Trader Joe’s Superfood Pilaf

It’s Seek and Eat Night at the Strobel house! Morgan was supposed to be working, but the threat of bad weather got him the night off. This wifey had zero plans to cook tonight. So, I went to the freezer. I added some spices to Trader Joe’s Superfood Pilaf to pack in the flavor. The final product was even yummier than I expected! Take into account all of the vitamins and it’s Seek and Eat success!!!!

1 tsp curry powder
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Sriracha
2 tsp (or to taste) soy sauce

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Cake Batter Cookies from A Simple Affair

Happy Easter, Easter Bunny!! When looking for a yummy dessert for my Brunette family Easter celebration, I wanted something that would be easy to make (I’m no baker) and would please the little ones. On that side, I have 5 nieces and nephews under the age of 5. Plus, after giving up sweets for 40 days, I wanted something tasty too! I went to my Pinterest board and decided on Cake Batter Cookies from A Simple Affair. I love anything cake batter flavored and the sprinkles give this cookie a fun color pop (I did add extra sprinkles)! The cookies were fluffy, moist, and oh so simple (only 3 ingredients!!). I def recommend following her cooking time instructions. Bring these to your next picnic or birthday celebration!!

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Real Simple’s Pea, Feta, and Crispy Prosciutto Salad

Spring is in the air…And I am ready to cook with fresh, seasonal ingredients! When I was living with my sister and Logan three years ago, I found this recipe in her Real Simple. I have brought it to many get-togethers and it is always a nice surprise. For our Brunette family Easter celebration this year, I subbed the prosciutto for crispy bacon. Also, I had some leftover sundried tomato and basil feta that I threw in for some extra flavor.

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Bacon, Veggie, and Cheese Quiche

I make quiches all of the time! It is an inexpensive way to entertain and can be as varied as your imagination. When I hosted a French-themed book club in August, I made five different quiches. The ladies loved trying them all! For dinner the other night, I made a bacon, veggie, and cheese version that used up many ingredients I had in the fridge, yet was satisfying after a long day teaching.

1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 zucchini, chopped and sautéed
1 bunch of asparagus, chopped and sautéed
1/2 onion, diced sautéed
1 red bell pepper, chopped and sautéed
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chiffonade
1 cup shredded cheese (I used 2% cheddar)
6 eggs
Splash of milk
Pinch of nutmeg
1 tsp garlic powder
Sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 refrigerated pie crust

Cook your bacon on a plate in the microwave and crumble. My rule of thumb is 5 minutes for 5 slices, but test yours out. Chop all of your veggies and sautéed with cooking spray for about 10 minutes or until they begin to get soft. In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, and spices and whisk. Unfold your pie crust in a pie pan. Assemble your bacon, veggies, and cheese. Pour in your egg mixture. Top with the basil. Bake in a 350 degree oven until set, about 35 minutes. Slice and serve!

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Tomato, Basil, Feta, Romaine Salad

I love a fresh salad and experimenting with flavors. I made a version of this salad when we had some dear friends from Cali over for dinner in the fall and it was a hit! It is also great for a BBQ or pot-luck. If you don’t like feta, sub mozzarella or mozzarella with prosciutto. Yum!!!

3 heads of romaine, ribbon chopped
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 package of feta (I mixed tomato basil flavored and plain)
1/2 package of basil, chiffonade

Layer all ingredients and serve with a balsamic vinaigrette.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup and Nachos – Spring Clean-Out Challenge Meal 3

We’ve made it to our final dinner of this week’s Spring Clean-Out Challenge!! The great thing about this meal is that it was as simple as defrosting some Chicken Tortilla Soup I made in the fall. The bad thing is that I made it before I started writing down my recipes. I plan on trying to recreate it and post the recipe soon. Until then, I you at least enjoy the pics!

Total spent on fresh ingredients= $1.04 for lime, cilantro, and green onions

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Beer-Battered Filets with Chinese Slaw and Dumplings – Spring Clean-Out Challenge Meal 2

Like every good Catholic, we have fish ready to go for Fridays in Lent. My mom turned me on to Mrs. Paul’s Beer Battered Whole Fish Filets. They actually crisp in the oven and satisfy that fried fish craving. I topped the filets with my spicy Sriracha Cream Drizzle. To add a fresh component, I used my Aunt Marie’s Asian Slaw recipe as am inspiration. Finally, to add a little starch, I steamed some frozen dumplings (from Aldi). This meal is my attempt to clean-out the freezer while adding a little fresh flavor and fun!

Sriracha Cream Drizzle
1 Tbsp light mayo
1/2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 Tbsp Sriracha hot sauce

You can double or triple this recipe to meet your needs. Mix all ingredients together. Whisking with a fork is best. Add to a squirt bottle and drizzle with ease.

My Version of Aunt Marie’s Asian Slaw
1 lb coleslaw
4 green onions, chopped
1 handful of cilantro, chopped
1 pkg Chicken flavored Ramen Noodles (or any flavor really)…crush up the raw noodles
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup oil
4 Tbsp rice wine vinegar (can use any)
4 Tbsp sugar
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Dash of ground ginger
Pinch of Chinese 5 Spice
Dash of soy sauce
Packet of Ramen seasoning

In a large bowl, combine the slaw, green onions and cilantro. Mix the ingredients from the oil down in a small bowl. Top with almonds and crushed, raw Ramen noodles. Unless I am going to a large party where the slaw will get eaten in one sitting, I like to keep the toppings separate so they don’t get soggy.

Total spent on fresh ingredients= $2.48 for slaw, lime, cilantro, green onions, and ramen

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