recipe: turkey and quinoa sloppy joe

sometimes little one thinks she is eating turkey when it’s chicken. although i don’t know if i really can tell the difference, i figured i’d make little one something with turkey this week so i picked up some ground turkey and found a turkey meatloaf recipe … but … i misread the instructions … and ended up with sloppy joe! Continue reading “recipe: turkey and quinoa sloppy joe”

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homemade breakfast sandwich

i don’t love the places in my neighborhood for breakfast. since i had a little time, i made it myself! this time a breakfast sandwich – a little quicker than an omelette with sides – a sausage with vegetable omelette and a side of mashed potatoes.

cooking tools

  • 2 medium mixing bowl
  • potato masher
  • 1 medium frying pan
  • 1 large frying pan

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Fourth of July – basic burger & veggie skewers

burgers happen to be something that our whole family can eat together despite k’s allergies. so it was a easy Fourth of July meal: easy peasy burgers and grilled vegetable skewers!

cooking tools

  • frying pan
  • grill
  • wood skewers – and/or –
    mini straws
  • circle cookie cutter

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homemade breakfast

like many others sometimes we go out to eat and we think to ourselves: “so expensive! i could have made it myself!” but the thing is, we don’t always have the time. however, when you do have the time and can make something, i.e. a homemade breakfast, yourself, it sure is worth it!

homemade breakfast

this morning, it was buttered white toast, jalapeño chicken sausage, strawberries with my corn mash potatoes and veggie omelette. yum!!!

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PBJ day combo: TJ unsalted crunch peanut butter with mix of 2 Sarabeth’s preserves

i don’t usually partake in TBT but since it’s PBJ day (April 2nd), i changed it to TB…P(regnancy) since there was a whole lot of PBJ consumption! Ingredients 2 slices of 100% whole wheat toast *see note 1 1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted peanut butter *see note 2 1 tablespoon jam *see note 3 1/2 – 1 organic banana, long thick slices Preparation lightly toast your multigrain bread spread peanut butter on one slice of toast. spread jam on the side of the second slice of toast. notes my favorites: bread: Trader Joe’s 100% Whole Grain Multigrain Fiber (6 grams) Bread peanut butter: Trader Joe’s Unsalted Crunchy … Continue reading PBJ day combo: TJ unsalted crunch peanut butter with mix of 2 Sarabeth’s preserves

christmas dinner 2014

for christmas m & i collaborated on our family dinner. i made the side dishes, m made the main dish and i decorated a cute fruity dessert with family bringing chocolate and cake. we a barely felt the limitations of feeding … Continue reading christmas dinner 2014

recipe: apple banana pumpkin bread

since i enjoyed the filling in the apple banana pumpkin pie i made for k’s thanksgiving meal, i searched for another recipe that had all three fruits and came across this bread recipe. i enjoyed it and so did the family!

cooking tools

  • parchment paper
  • loaf pan
  • wire rack

ingredients

  • 1 over ripe banana, peeled and mashed
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ⅓ cup of applesauce, extra if desired
  • 1 tsp of alcohol free vanilla extract, optional
  • 1 cup gluten free (oat) flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp of water or saved liquid

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take a morning ride to jack the horse tavern

for a nice brunch in the brooklyn heights neighborhood, stop by Jack the Horse Tavern. from eggs, to burgers, to pancakes, to sandwiches, they have all the brunch staples – but done well! i had the scone plate & jams, which included 5 scones of various flavors including vanilla, chocolate chip and strawberry. there was also 2 kinds of jam: grape and marmalade. it was SO GOOD! i thoroughly enjoyed it. my party had the duck confit and the fried oyster florentine. the duck confit had pieces of duck with potatoes and sweet potatoes. yum! the fried oyster was large, … Continue reading take a morning ride to jack the horse tavern

momofuku milk bar

i have been a big fan of the momofuku restaurants so i was looking forward to trying momofuku milk bar! milk bar have both sweet and savory baked goods. unfortunately our first experience at milk bar was good and bad. m & i only had savory goods in this trip. we tried: bagel bomb: GOOD we had the bagel bomb with scallion and bacon cream cheese in the middle. it was fun to bite into the bagel and the cream cheese center in the center was warm. i would definitely get this again. pork bun: BAD! the pork bun was topped with pickled … Continue reading momofuku milk bar

chocolate chip banana pecan pancakes

m was being adventurous and found this chocolate chip banana pecan pancakes recipe. i’ll admit i was skeptical bcuz i’ve never been a fan of the chocolate and banana combo.

but these pancakes combines the flavors and textures of the ingredients perfectly so you have some melted chocolate, soft warm banana and crunchy pecans with each bite. skip the whipped cream and syrup on this one – it’s so tasty with just the right amount of sweetness that you don’t need anything else!

it’s a wonderful – and healthy – way to start the morning (or weekend afternoon)!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose 100% whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • a pinch of sea salt*
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large banana, diced
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped raw pecans
  • cooking spray
  • walnuts, optional

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crispy breaded shrimp with cannellini beans

who said you can’t have crunchy breaded food without deep frying? this crispy breaded shrimp defies it all! with just a little whole wheat breadcrumbs and a quick bake in the oven, the crunch is there – and without all of the grease! top it over a bed of arugula and cannellini beans, you have a yummy and healthy meal. enjoy – i certainly did!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
  • 6 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 can (19-ounce) cannellini bans, rinsed
  • 2 bunches arugula, thick stems removed (about 8 cups)

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snack attack: pretzel crisps

when i go grocery shopping, every now and then i see a product that i hadn’t tried before that looks to good to resist – this time it is Pretzel Crisps – the marriage of pretzel and cracker. LOVE IT! probably what caught my eye that started my latest obsession was the flavor of the first bag i saw: garlic parmesan … ooooooh! i was so excited BUT what may take away from the great flavor is the salt content — not just the amount but it just tasted too salty, so much so that i had to brush off … Continue reading snack attack: pretzel crisps