Saturday, August 23, 2014

White Chicken Enchiladas



So I altered this recipe to have corn tortillas and made it more of a "bake". This recipe is so easy to make! Here is the link. We topped  it with Chipotle Tobasco and that gave it the kick it needed!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Giada's Meatloaf



A friend told me about Giada's meatloaf and it is really good! Dave and I had it last week - it was a lot for two people so next time I think I will cut the recipe in half.

Quick Marinara Sauce
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped (about ⅓ cup)
1 large shallot, finely chopped or ⅓ cup finely chopped onion
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes (in puree)
2 dried Turkish bay leaves, broken in half
¼ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Meatloaf
2 large eggs
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2/3 cup chopped fresh basil plus sprigs for garnish (optional)
2/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (preferably Parmesan Reggiano)
1 small onion or ½ large onion, finely chopped (about 2/3 cup)
⅓ cup Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
2 pounds ground beef (80% lean)
½ cup coarsely grated whole milk mozzarella cheese

instructions

Quick Marinara Sauce
In a large heavy saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, celery, and shallot. Sauté until the celery softens, about 5 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, bay leaves, and dried crushed pepper. Bring to simmer, stirring occasionally. Adjust heat to medium-low or low and continue to simmer gently until the sauce thickens slightly and is reduced to about 3 cups, 20 to 25 minutes. Mix in basil, salt, and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool, cover, and refrigerate. Remove bay leaves before using.)
Meatloaf
Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, stir eggs, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper to blend. Mix in 2/3 cup marinara sauce, chopped basil, Parmesan cheese, onion, and panko. Add beef and blend well. Mound meatloaf mixture on a large rimmed baking sheet; press out to 12x8-inch rectangle (about 1 inch thick). Spread ½ cup sauce thinly over the top.

Bake the meatloaf until cooked through and instant read thermometer registers 160°F, 25 to 30 minutes (there will be lots of juices and drippings on sheet around meatloaf). Cut the meatloaf into eight 4-inch squares and separate the squares slightly. On each, square spread 2 generous tablespoons sauce, leaving a border of meat visible. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of mozzarella cheese in center of the sauce. Return meatloaf to oven. Bake until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes.

Transfer meatloaf squares to plates. Spoon additional sauce alongside; garnish with basil sprig.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Chili Lime Shrimp Kabobs


Dave and I made this on Sunday night at it was DELISH! I grabbed the recipe from Pinterest! It makes about 8-10 kabobs. It definitely makes enough for 2 meals and we had it over rice.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Guess who got a new job???

THIS GIRL!!

I'm the new Community Relations Coordinator for Lowe's!!!  And if you can't tell already, I'm super excited! I start in 2 weeks!

Have a great week everyone!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lil' Rolly Polly



Holy cuteness!

Oh Yolanda


Yolanda Foster, from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, posted this picture this week on her facebook page. My first thought was - that horse is cute, I want a horse. And my second thought was, she's 50 and looks way better than I do - wtf!

Monday, August 4, 2014

I'm Here!

Well I had my 3rd IUI on Friday. Everything went okay but it was more painful than I was used to. My acupuncturist suggested I relax and work from home the rest of the day - so I thought, why not? Might as well! I had major cramping all weekend and just tried to relax and now.... it's Monday again! It's a good thing though - I think I was falling into a lazy rut! LOL. I did watch some terrible TV over the weekend - the movie Gone - was, awful and so was the movie, Dream House. Also terrible was the show Real Housewives of Melbourne - I'm not sure where they got these women from but the 90's wants them back. I watched Baby Boom, one of my all time favorite movies so that was a guaranteed crowd pleaser! And I started the 3rd book from the Divergent series, Allegiant, which is set up differently from the other two books but still just as good.  Also, Charlotte just got a Smash Burger which Dave and I tried out on Sunday. I had the avocado burger and it was DELISH. Dave wasn't fond of their fries, they are rosemary and sea salt fries. I liked them though!