Friday, January 18, 2019

Big Mac Tater Tot Nachos

Big Mac Tater Tot Nachos: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

These tater tots are delicious and have made my list of comfort foods. The tater tots are topped with all of the ingredients you would find on a Big Mac even the special sauce.

When I first made these tater tots I wanted to make sure there was enough for everyone so I doubled the recipe. Well, that was a mistake. Despite using my biggest baking sheet, I had trouble turning the tater tots and once all of the toppings were on I had trouble serving without spilling and making a big mess. And we had so many leftovers, they were more filling than I though they would be.

Big Mac Tater Tot Nachos

Ingredients:

  • 32 ounces frozen tater tots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • shredded lettuce
  • 1-2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • sliced dill pickles

Special Sauce

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450º F.
  2. Spread the tater tots into a single layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 22-25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil.
  5. Add in the ground turkey and season with black pepper. Cook until crumbled and completely cooked.
  6. Prepare the special sauce by mixing all of the ingredients together.
  7. Once the tater tots are done, sprinkle the cheese over top. Bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  8. Remove the tater tots from the oven and sprinkle the shredded lettuce over top, followed by the tomatoes, diced onion and pickles. Drizzle with the special sauce.
Enjoy!!!


Nutrition Facts

Servings: 5

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 723

Total Fat

43.7g

Saturated Fat

12.4g

Polyunsaturated Fat

3.5g

Monounsaturated Fat

8.4g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

88mg

Sodium

1708.1mg

Potassium

998.2mg

Total Carbohydrates

55.9g

Dietary Fiber

5.4g

Sugars

8.6g

Protein

28.3g

Vitamin A 11.2% Vitamin C 5.3%

Calcium 18.1% Iron 17%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from The Girl on Bloor.
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Funfetti Pancakes

Funfetti Pancakes: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

These pancakes make the perfect birthday breakfast treat. They are inspired by a funfetti cake. Who wouldn't like cake for breakfast!? 

Funfetti Pancakes: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

The pancakes are loaded with sprinkles like a funfetti cake and are thick and fluffy. The pancakes are also topped with a delicious frosting like glaze.

Funfetti Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup full fat sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons sprinkles (jimmies)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Heat an electric griddle to 375º F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and baking powder.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, sour cream, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until most of the flour has been incorporated.
  5. Add in the sprinkles and fold just until the flour is fully incorporated. If you mix too much the color of the sprinkle will start to run.The batter will be very thick.
  6. Melt a little bit of butter on the preheated griddle where you are going to drop the pancake batter.
  7. Drop 1/4 cup of batter onto the melted butter. Cook until the edges are dry and the tops begin to look dry, about 6-8 minutes. It is important to let the first side fully cook before flipping in order for the pancakes to rise properly.
  8. Flip the pancakes and cook on the other side until cooked through.
  9. In a microwave safe bowl, add the milk and butter and microwave until the butter has melted.
  10. Add in the vanilla and whisk to mix.
  11. Add in the powdered sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, whisking well after each addition until desired consistency is reached.
  12. If glaze is too thin whisk in a bit more powdered sugar. If glaze is too thick, whisk in a bit of milk.
  13. Top the pancakes with the glaze.
Enjoy!!!

Notes:
This recipe makes about 13 pancakes.


Nutrition Facts

Servings: 13 pancakes

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 187

Total Fat

6.9g

Saturated Fat

3.6g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0.1g

Monounsaturated Fat

1.4g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

44.5mg

Sodium

37.4mg

Potassium

38mg

Total Carbohydrates

27.9g

Dietary Fiber

0.5g

Sugars

15.1g

Protein

3.3g

Vitamin A 5.1% Vitamin C 0.1%

Calcium 3.4% Iron 3.9%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from Foodtastic Mom.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Best Rice Krispie Treats

The Best Rice Krispie Treats: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

I first came across this recipe in an email, but did not pay much attention to it. I already like the way I make Rice Krispie Treats and so does my family. I then saw the recipe numerous times on Pinterest. It got to the point where every time I logged into Pinterest I saw this recipe. So I finally decided to give the recipe a look. After looking at the recipe and seeing how much Brown Eyed Baker loved it and would base all of her Rice Krispie Treat recipes after this one recipe I felt the need to give them a try.

My whole family agreed that these were the best! They were lighter than my Rice Krispie Treats, but still had the extra marshmallow flavor that we love. From now on this will be my go to Rice Krispie Treat recipe.

The Best Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients:

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 20 cups miniature marshmallows, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Directions:

  1. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large pot, over low heat, melt the butter and 16 cups of marshmallows, stirring occasionally until the marshmallows are just melted and incorporated into the butter.
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and add in the Rice Krispies. Stir until the Rice Krispies are evenly coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  5. Add in the remaining 4 cups of miniature marshmallows and stir to combine.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and firmly press into an even layer that is well packed down.
  7. Allow the Rice Krispies to set at room temperature for 30 minutes before cutting.
Enjoy!!!

Notes:
There are about 6 cups of mini marshmallows in a 10 ounce bag, so you will need 4 bags.

When I measure my marshmallows for Rice Krispie Treats it always ends up being more of a heaping cup.

For the Rice Krispies cereal you will need the family size box which is 24 ounces.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Mushroom and Swiss Burger Casserole

Mushroom and Swiss Burger Casserole: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

This recipe comes to you with great reviews from my husband. He loves a good mushroom and Swiss burger, so I made this casserole for him. Even though I do not like mushroom, I can sometimes handle them in a casserole. However, once this casserole was ready to eat, I could not bring myself to try a bite knowing that the mushrooms were a huge flavor and I would definitely taste them. My husband said the taste was very similar to a mushroom and Swiss burger and he loved this casserole.

Mushroom and Swiss Burger Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 15 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 32 ounces frozen tater tots

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven 350º F. Lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, melt the butter and heat the olive oil.
  3. Add in the mushrooms and diced onions. Cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add in the garlic and Italian seasoning. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant, stirring often.
  5. Add in the ground turkey and cook until completely cooked and crumbled.
  6. Add in the cream of mushroom soup, heavy cream, Worcestershire sauce and season with black pepper. Stir and let simmer for a couple of minutes.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and add in the tater tots. Stir everything together.
  8. Top the casserole with the shredded Swiss cheese and cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Remove the foil and place the baking dish under the broiler for a few minutes until the top gets lightly browned and casserole is bubbly.
Enjoy!!!


Nutrition Facts

Servings: 8

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 593

Total Fat

42.2g

Saturated Fat

21.2g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0.8g

Monounsaturated Fat

0.3g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

132.7mg

Sodium

847.5mg

Potassium

598.6mg

Total Carbohydrates

28.1g

Dietary Fiber

3g

Sugars

3.9g

Protein

29.9g

Vitamin A 20.1% Vitamin C 17.4%

Calcium 52.1% Iron 10.2%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from The Kitchen Wife.
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Monday, January 14, 2019

Make Again Monday: Swiss Vegetable Medley

Swiss Vegetable Medley: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

This has been a family favorite since I was a little kid and was served at all holiday meals and continues to be a family favorite and is still served at holiday meals.

To see the recipe and original post click here.

Enjoy!!!
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Friday, January 11, 2019

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

As my family and I were eating this sauce my husband was suggesting changes, like not so thick, less meat, more sauce. He liked the sauce just thought those changes would make it better.

That got me thinking, what is Bolognese Sauce? What my husband was describing was like a spaghetti sauce and before I change this sauce I needed to know what it is suppose to be. After a quick internet search, in short a Bolognese Sauce is a thick meat sauce for pasta.

So how the sauce turned out, is exactly how it is suppose to be. I will not be making changes, since the sauce is delicious, easy to make, thick and full of meat like a Bolognese sauce should be.

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3- 14 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 2- 15 ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 2- 6 ounce cans tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet cook the ground turkey until completely cooked and crumbled.
  2. Transfer the ground turkey to a crock pot and add in all of the remaining ingredients. Stir everything together.
  3. Cover the crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Serve sauce over pasta.
Enjoy!!!


Nutrition Facts

Servings: 10

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 225

Total Fat

6.6g

Saturated Fat

2.8g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0g

Monounsaturated Fat

0g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

64mg

Sodium

567.3mg

Potassium

20.2mg

Total Carbohydrates

22.8g

Dietary Fiber

4.7g

Sugars

15.9g

Protein

21.1g

Vitamin A 28.3% Vitamin C 49.5%

Calcium 6.7% Iron 16.3%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from Real Mom Kitchen.
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts

Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

Holy smokes is this chicken incredibly delicious. I can't wait to make it again. There is enough sauce to drizzle over the chicken before serving and there is still some leftover to drizzle over vegetables or you could even serve the chicken and sauce over rice. To make this chicken even better it is ready from start to finish in about 15 minutes, you read that right, 15 minutes. Delicious chicken that does not take a lot of time to make is my kind of chicken.

Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 1 pound
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3.5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey

Direction:

  1. Cut the chicken breasts in half horizontally, to create 4 thin chicken breasts.
  2. Season both sides of the chicken breast with black pepper.
  3. Place the flour in a shallow bowl.
  4. In a large skillet, over high heat, melt the butter, reserving about 1 teaspoon unmelted butter for later.
  5. Place a chicken breast into the flour and lightly press down so the flour sticks. Flip the chicken over and again lightly press down so the flour sticks.
  6. Shake off the excess flour and place into the skillet. Repeat the flour process with the other chicken breasts.
  7. Cook the chicken for about 2-3 minutes or until golden.
  8. Turn the chicken over and cook on the other side for 1 minute.
  9. Turn the heat down to medium-high.
  10. Slide the chicken breast to the outer edge of the pan and place the reserved teaspoon of butter into the middle of the pan.
  11. Once the butter has melted add the minced garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  12. Add in the vinegar, soy sauce and honey. Stir and shake the pan to combine the ingredients.
  13. Bring the sauce to a simmer and then simmer for 1 minute or until the sauce has slightly thickened.
  14. Turn the chicken over to coat in the sauce.
  15. Serve the chicken and drizzle with the remaining sauce.
Enjoy!!!

Notes:
If the sauce gets to thick, stir in a little bit of water to thin out the sauce.


Nutrition Facts

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 307

Total Fat

12g

Saturated Fat

6.1g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0g

Monounsaturated Fat

2.6g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

101.2mg

Sodium

449.5mg

Potassium

10.5mg

Total Carbohydrates

28.9g

Dietary Fiber

0.4g

Sugars

21.6g

Protein

24g

Vitamin A 8.8% Vitamin C 1.7%

Calcium 0.2% Iron 3.9%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from Recipe Tin Eats.
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