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Who Knew?

5 Sep

First things first… have you “liked” For the Sake of Cake on facebook yet?! 😉 If not, what are you waiting for?

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Who knew that I could put away so much red meat? Steak was on the menu for dinner tonight again (just like last night), but let’s back up a bit, shall we?

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Like (most of) the rest of the world, I had off from work today. Even still, I was up at about 6:30, but laid in bed until 7:00. The early wake up call was a combination of dogs wanting to go out & feeling all congested. 😦 I’m not sure if I have a cold, or it’s just allergies, but either way I couldn’t really breathe & in turn, couldn’t really sleep.

Eventually, I rolled out of bed, took Stewie for a quick walk, & headed to the gym.

I had a long to do list for today because I wanted to get a “jump start” on the week ahead. Around 10:30, I texted my mom asking if she’d be interested in grabbing some frozen yogurt for lunch. (Hey, we’ve been known to eat frozen treats as meals before!)

Our closest frozen yogurt place is a good 25 minutes away, but we made the trip & I think we’d both agree it was worth it, right mom?

Kiwi Frozen Yogurt opened recently, but we’ve already been there once before. Today, I loaded up my cup with 3 different types of yogurt plus lots of yummy toppings!

In the mix —

  • Peanut butter yogurt
  • White chocolate mousse yogurt
  • Cookies n’ cream yogurt
  • Reese’s pb cup topping
  • Cookie dough topping
  • Rainbow sprinkles

It was really, really delicious & even though it wasn’t the healthiest lunch, we felt surprisingly full afterwards!

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Chris & I had plans to finally use the grill he got for his birthday this evening. Remember what happened last week? Well sadly, this week didn’t turn out much better. We couldn’t get the grill to light for some reason, so we’ll have to figure out what the deal is. In the meantime, I heated up our grill pan!

I used this recipe from Campbell’s to make our marinade. (Seriously, what would I do without these Campbell’s recipes?!)

I followed the recipe exactly & Chris & I both couldn’t stop raving about the marinade!

I grilled the steaks for about 10 minutes (5 on each side), coating it with the marinade frequently.

On the side, I cooked up some Trader Joe’s harvest grain blend that I picked up on Friday. It included Israeli-style couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans, & red quinoa. This side dish was by far my favorite part of the meal!

I also steamed some broccoli. Even though I wasn’t feeling it, I figured it’d be good to get a veggie in there.

As we were eating, I asked Chris if it was bad that we were eating steak for the second night in a row. His reply? “Yeah, we’ll back off for a little.” Probably a good idea! 😉 Growing up I hated steak, but I’ve come to enjoy it as long as it’s cooked the right way!

Off to go relax & get ready for the season premiere of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills! 🙂

Are there any foods that you disliked as a kid, but enjoy now?

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Long Weekend

2 Sep

I’m lucky enough to have had today off, as well as Monday. If only every week could consist of 4 days of work & 4 days of vacation… the world would be a much happier place, don’t you think? 😉

I kicked off my long weekend with a nail appointment first thing this morning! Afterwards, I made a trip to the closest Trader Joe’s, which unfortunately for me is about a 30 minute trip.

I was able to stock up on lots of goodies:

I purchased a few new-to-me items, including these dark chocolate covered peanut butter wafer cookies:

And got some old favorites, like my beloved soft peanut brittle:

Remember this recipe?

After my little shopping trip, I did some cleaning around the apartment, caught up on my DVR, & mustered up some energy to hit the gym. I really, really didn’t feel like going (& can’t say that I worked up much of a sweat) but at least I got there & did something, right?

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Eventually it was time to get dinner going. On the menu tonight – turkey burgers!

No Measure Turkey Burgers

Makes 6 burgers

(All ingredient measurements were “eye-balled”.)

Ingredients:

  • About 1 pound lean, ground turkey
  • About 1/2 c. (I used two palmfulls) of bread crumbs
  • About 2 tbsp. ketchup
  • Chopped peppers & onions
  • Sprinkle of poultry seasoning
  • Sprinkle of garlic salt
  • Black pepper
  • Lemon juice

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients.
  • Heat a large grill pan or griddle to medium-high heat; spray with cooking spray.
  • Cook turkey burgers through, flipping every few minutes. (I didn’t time exactly how long each burger took… whoops! I just cooked until I didn’t see any more pink!)

I served these burgers up with a side of Alexia Waffle Cut Sweet Potato Fries. This was my first time trying any Alexia product, & I was very pleased. These frozen fries tasted fresh & had a nice “kick” to them (they’re seasoned with salt, onion, garlic, & a chili/black/red pepper combo).

   This was the perfect end-of-summer meal!

After dinner, Stewie started whining about how he hasn’t gotten much blog attention the last few days. I told him I’d be sure to post a really cute picture of him tonight! 😉

Do you have any fun plans for the long, holiday weekend?

What’s your favorite way to enjoy a burger?

Foil-Baked Tilapia

1 Sep

I’ve been wanting to try a foil-baked fish recipe for a while now. To be honest, I was mostly intrigued by the easy clean up factor!

I purchased two tilapia filets at the store this past weekend, & my recipe for foil-baked tilapia was born!

Foil-Baked Tilapia

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 tilapia filets
  • Cooking spray or olive oil
  • Lemon juice (save a few lemon slices for baking!)
  • Parsley
  • Garlic salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400*.
  • Place each tilapia filet on a sheet of foil.
  • Spray with cooking spray (or drizzle with olive oil).
  • Drizzle with fresh lemon juice.
  • Sprinkle a combination of parsley, garlic powder, & black pepper on top.
  • Finally, top with a slice of lemon.
  • Close the foil packet completely & bake for 15-20 minutes.

I was pleasantly surprised by how good this turned out! I like fish, but I hate when it comes out very oily, or “overly fishy” tasting. This was neither!

I served the tilapia alongside whole grain rice & steamed broccoli.

What’s your favorite dinner side dish?

French Onion Pork Chops

28 Aug

This past week at the store, I found a package of thin, rather small pork chops. While I can “do” pork every now & then, I’m not the biggest fan, so I thought these small pork chops would be a great fit for my appetite!

French Onion Pork Chops

Ingredients:

  • Pork chops (I used 4 small, thin chops)
  • 1 can French onion soup
  • 3/4 c. ketchup
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • Sprinkle of garlic powder
  • Pepper

Directions:

  • Combine the soup, ketchup, honey, garlic powder & pepper. Heat to a boil, then reduce heat to low & cook for 5 minutes.
  • While the soup mixture is cooking, heat a grill pan to high & spray with cooking spray.
  • Season pork chops with salt & pepper.

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  • Grill pork chops, coating frequently with the soup mixture (caution: there WILL be splattering!). I ended up cooking my pork chops for only a few minutes on each side because of their size, but larger pork chops may take about 5-7 minutes per side.

I served up my portion – 1 pork chop, a heaping portion of mashed potatoes (I love ‘em!), & a side salad.

Then, I put the 3 remaining chops aside for Chris, who has been working late. (I can’t wait until 9:00PM to eat, I just can’t!)

Hope you enjoyed the short & sweet post tonight; I’m off to enjoy my last few hours of “freedom” before school kicks off tomorrow!

Two questions…

What’s your favorite way to enjoy potatoes? I love, love, love mashed potatoes!

What’s your usual “dinner time”? I try to eat no later than 6:00PM/6:30PM!

Baked Mac n’ Cheese

21 Aug

One of my favorite “daily e-mail” subscriptions is to Campbell’s Kitchen! Every day, a delicious, simple recipe is delivered straight to my inbox.

If you would like to sign up for their daily e-mails, you can visit the Campbell’s Kitchen homepage & enter your e-mail address in the “What’s for Dinner?” box in the lower right-hand corner!

For a few months now, I have saved the recipes that looked particularly easy (& yummy) for when I became responsible for cooking meals that would satisfy both Chris & I. I saved this particular recipe for baked macaroni & cheese from all the way back in March!

You can click here to check out the recipe on the Campbell’s Kitchen website, or simply follow the directions below! 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 can Campbell’s condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 1/2 soup can milk (I used a little less than this.)
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • About 1 & 1/2 cups pasta (cooked & drained) (I used double this amount!)
  • 1 tbsp. plain, dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp. butter, melted

Directions

  • Stir the soup, milk, black pepper, & pasta in a 1-quart baking dish. (I think my baking dish was actually 2 quarts & it made no difference!)
  • Stir the bread crumbs & melted butter together in a small bowl. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the pasta. (I also added additional bread crumbs.)
  • Bake at 400* for 20 minutes (or until the mixture is hot & bubbling).

Makes about 4 servings.

Ingredients This much pasta, x2!

The recipe turned out great! It was full of cheddar cheese taste, but not to the point where it was “too much.”

Baking away... Hot & bubbly!

My only complaint about this recipe, was that the baking dish was really, really difficult to get clean! I probably washed it about 4 times & it still has marks from the cheese, but I gave up! 😉

I served my portion of mac n’ cheese with a big salad & called it an easy Friday night!

Salad Pasta

Do you tend to go out to eat on the weekends? I’d say Chris & I go out to eat or order take-out (usually pizza!) at least once a week!

Asian Salad Recipe

9 Jul

Happy weekend everyone! 🙂 Hope it’s off to a great start.

This morning I hit the gym first thing & completed 20 minutes on the treadmill followed by BodyPump class. I upped my weights on the squat track & I’m definitely going to be feeling it tomorrow!

Later this evening, I’m headed over to Chris’s house to celebrate his birthday a little early. His actual birthday is this Thursday, the 14th, but they’re having their family celebration tonight.

You might remember the Asian salad side dish I had at my family’s 4th of July festivities last Sunday. This dish was brought by my aunt, who said the recipe was given to her a long time ago from a friend.

This salad is so good, so I asked for the recipe to make as my contribution to tonight’s celebration. And now I’m going to pass it along to all of you! 🙂 (Thanks Aunt Tisa!)

Asian Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of cole slaw mix
  • 1 bunch of green onions/scallions
  • 1/3 cup unsalted peanuts (I added in a little more than 2 handfuls)
  • 1 tbsp. slivered almonds (I used more than this)
  • 1 & 1/2 tbsp. sesame seeds (Again, I added in about 1 & 1/2 handfuls, give or take)

For the dressing…

  • 1 Ramen Noodle chicken-flavored powder packet (I got one of these packages)
  • 1/4 c. rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 c. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c. sugar

Ingredients Directions

  • Combine the cole slaw mix, scallions, peanuts, almonds, & sesame seeds; mix together & refrigerate.
  • Mix the chicken-flavor, vinegar, veggie oil, & sugar to make the dressing.
  • Just before serving, toss the slaw with the dressing & add the crushed, un-cooked Ramen noodles for extra crunch (the best part! ;-))

Mixed salad Dressing Crunchy topping

Now I just have to keep myself from digging in before the party!

Enjoy your Saturday evening! 🙂

What are you doing this weekend?

What’s your go-to party recipe?