March 22, 2012

Sweet Potato Fries

I am so flattered Shannon asked me to do a guest post on her blog and I hope that all the Mom's out there find this recipe easy and their kiddo's love it.

I am doing Baby Led Weaning with my 7 month old and sweet potatoes are one of his favorite's.  Of course with every meal, I have to think of my 9 year old son's preference's too, so I decided to try sweet potato fries so that both my boys could enjoy them.
Get out some paprika and brown sugar and mix them in a small bowl.  I didn't use exact measurements, I kind of just added to my taste and liking but you could say maybe 5 tablespoons of each. 
Once you taste it and it's not too spicy or sweet

 add about 1 tablespoon of salt to the bowl.
Cut up 2 sweet potatoes across and then long ways and lay them on foil.
  I suggest spraying the foil with pam or olive oil or something so they won't stick.
Then you can sprinkle the mixture from the bowl over the top of the sweet potatoes and drizzle olive oil over them (not much just about 4 tablespoons of olive oil)

They should look like the above photo.  Bake at 450 for 20 minutes- longer if you want them crispier. 

Then enjoy!!!

March 21, 2012

Oven Baked Onion Rings

I feel like it's been forever since I've blogged!  I apologize for the absence..hopefully you missed me. I was really sick along with starting a new job!  Anyway, today I am posting a recipe I made because I was craving onion rings and I really didn't feel like ordering them from a fast food spot.  These are oven baked!

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Cut your onions like the above photo.  Then get out buttermilk and flour.

I used whole wheat and honestly, I did not taste a difference and it made it a little healthier.
Make a bowl for your buttermilk and bowl for your flour.

Dip the onion in the buttermilk and then in your flour and lay it on cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

I sprayed my onion rings on the pan with "PAM" lightly and put them in the oven for 15-20 minutes depending how crispy you like them.  They came out really good.  They weren't as greasy as you would get with your burger at Carl's Jr or something, but they were pretty good for being homemade and my older son ate them up.  I hope you enjoy!

March 5, 2012

Quinoa Cakes

Are you familiar with Quinoa?  I had never had it but I kept hearing about it and seeing all these recipes for it so when we were at a spanish market one day I picked some up and decided to try these.  They are little seeds similar to rice.

I was inspired by Linda at because she had this amazing recipe on pinterest and I had to try it.

You are going to start by cooking 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups boiling water and leaving it covered on low (once it has hit boiling) for 20 minutes.

In a bowl, combine the following:

1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 medium carrot, finely grated (OR 1 cup shredded zucchini, squeezed dry)
3 eggs
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 green onions, including white parts

1 /2 teaspoon Splenda or sugar

1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

It will look something like this.
Once the quinoa has finished cooking, you will add it to the bowl and mix it up.  Put the mixture into a measuring cup and pour it into a pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat and press down to make firm patties.
Once your patties are in the pan the rest is just making sure you flip them correctly.  If you flip too early they can fall apart, too late and they will burn!  Keep an eye on these.

Serve it with Tzatzki dip, which is a green yogurt and cucumber dressing with dill.  Low calorie dip that is amazing on these.  I hope you enjoyed your Quinoa experience!  Thanks to Linda for her talented creation!

March 2, 2012

Shepard's Pie

Growing up my mom used to buy shepard's pie, heat it up and give it to me for dinner and I loved it.  My whole family loved it and it came in such a small quantity that we didn't get that much.  She always made something extra with it, but I wanted more Shepard's Pie!! So, I decided as an adult, I would just make it myself!

Start out by browning some ground meat in a pan with a little olive oil and I added cummin for seasoning. 
 While the meat is browning boil about 6 potatoes.

Put the browned meat in the bottom of a casserole dish.  Then get out your mixed veggies.  I personally used frozen because I had barely gotten home when I made this and didn't have fresh vegetables.  Obviously, defrost the vegetables if needed.. Spread the vegetables over the browned meat.

Next your potatoes will probably of taken 30-45 minutes to get soft like you need them so whenever they are done put them in a bowl and mash them up.

Once the potatoes are mashed up, use a spoon and spread them over the meat and vegetables and pat them down so they are flat.
Then you will shred some cheedar cheese over the top (or you can use pre shredded cheese, doesn't matter.)

Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes and enjoy!