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Tasty Tuesday – Get Stuffed

I’ve tried two “stuffed” recipes recently that I want to share today.

The first is a Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken. It was super easy to make and so yummy. I was the biggest fan of it in my family. I love how pretty it was, add melted cheese, and I’m a fan. Apparently my husband isn’t into cheesy things.

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The second recipe was Crab Meat Stuffed Sole. I’ve never cooked with sole before, but I found some on sale so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s incredibly delicate and light. Colin and I really liked this recipe, but the boys, who usually love fish, weren’t really into it. I also have to confess that I went to the supermarket with the intention of buying some fresh crab meat, but when I saw the price, I couldn’t justify it and went with canned crab. It was still very tasty.

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It’s pretty hot in these here parts and I don’t have air conditioning so cooking isn’t heaps of fun at the moment. I am still trying to be creative and find fun, tasty summer recipes.


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Tasty Tuesday – Grilled Ham and Cheese Pull-Apart Sandwich Loaf

We went camping the day that Jude got out of school this year. It’s likely that will be our only camping trip this year as the Summer is super busy and we have a big trip planned for later in the Summer.

I checked my Pinterest camping board when planning for the camping trip and wanted to try a couple of different recipes that I haven’t done before.

We were gone three nights – I chose hamburgers and hotdogs for our first night as we would be busy setting up camp. For the second evening I made the easiest recipe for Grilled Ham and Cheese Pull-Apart Sandwich Loaf. It was a super hit. So easy and tasty and fun. I highly recommend it for your next camping trip.

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For our final night I made quesadillas which I make at home a lot, but have never made while camping. I used canned chili which made it easy and meant that we weren’t trying to keep meat cooled and safe that far into our trip. Again, everyone gobbled them up and enjoyed them.

I’m a bit sad that we probably won’t be camping anymore this Summer, but I’m excited for the other things we have in store. Looking forward to using these recipes and trying new ones next Summer!


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Tasty Tuesday – Baked Tacos and Chocolate Granola Bars

Two quick recipes for you this week. Super easy, but tasty.

The first is baked tacos and seriously, that’s all they are. So easy. Using crisp tacos shells, fill them with meat and cheese (refried beans as well, if you want), stick them in the oven. Yum!

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I used this recipe.

I love no bake oatmealy, chocolately bars and these are amazing! I think it’s the coconut oil. So rich and creamy and wonderful. I didn’t add cranberries as I’m not a big fan of fruit with chocolate.

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My family loved them.

I have seriously gotten into a cooking rut lately. I feel like I haven’t tried many new recipes lately and I’m getting bored! I’m also tired. Get with it girl! I better go have a look at Pinterest.


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Challenge #3 Peanut Sauce

So when I was planning this week’s menu I had a hankering for Peanut Sauce. I did my usual interweb search & came up with a few possibilities – they all sounded really good, but would require some prep & fancy ingredients. Then I stumbled across this recipe & I was super excited to try it out.

I used Costco Pico de Gallo, unsweetened, chunky peanut butter & blue agave syrup. Let me tell you, it was good stuff. I had planned to try some of the other recipes that I came across, but I will have a hard time passing this up next time I have a hankering.

It ain’t pretty in pictures, but it is so tasty. I would never have thought to make peanut sauce with salsa, but it is genius & so easy. I heated it up, but also tasted it cold – it was great both ways.

Magic Peanut Sauce

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Challenge #3 Loaded Baked Potato Salad

So for Mother’s Day we decided to do a barbecue at my parent’s house. We had pork steaks, spinach salad, corn on the cob & potato salad. The potato salad was my job & I wanted to try something different. I bought some super yummy fingerling potatoes from Costco – they have gold & purple potatoes in the mix. I wanted to try a roast potato recipe & I came across this one. I thought it sounded lovely!

I roasted the potatoes the night before – I actually don’t recommend this. When I make this again, I will roast the potatoes & make the salad right away. I also added a bit of may since I only had fat-free sour cream & it just wasn’t creamy enough. I also heated it up a bit to meld the ingredients together & served the green onions on the side. Warmed up a bit, it was so good! I highly recommend this recipe.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

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Challenge #3 Buffalo Chicken Rolls

So I saw these rolls on Pinterest & I had to try them. They looked so good & so easy. I tried them last night & I really liked them. I did some of them buffalo chicken style & some of them I used left over bacon cheeseburger filling from Jude’s party (that’s another post). Fixed using this recipe they are low-fat & healthy & really yummy. Colin & the boys weren’t completely thrilled with the wonton wrappers – they don’t crisp up like they do when they’re fried, but I thought they were good.

I highly recommend them & I loved the buffalo ones the best.

Buffalo Chicken Rolls

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Challenge #3 Stuffed Meatballs & Wiggly Hotdog Monsters

This week’s new recipe is Stuffed Meatballs with a side of strangeness. I used this recipe for the meatballs & took a little liberty, not measuring much. I also used ground turkey instead of ground beef or pork. They were so yummy! My youngest couldn’t get enough of them & my oldest liked taking the cheese out of the middle. Colin liked them except for his aversion to “globs of cheese”.  Again, this is an aversion that I really don’t understand, but to each his own. And I definitely could have made a bit more sauce. They take a bit of extra effort, but I loved them! What else could I stuff them with besides cheese? Olives, peppers…

Stuffed Meatballs

 

I also came across something on Pinterest that I really wanted to try for the boys – I have no idea what to call it besides Wiggly Hot Dog Monsters. There wasn’t a link to where this came from, but there was a picture. Since I was making pasta for dinner & I needed to use up a couple of hotdogs, I thought I’d try it out. They are so fun & easy. My oldest had a lot of fun helping me impale the poor little hotdogs with pasta. In the end though, they weren’t the hit that I had hoped they would be. My oldest ate all the pasta & not much of the hotdog. My youngest spent a lot of time pulling the pasta out & eating the hotdogs. Ah well. Still a great idea!

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After They Became Wiggly Monsters

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Challenge #3 Beef Fajitas

Beef Fajitas

OK, so I wasn’t real quick on the uptake this week. I knew that I wanted to make fajitas this week, but hadn’t found a recipe before I went shopping – I thought that I was bound to have whatever the recipe called for. When I finally went looking for recipes, it turns out I had pretty much none of the ingredients. I still wanted fajitas so I decided to make up my own marinade. I measured nothing. Here’s what my marinade consisted of in varying quantities: ginger ale, extra virgin olive oil, soy sauce, all spice, cummin & green onion. I marinated the steak for about 5 hours, cooked it up & it was ready to go. I was actually really pleased with it. Yum!

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Challenge #3 Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

I’m sure this is not new to most people, but I’ve never made it or even had it. A friend of mine posted a picture of monkey bread on Facebook a couple of months ago & I’ve been wanting to make it ever since then.

I did a Google search for a recipe & of course there were heaps. I ended up picking one pretty randomly. I chose this recipe.

My family & I loved it! It was super easy. I made it on my own while the boys were playing outside, but it’s definitely something that I can make with them.

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