Category Archives: Dinner

That’s a Wrap

There is something about a sandwich or a wrap that never gets old.  And I think I know why…

Because of the endless possibilities there are to change-up the combos.  You can change one or two ingredients in a sammie and you have a whole new flavor.  Keeps things interesting. 😉

Tonight it was a wrap night in our household.  Mike and I couldn’t agree on a dinner idea, so what better way to have the ‘same’ thing, but yet so different.

We had an avocado that was either going to be used tonight or tossed.  So of course, I used it and based all the additional add ons around avocado.

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What else did I throw into my wrap?

We’ve got…

  • Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Black beans
  • Mexican cheese
  • Sour cream

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I pressed it all together on my panini press to get it all ooey and gooey.

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There has to be dipping sauce of course.  Arizona Heat mustard and mayo mixed together to create a sauce with some serious kick. :mrgreen:

A not appetizing photo though…

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On the side, a salad with sea salt and pepper croutons and poppy seed dressing.

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Dessert is TBD.  No worries, dessert is always had though!

Tonight I am going to be doing a little more work on my new site.  I am getting SO excited.  Hopefully not too much longer until I can reveal it to y’all.  Eeekk!

What is your favorite TV show of all times?  Why? Mine is Friends and Will and Grace.  I love how the story line develops each character so you really feel like you know them.  Even better, they can always cheer me up.

 

Blonde Moment

I just pulled a major blonde move. Wow.

But prior to the blonde moment happening, I had some delicious eats today. It was mostly a ‘snack yourself throughout the day’ type of day today, which most days are for me, post long run.

Here are a few things that I did capture though…

Pumpkin Honey Wheat Psncakes with mixed in berries. And, syrup of course.

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Many, many thoughtless handfuls of this combo. Veggie Cheddar Goldfish and Baked Cheetos.

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And then, my blonde moment came when it was time for dinner. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize until after dinner what had happened.

I was snapping photos of my dinner without the memory stick in the camera. And we have no cord for our camera. Ummm, duh Jenna! What makes it even better is me asking Mike how there were pictures of dinner on the camera. Yep, I forgot that cameras have a limited memory to hold pictures on the camera itself. Wowza.

I can describe my dinner though. 😉

First up, a pumpkin beer on our rooftop deck. It was a lovely evening in Minneapolis.

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For our meal we made TJ’s Orange Chicken with rice. Also, cooked up some green bell peppers, snap peas and onion to mix into the dish to add some veggies.

Our thought on the TJ’s Orange Chicken? Pretty nasty. We didn’t look at the package when buying it to see that is said ‘dark meat’. We both aren’t fans of dark meat. While it was edible, there were some pieces that looked very questionable to us. And for Mike to say he wasn’t a fan of anything Chinese, that is saying, A LOT.

It was also my first experience not liking something from TJ’s. 😦

On the side, some TJ’s potstickers with peanut sauce. You can’t go wrong there. Regardless of the not so great chicken, I am definitely full and content.

And for dessert, the best part of any day, right?

We bought a school bus yesterday. But not just any school bus, one from Appletown School District.

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I know, I’m so clever. 😉

The bus turned into a lovely crisp, using this recipe for Maple-Walnut Apple Crisp.

I made a few adaptations based on what I had on hand. I used agave instead of maple syrup, nixed the walnuts and made the crumble topping x1.5.

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I can’t wait to have a large portion of this crisp tonight, with whipped cream and Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream melted on top.

What are you having for dessert tonight?

Pie, oh my!

Shephard’s Pie that is. :mrgreen:

Evening y’all.  Today was quite the packed day in the end.

The Gopher game was a lot of fun, what a beautiful stadium.  And the suite was sweeeet, thank you, corporate America.  You are great for some things.  Unfortunately the Gophers lost, however, we did snag some good food for FREE.  Brauts and sauerkraut, berries, cheese and crackers and some Chicago mix popcorn, my favorite.

After the game, it was grocery store time.  Of course, we got a lot of food, way more than we probably need.  We need to go on a grocery budget over at this house.  No joke.  Oh, and I also got some goodies for one of my favorite bloggers too. 😉

We walked in the door with our groceries and I immediately felt a wave of stress looking at our mess of an apartment.  So after putting away our groceries, we did a serious deep clean to our pad.  Wow, I feel a million times better.  Amazing what a clean environment can do for you, huh?

I also worked on my self hosted page.  I think I am making progress people.  I ran into a bit of an issue with transferring my current blog over, it is a bit to big, whoops.  So I’m working with some people over at BlueHost to try and help me solve the issue.

Packed day huh?  I really needed a comforting meal this evening after all that activity.

While searching online today for recipe inspirations for this next week, I came across ‘Shepards Pie’.  While I have never had this dish myself, my friend Kim at work had brought in leftovers a few months back.  With one look at her leftovers and asking her what was in it, I knew Mike and I would love it.

Until today, I had forgotten about Shepard’s Pie.  I made my own variation, but based my recipe off of this.

Jenna’s Shepard’s Pie:

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. baking potatoes, skin on
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 2 carrots, peeled (slice into small slivers)
  • 2 celery stalks, (slice into small slivers)
  • 1 small purple onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 jalapeno (minced)
  • 1 cup corn
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 3 squirts of ketchup/tomato paste
  • Heaping half cup of your choice of cheese (we used Mexican)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 lb. lean hamburger
  • 3/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Chop the potatoes into cubes and boil for 20 minutes until soft.

While the potatoes are boiling, saute carrots for 5 minutes on medium high heat.  Add in additional veggies, cook on medium heat 8-10 minutes.

While the veggies are cooking, brown hamburger.  Once cooked through, add in flour and stir in.  Add in ketchup, beef broth and veggies, cook 5 minutes.

While the above mixture is cooking, stir in sour cream or yogurt and mash potatoes with a fork.  Add in cheese.

Place the hamburger/veggie mixture into a 8×8 pan.  Top with the mashed potato mixture.  Bake for 16 minutes.  Enjoy!

So totally not the prettiest, but out of the oven:

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With bbq and ranch for dipping.  And the butt of a sourdough loaf, of course.

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And I am now full and have a semi-stomach ache.  Totally worth it.I am off to cozy up on the couch and watch Management with Jennifer Aniston.  I love her.  Anybody seen it?

I am contemplating baking apple crisp tonight, but I think I am just a tad bit too lazy this evening, so it will have to wait until tomorrow night.  There is always ice cream or cookies that could and will definitely be had tonight.

Later, gators.  Enjoy your evening!

Indian Pizza

I kind of had Indian pizza for dinner tonight.  Okay, well not really.  More like American pizza made on an Indian bread.  But half way there in my mind.

We didn’t have any pizza dough, tortilla’s, or frozen pizza on hand tonight, but all we both wanted was some pizza.

In an effort to make a health(ier) version of pizza, and more importantly save some dough before the holiday season, I pulled out some TJ’s naan from the freezer. 🙂

On top of the basics, the naan and the pizza sauce, I started to pile on the veggies.

  • Basil
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Jalapeño

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Then, I topped my pizza with not one, not two, not three, but four different cheeses!  I know, I’m going wild, lol.

Can you guess the kinds?

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We’ve got: mexican, Monterey jack, parmesan, and cream cheese.  Yes, you heard that right.  Cream cheese.

I got the idea to place blobs of cream cheese on my pizza from Mike’s old roommate.  He had pizza at a restaurant where they had gobs of cream cheese on top of the pizza.  Sounds very questionable, I know.  I felt the same way.  However, the first time I tried it a few months back, I fell in love. Give it a whirl, let me know what you think.

Pippin’ hot out of the oven.

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I had some ranch on the side for dipping purposes.  As well as many, many pita chips + hummus while making dinner.

I’m off to hang out with Mike before he jams tonight.  We’ve barely seen each other all week. 😦

Oh, and for dessert, I am thinking a yogurt mess!

What is a pizza topping that you like, or have tried, that may be a little questionable to some?

My kind of meal

Tonight, Mike is at the Timberwolves game (they play Boston, KG is back in Minneapolis!), so I took full advantage and made a meal that only I would enjoy.

Mike actually tries a lot of the random and sometimes odd food that I cook up (serious trooper), but one thing he won’t go near is tofu.  So tofu it was tonight!

I have been seeing a lot of peanut sauce floating around blog land the past few days, so I thought I would make a tofu that was marinated in peanut sauce.  Errr, my peanut sauce didn’t really work.

I mixed about two to three tablespoons of peanut butter with some two shakes of sesame oil and soy sauce.  I didn’t put any oil into the mixture since I thought the oil in the peanut butter would help crisp up the tofu.  I was wrong.

I salvaged it a bit by cranking up the heat to try to ‘crisp’ the tofu, which made it edible.  While it wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t nearly as good as my tofu perfection I made in September.  I guess you can’t win them all.

On the side, I had some butternut squash.  I topped it with cinnamon, brown sugar and butter.  Killer combo.

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Who says you can’t dip peanut flavored tofu in ketchup and bbq?  😉

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Since I have been lacking in calcium for the day, I had a side of yogurt.

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In attempt to get out of my food funk, I was scrounging through the cupboards after work.  Man do we need to eat up some food!

I found something that sparked some interest for a delicious breakfast in the a.m., and it may also serve as a ‘dessert’ this evening too.  It is now baking up in the oven!

I’ve got to jet.  I have a ‘farm’ to attend to and blogs to read!

What are you up to this evening?

Forever, a classic and giveaway winner!

Could grilled cheese and soup ever get old?

Okay, maybe if you ate it for every single meal. But like a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese, chili and chicken pot pie, to name a few, this classic combo will never get old in my book.

You guessed it, it was grilled cheese and chunky tomato soup for dinner!

I always have to crumbled some saltine crackers on top of my soup.  I love soggy saltines. May sound gross, but it is true.  Anybody with me?

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I doctored up my grilled cheese sandwich with tomato, mushrooms, and basil.

Basil=WOW! I think I will always include basil moving forward, even if it is just plain grilled cheese.  It totally added a whole new dimension to the sammie, as Rachael Ray would say, something to make people go ‘hmmm’ ;).

By the way, I like my grilled cheese semi-burnt…

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My very first giveaway winner!

First off, I would like to again thank Progresso and Coyne PR for giving me the opportunity to review their product.  Also, more importantly for you, providing me with a box of goodies to give away to one of my lucky readers! :mrgreen:

So who is the lucky winner?

Using Random.org, the lucky winner was reader #5, Iowa Girl Eats!

Congrats!  Please send me your contact information at foodieinthecity@gmail.com, and I will get your Progresso prize pack out to you right away so you can cook up some crispy buffalo chicken fingers!

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Have you ever won anything in a blog giveaway?  If so, what? I have yet to be successful winning a prize pack.  Hopefully someday!

I’m off to find some dessert and read some blogs.  Night y’all.  Tomorrow is hump day!

Burger of the month

Tonight I made Rachael Ray’s burger of the month, Lasagna Burgers!

From the moment Mike spotted this recipe in the magazine I have at home, he has been begging for me to make them.

They were super simple to make, but just require some ingredients you may not always have on hand.  Such as nutmeg, ricotta, basil, italian crushed tomatoes, and ground beef, pork and veal mix (I just used plain old hamburger, lower fat content).

I also omitted a few tablespoonful’s of EVOO that was in the recipe. Although I think that for instances like sauteing onions and garlic olive oil is great, I don’t necessarily think I need to drizzle oil on top of my burgers and fry them in oil.  So instead, I omitted drizzling oil and fried the burgers in PAM.  Worked just fine in my book ;).

The final product was phenomenal.  No ketchup required, and that means a lot!

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The cheesy sauce topping was so good, I may or may not have eaten some by the spoonfuls.  But we can forget that happened, right?

All stacked up.

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So, so good.  However, next time I make these I will make sure I use a regular hamburger bun.

I was trying to get away from the big carby bun by using an Arnold’s Thin, I think at times big buns can take away from a burger.  However, this recipe is so powerful and intense, you really need a big ol’ bun to keep it all together.

I highly recommend this recipe for those looking for a different take on a burger.  And definitely do not skimp on the cheesy cream sauce, it is what makes this whole sammie.

On the side, a salad and a few TJ’s garlic fries. Which, didn’t have the slightest hint of garlic to them.  Still good though.  Nice, crispy outside, soft inside.  Just how I like em.  (Very good dipped in the burger sauces as well, muahaha.)

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Not too sure what dessert will be.  I already had a mini Reese’s, but let’s be serious.  That isn’t dessert in my book.  I can foresee a small bowl of cereal or a pb toast.

I’m out of here.  Time to call my mom and get a Petrie update! :mrgreen:  I miss her so much.  Three weeks and two days until I get to see my little puppy!

Also, don’t forget to enter to win the Progresso giveaway I have going on.  24 hours and counting!

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What is the best burger you have ever had?  What were the ingredients?