Grilled Turkey and Avocado Sandwich


Hey I just thieved this recipe from Examiner.com, Week 3: Saturday – Grilled Turkey and Avocado sandwich. I cannot wait to try it. Looks simple enough to me which is right up my alley lol.

Grille Turkey and Avocado Sandwich

Ingredients

Ciabatta bread

½ cup basil pesto

½ lb. turkey

8 slices swiss cheese

1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

2 roma tomatoes, sliced

2 avocados, sliced

8 slices bacon, cooked

Instructions

Spread each piece of ciabatta bread with the pesto. Layer on the ingredients between cheese. Cook on a Panini press or over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side. Toppings make 3 sandwiches worth.

It isn’t really gluten free but it is semi-healthy and seems like a change from the same old turkey sammies I usually make. I like to switch things up once in a while.

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Fresh roasted green beans and Vidalia onions


Seriously this is such a simple recipe. There is no excuse not to eat healthy. I think you just have to be creative and put your noggin into it.

All I used was about a pound of fresh green beans and one whole Vidalia onion. Wash the beans first and snap the ends off. Then boil for approximately 10 minutes and drain. Cut the Vidalia onion up into medium slices and put in a baking dish with the green beans. I then drizzled olive oil on top (about 2 to 3 tbsp) and sprinkled some onion powder and pepper on top. Just move the beans and onion around so that they all get moist from the olive oil. That was it!! You can add salt and any extra spices that you wish.

Bake in the oven on the top rack at about 375 – 400 depending on your oven for about 20 minutes. I like mine with a little crisp at the edges.

Homemade quick and easy lasagna


Okay here it goes my recipe for quick and easy homemade lasagna. I am no chef but I must say my cooking isn’t all that bad. I have a very busy schedule and really don’t have the time to go all out on making big dinners so I like to whip up good belly sticking homemade full your tummy meals. On the menu tonight was lasagna.

Just keep in mind, I always season to taste. I actually think that is my whole motto in life. I season to taste just about everything I do!

Homemade Quick and Easy Lasagna

Lasagna Filling

1 lb. Ground Beef

1 lb. Sweet Sausage

12 pkg. of fresh chopped mushrooms

1  onion chopped yellow onion

16 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

16 oz Whole milk ricotta cheese

1/2 cup of parmesan cheese

2 eggs

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp onion powder

1/2 tsp

1/2 tsp pepper

9 cooked lasagna noodles(perfect fit for an 8×12 pan)

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Brown ground beef and sausage and drain

Saute mushrooms and onion(I usually melt 1 tbsp of butter in the bottom of the pan)

Mix all cheeses, eggs, and spices – set aside

Quick Sauce

The sauce is something you can actually make ahead of time or if you are in a real rush buy a jar of Ragu traditional and 3 – 32 oz cans of crushed tomatoes, add all together and let cook about 1 hour and half before time. I like to brown some garlic on the bottom before adding the jar and cans of sauce. What really gives it a good flavor is about 3/4 of a cup of parmesan cheese. Kid you not it adds a lot of flavor.

Directions

Layer the bottom of your pan with 3 lasagna noodles.

Spread cheese mixture on top. We like it cheesy so I usually add extra shredded mozzarella on top of the cheese mixture as well.

Spread browned meat/mushroom, onion mix next.

Dribble sauce on top of that.

Sprinkle parmesan cheese and garlic powder.

Repeat starting with the layered noodles.

When you put your last(3rd row of noodles down, only finish it with sauce and mozzarella cheese).

Don’t use too much sauce throughout because it will get watery!!

Remember season to taste! Don’t be afraid to use extra spices! A little extra flavor never killed anyone. I use hardly any salt because

it’s bad for your blood pressure!!

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Easy mini cheese cake and pumpkin pies


These were so easy to make and everyone loved how they tasted! I have two little guys ages 8 and 9, I’m in school full-time working on my associates in Human Services, and I work from home and substitute teach at the elementary school! I really have no time for fussing around with timely recipes so things like this work perfect into my schedule!

For the mini cheese cake pies:

Jello brand boxed cheese cake mix(follow instructions)

Pillsbury premade pie crust(2 come in a package in the dairy section of your grocery store)

Roll out and use flour for a light dusting so it won’t stick to the cutting bored

Use a round biscuit cutter to make circles to fit for a mini muffin pan.

Grease the mini muffin pan with butter flavor cooking spray. Line muffin pans with the pastry cutouts. Remove from oven when done and let cool.

Mean while when your baking the mini pie crusts, prepare your cheese cake filling. Pour in pie crust and chill.

You can top with a fruit dressing, caramel or chocolate syrup.

Mini pumpkin pies

I like to use Libby’s  pumpkin pie mix rather than the pure pumpkin. I like the taste better and it’s actually less work.

Follow instructions for pie mix and pour into mini pie shells before cooking them. I also like to top the pumpkin pies with nuts.

These were quick and easy deserts that had a nice presentation as well!