Here are some of the fun things I did in the kitchen lately:

Shrimp Cauliflower Fried Rice.

This was deliciously life-changing.  I will never again eat that unhealthy fried rice that comes from restaurants.  With all the good flavors, you honestly don’t realize you’re eating cauliflower.

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Or how about some guiltless Buffalo Chicken?  I made a salad of chopped spinach, avocado, tomatoes, celery and scallions.  I mixed cooked and shredded chicken breast with some Frank’s hot sauce and scattered that on top.  Then I made a healthier-version bleu cheese dressing with nonfat plain Greek yogurt to top it all over.  This was seriously delicious and curbs that Buffalo Chicken craving without all the unhealthy fat and calories.

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I had an order for cupcakes and chocolate lollipops for a First Communion party.  I made little white chocolate crosses to decorate  white and chocolate cupcakes topped with blue vanilla buttercream icing.

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and some blue-colored white chocolate lollipops for favors.

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Leftover melted chocolate?  No problem!  Just make some chocolate cats.  >^..^<  (You’re not REALLY surprised that I have cat molds, are you?) 🙂

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Company for dinner one night.  I made our favorite cheese ball (I won’t even tell you what’s in it, because you’d just say BLUCK! and miss out on a really amazing flavor combination) to go along with some rice crackers.  I also made this warm mushroom salad over arugula with shaved parmesan cheese.  It was just OK.  I’ll have to play with this recipe.

The entree was the balsamic glazed steak rolls and roasted parmesan potatoes.  We really like these steak rolls.  They’re crammed with julienned zucchini, red and yellow peppers and portabello mushrooms.

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For Movie Night I made us this seared tuna with spicy mayo . . .

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. . . to go with this Mango Rum Martini that my hubby whipped up for us.img_0750

And I also made a big batch of Guacamole thinking we’d have the weekend to munch on it.  But it was so good and we ended up eating this whole big bowl.

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I tried this recipe for Sweet Potato, Sausage and Kale in a light cheese sauce which we LOVED.  The sweetness of the potato combined with the spiciness of the sausage  was so good.  Surprisingly, the kale is the real star in this recipe!  I’m really liking kale cooked in a recipe even more than spinach – it just holds up better and doesn’t get all wimpy like spinach does.

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Looking forward to a new week of kitchen surprises.  New recipes don’t always turn out great, but I’ve been on a lucky streak I guess.  I do have our local pizza place on speed-dial just in case.  🙂

 

Written by Jennifer Cartledge

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