Friday, November 29, 2013

Stuffed Mushrooms

Delicious Stuffed Mushrooms
15 large mushrooms caps with stems removed
 1 pound of lean ground beef
2 tablespoons of Mrs. Dash tomato basil spice
1/8 cup of pine nuts
5 cooked slices of bacon crumbled.
3 tablespoons of Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
black pepper to taste
salt to taste
1/2 cup of milk
3 slices of white bread.
Blend the bread & milk together, then add all other ingredients and mix well. 
Take the mushroom caps and fill with mixture.
Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Antipasto Salad

I only make this salad a couple of times a year and Thanksgiving is one of those times. 

It's so delicious and can be a total meal all by itself.  No more words are needed to describe this salad, just look at the pictures.

Antipasto Salad
1/2 cup of olive oil
5 leaves of fresh basil cut into strips
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of Mrs. Dash Tomato Basis spice.
1/2 onion, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 small jar of mushrooms cut in half
6 large green olives sliced in half
10 large black olives sliced in half
3/4 cup of roasted red peppers, diced
8 artichokes cut in half
2x3 inch cube of mozzarella cheese cut into smaller cubes
2x3 inch cube of Feta cheese cut into smaller cubes
2x3 inch cube of Monterey jack cheese cut into smaller cubes
2 ham slices 1/4 inch thick, diced
8 thick slices of peperoni cut into fourths
8 thick slices of salami cut into fourths
2 cloves of garlic diced

Put the olive oil, Mrs. Dash spice salt and pepper in a bowl and mix.  In a separate large bowl, add all other ingredients, and mix in the dressing. 


Baked Ziti

This is a quick and easy meal. 

1-16 oz. box of Ziti macaroni, cooked in boiling water to desired tenderness.
6 cups of your favorite tomato sauce.  I use my home made sauce. (See recipe)
1 pound of lean ground beef
8 mushrooms diced and sautéed
1/2 large onion diced and sautéed
2 cloves of garlic diced
8 oz. mozzarella sliced
2 tablespoons Mrs. Dash, Sundried tomato basil spice

After everything is sautéed, line it up and layer it in a baking dish. 
start with some tomato sauce on the bottom, then some noodles, sprinkle the onions & mushrooms, layer the beef on top of that, ten put about 5 or 6 slices of cheese on the meet.  Start the layers all over again until you get to the top of your baking dish.  for the final touch add some cheese to the top and Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

 Layering your ingredients!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Low carb, low sugar, high protein French Toast

French Toast.......There are so many different variations.  Some are made from very think sliced bread and dipped in a heavy cream and egg mixture, Some are covered in fruit and some are stuffed with a sugary cream cheese.  I like the good old fashioned Cinnamon French Toast.  Plain and simple.  I make an attempt to keep the carb and sugar count down when ever it does not effect the overall taste of food drastically.  This is a good example of altering the calorie intake and not the taste.
For this Low Carb, Low Sugar, High Protein French Toast you will need the following.

9 slices of regular thin sliced bread.  Preferably stale.  Why stale???  It will hold together when it is dipped in the egg mixture.   Fresh bread will fall apart. 

6 eggs scrambled

Cinnamon to taste

Sugar free syrup to taste

Butter or margarine on top of the French Toast just before your serve. 

Scramble all the eggs in a bowl large enough to fit a slice of bread.
Heat a non stick griddle to 350 degrees.  If you do not have a Griddle you can prepare a pan with a non sick cooking spay or small amount of butter. Heat pan on medium or medium high heat. 
Dip each slice of bread in the egg and immediately place on a griddle.  Once the French Toast is cooked on one side flip to the other.  Remove from Griddle and add cinnamon butter & syrup to taste.





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