Zucchini Noodles

Looking for a low calorie, low carb alternative to pasta?  Try zucchini noodles!

I got a new julienne peeler today and tried it out on a zucchini.  You just run the peeler down the length of the zucchini like you are peeling it, and the strands of zucchini fall off.  Then you just use the zucchini like you would cooked pasta.

Tonight I sauteed some onions in olive oil till softened, then threw in the zucchini.  Stir fried with some salt, pepper, and garlic seasoning until crisp tender and then plate.  Yummy!

The possiblities for these “noodles” are endless.  You could serve them like spaghetti with a meat sauce, stir into soups, or just serve with butter and have buttered noodles.

I love finding/creating healthy, yummy alternatives to otherwise not so comforting food.  Click the picture for a close up.

Now, off to find out what else I can use the julienne peeler on 🙂 

What are you chewing today?

Grilled Kebobs

I know, I know, the calendar says Spring, but with temperatures in the  80’s today, it certainly feels like summer!

I thought I would never say this in March, but it’s too hot inside to turn the oven on.  So, it’s out to the trusty grill.  This morning I marinated some frozen chicken tenderloins in Ken’s Steakhouse Herb Marinade.  I cut up some peppers and onions in large chunks and threaded the chicken and veggies onto skewers.

I like to cook the chicken and veggies on seperate skewers for several reasons.  For one, they cook at different speeds and if the veggies get done before the chicken, I can just take them off the grill.  Also, not everyone in the house likes certain veggies so I can “customize” the veggies skewers to people’s liking.

Steamed up some brown rice and some green beans (because you just can’t have enough veggies) and the meal was complete.  A healthy yummy dinner in less than an hour and the best part – the house didn’t heat up!

Click the picture for a close up and be sure to share what you are chewing!!

Cooking with color!

I love cooking with color.  When I see a variety of different colors I just know I am eating healthy!

I had some veggies that were ready to eat now so I decided to sautee them up.  Just diced, tossed in some olive oil and a sprinkle of spices like italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Cook just until softened and lightly browned.

I will use some veggies for a quick homemade pizza for dinner.  Just take a tortilla, spread on some pizza sauce and top with the veggies and a sprinkling of cheese.  Pop in oven till brown and dinner is ready!  The boys are finishing leftovers of roasted chicken or penne pasta.

The veggies have endless possibilities.  They can be used in an omelet for breakfast, into soup for lunch, or even over a baked potato for dinner!  Click on the picture for a close up of all the wonderful colors!

What did you have for dinner tonight??  Share with others what you are chewing!

Penne with quick meat sauce

Errands after work tonight so had to make a quick dinner.  Pasta and Italian always hit the spot and is quick to make.

I browned some ground beef, drained the fat and added in some spaghetti sauce and some Italian seasonings.  Boiled some penne pasta and then tossed with the meat sauce.  Sprinkled on some mozzarella cheese and popped into the oven to warm throughout and to melt the cheese.  Served with some homemade biscuits and dinner is served!

From start to finish about 30 minutes – quick, comforting, and filling.  Click the picture for a close up.

What did you have for dinner??

St. Patricks Day!

Happy St. Patricks Day!  The one day of the year that I make corned beef.  I don’t know why I don’t make it any other time of the year.  It’s very easy to cook in the crock pot, and the boys love it.  I am making a note to check for it in the stores throughout the year so a good Irish dinner doesn’t happen only once a year!

I trimmed the corned beef of any excess fat and put into my crock pot.  I covered the meat with water and sprinkled the seasoning packet over the meat.  Cooked for about 6 – 8 hours on low in the crockpot.  About 1 hour before it was done I added a can of sauerkraut with their juices.

Took the corned beef out, let rest and then cut against the grain.  I boiled some red potatoes, diced and tossed with some butter and fresh chives from my garden.  It has been an abnormally warm winter here in Pittsburgh and my chives are sprouting up.  Couldn’t resist snipping some and tossing onto the potatoes.

Steamed up some frozen corn on the cob that I had from last summer to round out the meal.  Overall a perfect Irish dinner – from a Polish/Ukranian cook 🙂  Click the picture for a close up.

What did you have for St. Paddy’s day dinner?  Share what you are chewing!!

Pepper Salad

I had a bag of mini peppers from Costco and was thinking of something to do with them.  Went searching online to some of the food blogs I follow.  Found a recipe for marinated pepper salad that sounded yummy.  If you would like to see the recipe check out Kalyns Kitchen – I’ve posted the link below under resources.

The only thing I did different than the recipe (because I just can’t leave a recipe alone) is to add a couple of chopped green onions and omitted the feta cheese.  I just shredded some parmesan cheese on top of my plate.  Click the picture for a close up.

Think this will be lunch tomorrow!!

Leftovers!

 

I need to clean out the frig of some leftovers before I do anymore cooking. 

Took last nights grilled chicken and warmed up with some fajita seasoning and made this southwest chicken salad for Connor’s dinner tonight.  Served up with some bacon ranch dressing and a completely different meal than last night.  I love having a frig full of leftovers – so many possibilities!

What did you have for dinner tonight??

What’s your dinner?

What did you have for dinner tonight?

It was 70 degrees in Pittsburgh tonight so I fired up the grill.  We had  BBQ chicken, leftover rice, and buttered carrots.

A perfect summer dinner in March!!

Pork Chops and Zucchini

Dinner tonight is broiled pork chops, rice, and parmesan zucchini.  The pork chops were really thick so I marinated them all day in Italian dressing to keep them tender.  I then popped them in the oven then turned on the broiler to brown them up.

Rice for the boys tonight but  I wanted to stay away from grains/carbs so I went to the veggie crisper and found a nice size zucchini and decided that since the oven was on anyways, to bake it up.  I thinly sliced the zucchini on my mandolin then lined an oiled pie plate.  I then covered with grated Parmesan cheese and popped in the oven and cooked till browned.

The parmesan zucchini would be great for breakfast or even a light lunch.  I can see adding some sliced tomatoes and/or some eggs – the possiblities are endless!

Share what you had for dinner tonight.

Sunday Cooking

 

Ahh Sunday!  My day to get in the kitchen and prep and cook for the upcoming week.  The frig is stocked and ready to go.  The local grocery store had red peppers on sale for .87 cents a pound and a head of cauliflower for $1.00!!  Could not pass them up.

The weather in Pittsburgh is warm today so I am firing up the grill.  I’ll put the peppers on and char them up and then take the skins off and have roasted red peppers to use in dishes all week.

The cauliflower is going to be lunch this week.  I am making mock mac n cheese using the cauliflower and will take and heat up in my little baby crock pot I got last week.

Since I will have the grill already on from the peppers, it’s hamburgers for dinner tonight.  Will make some homemade fries for the boys and I’ll have the mock mac n cheese.

Smokings

Weekend Cookings

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