Broccoli Patties

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Broccoli Patties

Ok, broccoli patties sounds like a really weird concept, but they’re quite good. I love broccoli regardless of its size, shape, or what it’s mixed with. However, this recipe is supposed to be kid or picky eater boyfriend friendly ūüėČ I’ll have to test out the latter.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz frozen chopped broccoli (cooked according to directions)
  • 1 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup italian breadcrumbs
  • 3 eggs
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Add the eggs, cheese, breadcrumbs, broccoli, and salt and pepper to a medium bowl.brocpatties2
  3. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Don’t forget this step or they will stick. Yes, I made that mistake!!!!
  4. Form the broccoli mixture into patties and place on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, flip, then bake for another 10 minutes. I added cheddar cheese on top when I flipped the patties.

Suggestion: MORE CHEESE PLEASE. Self explanatory. Maybe add 2 cups of cheddar cheese (another 1/2 cup).

Recipe found on Stacey Snacks

Oven Baked Chicken Fingers

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(Recipe adapted from the back of the Bisquick box!)

Here’s the key part, they’re oven baked…so they’re healthy right? Eh sort of. They were still really good, but to be perfectly honest. I like my stuff friend. I like oil. No, I love oil. I’m going to fry these bad boys up next time for sure.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups of Bisquick
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • chicken tenders-I used 4, the recipe is probably enough for 8
  • 2 eggs-lightly beaten
  • cooking spray

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients (Bisquick, parmesan, paprika, salt, garlic powder).
  3. In a separate bowl, lightly beat 2 eggs.
  4. Dip the chicken tenders into the egg mixture and then into the bowl of dry ingredients. chickentenders2Repeat this process a second time for each tender.
  5. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray. Place fingers on the sheet and spray the tops with the cooking spray.
  6. Cook 6 minutes, then flip the tenders over. Cook another 6-8 minutes.

Homemade Mac and Cheese

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Martha Stewart’s Homemade Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:

Cheese Sauce:

  • 1/2 stick (4 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups of milk (I used 1%)
  • 3 1/2 cups cheddar cheese (recipe calls for flagship-I just used Wegman’s brand)
  • 1/2 cup jack cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (original calls for 1/8 tsp. let’s be real, that’s never enough)

Mac and Cheese Dish:

  • Butter for baking dish
  • 8 ounces shell pasta
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 gruyere cheese

Directions:

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In a sauce pan, melt 4 tbsp butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour when melted, about 2 minutes.

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Slowly add milk, whisking as you add. Cook and stir frequently until sauce is thick (about 10 minutes).

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Remove from heat. Add cheeses, salt, chili powder, and garlic powder.

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Stir until the cheese has melted and all of the ingredients are well incorporated.

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In a medium sauce pan, boil water and cook pasta. You want to cook the pasta about 2 minutes less then the directions say.

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Once cooked, drain and rinse pasta with cold water. Mix together cheese sauce and pasta. Add pasta to pre-buttered baking dish.

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Top with 1/2 tsp of chili powder, gruyere, and cheddar cheese.

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Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes. Broil for 1 minute. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Suggestions: I plan on adding shredded chicken and breadcrumbs the next time I make this. Other than that, it’s very good! Pretty rich. I of course loaded it with Frank’s Redhot, which actually helped with the richness.

Original recipe from Martha Stewart.

Turkey Veggie Tray

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Ok ok, I know this is a little late and out of season. I’m actually back into the swing of things and blogging so I figured, better late than never!

Ingredients

  • Red, green, yellow, orange peppers (whatever colors you want honestly)
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • And an olive for the little eyes!

Directions

  1. Slice peppers length wise. This will be your feathers for your turkey.
  2. Add the carrots as an outside layer for the “feathers”.
  3. Slice cucumbers, this will be the body.
  4. Take the end of one of the peppers and create a face.
  5. Essentially, be creative!

Valentine’s Day Goodie Package

Considering my boyfriend lives on the opposite side of the country, we can’t really spend Valentine’s Day together. I still wanted to do something, so I figured I would bake a bunch of goodies and send them his way. Here’s my Valentine’s Day box!

vday package 3Line the box with paper. Just makes a plain old boring box a little more festive!

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Begin filling it with whatever goodies you want! I included peanut butter cookies, puppy chow, and peanut butter balls. Sensing a theme here????

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Then complete the package with a card and a corny saying “we go together like chocolate and peanut butter” BOOM!

Distressed Canvas

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Anyone see on Pinterest this whole distressed canvas/wooden photo’s? Yeah I totally tried it. My friend moved into her very first place so I wanted to something different for her. I filled a black laundry basket with individually wrapped red and white wine glasses and included some black and white dish towels. I also included these two canvas photo’s. Here’s how I did it…

What you’ll need

  • Canvas. I actually grabbed a package of 10, 8×10 canvas’ at Michael’s craft store for $20. They had a special so I figured why not.
  • You will also need gel medium and a brush.

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  1. Print out any photo of your choosing. I’ve only tried black and white, since it gives it a distressed/vintage look.¬†IMPORTANT-don’t forget to print the mirror image of the picture. If you don’t, your picture will end up backwards. It’s only a big deal typically if there is writing in the photo.
  2. Take the gel medium and brush it onto the front of the canvas (make sure it is as smooth of a surface as possible-aka smooth out the lumps and bumps caused by the medium).
  3. Place the picture (picture side down) on the canvas. Smooth out with hands. If necessary, take a credit card and smooth out all of the bumps on the surface.
  4. Let dry. I let it dry over night and it was fine the next day.
  5. Once dry, take a spray bottle and spray the canvas, section by section. When you have wet a section, start rubbing your fingers on the paper (gently) until the paper begins to peel off. Warning, this is a long process.
  6. I found that if you over wet the surface, it tends to peel more of the picture off. I did it layer by layer and let it dry each time before I began peeling again.
  7. It will not be perfect, hence the distressed look!
  8. Once the photo is dry, brush on the gel medium to “seal” the picture.

 

Commitment Probs

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Here’s the thing. I think I may have commitment issues. Not in relationships, but in every other facet of my life. I get bored easily I guess. Last monday I had every intention of starting the Paleo diet. ¬†I was really motivated too, I even went grocery shopping to prepare! Well that lasted all of 3 whole days. I missed my pasta… I really missed my pasta. So bloggers, more then likely you will no longer see paleo specific posts.