Thursday Nigh Snacks - What I Chose!
In the end I chose to combine two dips for TV Night! I made a bacon and cheese dip with hot sauce, cheese and onion with a cream cheese base! I only tried little bit but so far it's to die for! I also cut up some fruit and added a caramel sauce on the side. My friends are bringing S'more Dip and Helluva dip,
so I'll post all the recipes when I get them together.
Now, I get to eat!
Thursday Night TV Snacks
Thursday night may be my favourite night of the week! Not only do my friends come over and we watch our favourite TV shows, but we eat the equivalent of a week of calories in one sitting! The snacks are amazing, and this week I'm struggling on what to make. I used some of my favourite food blogs and chose my top three.
Option #1 is the extremely unhealthy Hot Bacon Dip! Why do I want to make this? Duh, bacon! Plus Karly, the creator of Buns in my Oven, never disappoints. Her recipes are very easy to follow and absolutely delicious!
Option #2 is a Guacamole Hummus Dip. I love both guacamole and hummus, so why not put them together? Well, this recipe comes from Martha Stewart, who can do no wrong when it comes to cooking. But, do I want to have a "remotely" healthy option for my pig out night or do I just go all in and be
Option #3 is a Tequila Jalapeno Crab Dip, which is featured on the blog From Dahlias to Doxies by Ashley. I mean, the name alone makes me want to eat this! It sounds so delicious that my mouth is already watering!
I don't know how I'm going to choose what dip to make tonight, but I do know it's going to be delicious! The dip also has to go well with an alcoholic beverage, since that's absolutely on the menu tonight!
I'll be sure to post what my final decision was, so make sure you come back!
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Grown Up Strawberry Shortcake
So, I have an obsession with strawberries. My parents use to tell me that I would turn into a strawberry if I didn't stop eating them, and I never listened. Jokes on you parents, I'm still a human (note that I didn't say normal because my friends would surely beg to differ)! For dessert tonight, I had Grown Up Strawberry Shortcake.
Grown Up Strawberry Shortcake simply means cornbread, instead of pound cake or biscuits, and cream cheese icing instead of whip cream. If you think that sounds good, try tasting it!
This corn bread recipe is very easy! You make it in a skillet then transfer the skillet to the oven to bake. The corn bread recipe is from All Recipes, and can be found here. As for the rest of the dessert, it's mashed up strawberries, with sugar, and cream cheese icing. Oh la la! Cream cheese icing is SO simple to make- it's butter, cream cheese and icing sugar. Put this dish together and it's HEAVEN!
This dessert is a must for anyone who loves strawberries! You could also swap the strawberries for other fruit, but who would want to? Strawberries are clearly the superior fruit!
Naturally, I enjoyed this decadent dessert with a glass of white wine!
I started Meatless Monday during summer 2012 after a friend, who studied Nutrition, told me about the benefits of having one meatless day a week. I love to cook so I thought this would be a great way to try cooking with new foods while reaping the benefits of vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. Since today is Monday I thought I would share four of my favourite Meatless Monday recipes!
Jenna Dewan-Tatums Quinoa & Spinach Enchiladas, The Ellen Degeneres Show / Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells
Jenna Dewan-Tatums Quinoa & Spinach Enchiladas
I was watching The Ellen Degeneres Show and Jenna Dewan-Tatum made an appearance promoting her new movie, 10 Years. She is a vegan and brought Ellen this recipe to try. I decided to make it for supper one Meatless Monday and I loved it. I used real cheese but to make it vegan just cut the cheese or use vegan cheese. You can find the recipe here.
Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells
1 box of jumbo pasta shells
1 tub of Ricotta cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 tbsp italian seasoning
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
Begin by pre-heating oven to 350 degrees. Boil pasta shells. While shells are boiling mix together ricotta cheese, 1.5 cups mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, egg and spices. When shells are ready, fill shell with cheese mixture and place in baking dish. Fill all shells and place baking dish in oven for 30 minutes. At 30 minutes take out baking dish and sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese on top of shells. Bake for additional 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and golden!
Sweet Potato Lasagna / Pumpkin & Pecan Pasta
Sweet Potato & Spinach Lasagna
8-10 lasagna noodles
3-4 sweet potatoes
2-3 cups chopped spinach
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups shredded cheese (I LOVE CHEESE)
Tomato sauce - I make my own but store bought works well!
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Boil lasagna noodles and sweet potatoes, in separate pots of course! In frying pan add oil and slowly caramelize onions. When sweet potatoes are finished, mash and add to frying pan. On low heat add spinach, brown sugar, cinnamon, 1/2 cup of cheese and 1/2 cup of
In baking dish, layer pasta sauce, noodles, sweet potato mixture and cheese until last layer of lasagna noodles are on top. Finish off with remaining cheese and put in the oven for 30 min. This recipe tastes better the longer you let it sit, so I usually cook it the night before and heat it up when I get home from work.
Pumpkin & Pecan Pasta
Any type of noodle (I prefer penne or fusilli)
1/2 cup 100% Pumpkin (comes in a can)
2 cups alfredo sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 cup crushed pecans - for pecan mixture
1 tsp cinnamon - for pecan mixture
1/4 cup butter - for pecan mixture
2 tbsp brown sugar - for pecan mixture
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and begin to boil noodles. Make pecan mixture: melt butter then add cinnamon, brown sugar and pecans & let sit. In saucepan add pumpkin, alfredo sauce, brown sugar. When noodles are ready add to saucepan and mix. Put pasta mixture in baking dish and top with
pecan mixture. Throw in the oven for 20-30 minutes!
These are in no way professional, an are not exactly "healthy" ... umm hello cheese & butter!
But, they taste AH-MAH-ZING and are so easy to make! I usually prepare everything the night before because I'm so hungry when I get home from work that I just can't wait! If you wanted to research Meatless Monday further I've attached the link below (just click on the Meatless Monday icon). They have weekly recipes, celebrity information, news articles, etc!
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