Monday, April 20, 2015

Shrimp and Orzo With a Kick

This is super quick and very yummy.  There's a little kick to it as well, but not much.  If you want more spiciness, simply leave the seeds on the jalapeno.  Enjoy!
-1 cup uncooked orzo
-12 oz shrimp, peeled, deveined, with tails removed
-5 tsp Cajun seasoning, divided
-3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil, divided
-4 Roma tomatoes,  cut into chunks
-1 small onion, chopped
-1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped (leave seeds if you want more heat)
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 Tbs tomato paste
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp pepper
-1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Cook orzo according to packet directions.  Drain.
Meanwhile, pat the shrimp dry with paper towels.  Season with 2 tsp Cajun.  Toss well and set aside.
Toss tomatoes with 1 Tbs of the oil and 1 tsp Cajun.  Set aside.
Preheat broiler to HIGH.
Heat 1 Tbs of the oil in large skillet.  Add the seasoned shrimp and cook until done (about 2-3 minutes per side).  Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside.
Return skillet to stove and heat remaining Tbs oil.  Add the onion and jalapeno.  Cook for 3-4 minutes.  Add the garlic and tomato paste and cook for 1 minutes.  Season with remaining Cajun, salt and pepper.  Give it a good stir.  Add the tomato chunks and cooked orzo and mix well.
Add the cooked shrimp to the orzo mix.  Give it a good stir and remove from stove.
Sprinkle cheese on top and broil in preheated oven for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown.  
Serve onto plates and enjoy!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Blueberry-Banana Bread

I had some overripe bananas and some blueberries that the kids weren't eating fast enough.  I had to do something with them and thought, why not combine the two and make some bread?  Great idea!  This is super simple and super delicious!  The bread is moist and very flavorful.  Enjoy!
-1 1/2 cups flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
-1 cup sugar
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-2 large eggs
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-3 very ripe bananas
-8 oz fresh blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Coat a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan with baking cooking spray (the one with flour and butter).  Set aside.
In you mixer's bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar.  Mix well.  Add the oil and eggs and mix until well incorporated.  Add the vanilla and bananas.  Mix well.  Stir in the blueberries.
Pour mixture into prepared pan.  Bake in preheated oven for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  
Cool in the pan for about 15 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool completely.
Slice and enjoy!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Quick Skillet Gnocchi with Spinach and White Beans

This is another one of those fantastic under 30 minute meals that tastes super delicious!  We absolutely love this one.  Enjoy!
-2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil, divided
-16 oz gnocchi
-1 onion, finely diced
-4 cloves garlic, minced
-1/2 cup water
-6 oz baby spinach, roughly chopped
-1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil, do NOT drain
-1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp pepper
-1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Heat 1 Tbs of the oil in large skillet.  Add the gnocchi and fry for about 5 minutes.  Remove onto plate.
Return skillet to stove and add the remaining Tbs of oil.  Add the onion and saute for a couple of minutes.  Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.  Add the water.  Cover skillet and cook for about 4 minutes.
Add the chopped spinach and cook until wilted.  Stir in the tomatoes with all the juice, beans, salt and pepper.  Bring to a simmer.  Add the fried gnocchi and top with the cheese.  Cover and cook for about 5 minutes.
Scoop onto plates and enjoy!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Slow Cooker Honey BBQ Balsamic Pork Roast

This one is very easy and tasty.  You throw everything in your slow cooker and have an awesome meal at the end of a very busy day.  Enjoy!
-2 lbs pork roast
-1.5 lbs new potatoes
-8 oz sliced mushrooms
-1 cup Honey Bbq Sauce (I prefer Sweet Baby Ray's)
-1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Coat bottom of slow cooker with cooking spray.  Top with pork roast, potatoes and mushrooms.
Mix the bbq sauce and vinegar in a small bowl.  Pour on top of pork and veggies.
Cover and cook on low for about 6-7 hours.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Slow Cooker Mint Fudge Sundae Cake

Simple and DELICIOUS!  Enjoy!
For cake:
-1 cup packed brown sugar
-1 cup flour
-3 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
-2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 cup evaporated milk
-2 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1/8 tsp almond extract
-5 oz Andes mint bits
For  fudge:
-1 3/4 cups boiling water
-3/4 cup packed brown sugar
-3 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
To top:
-whipped cream
-maraschino cherries
Coat bottom and sides of your slow cooker with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine all cake ingredients, except for Andes mints.  Mix very well and pour into prepared slow cooker.  Sprinkle with the mint bits.
In another bowl, combine the fudge ingredients.  Pour over batter.  Do NOT stir!
Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high for 2-2.5 hours, or until toothpick comes out clean from the cake (do not confuse the fudge with uncooked cake!).
Serve with some whipped cream and maraschino cherries on top.  Enjoy!


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