It’s National Cheesecake Day!!!

It’s National cheesecake day, who doesn’t love a creamy, velvety smooth dessert? Go ahead and whip up your best cheesecake recipe or try mine you won’t regret it.  Top your cheesecake with fruit or make mini cheesecake cups with a chocolate peanut butter topping, fruit, nutella, etc…the options are endless!  Go ahead and indulge!

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Pictured on the left is original cheesecake and on the right, cheesecake cups topped with chocolate peanut butter topping.

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Green Bean Casserole

A few years back I wanted to make a green bean casserole, seeing as how it’s a very traditional Thanksgiving side dish.  It wasn’t customary in my family to make it and to be quite honest I didn’t care for it too much.  I was determined to find a recipe which would turn everyone into a green bean casserole lover!  I stumbled upon Paula Deen’s recipe on the Food Network and made the casserole pretty much as the recipe stated.  The result; a creamy and flavorful casserole which was truly crowd pleasing.  Over the years, I’ve made a few minor changes and tweaks to add my own twist.  Try this recipe, your guests will love it!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 stick of butter
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cups green beans, chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can reduced sodium cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (2.8 ounce) can fried onion rings (I prefer Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 1 Tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Melt the butter in a large skillet.  Saute the onions and mushrooms in the butter.  Boil the green beans in chicken broth for 8-10 minutes then drain.  Add the green beans, mushroom soup, onion rings (about 1/3 of the can), garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste to the onion mixture.  Stir well.  Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.  Top the casserole with the cheddar cheese and bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted.  Finish with the remaining onion rings.

Tasty Additions:  Chop two slices of bacon and sauté the onions in the bacon fat, it will add additional flavor.

 

 Green Bean Casserole

Ready for the oven!

 

Original recipe courtesy of Food Network: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/green-bean-casserole-recipe/index.html

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Frozen Meals Prep

In preparation for long and possibly sleepless nights, I’m on the search for delicious and healthy frozen meal ideas. What types of casseroles, sauces, meats, individual ingredients etc…freeze and reheat well?  Post your recipes or ideas for meals that freeze well and taste delicious once baked.  Thank you all in advance!

Meal Prep

This week for me is all about meal prepping; staying ahead of the game and focusing on eating healthy. The healthy lunch meal for this week is salmon and salads, lots of omega-3 and the nutrition from the salad. What are some of your healthy meal prep ideas?