Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Zucchini Cheesy Bread

3 medium zucchini, or about 4 cups grated zucchini
2 large eggs
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
3 c. shredded mozzarella, divided
1/2 c. freshly grated parmesan
1/4 c. cornstarch
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp. freshly chopped parsley
Marinara, for dipping

Preheat oven to 425º and line a baking sheet with parchment. On a box grater or in a food processor, grate zucchini. Using cheesecloth or a dish towel, wring excess moisture out of zucchini.

Transfer zucchini to a large bowl with eggs, garlic, oregano, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan, and cornstarch and season with salt and pepper. Stir until completely combined. Transfer “dough” to prepared baking sheet and pat into a crust. Bake until golden and dried out, 25 minutes.

Sprinkle with remaining 2 cups mozzarella, crushed red pepper flakes, and parsley and bake until cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes more.  Slice and serve with marinara.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Taco aka Crack Dip

I can't believe I've never posted this dip! Whenever my friends have get togethers, this is what they ask me to bring. It's one of the easiest things you can make. And, as the name suggests, once you start eating it, you can't stop! 
2 blocks cream cheese, room temperature
16 oz. sour cream
1 taco seasoning packet
½ cup salsa
Couple dashes of hot sauce
2 cups shredded Colby Jack or Mexican cheese

In a medium size Tupperware bowl, combine all ingredients except for the cheese with a hand mixer.  Stir in cheese.  Refrigerate for an hour or two so that flavors combine.  I usually make mine up a day ahead of time. 

Serve with tortilla chips!

Rather than doing this in a bowl, feel free to spread out in a pan and top with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, olives, etc. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lyndee's Lazy Day Tacos

I walked to the kitchen about 15 times yesterday, hoping each time I opened the fridge door that some food would’ve magically appeared. I was feeling so lazy I didn’t even want to go out and pick up food at a restaurant.  A friend suggested that tacos make everything better and I couldn’t disagree with that logic at all.  I whipped these up and I was not disappointed! They took little effort and totally hit the spot. 
1 lb. ground beef, browned
1 small onion
1 tbsp. minced garlic
Hot sauce
Salt and pepper
3 tbsp. taco seasoning
¾ cup water
Small flour tortillas

Shredded cheese
Feta cheese
Green onions
Salsa or pico

Brown ground beef with chopped onion, minced garlic, a few dashes of hot sauce and salt and pepper.  Drain. Add the taco seasoning and ¾ cup of water.  Stir and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. 

Spray small pan with cooking spray and cook tortilla a few minutes on each side to warm. You can also throw tortillas in the microwave for 15 seconds too.

Garnish with the cheese and toppings of your choice! I like shredded Colby jack, feta cheese, green onion, cilantro and salsa.  But feel free to add olives, sour cream, tomatoes or anything else that floats your boat. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

No-crust Hawaiian Pizza

Recently I’ve been on a low-carb keto kick.  Problem is, as you saw in my previous post with the amazing crust, pizza is pretty much my favorite food group.  So here’s a recipe for all you Hawaiian pizza lovers out there. It couldn’t be any easier and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I didn’t miss the crust at all! Oh, and did I mention it only takes about 10 minutes from prep to mouth?

6-9 piece ham or Canadian bacon
Marinara sauce
Garlic powder
Italian seasoning
A can crushed or diced pineapple
Green onions
Shredded cheese
Red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 350. Cover pizza pan with parchment paper or tin foil.  If tin foil, give it a quick shot of cooking spray.  (You can also do these in muffin tins if you prefer) Set 2-3 pieces of ham in a stack, three times.  Spread marinara on top.  Sprinkle with some garlic powder and Italian seasoning.  Add pineapple and a few pieces of chopped green onion stalk on each.  Cover with cheese and a dash of red pepper flakes. 

Bake for 5 minutes. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until cheese begins to turn golden brown.  Sprinkle with some parmesan cheese and dig in.  

Monday, July 17, 2017

Low carb 2 ingredient pizza crust

I love pizza.  It is hands down my favorite food and I could probably eat it every day. I mean, the topping and crust combinations are endless so that you would never get bored! But...I've been trying to cut back on carbs so we tried this at my parents last weekend when I was home.  Everyone knows my mom makes the best homemade pizza in NE Iowa but I have to say, this variation did not disappoint!

4 eggs
6 oz. shredded cheese, preferably mozzarella or provolone

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Beat the eggs and blend in 6 ounces of cheese. Spread the cheese and egg batter on a round baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Sprinkle with garlic powder and Italian seasoning.  Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until the pizza crust turns golden. Remove and let cool for a minute or two.

Increase the oven temperature to 450 degrees. Spread on sauce then top with ingredients of choice.  We did one sausage and pepperoni and the other we added onions and green peppers.  Top with shredded cheese and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the pizza has turned golden brown.

Remove from oven, cut and dig in!!!

I thought this pizza was amazing. Sure, it’s not a deep dish Chicago style pizza but the flavor is great and you skip the carbs of a thick crust.  And it’s much easier than the cauliflower crust/breadsticks I’ve tried before.  I would opt for this or the low carb gluten free thin crust recipe! 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Italian Meatloaf

1/2 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground mild Italian sausage
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 C. chopped bell pepper
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. parsley
1 egg, beaten
3/4 C. crushed ritz crackers (or you could use Italian bread crumbs)
2 slices white bread, crumbled
1 T. milk
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese, reserve 3/4 C. for topping (I used colby jack) 
1/4 C. parmesan cheese
1 C. marinara sauce, plus 1/2 -3/4 C. more for topping

In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over med. high heat and sauté the onion and bell pepper for 3-4 minutes, remove from heat. In a large bowl, add the meats, onion and peppers along with all remaining ingredients reserving 3/4 C. mozzarella cheese for topping. Combine everything well. Once it has all come together, place and mold the mixture in a baking dish of your choice.

Spoon 1/2 to 3/4 C. of the marinara sauce on top and spread around. Place in a 400 degree oven for 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining cheese and sprinkle a little dry basil over the top. Return to the oven for 10 more minutes. Make sure the meat is not pink before serving, baking time will vary depending on the thickness of your loaf.

I've never been a meatloaf fan but this was phenomenal. Almost like a noodle free lasagna. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Peanut Butter Explosion Cookies

3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3.4 oz. box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups halved Reese's mini peanut butter cups, divided
1 cup mini Reese's Pieces, divided (or peanut butter M&M's) 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat the butter until creamy. Add the peanut butter and sugars and beat again. Add the eggs, honey, and vanilla and beat until mixed in.

Stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, and pudding mix. Slowly add to the butter mixture until everything is mixed in.  Stir in the chocolate chips, 1 cup peanut butter cups, and 3/4 cup Reese's Pieces gently.

Use a 2 Tablespoon cookie scoop to make 36 dough balls. Press the remaining candy into the tops of the dough balls.  Place the dough balls on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Let rest on the hot cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a piece of parchment paper. Let the cookies cool completely before storing in a tightly sealed container.