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Broccoli Cheese Bites: The new take on eating your greens

Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables but it is hard to get excited about eating any of my greens day-to-day.  To top it off, my darling boyfriend is a vegetarian,  so we usually cook meatless foods.  When I saw this recipe from Stacey Snacks, I knew I found a gold-mine.  Cheese? Broccoli? Count me in!

These Broccoli Cheese Bites are super easy and cheap to make.  I slightly changed the recipe because I didn’t have bread crumbs and I like herbs!

Need:

16 oz. bag frozen chopped broccoli, thawed, rinsed

1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

3 eggs

1 cup of crushed croutons

salt and pepper

Italian spice mix (basil, rosemary, oregano, parsley)

Directions:

Set oven for 375*F

Mix all ingredients in a bowl

With you hands, form palm-sized patties.  With the mixture I did, I made about 17 patties.

Bake for 25 minutes!  Stacy’s Snacks says to flip for additional 15 minutes, but I didn’t and they turned out fine.  

So easy and delicious!

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Pizza Roll-Ups

I love pizza.  It’s the perfect mash-up of warm bread, gooey cheese and the wonderful idea of toppings.  I personally love mushrooms, spinach, green olives, pineapple, feta cheese and sausage… Yes, all on one pizza, topped off with hot sauce or BBQ sauce.  Yet, as easy as pizzas are to make (and eat) they aren’t very healthy- no matter what the government says.  I’ve seen this recipe floating around the web and I would like to share my “healthier” version of this easy, tasty pizza.  I have trouble at stopping at my limit of five, but they are small enough to pack away for lunches the next day.

Need:

2 fat-free mozzarella cheese-sticks (cut in half, then cut again the long way- hopefully that makes sense)

Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls (Pillsbury has some in the refrigerator section of your grocery store)

Turkey Pepperoni

Cookie sheet

Optional:

garlic powder or garlic salt

cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375*

Unroll your crescents and place 5 pepperoni slices on the big part of your triangle.

On top of your pepperoni slice, place 1/4 of your mozzarella cheese stick.

Roll up your crescent, place on your baking sheet.

Optional: Lightly spray your rolls and powder your rolls with garlic powder or garlic salt.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool and enjoy!

A side of low-fat pizza sauce is great with this or just plain.  Great for parties or a movie night in.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Cooking

 

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Easy-Peasy Bread

Easy-Peasy Bread

I found this recipe on pinterest. It’s so easy I have it completely memorized. The original recipe called for all-purpose flour but I used whole wheat flour and it work just find.

Needs:
6 1/2 cups of Whole Wheat Flour
1 packet of dry active yeast
3 cups of lukewarm water
1 tablespoon of kosher salt (regular salt should work too)
extra flour to cover dough
tin foil
bowl
cookie sheet
another small pan with 1 cup of water

Instructions:

Set oven at 450*

Mix everything in a bowl. I used wet hands to fully mix everything because it will become really sticky.

Mixed up
After everything is fully mixed in, you want to let it rise for 2-5 hours.
(At this point, you can set the dough in the fridge if you need to- make sure it’s covered!)

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Divide dough into 3 loaves, lightly cover with flour and place on a tin foil covered cookie pan. Let sit for 30 minutes. (I have room to only bake two loaves at a time. I let the other loaf sit while the other two cook.)

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Cook loaves for 30 minutes with the pan of water on the bottom rack.

 

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See? Pretty easy! Now you have homemade bread and can impress your friends with some mad baking skills.

I would like to try this with a mix of herbs and see how that works. Maybe basil, rosemary or even lavender.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Cooking

 

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Super-duper easy crispy chicken recipe

As a college student I live off the three basic food groups: ramen, beer and pencil splinters.  I don’t cook meals. When I was growing up, I was blessed by my wonderful mother who cooked dinner for me every night.  If it I missed my meal, or “fend-for-yourself” night, I would eat cereal, heat up leftovers or burn toast. Yeah, that’s right- I can’t even make toast without burning it.  As my dad used to say to others: “She can even burn water.” Yikes!

 

Now, I feel that I need to prove all those who thought I couldn’t cook wrong, or burn down the house trying.  I managed to come across this super basic level recipe over at Divine Caroline that sounded really good.  I even had all the ingredients!

 

Find:

Boneless Chicken (I used breasts!)

Ritz Crackers  (She suggests a bag/tube and a half, but for my one breast I used only a half and feel I should have used less- you can always use more later)

White Flour (again- use as needed)

Two eggs

Canola Oil

Pepper/Mrs. Dash/Etc.

Preheat your oven to 350° and make sure your breasts (the chicken’s!) are thawed fully.

Spray a baking pan with cooking spray. Make sure its a good coat or your crispies will fall off.

Take out three bowls. One bowl will have your whisked eggs. The second will have your flour. And the third will have your crushed Ritz crackers, pepper and Mrs. Dash.

                  *I used a Ziploc bag and my hands to crush my Ritz crackers.. it wasn’t finely crushed but it turned out fine

Now take a skillet and fill the bottom with some canola oil and heat it on medium.

Got everything ready?  Here’s the fun part..

Take your chicken and coat her in the eggs. Then coat her in flour. THEN the eggs again. Lastly, coat her in the crackers.  BAM! Throw her in the heated oil and wait until she browns.  After she has a nice shade on her, throw her into the baking pan and cook her for 20-30 minutes.

Mine was a pretty big piece- so I left it in for 30 minutes and she was perfect. That’s right- PERFECT.  My first chicken I cooked was juicy and so tasty.  And since it isn’t deep fried, I wasn’t feel one singe of guilt. I even managed to steam some asparagus for the side and topped it off with my last Blue Moon.

Too bad I still burnt my toast the next morning!

Stay tuned for more adventures in the kitchen, craft-room and insight to inner thoughts of Emilie.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Cooking

 

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