Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Crustless Chile Relleno Egg Bites

Starbucks Egg White & Red Pepper Egg Bites

My most favorite food of all time 
are these 
from Starbucks.

I could eat them 
for every meal

They are so good, but they are pricey at about $4.00!

These have inspired me
to make my own version.

I do not own a sous vide machine nor do I care to. 

I found several "sous vide" options

Cooking them in a mason jar in a water bath
(that scared me a little, vision glass shattering everywhere)


Cooking them in a water bath
by placing the muffin pan on a sheet pan with water

They look really pretty, but I didn't like the texture.
They were too mushy. 

So, I decided to take my favorite 
quiche-like, frittata-like recipe

that I blogged about it back in 2009
make them into my own egg bites

These are not sous videed.

Crustless Chile Relleno Egg Bites

They don't look pretty but they sure are good!

The challenge is that they stick in the muffin pan.

This was my second attempt to make them.
I tried spraying cupcake liners with oil, 
but they still stuck in the pan

Back to the test kitchen on that

Below is the recipe.  
I use it for a base recipe.  
You can change up the cheeses or add other
 ingredients such as bell peppers, onion, spinach, etc

I added Italian Turkey Sausage 

I get this at Aldi.  
I love it as a ground beef replacement.
Ground turkey is just too bland.
 I use this in italian dishes, chili, tacos, etc.
It's a great ingredient for meal prepping.

If you do not have an Aldi grocery store near you, 

Crustless Chile Relleno Egg Bites
1/2 lb. grated cheddar cheese
1/2 lb. grated pepper jack cheese
5 eggs
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 2/3 cup  half-and-half
1 - 4 oz. can of diced green chiles, drained
1/4 cup picante sauce

1/4 cup turkey sausage

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mixed grated cheeses and spread evenly in buttered muffin pan.
Beat eggs with hand mixer, add flour slowly, and then beat in half-and-half. I beat until frothy as it makes the eggs fluffy.
If mixture is lumpy, strain it.
Pour egg mixture over cheeses in muffin pan.
Carefully spoon chiles & other add-ins over the surface, then spoon picante sauce over all.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until center is set. 

(I'd check at 20 minutes as some oven temperatures varies)


Monday, September 10, 2018

Fall is in the Air

Love this Trader Joe’s fall bouquet! It was only $6.00

It was awesome to see these pumpkins at Trader Joe’s this weekend. 

TJ’s is one of my favorites.

If I weren’t on my phone, I’d link you to some previous posts! 

It’s been over a year since I’ve blogged! 
It’s time for me to start again. 
I’ve had some exciting adventures so I will be sharing some fun things! 

I want to update, redesign, transform my blog! This means moving to a new platform which incurs some costs. Before I invest, I need to get back in the habit of posting regularly! 

So, stay tuned!!! 
I need to create a logo, 
I need to define my “brand”, etc! 
I might need your help! 

Love, Sandi 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Blackened Shrimp

Blackened Shrimp

At Central Market yesterday, I was given a sample plate with steak, shrimp, and a salad. The shrimp had the below spice rub on it. Of course, I bought the shrimp, the seasoning and the salad dressing. I past on the steak. I had to show some restraint!

Citrus Dill Salmon Rub

Marston's SAN PASQUAL Salad Dressing

NOTE: These are not used in this recipe - just added them to show my consumer decisions!
Plus, this dressing is so delish and meets my requirements of 10g or under for fat and sugar. I just had to share it. 

I decided today that I'd save the seasoning for something else (like maybe salmon) and test kitchen with the blackened chicken recipe I tried a back in February.

Boy, did it turn out amazing. Sometimes this girl can cook. REAL GOOD!  

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika 
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lb shrimp (shelled, deveined, cut into bit size pieces)
  • In a small bowl, combine chili powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, pepper, and salt.
  • Put in a large resealable bag along with the shrimp bites.  Shake to coat.
  • In a large saute pan, heat avocado oil & butter over medium heat.  Saute the shrimp 2-3 minutes or until done. 
  • Serve with pasta, salad, or tacos.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Cashew Chicken

Cashew Chicken

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 yellow squash, cubed
  • 1 zucchini, cubed
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • Toast the cashews in a non stick  pan over low heat for 8 minutes. Remove from pan.
  • Turn the heat up to high, add the avocado oil.  Add zucchini, squash, mushrooms, and onions.
  • Add the ginger and chili garlic sauce.  
  • Once they have cooked down, about 5 minutes, add the garlic.  Cook 1 minute.
  • Add the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, toasted sesame oil, cashews and chicken.
  • Cook until liquid evaporates. 
NOTE: Using cubed chicken and cooking it first is better than the shredded rotisserie. Also, you can use any vegetables that you may have available. I just happened to have zucchini, squash and mushrooms.  Bell peppers or broccoli would be great, too. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Pillow Talk

This pillow makes me smile! 
I got it at Walmart in a $5 bin
Best purchase ever!
(I actually bought 2)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

All About the Bundt!

Apricot Lemon Cake with glaze

When I saw this new bundt pan, I knew it must be MINE! I ordered it immediately from Williams Sonoma. 

If you've followed this blog for a while, you know about my love of a good bundt.  Just click on Search on the top right hand corner, type in bundt.  You'll see all my fun posts on the topic of the bundt! 

One of the most requested cakes that I make is my Apricot Lemon Cake.  I got this recipe from my friend, Connie, YEARS ago.   I knew it would look amazing in this new pan. 

Nordic Ware Heritage Pan

Apricot Lemon Cake before glaze
Apricot-Lemon Cake Recipe
1 lemon cake mix
1 cup apricot nectar
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup oil
4 eggs

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 lemon

Beat ingredients in a bowl for 4 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool.
Mix powdered sugar and lemon together

Pour over cooled cake

Stay tuned as this isn't the only bundt pan that has been released this year.  
Let's just say, "I like big BUNDTS, and I cannot lie" 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Blackened Chicken

Blackened Chicken

Blackened Chicken Taco

I'm always looking for a quick and easy recipe that I can stretch into several meals.  This blackened chicken recipe happens to be a very good one.  I used a pound of chicken tenders. It made quite a lot.  I used them to make street tacos - see above as well as put them in a salad.   It's awesome with pasta as well.

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika 
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lb skinless chicken tenders 
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 5oz can evaporated milk
  • In a small bowl, combine chili powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, pepper, and salt.
  • Put in a large resealable bag along with the chicken tenders.  Shake to coat.
  • In a large nonstick pan, heat avocado oil over medium heat.  Saute the chicken 5-7 minutes or until done.  Remove the chicken from the pan.
  • In the same pan, add evaporated milk scraping the bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook one minute or until bubbly.  Pour over chicken. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Italian Soiree

Italian Table

Italcho Chips (Fried wonton wrappers with italian herbs & parmesan cheese)

Caprese Bites with Balsamic Reduction

Italcho Bar

Make Your Own Italcho

Shrimp Pasta

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup
1 lb lean ground beef
1 white onion, finely chopped
1 garlic cloves, minced
1 32oz low sodium beef broth
1 15oz can petite diced tomatoes
1 cup half n half
3 TBSP flour
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
2 TBSP yellow mustard
8 oz block sharp cheddar, grated
splash, dill pickle juice (optional)

1. Brown beef and onions, drain grease, put mixture back in pan (salt/pepper ground beef while browning)
2. Add garlic, cook 1 minute or until fragrant
3. In a small bowl, whisk the flour and half/half together
4. Pour mixture into the pan with ground beef/onion.  Bring to a boil, then simmer. 
5. Add broth, diced tomatoes, mustard and pickle juice. 
6. Bring to boil, then simmer about 20 minutes.  
7. Add cheese, cook another 10/20 minutes on low.
8. Salt/pepper to taste

Monday, November 14, 2016

Fall 2016 Decor

Fall decor
Give Thanks Fireplace

pumpkin pillow
Harvest Pumpkin Pillow
 This pillow was inspired by Pottery Barn's Fall Catalog
 I found it at Ross for $9.99

fall placesetting
Fall Place Setting in the Kitchen
 You cannot really tell, but the pumpkin is on top of 
the cutest little bird plate

Fall Decorations
Fall Buffet Decor
 I love the pumpkin harvest table runner
I had left over candy corn from my halloween decorations
so I just decided to incorporate it into the Fall decor
Give Thanks Pillow
Front Porch - Give Thanks

 Love the mum from Costco
They are always big and have the best price. 
I got this one for $10.99
I just have a hard time keeping them alive 

owl plates
Owl Plates
 Love these cute little plates. 
I've had them about 2 years now.
I got them at Walmart

owl plate setting
Fall Table Decorations

Trader Joes Fall Flowers
Trader Joe's Fall Flowers 

 Love flowers from Trader Joe's
They are always festive 
reasonably priced
These were only $3.99
They lasted over a week
In person, they were so pretty, they almost didn't look real

Turkey plate
Cute Thankful Heart Turkey Plate

Fall wine glass
"Fall in Love" Wine Glass
 I LOVE this wine glass! 
I found 3 of them on sale at HomeGoods
for $2.49 
Plan to take them out to my dad's
for our Thanksgiving Eve celebration

thanksgiving plate
Tis the Season to be Grateful Plate

thanksgiving wine glass
Eat Drink Get Stuffed Wine Glass

Fall Flower
Fall Flower
  Bought these pretty marigolds when I bought the mum 
at Costco for $10.99 as well
thanksgiving wine glass
Gobble till you Wobble Wine Glass
Out of all 3 glasses, this one is my favorite
Pumpkin & Plant

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