Pasta with Broccoli and Italian Sausage

 

We saw something like this on a food show. I used unsalted butter rather than olive oil and used marsala instead of the broccoli cooking water. I used a full pound of Sweet Italian Sausage and all the fresh broccoli left from Christmas, about 3 cups I would guess. The pepper flakes can be added by each person if they want. I will cook the whole wheat angel hair pasta and heat it all together right before dinner. The Pickiest Eater I know tasted it and thought it was marvelous, so hurray!

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I will post my plate photo and opinion after dinner. For lunch I had Tacos from the freezer with romaine and picante sauce.

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Here is my bowl. I liked this very much and think it is a nice variation of spaghetti. Here is the inside of the cake:

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It was very good, as I remembered it. The fondant wasn’t even bad at all.

 

Birthday Cake

Here is the finished Birthday Cake for tonight. I don’t like the taste of the fondant, I wish I could have found the one I used before because it tasted very nice. I will scour my old computer to find it. I found this page very helpful with the decorations.

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And since I can’t pipe frosting very well, I use the plastic words for all my birthday cakes.

I wish everyone a very Happy New Year and offer my thanks for the friendly support you all gave me this year.

New Baps

My Quiet Child did not think the last baps I made were soft enough. And since she and her husband are the ones who supply me with their homemade English bacon, I wanted to accommodate her. I found this new Bap recipe and thought it was much better. I buttered one bap and gave everyone tastes. The Pickiest Eater I know said it was the best homemade bread she’s ever had and Someone named me ‘Star Baker’ (too many episodes of the Great British Baking Show lately). It was kind of nice that it uses a bread machine since mine gets little use when I am on a diet!

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So it will be Bacon Butties for dinner and for lunch I am having German Roulade from the freezer. (I am going to finish the cake tomorrow.)

Marshmallow Fondant Icing

I couldn’t find the original recipe I used when I made the cake before, but this is similar. It takes a bit of muscle to knead it until it isn’t sticky anymore. It is now in the fridge until tomorrow, when I hope to cover the cake and add decorations. I will take a picture then.

Today was full of running around. We had frozen buffalo chicken egg rolls from Costco for lunch, along with more of the raw veggies from Christmas. Dinner was more veggies, ham and a nutella crepe from Costco for dessert.

It is hard to cook when we have house guests, but I will try to come up with something tomorrow.

White Velvet Cake

Today was a mad rush. I made omelettes with butterkase and black truffle rub for breakfast (I just had my customary protein bar) and got this cake in the oven so it would be done before we had to run across town for the day. I had Christmas leftovers for lunch as well as dinner and they are about finished off. I have made this cake before and it struck me as the best non-chocolate cake ever. We have a New Year’s Eve birthday to celebrate so I wanted to make it special. I had to stick it in the freezer before I left and now I can’t take a picture for you, but I will post it once it is finished. I will slice each of the two layers in half and fill with boysenberry jam, then frost it with a rolled fondant icing and I hope decorate it with fondant flowers. I will provide the recipe for the fondant when I make it.

Sorry that I have no meals or photos to share but I got to spend the afternoon playing a virtual reality game from the makers of Myst. (I loved Myst and all the sequels!) It was quite an experience, even watching when others were playing, though I did get a headache. And now I have to figure out how I can play more without driving 45 minutes each way to My Quiet Child’s house.

Chicken Marsala 2

I tried to link with the Chicken Marsala recipe I had tried but the link was bad. I found a new one to try and made it today. It may have been the same as before but I didn’t dredge the chicken the first time. I followed this recipe exactly this time (except I didn’t pound it so thinly and cooked it covered for a bit longer). Megaman chose this for tonight’s dinner and also helped make it. I am going to reheat it in the oven while the bow tie pasta cooks and we will have raw veggies with it.

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You can’t really see much here, I will take a photo and post it after dinner with my opinion.

The pictures from my plate didn’t turn out. But, as far as a critique, I am not sure how vital it is to use shallots over onions, but the fresh sage was so perfect. I tend to not like sage that much but it was so delicate and blended perfectly with the mushroom/marsala flavor.

For lunch, I had turkey and stuffing with gravy and raw veggies and a couple Christmas treats.

Panettone French Toast

Every year, I buy a panettone at Ross, Dress For Less. The children always like the one with streaks of cream filling. This year it was a vanilla cream. We usually toast it and spread with butter but this year I made French toast with it, using that King’s Hawaiian recipe. It was perfect and they all loved it. It was pretty high in calories, but I will probably skip lunch as we are all going to the movies. I will probably make Honey Walnut Shrimp so Megaman can taste it. My Quiet Child will go home before dinner, but she is the one most likely to make it herself. I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and that my British friends have a lovely Boxing Day. Sorry I forgot to take even one picture.

It is Jan 3rd and I was given more panettone, so I made it again (this time it is not cream filled) and wanted to post this picture.

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Turkey Roll

Merry Christmas! It is very early morning as I type this. I want to just add the pictures and post this once all is prepared. I saw this by Nick over at Blogtastic Food and thought it would be a great way to serve turkey for Christmas. It was a bit challenging to cut the breast from the bones and pound it; but then I filled it with boxed cornbread stuffing (with sauteed onion and celery), rolled and tied it and before popping it into the convection oven, oiled and covered it in bacon. It cooked for 1 hour at 325 degrees F. (Cooked to 165 degrees F, it turned out so soft and moist, convection never lets me down!)

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I copied this tray idea, sorry I can’t find the actual page.

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Here are the dishes I started on previous days:

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And here is the complete setting:

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My cupcake tree re-purposed as a Christmas treat tree:

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Mini Pizza

Today, I prepared several dishes that I will finish cooking and serve tomorrow. The first is just reduced-fat crescent roll dough cut into circles the same size as the pepperoni, topped with homemade pizza sauce, parmesan cheese and then the pepperoni. I baked them at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes and put them in the fridge.

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I also made mushrooms the same as for the Tea Party, which will need to cook for about 10 minutes tomorrow.

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And a spinach pie similar to the one here from Gabi at Cooking Without Limits. I cut the recipe in half and used cranberry Wensleydale instead of feta. It will need 15 minutes in the oven tomorrow.

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For lunch, I had panko breaded tilapia from the freezer (store bought). I think I may have chips and dip again for dinner, the cold makes me too tired to eat.

Wiener Wreath

Tonight I am tired and in the sneezing phase of my cold. I didn’t make dinner, instead I ate tortilla chips dipped in hummus. I also had a truffle, they are so good! But the Pickiest Eater I Know is here and helped make this dish, which I got the idea for here. I used 1 can of reduced-fat crescent roll dough, cutting each triangle into four pieces, and 32 Aidel’s Chicken Apple mini sausages. I baked them at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes, or just until they began to brown. They are in the fridge until Christmas, when I will finish cooking them

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I think I will try to make a bow with red bell pepper.

Jelly Donut Oreo Truffles

My Quiet Child makes these truffles at Christmas. They were a big hit last year. As soon as I tasted Jelly Donut Oreos, I knew some of the stockpile would be made into truffles. Well, yesterday, my Tea Party Princess came to spend the afternoon with me and after shopping, we started these. We put 1 1/2 packages Jelly Donut Oreo Cookies and 8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese into the food processor and blitzed until a paste formed. It was WAY too soft, so we rolled it in balls and put them into the freezer. I had to finish them alone by melting the chips and dipping them. The chips came out very thick so I added a bit of canola oil. They went into the fridge. I will deliver her share today.

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They really are a perfect treat with a nice cup of coffee and a lovely cookie to make with children. I just wish I didn’t have so much temptation surrounding me!

For lunch I am having another serving of that salad I made last night. Someone liked it very much.

 

BLT Club Salad

I saw this and had to make it. I used:

  • 8 ounces spiral whole wheat pasta
  • 11 ounces grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 8 large romaine lettuce leaves
  • 4 ounces low-fat colby-jack, shredded
  • 250 grams deli turkey slices, diced
  • 1 small avocado, diced and sprinkled with lime juice
  • 1/4 cucumber, grated
  • 8 slices of cooked bacon
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard

I stirred all together and left it to chill, covered, until dinner.

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Still dragging from the cold but I had to get last minute gifts so we had Philly Cheesesteak Hot Pockets for lunch before braving the crowds. It really wasn’t bad and I found something for myself as well! I tried on some clothes that I bought but never wore and they fit! I can’t get over how successful this diet has been. I am going to gain a bit over Christmas (I have been picking at the treats), but I will get strictly back on the plan in January.

Donut Burger

It may be the cold clouding my thinking, but this has been on my list for a while. I used Todd Wilbur’s clone of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to make the dough. It is from his book Top Secret Recipes Unlocked or you can find it here. I saw this combination on the TV show Food Paradise, doughnut edition; but I can’t find the restaurant that served it.

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Anyway, I am doing this differently. I had that gyros meat and feta cheese to use up so they went into the dough before the second rising. They rose 40 minutes and then I deep fried them.

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Everyone liked them and they really weren’t that hard. And only 40 grams of oil was absorbed. (I did throw a bit of oil away.) I liked the gyros and feta taste but plain meatloaf or burger patty with American cheese might be even better.

Meal List

I made up a list of food I want to make regularly and have in the freezer. As I said, I will add more as I go along. Today, my cold is better, but I am still a bit groggy and I have to get ready for visitors so I may not do a new recipe.

For lunch I am having Chicken Gnocchi Soup from the freezer.