Life Lately & A Delicious Frittata Recipe

Happy Sunday, friends! How's it going? I took last week off from blogging because we had some birthday celebrations going on. My birthday was the 19th of April and we celebrated with my family last weekend so I just wanted to take some time to relax and enjoy. We also celebrated this cutie's 14th birthday...

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Isn't Munchkin the cutest?! #crazydoglady

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The weekend before my birthday I celebrated with a few of my girlfriends at a local winery called Va La. If you live in the Delaware/Philly area I definitely recommend checking this winery out! They're a very small vineyard and only make 4 wines each year, but man, they're GOOD! Their wine tasting is on the pricier side at $20 per person, but their pours are very generous. Each wine you taste they pair with a piece of delicious local cheese, and the tasting ends with a chocolate truffle. I mean, need I say more? My favorite wine was their Silk Red which is a dry rosato. Seriously, go check Va La out! 

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So, that's been life lately - along with work, exercising, and all of the normal good stuff :) Now, onto what I'll be eating this week for breakfast...

This frittata recipe from Pbfingers blog is a delicious, savory, and healthy breakfast that can be made on Sunday and heated up during the week for breakfast. I love my morning oatmeal, but I'm getting a little bored of it so I'm excited to change it up with this frittata. I think you'll love it too! Follow the recipe below and let me know what you think :) 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon EEVO
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 2 large chicken sausage links, chopped 
  • 2 large heaping handfuls of fresh spinach (about 4 cups)
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 egg whites (I used 3/4 cup egg whites from a carton)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

Directions:

  1. Set oven to broil on high.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large, oven-safe skillet. Sautee onion and green pepper until softened (about 3-5 minutes). 
  3. As onion and pepper cook, combine eggs, egg whites, salt and pepper in a medium bowl, stirring to combine.
  4. Add the chicken to peppers and onion and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. 
  5. Add eggs to skillet and lightly stir. Allow eggs to set (do not stir!) until sides are firm and middle still appears slightly wet, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer pan to the oven and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until top of frittata begins to brown slightly. 
  7. Slice and serve! 

I recommend keeping a paper towel on top of your frittata while storing in the fridge to keep moisture from accumulating. Bon appetit! 

 

 

Lightened Up Lasagna Recipe

To be honest, I'm not usually a huge fan of lasagna. It always just seems too heavy and I end up feeling way too full afterwards. So, a few weeks ago when I found myself craving it I knew I didn't want to make the traditional recipe. What I made instead is a lightened up version of lasagna that has amazing flavor and will leave you wanting more! This recipe is easy to make and the perfect dinner to make on a Sunday night to have leftovers throughout the week. Keep on reading to get the recipe!

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Ingredients:

6 lasagna noodles
1 tbsp EEVO
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 chopped red pepper
1 pound ground turkey breast
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp chopped garlic
2 1/2 cups marinara sauce
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
16 oz part skim ricotta cheese
1, 6oz bag of spinach
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic salt

The Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
2. In a pot, bring several quarts of salted water to a boil. Add the lasagna noodles and cook until al dente, about 7 or 8 minutes. Remove from the water and place on a towel lined baking sheet (do not use paper towels - the paper will adhere to the noodles).
3. In a large saute pan, add EEVO, onion, and red pepper over medium-high heat. Saute until the onion and pepper begin to sweat. Next, add your ground turkey and garlic.
4. Continue to stir the turkey until it's cooked through, this should take about 10 minutes. Add your marinara sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes. Lastly, add your bag of spinach and allow to cook until wilted. Remove pan from heat.
5. In a large mixing bowl, add ONE cup of the mozzarella cheese and remaining ingredients. 
6. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange a layer of noodles on the bottom of the dish and then spread 3/4 of the turkey mixture on top. Next, spread half of the cheese mixture over the turkey mixture. Repeat the layers ending with lasagna noodles - make sure to spread some sauce on top of noodles to ensure they don't burn/dry out in the oven.
7. Cover and bake for 45 minutes. At that time, take the lasagna out of the oven and sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese on top. Place back into the oven for 20 minutes, uncovered. 

Pair a slice of this with a big ol' bowl of greens and you've got yourself a tasty and (pretty) healthy dinner! 

Bon Apetit!

Recipe adapted from RootandBlossom.com
 

Asian Turkey Meatball Dinner Recipe

Hey there, pals! How's it going? It's Sunday morning as I write this post, and I start my new full-time job tomorrow so this week is going to be a busy one full of getting adjusted to a new schedule. So, I apologize in advance if I end up being a bit MIA this week. I'm going to do my best to start planning out posts a bit more so I'm on a more regular posting schedule! 

I'm stopping by today to share with you a new dinner recipe I tried. I don't know about you, but I'll make the same dinners for a period of time and then... I get so bored of them. Anyone else with me? So, off to Pinterest I go (of course) to find some new recipes to try out. I've seen different variations of Asian Turkey Meatball recipes floating around for awhile, but I've never gotten around to trying them. So, when I saw this recipe on Pinterest (originally from Chef Savvy) I knew I had to give it a try! 

If you're in the market for some new dinner recipes, look no further! Keep on reading to find out what you'll need to make this tasty dinner.

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Ingredients for the meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground turkey 
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole green onion, both green and white parts
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce

Ingredients for the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup hoisan sauce
  • 1/8 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • green onions for serving

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Add your turkey, breadcrumbs, garlic, green onions, egg, sesame oil, and soy sauce to a bowl. Mix with your hands until combined. 

3. Grease a baking sheet. Portion out and roll 12 meatballs. You may find that working with slightly wet hands helps.

4. Place meatballs on the oiled baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes, or until cooked all the way through. You'll want to flip them halfway through.

5. While the meatballs are cooking, add all of the sauce ingredients to a bowl and stir until combined. Set aside.

5. Take the meatballs out of the oven and toss with the Asian sauce. Enjoy with a side of brown rice (or whatever side you'd like!).

Let me know if you try out this recipe and what you think about it! If you like when I post about dinner recipes and would like to see more - please press the HEART button located below this post so I know you liked it! Thanks so much, friends :)

Bon apetit! 

 

 

Butter Rich Spritz Christmas Cookies

Hey there! I hope that your week has been a good one so far. We're almost to the weekend, friends! I know I promised you that I would have my Mommom Minnow's famous Christmas cookie recipe up on the blog last night, but I had one of those days where the time just got away from me. I'm sorry, guys! So, if you were waiting for her recipe, keep on reading. PS: I'm updating this blog post by linking up with a few awesome bloggers: Jacqui, Julie, and Audrey! You'll find links to their delicious holiday recipes at the bottom of this post. Make sure to check theirs out! 

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First, let me tell you that Mommom Minnow was literally the QUEEN of baking Christmas cookies. I mean, she started the day after Thanksgiving and kept on baking until Christmas Eve. I remember going into one of the bedrooms in her house and there were just stacks of tins in there that filled up the majority of the room. I don't know how she did it honestly! Baking that many cookies is not an easy job. 

Sadly, Mommom Minnow passed away when I was in high school. So, since then my sister and I have really tried to keep her Christmas cookie recipes alive by making them each year. The one I'm sharing with you today is our family's all time favorite cookie. I mean, when I make these I literally have to hide the tins or else they won't make it to Christmas. So, without further ado, let me finally give you that recipe so you can whip up some of these delicious cookies and be the most popular person at your family's Christmas gathering :) 

Butter Rich Spritz Cookie Recipe

The Ingredient List:

  • 2 1/2 cups four
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, or 1 whole egg (I usually do 1 whole egg)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla 

Mommom Minnow's Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Sift together 2 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 tsp salt.
  3. Cream 1 cup butter, and then gradually add your 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Cream well. 
  4. Blend in 1 whole egg (or two egg yolks), 1/2 tsp almond extract, and 1 tsp vanilla.
  5. Add your dry ingredients gradually and mix well. 
  6. Get out your cookie press, and add a small amount of dough into the cookie press. Press cookies onto un-greased cookie sheet. 
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for six to eight minutes. 
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As you can see in the instructions, you will need a cookie press for this recipe - you can find them at most kitchen stores (I'm sure places like Bed Bath & Beyond and Target have them too). I will tell you to make sure that you get a quality cookie press, because a cheap one is just going to drive you nuts (been there, done that)! This is the cookie press that I've used for the past few years, and I've really liked it. The reviews for it are great, so other people must have success with it too!

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Alie and I always use the Christmas tree cookie press cut out, and the wreath. We usually top them with red and green sprinkles as well as some colored nonpareil sprinkles.

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Making these cookies is so special to us since it reminds us of our sweet Mommom Minnow. I can only hope that you'll enjoy her recipe as much as our family has throughout the years! I would absolutely love to hear from you if you give this recipe a try, or if you have a special family cookie recipe too. 

If you're looking for more holiday recipe inspiration, make sure to stop by Jacqui, Julie, and Audrey's blogs for some really delicious dishes and drinks! Their recipes look delicious. You can also link up with us by clicking the "link-up" button below the holiday recipe link-up photo!

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Happy Baking!

PS: If you're wondering to yourself "Why did she call her Mommom, "Mommom Minnow"? My sister gave nicknames to both of our Mommoms. Mommom Minnow got her name because she had a creek in her backyard and she would take us down to it and we would try to catch Minnows with her. :)

Green Banana Muffins Recipe

Happy Monday, friends! I hope that your weekend was the perfect combination of fun and relaxing. It was my older sister, Alie's, birthday on Saturday so Friday night and Saturday morning I spent some time baking lemon ricotta cookies and a coffee cake for her Saturday night birthday dinner. We usually celebrate birthdays with dinner and cake at my parents' house, so that's what we did! It was a fun night because we got to talk a lot about my sister and soon to be brother-in-law's new house that they'll be moving into this upcoming weekend. My sister actually asked me to make my crockpot chex mix for move-in day, so I'll be whipping up a batch of that later this week. If you're looking for something easy to make for a holiday party definitely check out my post with my easy chex mix recipe clicking here!

I know I promised you all the recipe for my Mommom Minnow's Christmas cookies that I posted on Instagram stories last week, but I wanted to start off the week by sharing a healthy recipe. If you're looking for the Christmas cookie recipe, stay tuned! It should make its appearance by Wednesday.

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Alright, so I don't know about you, but it's about this time every year that I really need to get myself in check. I'm making loads of Christmas cookies and it seems like everywhere I go there's a high-calorie, unhealthy treat that looks way too delicious to pass up! So, I always know that around now is the time to pump up my intake of greens, lean proteins, and fruits. I've been trying to hop back onto the smoothie train, but when it's chillier out it's hard for me to want to sip a cold drink in the morning (or really at all during the day), and that's where I usually sneak in a good bit of greens. So, I started digging around for some other way to get some greens in, and voila! I stumbled upon Kristin Cavallari's Green Banana Muffin recipe. 

Yes, this recipe is from the Kristin Cavallari that appeared on Laguna Beach. Kind of funny, right? She actually has a new cookbook coming out sometime soon called True Roots, I believe. So, if you try out this recipe and like it, be on the lookout for the release of that book! Now, let's get into the recipe.

The ingredients you'll need are...

  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp fine-grain sea salt
  • 1 bag (6 oz) baby spinach
  • 3/4 cup real maple syrup (no Log Cabin or anything with added sugar)
  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 flax egg**
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 small or 2 large bananas)
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If you've never heard of spelt flour, it's a healthy ancient grain that can be used as a flour substitute. Spelt flour has TRIPLE the amount of fiber than white flour, and to be honest I don't think it tastes different - at least not in this recipe. I found mine at Target!

Also, to make your flax egg you're going to combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons of water. You'll let those two hang out in a bowl for about ten minutes, or until it becomes a gooey consistency. I'd never heard of a flax egg before this recipe, but the consistency of it does serve the purpose of a regular egg! 

Let's talk about how you'll make your green muffins...

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your muffin cups with paper liners. 

2. In a large bowl, go ahead and sift together your flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a food processor or blender (I used my trusty Vitamix), combine the spinach, maple syrup, almond milk, flax egg, applesauce, and vanilla and blend it until completely pureed. 

3. Add the wet ingredients and the mashed banana to your dry ingredients and stir until it's well combined. 

4. Fill each of your muffin cups about three-quarters full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let your muffins cool for about ten minutes, and then enjoy!

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Don't let the color of these muffins (or the amount of spinach) scare you off! I swear that these muffins are tasty, and you taste the banana flavor, not the spinach. You just get the added bonus of getting in some greens in a yummy muffin! I think next time I'll even add some walnuts or dark chocolate chips to the recipe, which would add to the flavor and consistency even more. Yum!

Let me know if you guys try out this recipe, I'd love to hear from you! 

Happy Baking :)