Avocado with Fried Egg

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Avocado with fried egg is a great combination on a sandwich and this is the first time I have ever tried this.  This is a simple meal and a very satisfying! I will be making this again.

Ingredients

  • Fresh buns – sliced – I used large homemade buns
  • Provolone cheese
  • Deli Ham – sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon of Butter
  • Egg
  • Avocado – sliced
  • Tomato – sliced if desired
  • Hot Sauce – if desired
  • Fresh ground pepper

Build it

  1. Warm the ham in a pan for about 10 seconds each side
  2. Add butter to pan wait for it to melt then add the egg. While the egg is cooking spoon the melted butter from the pan on top of the egg until done
  3. Add buns to same pan to toast and warm slightly
  4. To build the sandwich put bottom half of bun on plate followed by the cheese, ham, egg, sliced avocado, pepper. Optionally you can add the tomato and or hot sauce.
  5. Slice if to big then eat!

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Dipped Strawberries

Just try and eat just one.

Just try and eat just one.

I was not going to post these dipped strawberries but my family went crazy over these after taking just one bite. Yes I will be making these again after that kind of response!

Ingredients

  • Fresh clean Strawberries – you pick the amount you want to make
  • 12 oz – Milk Chocolate Morsels – you will have leftovers so go ahead and make candy bars
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Shorting
  • a few table spoons of shredded Sweetened Coconut
  • a few table spoons of Confectioners Sugar

Building – Dipping be creative

  1. In a microwave safe dish add morsels and vegetable shorting. Heating in microwave for 30 seconds then stir. Heat for 10 seconds then stir. Repeat until smooth
  2. Holding the strawberry by the stem dip the tip of strawberry into chocolate
  3. Be creative and dip the chocolate covered strawberry into either the coconut and or confectioners sugar or nothing at all. Repeat this until you have a verity of covered strawberries
  4. Chill in refrigerator for about an hour before serving
Chilled and ready to eat!

Chilled and ready to eat!

Enchilada Lasagna Beef and Veggies

So Good!

So Good!

An enchilada that is not an enchilada but a cross between an enchilada and lasagna, yes its possible and better yet very tasty.

I wanted to get out of my recent repeat meal cycle and as a result I came up with this meal. Yes the meat and veggie part of the meal is similar to a recipe I came up with before but does not taste the same when combined like this.

Oh and this tastes great leftover the next day!

Ingredients 

  • 1 can of Las Palmas Enchilada Sauce
  • 8 Corn Tortillas (or however many fit your baking dish)
  • 1 cup – Cooked White Rice
  • 1 pound of Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper – chopped
  • 1 Yellow onion – chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves – diced
  • dash of Salt
  • 1 can of Black beans – drained
  • 2 bricks of Cheddar Cheese – shredded
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Cook it, build it, Cook it , Eat it 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Add vegetable oil and let heat then add green pepper then onion to medium high heated skillet and cook for about 3 minutes or until they just start to turn brown
  3. Add ground beef to skillet brown and crumble
  4. Add Black beans, garlic and dash of salt and mix well
  5. Heat Las Palmas Enchilada Sauce in microwave for about a minute. Put this in a container with a large opening as you will be dipping the corn tortillas into the container
  6. Spray baking dish with cooking spray
  7. Now do the building and cook it:
  8. Dip 2 tortillas into the Enchilada Sauce and place the tortillas on the bottom of the baking dish
  9. Add a portion of the meat veggie mixture in an even layer then top with cheese then two more dipped tortillas
  10. Add a layer of white rice then cheese and yes two more dipped tortillas
  11. Once again add a portion of the meat veggie mixture in an even layer then top with cheese then two more dipped tortillas
  12.  Pour sauce into baking dish carefully covering your stack of goodness
  13. Top with cheese
  14. Cover the baking dish in aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes
  15. Remove foil and broil until cheese is bubbly and a golden brown
  16. Let cool in baking dish for a few minutes before cutting and serving
This is the sauce I used. It does say mild on the can but I would say this is medium.

This is the sauce I used. It does say mild on the can but I would say this is medium.

The very first layer

The very first layer

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We have a layer of tortillas, meat and veggie mix, cheese, tortillas, rice, cheese, tortilla, meat and veggie mix, and cheese

Ready for the oven

I added another layer of tortillas, the sauce and cheese. Now it’s ready for the oven!

Cooling and waiting to be cut and served

Cooling and waiting to be cut and served

Waffles, Fruit and Whipped Cream Oh My

Yes it tastes as good as it looks

Yes it tastes as good as it looks

Waffles, Fruit and Whipped Cream oh my. Yes these are good! I asked my family once everybody was done if I should have changed anything and they all said “NO!” So yes these are very good.

I am going for a bit healthier version here by doing small things such as using Truvia Baking Blend and using skim milk. You cannot not tell.

Because you are making the fruit blend syrup,  whipped cream and waffles for this meal I recommend you first make the whipped cream followed by the syrup fruit blend and finally the waffles.

Ingredients for the Whipped Cream

  • 1 Cup of Heavy Whipping  Cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of Truvia Baking Blend

Whipped Cream whipping steps – I am using a KitchenAid stand mixer

  1. Place mixing bowl and whisk attachment in freezer for 15 minutes
  2. Remove mixing bowl and whisk from freezer and attach to mixer as normal. if your hands are wet and the bowl is metal guess what? You will stick to the metal bowl!
  3. Add Heavy Whipping  Cream and Truvia to mixing bowl
  4. Start the mixer on low speed increasing to speed 8 slowly and mix for a few minutes. You are looking for stiff peeks when you lift up the whisk. Watch and test often.
  5. Put the end result into the refrigerator until you are ready to top the waffles

Ingredients for the Fruit Syrup

  • 1 1/2 Cups Strawberries removing the tops and only cut the larger berries
  • 1 Cup Blue Berries
  • 1 tablespoon of Orange Juice
  • Dash of salt
  • 4 tablespoons of Truvia Baking Blend

Fruit Syrup steps

  1. Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and mix
  2. Heat until just stating to bubble then continue to heat for about two minutes longer
  3. Turn off heat and let cool

Ingredients for the Waffles 

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Truvia Baking Blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 stick butter  melted – I melted it in the microwave for 30 seconds
  • 1 1/2 cups of skim milk

Mix the batter, cook the batter and finally build it

  1. Preheat your Waffle Iron
  2. Preheat oven to 250 F – this is where you will store the Waffles until they are all done
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl
  4. In a separate bowl beat eggs then mix in milk and melted butter
  5. Add the wet bowl contents to the dry ingredients and mix well. Yes those small pesky lumps are okay.
  6. Pour the batter into your preheated Waffle Iron and cook per manufactures directions. Mine was about 6 1/2 minutes.
  7. Keep waffles warm in oven
  8. Once all the waffles are done it’s time to plate!
  9. Build a plate by placing two waffles on the plate followed by a couple dollops of whipping cream then add the fruit syrup
  10.  Try to eat slowly if you can.
Eat slooooowly

Eat slooooowly

Coffee Cake Muffins

Oh so good!

Oh so good!

I was in the mood for coffee cake but did not want the regular kind. I was looking for something more like a muffin. The advantage of a muffin is you get more crispy goodness due to more contact with the pan.

Ingrediants for the Streusel topping

  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour- spoon and level int the measuring cup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces

Ingrediants for the Muffins

  • 1/2 cup butter – room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour – spoon and level int the measuring cups
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream – I used the light version
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

Directions for the Streusel topping:

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together: brown sugar, ground cinnamon, flour, and salt.
  2. With two knives cut crosswise until mixture resembles large coarse crumbs. This can take a few minutes but will work
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use!

Directions for the Muffins:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease 12-cup muffin tin
  3. In a small bowl whisk together: flour, baking powder, and baking soda then set aside
  4. Using a stand mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, sour cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy
  5. Beat in eggs one at a time until well combined
  6. With mixer on low speed, beat flour mixture into liquid mixture. Add the flour mixture slowly
  7. Add half the batter to the prepared muffin cups
  8. Top with half the Streusel topping mixture
  9. Add the second half of the batter to the muffin cups on top of the Streusel
  10. Add the remaining batter
  11. Use the rest of the Streusel to top off the muffin cups
  12. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean
  13. Cool in pan for 5 minutes
  14. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. In order to get the muffins out of the muffin tins I had to do the double flip method. That’s where you place a cookie sheet covering the muffins, flip everything over so the muffins  are face down on the cookie sheet (released from the tin), put the wire rack on top of the muffins then flip again.
  15. EAT!
After using two knives to cut crosswise until mixture resembles large coarse crumbs

After using two knives to cut crosswise until mixture resembles large coarse crumbs

 

All topped off and ready to bake!

All topped off and ready to bake!

Cooling in the pan for 5 minutes. Hurry up!

Cooling in the pan for 5 minutes. Hurry up!

After the double flip method.

After the double flip method.

Eat!

Eat!

Inspired by Martha, who isn’t!

Basic White Bread – from the KitchenAid recipe book

We got bread white bread that is

We got bread white bread that is

Here are my results from making Basic White Bread from the KitchenAid recipe book. It’s so easy and it tastes so good. Who knew…well not me until a bit ago that’s for sure. One mistake I made was putting plastic wrap, with no grease, on the dough when it was in the loaf pans rising. This caused the loaf to flatten and deflate a bit. I can’t wait to toast a slice and put butter on it! YUM!

The recipe

The recipe

Sliced and ready to eat!

Sliced and ready to eat!

Lime-Coconut Oatmeal Cookies – copied

YUM!

YUM!

First things first I can not take full credit for this recipe as I copied it from tamaraleighauthor blog (thank you!). I also did not follow the recipe exactly as I was missing a few ingredients (no lime zest and I used raisins in place of Craisins).

The cookies looked so good and of course in my never ending experimentation of using my KitchenAid stand mixer I just had to try these! I am glad I did because they are amazing!

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut for cookie tops
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp for cookie tops
  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In large bowl, cream butter,  brown sugar and granulated white sugar with mixer on high speed until light and fluffy
  3. On medium speed, beat in egg, vanilla, lime juice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  4. Beat in 1 cup coconut, Raisins, and oats; stir in flour
  5. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet, press a pinch of coconut and 2 Raisins into the tops
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes until cookies are golden but still soft
  7. Remove from oven and transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool (no sneaking a cookie!)
  8. Eat!
Eat!

Eat!

Rogan Josh – the fast and easy way

Sometimes you just find a step saver product that makes things easy and tastes great too. I found that for a Rogan Josh dish and that great product is shown in the picture below with chicken breast cut into bite size pieces.

To prepare the meal you cut 1 pound of chicken breasts into bite size pieces, brown the chicken, simmer the chicken in the sauce for 15 minutes. Not much too it. Of course you should serve this on a bed of white rice (not that minute kind).

To step things up a bit I did brown the chicken in a cast iron skillet with olive oil not that I would do it any different.

Cut the chicken, brown the chicken, simmer the chicken in the sauce.

Cut the chicken, brown the chicken, simmer the chicken in the sauce.

Simmer time

Simmer time

Time to eat!

Time to eat!

Breakfast Pizza with my new KitchenAid stand mixer!

My mom gave me a new toy! It’s a KitchenAid stand mixer! I was so excited I could hardly maintain control! After I settled down a bit I was thinking what could I make first? Could it be pizza dough, cup cakes with homemade frosting, cookies, breads, rolls, on and on the list could go. Something had to be first and I wanted it to be easy so I can learn how to properly use the machine. So pizza dough won out plus I have been wanting to try out my idea of a breakfast style pizza. Hmm two new things at once, so many variables. Lets do it!

My new toy!

My new toy!

Breakfast Pizza!

Breakfast Pizza!

As for the pizza dough I made the one found in the recipe book that came in the box called “Crusty Pizza Dough” which you can find by doing a search for “KitchenAid Crusty Pizza Dough” on the internet.

Ingredients 

  • Pizza dough
  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • A few tables spoons of oil
  • A few tables spoons of of corn meal
  • 8 eggs – cooked scrambled
  • deli ham – chopped  – enough to cover the pizza
  • Cheeses – I used a new cheese blend call Mac and Cheese blend
  • Cooked chopped bacon – enough to your liking

Steps to building a fine breakfast pizza

  1. Make the Pizza dough and roll it out to fit the cast iron pizza pan
  2. Preheat oven to 450 F
  3. Brush oil onto a cast iron pizza pan then sprinkle with corn meal
  4. Place the dough onto the a cast iron pizza pan
  5. Brush the dough with melted butter
  6. Top with an even layer of cooked scrambled eggs
  7. Add the ham
  8. Sprinkle with cheese
  9. Add the bacon
  10. Heat the cast iron on the stove top for a few minutes to get things started. This will help the pizza cook faster in the oven and help crisp up the bottom of the pizza.
  11. Cook pizza for about 15 minutes or until the cheese just starts to turn brown
  12. Let rest for 5 minutes, cut, serve and enjoy. We sure did at my home!
I am hungry!

I am hungry!

BBQ Chicken Onion Bacon Pizza

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This pizza is so good you will have to make it again and will not be able to stop at eating two pieces. I mean this is REALLY GOOD! I would not change a thing.

If you try this let me know what you think. This was a huge hit in my house. Plus it was a great use of leftovers.

Ingredients – for a 12 inch pizza

  • Pizza dough – homemade or store bought. I went with homemade using my bread machine to kick things off
  • 5 small BBQ Chicken thighs – cooked and chopped. I used my leftovers that I cooked on the gill. I grilled them four minutes per side, brushed with BBQ sauce on each side cooking an additional 30 seconds each side
  • 1/4 cup – Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce – enough to just coat the pizza
  • 1 Onion sliced into rings then sliced in half
  • 3 slices of cooked bacon – chopped
  • 1 cup of grated white cheeses blend – just enough to coat the top of the pizza
  • Dash of Oregano to garnish
Your onions should look like this.

Your onions should look like this.

Everything but the cheese.

Everything but the cheese.

Build it and they will eat it!

  1. Prepare pizza dough
  2. Preheat oven to 450 F
  3. Caramelize the onion
  4. Top the pizza dough with BBQ sauce (see picture below)
  5. Top the pizza with the onion, chicken, bacon and cheeses
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese in golden brown
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes before slicing
  8. See if you can only eat two pieces!
Top with BBQ sauce

Top with BBQ sauce

I have BBQ sauce, I have chicken, I have onion, I have bacon.

I have BBQ sauce, I have chicken, I have onion, I have bacon.

I am cheesy and ready to be baked!

I am cheesy and ready to be baked!

Waiting to be sliced

Waiting to be sliced

still waiting to be sliced

still waiting to be sliced