Lemon pasta salad with Asparagus and Mushrooms

It’s a good thing I did sort-of step-by-step photos for this one, because these photos are from a while ago and I don’t even remember eating this! Let’s see… Ruffles pasta (I LOVE that shape) and asparagus, washed and “snapped.” Looks like I’m boiling some water and also sauteing some mushrooms. I bet it smelled

Yummy Random Spicy Pasta

I had planned to make something totally different for dinner, but I didn’t have one of my pantry staples required to make it (whoa!)… so I went on a random fling-stuff-into-a-pot extravaganza. Cooked macaroni noodles Cut-up Turkey Pepperoni Leftover broccoli, cut into small pieces and steamed Jalapeno peppers, chopped Lawry’s Seasoned Salt The sauce was

Packet Lemon Pepper Pork and Brussels Sprouts

This is a very easy yummy recipe I discovered when we were living in the CBQ while waiting for a house to open up on base. So it’s a repeat, but worth typing up again. Basically you throw some pork cutlets into foil packets with some good stuff… The good stuff is (pork sprinkled with)

More Asian Noodles… a bit different this time

Remember the last time I made Asian noodles? I had an extra steak which I threw in the freezer… Well I used it in another incarnation of the noodle bow. This time I did it a little differently… my veggies were bamboo, baby corn, mung bean sprouts, and snow peas (which I blanched). Man, I

Marinate + Freeze at the same time = FAST barbeque chicken

I have an issue with crockpots… I love the idea (and love when I actually plan and use it for something) but it means I have to be thinking about dinner 4-8 hours before dinner happens. I’m more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants cook, so freezer marinating is a great deal for me. When we buy a

Faux-ganoff Stroganoff Recipe

I don’t know what “real” stroganoff is, to tell the truth. I think it’s usually made with beef strips or chunks, not ground beef. But I have to tell you, one of the things I remember loving as a kid was the stroganoff hamburger helper my dad would occasionally make, with an extra dollop of

Asian Noodles with Beef and Peppers

Preface: I don’t know anything about Asian cooking. But I love Asian food. I didn’t use a recipe for this, or even read recipes in preparation… and let me tell you. This trial was not an error. It was a success. Delicious. But probably not “authentic.” First, I started marinating some beef in the fridge

Turkey Tacos with Cinnamon and Cumin

I saw this recipe several years ago on one of those fat-guy-learning-to-exercise-and-eat-right shows… I don’t remember what show it was. But my mouth was watering as they were making this so-simple meal, and the next day I got some taco shells so I could do it too. Not only is it low-fat and full of

Made-From-Scratch Turkey Noodle/Dumpling Soup (With Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey)

This is just what I needed to treat my post-craft-show cold. Made-from-scratch turkey noodle soup, just like grandma would make if she were into making stuff like this. Remember the turkey stock I made and froze? Well I started with that. I dumped in a 3-cup frozen block of stock, along with 3 cups of

Making Homemade Turkey Stock – Recipe

Last year, I didn’t do anything with the turkey’s carcass after we had carved and eaten the meat… and the neck and giblets? Straight into the trash, they went! This year, I wanted to actually use all that good nutritious goodness, so I made stock. This was one of those trial and success (versus trial

I can’t NOT share this salad with you – And Low-Fat Ranch Dip + Ranch Dressing Recipes

So this was my AMAZING dinner tonight… so delicious. Who says salads are just summer fare? So, we marinated and grilled some chicken breasts… The Guy wanted rice to go with them, so I made wild/long grain rice a roni rice, and added a ton of spinach to it (yum!). Now, remember all the veggies

Delightful Chicken B.L.T. Salad (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, of course)

Here in Mississippi, Summer is still in full force, and light summer meals can’t be beat. I love BLT sandwiches, but for a filling dinner, I decided to make a chicken BLT salad. I wanted to keep things on the light side, so I cooked my chicken without any oil… just sprinkled with ranch dressing

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