Archive | May 2013

First intentional attempt at clean eating

For the past three months or so, I’ve been trying to lose weight.  So far I’ve managed about 15 pounds.  I need to kick things up a little bit, so I’m trying to eat “clean” now.

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Roasted summer squash

I love sauteed squash, but it takes more work than I’m willing to put up with and it gets kind of messy, not to mention all the extra calories you get from the butter or olive oil.  This had all of the flavor of the sauteed dish, but less work and mess.

There was too much pepper in this for my taste.  Maybe cut it down to 1/4 tsp.

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The ever popular copycat

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Copycat Panera mac and cheese

I’ll admit I’ve only had Panera’s mac and cheese once.  I’m always there for a bread bowl full of broccoli cheese soup.  I enjoyed what I had, but I wasn’t blown away or anything.  I’ve always wanted to make my own mac and cheese, so I figured this would be a good jumping off point.

This dish tasted fantastic, but it wasn’t worth the cleanup.  Maybe I cooked it a little high, but the milk totally scorched to the bottom of the pot.  There was enough cheese where I didn’t really get any of the scorched milk, so it was ok.  I might do it again now that I have nonstick cookware.

It’s so easy, even your boyfriend could do it

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Oven roasted sausage, potatoes and peppers

I don’t even cook this dish myself, I have my boyfriend do it on nights when I have to work late.  Super simple and delicious.  I messed up and bought cheesy sausage once and it was one of the happiest accidents ever.

Too good to be this easy

I haven’t updated this in forever, so I’m going to start spewing things out.

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Spicy sausage pasta

I got an iron skillet back in December and I use the thing as often as I can, so I get really excited whenever I see a recipe for it.  I don’t have a lid, so I just used my large cookie sheet instead.  It doesn’t cover the whole thing, but everything still came out great.

This dish is seriously spicy, so maybe don’t cook this if you can’t do spicy.

A Do-able Dessert

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I pin a lot of desserts that look amazing, but then I read the recipe and just go “fuck that shit.”  I finally found something delicious that didn’t require two days of preparation.

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Strawberry Cake

My grandma always made this amazing strawberry cake from scratch and I don’t think she ever wrote the recipe down anywhere.  Unfortunately, she died a couple years ago and I’ve tried to find something that comes close.  This isn’t quite what she made… it’s better.

Sure, this still requires a little bit of work.  Smashing out the strawberries and collecting enough juice really takes some elbow grease, but it’s totally worth it.  I brought this to my boyfriend’s parents’ house for Mothers Day and it was a big hit.  Unfortunately, I didn’t dry the strawberry slices in the middle enough and the cake fell apart and the icing got really runny.  When I make this again, I’ll leave them out.  The cake is good enough on its own.