Curried Turnip Greens – Tasty Tuesdays Link Up

The turnips I planted in my homemade self watering containers are going crazy!

turnip leaves

So I picked off a handful or two of the larger leaves and left the rest so the turnip roots underneath will have food to keep growing. Most stores here in California cut the greens off of the turnips before selling them (unlike beets that have the roots and the greens) probably because turnip greens are one of the most bitter greens so most people wouldn’t bother to cook them. Such a shame.

All greens are loaded with vitamins and nutrients, but in order to cut the bitterness most recipes for turnip greens involve cooking them for a long time and adding salt and pork fat (bacon or salt pork). Continue reading

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Lemon Thyme Wild Rice

Here’s another one from Ma’am’s archives for you: Lemon Thyme Wild Rice.

Lemon Thyme Wild Rice - thatrecipe.com

This simple side dish takes about 45 minutes to cook because of the wild rice, but that is almost all hands off time. It goes great with beef, chicken or fish. Continue reading

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24 Apple Recipes – Tasty Tuesdays Linkup

I am so excited to be co-hosting the fabulous Tasty Tuesdays Linkup again this week. Last week we had so many delicious recipes shared! I noticed quite a few apple recipes, including our Fall Harvest Pancakes. Did you see them all?

Apple Pumpkin Spice Pancakes - thatrecipe.com

 

24 Apple Recipes

Spiced Apple Bread from A Mind “Full” Mom
Apple Cranberry Crisp from the Farm Girl Gabs
Oatmeal Apple Scones from My Overflowing Cup

Caramel Apple Cupcakes from Home Maid Simple
The No Peeling Applesauce Experiment from So Much to Make
Carrie’s Cold Cider from A Mother’s Shadow

Baked Apple Cider Donuts from Honestly and Truly (technically not apple, but yum!)
Cranberry Apple Crumble Bar from Craving Some Creativity
15 Apple Recipes that are NOT Dessert from Future Expat

Now on to this week’s link up! Continue reading

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Pumpkin Gnocchi and Bacon Alfredo

pumpkin gnocchi with bacon alfredoI know I swore I wouldn’t do a pumpkin recipe this year, but then I joined the Crazy Ingredient Challenge. Each month the group picks two ingredients and makes a recipe with them. This month we chose Pumpkin and Bacon.

So, I had to give in and come up with a pumpkin recipe.

So in a burst of inspiration, I created this delicious Pumpkin Gnocchi with Bacon Alfredo.  Continue reading

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Ninja Turtle Popcorn Balls

Ninja Turtle Popcorn BallsThis afternoon went something like this:

Me: “Do you want some popcorn for snack?”
J: “Yes”
J: “Green Popcorn!”

Really kid? Haven’t you learned not to challenge me with food requests like that? You really need to talk to your Dad and your Uncle Mike about that. They will tell you I live to beat them at their own game.

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Fall Harvest Pancakes – Tasty Tuesdays Linkup

It is time for another Tasty Tuesdays Linkup and I am so excited to be co-hosting again. We had so many awesome recipes last week my Pinterest boards are stuffed. Before we get to the link up though, I want to share with you one of my favorite Autumn breakfast recipes. Now that the heat is finally (hopefully) behind us here in Southern California I am ready for these healthy Fall Harvest Pancakes to start my cool Autumn mornings. They are loaded with protein from the ricotta and egg, or you can serve them along with some bacon or sausage or ham (yum!) to round out the meal. Use any squash and apple you want. I had a little acorn squash puree in the freezer and a Gala apple so that’s what I went with. I love the spices and the slight nuttiness from the whole wheat flour. Drizzled with maple syrup, these are one of my favorite ways to get going on a cool morning.

Fall Harvest Pancakes

Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Meal type Breakfast
Occasion Autumn
Healthy whole wheat protein packed pancakes with squash, apples, ricotta and plenty of spices make a scrumptious Fall Breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly ground is best)
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 1/2 cup squash or pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 Large apple (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

Directions

In medium bowl, combine flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda and spices, stirring with a whisk.
In a separate bowl combine remaining ingredients. Add liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well blended.

Spray a non-stick griddle with the cooking spray and cook the pancakes over medium-high heat.
Now lets see what you awesome bloggers out there have to share with us.

This month Sydney from Tastefully Frugal and Audrey from That Recipe are the co-hosts of this party!

cohost of Tasty Tuesdays

We would love to have you link up to three of your old or new food posts!  

Here are  just a few requests for this linky:

  • PLEASE follow the hosts and co-hosts of this party through one of their social media listed below.  They visit your post, leave a comment, and pin your post.  Just pick one (or more) of the options below and please follow them.

**Tammy at Creative K Kids (Blog)**
Pinterest/Facebook/Google+/Twitter/Instagram
**Sydney at Tastefully Frugal  (Blog)** 
Pinterest/Facebook/Google+/Twitter/Instagram
**Audrey at That Recipe (Blog)**
Pinterest/Facebook/Google+/Twitter/Instagram
Try to visit a couple of blogs and leave a comment or share their posts.

  • Please make sure you link up only food-related posts that have never been linked uphere before or they will be deleted.Non-food posts can always be linked up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party!
  • Place this button or a link to this post somewhere on your site–either on the actual post or on your sidebar or on your party page.

Creative K Kids

      • As a thank-you for linking up, we will pin your recipe to the Tasty Tuesdays at Creative K Kids Pinterest board.  Please follow the board to see all the great food recipes!
      • By linking up, you agree to let any of the hosts or co-hosts  use your pictures and links if they decide to feature your post.   Your photo may also be used for promotion on any of their social media outlets.
      • If you include your e-mail in the linky form below you will be added to a weekly reminder e-mail when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or given out.

Until next time, happy eating.
~Audrey

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Mezetti – Beef and Noodle Skillet Meal

Beef, Mushroom and Noodle Skillet - MezettiHere’s a great one skillet meal that’s been in the family for years. Hearty, beefy stick to your ribs meal that cooks up in about 45 minutes, most of it hands off time, making it perfect for a weeknight.

I have no idea where the name Mezetti came from, I assume it’s the name of the person that first came up with the recipe. The original was made with canned soup, and over the years Ma’am and I have switched it up to use fresher ingredients. Lower sodium and just as easy. Continue reading

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Easy Tortilla Soup

Easy Tortilla SoupI found this recipe for Tortilla Soup in Ma’am’s original recipe archives and it looked so simple and satisfying I knew I had to make it for dinner and get it on the blog for Fall. Yes, I am still fantasizing about cool weather.

Two extra bonuses are:
-you probably already have the ingredients in the house and
-it is done in 30 minutes!

You know I love quick weeknight meals. Continue reading

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Tasty Tuesdays: Sesame Celery Salad #linky

I have some exciting news! All month long I am guest-hosting Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays Linky. Besides the scrumptious Sesame Celery Salad recipe from me, you get some fabulous recipes linked up from some other amazing bloggers. Be sure to check out some of the other recipes and bloggers.

And if you are a blogger, please link up your favorite recipe post or three.

When I noticed an almost full head of celery in the fridge my mind immediately went to this recipe for Sesame Celery Salad. Ma’am used to make it when we were kids both in the “too hot to cook” summer time and as a great side dish, particularly with Asian cuisine.

It takes very little time and effort to make, but just note that it should sit for about an hour to let all of the flavors meld together. Super simple and delicious.

Sesame Celery Salad

Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 10 minutes
Meal type Salad and Vegetables, Side Dish
Occasion Summer
Celery Sesame Salad is a simple and refreshing salad for a hot day. Great side dish for barbecues and Chinese food.

Ingredients

  • 1 head celery
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • sesame seeds (for garnish)

Directions

Wash the celery and cut into 1 inch diagonal slices. Put in large sauce pan, cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Drain immediately and cover with ice water until completely cooled.
Mix remaining ingredients together, pour over celery and stir well. Refrigerate for about 1 hour and serve cold.

Now on to the linky…

This month Sydney from Tastefully Frugal and Audrey from That Recipe are the co-hosts of this party!

cohost of Tasty Tuesdays

We would love to have you link up to three of your old or new food posts!  

Here are  just a few requests for this linky:

  • PLEASE follow the hosts and co-hosts of this party through one of their social media listed below.  They visit your post, leave a comment, and pin your post.  Just pick one (or more) of the options below and please follow them.

**Tammy at Creative K Kids (Blog)**
Pinterest/Facebook/Google+/Twitter/Instagram
**Sydney at Tastefully Frugal  (Blog)** 
Pinterest/Facebook/Google+/Twitter/Instagram
**Audrey at That Recipe (Blog)**
Pinterest/Facebook/Google+/Twitter/Instagram
Try to visit a couple of blogs and leave a comment or share their posts.

  • Please make sure you link up only food-related posts that have never been linked up here before or they will be deleted.  Non-food posts can always be linked up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party!
  • Place this button or a link to this post somewhere on your site–either on the actual post or on your sidebar or on your party page.

Creative K Kids

    • As a thank-you for linking up, we will pin your recipe to the Tasty Tuesdays at Creative K Kids Pinterest board.  Please follow the board to see all the great food recipes!
    • By linking up, you agree to let any of the hosts or co-hosts  use your pictures and links if they decide to feature your post.   Your photo may also be used for promotion on any of their social media outlets.
    • If you include your e-mail in the linky form below you will be added to a weekly reminder e-mail when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or given out.

An InLinkz Link-up

Until next time, happy eating.
~Audrey

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Apple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Apple cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese IcingWe celebrated Apple Day in the first grade at the end of September. Knowing how J likes to repeat these activities over and over, I was prepared and had apples at the read y for whichever activity or food he wanted to repeat at home.

You know we had to do bobbing for apples a few hundred times. Luckily, we had yet another heat wave so dunking his head was actually pretty refreshing. Not that it would have mattered to him …

Apple Bobbing

Apple Bobbing is hard when you are missing your front teeth!

 

Not surprisingly when I asked if he wanted to bake a pie like they ate at school or cupcakes he chose the cupcakes. We can only bring store bought foods to school for these activities per district policy. And the crusts on the pies looked very unappetizing. Most of the kids just picked the apples out and left the crust.

So, when I showed J the recipe for these Apple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing, he begged to make them instead of pie. Low fat and high in fiber, no objections from Mommy.

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