Friday, February 16, 2018

Easy Cucumber Salad

This is perfect as a side dish or anytime.

2 cucumbers, chopped
1/2 - 1 T.  low sodium soy sauce
1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper, fresh lime juice
1 - 2 T.  sesame oil
Pinch each: turmeric, red pepper flakes, diced ginger root
1 clove garlic crushed and chopped

Rinse, cut cucumbers in half lengthwise and chop.

Place cucumbers in a bowl.

Combine remaining ingredients in a cup. Stir with a fork to mix.

Pour mixture over cucumbers. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Serves 4.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Easy Korean Steak

This is perfect for watching the Winter Olympics, an easy dinner or anytime.

1 - 1 1/2 sliced beef
1 - 2 T. oil
1-/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 T. brown sugar
1/4 tsp diced fresh ginger
2 - 3 T. low sodium soy sauce
1 - 2 T. each: sesame oil, sake
1 clove garlic crushed, chopped
1/2 c. sliced green onions.

In a bowl combine: sliced beef, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, ginger, sake, oil, garlic, sugar, soy sauce. 

Stir to coat beef and let marinate in refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

Preheat saute pan over medium high heat, reduce heat to medium and add oil.
 Add beef to pan and stir fry for 6 -10 min or until done.

Remove beef from pan and plave into a serving bowl. 

Add onions to pan and cook for 1 - 2 min. Turn off burner and sprinkle cooked onion over beef. 

Serve with cooked rice or noodles. 

Serves 4. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Big Game Meatball Hoagies

This is perfect for watching the big game, dinner, for company or anytime.

16 pre-made meatballs
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
2 - 3 c. prepared pasta sauce
1 - 2 cloves chopped and crushed garlic
1/2 tsp each: parsley, oregano, basil
2 - 6 T. oil (enough to coat pan)
4 submarine sandwich rolls
4 slices mozzarella or provolone cheese

Preheat skillet to medium high heat. lower heat to medium, add some of the oil. Place meatballs in pan and brown on 1 side for 7 - 10 min approx.  

Turn meatballs over and brown on other side for 7 - 10 min. more. 

Remove meatballs from pan and drain excess fat from pan if needed.  

Return meatballs to pan and pour pasta sauce over meatballs. Cook meatballs and sauce for 10 minutes more or until done.

While meatballs are cooking, combine rest of oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic and herbs in a measuring cup. Mix well with a fork.

Use a pastry brush to brush 1 side of the sub rolls with the oil mixture
Heat a grill pan to medium-high heat, lower heat to medium.

Place buns oiled side down on grill pan. Grill bun for 1 - 2 min. to warm them up.
Remove buns from grill pan and set aside.

To assemble sandwiches: with a serving spoon, scoop 4 of the meatballs on 4 of the buns.

Drizzle some of the sauce over the meatballs.

Top meatballs with one slice of cheese.

Top meatballs with the other part of the bun.
Repeat process with remaining meatballs and buns.

Put sandwiches on grill pan for a few minutes until the cheese melts.

You can even put the sandwiches on a cookie sheet and put in them oven for a few minutes to broil until the cheese melts.

Serves 4.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

21 and Over Hot Chocolate

Sorry kids, this hot chocolate recipe is just for grown-ups.

This is perfect after a day outside with the kids, running errands or just relaxing watching your favorite program.

I've use whipped cream vodka but you can also use regular vodka if desired.


4 - 6 c. reduced fat milk
4 envelopes hot chocolate mix
4 - 6 oz.  whipped cream flavored vodka
Whipped cream
Pinch of ground cinnamon (optional)

In a microwave safe measuring cup, pour milk. Add cinnamon and place in microwave. 
Microwave on high for 40 - 90 sec.

Tear open hot chocolate envelopes and in the bottom of coffee mugs, pour chocolate mix & vodka.

Remove milk from microwave and pour milk over vodka mixture. Mix well with a spoon.

Serves 4.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Big Game Taco Bowl

This is great for watching the big game, an easy lunch, dinner for the kids or anytime.

1 lb ground meat ( lean Beef)
1 T olive oil
1/2 c  chopped onion
1/8 c chopped bell pepper
1/8 - 1/4 tsp  each: salt, pepper
1 c. salsa
1 clove garlic (chopped, crushed)
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp chopped cilantro
1 lime, juice and zest
1 10 oz package nacho cheese tortilla chips
1 c each: shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes,
1/2 c sour cream
Non stick cooking spray
4 flour or corn tortillas

Preheat oven to 350' F

Spray taco bowl mold makers with non-stick cooking spray.

With a pastry brush, brush olive oil over both sides of tortillas.

Line the molds with the tortillas.

Place the taco bowl molds on a cookie sheet and bake tortillas for about 7 - 10 min. or until done.

Keep an eye on them so they don't burn.

Take tortillas out of oven, set aside to cool.

Heat saute pan over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add oil. if needed.

Add onions and meat. Brown meat and onions for 8-10 minutes. Drain excess grease from meat (If using lean beef, omit step). 

Add salsa, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, lime zest and chilies to meat.

Cook for another 4 to 6 minutes or until done. Squeeze some lime juice over meat mixture.

To serve:  Spoon meat mixture in taco bowl. Add nacho chips.

Top with your favorite fixings. 

Serves 4. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Recipe To Help California

Californians have been through a lot lately. Prayers, thoughts, peace for California.

First it was the Northern Californians wildfires that devastated many, destroying homes.

Then many families faced devastation by wildfires that caused damage throughout southern California. 

Now southern California is facing mudslides that threaten homes, and many lives.

On the left side of the website are links under Recipe To Pay It Forward. These are some organizations that are helping with disaster relief. 

Whatever you can do to help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for caring.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Easy Mimosas

This is perfect for a New Year's brunch or anytime. Enjoy!

1 bottle champagne or sparkling wine
3 - 4 c. orange juice

In a pitcher combine ingredients. Stir to mix.

Place pitcher in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Pour mimosas into four champagne flutes.

Serves 4.

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