Decadent Snack of the Week

These bacon wrapped crackers were my decadent snack of the week.  Three simple ingredients; crackers, bacon, and Parmesan cheese.  And, oh my goodness, melt in your mouth good!

Find the original recipe from the Pioneer Woman here:

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/12/flashback_1981_-_holiday_bacon_appetizers/

Lovely bacon wrapped goodies!

Lovely bacon wrapped goodies!

I used generic versions of the Club Crackers.  Be sure to use THIN bacon.  If you can’t it’s okay, you’ll just not have the bacon wrapped around the entire cracker.  The only thing I modified was the cheese filling, I combined grated Parmesan cheese with some fresh, grated Parmesan cheese.  I also added some crumbled, dried basil.  Do be careful to watch the time.  Some of mine turned out a bit on the crispy side.  I would recommend setting a timer.

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Spinach Venison Taco Salad

Tonight when I made dinner I had some ground venison left over.  I had already started a spinach salad and had some corn chips left over so I thought taco salad!

Ingredients:

Baby Spinach

1/3 of a pound ground venison

2 TBSP finely chopped red onion

Finely chopped mushroom stems

Corn Chips

Thousand Island Dressing

1/2 a cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

Buy enough spinach to fill a salad bowl.  Figure about two bunches if you’re buying it fresh.  Wash the spinach and put it aside.  Add the red onion to the spinach.  Add the mushroom stems to the spinach.  Set aside.

Brown the ground venison in a small frying pan.  Drain off the excess fat.  Add the ground venison to the spinach.  Toss to mix.  Add about 6 oz. of crushed chips to the spinach.  Add 3 TBSP of thousand island dressing.  Add shredded cheddar cheese. Toss to mix.  And you have a tasty salad!

A new twist on an old favorite!

A new twist on an old favorite!

Easy Gratin Recipe

http://www.firehow.com/2013112338291/how-to-make-two-potato-gratin.html

Great and hearty meal!  I have this paired with Tyson gluten free chicken strips.  I wasn’t very impressed with them in all honesty.  Very little bang for the buck so to speak.  Next time I will go with chicken breast instead.

Hearty and Easy Casserole

Hearty and Easy Casserole

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Cheesy, gooey, oh so good spaghetti squash casserole.

Cheesy, gooey, oh so good spaghetti squash casserole.

This spaghetti squash casserole is very good. I whipped this up last night and it not only filled up the kitchen with heat, it filled our tummies as well! I do have one word of caution, remember to scoop out the center and seeds! I forgot to do this myself. This casserole uses sausage but you could use ground venison and/or beef.

http://www.firehow.com/2013103138129/how-to-make-cheesy-spaghetti-squash-casserole.html

Not Your Average Boring Salad

A friend of mine gave me sweet banana peppers from her garden.  So I’ve been incorporating them into everything I can think of.  I also found a great idea for an easy salad dressing from the Pioneer Woman.  It’s fairly simple mix ranch and salsa.

To make this salad follow these steps:

1) Wash and pat dry an organic lettuce mix.  Doesn’t matter what type it is.

2) Add five washed and sliced baby Bella mushrooms to the lettuce. Add half a diced red bell pepper.  Add some finely chopped green/spring onions.  Take four to five sweet banana peppers and core.  Chop and add to salad.  Set aside.

3)  In a separate bowl mix equal parts ranch and salsa.  The amount depends on you.  I made about half a cup.  Add the dressing to the salad and toss together.  Shred Parmesan cheese, about 2 oz. to the salad and toss.  To see the origonal recipe for this dressing go to The Pioneer Woman’s website, http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2013/07/chicken-taco-salad/.

4)  Wash and tear rainbow Swiss chard from the ribs.  The ribs are simply the part of the stem running down the leaf’s center.  I used rainbow Swiss chard because I had some in my garden. Any type of Swiss chard would work.  I used one bunch (ten leaves).  Heat a small sauce pan to medium heat.  Coat the bottom with a little bit of olive oil.  Add the Swiss chard and some chopped walnuts to the pan.  Allow to saute for a minute.  Add fresh lemon juice, about 2 TBSP.  A little bit of lemon juice goes a long way.   Saute for about five more minutes.  The aim is to soften the Swiss chard and give it a wilted look.  Take the chard off the heat.  Allow to cool down for a minute.  Add to the salad and toss.

5)  You’re done!  Eat and rejoice!

 

Yummy!

Yummy!

Great link!

http://www.naturalnews.com/020611_depression_nutrition.html

Some really great advice in this article! Here are some more ideas for incorporating walnuts into your weekly meals:

It’s all about pesto baby!
Pesto is a wonderful Italian topping for pasta and chicken. The traditional recipe uses pine nuts but I always use walnuts to save a little money.

Pair walnuts with roasted or pan fried Brussels Sprouts. Go simple with a little grated Parmesan cheese on top.

Dress up your salad with balsamic vinegar, walnuts, and sun dried tomatoes. Sometimes I’ll toast walnuts in a little olive oil for a few minutes.