Friday, April 8, 2011

Easy Eggs Florentine

After I had a great workout this morning I went to reach for my normal breakfast of cold cereal and thought to myself..hmmm theres got to be something a little better then this in my fridge. As I was rummaging through my fridge I came across some spinach and eggs and I remembered I had seen a Weight Watchers version of eggs florentine and I thought I would kind of try that. Kind of. The original recipe called for only egg whites and turning them into scrambled eggs with the spinach but I changed it up a tiny. Enjoy.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Orange Julius

I had forgotten how much I loved these until Sam whipped out the blender the other night and made some. Why go and buy them when they are plenty easy to make at home with ingredients that most people have?! Simple, refreshing, and just plain good.
I remember when I was a kid, every time I would go to the mall I would want to stop in the food court to get one of these. I also remember the day they took it out of the food court and filled in the area with another clothes was a sad day for many.

Sloppy Joes

Yes yes I know that most people love to open up a fresh can of Manwhich, throw it in the microwave and call it dinner...but...I love homemade sloppy joes. They don't take that much more effort and taste soooo much better (well at least in my opinion).

Italian Casserole

Another recipe from my moms recipe box (you know I don't know if I would call it a typcal recipe box...its an old shoe box all taped together from many years of use and stuffed so full its almost impossible to pull any recipes out of it)
Can you really have to many casserole recipes? I don't think so. This one includes most things that people will have at home. Yes I know my picture is very unappetizing to look at but really its an all in one casserole. It has the Italian spices of a spaghetti sauce and the bread right on with it.

Yummy Steak Marinade

I don't remember if this recipe came from one my mom gave me or if it came from online somewhere. (Does that happen to anybody else?) This one happened to be written on the back of an envelope so who knows?! I know some people get completely offended if they don't get "credit" for a recipe they have found, so in order to not make anybody mad..."thank you whoever I got it from :)"
In my opinion you can never have to many steak marinades. This is usually my go to marinade though. The vinegar helps to break down the steak making it more tender.

Baked Potato Soup

Since its snowing outside when it is supposed to be nice and sunny it got me wishing that I had a nice pot of my favorite homemade soup on the stove. This is pretty much the only soup that I make from scratch probably because its really easy. Hmm maybe I need to start branching out a little bit.

Polynesian Chicken

So right before I got married I grabbed my mom's recipe box and started copying recipes out of it that I liked. This recipe happened to be one of those recipes. Im usually not a huge sweet and sour person but I really like this recipe.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Creamy Cilantro Dressing

I can't believe that in my many rantings and ravings about me missing and loving my precious El Pollo Loco that I forgot to post the very very delicious recipe I found online for their creamy cilantro dressing. I'll tell you what...I could order their little itty bitty Loco Salads every single day (I feel like I'm repeating myself from a previous post?)and never EVER get tired of it. Anyway, this recipe isn't EXACT, its just one of those copycat recipes but its pretty close.
If anybody does happen to have the EXACT recipe they use and want to share it with me....I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER!

Cheesy Potatoes aka Mormon Funeral Potatoes

It must be like International Funeral Potato Day or something because as I went to get on my blog to type in the recipe from the cheesy potatoes I made a couple nights ago, I saw that 2 other blogs had also posted funeral potatoes...weird. Im going to claim that I thought of posting it first since I made them on Monday but just didn't get around to posting it until today. :)
These potatoes are famous in the LDS world. It seems like you can't go to a Christmas party, funeral, enrichment, nothing without seeing these wonderful bits of goodness on the table.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Overnight Caramel Sticky Buns

As I was trying to figure out what I was going to make for Conference Sunday I started looking through my new cookbook "Our Best Bites" and came across this recipe. As the title states its "overnight". After dinner was cleaned up on Saturday night I started mixing my ingredients together and Sam looked over and was soooo excited thinking I was making some kind of yummy dessert. When he asked what I was making I simply said "breakfast". He started laughing and said "don't you mean dessert?" and again I said "breakfast". After a little explaining he finally got it and wasn't very pleased until I pulled it out of the oven the next morning. We have decided that this recipe will have to become our family tradition for "big breakfasts".

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools Food

So Ive always wanted to do an April Fools Day gag that involved disguising all the foods and making them look like something else. I first saw some ideas and ripped them out of a magazine article and then I thought hmmm I should search around a find a few more and share them with all of you guys. (yes all 2 of you that read my blog faithfully lol). Anyway, enjoy and have fun. Maybe one of these years I will get around to actually making some of these. They are pretty darn cute if I say so!

Chicken Tacos

I've been missin me some El Pollo Loco! Like crazy missin it!! Why oh why oh why can't there be an El Pollo Loco up here?! Last night I decided to do an "Ode To El Pollo Loco". Okay maybe not that far but I was seriously craving me some of their Taco Al Carbone and that more the scrumptious Avacado Salsa. Mmm just thinking about it is making me want to drive a few hours to go pick up one of those Loco Salads. You know what, I think I could eat a Loco Salad, some Taco Al Carbones, the Avacado Salsa, and their Churros...every day and never EVER get sick of it. Im really hoping to get me some of this yummy deliciousness while we are in California in a few weeks. Until then I had to make due and put together something similar. So the chicken, sad to say, is not flame grilled (mmm my mouth is starting to drool), but its still good. A brother in law of mine gave me a couple of ideas on how to cook the chicken to get in some awesome flavor.

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