Welcome to my food blog! I am your average home cook and I want to share my love of food with the world. I'll divulge my recipes as often as possible. Feel free to comment or to email me at nodessertpodcast@gmail.com! Don' forget to come by often for new posts... I love having you visit me!







December 3, 2018

Sloppy Joe Sliders - Pinterest Pick #22

I may have mentioned before that I adore a slider. Maybe once or twice! I think they are a great food for parties or for an easy weeknight meal. Plus I have little hands so I like sliders better than a regular size sandwich.  Sliders are so customizable as well.  You can see another one of my slider recipes HERE. Also, I love sloppy joes! I have two other sloppy joe recipes which you can find HERE and HERE. This is also a pick I found on Pinterest. You can find the original pin HERE
and the original recipe HERE.

Sloppy Joe Sliders

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 package (12 count) slider rolls (I used King Hawaiian's butter flavored rolls)
  • 2 cups of shredded or sliced cheese (I used shredded cheddar)
  • 1 stick butter, divided (3 tbs melted, 5 tbs whole)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup (I prefer Heinz)
  • 2 tbs brown sugar (if you don't want it overly sweet, I would cut this down to 1 tbs)
  • 2 tbs dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbs chili powder (I have been a big fan of ancho chili powder lately)
  • salt and pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.

Brown ground beef. About halfway through, add the onion. When beef is browned, add bell pepper and garlic. Saute about 5 minutes before adding sauce ingredients. Add butter, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire, liquid smoke, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Cook for at least 5 minutes, up to an hour on a low simmer.  Use one tablespoon of the melted butter on the bottom of a baking dish. Pleace the bottom of the slider rolls on top of that butter. Pile up your meat on top of the bottom buns. Sprinkle your shredded cheese, or lay out your cheese slices on top of the meat. Top with the top buns. Brush the tops with the rest of the melted butter. Bake for 10 minutes. I served mine with tater tots for that old school feel. Enjoy!







October 24, 2018

Salmon in Tomato and Feta Sauce - Pinterest Pick #21

This recipe is a great way to keep salmon moist while adding lots of flavor. I found the recipe while perusing Pinterest, and you can find the original pin HERE. I did make some minor adjustments to the recipe, like leaving out the parsley and fennel, and you can compare the differences to the original recipe which can be found HERE. I served it with yellow rice (I use Vigo brand) and my Parmesan Green Beans (find that recipe HERE). It is a quick weeknight recipe as neither the tomato sauce or salmon takes long to cook.

Salmon In Tomato and Feta Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbs red pepper flakes
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbs dried dill
  • 1 lb salmon
  • 1 cup crumbled feta
  • salt & pepper


Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400. Saute the onions in olive oil over medium heat. Add in the garlic, cook an additional minute. Stir in the red pepper flakes and then add your tomatoes. Cook for five minutes and then add your dill. Place salmon on foil lined baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Top with tomato sauce and sprinkle with crumbled feta. Bake for 15 minutes. Enjoy!




October 15, 2018

Simply Sides 25 - Parmesan Green Beans

This is a simple side dish that has a lot of flavor. The prep is easy and the green beans cook quickly. It does require the green beans to be fresh, so make sure they are in season when making this.  Besides the green beans, all of the other items are pantry staples for me that I always have on hand. I also think this recipe would be good with broccoli or cauliflower, but you may have to roast them a little longer than you would the green beans.

Parmesan Green Beans

Ingredients:

  • 12-16 oz package of fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs garlic salt (I use Lawry's)


Directions:
Preheat oven to 425. Mix together egg, olive oil, parmesan, and garlic salt. Add green beans and toss well. Spread into a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet (tip: lining your baking sheet with foil is great for tons of recipes and saves you clean up time). Bake for 15 minutes. Enjoy!


October 9, 2018

Pizza Zucchini Casserole - Home Cooked Recipe #82

Do you love pizza? I love pizza! Most people I know are a fan of pizza. Also, most people I know have gone low carb or keto lately. This is a perfect recipe for those kind of diets! And it's pizza flavored! This recipe is also versatile, because you could really dress it up with your favorite pizza toppings. You could make it a meat lovers by adding sausage, bacon, ham, ground beef, etc. You could make it a supreme by adding bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc. If you don't like tomato sauce, use alfredo sauce. Use the recipe as a base and use your imagination to top it the way you would your favorite pizza!

Pizza Zucchini Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini, shredded
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup pizza or marinara sauce (make your own or use store bought)
  • 1 cup parmesan
  • 2 cups mozzarella
  • 1/2 package pepperoni (I use Armour, it has a nice, spicy kick)
  • salt & pepper


Directions:
Preheat oven to 400. *Tip make sure you squeeze out excess moisture in the zucchini first. I like to lay mine on some paper towels and leave it for an hour or so. Super easy* Mix together in a large bowl the zucchini, eggs, parmesan, salt, pepper, & 1/2 the mozzarella (1 cup). Press mixture into a 9x13 pan and bake for 20 minutes. Take out of the oven and top with pizza sauce, cheese, and then pepperoni. Place back into the oven and continue baking for another 20-30 minutes.  Enjoy!





May 30, 2018

Chicken Paprikash - Home Cooked Recipe #81

Who isn't looking for new chicken recipes? If you're like me, I am always on the search for a new way to serve chicken. I came across a few recipes on the internet for Chicken Paprikash and made my own by blending the recipes I found. It's a fairly easy, one pot meal that takes right around 30 minutes to make.

Chicken Paprikash

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chicken breasts, diced into bite sized chunks
  • 2 tsp ghee (or butter or oil)
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbs flour
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 1 tbs smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes (14.5 oz can)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


Directions:
Heat pan with ghee (butter/oil) over medium. Add the onions and saute for 5 minutes until soft. Add in garlic and saute another 2 minutes. Stir in the flour and both paprikas and cook for a minute. Whisk in chicken broth. Add the tomatoes and turn heat to medium low. Season mixture with cayenne and salt & pepper. Stir in the chicken and simmer for 25 minutes. Turn off heat, remove pan, and stir in sour cream. Serve over rice or egg noodles. Enjoy!