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Harvest Vegetable Quinoa Soup

19 Mar

Harvest quinoa soup-001Harvest soup in March?  March is known for madness, so why not?  Add cooked cubed chicken–or not.  Quinoa is a complete protein so makes this tasty dish a complete meal without meat.  And it’s gluten free. This soup fits the bill for just about everyone!

Ingredients

  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 ribs celery, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup diced baby carrots
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups torn kale
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ cubes
  • 2/3 cup quinoa
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, cubed (optional)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan, plus extra for topping

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a large, heavy pot or dutch oven over medium heat.  Add celery, carrots, and onion and season with salt and pepper.  Cook for ten minutes, or until tender.  Add the kale and garlic plus more salt and pepper and saute for three minutes.
  2. Add 7 cups of broth, thyme, parsley, and bay leaf and bring to a boil.  Add potatoes and quinoa.  Lower heat and simmer, covered for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender and quinoa is cooked.
  3. Add in chicken, if desired, and heat through.  Turn off heat and stir in parmesan.  If necessary, add more salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe inspired by Iowa Girl Eats.

Photo by me, mylittlefoodspot.

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Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese

10 Oct

Charity’s sensory issues have led me to cut artificial food dyes out of her diet.  Among the bajillion culprits lies Kraft’s Macaroni and Cheese, which uses yellow dye.  This has placed me on the hunt for a good homemade macaroni and cheese recipe.  In general I don’t like Velveeta recipes because they seem to turn out so thick and sticky.  And homemade versions using real cheddar, flour, and milk always seem a bit chalky and pasty to me.  This version of Velveeta macaroni and cheese, utilizing butter, flour and LOTS of milk creates a much creamier pasta than the recipe on the Velveeta box.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. uncooked macaroni
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 14 oz. Velveeta, cut into chunks
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs tossed with 3 T melted butter (optional)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare macaroni almost according to package directions.  Undercook by a minute or two and drain while still al dente.  You want a firmer pasta, so it doesn’t turn to mush as it bakes for 20 minutes.  Pour into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

Melt margarine in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk in flour and cook for a few minutes, until color begins to darken without burning.  Whisk in milk and cook, stirring constantly until mixture bubbles and thickens.  Add chunks of Velveeta and stir to melt.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Pour sauce over macaroni. If desired, top with buttered panko.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Recipe inspired by food.com

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Garlic Sage Cream

10 Oct

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Garlic Sage Cream b

This was a great pairing.  I plan to prepare and serve this garlic sage cream with other roasted vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 3/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 T flour
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Halve spaghetti squash and place cut side down on buttered baking sheet.  Bake for 40 minutes or until tender.  Cool to the point of being able to handle, remove and discard seeds then shred pulp gently with a fork so that strands resemble spaghetti noodles.  Place in a warmed serving bowl.

Mix flour into cold cream until smooth and, while squash is baking, heat with garlic and sage over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.  Pour sauce over squash, salt and pepper to taste, and toss lightly.  Top with Parmesan and serve immediately.

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Garlic Sage Cream

Recipe inspired by food.com, photo by me, MyLittleFoodSpot.com

 

 

Quick Waffles

28 Jun

This recipe is for our Black & Decker wafflemaker.  It’s the only recipe we use from the Use and Care book so I’m putting it on this site because I just wanted to get the book out of my cupboard.  It’s not really anything special but it makes decent waffles.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preparation

Lightly brush waffle grids with oil.  Close unit and preheat at waffle setting.

In medium bowl, beat eggs until thick.  Add milk, vegetable oil and all dry ingredients.  Beat until smooth.

Pour 1 cup batter evenly on preheated grid.  Close unit; bake until light goes out (about five minutes).

BBQ Comfort Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes

15 Apr

BBQ Comfort Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes

This has become a weeknight favorite.  In a rush?  Pull out some ready-to-cook meatballs, whip up a quick sauce, add some instant mashed potatoes and a frozen veggie to the equation and you’ve got a meal fit for a busy and somewhat picky family.

Ingredients

  • 20-30 packaged, frozen Italian style meatballs

FOR SAUCE

  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 4 Tablespoons (to 6 Tablespoons) Onion
  • 1 dash Tabasco

 

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place frozen Italian style meatballs in a single layer on a cookie sheet.

Combine all sauce ingredients. Pour over meatballs and bake at 425 degrees for 22-23 minutes. Serve with egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or crusty French bread.

 

Recipe inspired by Pioneer Woman

Photo by me, mylittlefoodspot

Grilled Meatloaf

15 Apr

Grilled meatloaf

As one of my favorite uses for the very versatile Dorothy Lynch dressing, this makes an incredibly moist, sweet, flavorful meatloaf.  The glaze is so easy and even Trevor likes it.  I prefer it to a baked meatloaf for a few reasons: it doesn’t end up floating in grease, I can easily grill my accompaniments, and, the biggie!, zero clean up.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. hamburger
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 2 T minced onion
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing‚ (separated 3/4 cup and 1/4 cup)
  • 1 T Dijon mustard

Preparation

In a large bowl, combine the oatmeal, onion, parsley, Worcestershire, eggs and 3/4 cup Dorothy Lynch.  Crumble beef over mixture and mix well with hands.  Shape into two loaves on a sheet of heavy-duty foil (do not seal foil).  Combine reserved dressing and mustard and spread over loaves.

Prepare grill for indirect heat; grill meat, covered, over indirect medium heat for 50 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Brush tops with additional sauce/dressing if desired. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

Grilled meatloaf b

Recipe inspired by Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing

Photos by me, mylittlefoodspot

Mom’s Creamy Macaroni Salad

4 Mar

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup macaroni
  • 2 ea cucumber
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 ea roma tomatoes
  • 1 ea  green, red, or yellow pepper
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/2 cup Hidden Valley Ranch

Preparation:

Boil macaroni until tender and drain. Rinse with cold water. Add chopped cucumber (unpeeled), chopped green onions, diced tomatoes and chopped peppers. I like to take about a third of each pepper color to add to the mix for color and flavor, also this recipe can be adapted to the size and quantity you desire. Remember when I make this the macaroni is added by the handful, so the quantities listed are general. Experiment…can also add radishes, chopped ham,etc. or leave out the tomatoes if Tamra is going to be there.

From the kitchen of Cathy Knorr