Cheesy Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Veggies anyone?

 

I realize this is the vegetable that normally you like or you hate, no middle ground with but like many other things, you may find how you cook something changes the flavor, the texture and possibly your liking for it. If you have shunned off asparagus due to not liking the taste, I ask that you give it another try with this recipe. For those of you who are lactose and don’t eat cheese or have allergic reactions to cheese, this particular recipe can either be altered to your liking or if you are like me (who is lactose intolerant) and still takes the risk of eating dairy then this might be up your alley. I figured those of you who are vegan and vegetarian may enjoy this recipe most. 

Of course a great recipe side or can be eaten on its own for a meal. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of asparagus spears — the woody part removed
  • 3 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic (or 4 cloves of garlic minced)
  • 3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 425 F, lightly grease non stick baking sheet with cooking oil spray
  2. Arrange asparagus on baking sheet; set aside
  3. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle the oil mixture over the asparagus and toss to evenly coat
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, until vibrant and just beginning to tender
  5. Remove from oven, top with mozzarella cheese, return to oven & broil or grill until until the cheese melts and becomes golden (4-5 minutes)
  6. Serve immediately

Enjoy!

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Holiday Cheer!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays 

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Friends

I hope all of you had a wonderful Holiday — no matter which holiday you celebrate, I hope you had fun, and smiled a ton. For many people this can be a hard time because many people don’t have loved ones or have lost someone during the holidays, so it isn’t as cheerful, but I hope no matter the case, you were able to relax and slow down — and I hope if healing is what you need, that you will find the healing you need and continue to be strong because you are worth it. I lost my grandpa in December — so for me, it does happen to be harder at times when I think of him during this holiday — and how much I miss him and love him. I also lost an aunt of mine many years back due to homicide (hit and run) during the holidays (I believe close to Christmas or on Christmas day) so again, I know the pain of losing someone on holidays such as these and not feeling the most cheerful, but still I stuck it out because I am blessed that I was able to spend time with my siblings & some of my family members (including my mom) & see another year in good health. 

It’s hard to smile or be happy with negativity attached to a holiday; but something that is worth noting and being happy about is knowing you made it another year. We aren’t guaranteed another year, day or moment, each time we see another Christmas, is like saying we survived the world, the chaos, the negativity and the bad — we survived life threatening disease, we survived accidents, we survived a natural disaster, etc, whatever it may be, we made it another year to see this day & not everyone can say that. Doesn’t mean we will make it through this next year, but it means we lived long enough to see Christmas 2018 & that’s a big deal. To keep this light and fluffy, I have some fun questions you can take part in answering if you like; otherwise, feel free to leave comments, follow, share, and like the page. 

  1. Do you buy yourself gifts for Christmas?
  2. What is a holiday tradition your family takes part in?
  3. What makes Christmas special to you / if not Christmas, what makes your holiday special to you?
  4. Do you believe Christmas is becoming more and more commercialized?
  5. Growing up, what were some toys, etc that you wanted for Christmas?
  6. Do you celebrate Christmas?
  7. Did it snow on Christmas where you are from? 
  8. Are you a fan of eggnog?
  9. Name a gift you received this year?
  10. Does your family cook for the holidays or do you prefer to dine in someplace?

Beef stir fry

beef stir fry

Now one good thing about this particular recipe is, you can sub the beef for something else that fits your taste buds, I realize not everyone likes meat or beef in particular, so use vegetables only or add some tofu, perhaps you like chicken — then use chicken instead and if you are feeling really fancy, you can have seafood instead of meat or utilize both at the same time (shrimp and beef, chicken and beef, lobster and shrimp, etc) so make this your own creation if you will. I chose this beef recipe because I have made beef stir-fry in the past (and I have also made other types as well) and it tasted wonderful; my ingredients may have differed from hers but still came out fantastic! I am a firm believer in experimenting in the kitchen, so go for it!

Ingredients: (sauce)

  • 3 tsp cornstarch/ corn flour
  • 2 Tbsp & 1/3 cup of water (separated)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 Tbsp of Chinese cooking wine or dry Sherry
  • 1 tsp of white sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp of sesame oil (optional)
  • dash of black pepper
Ingredients: (stir fry)
  • 2 Tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • 7 oz / 200 grams of beef (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 small onion (yellow, white or brown)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1 small carrot (sliced thinly on the diagonal, halved lengthwise)
  • 3 baby pak choy/ bak choy (quartered lengthwise)
  • 3 stems scallion / shallots (cut into 3cm pieces)
Ingredients: (To Serve)
  • Steamed white rice
  • sesame seeds (optional)
  • fresh cilantro (optional)
Instructions:
  1. Combine the cornstarch and 2 Tbsp of water in bowl, mix together
  2. Mix in the remaining sauce ingredients, except the 1/3 cup of water
  3. place the beef and 2 Tbsp of sauce in a bowl, mix gently and set aside for 15 minutes
  4. add 1/3 cup of water into the remaining sauce , set aside
  5. Heat oil in wok over HIGH heat, add garlic and cook for 15 seconds
  6. Add onion and cook for 1 minute
  7. add beef and cook until it changes color from red to light brown (but not cooked through)
  8. Add bell pepper and carrots and stir fry for 30 seconds
  9. add pak choy & scallions/shallots and cook for a further minute until sauce is thicken
  10. remove from HEAT immediately
  11. serve with rice
She makes note that one should NOT use light or dark soy sauce but instead ALL PURPOSE soy sauce. If you cannot purchase Chinese cooking wine, chicken broth can be used in place of, use good source of beef and cut against the grain. 
 
If you are interested in more recipes from this particular cook, follow her page: https://www.recipetineats.com/

Garlic Butter Baked Salmon

Good Eats!

Ingredients Needed:

  • 4 (6 oz each of salmon fillets)
  • 4-6 cups of broccoli 
  • 4 gloves of garlic (minced)
  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 lemon, halved 
  • chopped fresh parsley

 

Instruction:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Grease sheet pan with cooking spray
  3. Arrange broccoli florets and salmon on sheet pan
  4. Rub minced garlic on each fillet, set aside
  5. In a whisking bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, oregano, thyme and rosemary
  6. pour the butter mixture over the salmon and veggies
  7. Take half the lemon and squeeze it over everything and add salt and pepper
  8. place sheet pan in the over and cook for 15 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and garnish with parsley

I haven’t had salmon myself, but if salmon is not a fish of choice, feel free to sub it out for another kind of fish of your liking! Also be sure to follow Diethood for more recipes and alternatives to this recipe! good eats 🙂

 

Fully Load Burger Bowls

Make a bowl out of a burger

Ingredients needed:

  • 2 lbs of extra lean beef 
  • 2.5 teaspoons of seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 3 teaspoon of worcestershire sauce 
  • 4 Tablespoons of butter
  • 2 Cups of sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 10 slices of bacon, cooked and diced
  • diced chives, bacon bbq sauce, and ranch dressing for topping

Instructions

  1. Mix together beef, seasoned salt, garlic powder, black pepper and worcestershire sauce
  2. On a baking sheet lined with foil, form 4 meat bowls using a can or jar. Set aside
  3. In a medium pan, saute mushrooms with butter, season with salt and pepper to taste & divide into 4 portions
  4. Fill each meat bowl with 1/4 cup of cheese, mushrooms, 2 slices of diced bacon, then top with 1/4 cup of cheese
  5. Bake at 350 degrees, covered with foil tent, covering for 30 minutes before serving & then topping with the diced bacon,  bbq sauce, ranch and diced chives

Now I realize this isn’t vegetarian or vegan friendly, but this is a recipe that could easily have substitutes in order to make it more vegan/vegetarian friendly, I eat meat, so many of my dishes, will contain animal product but I try to find recipes that can be manipulated to serve anyone’s appetite. Enjoy!

Be sure to give FamilyFreshMeals a follow for creating such a fantastic recipe 🙂

Creamy Mushroom & stuffed peppers recipe

Ingredients:

  • 5 green bell peppers seeded and cut in half ( I don’t like green peppers too much, so I would use red, yellow or orange)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or if you have a preferred cooking oil)
  • 3 stalks of celery diced (I would skip this part due to not being a fan of celery)
  • 1 small onion diced (you choose what kind of onion)
  • 2 pound of cremini mushrooms sliced ( I have never tried these kind of mushrooms)
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 cups of cold milk
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme crushed
  • 5 teaspoons of dried mushrooms (she recommended oyster or porcini ground into powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 2 cups of cooked chicken shredded
  • 2 cups of cooked white rice 
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded cheese, cheddar or Monterey jack

Instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 375 degrees F
  2. Cut the peppers in half and remove seeds and ribs
  3. Lay peppers cut side up in a 9 x 13 inch pan with 1/4 cup water in the bottom
  4. lightly sprinkle with kosher salt and microwave the peppers for 8-10 minutes until softened 
  5. Drain the water from the pan and set aside
  6. In a large skillet, saute onions and celery with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt over medium heat until they begin to soften, about 4-5 minutes 
  7. Add the cremini mushrooms and cook for another 5-7 minutes until the mushrooms soften, then transfer to a bowl
  8. In the same skillet, melt the butter over medium heat, scraping bits from the bottom of pan if there are any.
  9. Whisk in the flour and cook over low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly so flour taste cooks out and the mixture becomes lightly browned. 
  10. Add the chicken stock and milk to the butter and flour mixture stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Add the thyme, crushing it between your fingers, the ground mushroom powder, and season with the salt pepper
  11. Bring the mixture to a boil the reduce the to medium heat and cook until the sauce thickens and reduces by 1/3, Add the mushroom mixture back to the pan with the chicken and rice and cook until warmed. Add more milk if the sauce is too thick. 
  12. Lightly salt the inside of the stemmed and seeded peppers and place in a microwave safe bowl with 1/2 cup of water, cover and cook for 5 minutes until starting to soften
  13. Place peppers in a 9 x 12 baking dish, skin side down and fill the pepper cavities with chicken mixture and top each pepper with a small handful of cheese and add extra filling around the peppers. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes or until bubbling and the cheese is melted. Rest for 5 minutes, and serve

Found this recipe on pinterest and decided to give it a share on the blog. I have never had stuffed peppers, but I can only imagine this particular recipe being delicious, if you want to follow the creator of this recipe, click Here

9.12.18 Macro’s log

2AM (work lunch)

  • Two hamburgers with ketchup & mayo, velveeta cheese slices (one hamburger was bunless and no cheese)

No macro’s recorded. 

5PM: Work snack

  • 3 oreo cookies, Calories 160, Carbs 25g, Fats 7g, and protein 1g

8PM Dinner:

  • City blends 16oz shake (Get your peanuts here) Calories 428, Carbs 60g, Fat 11g, and protein 28g
  • Extra scoop of peanut butter for shake: Calories 90, carbs 3.5g, fats 7.5g and protein 3.5g
  • Ramen noodle with white rice, beef, fried eggs, broccoli, fresh green beans, white fresh mushrooms, white onion, sriracha sauce stir fry