Friday, April 24, 2015

Michael Symon's 50/50 Burger

So this was a perfect 10 from all of us, this was so great, and of course easy :).  Michael Symon came up with this recipe in his 5 in 5 cookbook, and it is easy and delicious.  He also suggested using Italian sausage instead, and changing things up just a little, and we will be trying that as well.  Each burger was (gulp) 765 calories the way I made it, and it's worth every calorie :).  Here's what to do:

3/4 lb ground beef (the leaner the better)
3/4 lb chorizo
salt and pepper
sliced Monterey Jack cheese
buns
Cilantro leaves to taste
1 Avocado, sliced
1 Tomato, sliced

Mix the beef and chorizo, and salt well, then form into patties.  In a hot skillet, cook the burgers until well done, flipping after browning well on the first side.  After the burgers are well cooked, top with cheese, let the cheese melt, then place on the bun and serve with the cilantro, avocado and tomato.  (Everyone besides me had mayo as well)  Yummylicious!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lauren's Latest's Dorito Southwest Salad

So this salad was really great, and I found it on Lauren's Latest.  Here's the link to the original recipe, and I will share what we did.  The boys and I gave this a perfect 10, and Aaron gave it a 9, because he doesn't love salads, but enjoyed this anyway.  I used my own recipe for the pork, we didn't use chicken, but you could use any meat, we used pork with Mexican seasonings.  Here's what I did, and the calories are about 500 per serving, depending on the amount of dressing you use.

3 c lettuce, washed and chopped
2 cans beans, rinsed and drained
Mexican blend cheese
Seasoned pork
tomatoes
1 avocado, chopped
Doritos, broken into small pieces

Dressing
3 T honey
3 T lime juice
1 small garlic clove, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 t cumin
chopped cilantro to taste

Mix the dressing ingredients together, mix your salad ingredients, then toss with the dressing.  Serve and enjoy.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Michael Symon's Chicken with Mozzarella Salad


I wasn't going to post this, because it's so easy and similar to many things we've had before, but this was super great, the boys gave it perfect 10 and Aaron and I gave it a 9.  This tastes like summer on a plate, and it is super healthy, only 416 calories the way I make it.  This is another Michael Symon hit, from his 5 in 5 cookbook, and again, it's easy and delicious.  Here's what to do:

1/2 c plain dry bread crumbs
seasonings to taste
1 1/2 lbs chicken tenders
seasoned butter (garlic butter, etc.)
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
1/4 c olive oil
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1/2 lb fresh Mozzarella cheese, diced
1/2 c torn fresh basil, chopped

Dip the chicken in seasoned bread crumbs.  Melt the flavored butter in a large skillet, and brown the chicken on both sides.  While the chicken is cooking, mix together the olive oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.  Toss the tomatoes, cheese and basil together with the olive oil mixture, then serve over the chicken.  Serve and enjoy :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Michael Symon's Fried Salami and Peppers

So this is a favorite around here, and so super simple.  Aaron, Noah and I gave it a perfect 10, while Owen gave it a 9 because it was a little spicy.  Michael Symon delivered a real winner for us.  This was from Michael Symon's 5 in 5 cookbook, and each sandwich is 408 calories, but the total is dependent on what kind of bun you use.  Here's what to do:

1 lb thinly sliced salami
1 jalapeno, sliced thinly
salt
Sliced provolone
1/2 c torn fresh basil leaves
Hamburger buns or rolls

Cook the salami slices until crisp, then when all salami is crisp, add the jalapenos to the pan and cook with some salt for a few minutes.  Separate the meat and peppers into piles, return to the pan, and melt the cheese over the sandwiches.  Place on a bun, and serve with condiments.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Make It With A Cakemix's Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes

This wasn't my favorite thing, but my boys really liked it.  I gave it a 7, and the boys gave it a 9, and Aaron gave it an 8.  This was super easy, as it uses a cake mix, but the frosting was really delicious, and this was a fun idea.  I made a few changes from the recipe, because we didn't want fruit in this.  Also, the frosting has to be piped from a wide tip, since sometimes you can get little bits of cereal in your frosting unless you sift it.  Each cupcake is 345 calories, and here's what to do:

Cake:
1 box butter pecan cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 c melted butter, cooled
1 c buttermilk
2 t vanilla
1 c cinnamon baking chips

Frosting:
1/2 c Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, finely crushed
1 c butter, softened
2 T milk
1 t vanilla
1/2 t cinnamon
4 c (or a little less) powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 and line your cupcake pans.  Combine the eggs, butter, buttermilk, and vanilla until smooth.  Stir in the cake mix and cinnamon chips.  Fill muffin liners and bake for about 17 minutes or so.  Let cool.
Beat the butter for 2 minutes, then add in the cereal, milk, vanilla and cinnamon.  Then add in the powdered sugar.  Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Bobby Flay's Banana Foster's Crepes

So this is such a great dish, we love bananas foster, and this is a great way to have it.  Sorry about the upside down picture, I don't know what happened, but oh well :).  This is a basic crepe recipe with sliced bananas inside, and then topped with whipped cream.  The real star for this for me was the caramel sauce, I think it was the best one I have ever made.  The whole brunch meal was out of this world, but here is the recipe for the caramel sauce I found in Bobby Flay's Bar Americain cookbook.  The alcohol isn't necessary, you can use flavorings if you want, extracts, or just leave them out, but it will taste different.  We all gave this a perfect 10, and the calories for 12 crepes are per crepe 315 calories, and that includes one crepe, some slices of banana, some whipped cream and the caramel sauce.  The caramel sauce by itself, for 1/12, is 142 calories.  Here's what to do:

1 c sugar
1 c cream
1/4 t cinnamon
1 T orange liqueur
1 T dark rum

Combine the sugar and 1/2 c water and bring to a boil.  Cook until the caramel is amber in color, about 8 minutes.  While doing this, warm the cream to a simmer.  When the caramel has finished cooking, add the cream carefully, whisking the entire time.  Stir in the cinnamon and flavorings.  Serve warm.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Absolutely Avocado's Cucumber Salad

We ate this with our Krab avocado sandwiches the other night, and we all enjoyed this so much.  I found this recipe in the Absolutely Avocado cookbook.  Each serving, for six servings, was 165, and Noah and Aaron gave it a perfect 10, Owen gave it a 7, and I gave it a 9.  Here's what to do:

2 T olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cucumber, chopped
2 avocados, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
salt and pepper

Mix together the oil and vinegar, season to taste, and set aside.  Assemble the vegetables together with the garlic, and then toss with the dressing, serve.

Jonah really loved this too :)