Pie and Coffee and Pie

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Hello friends and happy Earth day! I’m currently enjoying a slice of banana cream pie and coffee and decided that it was fine time to update my blog. It’s been awhile and a lot has happened since my last update. Let’s see, where to begin?

First of all, after much consideration, I left my job to pursue a new adventure. I am now working for an extremely creative marketing agency. If you remember, I had been working at a traditional non-profit aviation organization. I’ve basically flung myself from one end of the spectrum to another. Today completed my first week, and although I miss my old department pals and their camaraderie, I already know that I’ve made the right decision.

I’m surrounded by positive, passionate people who put others¬†first. Even our president has expressed, numerous times, that he is there to serve us. I’m honored that they chose me to join their team. I’m only getting started, but I know good things are in the works.

So that was one piece of news and I mentioned that I have two updates for you. Are you ready?

Are you sure you’re ready? ūüôā

Okay, okay. I’m terrible at building up anticipation. So I’ll just come out and tell you… WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!! Yep, we are officially homeowners. Super exciting (and scary), but we were ready say goodbye to our rent-paying days! It’s been quite an experience. Visions of paint colors and design elements dance in my head. We wont move in until August so stay tuned for more updates.

Enjoy your evening! I’m going back for another slice of pie…

The BEST Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Sandwiches

shredded chicken sandwichBreak out the slow cooker to make INCREDIBLE shredded chicken! This is one of my go-to recipes when I need a hassle-free recipe that feeds a crowd (especially around the holidays). Throw a few ingredients into your slow cooker, set it, and forget it (do you remember those infomercials?) Then I usually whip up a quick gravy to finish it all off. Your loved ones will thank you for making this for them.

There are many shredded chicken recipes out there, but this recipe calls for beer and butter. It’s worth repeating¬†– Beer AND Butter! What do they say? Butta’ (and beer) make everything betta’. Or something like that.

When it comes to beer, there are a million styles and varieties to choose from, but for this recipe I think it’s best to use¬†any type of light beer. We typically use a can of Miller Lite, but any light lager will do. Don’t be afraid. The beer adds a nice dimension to the meat that’s mild yet tasty. So don’t skip this step! Then we get to glorious, glorious butter.¬†Butter adds a silky richness to the chicken. It’s a¬†scrumptious combination. Trust me, I’m from Wisconsin. I know my beer and butter.

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Any leftover chicken, if there is any, reheats really well too. So this is easy to make ahead of time if you prefer so you can focus on more important things… like your guests!

The BEST Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Sandwiches!

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 7 hours

Serving Size: About 24 Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 5-6 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 can light beer (we like Miller Lite)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock (from crock pot or homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch of cayenne
  • Your favorite rolls

Directions

  1. Spray the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray or use a liner. Place chicken breast in 5 quart slow cooker. Add the beer, chicken stock, butter and soup mix. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour, then low for 6-7 hours until meat is tender and shreddable. Shred meat and keep warm while you prepare the gravy.
  2. Melt 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter in a small pot. Add flour and whisk, cooking for 1-2 minutes (it should be paste-like). Use 1 cup of chicken stock from the slow cooker mixture (or your own) and slowly incorporate it into the flour/butter roux while continuously whisking. After all of the liquid is incorporated and no lumps remain, raise the heat to medium/medium high until the gravy simmers. Add pepper, salt, and cayenne. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until the gravy thickens. Add gravy to chicken in slow cooker, mix, and serve on hot, tasted rolls.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/best-slow-cooker-shredded-chicken-sandwiches/

Pea Rangoons Appetizer with Blueberry Chutney

I’m absolutely OBSESSED¬†with these pea rangoons! I know, pea rangoons? What’s the deal, McBooty? Bear with me.

I was feeling inspired¬†the other day so I threw some ingredients together, cast my spell (“Double, double, toil and trouble!”) and popped my creations into the oven. To my surprise, these turned out to be tasty little morsels – perfect for an appetizer! This was one of those magical cooking moments that only exists in folklore. Okay, not really, but these pea rangoons are absolutely addicting – you’ve been warned!

I felt capable of anything. If my magical powers could create such an appetizer masterpiece, what else could I do? My thoughts reeled… I could end world hunger or help nations around the world find peace. Or I could create a sauce to dip these pea rangoons into. Baby steps, right?

First, I whipped up an Asian dumpling sauce (soy, vinegar, garlic, etc.) to dip these little guys in. The dumpling sauce ranked 3 out of 5 in my book – good, but not good enough. Then I blended up some buttery, lemony Hollandaise sauce because frankly, Hollandaise sauce tastes good on everything, right? FALSE! Hollandaise received a 1 out of 5 for these dumplings. Hmm… the wheels continued turning and then it hit me. {BAM!} ¬†Spicy, fruity chutney. ¬†Wait a second McBooty, fruit with peas? I don’t know about that combination, you’re weird. Trust me, in some absolutely wacky (and delicious) way, it works.

Try these for yourself and you might become a believer too. These are great for any get together where you want to impress your guests with your refined palate and cooking skills (yet these are very easy to make). Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

I included a recipe to make your own blueberry chutney, but I used store-bought chutney (and it works just as well!)

Pea Rangoons with Blueberry Chutney

Pea Rangoons with Blueberry Chutney

Ingredients

    ---For the Pea Dumplings
  • Nonstick olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 cups cooked green peas, lightly mashed
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • zest of one large lemon
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 32 wonton wrappers
  • ---For the Blueberry Chutney
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

Directions

    ---For the Pea Dumplings
  1. Saute the shallot in a bit of olive oil until transparent and fragrant. Remove from heat.
  2. Add the peas, cooked shallots, salt, garlic, Parmesan and lemon zest to a food processor and blend together. Plop the mixture into a large bowl and fold in the ricotta. Taste and add more salt or lemon for added brightness.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.
  4. Set up your wonton assembly line; lay out five or six wonton wrappers on a clean counter top and keep a tiny bowl of water handy. Drop a teaspoon of filling into the center of each wonton wrapper. Fold the wontons however you wish, using the water as a "glue" to seal all of the edges. I lined one corner of each wonton wrapper with a bit of water, folded the wrapper in half and pressed the edges together. Then I folded each remaining side across the plump pea filling so it resembled an open envelope. Seal with a bit more water.
  5. Rub each dumpling with a bit of olive oil and arrange them in a single layer on your baking sheet (you can heavily spray them with the olive oil cooking spray too) and bake them for 4 minutes. At the 4 minute mark, flip them over and bake for another 3-4 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.
  6. ---For the Blueberry Chutney
  7. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Boil 1 minute and remove cinnamon stick. Cool completely, place in tightly sealed containers and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks (or freeze).
http://foodiemcbooty.com/pea-rangoons-with-blueberry-chutney/

This is an original Foodie McBooty recipe.

Savory Pumpkin Ravioli {Vegetarian}

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Homemade pasta of any kind (especially ravioli) can be very intimidating to make. This recipe may sound complicated at first, but if you plan ahead and grab another pair of hands, homemade ravioli is well worth the hard work. Keep in mind that you can always freeze a good portion of these to easily pop into boiling water on those nights where standing in the kitchen is not on your TO DO list. Easy peasy.

If you haven’t made ravioli at home before, here are a few tips:

1.  It takes a lot of love to make homemade pasta (i.e. patience, elbow grease, a glass of wine, maybe a great album)

2. ¬†You don’t need a pasta roller or a ravioli cutter to make ravioli (we used a rolling pin and one of our favorite Avery glasses to make these)

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3. This is a project best made with a loved one. What better time to bond?

We stuffed our ravioli bites with a savory pumpkin filling because, well, we love pumpkin and it’s fall!¬†What more can I say? Other than this pumpkin filling is to die for. I may or may not have licked my plate when I finished my portion. This is definitely a new favorite autumn recipe in our household!

If you’re looking for a shortcut and don’t feel¬†like rolling out your own pasta dough, try using¬†wonton wrappers instead. You definitely save on the hard labor. The only trade-off is there is less chew to your ‘pasta.’ But in a bind, I bet everyone will be too busy gobbling up your ravioli that nobody will notice the difference. Your secret is safe with me.

Savory Pumpkin Ravioli

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Yields: About 6 servings

Serving Size: 9 raviolis and 2 tablespoons sauce

Calories per serving: 670 calories

Fat per serving: 47g

Savory Pumpkin Ravioli

Ingredients

    For the Pasta:
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 egg (separately), lightly beaten
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 4 teaspoons chopped shallot
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage (or 1 teaspoon dried sage)
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced fresh thyme (or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan/romano blend cheese
  • 1 small bay leaf, whole
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage (or 1 teaspoon dried sage)

Directions

  1. Place 2-1/2 cups flour in a large bowl; make a well in the center. Beat eggs and oil; pour into well. Stir together, forming a ball. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes, adding remaining flour if necessary to keep dough from sticking. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute pumpkin, shallot and garlic in butter until tender. Add the sage, thyme, salt and pepper. Transfer to a food processor; cover and process until blended. Return to the pan; stir in cream, cheese and bay leaf. Bring to a high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf.
  3. Divide pasta dough into fourths; roll one portion as thin as you can (1/16-in. thickness). (Keep remaining dough covered until ready to use.) Cut circles of pasta by using a ravioli cutter or a small glass. Place a teaspoon of filling in the middle of a pasta circle then brush around filling with beaten egg. Place another pasta circle over the filling and press down firmly to seal. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  4. Bring a stock pot of salted water to a boil. Add ravioli. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer; cook for 1-2 minutes or until ravioli float to the top and are tender. Drain and keep warm.
  5. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil; cook, uncovered, until reduced by half. Stir in butter and sage. Serve with ravioli.

Notes

If you wish to freeze any extra ravioli, lay completed ravioli in single lines on a floured cookie sheet and set in the freezer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, store the ravioli in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. When you are ready to cook these, pop them into salted boiling water just as you would if they were fresh. They are cooked when they float to the top of the water.

http://foodiemcbooty.com/savory-pumpkin-ravioli/

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

Deep-Dish Breakfast Pizza

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I’m sitting here in disbelief¬†that today is the unofficial first day of autumn. It’s a bittersweet feeling really. With autumn comes many things that I love.¬†In no particular order:

  • Cooler nights
  • Crisp air
  • Colorful leaves
  • Pumpkin everything
  • No mosquitos!

Although when these things start to happen, that means the end of summer is near.

This Labor Day weekend, I did a lot of Netflixing, sleeping in and of course, gorged on many delicious meals –¬†including this bad boy: Deep-Dish Pizza!

 

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Originally I intended to make this for dinner, but after we received pound after pound of leftover brisket and pulled pork from a friend’s BBQ (YUMMM!!!) breakfast seemed like a suitable replacement.

This crust is awesome. Chewy and crunchy in all of the right places. Toppings are up to you, but there’s something about the combination of ricotta and fontina that made my tastebuds sing with every bite.

La la la la!

Happy end of summer and happy days of autumn to you! Bring on soup season ūüôā

Deep-Dish Breakfast Pizza

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yields: 6 small slices

Serving Size: 1-2 slices

Ingredients

  • 2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. store-bought pizza dough, at room temperature
  • 6 ounces Fontina cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3-4 fresh large eggs
  • Fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F with the rack in the lowest position. Heat 1 Tbl oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add spinach, red pepper flakes, and garlic and cook until wilted, 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Stir together ricotta, parmesan, salt and pepper. Pour remaining oil in a 10-inch spinboard pan or cast iron skillet and spray the sides with cooking spray for extra protection. Stretch dough into the bottom of the round. Carefully press dough into the bottom and up the sides of the skillet (as best as possible - mine slumped down quite a bit but it didn't really matter). Bake in oven for 10 minutes.
  3. Top dough with ricotta mixture, fontina, spinach, bacon, and tomatoes. Carefully crack the eggs and gently place on top of the pizza, yolks intact. Bake until the crust is golden brown and egg is cooked over easy to medium, 12-14 more minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut around edges of crust with a knife and remove from pan with a spatula (or two).
  4. Serve sprinkled with parsley and cut into wedges.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/deep-dish-breakfast-pizza/

Green Bean and Corn Salad {Vegan}

This time of year is always busy. So many weddings, BBQs, birthday parties, and of course, work (work, work, work, work). Come the weekend, all I want to do is sleep in, wake up to birds chirping and a strong cup of coffee, and shop locally at our¬†farmer’s market. In Wisconsin, we currently have a plethora of carrots, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, potatoes, and of course, green beans.

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Green beans and wax beans as far as the eye can see. $3 for how many beans? Um, done. Goodness, I love summer.

Minus the mosquitos.

Anywho, beans don’t always have to mean a casserole. Honestly, on hot summer days casserole is the last thing on my mind. So a green bean salad it is!

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The fresh beans are amazing, but the real star¬†of this dish is the vinaigrette. It’s extremely flavorful and makes the vegetables shine. Perfect for these hot, lazy, summer daze.

Cheers.

Green Bean and Corn Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yields: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound green beans, stem ends trimmed
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, julianned
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Combine minced shallot, oil, vinegar and salt in a mason jar and set aside.
  2. Bring several inches of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add beans. Boil until the beans are bright green and crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the beans from the saucepan and submerge in an ice bath. Shake dry and place on a platter.
  3. Spread the corn on top of the beans. Shake the dressing to blend and drizzle it over the vegetables. Top with fresh basil and pepper. Serve at room temperature or cold.

Notes

Recipe adapted from http://www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com/

http://foodiemcbooty.com/green-bean-corn-salad-vegan/

Citrusy Corn and Zucchini Pasta Salad

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During hot summer months, I try¬†not to spend too much time cooking¬†over a frying pan or near a hot oven. My body craves meals that can be served at room temperature or cold. So even though there is some “hot” work involved with pasta salad, this is perfect to whip up and enjoy later in the day after it has had time to chill.

It’s also time for the corn and zucchini harvest, so this pasta salad is light, fresh, and in-season. All good things in my book!

This recipe is very easy to throw together. It’s great as a meatless meal, a side dish, or served with rotisserie chicken for a more robust entree. This keeps well at room temperature so you can bring this to BBQs as well, especially if you use vegan mayonnaise, like we did.

Note, we are not vegans we but prefer the taste of vegenaise.

Citrusy Corn and Zucchini Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 ears of corn, kernels cut off
  • 1 pound small zucchini, quartered
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1/2 pound mini bowtie pasta
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (we used veganaise)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 10 or so cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 ounces fresh goat cheese, frozen

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, toss the corn and zucchini with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large frying pan over medium heat. Saute for four to five minutes, until the zucchini browns slightly. Add shallot and cook for another minute. Pour vegetable mixture back into your large bowl and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Drain well and pour into same large bowl.
  3. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk the mayonnaise with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the lime juice, chile powder; season with salt and pepper. Add the pasta, corn, zucchini, tomatoes and mix well. Transfer to a serving bowl or individual bowls. Using a vegetable peeler or carefully with a knife, shave the frozen goat cheese all over the top and enjoy at room temperature or chilled.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/citrus-corn-zucchini-pasta-salad/

Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

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Do you ever watch the television show Chopped?

It’s a show on the Food Network where esteemed chefs are given a basket of ingredients. The goal is to transform the ingredients into an unforgettable dish. The ingredients range anywhere from oysters to peanut butter.

I feel like I play this game often. Granted, not for a grand prize of $10,000, but still… I play the “What’s in the pantry?” game.

Tonight the ingredients included chicken breast, cheese, and broccoli. I noticed I had breadcrumbs as well (I had panko but regular breadcrumbs work better for this recipe if you can help it) so I opted to make stuffed chicken breasts. If I didn’t have breadcrumbs, I would have went the chicken, broccoli, rice casserole path.

Also delicious.

But this way, everything’s all wrapped up into a deliciously golden package. Yes please.

Anywho, make this some time. This recipe is super easy and rather versatile. You roll things into a slab of chicken, bake, and bam – tasty dinner! It’s almost magic. Almost.

Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yields: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 stuffed chicken breast

Ingredients

  • 3 large chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise (you'll have 6 thin cutlets total)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag frozen broccoli florets
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • parchment paper
  • toothpicks

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350¬į F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cook broccoli according to package directions.
  3. Whisk the egg in a shallow bowl. Place breadcrumbs in a separate shallow bowl.
  4. Lay the chicken cutlets out on a flat surface. Salt and pepper each side of the cutlets. Add one slice of cheese over the chicken and top cheese with 4-5 broccoli florets. Wrap up the sides of the chicken over the filling and secure with toothpicks.
  5. Dip the chicken rolls in the egg. Let excess drip off. Then dip in the breadcrumbs and roll to coat entirely. Place coated chicken on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink. The internal temperature of the chicken should be 165. Remove the toothpicks and serve.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/broccoli-cheese-stuffed-chicken/

Recipe adapted from Life in the Lofthouse.

Beef and Mushroom Tacos

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Classic beef tacos are a staple of any Taco Tuesday. Taking a little extra time to add peppers and spices to your meat will make all the difference in your homemade tacos. Your tastebuds will thank you later.

Mushrooms add texture and they act like a sponge and absorb the cilantro, onion, and lime so they pack a delicious punch too. They also make the meat mixture more robust and filling.

The chiles used in this recipe add a bit of heat and flavor as well. I highly recommend keeping them in the recipe. Makes things sexy, like a pair of tango dancers on your tongue.

We used flour tortillas because we prefer those when we eat tacos at home. Definitely¬†customize your tortillas and toppings to your family’s liking – salsa, lettuce, onion, cilantro, bacon, french fries, deep-fried Twinkies, etc.

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Beef and Mushroom Tacos

Rating: 51

Yields: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-pound ground beef
  • 12-ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 small white onion, diced
  • 1 or 2 fresh green chiles (roughly 2 serranos or 1 jalape√Īo), stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 small lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, washed and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 15-ounce can whole tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Tortillas
  • Toppings

Directions

  1. Place the beef in a medium-size saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until the beef is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of liquid. Add the mushrooms, onion, chile, lime juice, cilantro, and spices.
  2. While the mushroom mixture is cooking, puree the tomato with the garlic in a blender or food processor. Add the tomato mixture to the pan and cook until the liquid has reduced and the mixture is thick, about 5 minutes. Season with salt if necessary and scrap into a serving bowl. Serve with tortillas and your favorite taco toppings.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/beef-mushroom-tacos/

Slow Cooker Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs and Spaghetti

 

Cheese- stuffed meatballsI bet you’re here because you saw one of those food videos online.¬†Maybe the one that takes balls of meat, stuffs them full of¬†cheese, and ends with an, “Oooh yeah?”

Well you’re in luck. This is that recipe – with a few minor adjustments to suit my personal tastes.

You can use any type or¬†any combination of ground meat that tickles your fancy. The fattier your meat, the more tender your meatballs will be. I chose to use turkey because I enjoy leaner meals. If you use turkey like I did in this recipe, your meatballs will cook a bit quicker. Keep a close eye on them to make sure they don’t overcook.

When I followed the recipe in the Tasty video, I found that my meatballs were very wet. I recommend dialing down the whole milk amount by 1/4-cup (the original recipe called for 1/2 cup of liquid). You can always add more if your mixture seems too dry. However, be mindful not to overwork your mixture.

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A very important part of making a good meatball is to treat your meat gently. Man, that sounds weird, but believe me, it makes a difference. If you cook like I cook, once you get in that bowl with your bare hands, you want to keep mixing until the end of time. Be mindful – you want your mixture combined but if you mix for too long, your meatballs will be tough.

So try to show some restraint, will ya?

Cheese- stuffed meatballs

We gobbled these up for National Meatball Day. What a¬†wonderful, glorious (random) holiday. Don’t wait until any sort of national day to make these. They’re awesome and you should make these immediately!¬†This recipe makes about a couple dozen meatballs and fed us for multiple nights.

Tasty!

Cheese- stuffed meatballs

Slow Cooker Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs and Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • 8-ounces Fresh Mozzarella
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Italian-Flavored Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Parsley
  • 64-ounces Tomato Sauce
  • Spaghetti Noodles

Directions

  1. Cut Mozzarella into 1/2-inch cubes. Set aside.
  2. Using your hands (this is a requirement!, mix all ingredients together except for the Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, and Pasta.
  3. Line the bottom of your slow cooker with a layer of tomato sauce.
  4. Form meat mixture into 1 1/4-inch meatballs. Stuff each meatball with a cube of mozzarella, reform into a ball, then place in the slow cooker. After you have made a layer of meatballs in your slow cooker, top with tomato sauce and repeat until all meatballs are formed and tomato sauce is used up.
  5. Cook on high for 2 hours. Check meatballs for doneness. Continue cooking for up to 30 more minutes until cooked.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/cheese-stuffed-meatballs-and-spaghetti/

Vegan Pepperoni Mac and Cheese

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I don’t often eat vegan, but when I do I’m usually very happy with that decision. My brain and my body feel good. But once in awhile I have to eat something that satisfies that craving for comfort food. I admit, I feel less guilty for eating such a comforting dish when it is vegan. Does that make me a terrible person? I could eat a pound of deep-fried tofu and probably feel okay with that.

Oh, so you’re one of THOSE foodies.¬†

Don’t judge me.

I tried some new products today.

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  1. Go Veggie! Mozzarella Flavor Shreds
  2. Yves Veggie Pepperoni

Let’s start with the mozzarella cheese shreds. The flavor was surprisingly¬†good and the “cheese” melts like normal cheese! I was able to create a successful cheese sauce with this. Highly recommended. I’ll buy this again. I’m especially excited to try to make a vegan pizza with these shreds. Gonna shred on some shreds, yo.

What am I talking about? Who knows.

On to the co-star of the show: The pepperoni. By itself, the flavor of this pepperoni¬†is not my favorite. I realize this is fake meat, but I was hoping this would taste a little closer to pepperoni.¬†But who eats pepperoni by itself? When you use this in combination with the Go Veggie! cheese, brown rice pasta, and sauce, it’s pretty darn good! Each bite of this dish had a great cheesy, mouth feel. Plus you got a nice bit of spice from the pepperoni.

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This is something I will definitely make again and again.

…and again.

Vegan Pepperoni Mac and Cheese

Yields: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound brown rice macaroni
  • 3 Tablespoon vegan butter spread
  • 4 Tablespoon plain flour
  • 2 1/2 cups soy or plain almond milk
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup grated vegan cheese (I used mozzarella but I like a blend of mozz and cheddar)
  • 1/4 cup vegan pepperoni, chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Boil the macaroni according to the package instructions while you make the sauce.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium pan over medium low heat. Add the flour and whisk, constantly stirring for 1-2 minutes. Your roux should resemble a thick paste. Add the milk in 1/2 cup increments, whisking well after each addition to form a thick but smooth sauce. Add the nutritional yeast, garlic, onion, mustard, paprika, tomato paste, and vegan cheese and whisk until everything is melted together and smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add more milk if the sauce becomes too thick.
  3. Drain the pasta and return it to its pot. Add the cheese sauce to the pasta. Fold the sauce into the pasta until each piece is coated and then fold in the pepperoni. Serve hot.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/vegan-pepperoni-mac-and-cheese/

This recipe was inspired by Floral Frosting. Check this page out. Great recipes!

 

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