Donuts are a main dish.....for breakfast! These donuts were more like desert. I used crushed pineapple, but I'm betting you could use pineapple rings also. The recipe only took me 20 minutes altogether which is DANGEROUS. Give it try! Tip: Don't pipe the batter into the donut pan. It will be too runny, so just spoon it.
Well I flubbed. I didn't make this as a main dish. Unless dessert is a main dish. In that case.. Winner
Actually winner either way.
Whichever you choose. Lemons and pineapples are always a winner
Jen, Amy, Nikita and Georgia
This week was my week and my challenge was for everyone to share their Sunday dinner. It was less about the dinner and more about the experience the time with the family or just some quiet time with a cozy meal
The hubs made these tasty pork steaks with caramelized onions.. My great contribution was a no knead rosemary bread. We make a real attempt to have dinner at the table every night. It's not always possible, so we make the most of the time we do.
For Sunday dinner I made mini chicken pot pies from Dream Dinners, with a bunch of veggies on the side – fresh grape tomatoes, peas, and asparagus (cooked in a pan with olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper). Technically this was a Saturday dinner, because our Sunday dinners are usually leftovers or take-out. 😊
The pot pies were good, but I prefer this other recipe from Pillsbury for mini pot pies:
The asparagus, however, was the best I’ve ever made. Perfectly cooked and seasoned. My husband loved it. I don’t normally enjoy eating asparagus, but I actually liked it. Win.
Living alone I don't have traditional traditions, if that makes sense. My days off differ from most (Tuesday and Wednesday) soooooo my traditional Sunday dinner is usually something new to try. This go around I had breakfast for dinner in the form of Apple Quinoa Pancakes. I topped them with apples lovingly warmed with maple syrup and cinnamon. This were damn good!
This week, our Sunday dinner fell on Valentine's Day. I can't even remember what we actually ate on Sunday...BUT Valentine's Day - we ate New York Strips & Lobster (often referred to as Surf & Turf), Mushroom Wine Reduction, Roasted Asparagus, & Creme Brulee for dessert. Matthew was the mastermind behind dinner, and the only complaint was we wanted more lobster. EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT! I've posted the recipe for the Creme Brulee because I uniquely made it without a kitchen torch. Instead, the oven broiler came into play with a careful eye. This was a new recipe for me; I have always thought Creme Brulee was out of reach and too difficult. Boy was I wrong! The sugar topping was crisp and cracked against the back of our spoons when tapped. The vanilla flavoring (I used pure vanilla extract) was simple and perfect for an end to a delicious dinner. I can't wait to do this again.
The dinner hour is a sacred, happy time when everyone should be together and relaxed.
Georgia, Jen, Amy and Nikita
Ok, you may be seeing a pattern with me. I'm on a meringue kick for the moment. This recipe was suggested on my Pinterest, an I'm so happy they got it right this time. These Lemon Meringue Nests are mini, cute, and pack a punch! I used a Lemon Curd recipe posted on a previous Saturday Bites article. This would be a fun baby shower bite or Easter dessert....in addition to the Carrot Cake. Nothing beats out Carrot Cake. Tip: Definitely pipe the filling into the nests to keep them clean. It was a lot easier than spooning it in.
Always looking for fun new, healthy bake options. Found this blueberry muffin recipe using greek yogurt.
Interestingly the recipe did not call for any time of fat. Which sounds like a healthier choice. But at what cost.
Flavor.. That's the cost..
Note to self.. Flavor is not worth giving up. So the hunt continues to find a tastier option
Mini Frittatas. Quick and easy breakfast…made more fun because it’s bite size. I would definitely make these again!!
I used a silicone mini muffin pan and they slid right out. Not sure if a regular muffin pan would work as well; I’ve had egg-stuck-in-muffin-pan disasters in the past that have resulted in pan meeting trash can. 😊
So....mini food. What an odd trend. Did this start in Japan? They like tiny shit over there. I looked all over the world wide web for inspiration and thought this is what the Lilliputians probably nosh on. We're one step closer to the Jetson's Dial a Meal Pill.
I wasn't very original but these little thingies are packed with taste.
Rather than go to a lot of bother with the crust I sprayed the mini cups with cooking spray and filled them with whole wheat bread crumbs. Much easier. I added Crystal hot sauce to the egg mixture to give it a little kick.
Fun with mini's
Nikita, Georgia, Jen and Amy
So after burning our candles at both ends during the holidays my creative juices had evaporated. Hence this week's food challenge. Just...you know....make...whatever.
Luckily, Heidi over at the outstanding food blog 101 Cookbooks is bursting with energy. I've followed her blog for years but rarely made anything from it. I received an email earlier this month with a plethora of easy vegan recipes. I am far from vegan but Heidi knows her shit. Vegan enchiladas jumped out at me. I hadn't made vegan enchiladas before so why not? Quick and easy, bonus. I used small corn tortillas( street taco size) and ate two. I was pleasantly full without feeling icky. Would I make this recipe again? In a heartbeat! If you want to eat a bit more healthyish, give these bad boys a try.
Quick Vegan Enchiladas with Sweet Potato Sauce
From 101 Cookbooks
For years, I have wanted to make the ever so mysterious and illusive Macaron. I read many blogs and recipes and found this simple one: French Vanilla Macarons. This was my first attempt and lessons were learned. 1: My oven cooks hot and they browned a little. 2: If they stick to the silicone, freeze them to peel them off. 3: You better make a couple dozen because they are addictive! While they may not be beautiful, they tasted amazing! Crisp on the outside and chewy-sweet on the inside. Matt and Christopher even said the flavor had a similar flavor to Oreos. Hmmmm...no chocolate but an almond and vanilla flavor. I tried another new recipe for Sunday Bakery, so check it out tomorrow.
Once again my work schedule was a little crazy, but the hubs tried something new-ish.
He made his world famous tacos. But this time with chicken.
What makes his tacos world famous? He sprinkles the corn tortilla's with Parmesan cheese after heating them in oil. Truly.. It makes all the difference.
Below is a sliced cucumber sprinkled with Tajin
Who knows.. Maybe next week I'll actually cook or even bake.
Chocolate cake makes everything better, right? Especially if you can make one in the microwave in a few minutes!! I found a recipe for a microwave chocolate mug cake that satisfied my craving. It looks messy if you mix it up directly in the mug like I did (half batch), but who wants to do extra dishes if you’re already going the lazy route with a microwave cake?
Obviously not as good as a baked cake, but I would make this again. I topped mine with some chocolate syrup. Ice cream would be a great topper also.
Lots of fun new recipes tried this week.
Until next week,
Amy, Nikita, Georgia and Jen
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