by Macki on Jan 17th, 2012 // Dinner, Giveaway, Lunch, Uncategorized
Last summer while visiting family in southern Oregon all the ladies went to lunch at C St Bistro and I had the most amazing Asian pulled pork sandwich. I went back to Oregon over the holidays and it was closed; devastation.
I can’t stop thinking about this sandwich so I am going to recreate it. And this is the perfect week because over at The Naptime Chef and Small Kitchen College they’re having a slow cooker challenge.
After scouring the web for inspiration for my own asian pulled pork and Banh Mi sandwiches (what this sandwich is based on) I’ve come up with my own version of deliciousness.
Not only is my craving satisfied, my husband said I nailed it and asked for it once a week. Read more after the jump…
Read more after the jump…
by Macki on Jan 14th, 2012 // Swell Suppers
A meatless meal can be hearty and delicious and it doesn’t have to be tofu, pasta or three bean chili. In our house we try to find healthy, hearty alternatives to meat and one of the biggest hits with the kids is Stromboli. For this weeks swell supper we are making Broccoli and Cheese Stromboli, Tuscan White Beans and Gooey Marshmallow Brownies for dessert. Yum!
The first step in making this meal is to get your tuscan white beans cooking. They can take up to 2 hours, so plan accordingly. Preheat the oven and get started on the gooey marshmallow brownies. You can make you own from scratch or use a box of Ghirardelli. Place the brownies in the oven for the recommended time. When the beans have been simmering for about 30 minutes, start on the Stromboli. Assemble the filling and role up. The brownies should be done so remove from the oven and sprinkle with marshmallows and chocolate chips and place back in the oven for 2 to 5 minutes.
Once the brownies are out of the oven and set aside to cool, turn the temperature up to 400 degrees. Place the Stromboli in the oven and cook for 20 to 25 minutes. Check on the beans, add water if needed or drain if they are soft. Add olive oil and season to taste. Remove the Stromboli and let it sit for 5 minutes. Serve the beans, then add a slice of the Stromboli and serve the gooey marshmallow brownies for dessert. Now doesn’t that sound swell?
by Macki on Jan 12th, 2012 // Desserts
The other day I scoured the web for slim down desserts and came across a recipe for an 80 calorie caramel apple oatmeal cookie. So I checked out the ingredients, photo and serving size. It’s basically an oatmeal cookie recipe with less butter and more sugar, then made into a microscopic cookie. I’d rather have a bite sized snicker. So Sylvie and I set out to make a healthier version with less sugar, less fat and calories, with a decent sized portion but with the big taste. And… success! Get the recipe over at the family kitchen.
by Macki on Jan 8th, 2012 // Handmade Gifts, Swell Suppers, Uncategorized
In keeping with my need to reduce the gut without sacrificing my taste buds I’ve come up with a complete dinner that will leave me satisfied. For tonight’s swell supper we are making Hearty Ten Vegetable Soup With Barley, Rainbow Parmesan Broccoli and Honey Nut Crunch Parfait for the sweet tooth. While the soup cooks, we are going to do some redecorating with some Origami Paper Flower Collages.
The hearty ten vegetable soup with barley needs to cook for about an hour so make sure to give yourself enough time. Prep the veggies and cook according to the recipe. When you get to the cook for 30 minutes part do some crafts with your kids. My kids have a blast making Origami Paper Flower Collages. When we are out of origami paper, my kids just color their own and make pretty designs, then we cut flowers out of their masterpieces.
When the flowers are finished it should be time to add the barley and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Take the finished origami flowers and hang them up around the dining room to add a bit of color during the cold gray winter. This should leave just enough time to cook the rainbow parmesan broccoli (if you can’t find rainbow, just use broccoli and cauliflower). Skip the butter to give it even fewer fat and calories! While it sautés on the stove, put the finishing touches in the soup.
Dinner is served! Are you wondering about dessert? The honey nut crunch parfait is so quick and easy and fun to make that it’s the perfect way for your family to make together at the table post dinner. Now doesn’t that sound swell?
by Macki on Jan 5th, 2012 // Dinner, Lunch, Veggie Friendly
My kid was begging me for a grilled turkey and cheese sandwich, but I had another idea. I felt it was time to introduce her to my favorite grilled cheese, havarti, dill and cucumber between two pieces of rye. It’s been forever since I’ve made one so she has never had the opportunity to give it a try. It was an unexpected hit. Find out more over at the Family Kitchen.