Eat Your Veggies

You know when you’re planning a small gathering and you’re trying to figure out a good snack/light meal for your friends? Well, I have a delicious meal that’s somewhat good for you too: bacon wrapped asparagus with feta!

First off, credit for this recipe goes to Mommy Savers and it’s quite an excellent one. Now, you’ll only need just a few ingredients:

– A bunch of asparagus
– Olive oil
– Salt
– Bacon
– Feta cheese

Easy as that. One of my favorite things about this recipe is the fact that we use asparagus that has several health benefits.

First, you will preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Now, all you’ll need to do cut off the ends of the bottoms of the asparagus, drizzle it with the olive oil and then sprinkle some salt over it. Gather the asparagus in bunches of about two to three and wrap each bunch with a slice of bacon. Place all of the bunches on a foil-covered, flat pan. Put the asparagus in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the bacon becomes crispy. After this, take it out of the oven and sprinkle it with feta cheese (which goes well with several dishes and has several uses).

I hope you enjoy this quick and delicious snack. And the great thing about it is, you get to eat your vegetables for the day too!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to respond.

Eat and Sleep Always,

Katie

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Tostadas Anyone?

Slow Cooker Chicken Tostadas. dinner. this week. for sure.

 

Here’s a meal that hits close to home.

Growing up, my mom and dad always cooked dinner for my sisters and I, which I realize now is astounding considering how busy they were! And naturally, growing up, as kids we want to help. Whether it be mixing something in a bowl, setting a timer, or measuring out ingredients, we made sure we were the best mixers, setters and measures around. Now, one of the things my parents always let me and my sisters do was mash beans, mainly because there was little chance of a spill and no sharp objects involved. And so, that is the inspiration for the following, simple and delicious recipe.

Tostadas are a traditional Mexican dish that are quite delicious and incredibly simple! Now, all you’re going to need is:

  • Tostadas (as much as you’d like which you can buy at your local grocery stores in the bread aisle)
  • A can of beans (or as many cans as you like, and I personally prefer pinto, but you can use whichever you prefer)
  • Whatever toppings you like!

Now, all you’re going to have to do is get your tostadas and lay them out (you can even make your own!). Next, you’ll take out a frying pan and pour the beans into it while heating them up on a medium temperature. Then, take a bean masher and, simply mash the beans. Once the beans have been cooked (for about 5-10 minutes), you’ll just take as much beans as you’d like and spread them out over the tostadas. Additionally, one of the great things about beans are their health benefits. And finally, all that’s left to do is add whatever toppings you’d like: cheese, meat, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, the world is your oyster! If you’re looking for some more creative ideas, check out this article: Tostadas Can be Topped with Anything.

So, there you have it. This is an incredibly simple meal that you can make on any day of the week and, if you want to get others involved, it can be a fun meal to make together!

Hope you enjoy, and feel free to share how the recipe goes for you.

Eat and Sleep Always,

Katie

 

 

Crock-Pot Mac and Cheese

Do you know what sounds great on a rainy day? A nice, warm bowl of mac and cheese.

Mac and cheese is a great universal dish, it’s delicious for everyone: kids, adults, college students, etc. And so, here’s a great Crock-Pot recipe that I’ve done a few times, myself. The credit for this recipe goes to Mom’s with Crock-Pots, which already tells you it’s a great recipe.

So, all that you’ll need for this recipe is:

  • 8 ounces of medium shell macaroni (one package, essentially)
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 cup of evaporated milk (only buy one can, because it’s more than a cup)
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) of shredded, sharp cheddar cheese (which has health benefits, if you didn’t know!)
  • 4 tablespoons of butter (melted)
  • A Crock-Pot, of course!

Now, all you have to do is cook the macaroni like it says on the package. After you’re done cooking it, drain it and rinse it with warm water. Make sure it is drained really well, though. Next, use one to two tablespoons of the butter to grease the inside of the Crock-Pot. After you’ve done this, you can combine the macaroni with all of the other ingredients in the Crock-Pot, and be sure to mix it all together. Then, you’ll simply leave the Crock-Pot on low for about two to three hours, or until all the cheese is melted and it looks delicious.

And there you have it! Delicious mac and cheese.

If you’re interested in utilizing your Crock-Pot more, check out Good Food for some tips!

And, of course, if you have any questions about the recipe or would like to share how your food turned out, feel free to leave a comment!

 

Eat and Sleep Always,

Katie

 

Chicken, Potatoes and Greens

Hello friends, hope all is well. I’m very excited to share this recipe with you because it is simply delicious and extremely easy!

The official recipe is from Real Simple and is called “Pan-Roasted Chicken with Lemon Garlic Green Beans.” Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?

Now, to be completely honest, I was slightly taken aback after reading the title and how it said “pan-roasted.” My first thought was: can I roast something? How does one roast something? Is roasting different from baking? Do I need to use the broiler? What am I doing??

Well, if you’re like me and have the same questions, no worries! I have the answers. Baking and roasting are essentially the same thing. The term baking, however is associated with the making of sweets, cakes, breads and such, while roasting is used more for meats like chicken or beef. (If you want to learn more, The Reluctant Gourmet has a great article!) So, roasting will not be a problem.

Another thing that I love about this recipe is the use of lemon- it really brings out the flavor of the chicken and the vegetables. If you’re interested in the benefits baking/roasting/cooking with lemon, Fit Day has an interesting article.

Now, all that you’ll need for this recipe is:

  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 lemons (one thinly sliced and the other juiced)
  • 4 cloves of garlic- minced (which essentially means just purchase one bulb of garlic because the cloves are inside one bulb)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 3/4 lbs of trimmed green beans (I recommend that you buy the green beans fresh, they’re incredibly inexpensive and delicious)
  • 8 small red potatoes, quartered
  • 4 chicken breasts (or one package from your local grocery store, I prefer boneless)

Now, to begin you’ll need to preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and take a tablespoon of the olive oil and coat a large pan with it. After this, get the sliced lemon and line the bottom of the pan with all of the slices.

Next, get a large bowl and combine the remaining oil, the lemon juice, the minced garlic, the salt and the pepper.  You’ll put the green beans inside and make sure they’re coated with the mix. After they’re coated, use tongs to remove the green beans and place them in the pan on top of the lemon slices. Then, do the same with the potatoes– put them in the bowl, coat them with the mixture and put either on top of the green beans or along the edge of the pan. Finally, do the same with the chicken– put the chicken in the bowl, coat it with the mixture and place on top of the greens and potatoes. If there is left over olive oil mixture in the bowl, pour it over the chicken.

And finally, place the pan in the oven and “roast” for 50 minutes. If necessary, and if the chicken is thoroughly, it is suggested that after 50 minutes,  you take the chicken out of the oven and let the vegetables “roast” for ten additional minutes.

And that’s it! Believe me, you’re house will smell fantastic– even when you reheat!

Questions? Comments? Feel free to let me know how the dish went for you!

Eat and Sleep Always,

Katie

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Lemon-Garlic Green Beans