Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cheesy Meatloaf Recipe

Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beatloaf...I LOVE meatloaf!

I can't help but think of this A Christmas Story reference every time I think of meatloaf. Except instead of the little brother saying he "hates" meatloaf I replace it with I "LOVE" meatloaf!

The truth is, I had never had meatloaf until recently. It always sounded kind of...gross to me. I mean, let's be honest, it doesn't have the most glamorous of names - a loaf of meat. I just didn't know what I was missing. This is yet another one of my sister's delicious recipes!

The best part is, this is an easy recipe that the entire family can enjoy. Especially my toddler. He DEVOURS this. I always serve with mashed potatoes and some kind of green veggie. Usually green beans or even broccoli.

What You'll Need:

The Loaf
2 lbs Ground Beef
3/4 cup Bread Crumbs
1/2 cup minced onions
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups Shredded Cheese
1/2 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

The Topping:
2 cans of tomato paste
ketchup to taste

How You'll Do It:

1. Mix everything for the loaf together.

2. Top with tomato paste and ketchup

3. Bake at 350 for 1 hour

4. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The BEST Artichoke Dip Recipe EVER

This is hands down the best artichoke dip recipe I have ever had. It's creamy, delicious and oh so flavorful. And there really isn't another recipe for artichoke dip like it, at least that I have been able to find.

Like most of my favorite recipes, I have my sister to thank. She got this recipe from one of her co-workers years ago and it has been a staple at family functions ever since. Every single holiday, family get-together, random craving I ask my sister for this recipe. I am somehow weirdly cursed when it comes to keeping/finding it. She has texted it to me, emailed to me, written it down and stuck it in a recipe folder for me. And I lose it every single time...until now! And neither will you because now it is on The Search for YUM blog!

I kept putting off sharing this recipe here since I ALWAYS forget to take a picture before it gets devoured (which is about 2 seconds after its taken out of the oven - Warning, this dip is so good you might burn your mouth because you are unable to wait for it to cool down).

The BEST Artichoke Dip Recipe...Ever

What You'll Need:
1 1/2 packages of cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayo
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 can of artichokes, drained and chopped

How You'll Do It:
1. Blend cream cheese, sour cream and mayo until smooth.
2. Add in the rest of the ingredients - parmesan cheese, onion, garlic powder, artichokes.
3. Mix well.
4. Sprinkle top generously with Italian bread crumbs.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes.
6. Enjoy!

Don't have all of these ingredients and still really craving artichoke dip? One of the times when I couldn't find this recipe, I tried to recreate it. I failed at recreating the extreme deliciousness of the original recipe but succeeded in making a very yummy artichoke dip with only 5 ingredients: can of artichokes, mayo, sour cream, parmesan cheese and bread crumbs all mixed together and baked at 350 until warm. I didn't measure, I just added to taste.

Let me know which one you try/like best!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Nutritious Toddler "Cookies"

My little guys has a HUGE appetite so I am constantly looking for new, healthy snack ideas to satisfy his belly while making sure he is getting all of the nutrients he needs. Let's face it...if I put a box of Ritz crackers in front of him he would eat the entire thing and probably sit there still asking for more. The same goes for bananas. He loves his bananas. So my challenge has definitely been finding ways to change up snack time instead of just falling into the routine of giving him the same things everyday, day after day.
Of course, I turned to Pinterest and have started a healthy toddler snack Pinterest board there you can check out.
The very first thing I tried were these Healthy and Organic Toddler Cookies from the blog Twitchettes. They were a HUGE hit!

Here's how my turned out and I even have a few fun additions to this already great recipe!

What You'll Need:
1 banana
1 Tbs Coconut Oil, melted
1/2 cup Rolled Oats
1 1/2 tsp Honey (honey is not recommended for children under 1)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
other optional additions: diced apples, spinach (I sneak spinach into everything), chocolate chips, anything else you think your toddler will love!  

How You'll Do It:
Mix it all together, spoon onto baking sheet or I've been preferring to into muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.

Thank you very much to the ladies of Twitchettes for this great idea! Make sure you head over and check out their blog!

Can't wait to share the next one with you...Quinoa Veggie bites!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Chicken, Apple, Butternut Squash and Sage Bake

This is my absolute favorite dinner at home right now! It's delicious, nutritious, my baby can eat it and I only need 4 ingredients and 1 baking dish. (If you haven't caught on yet, I like my recipes as easy and scrumptious as possible). I was in a real dinner making slump a few weeks ago and adapted this recipe from one I found on 

My struggle has been adapting my dinner menu (and timing) to fit the needs of our growing baby boy. Gone are the days when he was two weeks old, laying on the couch beside us at 8pm as we scarfed down pizza and chicken wings. Long gone.

He's now a 1 year old with a big appetite, who wants to eat with 6 p.m. cue major life adjustment. For the better, obviously. 

This dinner is all that for me. Chop up a few apples and some butternut squash, throw some sage and chicken on top and you have yourself a dinner and an hour of playtime while it bakes. We love it and baby loves it. What more could I ask for?

Chicken, Butternut Squash and Apple One Dish Dinner

What You'll Need:
2 Split Chicken (bone in) for some reason it's just not the same with boneless chicken breasts
3 Fuji Apples
Butternut Squash
Fresh Sage
Canola Oil
Your Favorite Chicken Seasoning (optional)

How You'll Do It:
1. Cube apples and an equal amount of butternut squash.
2. Toss into baking dish with 1-2 tbsp canola oil. 
3. Sprinkle with sage.
4. Lay chicken over the top (seasoned to your liking).
5. Bake at 400 for 1 Hour and 15 Minutes.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Snowflake Cookie Recipe

Since our first big snowstorm of the year is predicted to hit this weekend (maybe), I thought it would be fun to share my mom's Snowflake Cookie recipe! This light and crisp cookie is a lot different from other "cookies" you might be used to baking. I think you will be pleasantly surprised! But be careful...they are addicting!

So while your at the store stocking up on bread and water...

You'll Need:
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup of sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chocolate chips
Pinch of salt

How you'll do it:
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Beat egg whites adding vanilla and salt. Continue beating until fairly firm. Add sugar gradually, beating until very stiff.
3. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
4. Drop from spoon onto a cookie sheet covered with greased aluminum foil.
5. Put in oven and turn off heat immediately. Leave in oven several hours until oven cools completely.
6. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Bacon and Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

These bacon and blue cheese stuffed mushrooms are SO yummy!!!

This Christmas was actually the second time I've made this recipe but only the first time I got to try it for family has a tendency of over preparing for holiday appetizers, so these mushrooms never made it out while I was still there last year [aka my sister hoarded them at the back of the fridge until everyone left ;) ]. But they got phenomenal reviews so I had to see for myself.

Side note: I made up for it this year and ate more than my fair share. They really are so yummy. And surprisingly easy! And also low-carb if you are looking for a good low carb or diabetic friendly appetizer. 

They are a little messy to transport once stuffed so this year I pre mixed the blue cheese and bacon stuffing and just filled my pre cleaned out mushrooms once we were there. If that's an option for you if you are bringing these on the go I would recommend doing it that way to save some mess! 

What You'll Need:

16 Oz package of whole baby Bella mushrooms  (2 8oz packages)

8oz (1 small tub) reduced fat spreadable chive and onion cream cheese

1 cup crumbled blue cheese

4 green onions, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

3/4 cup bacon bits

How you'll do it:

1. Clean and remove stems from mushrooms.

2. In a bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients. 

3. Once thoroughly mixed, stuff into mushrooms. 

4. Place on a greased baking pan and sprinkle with bacon bits. 

5. Bake uncovered at 375 for 18-22 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. 

6. Enjoy! 

This recipe was adapted from one I found on Taste of Home.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Italian Beef Recipe in the Crockpot

YUM. Just, Yum.

If Italian Beef Sandwiches aren't already on your dinner rotation, add this recipe immediately! It's easy, delicious and makes your house smell sooo good for the 12 hours of slow cooking.
Even my 11 month old devoured the pieces of beef I put in front of him! I am now actively searching for a onesie that says "Where's the Beef."

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe

What You'll Need
  • 3 - 4lbs Beef Chuck Roast Boneless
  • 1 tsp dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp dried Basil
  • onion salt
  • garlic powder 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 (.7 ounce packages) Dry Italian style salad Dressing Seasoning
  • 3 cans Beef Broth
  • Cubed Parmesan Cheese (for toppings!)
  • Buns

How You'll Do It
  1. Put everything in the Crock Pot except for the Cheese and Buns.
  2.  Cover and cook on Low for 10 to 12 hours (this is how I did it). Or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
  3. Remove bay leaf and shred meat with a fork, save extra juice to serve for au jus.
  4. Spoon meat onto roll >  top with cheese > dip in au jus > Devour.

Suggested Side Dish = Homemade Sweet Potato Fries!