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Pizza on a spaghetti squash crust-carb free!

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Here is a step by step w/pics if you want it Part 2
Alright kids...let me blow your mind.
Pictured you see pizza. Cheesy, meatly, delicious pizza. What you might not see..is there are no carbs. No 'white' flour. No 'wheat' anything. So I can call it gluten free too, right? I'll have to ask some of my gluten free pals. Either way...you can pretty much eat this pizza guilt free. AND sneak in veggies on the kids while you do it.
Kinda detailed..so bear with. Also..make sure you have plenty of time. I mean..good pizza takes a while..right?
Ok..you are going to start with a spaghetti squash. It's in the veggie section. Pale yellow. Super hard. You'll cut that sucker in half, scoop out the seeds, and put it cut side down on a parchment covered 1/2 baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 30-40 minutes.
Then once it's roasted, you'll let it cool for a bit. Then scoop out the center into a big bowl and think "wow..this DOES look alot like spaghett…

Deen shrimp with bell pepper salsa

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This is another one of those 'diet' meals. But whoa..was it good!

Let's start with the shrimp...
the other day I was watching an episode of Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen. I mean..I gotta get my Deen fix SOMEHOW since Paula isn't on anymore! But since I'm doing the diet thing..we tweaked the recipe a little...like..we didn't wrap it in bacon. That's about the only change. :)

Jamie Deen Shrimp (tweaked from here)
1lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 Tablespoons Sriracha sauce
3 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
skewers
hot grill

In a bowl mix together the sriracha sauce, honey, and paprika. Add shrimp. Toss to coat. Allow to sit for about 15 minutes, then put onto skewers*, however many you can fit on there. Then grill until done!

Serve over/with a bed of this awesome Bell Pepper salsa! Another weird thing I can't have on the diet (what have we covered so far? pork/bacon, pears..the list continues) white onions. What? I know, right? But …

City Slicker Pear Butter

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Conversating with a friend the other day went like this-
He said: I'm canning salsa that is totally from my own garden.
I said: I made pear butter the other day in the crock pot...
He said: But did you grow the pears?
I said: No, bought them..what's your point?
He said: Then you can't take credit for it. It's City Slicker Pear Butter. It doesn't count.

"It doesn't count"...well that's where he's wrong (he's also a colossal ass btw). B/c this butter counts, it counts big time! And it's all crockpotted and super simple!

Now...here is the pitiful backstory on the pears. I'm on this diet right? And we go to the store and I see these pears, and I buy said pears, to get home and look at my approved foods list..and 'no pears'. What tha? I had to do something with them.
So I scanned through some recipes, and when I didn't find one that fit my needs..I just made my own.
The reason pears aren't on my food list..they are swee…

Beer Mini Muffins

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It's that time of year...fall is coming..and the "seasonal" crafts have been released. Now myself..I'm not a huge beer drinker. However when I do..it's Blue Moon..(I blame my attorney on that one)...and I was very excited to see this year they came out with a Caramel Apple Spiced Ale.
What do I do with it? I bake with it!

Beer Mini Muffins-(featuring Blue Moore Caramel Apple/butterscotch chips)
Oven at 350

3 cups self rising flour
1 bottle Blue Moon
1/3 cup milk
1/2 bag butterscotch chips
1/2 jar (approx 6oz) apple jam/jelly

Combine all in a bowl. Drop by spoonfuls into a greased mini-muffin tin and bake for about 10 minutes.
Let cool...devour!

They aren't overly sweet, they aren't really savory..and you can get the hint of the ale. Since they are in mini form though..it's hard to stop at one. Or 6.
I'm excited to play around with this recipe..and the other seasonals! I'm thinking Harvest Pumpkin Ale with white chocolate and cranberries. Or m…

Fish..on a diet.

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So I started a diet. Yes..for the ump-teenth time. This one is more structured. More check-ins. More money..boo. But I'm losing some and I'm getting used to it..it being the diet...
The pic that you see? That was a dang tasty plate of food. And totes healthy.
Let me break it down for you a little bit.
I can have two starches daily (mainly a slice of the 45 calorie bread)-2-3 times a week I can have 1/4 cup of brown rice. Not that much..but with this meaty fish..I didn't really need it. Not to say I didn't clean the whole plate.
Oh..and the broccoli. I'm not typically a fan of 'cooked' broc. I like it raw..dipped in ranch. I like the florets, swimming in a beer cheese soup. But I don't like it cooked...until I learned to roast it.
What?! For reals.
Set the oven at 425, toss the raw broc with some lemon zest, put it on a baking sheet and spray with some Pam. Let it go for about 20..or until it starts to darken up a little bit. Fan-freakin'-tastic. I …

Cabbage Confetti

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This is not rice. Nope. Looks like it..but isn't.
It's not cauliflower either in case you might be thinking it is...
Nope...
Cabbage.
Say what?!
Yup.
I got on this kick of roasting cabbage. Because you see cabbage and I aren't huge buddies. I like it kraut style..and even then it has to be in small amounts. But then I started chopping it up and roasting it..and I LOVE it.
But Hubby likes it all sorts of ways. Including boiled to death and slimy as sh.....shomething slimy. *Gags*
So the other day I'm working..subbin' at the school..and Ma is watching the kids and she texts me:
Ma: dinner?
which is Ma speak for 'do you want me to make something b/c you are working and didn't put anything in a crockpot b/f you left'
Suze: Ck in the freezer, cabbage in the fridge
Ma: baked how? cabbage what?
Ma is not a friend of cabbage either (still not)
Suze: DKG style chicken, cut up cabbage in semi small pieces, I'll roast it when I get home.
Ma: K.

For the record…

Honey Mustard Sauce

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It seemed easy enough...Honey + Mustard SHOULD equal 'honey mustard'..just like it tastes at a restaurant...but it didn't.
So I went to Honey+Sugar and CALLED it 'honey mustard'..but it still wasn't.
Played with it some more and FINALLY found a combo that to me, makes for the best "Honey" Mustard dipping sauce. Chicken nuggets and pizza rolls...meet your maker!

Honey Mustard Sauce

1/2 cup yellow mustard
2-3 Tablespoons mayonaise or Miracle Whip
2-3 Tablespoons honey
dash of lemon pepper

Mix to combine and dip away!

Potato Stick(Chip) Butterscotch Cookies

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It's a combo of salty and sweet, and a great way to clean out the pantry. Please tell me I am not the only one with random 1/2 bags of chocolate, butterscotch, etc, baking chips laying around?

Potato Stick (Chip) Butterscotch Cookies (adapted from Landee)

2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 t vanilla
2 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
2 1/4 cups self rising flour
3 cups potato sticks/chips crushed
1 cup butterscotch chips

Oven at 350
Cream butter and sugars
Add vanilla and eggs-mix well
Add flour
Mix in 2 cups of potato sticks and your butterscotch chips. You don't have to worry about the sticks breaking b/c they work better crunched up anyway.
Roll into small balls (about 1 1/2 inches?) then roll those into left over potato sticks. Place on lined (or greased) baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 13 minutes.
Remove from oven and let set up for a couple minutes before you remove to a cooling rack.

KISS Pasta

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Ok, so there really isn't any 'kissing' involved...and it wasn't our Valentine's Day dish...KISS-Keep it Simple Sweetie. I find that alot of times I try to go above and beyond. Take a recipe and make it  my own, try this, add that, and sometimes it turns out good..and sometimes it doesn't. But when it comes down to it..sometimes the most 'simple' prep works the best. Yesterday Hubs had put italian sausage, tomatoes, and onions into the crockpot. And well...after smelling it all day, it just wasn't what I wanted for dinner..do you ever do that? The kids didn't want it either and requested spaghetti..but they didn't want the sauce from the crockpot, they just wanted it plain.
Well..'plain' noodles just stick together. So I added a couple things that originally was just to keep them from sticking, and ended up being really good.
And Hubs who is traditionally anti-lemon pepper, LOVED it as well. I love sneaking things in on him he '…

Baked Oatmeal To-Go Cups

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If you haven't checked out Chocolate Covered Katie by now..you are missing out on some seriously healthy and delicious food (original link above). I was browsing on there yesterday and came across these babies and knew there were a MUST make. I'm constantly skipping breakfast (life long habit-2 cups of coffee for me equals breakfast and evidently that is not correct)..and Husband generally is good to grab fruit or an shake and attests that breakfast indeed helps him maintain his 60lb weight loss. Along with his weight loss though...he is constantly eagle-eyeing EVERYTHING. So when I told him I'd found a website (Katie's) where it's healthy desserts..he was all for it. And last night gobbled down 4 of these babies and then annouced he felt guilty about it. But what for? They have no flour, no sugar, no eggs even...aside from my addition of some cinnamon chips there really isn't anything 'bad' for you in them.
Warm out of the oven they are delicious, an…

Swede-ish Meatballs

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I don't exactly know what makes a meatball Swedish. I also can't say whether or not I've actually had them either. But I was looking at the recipe for them and there was making a roux and more steps than I have the capacity to do since right now I don't have a kitchen sink. So I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best...and you know what? I'd take these any day! Swede-ish Meatballs 1 bag frozen turkey meatballs 4 cups water 6 Tablespoons Brown Gravy mix 1 pkt Lipton Onion soup mix 1/2 cup sour cream In a fairly large pan (I used my spaghetti pot) add water, gravy mix, and onion soup mix. Heat over medium until it looks combined. Then add meatballs. Adding them frozen is fine. Reduce heat to low and let the meatballs and sauce simmer about an hour. About 20 minutes before serving mix in sour cream. I served ours over mashed potatoes, pretty excellent!

Sausage and Bean Baked Chimichangas

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Right now..I don't have countertops. I don't have a kitchen sink. I have to do dishes in my bathtub. My fridge is basically empty. We built a house and moved and I just haven't felt like cooking. But today...I got called a "hot blonde" and just like that...the mojo was back! So I took to my pathetic little 'kitchen' (that I won't call a kitchen until I have countertops)..and I pillaged my freezer and my fridge..and made one of the best means we've had in a long time! And that 'crunch' you get from a good fried chimichanga? It was there. AND it was only about 535 calories. Sausage and Bean Baked Chimichangas makes 4 1/2 lb breakfast sausage, browned and crumbled 1-1 1/2 cups pinto beans, cooked (see instruct) 3/4-1 cup shredded cheese of choice (I used Monterey Jack) 1 Tablespoon hot sauce of choice 4 flour tortillas-8 inch cooking spray shredded lettuce and sour cream on the side for toppers Oven at 400 Mix together your cooked and cru…