Awesome Italian Potatoes

Here’s a super quick, awesome side dish to add to your next summertime Sunday Dinner at the grill!

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Ok, let’s get one thing straight … these are NOT Italian Potatoes in the sense that anyone Italian grandmother would be making for Sunday dinner.

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There. I put it out there …

They are, however, an awesome, easy side dish to make if you are grilling for a Sunday dinner.

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So there. I put that out there as well!

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Chicken Caesar Salad with Pasta

This is a pretty awesome salad that can be made with leftovers!

 

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For a while there, I would make this salad for lunch at least TWICE a week! It’s so simple and was so worth it!

And now that summertime is here in full force, it’s time to bring out the dinner worthy salads, right?? RIGHT!

So yeah, this could be TWO servings, but I will admit, I’ve made this all for ME, ME, ME. Selfish? Nah? Piggy … well, maybe, a little bit but geesh, it’s healthy, right??

Here’s what you need to do!

1 head of romaine lettuce, bottom cut rinsed well and chopped

1 grilled chicken breast (leftovers are perfect for this!)

leftover pasta, I prefer to use a thicker shell type noodle

sprinkle of fresh parmesan (from that pasta dish the other night!)

Caesar dressing … I’ve been tied to Ken’s Caesar dressing for quite a few years

Croutons if desired

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This is so easy.

Dump everything in a large bowl. Mix well to combine and coat everything.

Serve up and enjoy!

*Everything in the pictures is LEFTOVERS!

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Shrimp with Mango and Cucumbers – Whole30/Paleo

Mark is heading out of town on Wednesday and will be out for 10 days … what a perfect time for me to give myself a little break and get my food stuff back on track!

First up will be this yummy salad … bonus because I have everything on hand! Yes!

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For a while, there I would call this a “shrimp salad” but it’s not really a salad, per se, nor is it a salsa … so I don’t know what to call it! It’s just a Whole30/Paleo Approved Shrimp with Mango and Cucumbers ….

Easy Peasy.

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So, let’s talk about the shrimp itself, ok? This bag is from Trader Joe’s. It’s $10.99 for a full pound. It is, by far, the best tasting, cleanest shrimp I’ve found in a LOONG time … I was hooked on Costco for a while there but then had this for New Years Eve a few years back and I’ve since been stuck on it! And the price? Never changed. Always the same.

Ok, let’s get to the recipe!

1/2 pound of cooked shrimp, peeled and those pesky tails removed! I prefer to cut in half or 1/3 to make smaller bite size
1/2 cup of cucumbers, seeds scraped out if really watery and chopped (tip: just buy the english cucumbers!)
1/2 mango, chopped
1/4 cup of canned pineapple, drained, and chopped
1/4 of a red pepper, diced (I use the mini peppers too if that’s all I have!)
1/4 of a small red onion, diced
1/2 smallish jalapeno, seeds and membranes removed, diced
1/4 cup of parsley leaves, chopped
3 tbs olive oil
juice from 1 lime
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Place shrimp, cucumbers, mango, pineapple, red pepper, onion, jalapeno and parsley in larger bowl.

In a separate smaller bowl, mix all the other ingredients, whisking to incorporate well.

Pour the liquid over the shrimp mixture, cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes or so to allow everyone to do a meet and greet and get friendly with each other.

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Serve cold and enjoy!

#Whole30   #Paleo   #Shrimp   #RealFood   #Salads

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Oven Roasted Chili Lime Corn

I don’t eat a lot of corn these days with that grain issue I try to avoid, BUT on Memorial Day weekend, I grabbed some at the store and made this … it was SPOT ON!

So easy to make and honestly, I don’t see myself making it any other way for quite a while! This is the way to go!

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Just Like Olive Garden Salad

Stay home tonight and make yourself a salad just like Olive Garden!

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been inside an Olive Garden restaurant … the unlimited salad and breadsticks used to always get me … I am a sucker for warm, soft bread, you know? Oh, and I just love that salad too … the dressing, luckily, is easy to replicate, as is the salad itself.

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Quick! Does anyone else have these really cool metal bowls from, probably the mid 1960’s early 1970’s? My mother in law had a ton and when she passed away, I snagged a few to bring home … my all time favorite salad bowls!

The other good news about this salad? Saving you moola … as in a minimum of $20 … like I said, been a LONG time since I’ve been to Olive Garden but I do remember that a dinner entree was at least $12.99 and that was a few years ago … so figure two people, easily $25 AND then most likely, a beverage (or two) and there you have it … el cheapo night out got a little more expensive …

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Easy Clam Chowder

A few years ago, my sister in law shared this recipe with us while we were visiting Indiana … and Mark was like WOW and all over it.

Three of the main reasons we like this:

1 – no chunky tomatoes … Mark, the master chef, will NOT eat cooked chunky tomatoes. It’s either New England Clam Chowder or nothing at all

2 – everything is pretty much from the pantry which is kind of cool to have on hand for a last minute soup

3 – it’s fast and easy to make!

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New England Clam Chowder is creamy. Manhattan is red and chunky. A no no for Mark. Especially now.

Just for the record, I do NOT like clam chowder, normally, AND I don’t normally like things that are highly processed (aka, canned stuff) but hey, it’s tasty, it’s a once in while soup and NOW it’s something that Mark can eat and tolerate so I’m all over it!

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It is a little indulgent so for the average bear, I wouldn’t make this DAILY but once every few weeks would be deemed acceptable 😉  Here’s what you need!

1 pound of bacon, cooked and crumbled. Save a LOT of the bacon grease in the skillet when done

2 medium onions, chopped

4 cans of baby clams

5 cans of diced potatoes, drained

3 cans of cream of celery soup

2 cups half and half

2 cups milk

2 tsp dry dill

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Make you life easier and toss that cooked bacon in a food processor, give a quick whirl and Ta Da! Chopped Bacon! 

Cook your onion in that skillet with some leftover bacon grease. Go ahead, it’s ok! Cook until soft and translucent. Add the juice from the canned clams. Set the clams aside for now.

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Add the potatoes to the pan and cook until they are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Add the balance of the ingredients EXCEPT the clams. Stir and allow to simmer for about 45 minutes or until thick.

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Add your clams in at end here, stir and let cook for a few minutes until they are warmed through. Don’t let them cook too long as they will become chewier and well, we know that super chewy clams are no good.

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Dish up and top with some bacon bits and a little fresh parsley if you have. Enjoy!

This makes a LOT and can feed 12 with a few leftover servings. We’ve frozen this in the past and it has re-heated just fine!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

#Soup   #FastDinners   #EatDinnerAtHome   #SoftFoods   #BeatCancer 

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French Onion Soup

*This is a recipe that I’ve had since 1998! I’ve made it quite a few times and decided to share it with YOU from the “other” site.  I’m thinking I need to make this for Mark soon as it’s one of his favorite soups … fingers crossed that he can tolerate it! 

I’ve made this specific recipe a few times, but then I get distracted with a newer recipe and try that … and ALWAYS have to listen to Hubby ask why I don’t just stick with the first one I have… he’s right.

So, Saturday, it was a nice, sunny, BEAUTIFUL day, high of around 86. But the nights are getting a little cooler, and this morning it was 72 when I went outside at 8am … hence, it’s FALL TIME in Paradise, time to make soups!

The sprinkler dudes were here making repairs, and since they were digging up in the back yard, I didn’t really want to toss on the ole bikini and jump in the pool to float … just not my idea of cheap thrills, you know? 😉

So, again, I made soup.  AND I used what we had on hand … it’s a miracle, don’t you agree?!

Here’s what you need ….

3 lbs of onions, make sure ONE is a sweet onion, and ONE is a red onion

1/2 pound smoked bacon

2 tbs thyme

12 cups beef stock

1/2 cup dry vermouth or white wine

1 tbs sea salt

black pepper to taste

1 tbs dry sherry

6 ounces sliced provolone, gruyere or mozz cheese (whatever you have will work)

6 slices of baguette or other thick bread

Cut your bacon up in 1/2 inch or so pieces and cook in a LARGE heavy bottom pot til crispy.

While bacon is cooking, slice your onions thin, thin, thin. I use a mandoline, and I asked Hubby how on earth I sliced all those onions back in the day so thin before I had this thing? He said it wasn’t pretty … hmmm … I think I need to hold back a bowl of soup from him …

Remove bacon to a lined bowl to drain and toss the onion slices in, on top of the bacon fat, add the 2 tbs thyme. Give a quick stir to mix everything up and then let the onions sit there, undisturbed for about 10 minutes, give them them a quick stir again and really leave them alone for about 20 minutes so they can caramelized. The secret is to NOT TOUCH the onions … hard as it may be.

Once onions are caramelized, pour in the 1/2 cup of vermouth to deglaze. Allow to cook a minute or so and then pour in the broth and season with salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. NOW, add in your bacon and sherry. Let simmer for 45 minutes to an hour and marvel at the lovely, deep color of the broth. Yummm.

When ready to serve:

Toast the slices of bread under broiler. NOTE: I always drizzle a bit of olive oil on the bread just to give it a little more ‘richness’

Place oven proof bowls on a baking tray.

Place bread slice in bowl, ladle a generous portion of soup over the top. Add a slice of cheese carefully over the top of the soup.

Place in oven under broiler until cheese is melted and bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve up and warn everyone that a) the bowl is HOT and b) the SOUP is hot …

Enjoy!

FYI … we served these with some awesome roast beef sliders … never got around to making the ham & cheese ones and Hubby said that this soup needed a beefy dish to go along … watch for THAT recipe soon!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

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Paleo Beef & Broccoli

It’s been a LONG time since I made this recipe … about 2 1/2 years I’d say so why not make it again!

I originally made this while I was under a Pantry/Freezer Challenge and even though I’m not really on one at this very moment, it’s perfect in that I’ve got everything on hand and we are trying to really reduce our spending lately.

Here’s how I made it … keeping it healthier my way …

2 – 2 1/2 pounds of boneless beef of any sort. I used some large sirloin steaks that were in the freezer from Costco

1 bag of broccoli (I used half a bag of the fresh stuff from Costco)

2 cups beef broth (pantry)

1 cup of coconut aminos (update, I opted 1/2 cup garlic sauce and 1/2 cup of coconut aminos)

2 tbs sesame oil (pantry)

scoop of diced garlic

Dash of red pepper flakes (depends on how spicy you like it!)

4 tbs arrowroot

8 tbs of the sauce when done cooking

Mix broth, garlic sauce, coconut aminos, sesame oil, garlic and red pepper flakes in the crock.

Slice the beef in thin strips and add to the sauce. Give a quick stir so that all the beef is covered.

Sorry for the large picture of raw beef, but I wanted to point out 

that you will need to trim some of 

the big chunks of fat off the beef when you are slicing!

Cover crock, turn on high and leave it alone for about 4 hours. After 4 hours, check the beef for doneness. It should be tender, but NOT shredded. If it’s still tough, you will want to let it cook a little longer (30 minutes or so) before you proceed to the next steps! Just remember that there is about another hour worth of cooking to be done 😉

Once the beef is cooked to desired taste/tenderness, measure out 8 or so tablespoons of the sauce into a small bowl and whisk in the arrowroot. Try to be quick as you want the sauce to be hot. Pour this back into the beef mixture and stir well. Cover the crock and allow to cook for another 30 minutes on high.

After 30 minutes, add the broccoli (fresh or frozen whichever), stir to coat, cover and allow to cook for another 30 minutes.

During the last 30 minutes, cook your rice, if you are serving so it’s hot and ready when the beef and broccoli are.

Serve up and enjoy! I think this is way better than the take out stuff … I’m sensitive to salt flavors and I can tell you this is so much yummier!

Go ahead, dig out the crock pot and give this a try! I think you will like it!

*I let mine cool off a little and then put in a glass Snapware dish, covered and put in the fridge for a premade dinner come Wednesday night! I’m so excited about being able to pull this out and reheat (on the stove in a pot) for dinner!

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#CrockPot    #SlowCooker    #Paleo

#DinnerAtHome     #SavingMoney

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Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

Back when I was attempting yet another Whole30, I came across this recipe and immediately modified and made it our way.

Even Mark liked it … what do you know!?

Yeah. It was good!

I’ve since made it quite a few times since … and really should have made it again when I had those bags of fresh broccoli from Costco … I didn’t though as we ended up traveling to Houston for our 2nd opinion with  MD Anderson but now thinking I need to make this in March! I also think I need to get a menu plan going and start some meal prep on Sunday after we get back home and so many other things … but FIRST we need to get Mark’s treatments started so we can get moving with our lives …

Regardless. MAKE THIS! SOON!

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