Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Naan Pizza--YES!

Charlie has been buying commercially produced naan bread at the grocery, because they have it on sale nearly every week. In case you don't know what naan is, it's a flatbread, like pita.

He's still on his pizza kick, so we make pizza on naan bread.

We cut a piece in two, because he likes his with almost nothing on it, and I like mine piled with stuff. Here's a picture of mine:
That's olives, chopped summer sausage, and about fifteen cheeses. Ordinarily, I would also put mushrooms and onion on it, but I was too hungry to take the time to slice up the extra ingredients.

I'm posting today at my own blog about a new shipment from Penzeys Spices. Mmmmm.....

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Friday, July 27, 2018

Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy

Leave it to Southern Living to come up with a simple but healthy meal which will also give you peace of mind when it comes to weeknight dinner preparation.

Below is the recipe, but please click on the link for photos and complete information:

Hamburger Steak with Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy


2 honey-wheat bread slices 
1 pound ground round 
1 large egg, lightly beaten
 2 garlic cloves, minced 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 
1 (1.2-oz.) envelope brown gravy mix 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
1 (8-oz.) package sliced fresh mushrooms 
1 medium-size sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced 

How to Make It 

Step 1 Process bread slices in a food processor 10 seconds or until finely chopped. Place breadcrumbs in a mixing bowl; add ground round and next 4 ingredients. Gently combine until blended, using your hands. Shape into 4 (4-inch) patties. 

Step 2 Whisk together brown gravy mix and 1 1/2 cups water. 

Step 3 Cook patties in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes on each side or just until browned. Remove patties from skillet. Add mushrooms and onion to skillet, and sauté 6 minutes or until tender. Stir in prepared gravy, and bring to a light boil. Return patties to skillet, and spoon gravy over each patty. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 8 to 10 minutes. 

Step 4 Note: To make ahead, proceed with Step 1 as directed. Wrap each patty individually in plastic wrap, and place in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw frozen patties in refrigerator 8 hours; proceed with Steps 2 and 3. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Cauliflower Masala #Vegetarian

I don't know where this stuff comes from, but our grocery store sometimes puts out clearance items that I've never seen on the shelves. Maybe they're there and I just don't see them.

ANYWAY, a week or two ago, I saw and bought this.

I should have known better. It says Medium Heat, right on the package. Indian medium heat is like super hot heat to Charlie. So he didn't like this dish, but I did. Yay! I got to eat most of it!

That's chopped mushrooms and cauliflower florets. I wanted some peas in there, but I didn't have any, alas!

I'm posting at my own blog about a non-vegetarian dish I made in the Instant Pot.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Friday, July 20, 2018

Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

I just found these, and they look AH-mazing!!! I love waffle cones. So when I saw this photo at The Sweet Escape, I had to find out more. I'd write the recipe below, but I can't possibly do it justice. You simply have to check out Melissa's mouth-watering tutorial HERE. Be sure and let me know if you try it and what flavors you choose!

Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe by The Sweet Escape

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Brown Smoothie #vegetarian #duh #notevenhealthy

We used to do green smoothies, but we ran out of kale, so I made one without the kale. Charlie liked it better.

So this is what I make now:
It contains: a frozen banana, a handful of peanuts or cashews, pineapple sherbet, and a sneaky stalk of celery.

It's very good! Kind of contrary to the original intention, but good.

I'm posting on my own blog today about some new spices and spice blends I got this week.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Friday, July 13, 2018

One Pan Parmesan Tuscan Chicken

I haven't tried this recipe yet, but it looks delicious. And, it's a healthy alternative to the pasta dishes I love. The recipe comes from It's A Cheat Day Everyday, and I highly recommend that you visit the site for additional information on this recipe and many others.

One Pan Parmesan Tuscan Chicken


1 lb chicken breasts
1 tbs vegetable oil spread
8 oz sliced baby Bella mushrooms
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tbs cornstarch + 2 tbs water
1 tbs garlic powder
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
parsley (optional garnish)


Spray medium nonstick skillet and turn on the heat to medium-high. Add the chicken breasts to the skillet, season with salt and pepper and cook all the way through, approx 8-10 minutes on each side. Transfer the chicken breasts to a plate.
Melt the vegetable oil spread in the skillet and then add the garlic and mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are browned and tender. Add the almond milk, Greek yogurt, garlic powder, salt and pepper and Parmesan cheese. Whisk occasionally until the cheese has fully melted and the sauce begins to boil. Mix the cornstarch with the water to create a slurry and whisk into the sauce. Once the sauce begins to boil and thicken, reduce the heat to low and add the chicken back to the skillet along with the sun-dried tomatoes. Simmer until the chicken is warm, approx 5 minutes.


This creamy chicken is delicious served alone or on top of brown rice or quinoa. It will also make a delicious addition to any salad!

If you find the sauce to be a little too thick, simply add a little more almond milk until you have reached your desired consistency.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Nothing Like a Steak #Vegan

This was nothing like a steak, but it was good.
This was a HUGE portobello mushroom cap and a few pieces of fake-chicken seitan, pan-cooked in sesame oil and browning sauce. We had it with Jasmine rice.

As I said, it was nothing like a good steak, but delicious and satisfying in its own way.

I'm posting today on my own blog about a chicken dish made with actual chicken.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Friday, July 6, 2018

Watermelon Sorbet

These hot days call for frozen treats. Check out this watermelon sorbet recipe from Delish. It only takes two ingredients  (watermelon and sugar) and only five minutes to prepare--plus four hours to freeze. Yum!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Pasta Fazool Again! #Vegetarian

There's a basic recipe to pasta fazool (American for pasta e fagioli), but many variations. Sometimes, it's a soup; sometimes, it's not.

This is not:

The basic recipe is: pasta, beans, tomato sauce or paste. I used penne pasta, pinto beans, and pizza sauce, with a lashing of Parmesan cheese.

Filling and delicious!

I'm posting today at my own blog about a summer meal we had recently. Farmers Market! Yay!

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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