MEMORIES7's SparkPeople Blog MEMORIES7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Roasted Sweet Potato, Parsnip And Apple Soup Hello Sparkfamily, The soup is on! And Oh so healthy! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 6 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed <BR> 1 c parsnips, peeled and cubed <BR> ¼ c chopped shallots <BR> 2 small garlic gloves, chopped <BR> 2 tbsp olive oil <BR> ½ tsp kosher salt <BR> ½ tsp ground cumin <BR> 7 cups vegetable broth <BR> 1½ cups apple cider <BR> 2 tbsp butter <BR> ¼ tsp kosher salt <BR> ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper <BR> Granny Smith apple, chopped for garni... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:26:50 EST Baked Ravioli And Sausage Hello Sparkfamily, Remember ravioli's as a kid? And you loved them right? Well come on into my kitchen and take a gander at what I am making! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage <BR> 2 jars (28 ounce size) spaghetti sauce <BR> 1 package (25 ounce size) frozen cheese ravioli <BR> 1 can (7 ounce size) sliced mushrooms, drained <BR> 1 c shredded mozzarella cheese <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 350 degre... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:12:59 EST Stuffed Mushrooms Hello Sparkfamily, Here is a superbowl favorite! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 20 fresh mushrooms <BR> 3 Tbsp. butter <BR> 2 Tbsp. very finely chopped onion <BR> 2 Tbsp. very finely chopped red pepper <BR> 14 Ritz crackers, finely crushed (about 1/2 cup) <BR> 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese <BR> 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Heat oven to 400 degrees. Remove stems from mushrooms and finely chop enough of the stems to meas... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:42:43 EST Chicken Tacos Hello Sparkfamily, Taco's tonight! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts <BR> 1 1/2 tsp salt-free Mexican or taco seasoning <BR> 1 lime; juiced <BR> 8 taco shells <BR> 1 c iceberg lettuce; shredded or chopped <BR> 4 Tbsp sour cream <BR> 2 green onions (scallions); sliced <BR> 1/2 c cilantro; chopped <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Boil chicken for 20 minutes. <BR> Shred chicken into bite-size pieces or chop... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:22:59 EST Mama's Rigatoni Hello Sparkfamily, Take a peek and a taste of this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 1 lb. package of Rigatoni <BR> 1 lb. Lite Jimmy Dean Sausage (33% less fat) <BR> 1Tbsp olive oil (see in my directions below) <BR> 1 Tbsp olive oil <BR> 1 large onion chopped <BR> 1 lb. sliced mushrooms <BR> 2-3 garlic cloves pressed <BR> 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning <BR> Ground Black Pepper to taste <BR> 1 c heavy cream <BR> 1 c shredded parmesan cheese (use fresh parmesan if you can!) <BR> <BR... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:17:16 EST Chopstick Tuna Casserole Hello Sparkfamily, I am whooping up a favorite this evening! So get out the tuna and meet me in the kitchen! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup <BR> 2 cups chow mein noodles <BR> 1 can tuna, drained and flaked <BR> 1 c sliced celery <BR> 1/2 c toasted cashews <BR> 1/4 c chopped onion <BR> 1/4 c water <BR> Dash of pepper <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Combine soup and water in a medium bowl. <BR> Add 1 cup chow mein noodles,... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:46:38 EST Sausage And Asiago Stuffed Mushrooms Hello Sparkfamily, How many way's can we fix mushrooms? Well here is one way that I do them. Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 20 large cemini (baby bella) mushrooms. You can use button mushrooms if you want. <BR> 8 oz. (1/2 package) sausage. <BR> 4 oz. cream cheese- softened <BR> 1/3 c. grated Asiago cheese <BR> 1/4 c. panko bread crumbs. Plus extra for sprinkling on top. <BR> 1 medium shallot-diced <BR> mushroom stems chopped (rough end removed) <BR> 1/4 tsp. rub... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:04:41 EST Crock Pot Kung Pao Pineapple Cashew Chicken Hello Sparkfamily, Yummy chicken tonight but not just any chicken! I forgot to ask, do you like chicken? I thought so! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 3 breasts) <BR> 1/4 c. pineapple preserves <BR> 2 (8 oz.) packets of Panda Brand Kung Pao Chicken sauce (or any brand Kung Pao sauce) <BR> 1 red bell pepper <BR> 1 green bell pepper <BR> 1 (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks (drained) <BR> 1.5 oz. cashew pieces (I know there ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:48:31 EST Buttercup Yeast Bread Hello Sparkfamily, The day has come to bake bread so I am going to head to the kitchen and do just that! Bake bread that is! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast (about 2 3/4 tsp) <BR> 1/2 c warm water (110° to 115°) <BR> 2 Tbsps sugar <BR> 2-1/2 cups mashed cooked buttercup or butternut squash <BR> 2 cups milk <BR> 2/3 c packed brown sugar <BR> 2/3 c butter, softened <BR> 2 eggs, lightly beaten <BR> 3 tsps salt <BR> 13 cups ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:31:47 EST Southwestern Frittata Hello Sparkfamily, Look at what I am whooping up for tonight! Are you looking? Alright, I see ya! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> oil or bacon grease for the pan <BR> 1 c Thrive freeze dried ground beef (or 1/2 pound raw ground beef) <BR> 1/4 c Thrive freeze dried onion (or 2 Tbsp. chopped onion) <BR> 1/2 c Thrive freeze dried butternut squash (or 1/2 cup diced butternut squash) <BR> 2 1/2 tsp. taco seasoning <BR> 1/2 tsp. salt <BR> 1 c Thrive freeze dried spinach ... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:56:51 EST Itty Bitty Pancake Muffins Hello Sparkfamily, I will be up before the chickens as usual and can you guess what's for breakfast? Come on, take a guess or better yet, take a peek! By the way, breakfast is at 6am! See ya then! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 cups flour <BR> 1 Tbsp. baking powder <BR> 1/4 c sugar <BR> 3/4 tsp. salt <BR> 2 1/2 cups milk <BR> 1 Tbsp. white vinegar <BR> 2 eggs <BR> 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract <BR> 4 Tbsp. butter, melted <BR> blueberries or chocolate chips, optional <BR> warmed ma... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:40:41 EST Golden Potato Soup Hello Sparkfamily, Soups on so come on in and make yourself at home! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 c. chopped potatoes <BR> 3 c. chicken broth <BR> ½ c. celery slices <BR> ½ c. carrot slices <BR> ¼ c. chopped onion <BR> 1 tsp. parsley flakes <BR> ½ tsp. salt <BR> dash of pepper <BR> 1 ½ c. milk <BR> 2 Tbsp. Cornstarch <BR> ½ lb. Velveeta cheese <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Combine potatoes, chicken broth, celery, carrots, onions, parsley flakes... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:10:04 EST Slow Cooker Chicken And Cheese Biscuits Hello Sparkfamily, Alright, get your slow cooker's out and meet me in the kitchen! Take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Chicken Stew~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups chopped red potatoes <BR> 1 c chopped carrots <BR> 1/2 c chopped onion <BR> 1 c chopped celery <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1/2 tsp dried sage <BR> 1/2 tsp dried thyme <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 tsp black pepper <BR> 2 Tbsp quick -cooking Tapioca <BR> 1 lb chicken, boneless & skinless, cut into pieces (for quicker cooking) <BR> 1 c c... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:07:21 EST Sloppy Joes Hello Sparkfamily, Here is an all~time favorite for you today! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 lb. hamburger <BR> 1 1/2 cups chopped celery <BR> 1 1/2 cups chopped onion <BR> 1 tsp. salt <BR> dash of pepper <BR> 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes <BR> 1 cup Catsup (or ketchup, whichever you prefer!) <BR> 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce <BR> 1 tsp. chili powder <BR> hamburger buns (potato rolls are awesome!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Brown meat and drain ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:01:57 EST Mama's Pumpkin Bread Hello Sparkfamily, Here is a family favorite that I know you will enjoy! I see your eyes on my oven so come on in and take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 cups sugar <BR> 1 cup oil <BR> 4 eggs <BR> 2/3 cup water <BR> 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour <BR> 2 tsp. baking soda <BR> 1/2 tsp. baking powder <BR> 15-oz can of pumpkin (or use the equivalent of fresh puree) <BR> 2 tsp. salt <BR> 1 tsp. cloves <BR> 1 tsp. allspice <BR> 1 cup raisins <BR> 1/2 cup chopped walnuts <BR>... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:13:32 EST Nutty Apple Salad Hello Sparkfamily, How'bout a healthy salad? YES you can have seconds! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 Granny Smith Apples <BR> 3 stalks of Celery, diced <BR> 2 C seedless grapes, halved <BR> 1 C mini marshmallows (I omitted these in a valiant effort to use less sugar, but by all means...toss 'em in!) <BR> <BR> 1/3 C cold Evaporated Milk <BR> 1/2 tsp sugar (I used a squirt of Agave Nectar) <BR> 1/4 tsp vanilla extract <BR> 3Tbsp Mayo or vanilla yogurt <BR> 3... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:49:21 EST Pizza Casserole Hello Sparkfamily, We are having a pizza night tonight but take note, this is not your ordinary pizza but oh so good! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pkg. Jumbo shell pasta <BR> 1- 1 1/2 jars pasta sauce <BR> 1 Kielbasa sausage <BR> 1 pkg. pepperoni <BR> 1 C. Mozzarella cheese, shredded <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Cook pasta shells as directed on the package. <BR> Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. (If using a dutch oven, preheat it in the o... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:54:50 EST Cajun Shrimp Skewers Hello Sparkfamily, The super bowl is upon us soon and I have a yummy super bowl appetizer that your guests are going to love! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Cajun Seasoning~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 tsp kosher salt <BR> 1 tsp garlic powder <BR> 1/2 tsp black pepper <BR> 1/2 tsp onion powder <BR> 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper <BR> 1/2 tsp oregano <BR> 1/2 tsp thyme <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Mix all the seasonings together in a seasoning shaker or a ziploc bag. F... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:49:59 EST Strawberry Lime Jam Hello Sparkfamily, Do I have any canners out there in sparkland? Me, me, me! I am making jam tomorrow! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Low-Sugar Pectin (Sure Jell) <BR> 6 cups crushed strawberries (about 6 pints) <BR> 4 cups Sugar <BR> 1 tsp butter <BR> Juice and zest from 1 large lime <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Wash 5 pint jars, and screw bands in hot soapy water (or you can run them through the dishwasher which is my preferred method). Place f... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 01:09:01 EST Roasted Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese Croutons Hello Sparkfamily, Tomato soup and grill cheese was my childhood favorite (boy that was a long time ago)!! But take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 6 cups (3 pints) cherry tomatoes <BR> 3 Tbsp. olive oil <BR> 1 tsp. salt <BR> 1/2 tsp. pepper <BR> 2 Tbsp. butter <BR> 2 garlic cloves, minced <BR> 1 cup chopped onion <BR> 1 28 oz. can diced (or crushed) tomatoes <BR> 4 c. chicken broth <BR> 1/2 tsp. thyme <BR> 1 c. whipping cream <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Direct... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:43:17 EST Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Hello Sparkfamily, Love water chestnuts? Take a peek at this! Go on, take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pkg. bacon <BR> 2 small cans water chestnuts <BR> 1/4 C. Mayonnaise <BR> 1/4 C. Chili sauce <BR> 1/4 C. Brown sugar <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. <BR> Cut the package of bacon into thirds. Drain the water chestnuts. Take a piece of bacon and wrap it around a water chestnut. Place seam side down on a large baking... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:06:34 EST Fettuccine With Tomato Cream Sauce Hello Sparkfamily, Anyone up for some fettuccine? Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 8 oz. uncooked whole wheat fettuccine <BR> 4 quarts boiling water <BR> 1/2 tsp. salt (divided) <BR> 1 Tbsp. olive oil <BR> 3 Tbsp. minced garlic <BR> 1 (28 oz.) can organic whole peeled tomatoes (drained and crushed) <BR> 3 oz. organic cream cheese <BR> 10 kalmata olives (pitted and chopped) <BR> 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Cook past... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:20:08 EST Broiled Salmon With Potato Crust Hello Sparkfamily, Salmon is on the menu for this evening! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 skin-on salmon fillets (each 6 to 8 ounces and 1 1/4 inches thick) <BR> 1 Tbsp olive oil <BR> Salt and pepper <BR> 2 1/2 cups kettle-cooked potato chips <BR> 1 slice hearty white sandwich bread, torn into pieces <BR> 2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill leaves <BR> 1 Tbsp grated lemon zest <BR> 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Ad... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 01:07:15 EST Slow Cooker Chicken Chili With Cream Cheese Hello Sparkfamily, The chili is on and dinner is at 6pm sharp! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts (do not thaw) <BR> 1 can Mexican-style chopped tomatoes <BR> 1 can sweet corn, undrained <BR> 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed <BR> 1 pkg. Ranch Dressing mix <BR> 1 Tbsp. cumin <BR> 1 tsp. chili powder <BR> 1 tsp. onion powder <BR> 1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese ( I used Neufschatel) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 09:29:51 EST Chicken And Corn Chowder Hello Sparkfamily, I have been contemplating, and with all you snowbirds in mind, this is what I have come up with! Take a peek! <BR> <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>... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 09:38:49 EST Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins Hello Sparkfamily, Do you smell what what I smell? Take a guess, better yet, take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 Very ripe bananas, mashed <BR> 1 C Vanilla Almond Milk (I used original flavor almond milk and it was still yummy) or cow's milk <BR> 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil (optional: helps to moisten the oats a little more and make the outer layer crisp) <BR> 2 Eggs <BR> 1 Tbsp Baking Powder (Yes, Tablespoon) <BR> 3 C Old Fashioned, Quick, or Gluten-Free Oats (I know, tha... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:21:56 EST Sausage, Peppers, And Bean Stew Hello Sparkfamily, The stew is on and the house smells...Just take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 medium onions, chopped <BR> 1 red bell pepper, chopped <BR> 1 green bell pepper, chopped <BR> 1 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for browning sausage if needed <BR> 5 links hot Italian sausage <BR> 2 (15.5 oz.) cans Cannellini beans, rinsed in cold water until no more foam appears <BR> 2(14.5) cans petite diced tomatoes <BR> 1 tsp. dried basil <BR> 1 tsp. dried Greek Oregano <B... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 09:58:40 EST Salmon With Mango Chimichurri Hello Sparkfamily, Salmon is for dinner tonight, the table is set and dinner is at 6:pm sharp! Take a peek at this and I will see you soon! <BR> <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> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Stir together mango, cilantro... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:49:22 EST Reuben Pigs In A Blanket Hello Sparkfamily, Remember when you were a kid and mama made pigs in a blanket and you asked, what's that mama? Well I remember them very well and my kids love them too! Let me take you back! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 8 all-beef hot dogs <BR> 2 cans refrigerated crescent roll dough <BR> 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese <BR> 1 cup sauerkraut, well-drained (about a 15-oz. can--I used the Bavarian style with the caraway seeds) <BR> 1 large egg, lightly beaten <BR> ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:08:53 EST Sausage And Cheese Balls Hello Sparkfamily, I love to play ball with my kids but these balls...well, you just got to take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 lbs. (32 oz.) Jimmy Dean sausage, uncooked <BR> 1 1/2 c. Bisquick mix <BR> 16 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 4 c.) <BR> 1/2 c. finely chopped onion <BR> 1/2 c. finely chopped celery <BR> 1/2 tsp. garlic powder <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Mix all ingredients with hands. Really get in there and relieve some s... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:10:55 EST Crock Pot Pineapple Baked Beans Hello Sparkfamily, Are you needing something to put with that leftover ham/turkey? Well here it is! Take a peek! <BR> <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 Tbsps. Worcestershire sauce <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a large skillet, cook bacon until halfway co... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:07:25 EST Blueberry Oatmeal Bake Hello Sparkfamily, Blueberries and oatmeal just fit! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 egg <BR> 1/4 c. applesauce (unsweetened) <BR> 1/2 c. milk <BR> 1/4 c. + 1/8 c. sugar <BR> 1 1 /2 c. quick oats <BR> 1/2 tsp. salt <BR> 1/2 Tbs baking powder <BR> 1 c. blueberries <BR> Cinnamon <BR> Brown Sugar <BR> Yogurt (we love vanilla flavored with this) <BR> Fruit to top with <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a mixer (or by hand works also-a mixer is just fast... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:24:42 EST Collard Greens Hello Sparkfamily, I want to start off by saying Thank you to all for all the awesome comments on my recipes and thought of the day! You make my day! Now come on in and check out what I have for you today! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 tbsp olive oil (I used extra virgin) <BR> 3 slices bacon <BR> 1 large onion, chopped ( I used yellow) <BR> 2 cloves minced garlic <BR> 1 tsp salt (I used Kosher) <BR> 1 tsp pepper <BR> 3 cups chicken broth <BR> 1 pinch of red pep... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 10:25:27 EST Italian Lentil Soup Hello Sparkfamily, Soups on! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <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 se... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:52:45 EST Sweet Potato And Turkey Chili Hello Sparkfamily, My family wants chili for dinner so chili is what they will get! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 Tbsp olive oil <BR> 1 diced large onion <BR> 4 cloves minced garlic <BR> 1 diced green bell pepper <BR> 1 minced jalapeño <BR> 20 ounces ground turkey breast <BR> 2 tsp cumin <BR> 2 tsp kosher salt <BR> ½ tsp pepper <BR> 1 tsp oregano <BR> 1 tsp chili powder <BR> 2 tsp paprika <BR> 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cube... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 11:00:06 EST Spinach Meatballs Hello Sparkfamily, Ho, Ho, Ho Merry Christmas to all out there in spark land! Take a peek at what I have for you on this beautiful Christmas day! Go on, take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Meatball Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 lb lean ground beef <BR> 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained <BR> 3/4 cup bread crumbs <BR> 1 egg <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced <BR> 2 Tbsp fresh parsley <BR> 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese <BR> 1 Tbsp olive oil <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sauce Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 ts... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:36:40 EST Stuffed Peppers Hello Sparkfamily, My kids want me to make my stuffed peppers tonight so here it is! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 lb lean ground beef <BR> 1 c rice, cooked <BR> 1 small onion, chopped <BR> 1 egg <BR> 1/4 c green bell pepper, chopped fine <BR> 1/2 c - 3/4 c Italian flavored bread crumbs, add as desired <BR> 1/2c BBQ sauce <BR> 1/2 c cheese, cheddar or colby jack <BR> salt <BR> pepper <BR> dash of worcestershire sauce <BR> 4 green bell peppers, halved, ... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:18:13 EST Kale Chips Hello Sparkfamily, If you love my spinach chips, you have got to try this on for size! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> kale (about a salad spinner's worth or a grocery produce bag stuffed lightly) <BR> 2 tbsp. olive oil <BR> kosher salt <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Tear the leaves off the thick stems into bite size pieces. Spread out on cookie sheets. <BR> Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle on desired amount of salt. <BR> Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes, until edge... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 09:39:10 EST Herbed Spinach Chips Hello Sparkfamily, Are you looking for a healthy chip without all that fat? Well come to my kitchen and let me share my recipe with you! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups fresh spinach leaves <BR> 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil <BR> Italian seasoning, to taste <BR> salt, to taste <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil. <BR> Put the spinach leaves in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over l... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:21:25 EST Red Curry And Ginger Pork loin Hello Sparkfamily, Do you like pork? how 'bout curry? and what about ginger?? Woo hoo then take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/4 c. oil <BR> juice of 1 lime <BR> 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar <BR> 2 Tbsp. brown sugar 2 Tbsp. red curry paste <BR> 1 tsp. fresh ground ginger <BR> 2 lbs. meat. I used pork, but it is great with chicken or beef. <BR> <BR> Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Place meat in a large zip top bag. Pour marinade over the top. If you have a me... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:08:24 EST Cauliflower Pizza Crust Hello Sparkfamily, If you like pizza once in a blue moon, Try my pizza crust on for size! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups shredded cauliflower <BR> 1 egg, slightly beaten <BR> 1 cup mozzarella Veggie Shreds <BR> 1 tsp. dry oregano <BR> 1/2 tsp. finely minced garlic <BR> 1/2 tsp. onion salt <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Remove leaves from cauliflower and cut head into pieces. In a food processor with a grater blade, process the cauliflower. ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:20:51 EST Bistro Chicken Twist Hello Sparkfamily, We all love chicken, it is easy, versatile, and so healthy and yummy! So without further ado, Take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 C. Chopped cooked chicken <BR> 1/2 C. diced red bell pepper <BR> 1/4 C. snipped fresh basil leaves <BR> 1/4 C. grated fresh Parmesan cheese <BR> 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese <BR> 1/4 C. mayonnaise <BR> 1 garlic clove, pressed <BR> 2 packages (11 ounces each) refrigerated French bread dough-I use frozen bread... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:40:24 EST Fideo Pronto Hello Sparkfamly, I bet you are asking yourself right now what is fideo pronto right? Well then just come right into my kitchen and you will see! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 7-oz. pkg. vermicelli, broken up <BR> 1 15-oz. can of diced tomatoes, any flavor, with juice <BR> 1 tsp. sugar <BR> 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil <BR> any veggies you want to add (we like fresh spinach, green chilies, fresh broccoli...) <BR> salt to taste <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:37:35 EST Zucchini Pasta With Lemon Yogurt Sauce Hello Sparkfamily, Here are two foods that I know you love! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 8 ounces pasta of your choice <BR> 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt <BR> 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese <BR> 1 tsp grated lemon zest <BR> 1/4 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 tsp ground black pepper <BR> 1 Tbsp olive oil <BR> 3 medium (8-ounce) zucchini, cut however you like them. (Here I used 2 zucs and 1 squash) <BR> 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced <BR> 1/2 pint grape or cherry... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:59:40 EST Santa Hat Party Mix Hello Sparkfamily, Here is a party mix that I know your guest will love! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Santa Hats~ <BR> <BR> Bugles <BR> Red melting disks <BR> mini marshmallows <BR> white sprinkles (nonpareils) <BR> Snack Mix <BR> 3 c. mini pretzels <BR> 1/2 c. craisins <BR> 1 c. salted dry roasted peanuts <BR> 2 c. Rice Chex <BR> 2 c. holiday colored M&M's <BR> 8 oz. white chocolate for melting <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Santa Hats~ <BR> <BR> Mel... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:03:13 EST Apple Cobbler Cupcakes With Pumpkin Pie Frosting Hello Sparkfamily, Keep the word "moderation" in your mind when you consume these! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Cupcakes~ <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 c. flour <BR> 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder <BR> 1/4 tsp. baking soda <BR> 1/2 tsp. ground ginger <BR> 1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temperature <BR> 3/4 c. brown sugar <BR> 1/4 c. sugar <BR> 2 eggs <BR> 1/2 c. sour cream <BR> 1/4 tsp. lemon extract <BR> 2 1/2 c. apples, roughly chopped and loosely packed <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:32:19 EST Baked French Toast Hello Sparkfamily, Breakfast is on so come on in to my kitchen and take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 loaf sourdough bread (I used Pepperidge Farm, 1.5 pound loaf) <BR> 8 eggs <BR> 2 cups milk (I used 1%) <BR> 1/2 cup heavy cream <BR> 3/4 cup sugar <BR> 2 Tbsp. vanilla <BR> <BR> <BR> Topping~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup all-purpose flour <BR> 1/2 cup packed brown sugar <BR> 1 tsp. cinnamon <BR> 1/4 tsp. salt <BR> 1 stick cold butter, cut into pieces (1/4 lb.) <BR> ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:55:31 EST Fiesta Lettuce Boats Hello Sparkfamily, Are you looking for a boat that you can sink your teeth into? Take a look at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1lb Ground Beef <BR> 1/2 Green Pepper, diced <BR> 1/2 Red Pepper, diced <BR> 1/4 C Diced Onions, or 1-2 Tbsp dried diced onions <BR> 2 tsp Emeril's Essence BAM! seasoning (This stuff's good) <BR> Salt & Pepper to taste <BR> 1-2 Romain Hearts <BR> 1-2 C Shredded Cheese (I used colby jack) <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Dice up your pepp... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:23:16 EST Barbacoa Pork Taquitos Hello Sparkfamily, Anyone up for a taquito? Yes? Well then come right in and I will serve them up! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/3 C. (3 oz) cream cheese <BR> 1/4 C. green salsa <BR> 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice <BR> 1/2 tsp. cumin <BR> 1 tsp. chili powder <BR> 1/2 tsp. onion powder <BR> 1/4 tsp. granulated garlic, or garlic powder <BR> 3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro <BR> 2 Tbsp. sliced green onions <BR> 2 C. prepared Barbacoa Pork <BR> 1 C. grated colbyjack cheese <BR> ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:59:28 EST Honey Maple Ham And Creamy Havarti Cheese Sliders Hello Sparkfamily, Are you ready for an awesome appetizer for your holiday guest's? Alright then, take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 24 King's Hawaiian dinner rolls <BR> 24 pieces thick cut (from the deli) Boar's Head honey maple ham (about 41 oz.) <BR> 12 thin slices (from the deli) creamy Havarti cheese (about 11 oz.) <BR> 1/3 c. light mayo <BR> 1/3 c. light Miracle Whip <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a small bowl, mix together mayo and Mi... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:39:48 EST