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!







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!



May 22, 2018

Copycat Southwest Egg Rolls - Pinterest Pick #20

My friend Tanya is a HUGE fan of Chili's and their Southwest Egg Rolls. I enjoy them myself, and thought I would try to make a copycat recipe I found on Pinterest. I changed a couple of things. I left out the spinach (yuck, I am not a fan lol) & I just made regular ranch dressing as opposed to the Avocado Ranch to go with them. You could easily mash half an avocado and add it to some ranch dressing and you would have your Avocado Ranch. Also, I saute'd my chicken breast instead of grilling it as I already had a saute pan going and there's no point in heating up a grill for 1 chicken breast. I added onion powder and garlic powder to the spice mix because HELLO, flavor! I do prefer my ranch homemade and not out of a bottle, so I made it with a packet. These were delicious, and I cannot wait to try out more egg roll recipes as they are one of my favorite food items! You can find the original Pin HERE and the original recipe HERE.

Copycat Southwest Egg Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 5 flour tortillas (I used the Mission Super Soft, Soft Taco size)
  • 1 chicken breast, diced into small pieces
  • 1 cup corn
  • 2 tbs of red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs jarred jalapenos, diced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • dash of cayenne
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup shredded Monterrey Jack
  • oil for frying, butter for sauteing chicken


Directions:
Saute chicken breast pieces in a tablespoon of butter over medium heat (or you can grill your chicken breast if your prefer). Once it is cooked through (about 5 minutes), add in corn, red pepper, black beans, green onions, and jalapenos. Saute another 5 minutes. Add in spices, mix very well, and cook an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let filling cool completely. Stir in cheese. Fill tortillas with filling and wrap tightly into an egg roll shape (secure with tooth picks). The original recipe I used said to let them sit 4 hours to over night, and I chose to let them sit in the fridge over night. I deep fried mine at 375 for 12 minutes. Serve with ranch or Avocado Ranch.
Enjoy!



May 14, 2018

Simply Sides 24 - German Potato Salad

I am always looking for ways to make our weeknight meals more exciting with new side dishes. I was a little nervous that hubs would not like this tangy potato dish, but it turns out that he really enjoyed it. Now we have new side dish to add to our lineup! I looked at a few different recipes and came up with my own spin that turned out pretty delish. And even though this is called potato salad, it really is more like a warm potato side as opposed to what I think of as salad.

German Potato Salad

Ingredients:

  • 6 red potatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 strips of bacon, diced
  • 3 tbs white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbs water
  • 1 tbs brown mustard
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbs dried dill
  • salt & pepper


Directions:
Bring potato slices to a boil & cook for 8 minutes. Drain. While potatoes are cooking, cook bacon in a skillet over medium until pieces are brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels. In bacon drippings, saute onions for 5 minutes. Add in garlic and saute another 2 minutes. Once onions and garlic are tender and translucent, add in water, sugar, mustard, and 2 tbs of the vinegar & stir well. Add in potatoes and sprinkle the last tbs of vinegar on. Sprinkle with dill, salt, & pepper. Toss well to coat potatoes. Sprinkle in drained bacon pieces and stir again.  Serve warm.
Enjoy!