MEMORIES7's SparkPeople Blog MEMORIES7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Roasted Tomato Walnut Pesto Salmon Hello Sparkfamily! If salmon is what you like, salmon is what you will get! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2-4 oz salmon fillets <BR> 2 Tbsp of walnut pesto <BR> 2-3 slices of tomato <BR> 1 tsp of dried basil (or fresh minced basil) <BR> ¼ tsp of black pepper <BR> <BR> Walnut Pesto~ <BR> <BR> 2 oz fresh basil leaves (about 1 cup) <BR> 1 cup walnut halves <BR> ½ cup olive oil <BR> 3 large garlic cloves <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Grease a... Sat, 31 May 2014 14:56:05 EST Dumpling Soup Hello Sparkfamily! Are you up for some dumplings? Why then, check these out! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (or use pre-cooked bacon crumbles) <BR> 3 green onions, white and green parts separated, sliced thin on bias <BR> 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger (I use the kind in a tube-again, to save time.) <BR> 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes <BR> 4 oz, shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced thin <BR> 6 C. chicken broth <BR> 16 oz. frozen Asian-style dumpli... Fri, 30 May 2014 11:22:26 EST Salmon With Mango Chimichurri Hello Sparkfamily! It is fish night here in our home tonight! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 mango, peeled, pitted, and diced small <BR> 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped <BR> 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes <BR> 1/4 c. oil, plus more for grilling <BR> 2 Tbsp. lime juice <BR> salt and pepper <BR> 6 salmon fillets (2 pounds) <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Stir together mango, cilantro, red pepper flakes, oil, and lime juice; season with salt and pepper. <BR> Heat a grill ... Thu, 29 May 2014 10:46:14 EST Meatball Biscuits Hello Sparkfamily! These are so yummy! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 (12 oz.) can Pillsbury Grands Jr. Golden Layers refrigerated buttermilk or flaky biscuits <BR> 10 frozen cooked Italian-style meatballs (about 5 oz.), thawed, each cut in half <BR> 2 sticks (1 oz. each) string cheese, each cut into 10 pieces <BR> 1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese <BR> 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning <BR> 1/4 tsp. garlic powder <BR> 1 c. marinara sauce, heated <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <B... Wed, 28 May 2014 09:55:59 EST Roasted Cherry Tomato, Arugula And Sorghum Salad Hello Sparkfamily! A salad anytime is music to my ears! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Sorghum~ <BR> <BR> 1 cup sorghum, rinsed in a fine mesh colander <BR> 3 cups water <BR> <BR> Roasted cherry tomatoes~ <BR> <BR> 1 pint cherry tomatoes <BR> 1 Tbsp olive oil <BR> Sea salt <BR> <BR> Lemony dressing~ <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsp olive oil <BR> 2 Tbsp lemon juice <BR> ¼ tsp red pepper flakes <BR> ¼ tsp fine grain sea salt <BR> 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced <BR> Freshly groun... Tue, 27 May 2014 13:52:38 EST Roasted Red Pepper And Basil Pesto Pasta Hello Sparkfamily! Are you looking for a yummy dish to go with your Memorial Day meal? Why then, take a gander at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 cloves garlic <BR> 1/3 cup pine nuts <BR> 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese <BR> 1 cup roasted red bell pepper (fresh or jarred) <BR> 1 cup basil leaves <BR> 1/2 tsp. salt <BR> 1/4 tsp. pepper <BR> 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil <BR> 1 lb. penne pasta (I like to use the miniature version) <BR> 1/4 cup heavy cream, optional <BR> <BR> D... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:24:30 EST Bacon Cheeseburger Buns Hello Sparkfamily! Happy Memorial Day to all of you! Take a look at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast <BR> 2/3 cup warm water (110 to 115) <BR> 2/3 cup warm milk (110 to 115) <BR> 1/4 cup sugar <BR> 1/4 cup shortening <BR> 2 eggs <BR> 2 tsps salt <BR> 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour <BR> <BR> Filling~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound sliced bacon, diced <BR> 2 pounds ground turkey or beef <BR> 1 small onion, chopped <BR> 1-1/2 teaspoons salt <BR>... Sun, 25 May 2014 15:28:51 EST Garden Herb Strip Steaks Hello Sparkfamily! We are filling our home with family and friends this weekend and grill'in up a storm! Take a look at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 beef Strip Steaks Boneless, cut 1 inch thick (about 10 ounces each) <BR> Salt <BR> <BR> Seasoning~ <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme <BR> 1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano <BR> 2 tsp freshly grated lemon peel <BR> 3 cloves garlic, chopped <BR> 1/4 tsp pepper <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Combine Seasoning ingredients in sm... Sat, 24 May 2014 10:08:46 EST Buttermilk Southwestern Chicken Wings Hello Sparkfamily! Buttermilk, southwestern, chicken wings? oh yea! Take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups buttermilk <BR> 1/4 cup minced cilantro <BR> 1 lime, zested and juiced <BR> 3 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1 Tbsp chili powder <BR> 1 Tbsp hot sauce <BR> 2 tsp smoked paprika <BR> 2 tsp chipotle chile powder <BR> 1 tsp cumin <BR> 12 chicken drumettes <BR> Blue cheese dressing (optional) <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk toge... Fri, 23 May 2014 07:51:43 EST Kale And Fresh Corn Quinoa Patties Hello Sparkfamily! Come have lunch with me! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup quinoa <BR> 1 cup water <BR> 1 ear of corn <BR> 3 - 4 medium sized kale leaves <BR> 1 small onion, diced <BR> 1 garlic clove, minced <BR> 3 - 4 tbs grated Parmesan cheese <BR> 1 - 2 eggs <BR> 1/4 cup Panko or breadcrumbs <BR> Salt & Pepper for seasoning <BR> Olive oil for cooking patties <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> First, prepare your quinoa according to the directions on the packa... Thu, 22 May 2014 10:32:51 EST Chilaquiles With Shredded Chicken Hello Sparkfamily! Check out what we are having for dinner tonight! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 5 corn tortillas <BR> olive oil <BR> 1 to 1 1/2 cups red or green salsa (if you don't have salsa, you can use enchilada sauce...just throw in some chopped onions to make it a little more chunky!) <BR> 1 1/2 cups shredded chicken <BR> Cotija <BR> Crema <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Cut corn tortillas into small triangles. <BR> Fry triangles in olive oil. Place on a pape... Wed, 21 May 2014 17:43:48 EST Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo Hello Sparkfamily! It is seafood night! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 12 ounces fettuccine <BR> 8 wedges Laughing Cow Cream Cheese <BR> ¼ cup parmesan cheese <BR> ½ Tbsp finely minced garlic <BR> ¼ cup chicken broth or vegetable broth <BR> Olive oil spray <BR> 1 pound fresh shrimp (small) <BR> handful of parsley, chopped (optional) <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Cook pasta according to package directions, and set aside. <BR> Place the cream cheese wedges in a micro... Tue, 20 May 2014 08:01:59 EST Grilled Steak With Herbs Hello Sparkfamily! Spark up the grill or better yet, come join me! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Mix together and rub into the steak: <BR> 3 Tbsp mixed chopped herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, savory or marjoram (I like to use at least 3 different herbs - more if I have them) <BR> 2 cloves of garlic, peeled or finely chopped (or minced) <BR> 1 1/2 tsp coarse/ Kosher salt <BR> 1 tsp fresh-ground black-pepper <BR> <BR> Drizzle with: <BR> 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil <... Mon, 19 May 2014 10:41:48 EST Grilled Mushrooms And Leeks Hello Sparkfamily! It is a beautiful day so come on into my kitchen and take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 leeks, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces <BR> 1 1/2 pounds button mushrooms ( cut in half or quarter) <BR> 2 Tbsp olive oil <BR> Salt and pepper <BR> 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese (I didn't use the cheese and loved them without it.) <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Quarter 2 trimmed leeks lengthwise; cut into 2-inch pieces (I used 3 leeks and cut them in hal... Sun, 18 May 2014 12:30:04 EST Reuben Pizza Roll Hello Sparkfamily! It is pizza night but not pizza as you might think! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 tube Pillsbury Pizza Dough <BR> 1/4 cup thousand island dressing, + 2 tbsp, divided <BR> 1/4 pound sliced corned beef deli meat, chopped up (or pastrami if you prefer) <BR> 3/4 cup Sauerkraut, drained and squeezed dry <BR> 2 cups grated Swiss cheese, + 1/2 cup, divided <BR> <BR> Directions~~ <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 400 F. <BR> Unroll the Pillsbury pizza dough on a... Sat, 17 May 2014 11:51:32 EST Watermelon blondie bars Hello Sparkfamily! Do you like watermelon? Why then, check this out! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 6 Tbsp unsalted butter <BR> 6 ounces white chocolate chips <BR> 3/4 cup granulated sugar <BR> 1/4 cup watermelon juice <BR> 2 eggs <BR> 1/4 tsp salt <BR> 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour <BR> 1/3 cup watermelon-flavored Jell-O <BR> Black sesame seeds (can substitute with mini chocolate chips) <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Preheat the oven to 350 F. <BR> In a microwave-saf... Fri, 16 May 2014 11:14:00 EST Quinoa With Tomato, Basil, And Mozzarella Hello Sparkfamily! Have I got something for you to try! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup Olive Oil <BR> 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar <BR> 1/2 tsp Salt, More To Taste <BR> 1/2 tsp Black Pepper <BR> 2 cups Red Quinoa <BR> 4 cups Water <BR> 1/2 tsp Salt <BR> 1 cup Red Grape Tomatoes, Halved Lengthwise <BR> 1 cup Yellow Cherry Tomatoes, Halved Lengthwise <BR> 8 ounces, weight Fresh Mozzarella, Cut Into Small Cubes <BR> 24 whole Basil Leaves <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR... Thu, 15 May 2014 13:28:50 EST Quinoa With Tomato, Basil, And Mozzarella Hello Sparkfamily! Have I got something for you to try! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup Olive Oil <BR> 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar <BR> 1/2 tsp Salt, More To Taste <BR> 1/2 tsp Black Pepper <BR> 2 cups Red Quinoa <BR> 4 cups Water <BR> 1/2 tsp Salt <BR> 1 cup Red Grape Tomatoes, Halved Lengthwise <BR> 1 cup Yellow Cherry Tomatoes, Halved Lengthwise <BR> 8 ounces, weight Fresh Mozzarella, Cut Into Small Cubes <BR> 24 whole Basil Leaves <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR... Thu, 15 May 2014 13:28:48 EST Homemade Chili Hello Sparkfamily! Who's up for some chili? Come take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 onion, coarsely chopped (my husband doesn't like onions, so I substituted onion powder, tasted great!) <BR> 1 1/2 lb ground chuck beef <BR> 3 Tbsp chili powder (I only used 2 T.) <BR> 1/2 tsp seasoned salt <BR> 1/2 tsp pepper <BR> 1 (10.75-oz) can condensed tomato soup <BR> 1 (14.5-oz) can diced tomatoes/sweet onions, undrained (I used regular diced tomatoes to tame the spice a little) ... Wed, 14 May 2014 10:18:54 EST Spicy Mango Ginger Soup Hello Sparkfamily! If you love mango's as I do, take a peek at what I have for you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 large mango, peeled and destoned <BR> 1/2 onion, chopped <BR> 1/2 cup cold water <BR> 1-2 small chilli peppers, minced (or to taste) <BR> juice from 1 lime <BR> 1/2 tsp grated or minced ginger <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Process all ingredients together in a blender until smooth and creamy, adding a bit more or less water as needed. Chill before serving. E... Tue, 13 May 2014 10:42:22 EST Chicken And Corn Chowder Hello Sparkfamily! I am whoop'in up some yummy chowder for dinner tonight! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 Tbsp olive oil <BR> 1 onion (I used 3 shallots, because that is what I had on hand) <BR> 2 carrots <BR> 3 celery stalks (I used a cup of chopped, re-hydrated celery from my pantry) <BR> 3 garlic cloves (didn't use, since I was using shallots, but think it would be better if I had used some) <BR> 1 jalapeno pepper <BR> 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts <BR> 3 ... Mon, 12 May 2014 16:33:51 EST Mother's Day Pie Hello Sparkfamily! Happy Mothers Day to all! Do you want to make something special for your Mom today? Why then take a look at this family favorite! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 cup white sugar <BR> 2 tbsp all-purpose flour <BR> 1/4 tsp salt <BR> 6 tbsp butter, melted <BR> 1 tsp vanilla extract <BR> 3 eggs <BR> 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk <BR> 1 cup shredded coconut <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 325 F. Generously grease and flour a 9 inch pi... Sun, 11 May 2014 10:34:55 EST Pineapple Baked Beans Hello Sparkfamily! We are grill'in this weekend and this is one thing on the menu! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 lb. bacon, diced <BR> 1 onion, diced <BR> 1 green pepper, diced <BR> 2 (31 oz.) cans pork and beans <BR> 1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained <BR> 1 cup brown sugar <BR> 1 (16 oz.) bottle ketchup <BR> 6 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a large skillet, cook bacon until halfway cooked. <BR> Add onion and green pepper. <... Sat, 10 May 2014 15:58:29 EST Dinner Rolls Hello Sparkfamily! I have got homemade chicken stew in the stock pot for dinner and I will be making these later on this even just before the stew is ready to serve! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups warm water <BR> 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk <BR> 2 Tbsp. yeast <BR> 1/4 cup sugar <BR> 2 tsp. salt <BR> 1/3 cup butter, softened <BR> 1 egg <BR> 5-6 cups all-purpose flour <BR> melted butter <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a large bowl combine the water and dry milk po... Fri, 9 May 2014 11:54:49 EST Mama's Tatter Salad Hello Sparkfamily! It has been a very busy day but I have not forgot you! Here is a favorite that I would like to share with all of you! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 5 lbs. potatoes, boiled in salted water & peeled & cubed <BR> 1 lg. green bell pepper, chopped <BR> 1 small onion chopped <BR> 1 tsp. celery seed <BR> 3 small jars diced pimiento, drained <BR> 1 1/4 cup Miracle Whip <BR> 4 tsp. salt <BR> 1/2 tsp. pepper <BR> 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar <BR> 1 tsp. prep... Thu, 8 May 2014 21:23:38 EST Three Cheese Chicken Alfredo Bake Hello Sparkfamily! Are you up for some alfredo? Take a look at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 (16 oz) box Penne pasta noodles <BR> 2 (10 oz) containers Alfredo sauce <BR> 1 c. sour cream <BR> 1 (15 oz.) container Ricotta cheese <BR> 2 cloves of garlic, minced <BR> 2 c. cooked, diced chicken <BR> 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese <BR> 2 tsp. dried parsley <BR> 1 tsp. Italian seasoning <BR> 2 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Boil Penne pasta in a l... Wed, 7 May 2014 12:28:36 EST Avalanche Bars Hello Sparkfamily! Try these on for size in "MODERATION" Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 12 oz. bag of white chocolate chips <BR> 1/4 c. creamy peanut butter <BR> 3 c. Rice Krispies <BR> 1 1/2 c. mini marshmallows <BR> 1/4 c. mini chocolate chips + 2 Tbsp. for garnish <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Lightly grease a 9x9 pan. <BR> In a microwave safe bowl pour in white chips and heat on 50% power for 1 minute. Stir and continue in 30 second increments until chips ar... Tue, 6 May 2014 11:09:47 EST Greek Style Vinaigrette Hello Sparkfamily! Are you looking for the perfect salad dressing for the awesome salad you are fixing? Why then take a look here! <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 Tbsp. lemon juice <BR> 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar <BR> 2 Tbsp. honey <BR> 1/2 tsp. oregano <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1 tsp. kosher salt <BR> 1/4 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper <BR> 1 tsp. lemon zest <BR> 1/3 c. olive oil <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Combine first eight ingredients in bowl or mason jar. Add oil an... Mon, 5 May 2014 17:23:15 EST Oreo~Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies Hello Sparkfamily! Come on into my kitchen and let's chat and have a cookie and a glass of ice cold milk! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 stick butter, softened <BR> 3/8 c. packed light brown sugar <BR> 1/2 c. sugar <BR> 1 egg <BR> 1/2 T. vanilla <BR> 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour <BR> 1/2 tsp. salt <BR> 1/2 tsp. baking soda <BR> 1 c. semisweet chocolate chips <BR> 6 Oreo cookies <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Cream butter and sugars until well blended. Mix in eggs a... Sun, 4 May 2014 11:05:28 EST Pink Grapefruit Smoothie Hello Sparkfamily! This right here, hit's the spot! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> pink or ruby red grapefruit, peeled, membrane removed <BR> 1 banana <BR> 1 c. frozen strawberries <BR> 1/2 c. orange juice, chilled <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. You may find a whole grapefruit is too sour for your taste buds so add half first and do a taste test to see if it needs more. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thought of th... Sat, 3 May 2014 12:12:34 EST Pomegranate-Avocado Dip Hello Sparkfamily! Are you needing a healthy and yummy dip for your next gathering? Take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/4 tsp Chili Powder <BR> 1/8 tsp Cayenne (Red) Pepper <BR> 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice <BR> 1 small Onion, chopped (I used a yellow onion) <BR> 1 Roma Tomato, chopped <BR> 1-2 Avocados, sliced into bite-sized pieces <BR> 1 Pomegranate, seeded <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Mix the chili powder, red pepper, and lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside..... Fri, 2 May 2014 11:39:57 EST BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches Hello Sparkfamily! Do you like pork? Why then, I have something that you are going to love! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1~3 pound pork roast (if frozen, thaw before prepping) <BR> 2 Tbsps olive oil <BR> Steak Seasoning <BR> 3-4 cups Root Beer, Dr. Pepper or Coke <BR> 1 1/2-2 cups BBQ sauce <BR> 6-8 rolls for serving <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Season your pork roast generously with the steak seasoning. Be sure to massage the spices into your roast really well... Thu, 1 May 2014 10:51:51 EST Zucchini Bake Hello Sparkfamily! I am baking something yummy for dinner! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4-5 small zucchinis (up to 15 oz) unpeeled and coarsely grated <BR> 1 large onion, finely chopped <BR> 1 packet Canadian bacon (6 oz or to taste) finely chopped <BR> 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, packed <BR> 1 heaping cup self rising flour <BR> 1/3-1/2 cup oil <BR> 5 eggs lightly beaten <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:24:12 EST Brown Sugar Muffins Hello Sparkfamily! Have no idea what you are going to have for breakfast? Why then, try these on for size! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> ½ cup oil <BR> 1 cup brown sugar <BR> 1 egg (I have used powdered eggs and it turns out great! 1 Tbsp Egg Powder plus 2 Tbsp water) <BR> 2 cups flour (we think whole wheat flour taste the best in this recipe, but white flour is good too) <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1 tsp vanilla <BR> 1 cup milk (you can stir in a few Tbsp milk powder w... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:51:49 EST Stir~fry Beef With Bamboo Shoots And Vegetables Hello Sparkfamily! Stir~fry anyone? Dinner's at 6:pm! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsps vegetable oil <BR> 1 pound flank steak <BR> 4 Tbsps soy sauce <BR> 2 red bell peppers,cut into strips <BR> 1 8-ounce can bamboo shoots <BR> 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped <BR> salt <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Heat the oil in a wok pan. <BR> Cut the beef into thin slices. <BR> Heat the wok over high heat. <BR> Add 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and when the oil is hot add the garlic and peppe... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:28:53 EST Cabbage and Kale Salad Hello Sparkfamily! Salad for lunch? Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Green cabbage (red as well, if you choose) <BR> Kale <BR> dried cranberries <BR> pumpkin seed kernels <BR> Poppy Seed dressing <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Wash and finely chop the cabbage. <BR> Wash, remove ribs and roughly chop the kale. <BR> Lightly toast the pumpkin kernels in a skillet <BR> Add everything to a bowl. Pour some dressing over top. Toss it all together. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 08:31:12 EST Fresh Tomato Pie Hello Sparkfamily! Have you ever had this? Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Pastry for 1-crust 9 inch pie <BR> evaporated milk <BR> 4 cups sliced firm ripe tomatoes <BR> 1 tsp. salt <BR> 1/8 tsp. pepper <BR> 1/4-1/2 tsp. dried leaf basil <BR> 1/3 cup mayonnaise <BR> 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese (I used the grated) <BR> 1 large clove garlic, smashed and minced <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Line pie plate with pastry. Flute the edges. Brush shell with evaporated milk. Ba... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 10:25:52 EST Great Northern Beans And Ham Hello Sparkfamily! I just received a request for this recipe so I want to say Thank you to Kelly(GUNNSGIRL91303) for the request! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 8 cups water <BR> 1 pound Great Northern beans or navy beans <BR> 2 cups cubed ham <BR> 1 ham bone or ham hock, optional <BR> 1/2 cup chopped onion <BR> 1/4 tsp pepper or to taste <BR> 1 bay leaf <BR> 1 carrot, chopped <BR> 1 rib celery, chopped or sliced thinly <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sau... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:49:31 EST Taco Soup Hello Sparkfamily! Soups on! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 lb ground beef, browned and drained. <BR> 1 quart jar canned tomatoes or 48 oz. stewed tomatoes, blended <BR> 1 can black beans <BR> 1 can pinto beans <BR> 1 can great northern beans <BR> 1 can ranch style beans <BR> 1 can kidney beans <BR> 1-2 cups corn (canned or frozen) <BR> 1 packet taco seasoning <BR> <BR> Sour cream, cheese, avocado, and chips for garnish. <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Brown beef i... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:43:13 EST Black Bean Lime Salad Hello Sparkfamily! Are you hungry for a salad? Why then try this! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 cans black beans, rinsed <BR> 2 colored peppers, diced (or a mixture of red, yellow, orange, green - whatever you like!) <BR> 1/3 cup red onions, diced small <BR> A large handful of chopped cilantro <BR> Zest of 1 lime <BR> Juice of 2 limes <BR> 1/4 cup of olive oil <BR> A little salt to taste <BR> Optional ~ diced avocado ~ add right before serving <BR> <BR> Directions~ ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:09:46 EST Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole Hello Sparkfamily! Who likes hashbrowns raise your hands? Well then, take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2- 12 ounce bags frozen, shredded hashbrowns, thawed (at least 30 minutes) <BR> 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted <BR> 1 cup of diced deli ham <BR> 1/2 - 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, or your favorite kind of cheese! <BR> 6 large eggs <BR> 1 cup evaporated milk <BR> salt <BR> pepper <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 425 F. Squeeze moisture out of thawed ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:30:32 EST Liver And Onions~Yum, Yum! Hello Sparkfamily! I am going to fill our home with the smell of liver and onions this evening! Come join me! Take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 pounds sliced beef liver <BR> 1 1/2 cups milk, or as needed <BR> 1/4 cup butter, divided <BR> 2 large Vidalia onions, sliced into rings <BR> 2 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Gently rinse liver slices under cold water, and place in a medium bowl. Po... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:54:59 EST Quick And Easy BBQ Chicken Hello Sparkfamily! I am flar'in up the oven tonight for some good ol' BBQ chicken! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Chicken Breasts (as many as you need to serve your family) <BR> Pepper <BR> BBQ Sauce (your favorite bottled sauce, or homemade) <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Cut up chicken breasts into 3-4 pieces each, depending on the size of the chicken breast and the size you would like each cooked piece to be. (I make sure to trim off any fat.) <BR> Put them in a... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:55:09 EST Beef Stew Hello Sparkfamily! I hope all of you had a blessed Easter! Here is what I will be cook'in tomorrow! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 lb. beef roast or stew beef, cubed <BR> 2 c. sliced carrots <BR> 2 c. diced potatoes (I like to leave the skins on) <BR> 1 medium onion, sliced <BR> 1 1/2 c. peas <BR> 2 tsp. quick-cooking tapioca <BR> 1 Tbsp. salt <BR> 1/2 tsp. pepper <BR> 8 oz. can tomato sauce <BR> 1 c. water <BR> 1 Tbsp. brown sugar <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:11:02 EST Sticky Buns Hello Sparkfamily! Have I got a sticky recipe for you! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 package refrigerated Pillsbury breadsticks <BR> 1/2 cup granulated sugar <BR> 1 Tbsp. cinnamon <BR> 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsps. melted butter <BR> 1/4 cup light corn syrup <BR> 2 Tbsps. brown sugar <BR> 1/4 cup light cream <BR> 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or you can use pecans or raisins, or all 3!) <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Mix sugar with cinnamon; set aside. <BR> Pour 2 T. melted but... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:43:50 EST Italian Lentil Soup Hello Sparkfamily! Soups on! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 lb. package Italian style chicken sausage <BR> 1 onion, chopped <BR> 2-3 carrots, peeled and diced <BR> 2-3 celery stalks, diced <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 6-8 C. chicken or vegetable stock <BR> tomatoes (one can diced or a couple fresh diced or a bunch of grape tomatoes, whatever you have or want to use.) <BR> 1-1/2 C. Dry lentils <BR> Italian seasonings (Basil, thyme, oregano) or and Italian seasoning blen... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:10:49 EST Good Ol' Banana Pudd'in Hello Sparkfanily! I got some good ol' banana pudd'in for y'all! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 bags pepperidge farm Chessman cookies <BR> 6-8 bananas~sliced <BR> 2 c. milk <BR> 1~5 oz. box instant French vanilla pudding or cheesecake pudding <BR> 1~8 oz pkg. softened cream cheese <BR> 1~14 oz can sweetened condensed milk <BR> 1~12 oz. container frozen whipped topping~thawed <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 dish with 1 bag of cookies, o... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:11:27 EST Lemony Chicken Hello Sparkfamily! Chicken is on the menu! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 tsp ground oregano <BR> 1/2 tsp paprika <BR> 1 dash black pepper <BR> 1/4 tsp salt <BR> 2 Tbsps white wine vinegar <BR> 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast <BR> 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice <BR> 4 Tbsps fresh lemon peel, sliced <BR> 1 medium onion, sliced <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Place chicken in 13- by 9- by 2-inch glass baking dish. <BR> Mix lemon juice, vinegar, lemon peel, oregano, and onions. Po... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:44:10 EST Salmon Cakes Hello Sparkfamily! Here is a healthy cake that I know you will enjoy! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 14 oz pink salmon <BR> 1 large egg <BR> 1/4 tsp garlic & herb seasoning blend <BR> 1/3 cup red onion, chopped <BR> 1 tsp black pepper <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 375 F. and spray cookie sheet with olive oil spray. <BR> Drain salmon and remove bones. <BR> Chop onion, add to salmon. Add egg and spices to salmon. Mix together. <BR> Form into 4 patties ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:28:29 EST Chicken Glorioso Hello Sparkfamily! Chicken is on the menu for tonight! Note~ The chips for this recipe are for the recipe not for snacking no matter how tempting they look!!!! <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 chicken breasts <BR> 1 can reduced fat cream of chicken soup <BR> 1 can cream of potato soup <BR> 1/2 cup crushed lite Pringle potato chips <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 400 F. <BR> Wash and skin chicken place in a large baking disk that has been sprayed w... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:32:42 EST