Author: Julie

Fresh Salsa

 

Fresh Salsa

Prep Time 5 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2
Calories 50 kcal

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients
  

  • ½ onion yellow or white
  • 2 cups tomatoes cherry
  • 1 handful cilantro fresh
  • 1 jalaepeño pepper or 1 tbsp canned
  • 2 tbsp vinegar

Instructions
 

  • First, chop the onion in the food processor
  • Add tomatoes, cilantro, pepper
  • Pulse until minced
  • Add vinegar and pulse a few times more
  • Put in covered container and refrigerate to let flavors mix

Nutrition

Calories: 50kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 466mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1590IUVitamin C: 55mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
Keyword garden

3-2-1 Ribs

 

3-2-1 Ribs

A classic way to cook ribs on the grill
Cook Time 6 hrs
Resting Time 15 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 653 kcal

Equipment

  • Roasting pan with wire rack

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds pork loin baby back ribs
  • ¼ cup dry rub spices
  • ½ cup brown sugar dark preferred
  • cup honey
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 180º F.
  • Rub the rib rack with the dry spices and place on roasting rack.
  • Cook the ribs at 180º F for 3 hours.
  • Remove ribs from the oven and rack and turn the heat to 225º F.
  • Mix the brown sugar and honey.
  • Lay out enough aluminum foil to cover the ribs.
  • Spread the brown sugar/honey sauce over the ribs on both sides.
  • Seal the aluminum foil and place back on the roasting rack and put back in the oven.
  • Cook the ribs at 225º F for 2 hours.
  • Remove the ribs from the oven and rack and unwrap the aluminimum foil.
  • Place the ribs back on the rack and brush with barbecue sauce.
  • Place back in the oven, still at 225º F, for 1 hour.

Nutrition

Calories: 653kcalCarbohydrates: 83gProtein: 28gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 870mgPotassium: 607mgFiber: 1gSugar: 74gVitamin A: 206IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 129mgIron: 3mg
Keyword barbecue

Pasta with White Beans

Pasta with White Beans (and Maybe Salmon)

Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 480 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces pasta Penne (or small shells, elbow)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 6 plum tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
  • cup basil fresh, chopped
  • 8 ounces feta cheese
  • 15 ounces cannellini beans canned
  • cup chicken broth reduced sodium
  • ½ tsp Cajun seasoning
  • non-stick spray

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta. Drain and return to pot.
  • Spray non-stick skillet with non-stick spray and set on medium heat.
  • Add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring often, for 5-7 minutes or until soft.
  • Add the tomatoes and basil. Cook, stirring occassionally, for 4-5 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft.
  • Add the feta, beans and broth. Simmer for 3-4 minutes or until slightly reduced.
  • Stir into the pasta and cover partially and warm throughout.
  • Serve.

Notes

Can also include salmon: 
Rinse and dry the skillet after adding the veggies to the pasta. Return to medium-high heat. Coat both sides of the salmon with non-stick spray. Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning. Place the salmon in the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until the fish flakes easily. Top the pasta with the salmon fillet.

Nutrition

Calories: 480kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 24gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 897mgPotassium: 498mgFiber: 9gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1243IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 378mgIron: 4mg
Keyword potluck

Hotdish

 

Hotdish

Family classic beef and tomato hotdish.
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 619 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Elbow macaroni
  • 10-3/4 oz tomato soup
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 15-1/4 ounces corn canned
  • 1 pound ground beef

Instructions
 

  • Cook the macaroni
  • Brown the ground beef
  • Add everything to casserole dish
  • Microwave for 5-10 minutes

Nutrition

Calories: 619kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 31gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 167mgPotassium: 993mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 372IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 5mg

Crock Pot Meatballs

Crock Pot Meatballs

Potluck, game-day, all-day grazing, quick something after work. This is the go-to.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 356 kcal

Equipment

  • Crock pot

Ingredients
  

  • 24 ounces meatballs frozen, italian
  • 12 ounces chili sauce Heniz
  • 18 ounces grape jelly

Instructions
 

  • Add everything to the crock pot.
  • Cook for 4 hours on high, but 8 hours on low is better.

Nutrition

Calories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 13gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 510mgPotassium: 360mgFiber: 3gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 231IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
Keyword barbecue, potluck

Herbed Butter

 

Herbed Butter

Prep Time 5 mins
Soften butter at room temperature 30 mins
Servings 8 tablespoons
Calories 115 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tbsp chives minced, fresh from garden
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 dash pepper

Instructions
 

  • Soften butter at room temperature
  • Beat all ingredients until blended

Notes

Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbspCalories: 115kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 156mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 395IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg

Norwegian Heart Waffles

 

Classic Norwegian Waffles

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Rest Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Scandinavian
Servings 10 waffles
Calories 169 kcal

Equipment

  • Waffle Iron (heart shaped)

Ingredients
  

  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup flour all-purpose
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • nonstick cooking spray or use melted butter

Instructions
 

Combine Ingredients

  • In a large mixing bowl, use an electric hand mixer to beat together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until creamy.
  • Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt until just combined.
  • Add in sour cream and melted butter and mix until the batter is smooth.

Resting

  • Let the batter rest at room temperature for 20 minutes before making the waffles.

Cooking

  • Spray the heart-shaped waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Heat the waffle iron.
  • Pour in 1/3 cup of the batter onto the waffle iron. Close and cook until light brown. (The waffle iron will beep.)

Notes

Serve with butter and brown cheese, or topped with jam or fruit and top off with a dusting of powdered sugar or a dollop of whipped cream.
Source: VisitNorway.com

Nutrition

Calories: 169kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 121mgPotassium: 92mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 271IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 1mg

Viking Skillet Bread

 

Viking Skillet Bread

A variation of Irish Soda Bread.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 12 slices
Calories 238 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups flour whole wheat, barley, or oat flour works
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • oil to grease the skillet

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450ºF and gather ingredients.
  • Oil the cast iron skillet.
  • Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl and make a well in the middle.
  • Slowly add the buttermilk and mix together. Make sure the dough is moist.
  • Move mixture into the skillet and pat into shape.
  • Bake for 15 minutes at 450ºF then lower the temperature to 375ºF and bake for 20 minutes more (35 minutes total).
  • Remove from skillet and allow to cool 30 minutes or so.

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 9gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 836mgPotassium: 62mgFiber: 8gSugar: 2g

Rømmegrøt

Rømmegrøt

Scandinavian custard pudding.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 4 bowls
Calories 743 kcal

Ingredients
  

Saucepan

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups milk heated (3 mins in microwave will do)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Sprinkle

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions
 

Saucepan

  • In a 3-qt saucepan, pour in heavy whipping cream and simmer 10-15 minutes on med-low heat until cream thickens slightly and looks shiny.
  • Whisk in 1/2 the flour. "Batter" may look more like dough.
  • Cook, stirring regularly, until thickened and butter appears.
  • As butter accumulates, pour off into small bowl. Repeat.
  • Continue to stir and pour off butter for approximately 30 minutes.
  • When no more butter is being produced, add the rest of the flour and whisk or stir until smooth, being careful not to burn.
  • Carefully add the hot milk by thirds and stir.
  • Add the salt and sugar. Stir.
  • Cook a few minutes longer.
  • Pour into bowls and top with a portion of the butter.

Sprinkle

  • Combine cinnamon and sugar.
  • Sprinkle over rømmegrøt and serve.

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 743kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 12gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 30gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 600mgPotassium: 360mgFiber: 3gSugar: 24g

Mediterranean Stir Fry

 

Mediterranean Stir Fry

A "what's in the kitchen" dish that can be pulled together quickly!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 3 people
Calories 418 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2/3 cup orzo
  • 12 ounces shrimp frozen, tail-off preferred
  • 6 medium roma tomatoes diced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tablespoons basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic diced
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons Italian dressing
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper

Instructions
 

Pasta

  • Cook the orzo pasta by boiling in salted water until tender. Drain and set aside.

Frying Pan

  • While the orzo is cooking, place the frozen shrimp in the frying pan and cook on medium-high heat to thaw. Once the ice is off, drain the water from the pan.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, mushrooms, and basil leaves. Stir and cook until the mushrooms start to soften.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and add garlic, capers, and Italian dressing. Cook until reduced.
  • Add the orzo and stir occassionally until heated throughout.
  • Salt and pepper to taste and serve on a plate.

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 418kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 32gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 837mgPotassium: 374mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6g