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Tuesday
Apr152014

Roast Beef, Pepper, and Cheddar Sandwiches

Beef and cheese sandwiches

Sometimes I just don’t feel like cooking. It’s nights like those when I need quick meals in my repertoire to keep me from eating out. Like this one. Reminiscent of a fast-food beef and cheese sandwich I remember from my youth, but way better and more grown up. Perfectly cooked roast beef, sautéed onions and peppers, and a sauce actually made of cheese make for a very quick and very delicious weeknight meal. A word of warning…leftovers make for a messy lunch, but so worth it!

1 pound Roast Beef, medium-rare and thinly sliced
1 Onion, thinly sliced
1 Green Pepper, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons Olive Oil
2 cups Cheddar Cheese, grated
1/2 cup Evaporated Milk
4 Hoagie Rolls, split in half

Divide the roast beef between the 4 rolls on a baking sheet, and heat in an oven at 350 degrees for about 5-8 minutes, or until heated through. Meanwhile, sauté onions and peppers with olive oil in a medium pan until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. In a small saucepan, stir together the cheese and evaporated milk over medium-low heat until the cheese has melted. Season with salt and pepper. Top the roast beef with the sautéed onions and peppers and drizzle with the cheese sauce. Serve immediately. 

SOURCE: Cooking For Keeps

Monday
Apr072014

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Last week, we needed a quick meal for dinner. I’m usually not good at thinking on my feet when it comes to recipes, but on the way home I stopped by the grocery store and picked up a few ingredients to pair with some produce in the fridge that needed to be used. Once home, one thing led to another and those ingredients ended up in a bowl with some quinoa and we hoped for the best. When the fork hit our mouths, we were impressed by how delicious our spur of the moment salad was. It was a salad that we didn’t mind eating for lunch all week too. In fact, I’ve already made it a second time! 

For the Salad
1 cup Quinoa, rinsed
1 1/2 cup Water
1 cup Spinach, chopped
1/2 an English Cucumber, diced
1/2 cup Kalamata Olives, pitted and diced
1/2 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1 can Artichoke Hearts, drained and chopped (or 1 cup Marinated Artichokes from the olive bar)
Dressing, recipe below

In a medium sauce pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the quinoa and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the water has been absorbed. Fluff with a fork and take off the heat. Add the spinach and stir around so that the heat helps it to wilt a bit. Add the cucumber, feta, tomatoes, and artichokes and stir to combine. Pour the dressing over the top and toss to evenly coat. Serve warm, room temperature, or chilled.

For the Dressing
1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar
2/3 cup Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano
Pinch Garlic Salt
Black Pepper, to taste

Put all ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake until combined. 

SOURCE: Fried Ice and Donut Holes Original

Monday
Mar312014

Greek Yogurt Everything Bagels

Everything bagels

For Secret Recipe Club this month, I was assigned to The Spiffy Cookie, written by Erin. Erin has a PhD in Microbiology, so she is not only a spiffy cookie, but a smart cookie too! When reading her “about” page, I felt an instant connection when I saw that she thinks peanut butter and chocolate is the best combination! Also, for a good chunk of time, she lived right down the 90 from where I’m from, so we’re practically neighbors! Although I only made one recipe from her blog, head over to see all of the other delicious things she makes! 

We’re carb people. A toasted bagel in the morning is great, especially when it is used for a breakfast sandwich. Everything bagels are our favorite, but I prefer to only eat them on the weekends since onion and garlic breath is no bueno! Joel and I have tried making bagels once before, but they ended up as flat as a pancake, so store bought has been the way to go for us. Until now.  Although I found many delicious sounding recipes, as soon as I saw Erin’s recipe for Greek Yogurt Everything Bagels, I knew it was high-time for us to try our hand at homemade bagels again. Everything about these bagels was great. They were easy to make and delicious to eat, especially with an egg and some bacon between them! I’m so glad I finally gave homemade bagels another try. Thanks for the great recipe, Erin!

2 cups Bread Flour
1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour, divided
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Warm Water
2 1/4 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons Sugar
1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
12 cups Water
1 tablespoon Baking Soda
3 tablespoons Everything Bagel Mix

In a large bowl, whisk together the bread flour, 1 cup of the whole wheat flour, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the water, yeast, and sugar. Whisk together and let sit for 3-5 minutes, or until slightly foamy. Add the yogurt to the bowl and mix, then slowly add the flour mixture, alternating between slow and medium speeds as you add the flour. Mix for 5 minutes, or until the dough is no longer sticky. If it is still sticky after 5 minutes, add the remaining whole wheat flour 1-2 tablespoons at a time (I ended up using about 2-3 additional tablespoons). Form the dough into a ball and place it in a large bowl that has been lightly greased. Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Remove the risen dough and punch it down. Divide it into 8 equal pieces. Press your finger through the center of the ball to form it into a bagel shape; repeat with remaining dough balls. Place them on a lightly greased pan and allow them to rest until risen but not doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Bring 12 cups of water to a boil in a large pot, then add the baking soda. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle with cornmeal. In batches, boil the bagels for 1 minute per side. Remove them from the water and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops with the Everything Bagel Mix topping. Bake for 5 minutes, then rotate the pan, lower the oven temperature to 450 degrees, and bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until the bagels are a light golden brown. 

*I was out of parchment, so I baked my bagels on a stoneware baking sheet. After the 10 minutes in the oven, the bottoms were soggy from the residual boiling water. I transferred them to a metal baking sheet and baked them again for another 5 minutes. When I try this recipe again, I plan to either use the metal baking sheet right away, or put the bagels on a baking sheet to dry off a bit after boiling, then transfer them to another that has been lined with parchment to bake. 

SOURCE: The Spiffy Cookie

 

Sunday
Mar302014

Everything Bagel Mix

Everything Bagel Mix

“Everything” is a flavor that we love. Be it on bagels, pretzels, or bread, it’s as if we can’t get enough. There is just something about that salty combination of garlic, onion, and seeds. Stay tuned to see how I used this delicious mix! 

3/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 tablespoon White Sesame Seeds
3 teaspoons Black Sesame Seeds (I used toasted sesame seeds)
2 teaspoons Poppy Seeds
1 tablespoon Dried Onion Flakes
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder

SOURCE: Momofuku Milk Bar

Thursday
Mar202014

No-Bake Energy Bites 

No Bake Energy Bites

As soon as I get home from work, I’m always rummaging through my pantry or fridge looking for a snack. Usually, I end up eating something unhealthy, like cookies. Sure, I could have carrots and hummus, but I’m always craving sweets. Enter these no-bake snacks. They are like little bites of granola; sweet and filling, but somewhat healthier than a cookie, since there is no butter or sugar involved. These little bites are delicious for an afternoon snack, midnight snack, or even a breakfast on the go. 

1 cup Oats
2/3 cups Coconut Flakes
1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Ground Flaxseed
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
1/3 cup Honey
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients until well mixed. Cover and chill for about 30 minutes. Roll the chilled mixture into ping-pong sized balls. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Makes 15-20 granola bites. 

SOURCE: Gimme Some Oven