture in a serving bowl.
  5. In a small bowl, combine kuzu, tamari, vinegar and water.
  6. Place mixture into skillet and cook over medium heat until sauce starts to thicken.
  7. Return beef to skillet and cook for 1 minute, just enough to warm up beef.
  8. Add beef to serving bowl with arugula and bell peppers.
  9. Mix and serve warm.

There are always leftovers in our house…..I usually cook for 4 – 6 people despite the fact there are only two of us and then hubby gets meals for work. One of my favorite Thirty One thermals is the Thermal Tote which is the perfect-sized lunch bag for work, school, play dates, sporting events, golf outings, fishing trips or travel. The thermal lining and zipper closure help keep your food cool or warm, while an exterior pocket is the perfect place to keep your cell phone, wallet or other important small items. Also makes a great gift for your kids’ teachers, tutors and babysitters, or your coworkers, neighbors and friends!

Have a blessed day!

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Tasty Tuesday: Oatmeal Raisin Bites

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Tasty Tuesday is courtesy of Jen at THE HAUTE MOMMY HANDBOOK.  I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies.  Maybe it is because I can trick myself into believing they are healthy.  I mean oatmeal is good for you, right?  The funny thing is I can remember NEVER wanting to eat oatmeal as a child.  In fact, I didn’t even put milk on my cereal.  Who wants to eat soggy Frosted Flakes?

When I joined Weight Watchers many years ago, oatmeal was a staple on my shelf.  I used to love to make Hungry Girl’s GIGANTIC Oatmeal Bowls for breakfast filled with any combination of apples, bananas, blueberries or cinnamon.  I have even changed them up since I am gluten free and dairy free………they are still YUMMY!

I am still working on making these bites gluten free.  Despite many attempts, I can’t seem to get the almond flour right.  I feel like I should be using less.  Who is a pro at “alternate” flours, I would love some input.

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INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup + 6 Tbsp butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
3 cups oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup raisins

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oven to 350° F.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy.
  • Beat eggs and vanilla in separate bowl, then add to large bowl. Beat all wet ingredients well.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, and mix well with wet ingredients.
  • Add oats and raisins. Mix well.
  • Drop rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and fork inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets, then move to wire rack to cool completely. Makes 4 dozen of bite size cookies.  They don’t spread when baking.

If anyone makes a batch and needs a taste tester, I’m available!!!

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Have a blessed day!

Hope Wissel

Tasty Tuesday: Baked Spaghetti Squash

Thank you Rachel of Wicked Good Spice Mixes Co for today’s recipe.  Perfect timing since I grabbed a spaghetti squash at the farmer’s market.

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F and arrange a rack in the middle.
  2. Cut squash in half lengthwise and scrape out seeds
  3. Brush flesh with 2 tablespoons of the oil and season generously with sale and freshly ground pepper.
  4. Place squash, cut sides up, on a baking sheet and roast until fork tender – about 50 minutes
  5. Remove squash from the oven and let sit at room temperature until cool enough to handle – about 30 minutes
  6. Scrape flesh with a fork to make long squash strands, set aside
  7. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large sauce pan, over medium heat until simmering about 3 minutes.  Add garlic and shallot, season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened and lightly brown – about 3 minutes.
  8. Add reserved squash, toss with tongs to coat thoroughly.  Cook until heated through.
  9. Remove from heat, add cheese a handful at a time while tossing squash to evenly coat.
  10. Serve with Tuscan Bistro Blend, freshly ground pepper and extra cheese.

Need some Wicked Good Spice Mixes to stock your spice rack?  You can grab them online or stop by 502 Baking Company in Brick – they have a supply of items too.  While you are there, pick up a yummy dessert…. They have the BEST vegan peanut butter cookies…..

I’m so ready for fall mainly so I can start cooking again.  Summer in our house means eating out and salads which is okay but I do miss cooking……We don’t have a grill at the condo (too many rules) or I would definitely be grilling all summer long.

Do you have a favorite recipe you would like to share?  Send it to me and I will send you a gift as a thank you when I post your recipe.

Have a blessed day!

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Tasty Tuesday: American Pie

YIELDS: 8     PREP TIME: 30 minutes      COOK TIME:50 minutes 

INGREDIENTS

  • refrigerated pie crusts (unbaked)
  • 5 c. strawberries
  • 3 c. blueberries
  • 1/2 c. cornstarch, divided
  • 3/4 c. sugar, divided (plus more for sprinkling)
  • lemon (zest and juice)
  • egg wash (1 egg + 1 tbs. heavy cream)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Make the base. Roll out the base of the pie dough into a large rectangle, about 15 x 12-in. Transfer the dough into a 12 x 9 x 1-in baking sheet or jellyroll pan. Gently press the dough along the edges. Fold the edges under and crimp. Transfer to refrigerator while you prepare the other crust.
  3. Make the stars and stripes. Roll out a second piece of pie dough. Use about 1/4 of the dough to cut out stars with a small star cookie cutter. Using a paring knife (or pastry wheel), cut long 1-in thick stripes lengthwise using the rest of the dough. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Make the fillings. In a medium bowl, add blueberries, 1/4 c. sugar, 1/4 c. cornstarch and the juice and zest of 1/2 lemon. Stir to combine. In a separate bowl, add strawberries, 1/2 c. sugar, 1/4 c. cornstarch and the juice and zest of 1/2 lemon. Stir to combine.
  5. Make the pie. Fold aluminum foil into a thin strip, about 1 1/2-in wide. Then fold the strip into a right angle about 5×4-in. Remove the base crust from the refrigerator and place the foil into the upper lefthand corner of the crust to form a small rectangle. Spoon the blueberry filling into the foil-lined rectangular portion. Then spoon the strawberry filling into the rest of the crust. Remove the foil.
  6. Assemble and bake! Then place pastry stars on top of the blueberry mixture. Lay the stripes lengthwise across the strawberry filling, leaving about 1-in between each stripe. Brush the egg wash onto the pie crusts and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 50 minutes, until pie crust is golden and the filling is bubbling. Let cool for at least an hour before serving.

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Have a favorite recipe you want to share?  Send it to me and if we use it, you will receive a FREE gift from me.

Have a blessed day!

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