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Succulent Sundays: Wine & Lasagna (Hint: There’s a Recipe!)

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As you may remember (reading back to this post), I’m not really into alcohol but when my husband and I saw a Groupon for a small group wine tasting in our home, we pounced on it. 8 bottles of wine, a relaxed atmosphere, and some time with our friends seemed too good to pass up. I learned something…I like wine! The glass pictured above was one that our consultant said would be good with lasagna and so that’s what I made for dinner last night.

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I thought I’d take some time to share the recipe…

You’ll need:

1 pound lean ground beef (or ground turkey) browned and drained.

Lasagna noodles (you can either buy the oven ready noodles or cook them yourself).

8oz Pasta Sauce (I use unsalted)

8oz Stewed tomatoes drained and sliced.

2 cups mozzarella cheese.

16oz large curd cottage cheese.

2 eggs.

Combine the eggs and cottage cheese into a bowl and set aside.

Combine the meat, pasta sauce, and stewed tomatoes into a bowl and set aside.

Assembling the lasagna is very simple. Start with a layer of noodles and then add a layer of your cottage cheese/egg mix followed by a layer of your meat and sauce and then a layer of mozzarella. Repeat, repeat (typically you get two to three layers per recipe).

Bake in the oven, covered with aluminum foil, at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.

Serve and enjoy with a glass of your favorite wine.

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 I suggest pairing your lasagna with fresh salad and homemade garlic bread. To make the garlic bread, I sliced a fresh made baguette from my local bakery, used my new Orblue garlic press that I purchased through Amazon (you can find it here). I combined the fresh garlic with melted butter and brushed it onto the bread before baking it at 400 degrees for about five minutes. It was delicious!

Bon Appetite!

 

 

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Succulent Sundays: Homemade Stuffed Peppers (Recipe!)

I will never forget the day I was accused of being obsessed with green peppers. A friend of ours, who was also moving to the area, lived with us when my husband and I relocated to Kansas City after college. I took on the responsibility of cooking for the three of us and made a lot with green peppers. What can I say?! They’re delicious. Every time I make something with them, I think of this friend. So, G.L., this one is for you! A crunchy, munchy, melt in your mouth recipe for stuffed green peppers. From start to finish, this should only take you about 30 minutes. You’ll want to pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees before you begin. Don’t forget to compost your green pepper scraps when you’re done!

Homemade Stuffed Peppers

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 3-4 Green Peppers
  • Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese (~1 cup)
  • 8oz Tomato Sauce
  • Mexican or Spanish Rice (I used Uncle Bens)
  • 1 lb Ground Beef

Stuffed Peppers Recipe Under 30 Minutes

You’ll want to “gut” the green peppers (cut off the tops and use a spoon to take out their insides) before washing them. Set them aside for later.

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

In a large skillet, brown your beef (then drain before adding it back into the skillet).

Once drained, combine cooked rice (per the directions), beef, and tomato sauce. Stir.

Oven Baked Stuffed Peppers

Place your hollowed out peppers onto a baking sheet, stuff them (what kind of ‘stuffed peppers’ would these be otherwise?!), and top with cheese.

Stuffed Pepper Recipe In The Oven

(yummm! Cheese!)

Crunchy Stuffed Pepper Recipe

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. The peppers will be softer than raw but still crisp (and delicious!).

Stuffed Pepper Recipe

Serve and enjoy!

Homemade Stuffed Pepper Recipe

 

 

 

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Succulent Sundays: BBQ Chicken Nachos

Remember that time when I made BBQ chicken bakes?! Well…

I wanted to try something a little different for dinner last night and, let me tell you, these are not-ch-your ordinary nachos! I knew I wanted to make my pulled BBQ chicken in the crock pot since it had been a while but I really wasn’t in the mood for traditional BBQ. So instead I made BBQ chicken nachos. If you need my recipe for the pulled BBQ chicken follow this link. This twist is super easy. All you’ll need is chips, lettuce (either hearts of romaine or shredded iceberg), guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese, and chicken.

Chips

Combine Chips and a layer of pulled BBQ chicken in a bowl (or on a plate) and a 1/4 cup of shredded cheese and microwave for 1 minute.

BBQ Chicken on ChipsLayer on lettuce (I used iceberg for my husband’s dinner and romaine lettuce for mine), guacamole, sour cream, and a pinch of cheese on top.

BBQ Chicken Nachos

Serve and enjoy! I paired mine with a cup of unsweetened iced tea and it was so good!

Barbeque Chicken Nachos

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Homemade French Fries (With Pictures!)

Happy Succulent Sunday, everyone! Today I want to show you how to make easy homemade french fries.

I served these with Jenny-O turkey burgers and, instead of using a bun, I put it between two pieces of lettuce and added a little bit of cheese.

Market Pantry Corn Oil

I usually use grape seed oil, because of it’s very high smoke point, but I recently discovered that corn oil has a smoke point of 400 degrees so it’s definitely a more budget friendly way to fry foods at home. For this recipe you’ll need potatoes, oil, and any seasoning that you prefer.

Homemade Fries Recipe

I happened to have gold potatoes on hand so that’s what I used for this recipe.

Homemade French Fry Recipe

The potatoes fry really well when they’re frying in oil between 250-325 degrees.

Homemade french fry recipe

Once you’ve peeled and cut your potatoes (and your oil is arm enough), place them in a single layer in your oil. Whenever you’re frying something, you’ll want to make sure that you’re watching it carefully (heat + oil = fire). When your potatoes start to turn into a nice golden brown, they’re ready.

French Fry Recipe

When you’re ready, carefully take the potatoes out of the oil and place them in a single layer on paper towels (to soak up the oil).

Homemade french fries

french fries recipe

Season immediately (if you’re going to). I used taco seasoning for mine.

french fry seasoning

homemade french fries recipe

Serve & Enjoy!

Homemade French Fries

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Succulent Sundays: Pulled Barbeque Chicken Bake

Pulled BBQ Chicken Bake

As part of my goals for this blog, I want to take a time every once in a while to talk about food, share a recipe, or post mouth-watering pictures. I’m not going to promise a new post every week but, when I do post on a Sunday, it will be part of a series I want to call Succulent Sundays. Today I want to share a very easy recipe I came up with and made on New Year’s Eve for dinner. It’s a pulled BBQ chicken bake and it is delicious.

Pulled BBQ Crockpot Chicken RecipeYou will need:

18oz BBQ Sauce | Black Pepper (to taste) | Minced Garlic (~2tbsp) | ~2lb boneless, skinless chicken breast  | Nonstick cooking spray | 9oz water

Crockpot BBQ ChickenCoat the inside of the crock pot with non-stick baking spray.

Pulled BBQ Chicken RecipeRinse chicken and cut into strips (this is just a small portion of the chicken I used), set aside.

Crockpot Pulled BBQ ChickenAdd in minced garlic, pepper, water, and sauce into crock pot. Stir.

*I doubled this recipe…in case you’re wondering why my crock pot looks a little full

Barbeque chicken crock pot recipeCook on low, covered, for 5 hours and 30 minutes.

When the chicken is nearly done in the crock pot, you’ll want to start preparing to make the bake.

For this you will need:

8oz Pepper Jack Cheese | Refrigerated pizza dough/biscuit Dough/crescent roll Dough |  Crushed Red Pepper

BBQ Chicken Bake Recipe

I used crescent roll dough. I combined two pieces and then rolled them together into a ball in my hands and flattened them out on the baking sheet. This made enough to split between two people comfortably (with sides).

Baked BBQ Chicken Recipe

I prefer to shred my own cheese so I use the food processor to do the hard work for me…

Barbeque Chicken Bake

Baked Barbeque Chicken Roll Recipe

You’ll want to take the chicken out a little bit at a time to “pull it apart”. The wonderful thing about making it in the Crock Pot is that it is so tender it just falls apart when you touch it. To “pull” the chicken, simply take two knives and separate it into smaller pieces.

Pulled BBQ Chicken

Bulled BBQ Chicken Bake

Place a layer of Pepper Jack cheese onto the dough, top with pulled BBQ chicken and wrap the dough over itself to form a pouch.

Barbeque Chicken Bake

Top with crushed red pepper and a little bit of cheese and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes (or until the dough is done).

Pulled BBQ Chicken Bake

Serve with cole slaw, baked beans, chips, or the side dish of your choosing. Enjoy!